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Lost: Because You Left (season premiere)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jan 21st 2009 10:02PM

Matthew Fox and Michael Emerson
(S05E01) "You're gonna have to die, John." - Richard Alpert

Time travel! The future is now! later! here! gone! beginning! ending! OK, I give up. Lost is back and the future is... well, we don't know what the future is. Or the past. Or the present. All we know is what they were, because now they're just one big time travelin' mess.

As with seasons past of Lost, the fifth chapter of TV's favorite mindf*ck opens by presenting an entirely new storytelling technique - one that demands equal parts patience, attention, and imagination. More than anything, it's a test for true fans because the casual Lost viewer (do they exist?) probably had a hard time moving from A to Z (worst metaphor ever - I know) in tonight's season premiere. That being said, this whole hour gave me my own bloody nose.

So what have we got here? Three distinct moments in time, two of which are intersecting back and forth. There's the Oceanic 6, Bentham (Locke), Ben, Desmond, and Penny all living (or not living in Bentham's case) their lives three years after the exodus from the island. Then, back on the island three years ago, we have everyone who was left behind moving back and forth in time - either to the past or to the future. We've only seen their beginning though and we know from Locke's warning that bad things are comin' for those still on the island. To make things a tad easier to follow, thus far it seems that whenever they make a jump to the past, it's daytime and when they make a jump to the future, it's night. So, with that in mind, chew on on all this:

  • The episode opened with a shocker. Back in the early DHARMA days, Dr. Pierre Chang (or Marvin, or Edgar, or whatever you want to call him) was just a guy trying to make a living, raise a baby, and keep his wife happy. It was incredibly interesting to see the excavation of the orchid station, as well as that sonogram-ish print-out showing the Frozen Donkey Wheel. Three things to take from this whole sequence: 1) It opened the same way as season two did - with an unknown person putting a record on a turntable. Pierre here, Desmond in season two. Right off the bat, that's a huge clue that Desmond is going to be important this season. The difference? The record started skipping here, which related directly to what Daniel mentioned later in the episode regarding time travel. 2) Daniel was working the excavation site. Presumably, this happens later in the season, once they've made another jump to the past. I think that makes sense ... and 3) Faraday witnessed that one DHARMA grunt got a nosebleed just like Minkowski, Desmond, and now Charlotte.
  • Locke was with The Others when the first flash occurred - then he was alone. This is where it's going to get confusing. In the past, he has now personally witnessed Yemi's plane crash, yet in season one, he dreamed about it and that's how he and Boone found the wreckage. So which came first? Has this happened before? Has Locke been here? When Richard found John in the future (shot in the leg from Ethan), he told John that John himself had told him about the wound. So is there an alternate version of John Locke - a future Locke - on the island, as well? How else would Alpert have known? This has more layers than a turducken, and I'm not done yet. Two more points: 1) I said that John was alone after the initial flash and Richard later told him "he didn't go anywhere." So are The Others (the original inhabitants of the island) immune to the time warps? 2) Richard gave John the compass - one of his six items that he presented to young Locke in "Cabin Fever." Even after everything that's happened, though, John, stubborn as ever, still relies on his knife - the one item that made Richard claim John wasn't ready yet.
  • Back to Daniel Faraday. Clearly, he's going to play a huge role this season, along with Desmond. While describing time travel rules and whatnot to Sawyer, he made it a point to tell Sawyer that what has happened, happened - you can't change it. That's why Sawyer couldn't meet Desmond in the past - because they never did. Sawyer could have knocked all he wanted and Desmond would have never answered the hatch door. But he did for Daniel. Why? Because they met in the past - during Desmond's flash in "The Constant." The key here is Daniel's notebook. When Desmond returned from his flash, present Daniel (island Daniel) didn't remember meeting him - but past Daniel had written "Desmond Hume is my constant" in his notebook. You could make good arguments until you're blue in the face about which of Faraday's consciousnesses we're dealing with here, but the point is moot. He and Desmond had met and that won't/can't change now. He told Desmond to seek out his mother after leaving the island, creating the memory that future Desmond remembered. My guess on his mother? Who's the only other character we've met on this show who's rambled on and on about not being able to change events and time "course correcting" itself? Ms. Hawking! I love it - more logical than jaw-dropping, but just a guess.

Those were the biggest three issues presented over tonight's first hour, but in true Lost fashion, a hefty list of questions were presented, too:

  • Who hired Dan Norton from Agostini and Norton to look into Kate and Aaron's mother/son relation? I'm guessing Ben. Giving Kate fear is the easiest way to make her run again - hopefully back to the island.
  • I suppose the same answer could apply to the men who've been tracking Hurley and Sayid, although Ben seems too easy an answer for them. Widmore maybe?
  • What were the "rules" that Chang referred to in the beginning of the episode? Are they the same rules that Ben said Widmore changed in "The Shape of Things to Come?" And speaking of those rules, how come Ben isn't trying to kill Penny?
  • Why does Charlotte have a bloody nose now, but not anyone else? Is she prone to the same flashes that Desmond is? Or is it merely a result of the time jumps? Or could this relate to what many have speculated - that she was born on the island?
  • Does Sun really want to kill Ben? I'm guessing no. Something tells me she doubts Jin is dead and that she's just using Widmore to help find the island.

One hour down and one to go tonight. See you back here in an hour for my analysis of "The Lie." I'll leave you with the funniest quote of the hour (from Hurley, of course):

"You know, maybe if you ate more comfort food, you wouldn't have to go around shooting people."

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kalisa

hey im sooooo lost ...... im trying to find a website that i can watch season 5.... i finally caught up with lost and cant wait til season 5 comes to dvd ...... HELP!!!!

March 27 2009 at 11:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Akki15623

Hey I had downloaded the movie in http://www.grabaid.com in about 12 minutes. I got this idea from John Barker, thanks buddy. Man the quality and sound features are really good.

February 28 2009 at 5:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kallie

My computer won't show the comments beyond page one, so if a later poster has already come up with this connection, apologies. But since I don't see it, the non-intervention time travel rules that our dear Losties are abiding by are those of Prime Directive from Star Trek! Since Abrams is a big Trekkie, it would make sense for him to take those rules and apply them to his universe as well.

LOVED the episodes, GREAT catch RE: the Locke gunshot wound at Yemi's plane/ lame legs in season 1. Agree it's Ben who's behind the materinity test (or Maury of course ;] ). Sun is a lot more calculating than we give her credit for, she's about to take us on a pretty wild ride. I think that the native Others are immune to the skips in time, they exsist in some realm where time cannot touch them (hense the always youthful Richard). Or something along those lines. Too much good stuff, need more LOST now!!!

January 22 2009 at 7:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
iamored8907

Charlotte made a point of saying that she used to get the nosebleeds as a child, and that she couldnt remember he mothers maiden name. So its possible her mind is returning to the time the island is. I mean if the island is the 1970's and she was 6 at that time, the present state blends. Oh idk... I love it when lost is confusing, since if it explained everything we wouldnt be "lost", lol. I just take everything in and hope it is explained eventually.

January 22 2009 at 6:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joel

My theory is she is getting the nosebleeds because she is crossing times and places where she already is... She jumps back to a time when she as a child is somewhere on the island... maybe?

January 22 2009 at 7:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mb

I just wanted to mention that the theories posted here are excellent, and I hope that more of you contribute your ideas and theories.

They made me look at the premiere with a different view, and I appreciate all of you contributing them. Thanks again.

January 22 2009 at 4:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
moreartplease

2 Things on my end:

-Has anyone posited that Charlotte is the little girl that Ben had a thing for as a kid? Did we ever see her dead?

-And this is the big one...Sun showed Kate a picture of her daughter as a baby. She is now 3 (about the same as Aaron). What parent does not have a hundred pictures of their 3 year old with them at all times, but does have one of their daughter as a baby? I will right now bet $50 that this has something to do with "Evil Sun" and her machinations. Either the baby is dead, or in Ben's hands, or something even weirder. MARK MY WORDS!!! Bwahhahahaha!! (Disappears in flash of smoke.)

January 22 2009 at 2:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
eleran

Something else this episode made me realize. I think we now know the source of the whispering from past episodes. It is the pople stuck in time on the island. Probably as they witness past events they try to influence the events or give warning and it comes thru as strange (sometimes backward) whispers.

January 22 2009 at 1:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sww

Miles = Dr. Pierre Chang's child.

And if Charlotte was born on the island, do we have any speculations about who she belongs to? Is she possibly a child of someone like Alpert? I believe she's connected to the real Others vs. the Dharma Initiative-Ben's Group, but can't figure out how, exactly.

Or is she a time-travel baby herself? Do we have any idea WHEN she was born?

January 22 2009 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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seminolegrl

could she be a relative of Faraday? When he said he loved her it didn't necessarily seem romantic. His daughter?

February 01 2009 at 9:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
seminolegrl75

Could Charlotte be a relative of Faraday? When he said he loved her it wasn't necessarily romantic. His daughter?

February 01 2009 at 9:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cdawg

well now we can finally understand why we see DEAD PEOPLE on the island - they are still alive when the island jumps in time! Christian is around when they go back to the past...

January 22 2009 at 12:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mark

I'm pretty sure Ms Hawkings is farday's mom.

January 22 2009 at 12:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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