"Left Behind" was a little light on the Easter eggs this week. However, there were some thought-provoking clues thrown in between the chick fights and monster appearances.
Lost Library: As mentioned in the recap, Sawyer was back to reading Watership Down again. The book was last seen back in Season One's "Confidence Man." Perhaps he misses that poor, Ben-tortured bunny from Hydra Island?
An entirely fake book also showed up on the beach. Claire was seen reading a book called Rick Romer's Vision of Astrology. The book may not exist, but Rick Romer does. Romer is one of the set decorators for Lost. For my money, this is one of the funnier "book" choices featured on the island. I cannot wait to see someone reading Damon Lindelof's Guide to Australia.
Besides being one of the best Lost episodes in a long time, "The Man From Tallahassee" had a major helping of Easter eggs. The objects in Ben's house were a significant source of clues about the Others. As usual, the eggs provide more questions than answers, but that's what makes Lost so complex, right? Here's what the vast community of bloggers, fans, and critics has noticed so far:
The Numbers: Many viewers noticed the presence of the numbers in Locke's flashback. Ben mentioned that Locke had spent four years in a wheelchair before the plane crash. In what was probably the coolest use of the numbers ever, Locke was paralyzed after an eight-story fall.
In addition to featuring several huge surprises, "Par Avion" included the usual set of Easter eggs. Some were clear-cut, and some have been disputed on various blogs and message boards. So far, fans have come up with a decent list of clues, questions, and theories.
The Numbers: After Claire's tragic car accident, the number 108 was shown on her odometer (108 is the sum of all six numbers, as well as the magic timer number in the Hatch). During another flashback scene in the hospital, the following could be heard over the loudspeaker: "Dr. Addison, phone call on line 4." These examples could reinforce the idea that the numbers are cursed.
Hurley flashback episodes are always full of Easter eggs, and "Tricia Tanaka is Dead" was no exception. Here's a rundown of the eggs that viewers have found in the last week.
Brand names: Many fans noticed the DHARMA logo on the VW bus, another addition to the DHARMA brand (food, beer, etc.). During one of Hurley's flashback scenes, young Hurley's father gives him a Glacier Bar before leaving for Vegas. Is this another polar bear connection? In Season One, Hurley boarded Oceanic 815 with a comic book that contained a polar bear image.
So, you've seen every single episode of Lost and you own all the DVDs and you consider yourself an expert. Check out these five questions and see if you really know as much as you think you do.
1. What is the name of the only hit song that Charlie's band Driveshaft had?
Anyone see Nightline last night? It was basically a commercial for Lost.
I know that the show has sorta steered away from the typical hard news that Ted Koppel used to do in almost every single episode, but this was rather odd. They were talking about the Lost phenomenon as if it was brand new and some cultural force they had to talk about. But it wasn't even that serious, it was really just a fluff piece on the show, the theories, and the web world it has spawned. An informerical for another show on the ABC network (and conveniently timed for a day before tonight's episode airs).
Not that it wasn't interesting to Lost fans. The three producers they had talking about the show (J.J. Abrams, Carleton Cuse, and Damon Lindelof) had some cool tidbits, but I don't think that at this point they're going to add any new fans. And I thought it was odd that an ABC news show would take an entire half hour to talk about their own sci-fi drama.
Maybe it's just me, but the choice of Shannon to be a part of the first set of "fan-favorite" toys comes as a bit of a surprise. If I had to go for one of the deadsies for this first set, I would have picked a Boone figure over a Shannon one. The fact that I found Boone attractive has
Tonight's episode of Lost focuses on Sayid's past, beginning in a flashback with Sayid being captured by Americans during the Gulf War. I have to say from the previews, I was expecting a lot out of this episode, and unfortunately, in comparison to all the other recent episodes, I was sorely let down. There was no mention of Sawyer's coup from the last episode. No concern over his stockpile of guns. That entire story line was virtually dropped and we were left with a comic relief subplot featuring Hurley and Sawyer as if they were in some weird buddy cop movie, trekking through the woods of the island in search of a tree frog that had been keeping Sawyer awake at night. What's the deal with Sawyer and animals? In the first season, he chases down that baby boar who steals his tarp and in this episode he's pulling the same, "I'm going to track it down and kill it...
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