The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham
OMG! Another enjoyable, question-riddled episode with a few answers thrown in for good measure. As we watched, I jotted down notes on my MacBook. Here are some thoughts:
• It was no big surprise that John Locke was alive back on the island due to the previews from last week. It was kind of cool the way he “unveiled” himself, though.
• Great exchange between Charles Widmore and Locke:
Widmore: When you last saw me [in a flashback on the island], I was 17 years old. How long has it been since I last saw you?
Locke: Four days.
• The key question of the season: Who is good or bad? Charles Widmore? Ben Linus? The #1 son thinks they’re both bad, that they’re like Russia and Germany during World War II (guess what he’s studying in U.S. History right now). “Which one are you going to side with?” he asks. “It should be Russia.”
Okay, son, but then who is Russia, Widmore or Linus?
• Widmore says he was the leader on the island before Ben tricked him into leaving. Christian Shephard made it seem like Ben tricked Locke into believing that Ben had to be the one to turn the wheel to move the island.
• A good line by the #1 son after Widmore says to Locke, “Godspeed.” #1 son asked, “How fast does God speed?”
• Oh, oh . . . it’s Matthew Abaddon, that creepy orderly who told Locke to go on the walkabout in Australia. He tells Locke that his job is to help people get where they need to go. He works for Widmore. He tells Locke, “Your path leads back to the island.” Duh!
• Hey, it’s Walt! When I saw the name Malcolm David Kelley in the opening credits, I knew he’d be in the episode. He’s gotten so big and looks so much older. I’m glad Locke decided not to try to persuade him to go back to the island. I guess Walt never will know what happened to his dad, Michael. Tangent: Harold Perrineau, who played Michael, is part of the cast of the new ABC show “The Unusuals.” He sure was unusual on “Lost!”
• After Locke’s chat with Walt, Ben pops up looking so totally creepy! Just out shopping for souvenirs to bring home to the Others, Mr. Linus?
• Helen Norwood is dead . . . how sad for John, who seems to have really loved her.
• Ugh, what an ugly, shocking death for Abaddon.
• What’s “Lost” without a car crash? Gosh, who would expect Jack to be Locke’s doctor?!? Jack has that crazy beard; obviously it’s when Jack was sinking into his pill-riddled depression. Why isn’t Jack shocked to see John?
A line from the Mister about Jack, as he rages against Locke in the hospital: “Not a good bedside manner.”
• There’s a knock on the door as poor John is about to hang himself. Was his thought, “Room service now?!?” Nope, it’s just Ben.
• Ben admits that he killed Abaddon. Widmore said that Ben is bad. Ben does seem to be bad.
• Ben says, “John, you have no idea how important you are.” Will we ever find out Locke’s importance?
• Did Ben lie about Jack booking a flight to Sydney?? John sure is a weeper; he should be on “The Biggest Loser!” Ben finds out Jin is alive from John.
The #1 son says, “Ben is secretly caring. Or is he?” Sounds so Miles!
• Check out Ben’s facial reaction when John says “Eloise Hawking.” He just snaps! OMG—Ben is strangling poor John! OMG! Was Ben being mean, like with Martin Keamy, or was it because he knows Locke has to be dead in a casket to help duplicate the original events of Oceanic 815 on the Ajira Airways plane?
• Great shadow effect of Locke hanging. And Ben gets Jin’s wedding ring to cap it off.
• Ben CANNOT be a good guy! Ben: ”I’ll miss you, John. I really will.” There’s just not a Hallmark card made for this situation!
• John is walking fine when he’s back on the island with no sign of his compound fracture. Is it the island’s healing powers again?
• Ilana and Caesar are the new characters; what will be their importance?
• Lapidus, the pilot, and a woman took one of the boats on the island. Which woman, Sun or the flight attendant? If Sun disappeared during the flash on the plane, it probably was the flight attendant. Who is she?
• So the plane did land on the island. It looks like it’s intact.
• A great line by Locke when he sees the injured Ben in the makeshift emergency room on the island.
Caesar: “Do you know him?”
Locke: “Yes, he’s the man who killed me.” Chilling!
A great episode to analyze! Can’t wait until the next one!!
Looks like we’re done with Applecare. The good news is that we know why GarageBand ’09 won’t play the GB ’08 songs; the bad news is that it can’t be fixed.
An Applecare genius named “Seven” (yep, his real name, and he’s too old for his parents to have been influenced by the 1996 “Seinfeld” episode) went the extra mile trying to help us for about an hour. He concluded that there are certain loops used in earlier GB versions that can’t be accessed by ’09. He suggested we open the songs in ’08 and lock the tracks; then they’ll play in ’09 (but can’t be modified).
At least that was one mystery able to be solved. If it had been on “Lost,” I might not have gotten the answer until sometime next season!
Get ’er dones
Besides finally finishing up my scout Photoshop work, tonight is the middle school’s first track meet. #2 son will be triple jumping and running the 100 and 200 meters, which means we’ll have to stay for almost the entire meet (field events are early, the 200 is the last individual event before the relays). I’ll be taking photos until it gets too dark. I’ll tote my Nikon D300 along with my Nikon 70-200mm, 85mm, and 50mm lenses and my Nikon 1.4x teleconverter. It’ll be great to shoot outside once again!