Sorry it's taken me so long to post comments for the first episode of the season. I was waiting to see if anyone would be interested in reading it in the first place. So everyone give a big thanks to Boma for her request of blog entries on Lost.
Before I get to the episode, here's my Lost story. When the show premiered two years ago, I had wanted to watch it because I enjoy Dominic Monaghan. Unfortunately, it came on at the same time as an established show of mine. So I went with the precedent. And then last year, I didn't start watching it because I didn't want to jump in the middle. Well, that was until this summer when a good friend of mine (thanks Lin!) informed me Rodrigo Santoro was joining the cast. For those of you who don't know who Rodrigo is, he's been called the "Brazilian Tom Cruise", but I'm not a big fan of that title (and if you have any idea of my feelings on Tom you'd understand). He was Carl on Love Actually and the silent surfer on Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, who was murdered by the creepy thin man. I knew I had to start watching. I Netflixed the first and second seasons so I could catch up, and now I'm a full-fledged Lost fan.
So without further ado, my comments on the first episode:
1. Who the hell are The Others and what is their end game? This episode gave us a little bit more insight into the lives of The Others, but personally I think it gave us more questions than answers. They have book clubs, plumbing, a nice suburban-looking community; they bake muffins and cry to sad songs. But that really doesn't tell us a whole lot except that they've established a community with leaders and social groups.
2. The guy in the cage opposite of Sawyer. Personally, I think he's an Other. It's just too coincidental that he escaped shortly after Sawyer arrived. It was a way to teach Sawyer what would happen to him if he escaped and maybe put a little fear in him. We all know you can't tell Sawyer anything; he's got to figure out on his own. Wonderfully portrayed with the Pavlovian experiment featured as part of Sawyer's story arc in this episode. He's so proud when he finally manages to get the fish biscuit, and I was too. ;-)
3. Jack's anguish over his ex-wife was wonderfully portrayed and mirrored with his anguish over what is happening to his friends.
4. Henry Gale/Ben is creepy. Fantastic actor.
5. What is with the file on Jack?! How did they get it? Do they have files on all the surivivors? How did they know those people would be on that plane. Or is it information they've gathered since the plane crashed, and they developed their lists. If the latter is true, then they must have contact with someone or some group that is not on the island. Obviously, they want to know everything they can about the group of people sharing their island. Do they know all the connections? Like that Ana Lucia was Jack's dad's bodyguard? That Claire might be Jack's half-sister? I'd argue that they know the latter. What about Desmond? Do they have a file on him?
6. Sawyer and Kate, period, end of story. The look he gives her when they meet for the first time in this episode melted my knees. OMG! Yummy yum yum. Yes please!!!
BTW - I heard that we're only going to get six episodes before the show goes on hiatus until February. I'm just going to have to buy the previous seasons to make it through.