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Looking at the Little Things: 5.09 “Namaste”

By SonyaLynn,

  Filed under: Lost Recaps, Lost Theories
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I think the students like it when I 'get down,' verbally.I honestly can say that I don’t know which episodes are harder to recap, the major league geek-fests like “The Constant,” “Jughead,” and the last three season finales, or the bridge episodes like “Something Nice Back Home,” “Greatest Hits,” or “Namaste,” that are more character-based drama while putting people in place for the next mythology and plot barrage. As an amateur Lostologist, the former seem to have too much meat to them, forcing me to pare down my synopsis and analysis for fear of losing people in the Lost fan-blog equivalent of War & Peace. On the other hand, the latter always make me think even harder to cull out the good bits in order to say anything exciting.

But, with “He’s Our You” looming mere hours away, I do think I have a few keen insights to glean from “Namaste,” impacting Lost’s past, present, and future and very much befitting a show with time travel at its core.

Like for example, notice that the ever-instructional Dr. Chang is seen wearing a Swan-logo lab coat in the new-DHARMA-worker orientation video in an episode in which we see Radzinsky actually designing the not-yet-constructed Swan station? Mere continuity blooper or…something more? (*dum-dum-DUMMMM!*)

That’s why I’m paid the big bucks…oh, wait, I’m a volunteer here. Blast!

It’s a big rock finish, a big finish…the plane is going down. It’s a Tin-Pan Alley grande finale, just seconds from the ground!

Assume crash positions!There are so many things on Lost we still don’t know, but one thing of which I’m 100% certain is that, if I’m ever in aeronautical peril, I want Frank Lapidus at the controls. Can that man fly or what? Notwithstanding the freak “leaf on the wind” outcome of his Ajira copilot, has he ever lost a passenger…even one? Not that we’ve seen in two completely insane chopper landings and one deeply adverse airliner set-down. Not since Catch-22’s bomber-pilot, Orr, have we seen any pilot so adept at crashing without casualties.

I mean, OK, he got the assist from the Others’ foreknowledge in building the runway on Hydra Island back at the beginning of Season 3, but it’s still pretty damned impressive. And, by the way, that suspenseful landing sequence gave us confirmation for the slow about said runway which the astute among us had picked up episodes ago.

'Any landing you can walk away from...,' right?Which, in turn, also verifies that the Others have had the aforementioned foreknowledge of the landing of Ajira 316 for several years…which we also already knew. I’ve been banging on about it for weeks now.

See what I mean about these bridge episodes?

Still, that was one exciting landing sequence. Serious kudos to Jack Bender for directing a scene that actually had us on the edge of our seats even though we knew exactly how it would end. That’s talent right there. There’s a reason he’s this show’s go-to director, you know?

(Side note: Anyone wanting to see more excellent work from both Mr. Bender and Lost’s own Kelvin Inman, the inimitable Clancy Brown, could do far worse than to spend about 24 hours of their life watching the brilliant—but tragically killed mid-cliffhanger—HBO series, Carnivàle. Layered storytelling, rich symbolism and allegory, slow-building creepy wrongness…it’s a Lost fan’s delight!)

And, in all fairness, we did get one tantalizing detail out of the landing sequence: hearing the Numbers on the plane’s radio as they were coming in to land. Someone at some point between the Lostaways finally stopping Rousseau’s recording in “Through the Looking Glass” circa 12/24/04 and Ajira 316’s landing in early 2007 actually turned back on the repeating broadcast of the Numbers that’s caused so much mischief over the years since the DHARMA Initiative started the broadcasts. I’ve seen some recappers say that it was either a continuity goof or else proof that some major alteration had occurred in the Lost timeline, but I’m not buying it when such a simple explanation functions at least as well. I like to keep my Occam’s Razor sharp.

Moles and trolls, moles and trolls, work, work, work, work, work. We never see the light of day. We plan this thing for weeks and all they want to do is study. I’m disgusted.

I file this under 'H,' for 'Toy.'At long, long last we finally got to meet the storied Radzinsky…he of Blast Door Map fame, responsible for one of the biggest “TiVo moments” in the history of television. And he’s kind of an ass. The way he was acting toward Jin kind of makes feel OK with knowing that the station he was designing would eventually become his prison, then his mausoleum. It also makes one wonder if being moody was a requirement to staff the Flame station given the proclivities of its subsequent Other inhabitant, Mikhail.

But, clearly, the man had a grade-A cranium or else he wouldn’t have been designing a station with the ability to harness sufficient electromagnetic energy to cause an implosion large enough to leave this crater, cause passing jetliners to crash, and actually unstick the triggerer of its fail-safe mechanism in time.

Also, clearly, Radzinsky is going to be completely instrumental to the plot at least until the end of this season. If anyone’s going to be able to help (the seemingly MIA) Faraday and Chang beam a message to the future with 1970s technology, it’s Radzinsky. Likewise, he’s also obviously going to be the recipient of a hefty dose of future knowledge one way or another. Jin already piqued Radzinsky’s suspicions by asking about mysterious plane crashes that never happened, and both Sawyer (er, ‘scuse me, LaFleur) and Radzinsky isn’t dumb enough to fail to notice that both “LaFleur” and Jin were treating their captured “Hostile” in a rather unorthodox manner.

He’s onto ’em and he’s going to get to the bottom of things, mark my words. And hey, if anyone’s going to be able to grok something as quantumly-insane as time travel, it’s going to be the biggest of the big brains among the DHARMA Initiative, don’t you think?

Only someone with foreknowledge would have designed the protocols of the Swan Station exactly the way they ended up, complete with fake quarantine procedures and a blacklight-rich lockdown mode, the better for Locke to see his mysterious map about 27 years later. This guy is going to be up to his eyeballs in “The Incident,” even if he appears to survive it long enough to recruit and train Kelvin before finally having his spirit crushed by the inexorable gears of predestination.

Take it easy on the kid, SilverFox316; everybody kills Hitler on their first trip.

You're WHO now?!? Oh, as usual, dear.And speaking of predestination, poor Sayid hasn’t gotten the memo about the Grandfather-Paradox-free nature of time travel in the Lost universe quite yet. Our unlucky hero had the misfortune to be placed far enough away from Jack, Kate, and Hurley that he wasn’t getting rounded up by Sheriff LaFleur and passed off as a new DI recruit. The Island is being a perverse little land-mass in this, just as it is in seemingly-capriciously separating Jin and Sun by a few decades.

You can see it in Sayid’s eyes the second young, comparatively innocent, Ben Linus introduces himself while rather sweetly bringing Sayid a sandwich…even if he forgot the mustard. He’s going to go all Sarah Connor and try to prevent his dire future from happening, and thereby become extremely frustrated when he’s inevitably unable to do so thanks to the fact that we know Ben Linus manages to live at least until early 2007.

Harry Potter...or Voldemort?It’s actually enough to make me fear for Sayid’s safety. Team Darlton has a way of knocking off a major character or two every time we get to a season finale and trying to kill off DHARMA brat and the Others’ answer to Harry Potter isn’t likely to endear him to either of the major factions on the Island as of 1977. What’s more, Sayid’s story is looking more and more tragic and closer and closer to an end. Literature has never been kind to those who struggle against prophecy, now has it.

It also would explain why 2005-vintage Ben is so very keen to use Sayid as a killer catspaw later in his subjective timeline, but tragically earlier in Sayid’s. Time travel, as the man said, is a bitch…and this particular bitch has been spilling her guts to young Ben so that he “always has a plan” by the time he meets the still-clueless 815ers shortly after their crash.

Mephistopheles is not your name. I know what you’re up to just the same. I will listen hard to your tuition. You will see it come to its fruition.

Aren't you glad you didn't have to wear jumpsuits in YOUR class photos? I am!So, much like Richard Alpert knew about John Locke and Eloise Hawking knew about Daniel Faraday for a good half a century, Ben Linus has known about several figures he would “meet” decades later since childhood.

Suddenly, the “her” to whom Juliet bears the striking reseblance commented upon by Harper Stanhope in “The Other Woman” might not be Annie or Ben’s mother after all, but rather Juliet herself. Suddenly, the selection of Jack, Kate, Hurley, and Sawyer as the group to be rounded up by Michael for the Others in trade for Walt in “Three Minutes” makes a lot more sense.

And over the rest of Season 5, we’re only going to see more and more examples of foreknowledge being given to Ben and to any other DI Purge-survivors who later become Others. I’m totally on board with the theory that elderly Other Amelia is Amy 30 years later now that we know her son—quite possible the last human actually conceived and born on the Island—would grow up to be none other than Ethan Rom.

And by the way, is it possible that the story of the intervention of a Juliet mysteriously (to Amy) wise in the ways of obstetrics and appearing in the nick of time would inspire young Ethan to take up medicine? He was the Others’ surgeon before Charlie shot him, don’t forget.

Watch out for Christian…he’s a dick!

If ever a fictitious character deserved a Dickipedia entry...Exhibit number 42 that the Island isn’t very nice: whooshing all the rest of the Oceanic 5 back to 1977 while leaving Sun, the one person with an actual spouse among those living in the past, stuck in the present and then telling her she had “a bit of a journey” ahead of her. And why? No doubt she’s got “work to do.”

I mean, I get that the stakes are high in this game. “God help us all,” as Ms. Hawking, among others, is so very fond of telling us. But still…to tantalize poor Sun and Jin like that? What’s more, separating them both from Ji Yeon. That’s just mean.

And that kind of cruelty still looks rather petty when stacked up against the Island’s rather impressive body count…the soldiers back in 1954, the vast majority of the DHARMA Initiative, all the 815 casualties to date, Charlotte, Danielle & Alex, the French science team, Karl, who knows how many Others, the real Henry Gale, the entire crew of the freighter Kahana, one can only assume the crew of the Black Rock, and John Locke (well, sorta) that we know of.

There have been actual wars worthy of the name—and even Arnold Schwartzenegger movies—with lower casualty numbers. If the stakes are anything less than the very fate of the world, I kinda hope that Jughead the bomb blows the hell out of the Island in the series finale…but only after all the remaining characters have cleared off of it.

In further Christian Shephard news, some eagle-eyed viewers managed to catch a glimpse of what looked like a blonde-haired woman crouching behind some furniture during the conversation beween Christian, Sun, and Frank. Could it be Claire? Or is it just a careless Production Assistant lucky enough to be nowhere near Christian Bale while getting into a camera’s sight line? Odds are we won’t find out anytime soon, given that Emilie de Ravin is unlikely to be seen before Season 6. But then, we’re going to need plenty of questions to occupy us for the final season, yeah?

Sonya’s “Aww, Yeah!” Moments of “Namaste”:

1. Sawyer laying the verbal smack down on Jack and proving he’s a better leader than the dithering Doc ever was.
2. Sawyer sticking Jack with Work Man duty. *snerk*
3. Ben snarking, “And how’d that work out for everyone?” at Frank after he’d reminded Sun that a whole team of commandos was sent after Ben.
4. Sun belting Ben with an oar. He had it coming for withholding the info that Jin was in 1977, which we know he knew!
5. Just seeing Sayid (reasonably) safe and sound after the Ajira crash. I’m such a mark for Sayid.
6. Seeing some good, old-fashioned Monster-based deforestation to greet the newcomers.
7. Hurley asking Sawyer why he wasn’t going to tell the DI about the impending Purge.
8. Sawyer’s reply that he wasn’t there to “play Nostradamus to these people.”

PS: Note to Darlton: More Desmond please! We’ve had too many episodes without hide or hair of our favorite Scot. And ditto Locke. You can’t resurrect a guy and leave us hanging regarding him for so long. It’s just not cricket! OK…I feel better for having vented.

From TVFrenzy:

  • Section Header References:

    “It’s a big rock finish, a big finish…the plane is going down. It’s a Tin-Pan Alley grande finale, just seconds from the ground!”
    —Andy Prieboy, “Big Rock Finish”

    “Moles and trolls, moles and trolls, work, work, work, work, work. We never see the light of day. We plan this thing for weeks and all they want to do is study. I’m disgusted.”
    —Chris Knight, Real Genius

    “Take it easy on the kid, SilverFox316; everybody kills Hitler on their first trip.”
    —BigChill, International Association of Time Travelers: Members’ Forum Subforum: Europe – Twentieth Century – Second World War, Page 263

    “Mephistopheles is not your name. I know what you’re up to just the same. I will listen hard to your tuition. You will see it come to its fruition.”
    —The Police, “Wrapped Around Your Finger”

    “Watch out for Christian…he’s a dick!”
    —Paraphrase from South Park, “It’s Christmas in Canada”

    • horselover

      I got the south park reference immediately. The laughed my ass off.

  • Dan

    Nice Real Genius drop!!! God I love that movie!

    • Likewise…saw it in the theater and quite probably hundreds of times since. Comes of having been a somewhat Mitch-like prodigy before becoming the burnout slacker I am today. *chuckles*

  • Bookhouse Boy

    The HBO series “Carnivale” wasn’t all that great.

    • Mandeville

      That, good sir, is the wrongest statement you’ve made today! Carnivale was excellent.

      • I’m with Mandville on this, obviously. Bookhouse Boy is to be sentenced to re-watch Carnivàle until he GETS IT. 😛

        • jessea

          carnivale is the only other tv show(as an adult) that i have ever watched besides Lost. that tells you that it was well written, well acted, well filmed.

          so there.

  • elainencarolina

    Here’s my problem with Amelia of The Book Club being Amy/Ethan’s mother.. which I too initially was on board with.

    Ben knows the people on “the list” because they ( Kate, Sawyer, Jack, Hurly, etc., along with Juliet were a part of his 1977.

    Juliet was also a big part of Amy’s 1977. She saved Amy’s child’s life! So, would not Amelia have recognized Juliet from the time Ben first has her brought to the island? If she indeed DID, that sure would have put a lot of knowledge onto the hands of a person who would have also had to have survived The Purge.

    • I don’t see a conflict here at all…I can only imagine that those who know about the time-loops on the Island are being very “need to know” around those who don’t. Amelia would have known that 2001-2004 Juliet wouldn’t have gone on her time-jaunt yet. But both she and Ethan were rather friendly to her, and probably precisely for the reason that she would later (in Juliet’s subjective timeline) be the one to ensure both Amy & Ethan survived an Island birth.

      • jessea

        I always thought she was Amelia Earhardt. My textual (but not canonical) references are the Missing Pieces bit she did w/ Juliet, and the Find815 moment where Sam tunes in an old radio broadcast (just like Sayid and Hurley did) and it’s the news of Earhardt being missing.

        But, if that’s not so and y’all are right…there’s this issue of ‘new memories’ that become part of one’s psyche once the time-travellers do whatever they do… for example, when Desmond wakes up with a new ‘memory’ of Daniel at the hatch door telling him to go find his mother. So that’s a way to explain all those, “if so and so was there in the 70s, why didn’t some other so and so remember them in 2004?” type questions.

        oh who cares, its so fun to ponder that it really doesnt matter which theory is gonna turn out to be the right one

  • Thor

    I haven’t read the whole article yet, but I wanted to comment on your first point.

    We are never told that the Swan hasn’t been built yet, but Radzinsky says that they are ‘building it’. Hence, they could already have started the construction work, and the workers probably wears the logo on their uniform.

    From an earlier episode, we know that Dr.Chang is directly involved in the Swan-project, because we see him passing by Faraday during the construction-phase. And that’s why Chang wears the logo.

    • Iwantmykidneyback

      That was the orchid.

    • RandomZombie

      My thought is that the swan logo was just a general Dharma Initiative logo, initially not attached to any station. That would be why the logo was on all of the grocery items.

      When they had to build a new station for whatever as-yet-unknown purpose, they named it The Swan. The logo was pre-existing.

    • As Iwantmykidneyback said, that was the Orched we saw being built w/ Chang & Faraday in “Because You Left.”

      Chang in the new-recruit welcome video is wearing a Swan-logo lab coat at least as far back as when the Linuses arrived on the Island (so probably ’72-’74) and we see Radzinsky designing it in ’77.

      In all fairness, I think the simplest explanation is a continuity blooper on the part of the writers, who wrote “The Man Behind the Curtain” 2 seasons ago and probably didn’t realize that the Swan was yet to be built in ’77.

  • Charlie’s Ghost

    I’m still suspicious of Amy originally being a Hostile under cover. Hostiles kill her DI husband, Paul. She gives birth to Ethan. Ethan is special too. Purge happens. Amy goes back to the Hostiles/Others with Ethan in tow….
    thoughts?

    • While not outside the realm of possibility, I just don’t think so. I unfortunately don’t have anything better to offer in the way of evidence than that my lit-major sense is tingling, telling me Amy isn’t an Other mole, and that she & baby Ethan defect to the Others sometime between ’77 and The Purge.

  • macdonsj

    Chang passed Daniel in the Orchid construction tho’ – not the Swan

    as for Hurley, Jack, Kate & Sawyer being taken at the end of season 2 – i’m convinced that its just as it seemed – Ben needed Jack, used kate and Sawyer as leverage and Hurley was a passive person who could relay the message to the rest of the survivors without trying to be a hero

    i would argue that Sawyer has proved nothing yet as far as leadership of the group goes

    and i would also argue that he didn’t stick jack with workman duties – Juliet changed the submarine mainfest and would have had the best chance to put down what assignment they got – remember that she ended up in the motor pool herself, clearly her plan was to not interfere too much by taking jobs that would highlight skills and perhaps arouse suspicion

  • The Canuck

    “1. Sawyer laying the verbal smack down on Jack and proving he’s a better leader than the dithering Doc ever was.”

    Let’s see…Jack was – against his will – forced into a position of leadership by a group of terrified plane crash victims on an island full of terror and mystery inhabited by mysterious whispering voices and hostile natives. He had to deal with wounded and dying passengers, Sawyer in full asshole mode, kidnappings, murderous mercenaries and more threats against their survival than you can shake a stick at. Throughout all this he held them together and actually managed to get some off the island.

    Sawyer had to lie to get his people accepted into a modern, clean and well-run community of scientists, complete with food, comfortable housing, vehicles, power, running water, where they have lived in comfort for three years.

    Exactly what miracle of leadership did Sawyer pull off here? Get a frigging grip.

    • Mandeville

      lol… Sawyer for the 1st 2 seasons was basically worthless, but entertaining. Jack made a good field medic, but the off-island Jack has been my least favorite character.

    • Well, in all fairness, I’ve just never liked Jack or Matt Fox from the word, “go.” But to answer your question, Sawyer’s “miracle” was as follows…

      1) Getting the DHARMA Initiative to not just tolerate the presence of, but actually recruit a bunch of strange castaways with a decidedly fishy story on force of charm and mental agility alone, landing himself the bloody Head of Security job and getting both Jin and Miles in there with him.
      2) Never giving up the search for Locke’s and the O6’s return.
      3) Defusing the situation with Alpert without getting anyone hurt or killed who hadn’t been already.
      4) TELLING his own people what he was planning and keeping them in the loop in something resembling a timely fashion.
      5) Not being stupid enough to “play Nostradamus.”
      6) Actually being an impressive enough Head of Security for three solid years to even get the grumptastic Chang to call him a “good man” to an incredulous Jack.
      7) Managing to finagle places in the DI for Jack, Kate & Hurley on literally a moment’s notice.

      So, yes, Sawyer was a selfish asshat (albeit an entertaining one to us fans) early on, but after just 100 or so days on the Island had actually completed his transmogrification into Beg Damn Hero and Leader of the People.

      As for Jack’s miraculous leadership “holding them together,” in only 3 months he managed to lose a good 1/3 to 1/2 of “his people” to a mutiny by Locke, to piss off the Others on numerous occasions, to disbelieve even the evidence of his own eyes regarding the nature of the Island, and failing to have enough trust in his fellow castaway to actually let them in on what he was planning most of the time.

      As Mandeville said, Jack was a fine field medic…and he could manage the occasional bit of stirring oratory…but that was about it. As a tactician and a strategist, he was mostly a dismal failure. He was also forcing a specific “fix” (off the Island at all costs) when he should have been adjusting to the realities of the situation.

      Jack was wrong about the button in the Swan, wrong about the freighter, and flat-out denied the Island moved after having watched it do just that.

      We’ll just have to see if Jack’s recent humblings at the hands of Locke, Ben, and Sawyer can actually turn the character around. I still don’t like Matt Fox, tho. He could be replaced with a display window mannequin and no one but the counters of Jackfaces would notice.

  • Hipster Doofus

    I’m not actually convinced that The Others knew why they were building the runway. Couldn’t Jacob simply have said, “Build a runway here.”

    • jackuh

      Darlton said as much in the podcast for the episode. They said Jacob told Ben to build the runway (at least that’s how I remember it). In which case the Others and also Ben would not need to have foreknowledge of 316. They were just following orders.

      • Even so, SOMEone had the foreknowledge, even if it was the Island/Jacob.

        Mind, so did Eloise Hawking, so it’s clearly not just the Island/Jacob.

  • p-rock

    “Someone at some point between the Lostaways finally stopping Rousseau’s recording in “Through the Looking Glass” circa 12/24/04 and Ajira 316’s landing in early 2007 actually turned back on the repeating broadcast of the Numbers that’s caused so much mischief over the years since the DHARMA Initiative started the broadcasts.”

    I think I love you. Finally! Out of all the recaps I’ve read, you are the only one who has posited that the recording was just flipped back on. Who knows? We may even see it being done.

    I’m not 100% opposed to the idea that the lefties CAN change events to effect the future. I just don’t think it has been done yet. I think that when we see something that will have that sort of game changing effect on the show, we will know it. It will be a memoriable event, front and center, in your face. I don’t think they would not take full advantage of it, when it happens.

    • Awww…and I love you right back as much as someone can love a random blog commnter. 😉

      It could be that or it could also be, as other recappers have pointed out, a stray transmission akin to the one of Glenn Miller that Sayid and Hurley heard long ago.

      We’ll have to see about changing the future…if it’s going to happen, it’s going to require a lot of people being in the right places to do so. All the Lostaways…Desmond (and possibly Walt) in particular…Ben, Widmore, etc.

      I’m convinced that a battle over making just exactly such a change is really what the big Island chess game is actually all about.

      • dolce

        I’m in the stray trasmission camp myself.

  • The Locke we see may not be the Locke we know and (fools) love.

    It appears Smokey/Island/Whatever can inhabit, animate the dead. Anyone catch the whispers of smoke sneaking out the processing door as Christian talked to Sun? Rousseau’s friend down the pit calling for her, and then her lover/husband acting strangely (according to her)?

    If Locke is Locke than Christian is Christian and can be trusted. But if one is compromised by the Island, then the other has to be as well.

    I won’t mind not seeing Locke again – about as much as I don’t care for seeing Ben – but Des?

    Oh yeah, his story is so much more meaningful. Nothing coy about the love story with Penny, or his quest for peace and happiness. The Losties on the other hand are a bunch of basket-cases in dire need of professional help.

    • marc

      dude locke is not my favorite character, but if you can actually say you wouldnt mind not seeing locke (let alone ben) again… then i dont know what show youre watching.

    • I’m not buying it. Locke in “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham” acted just like the same old Locke, only yaknow, resurrected.

      But then, his is a unique and literally miraculous case.

      Christian on the other hand really does seem more like an Island manifestation given that he’s able to do things like appear and disappear in places at will (to Michael on the freighter, to Jack in the hospital in LA, etc.).

      Gotta disagree with you on Locke and Ben, who along with Des & Sayid are my favorite characters on the show. Locke is obviously crucial to the endgame or he wouldn’t keep getting healed repeatedly, then actually brought back from the dead, and his story is easily as meaningful as Desmond’s. I’m really pulling for our master of games to make the insightful move that finally defeats all other players in the game (Ben, Widmore, Hawking, the Island itself) for the benefit of all.

    • horselover

      I’m not convinced that all the resurrections are of the same nature. So far the bodies of three people have been reanimated: Christian, Yemi, and Locke (we don’t actually know when Montand died or if he came back).

      Probably pulling too much from a couple small quotes, but anyway: The Yemi we see says “you speak to me as if I was your brother,” but Christian says “say hello to my son.” One of these entities sees himself as still part of the family he was in during his life, the other doesn’t. I think that is actually Christian but not really Yemi. It seems like Locke is just like he was before, but there could be different degrees of coming back to life. Locke is alive again whereas Christian just isn’t dead.

  • besch64

    -1 for referencing the **** festival that was Serenity.

    +1 for referencing Stranger in a Strange Land (the book of course).

    • You’re allowed to be completely wrong about Serenity, of course. It’s a free Internet.

  • clueless1der

    Soyna, I really must be the biggest idiot ever. I just noticed that you have all these hilarious little witticisms under the embedded links. DUH. Great job as usual. I’m kind of a mark for Sayid too. It must be those big brown eyes. 😀

    • Don’t forget the pictures. I have mouse-over easter eggs in them and the links. 😉

      And yeah, those eyes are soulful and haunted. Naveen does such an excellent job of bringing this deeply conflicted character to life and has done since the beginning. Next to Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson, he’s easily the best actor on the show (though no disrespect AT ALL to folks like Yunjin Kim, Jorge Garcia, and Elizabeth Mitchell, who also have serious chops, and to Josh Holloway, who’s really managed to improve over the course of the show!).

      • horselover

        What about Matt Fox? No one is as good at bobbing his head when he’s angry . . . or serious . . . or sad . . . or confused . . . .

  • neoloki

    To counter a comment made earlier in this section:

    Carnivale was actually quite an amazing series. Beautifully acted and shot with a very compelling and strange story line. It took me a few viewings of season 1 to really become a fan but once I did i fell hard for this show. It needed one more season to wrap things up completely, which was unfortunate.

    Other than that, your recap was one of the better ones I have read for Namaste. The other would be Vozz, but of course we are still waiting for Luhks who is my favorite now that J. Wood is sick and might not do anymore reviews this season.

    • neoloki

      Wow i just noticed that we don’t have to copy those damned letters in order to post. that was becoming the bane of my existence on this site.

      Thank You Doc!

    • LOL @ neoloki…it helps to have a Mac with the odd characters. Option-`, A gives you the à character. No lame alt+4-digit code nonsense. 😛

      And thanks very much for the compliments!

  • Rosie

    Poor James. While criticizing Jack for his leadership, he never realized that he would fuck up as well. Or that his decision to remain with the Dharma Initiative was his first major mistake.

  • Rosie

    I cannot believe that Sawyer had the nerve to compare himself to Winston Churchill. He really considered himself a rational leader? Locke served as leader until the moment he left the island. After that, Sawyer’s period as leader of the castaways lasted only a few hours, until he became Sheriff of Dharmaland, while running a long con.

    Besides, his history of irrational behavior is just as long as Jack’s. There was a smile on Jack’s face, as he walked away. Many have claimed that it was a smile of relief. Personally, I can hear him thinking . . . “You poor boob! You don’t know what you’ve gotten yourself into.”.