“I don’t try to justify his crime, his mutiny, but I condemn the tyranny that drove ‘im to it. I don’t speak here for myself alone or for these men you condemn. I speak in their names…” Mutiny on the Bounty
Super-Duper Brief Recap
Season 5 Episode 8- “La Fleur”– John’s gone. Daniel’s a grieving mess. Jin has like 5 lines of dialogue, only 3 of which I understand. Juliet is a mechanic. Sawyer’s a hippie and Miles says really funny shit.
Also, Horace is back. He gets drunk and blows up trees as his lady is giving birth to his child. Dad!?
First Things First
I remember being a small, beggar-child in France during the Revolution. There were these really evil rich kids, who liked to come round and dangle croissants and baguettes in my gaunt little face, and act as if they’d come to feed me.
Just as I’d reach my waifish arm to accept their generous bounty, they’d snatch it all back and run off howling with laughter.
While I am obviously making that up, I feel I can relate to this fictitious street urchin, as this scenario is precisely what the producers of LOST put us through every, single week.
They dangle an “answer,” yank it back, throw us two questions in it’s place and run away in hysterics.
This week, they dangled that four-toed foot statue at us. Except now, it’s not JUST the foot. This beast is whole. And it’s HUGE.
It seems we done gone waaayyyyy back in time. I’m thinking like, B.C., even?
That ish looks crazy old and would be really rad to explore!
Which is, of course, the perfect time for a massive FLASH (“like an earthquake,” according to Miles) and that single glimpse is all I get.
The puppet masters snicker in amusement.
Who’s Got the Time?
After what seems to be the final FLASH, the Islanders decide that John has obviously succeeded and that they’ll just, you know…wait.
Until he comes back or whatever. Because, like, what else is there to do?
That was a loaded question.
While in this moment, there doesn’t seem to be a lot to do except for debate which of their “only two plans” (The Beach or The Orchid, The Orchid or The Beach) they should be executing, there is going to be some assimilation into our very favorite Initiative of the Dharma real soon, and that is sure to be more than a little time-consuming.
I’ll Bet Those Dharma Hippies Just Love Geronimo Jackson
Some Dharma-hippie types drop acid and dance while on Station duty. I made up the acid part.
Then they notice drunken Horace with dynamite, on the security camera. Not good.
Thing One promptly kicks his gal to the curb and then he and Thing Two begrudgingly decide to tell some guy named “La Fleur,” who apparently does not appreciate being woken up, unless it’s serious.
Well, THAT Was a Seamless Transition…
Sawyer seems to have found his niche as a ranking member of the D.I., operating under the pseudonym
La Fleur which is French for “flower.” Ain’t that precious?
He also has real glasses, not taped up hybrids from the crash wreckage, and Miles as a wingman.
Life is good.
Apparently, 3 years earlier, with Daniel crumbling over Charlotte’s death, everyone started listening to Sawyer…even Juliet, which I thought was weird until I realized she hadn’t had sex in a really long time, and that she probably assumed he was a sure thing.
On the way back to the beach (per Sawyer’s command) the gang saves some chick, Amy, from execution by the Others. Or Hostiles. Or Old Others aka- the Other Others, depending on when we are.
After some gunfire, death, a couple of quick burials, and an agreement to cart Paul’s (Amy’s husband, who was caught in the crossfire) body back home, Sawyer tells Amy that his ship crashed on the Island on the way to Tahiti (this SCREAMS “Mutiny on the Bounty” reference to me, which I’ll get into later.)
Amy is totally wary, and Juliet doesn’t help the situation when she openly calls out that sonic-blaster-gun-gamma-ray-fence which Daniel is about to wander directly into.
While Amy doesn’t know that Juliet is a former / future “Other / Hostile,” she is now positive that something’s amiss and gets tricky and sizzles our crew with that fence anyway.
Suddenly, Sawyer awakens from his sonar-induced nap and has Horace to answer to.
He rouses his inner con man and uses his knowledge from the future to make up a reasonable story, with verifiable facts to manipulate Horace, which thrills me to bits, because all that “future knowledge” was starting to feel like the most underplayed hand ever.
Horace tells “Capt. LaFleur” that he and his people will be shipping out via a submarine bound for Tahiti in the a.m.
Sawyer’s displeased, because he really has zero desire to leave the Island at all, and at least needs more time to find “his people,” but Horace ain’t havin’ it.
The Truce, The Truce, The Truce is on Fire!
Soooo, I guess the D.I. and the Island’s Indigenous people or “Hostiles” had drawn a line in the sand and agreed to disagree, but evidently murdering two of the other team’s guys, and then hiding the bodies is considered “breaking” the truce, and Richard “Guyliner” Alpert is displeased.
As displeased as he can be through all the Botox, anyway. I totally can’t wait till the episode where he tells Juliet where she can find the top-secret “Syringe Station,” thus explaining both of their inability to age or move facial muscles.
He walks right on through that sonic fence, and confronts Horace, who appears to be a top guy at the D.I. in spite of that inherent wussy vibe he gives off.
Their chat is unsuccessful as far as Horace is concerned and Sawyer, ever the diplomat, decides to have a go at Richard. Finally recognizing this time travel shit as the bargaining gem that it is, Sawyer talks about Jughead, the bomb and John Locke, the fearless leader and Richard gets sucked in and barters Paul’s cold, dead body, for continuance of the Truce.
Sawyer runs on inside to tell his new friends all about the deal he struck, and collect Paul from his mourning widow and deliver him to Richard.
Horace is thrilled; Amy not so much, but she does what she must for the D.I.
She quietly pockets Paul’s ankh necklace, which is completely epic in terms of significance and I will revisit momentarily, before bidding her husband farewell.
Horace grants Sawyer a two-week reprieve to search for “his people.”
Juliet’s not stoked about the two extra weeks at “Casa de Dharma by the Sea,” but decides to seize the opportunity to get it on with Sawyer and agrees to hang in there and “have Sawyer’s back…”
Yours, Mine, and Ours. A Tale of Free Love in the 70’s, Man.
The Island may be hidden, but was apparently, not exempt 70’s “free love” ideal.
3 years post-Paul, Horace and Amy have partnered up and she’s this close to birthing mini-Horace.
Unfortunately, Horace can’t be present, as he is sloshed on Dharma beer and has passed out, when this miracle takes place.
Juliet (who has apparently gotten over leaving the Island…I wonder why) is moonlighting as a mechanic, but scrubs in to deliver Amy’s baby. She is understandably nervous, considering all the death associated with birth around here, but Sawyer believes in her and she successfully delivers a perfect baby boy.
No one dies.
No one arrives either, as Jin gravely reports to Sawyer. Sawyer commits to wait forever.
La, La, La, La, La…
James LaFleur picks his sweet Juliet a sunflower and she cooks up a carb-rich pasta dinner for her man, to ensure that he has plenty of energy for… whatever, and they embrace blissfully (if not uber-passionately.)
But before everyone can join hands in the sunset-friendship-circle and sing Kumbaya, Horace needs to account for his insane display with the dynamite and that poor tree.
He divulges that he was borrowing a pair of socks from Amy, and he found Paul’s ankh in her drawer.
He proceeded to drive himself mad wondering if 3 years is really enough time to get over someone.
Sawyer tells a thinly veiled story about Kate, revealing that he can barely remember what she looks like now. She’s gone and he loves Jules.
That is, until the next morning, when he gets the call that Kate’s come home, and he lies to Juliet as he sprints out the door to greet his fair maiden.
On the upside, Jack is wearing a tie that looks way cleaner than poor Faraday’s, so maybe he’ll do Danny a solid and donate it to him. Anyway, I’m sure Jack will be half naked by next week, in vain attempt to compete with Sawyer, so no skin off his back, really.
The Mystery of the Ankh
Amy thieves her dead husband’s ankh necklace, and for good reason.
Let’s start with some “Fun Facts About the Ankh”:
*In Egyptian hieroglyphics, an ankh means “Eternal Life.” Eternal life is big on the Island.
*In James Arthur’s book “Mushrooms and Mankind,” he tells a story involving a man named Horus (don’t let the spelling throw you) and accepting a gift of an ankh in the mouth. Yeah, it’s best if you Google it.
*In Egyptian culture, it is thought to symbolize and even encourage “the act of conception”
OK, so we have a widow stealing her husbands’ necklace shaped like the ancient symbol for healthy conception, in a bizarre-o place which seems to be to be pro-Eternal Life, but anti-Healthy Newborns. Interesting.
Throw in the fact that Amy seems to be the only woman who has been able get pregnant on the Island AND give birth on the Island and not end up dead, and I think we have a bonafide mystery here.
Further, what if Sawyer hadn’t insisted on ignoring Faraday’s advice about not messing with the future and hadn’t saved Amy? What if Juliet had just stuck to fixing carburetors and not saved the baby when the “internist” could not? I suppose this miracle child just would never have happened.
Maybe he wasn’t supposed to happen.
And most importantly, who the heck is this unintended baby boy, anyway?
“A Well-Read Con Man Is The Most Dangerous Kind…”
I just made that quote up, but it definitely qualifies as “one to grow on,” so I’m standing by it.
Sawyer, for example, is a far better con man because of his vast literary knowledge.
When he speaks to Horace he identifies himself as the captain of a salvage vessel that crashed en route to Tahiti. That immediately harkened back to a tale of long ago, known in popular culture as “Mutiny on the Bounty.”
I almost wish I could’ve missed this connection, because it runs deep.
Here are some “Fun Facts About Mutiny” to get us started:
* The Bounty was headed for Tahiti, to gather breadfruit trees.
*One of the guys leading the “mutiny” was named Fletcher Christian (as in Christian-maybe-Jacob Shephard)
* The other was William Bligh. Bligh is historically regarded as arrogant & self-serving, but was actually said to have been a fair and capable leader (Is it Ben? Is it Widmore?)
* They had a disagreement and it all came to a head and the proverbial “camp” was divided. People died.
*The ship Pandora was sent as a salvage vessel to collect the ravaged Bounty.
* Long story short, it ran aground round about Tahiti (just like Capt. LaFleur’s ship).
More specifically, it ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef (dude, how did they not see that?)
The Great Barrier Reef is off of Australia.
When Locke, Hurley, and Sawyer are playing Risk near the beginning of S4 fave “The Shape of Things to Come,” Hurley says, “Australia is the key to the whole game”. Sawyer retorts, “Says you…”
Maybe he’s changed his mind?
Worth a Mention
*Sawyer is a pop-culture junkie. Amy asks Sawyer not to spread the word around Utopia that Horace is a pyromaniac and a lush, and he responds “It’ll be on the Coconut Telegraph before morning”
“Coconut Telegraph” was a Jimmy Buffett song circa 1980 (had it even been written yet?!) with lyrics about gossipy Islanders.
As an aside, Buffett dedicated the song to “All My Reefers.”
Like, Great Barrier “Reefers?” Is that a stretch? Maybe, but I do not fear being wrong.
I fear leaving something out. Which is why these re-caps are a bit lengthy. Sorry (no, I’m not.)
*Did Miles hair turn gray in the last week or is that ash or some majickal temporal-jumping dust?
* The “I’m an internist, I’m not qualified to do this” line delivered by the Dharma doc who couldn’t deliver Amy’s breech-baby, echoes Juliet’s line from S3’s “Not in Portland,” about not being qualified to repair Ben’s kidney sack which Jack sabotaged during surgery.
* Little ghost girl Charlotte is creepy.
* Daniel seems creepy-happy when Little Ghost Charlotte waves at him.
* Best line of the night goes to Miles with: ‘by now, he’s probably trying to explain time travel’ regarding the exorbitant amount of time that Sawyer has been speaking to Horace.
Lyndsey has OCD. Lucky for you, in between color-coding her closet and using anti-bacterial hand sanitizer, she channels her mania into over-analysis of “Lost”. She believes the idea that “TV rots your brain,” is bullshit. She is sure her brain is not, in fact, rotten.
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