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Lost Recap, Fourth Season Episode 2, "Confirmed Dead"

Lost Episode 2: "Confirmed Dead"

Now, I don't want to be ungrateful here. These precious few episodes of Lost are some of the only snippets of new TV we're able to get during these lean writers' strike days. But there's always too much happening on this show. There are so many characters and so much crazy stuff going on all the time that to introduce more characters into the mix is just frustrating. Here's hoping these folks are relevant. Really, really relevant.

For an awesome full plot rundown of the episode, check out WhiplashGirlchild's recap. For some of my thoughts and to share your own (spoilers ahead),


  • Firstly, deep sea video footage is hands down one of the scariest things ever. No matter what anyone finds down there, it's haunting. Also, I'm a little surprised that they were able to show a rotting corpse face on the news.
  • According to this news piece, the Oceanic 815 aircraft was found in the Sunda Trench, near Bali. However, as Frank Lapidus points out, the corpse is not the pilot Seth Norris, who a) has been played by Greg Grunberg in the past, and b) was found, in the cockpit, on the island, before being viciously attacked by the island's smoke monster. Thus, methinks the plane they found in the water is not that of our beloved Losties.
  • The metal trunk that fell out of the helicopter held gas masks. This seems like an important detail.
  • By barreling her way onto an excavation site, Charlotte finds the skeleton of a polar bear in Tunisia. The bear's skeleton is accompanied by a collar with the Dharma Initiative's Hydra symbol on it.
  • I was just talking about Sawyer's nicknames, and this week we're treated to two new ones! He calls Locke Colonel Kurtz, a reference to Marlon Brando's character in Apocalypse Now. Later Sawyer calls Ben "Yoda."
  • In other names news, Lostpedia has some trivia for us regarding Dan, who shares his last name, Faraday, with a famous English chemist and physicist. Apparently the old Faraday "established that magnetism could affect rays of light and that there was an underlying relationship between the two phenomena. In this episode, Faraday comments on abnormalities in the light rays on the island." Magnetism has often been posited as a reason why the island is so weird.
  • Vincent the dog is back in action! Love that dog. Though I had to laugh when Vincent came through the jungle with Charlotte's tracking device on him. It's like Jack and Locke are playing a camp game, like Capture the Flag or something.
  • Woah. The Juliet-Sayid sneak attack was pretty awesome. And then Miles sass-talked Sayid! Bold move, Miles.
  • Best line of the night comes from Sawyer: "Sure. Who are we to argue with Taller Ghost Walt?"
  • Man, everyone in the world wants Ben dead.

What did you think about this week's episode of Lost?

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