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"Lost" Episode 17: "Catch 22"

"Lost" Episode 17: "Catch 22"

This week's "Lost" had all of my favorite attributes of a great episode. We got some insightful Desmond flashbacks, a few love-triangle-turned-love-square scenes, and — best of all — the cliffhanger that left us counting the minutes until next week's episode.

If you missed the episode (or just want to re-visit it), check out WhiplashGirlchild's post in the LOST Fans group. For more of my musings — spoiler warning —

  • This is the second episode in a month where someone is dead before the opening credits are shown. Call me crazy, but I really like that the writers are willing to kill off anyone at the drop of a hat. Even though Charlie ends up pulling through, it keeps things interesting.
  • Major episode themes: sacrifice and faith. Desmond has to learn the value of sacrifice in the monastery when he gives the vow of silence. He also sacrificed his marriage to become a monk and obviously wrestles with the idea of sacrificing Charlie for Penny. It's interesting that Desmond references the story of Isaac and Abraham in terms of sacrifice. Was Desmond's vision a test of his faith in Penny? In the end, he does the right thing by saving Charlie and isn't punished for it.
  • It may not have been a big revelation, but I'm glad we finally know where Desmond got that whole "brother" thing from.
  • Sawyer's one-liners about mix tapes and afternoon delight were great. I especially loved the reference to Bernard considering we've heard nothing about him or Rose since last season.
  • Catch-22 theme: If Desmond lets Charlie die, he loses. If he misses Penny, he loses.
  • Funniest moments: Jin's ghost story and when Sawyer asked if Jack and Juliet were arguing over who was their favorite Other.
  • I'm still amazed at the fact that there are so many places in the jungle that the Losties haven't explored yet. Seriously, what do they do all day?
  • The photograph in the abbey of Brother Campbell also has Mrs. Hawking, the lady who originally told Desmond that he can't control the future. Wonder if that means something or is just a fun little connection?
  • I have so many questions about the woman who fell out of the helicopter (?) I don't even know where to begin. Can't wait to find out more about this one.
  • Major episode theme: fate. Desmond is constantly struggling to figure out what to do next, but the next step always seems to find him, and everything works out for a reason (e.g. He gets fired from being a monk, which he thought was his calling, but it leads him to Penny). This is, of course, also a huge theme of the show in general, but it seems to take a particular toll on Desmond because of his visions.

From Lostpedia:

  • "Moriah Vineyards" is an anagram of both "harmed visionary" and "diversionary ham."
  • The copy of Catch-22 found in the jungle was titled in Portuguese (Ardil-22), the same language the men were speaking in the listening station at the end of the season 2 finale, "Live Together, Die Alone". The word "ardil" literally translates into American English as a trick or a scheme.

The events of this week's episode definitely give the rest of the season some serious potential to be spectacular. I'm hoping that this mysterious parachute women, Charlie's fate, Locke's dad (dying to know about this one), and Juliet's evil plan will all fit together nicely like the "jigsaw puzzle" pieces of Desmond's flashbacks. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the "Lost" writers don't let me down on this one.

Photos copyright 2007 ABC

ria25 ria25 10 years
Kate's COH jeans are the Faye style. She has worn them quite a bit on the show...
sashak sashak 10 years
How do your know her name? I'm a LOST junkie but alot slips by me...
chancleta chancleta 10 years
Interesting Phil. Very interesting. Many thanks for sharing. I thought Hurly asking Jen to camp was cute. Very cute and american. Like it was something Jen had seen in tv or movies.
Phil Phil 10 years
haha, yeah, when Hurley first suggested "camping" to Jin I kind of chuckled at the absurdity of the suggestion. They've been camping for the past 80-something days! As for the mystery pilot, I think we only know that her name is Naomi. Who she is isn't 100% certain but I think it's safe to say that she was sent by Penelope Widmore (Des' amie) in her vehement search for her lost (former) beau. Among the books the parachutist brought with her, the one we got to see was Ardil-22 which is Catch-22 in portugese. Portugese is the same language the two figures were speaking at the very end of season 2 when the hatch imploded and the electromagnetic anomaly blipped on their screens in that snowy hatch. The figures immediately called Penny to inform her of the development. All implying that Naomi is under Penny's employ. So I'm just repeating what was just posted but I think it's worth repeating. Lostpedia brought on an interesting question when they presented this fact: The parachutist was wearing a pressure-demand oxygen mask, as opposed to a continuous-flow mask. Continuous-flow masks (such as of the kind released in airliners during emergencies) are typically used in unpressurized aircraft that fly between 12000 and 25000 feet, and do not make an airtight seal around the mouth. Pressure-demand oxygen masks like the one worn by the parachutist make an airtight seal and allow for flight at altitudes up to 50000 feet (if the aircraft is pressurized and the composition and pressure of the oxygen can be controlled). Flight above 50000 feet typically requires an astronaut-like pressurized suit. While some helicopters have flown to 40000 feet for the sake of claiming records, few helicopters can fly higher than 20000 feet, and most operate at 10000 feet or below (and thus are not pressurized). Why did the parachutist need a "pressure-demand" oxygen mask? What does that imply about the locale of the island?
suemey suemey 10 years
DID ANYONE SAW the amazing citizen of humanity jeans that kate was rockin'!!!! i want that jeans and that body. love desmond and his past and present and his possible future. I want answers about that black girl
lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
who was the girl at the very end? and as for camping, hello, wtf have they been doing since they got on that island? love the show though :)
Classy-Amelia Classy-Amelia 10 years
This episode was amazing! I can't believe Kate is seemingly jealous of Jack and Juliet. I love the scenes with Jin, Charlie, Hurley, and Desmond by the campfire, telling ghost stories.
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 10 years
This was a great episode! Kept me totally enthralled. I also liked the Jin ghost story and Sawyer mixed tape comments, very funny. I think it is interesting that Desmond's rich girlfriend Penny is sending people to look for him 3 years after he has been gone... verrry interesting. Can't wait to hear her back story!
Phil Phil 10 years
not a bad ep! I always love any episode that gives us more dish on Desmond and has its share of Sayid and Sawyer Scenes (too bad Sayid was absent last night). *spoiler* I was really surprised when the beginning of the episode went right to a scene of Charlie being killed. It didn't immediately register that it might be another one of Desmond's flashes of the future so I was riveted! And also riveted by whether it would actually be Penny who crashed into the island. I knew it wouldn't be, but I was still hoping right alongside Des. I can't wait to find out what this mystery woman's (Naomi) deal is and how significant her impact will be on the show. I also liked the goings on between Jack, Sawyer and Kate. It's sad that Sawyer's being strung along by Kate but at least Sawyer realizes it now. And he still "made" that "mix tape" for Kate (what are the chances this was an allusion to the Death Proof segment of Grindhouse?). I'm very glad that mix-tapes are not forgotten! I also loved Jin's scary campfire story. I don't know what the heck he said but I don't think that mattered too much!
luckybelle luckybelle 10 years
This show was soooo awesome in the beginning. But it's just getting out of hand. Although last nights episode was one of the better ones of this season. But seriously...who the heck is that the person who fell out of the ski? And I hate Juliet!
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I don't understand the whole helicopter and parachuting out of it thing- the logistics dont make sense
chancleta chancleta 10 years
PS thanks for telling me who was in that picture...I was stretching to find out!
chancleta chancleta 10 years
WAHOO this episode rock. I was laughing hysterically at Jen's ghost story. How Hurly jumped! LOL I too loved the Sawyer lines! And finding out where Desmond got "brother." Very cool very cool. I think the chopper crashed because there's some sort of force field or something protecting the island. What do you think?
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