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"Lost" Episode 20: "The Man Behind The Curtain"

"Lost" Episode 20: "The Man Behind The Curtain"

This week's "Lost" was the episode many of us have been waiting for: the long anticipated back story of Henry Gale/Ben. It was sometimes slow and often infuriating, but an incredibly revealing episode, to say the least. It also needs to be said that it ranked high on the "Lost" scale of moments that made me say "WTF?!"

If you missed the episode, you definitely want to check out WhiplashGirlchild's recap in the LOST fans group. To read more of my thoughts (which are chock full of spoilers, so look out!), just

  • Was I the only person who half expected Emily to give birth to some weird alien spawn in the opening scene? Maybe it was just the eerie music playing, or maybe I just secretly wanted island babies to be superhuman.
  • I was kind of surprised and disappointed that Ben was born in Oregon. I don't know why, considering he's almost never been an honest kinda guy.
  • The palpable shift in power between Ben and Locke is awesome. I love that the Others are all about Locke now, and it gives me hope that maybe the Losties and Others can all get along someday after all. Although that probably wouldn't make for great television.
  • "The Man Behind The Curtain" is Ben. Hey, does anyone else remember who the man behind the curtain was in the Wizard of Oz? He was a total phony, and kind of a wuss. Sometimes I wonder why Locke just doesn't kick his ass, like he did Charlie. And his father. And Mikhail.
  • "Namaste" is how the Dharma people greet each other. Wonder if they have any other cool catch phrases.
  • Horace mentions the "island's abundant, diverse...wildlife." Well, that's one way to gloss over "smoke monster and polar bears."
  • Young Ben is all about little Annie, and clearly he's still affected by her in real time. However, we never find out what became of her, or whether or not she was gassed like the rest of the members of the Dharma Initiative. Something tells me we may find out.
  • So Mikhail survived because the fence wasn't turned up to the highest voltage. Lame! Why would the fence ever be on lower voltage? Also, didn't he claim that he survived because the island provides special healing powers? (By the way, tell that to Boone!)
  • Alex is such a badass. I can't wait until we learn more about her and how she came to be Ben's "daughter."
  • Trying to sort out the "who's who" of the Dharma Initiative hurts my brain. So Ben goes to school, lives in the community — but is his part of the island in cahoots with experimental guys like Kelvin, Desmond's hatch buddy?
  • Ben sees his dead mother, like Jack saw his dead father, and Shannon saw Walt. I've tried to make connections between these three incidents, but Walt really throws me off the track by being alive and all.
  • So Ben's dad is an alcoholic and blames Ben for his mother's death. Ergo, Ben has serious daddy issues. I ask you, who doesn't?
  • Juliet changes sides more times than anyone I've ever seen. I'm so over her. I hope she gets to leave the island, or someone kills her. Whatever happens faster.
  • So Richard was once a "hostile/native" but he looks like a hippie. He doesn't seem to have really aged from Ben's flashback to real time, unless the "Lost" producers expect us to believe that a haircut ages a guy a good 30 odd years.
  • Did Richard and the hostiles coerce Ben into killing his father and the rest of the Dharma people or was it the other way around?
  • The whole Jacob extravaganza was really irritating. I didn't find it creepy, intense or mind-blowing. I was just really irritated. Also, I think it would've been awesome if the writers had just made Henry Gale insane.
  • So Ben kills his father, takes over and becomes leader of the others, can talk to what may or may not be an imaginary friend. Locke kills his father (kinda), starts gaining respect of the Others, can talk to Jacob too... this doesn't bode well for Ben, which is why he went and shot Locke. However, I don't believe for a second that Locke is a goner.
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kiddylnd kiddylnd 10 years
On another blog someone had a link to a theory that Annie is Kate. They actually made a pretty convincing idea of it.
Bonfire Bonfire 10 years
Sigmaration, Your theory sounds very good! The only thing is that Rousseau 'said' that she came to the island with other scientists or something already with Alex and that the other's took her. But I still think your theory could be right!
sanD13 sanD13 10 years
yeah, that invisible man thing was just way too bizarre. and why doesn't richard age? and has anyone else noted that what ben participated in was mass murder?
junebrug junebrug 10 years
What a bizzare episode, I love this show, but talking chairs are my limit.
chatoyante chatoyante 10 years
I can't wait to see what happens next episode, though I agree about the weird Jacob sequence. Did they accidentally end up in the "Haunted Mansion"?
Classy-Amelia Classy-Amelia 10 years
Lost was excellent yesterday. I loved it. It amazed me every second of the show. I guess that means Locke is dead but who knows with the island. I am curious if Jacob is actually real. I found myself saying is he real or is it just Ben's imagination. I don't know why but I noticed I am actually rooting for the Others. I love the flashbacks into Ben's past. He was an adorable kid.
sigmaration sigmaration 10 years
I think Annie is Rousseau. Ben warned her of the gassing and took her to somewhere else in the woods and gave her a new backstory. She and Ben had Alex, and then Ben took her from Rousseau/Annie.
sashak sashak 10 years
Yeah! the "ions weren't at full charge" thing was LAME!! but whatever. Ole Patchy got his ass beat down by Locke! hee hee!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
My friend Dan has a very interesting theory about Jacob. I blogged about it so check it out.
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 10 years
I can't believe so many people are saying "I'm over it" about last night's ep! I was thinking how glad I was that SOMETHING finally happened!!!!! Ben was, once upon a time, a nervous almost mute kid - who'd have known? Locke has changed dramatically since S1 - he's grown a couple and kicks everyone's butts all the time. Hilarious! And Jacob may or may not exist! Holy crap! I'm wondering if Jacob is what's inside Ben's little black box? Like Locke's dad was talking about....? Just a thought.
italygal italygal 10 years
BUZZ, I *also* thought it would have been much more interesting if Ben was just crazy and actually didn't know ANYTHING. Instead there really is a Jacob and blah blah blah. I'm over it.
calibabi calibabi 10 years
i thought they did a great job casting young ben...totally believable.
krampalicious krampalicious 10 years
"namaste" is a sanskrit greeting/wish for wellness used in yoga and other practices. it means "the light in me honors the light in you." it recognizes the divinity in the person you're saluting, which is interesting given the nature of the island... such a great episode, though. did you see jacob, though? here's some interesting screen caps.
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