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Lost Episodes 1 & 2, "Because You Left" and "The Lie"

Lost Episodes 1 & 2, "Because You Left" and "The Lie"

Welcome back to TV, Lost! It's like seeing an old friend. A sort of baffling, schizo friend, but nice and familiar all the same. We've got dual stories going on right off the bat this season with the Oceanic Six in 2007 being asked to go back to the island while the Losties of 2004 deal with the strange goings-on of the island.

Anything more would be a spoiler. If you need a detailed recap of the season premiere, check out Lostpedia. For some of my thoughts and to share your own,


  • So, this episode is all Ben being like, "let’s go back to the island!" and the island is all "here’s some white light and now guess what time you're in. . . I'm totally messing with you." Ben keeps insisting that the Oceanic Six need to go back, and Richard Alpert confirms this to Locke, saying it's the only way to save the island.
  • Richard Alpert also says this means Locke has to die — whaaaa . . ?
  • I did have to laugh at Locke's distressed, "When am I?"
  • Jack's down with going back and in the end Ben manages to get Sayid, too, but Hurley (who throws a hot pocket at Ben's face — and Ben doesn't even flinch!) isn't having it and gives Ben a firm "Never, dude."
  • The whole thing opens with Marvin Candle/Pierre Chang waking up (at 8:15 a.m., natch) to give a bottle to a baby and putting on a record that starts to skip. Later, Daniel Faraday explains that it's like the island is a record that started skipping when Ben did his thing at the Orchid station — hence the time travel. I really appreciate that visual, actually. I like a good analogy, especially when it makes the craziness of Lost more accessible.
  • Filed under Other Things I Like: Sawyer. I was glad that Faraday didn't give Sawyer his shirt (what kind of trade is that? Clothed Sawyer and shirtless Faraday? No, thank you!). And Sawyer's nicknames are like music to my ears. He calls Charlotte "Ginger" and Faraday "Whiz Kid," before later calling him "Dr. Wizard" — only to have Miles correct him "I think it's Mr. Wizard." And is it bad that I laughed (just a little) when Sawyer slapped Faraday across the face?
  • Desmond is also looking fine these days (especially on the boat!). Just saying.
  • Speaking of Desmond, he has a memory of a time-traveling Daniel Faraday telling Desmond to find Faraday's mother at Oxford. One thought is that Mrs. Hawking (the white-haired woman at the end whom we've seen before selling Desmond an engagement ring for Penny) could also be Faraday's mother. She does do some maths on the blackboard (while wearing a hood).
  • Also, what's up with Mrs. H. and Ben? She tells him he's got 70 hours. He tells her that he lost Hurley and what happens if he can't get all of them to come back? She replies, "Then God help us all."
  • Hurley tells his mom that he and the others in the Oceanic Six lied about what happened after the crash. He then gives basically a 30-second recap of the entire Lost series! He also sums up Sayid pretty well: "He is my friend. But he’s also got this double life where he does crazy ninja moves and spy stuff. But he’s a good guy." Hurley's having some regrets about the whole lying thing. His mom is so sweet. I love this scene.
  • Meanwhile (or. . . mean-sometime), Sawyer and Juliet are being zipped around time on the island and struggling to understand it while also trying not to be shot with flaming arrows or have their hands cut off by Others. The Sawyer-Juliet duo is a formidable force, I think. She's smart and tough and he's all action and impulsiveness. I'm liking it.
  • That Neil "Frogurt"'s a bit of a wet blanket, no? Or. . . he was. . .
  • Angela Chase's dad! Sorry, Tom Irwin will always be the dad on My So-Called Life to me. Anyway, he shows up in "Because You Left" as Dan Norton, one of the shady dudes trying to find out if Aaron is truly Kate's son. No such luck with the blood samples as Kate takes off with Aaron, and then ends up getting together with Sun (in a room with a sweet view) who tells her she doesn't blame Kate for what happened to Jin on the freighter. She also urges Kate to do what she has to do to protect Aaron.
  • Jill is the name of the blond butcher lady who gets a visit from Ben who needs her to, you know, watch Locke's rotting corpse. Another day, another corpse to watch. Because nothing in this show is meaningless, what's Jill's deal?
  • Oh! And Charlotte! As Phil commented in yesterday's Lost post, "she seems to have the same type of temporal displacement disorder that Desmond had and that killed Minkowski." Her nose starts to bleed and she's forgotten her mother's maiden name. I can't wait to find out what happens with her.
  • I jumped at the sight of Ana Lucia in her old cop uniform standing at Hurley's window! And then there's this: "Oh yeah, Libby says 'hi.'"
  • Aaaaaand now I'm on the hunt for an "I (heart) My Shih Tzu" t-shirt.

OK, that's all I can process for now. Two hours is a lot of Lost! Good Lost, but just a lot. What did you think of the fifth season premiere?

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crystalm07 crystalm07 8 years
It showed that Faraday was there when the Orchid station was being built and that he walked past Dr.. Candle there is no maybe it showed his whole face. I also noticed that he looked almost the same as he did now which I'm guessing means he was time traveling at the time since they were talking about time traveling and he perked all up and stuff.
ingalinnea ingalinnea 8 years
So I don't think Faraday was the one bleeding, but I do think he was the one who bumped into Dr. what's-his-name as he walked out of the room. The one who kept his head down so we couldn't see his face...
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 8 years
this could be totally off based, but anyone think that the person bleeding in the orchid was faraday (sans the beard)? so when you actually see faraday, he's looking at himself in past time, because he's time traveling (which may also explain why he took over 2 hrs to return to the beach w/the other losties-i don't think it took him TWO hours to talk to desmond and tell him to find his mother) dude seems to know quite a bit about the island, and if hawking is his mother, that would be his connection to it. the hawking/ben revelation completely mind boggled me at the end, i knew she looked familiar so i had to lostpedia it to remember who she was. sun is bad ass when she's evil. i think it was ben who called the "lawyers" - only way she would probably agree to go back. so excited for this season!!!!!!
BlackKitty BlackKitty 8 years
I like Faraday, I think he means well. However, my all time love is for Desmond.. He will always be my constant.. :p
Phil Phil 8 years
Am I Richard Alpert? ...hmm O_o I just got a chance to re-watch the first episode, and when Daniel was flipping through his journal I saw (among other things) a headline about the No Free Lunch theorem. I ran a Google tangent and read up on the theory, I don't fully understand it, but in regards to its implications on the value of algorithms in a given situation, it seemed to be very applicable to the power play between Ben and Widmore, further contextualizing their intimate knowledge of the outcomes of any given situation, and, in particular, the curious protocols that seemed to have been put into place at given times; why Ben is such an incredible manipulator, and why Widmore probably is too. My question is, does anyone see how NFL can be applied to any other aspects of the Lost mythos? Or can anyone help to refine my understanding of the theorem? This is why I'm an English major--no math!
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
i guess i just assumed that was an old picture! But I've heard that the creators have said there would be a rousseau episode so, lets keep our fingers crossed!
Jelly888 Jelly888 8 years
Good point Renee3, but I would still like a Rousseau episode. I was also wondering with all this time travel about the fact that they may run into themselves in a different time? And also the point about when Sun shows Kate the picture of her daughter, the daughter is still a baby, when she should be around 3 years old? Any thoughts?
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
Jelly888 - Rousseau conceived off island which is why she was able to have the baby. Remember the problem starts at conception which is why Sun was in danger and why Claire was able to have her baby. The only reason I question those guys being Rousseau's team is how he yelled Wjy are you on our island? Rousseau's story is that they we on a expedition and heard a recording with the numbers being repeated changed course to check it out and crash landed on the island in a storm. They never meant to go there and were in fear of the Others the whole time they were there. Why would they call in THEIR island? I could see them capturing them and being like WHO ARE YOU!?!? because they're scared of the whispers and whatnot, but not claiming the island as their own. Just my opinion
Jelly888 Jelly888 8 years
I also think the people who were going to cut off Juliet's hand were Rousseau's people. They didn't have any Dharma sign on their uniforms. I hope so, as I was always waiting for them to have a Rousseau episode. She's a great character. As well about the pregnant bit in this episode, Rousseau could have also given birth to Alex on the island, so maybe all the pregnant women dying did happen after her team died?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years has awesome recaps of the show.
iluvfashion2 iluvfashion2 8 years
so many funny lines. my fave was hurley's mom: "why is there a dead pakistani on my couch?" HA!
popcorn19 popcorn19 8 years
Now excuse me if this is an ignorant comment--I haven't watched the show NEARLY as closely as everyone else- lol! But Ben and co. were traveling to the "real world" using a simple submarine...and Michael and his son just left on an average dinghy... so that means that the time period when they were on the island and the time period on the island must have been the same, right? Also, could the polar bears be like time-traveled from when the island was way over near the south/north poles?? Just a thought.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 8 years
Just to throw mine into the canon of crazy theories, mine is that Sun is the person who paid the lawyers to have baby Aaron taken from Kate. I felt from her creepy attitude and her recount of how it was all Kate's fault that Jin "my husband" is dead, she is trying to get revenge on Kate and make her lose someone she loves too. That could be totally off-base, but I thought Sun was a little too placid, and her speech a little too pointed, not to have meant something.
Miss-Senorita Miss-Senorita 8 years
I'm so glad this show is back and I can't wait to finally get all my questions answered.
emalove emalove 8 years
I loved the episodes last night!!!!! I drooled over Sawyer the whole time. And Molly, I totally agree--Desmond is looking great this season. Mrs. Hawking is TOTALLY Faraday's mother...I thought that was obvious?? I mean, she was writing formulas on the blackboard, right after Daniel told Des to go find his mother at Oxford. In my mind, I am 100% sure that she is his mother. I am curious about her connection to Ben though... Oh, and Hurley's t-shirt was hilarious.
rocknrollheart rocknrollheart 8 years
OK, You see we did crash, but it was on this crazy island, and we waited for rescue and there wasn't any rescue, and then there was a smoke monster, and then there were other people on the island, we called them the others, and they started attacking us, and we found some hatches and there was this button that you had to push every 108 minutes or ..., well i was never very clear on that, but the others didn't have anything to do with the hatches, that was the Dharma Initiative, they were all dead the others killed them, and now they're trying to kill us, and then we teamed up with the others because some worse people were coming on a freighter, Desmonds girlfriends father sent them to kill us, so we stole their helicopter and we flew it tho their freighter, but it blew up amd we couldn't go back to the island because it disappeared, so then we crashed in the ocean and we floated there for awhile, til a boat came and picked us up and then there were six of us, that part was true.
its-only-fashion its-only-fashion 8 years
hahaha i thought i was the only person who screamed "angela chase's dad!!!" when he came on the screen.
shmoo15 shmoo15 8 years
Um are some of you Lostologist? I can't believe how amazing all of your analysis' are. Especially Phil. Admit it, you're Richard, aren't you.
lilprisci lilprisci 8 years
GREAT episodes. I remember a while back the producers saying that there was something in the pilot episode that would give away the whole series... I think we got it last night: in the pilot Charlie asks, "Where ARE we?" and last night we have Locke asking, "WHEN am I?"
ingalinnea ingalinnea 8 years
I thought that the people who tried to cut off Juliet's hand were wearing Dharma Initiative jumpsuits...
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 8 years
*Wickman* ...sorry, got carried away
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 8 years
OH, nice connection with Juliet's hand almost being cut off and Chang/Candle/Wick/Halliwax's hand in that first orientation film!
Phil Phil 8 years
I just realized the hilarious foreshadowing in the Neil "Frogurt" death scene--Bernard made one of those bow things to start a fire, then flaming arrows start raining down! Frakkin' genius! Also, the whole thing with cutting off Juliet's hand--that's a bit reminiscent of Pier Chang's prosthetic hand in the Dharma Orientation vids. I wonder if there's further connection to those military-type folk who tried to kill the Losties? And I wonder if those folk have anything to do with why Kelvin, Desmond's former Hatch-mate and Army guy forcing Sayid's hand back in Iraq I, ended up on the Island? For Jin, I hope his situation is addressed soon! I think he's stranded in the sea somewhere. One thing Faraday mentioned was that he was within the radius at the time the Island became displaced in time-space. One thing about the Freighter was that is pointedly stationed itself outside of the radius of the Island, hence why Faraday beckoned Frank Lapidus to follow the exact coordinates (same coordinates Ben gave to Michael) in order to get back to the Freighter. I don't believe for a moment that he's dead. If anything, I'd imagine he was picked up by Widmore who, surely, would send a support vessel and not leave the whole job to just that one freighter crew. Surely Widmore would want to salvage anything that may have ended up on the Freighter. Finally, was it determined whether the Losties (or, I guess, Islanded Losties), when they weren't in the past, were in the present (time after Freighter explosion), or if they were far in the future? I ask this because in the scene where Mrs. Hawking dawned an overused piece of chalk and a cult-ish snuggie, the pendulum swinging seemed to suggest the course the Island was on, swinging back and forth through time. I think the window of 70 hours that seems to be determined by both the Ben and Widmore camps, suggests that the Island will only have crossed the particular timeline that Ben, Widmore, the Oceanic 6 and the rest of the world are on. If the six are not back on the Island before the 70 hours expires, a plethora of possibility could occur, all of which, Mrs. Hawking suggests, would be tragic, whether it be to just the manipulators of the end game or to existence itself. When the Island stops swinging back and forth through time, at what point will it land? The point at which the frozen donkey wheel was turned?
graylen graylen 8 years
I love that in the midst of making your brain go crazy, Damon and Carlton give you so many funny lines. I thought there were so many in this episode!
mona777 mona777 8 years
amazing, i'm so confused but i'm so glad its back!
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