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Lost Recap Episode 9: "The Shape of Things to Come"

Lost Episode 9: "The Shape of Things to Come"

Holy cow, this episode was crammed full of so much stuff. Murder! Betrayal! Smoke monster! It was like an entire movie in one hour-long episode. A busy, confusing movie. I can't say I totally enjoyed this week's Lost entirely (though I am psyched that it's back!) , but I loved the ending when Ben raised the stakes a few more notches.

Know what else was raised? Questions. To check out some of my thoughts and perplexities about this week's episode (spoilers ahead!),


  • I love that that clip of Hurley saying "We're all gonna die" which we've been seeing in previews for weeks was actually just him . . playing a board game.
  • "Calm down, Chicken Little. The sky ain't fallin' just yet." When Sawyer said this to Hurley, I just thought it was a funny little nickname moment, though Lostpedia points out that this is a reference to a character who believes disaster is imminent.
  • Of course Ben can play the piano in a creepy trance. Also, I kind of loved it when Widmore called Ben's eyes "horrible." They really are.
  • Ben's flashforward takes place in October 2005, which is a year and one month after the crash of Oceanic Flight 815. In this one episode, the jet-setter is seen in the Sahara Desert, Tunisia, Iraq and London.
  • I love it when characters make remarks that could be quips about the entire series in general, like when Daniel Faraday says, "'When' is kind of a relative term."
  • I completely thought this would be the episode when Claire dies (leaving Aaron in Kate's care). And then, it wasn't.
  • Why'd that guy murder Sayid's wife? And now we now how Sayid came to become Ben's killing machine.
  • "She means nothing to me." I can't repeat the obscenities I was yelling at the screen during this moment, but OMG. Ben is massive jerk, changed rules or no. His daughter died hearing that she meant nothing to him and was just a pawn. His status as that villain everyone loves to hate was changed to just hate.
  • And Alex wasn't my favorite character by far, but her death was incredibly sad to me.

  • Oh, so they brought back the smoke monster. Sad, crazy smoke monster. Anybody else giggle a little at the vaguely Yeti-like noises it makes as it wreaks havoc? I have a hard time taking that particular plotline seriously.
  • I don't care too much about the dead guy on the beach. It seemed like he existed in the story simply to make this exchange happen:
    Jack: "Were you ever going to take us off this island?"
    Daniel: "No."
  • Sawyer is so protective of everyone in this episode. Saving Claire, shielding Hurley from Locke. Love that Sawyer.
  • Widmore has nightmares?
  • Ben can't kill Widmore?
  • What exactly were "the rules" that Widmore changed? And where is Penny hidden that Widmore thinks Ben won't find her?

So, there's a lot to chew on here! What did you think of this episode? Are you just excited to have TV back in general? Are you kinda looking forward to seeing Jack, the doctor, become the patient next week?

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acyl acyl 9 years
Ohmygod people STOP talking about Sawyer dying!!! I know he doesn't get off the island but does that mean he has to go? I would be so so SO upset if they killed off my favorite character! Oh and what is WITH all this killing? I'm sad Rosseau is dead and now Alex. When are they gonna stop?
catita85 catita85 9 years
I love Lost. Started watching it 2 months ago from scratch and now am up to date. I hate ben´s character, but the actor is amazing. I love Saywer (hot, bad boy with a good heart) Sayid, Hurley, Sun,Locke. I hate Juliet, ughh, hate her. Such a egocentric, holier than thou idiot. Though i think that the more i see the less i know when i watch Lost.
roberto roberto 9 years
I finally got around to my tivo'd episode last night. WOW. That scene where Ben goes into his bat layer was intense.
meepmeepmeep meepmeepmeep 9 years
This isn't as exciting as past episodes, but I liked what I saw. I was freaking out thinking Claire was dead. Poor Alex tho :( I hope Ben doesn't get to Penny!
redsilkshoes redsilkshoes 9 years
I love the fact that Ben's in control of the monster. Loved how he just turned it on. Other than that, still processing it. I'm gonna watch it again.
menthadict menthadict 9 years
The only thing I have to say is after watching this episode, I went insane.
Allyace Allyace 9 years
I truly love this show. And I too thought Claire was done for! As for Sayid's wife...I think Ben might have killed her to give him an excuse to be angry with Witmore so that he would want to help. We all know that Ben is conniving and he looked so pleased that Sayid was ready to help him. Clearly his plan all along.
er593395 er593395 9 years
I think the rules are that you don't kill the innocent people. Remember on the boat when Michael thought he was going to blow up the entire thing but then Ben said he would never actually have him do that because there are people on the boat that are innocent.
greentea14 greentea14 9 years
At bluesuze, I loved those lines too :D. When he called Claire sweetheart he sounded so tender...almost in a paternal way, ahhh just so sweet. And that affection between Hurley and Sawyer made me go awwww :) how cute of Sawyer. Just the idea of BEN killing Penny...Desmond's love, made me so sad :( he'd better not for Desmond's sake !!! CAnnot wait to find out what's going on with Jack, for a moment I thought he was gonna die soon, but then I remembered that he was in Oceanic 6. Yeah and I also liked Hurley's improvised craddle. I didn't see Alex's death coming at all. I wanted her and ....that boyfriends of hers whose name I don't remember to end up living together happily and in peace :( very sad
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Oh, and how did I forget to mention Alex? That was sooo sad but I kinda saw that coming after Danielle and Alex's boyfriend died. Still was a little bit shocking though...
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I was so sure that Claire was going to die in this episode, especially since she was randomly separated from everyone in the beginning of the episode. I don't think she is 100% safe though, but I'm glad she's ok for now since she's the only character I actually like. Did anyone else notice she said Charlie after Sawyer picked her up from the explosion? I'm guessing Ben can teleport on and off the island...and that he was the one behind Nadia's death. Lost is such a depressing show, I bet no one is going to end up together except Kate with Jack/Sawyer (if anyone).
tamyvinec tamyvinec 9 years
SO GLAD LOST IS BACKKKKKKKKK!!!! Yesterday was great!!! So much information but overall great explanation like how Sayid ended up working with Ben. And I am sure Ben planned it all, he is just using Sayid to get what he wants.(PENNY!) I was so shocked they killed Alex. That was really really sad. Cruel. Yeah for Sawyer! Protecting everyone and FINALLY going back to the beach (well considering next week preview ... there is going to be a lot of trouble en route!) Oh Aaron is so cute. Loved it when Hurley put him in the laundry basket with a pillow :D Time-travelling confirmed with Ben asking what year it was. Too many things to say ... anyway I loved it . I needed back my Sawyer !
cupid21479 cupid21479 9 years
phasekitty...i thought for sure that Alex was Ben's constant...yeah he was distraught about her death, but i think there was also panic in those CRAZY eyes of his. And am i the only one that did not like Sawyer's sweet side? i dunno, his dirty mind, rude & obnoxious, "i don't care what anyone thinks/says/does" kinda attitude was what turned me on about him...but last night, he was just uuuggghhhh, sweet and caring....(i know i have issues, lol) but i do love the bad boys! the challenge...can the jerky hot sawyer please come back?
tiabia tiabia 9 years
I'm just glad it's back.
Gossamer Gossamer 9 years
Line of the Night: "Excuse me, James"-Ben I LOVED this episode more than any other episode. Ben is amazing. I don't thin anyone can make you love him and hate him so much at the same time. Is it just be or has he become the star of the show? When was the last time we checked in on Jack and his crew? Forget supporting actor he stole the show he needs to get nominated for lead actor in a drama. The only thing I don't like about lost is John Locke. God, he gets on my nerves. Such a back stabbing coward and hangs onto everything Ben says and does. Sawyer was extremely hot in this episode. like nothing I've seen before.I died when he called Claire sweetheart. When did he become so nice? Next episode I would like to see less Locke, more nice Sawyer, more Jin and Sun, more ben, and more Michael (I think I'm the only person in the entire world ho loves him despite everything he's done-can't help my self no matter how hard I try)
lilprisci lilprisci 9 years
Penny is probably safe somewhere with... DESMOND! Charles Whidmore knows that Desmond would die for her and so he has to entrust him with her safety (whether the love birds themselves know it or not). This is going to come down to a show down between the two army-trained men: Sayid vs. Desmond. OMG.
bluesuze bluesuze 9 years
My husband and I burst out laughing when Ben leapt off the piano bench and whipped out this gigantic gun from the inside! If anyone has to get killed, they can off Juliet. She is my least favorite. Also Daniel Faraday is really getting on my nerves. I too thought Claire was a goner. Sawyer was soooo cute, with his "You better not harm one curly hair on that head of his" or whatever he said about Hurley, and how he called Claire sweetheart. By the way, does anyone else hate typing out the word "sweetheart"? It just looks weird to me, like "sweeth art".
kitten6500 kitten6500 9 years
Phasekitty- Widmore as Ben's constant makes a lot of sense! That is a great idea! Why else wouldn't Ben just kill him? Plus, he probably has to go see him anyway to "stay" in the right time and not time-flip. I also agree about some sort of portal from the island to the Sahara. There is definitely something there... I 100% thought Claire would die- never saw Alex coming. I think that Juliet, Claire and maybe Sawyer will die sometime soon. Can't wait till next week!
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
So happy LOST is back! A lot of interesting things going on! I took note of when Ghost Whisperer dude/Miles told them that they wanted to escort Ben back to the mainland...could this be another island or country close by or just the origional beach where this all started? I guess I'm the only one who has always hated Ben and always will! He is not to be trusted and will kill anyone in his way including his own father! YAY, for Sawyer finally waking the hell up and saying "I never should have followed you wackos in the first place", it's about DAMN time Sawyer! Another YAY for Sawyer for being the only one with enough conscience to save poor Claire! I almost cheered when he went running back for her saying "well I'll make time" GO SAWYER! Awww, and he stood up for Hurley also, even with his faults you just gotta LOVE that man Sawyer...SWOOOOOON! Interesting to see how Sayid started working for Ben. I'm sure Ben set that whole thing up. Poor Sayid. I'm thinking definite time travel with Ben not being so sure it was 2005! Damn Smokey was mad as hell last night! I still want it destroyed for killing EKO! Ben is gonna kill Penny I'm sure Desmond is NOT having it! This should be good.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
that's a great idea phasekitty, that Ben and Widmore are constants!!! Where can I see this video with the Orchid station??
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
mannylove — I totally agree, I think Michael Emerson (who plays Ben) should win an Emmy. He was nominated last year but lost (ha ha) out to Terry O'Quinn who plays Locke. And I think it's a testament to that actor that he has keeps everyone so riveted! He really is amazing. And I still maintain that I'm mad at Ben, though I'm also sympathetic toward him at the same time. How does he do it?! I know he was saying all that stuff to Keamy in an attempt to actually save Alex, but it was still some cold stuff to say. And though we know there are rules that Keamy broke, I still think it was dangerous of Ben to say that she means nothing to him because, to the guy keeping her hostage, what reason does he have to keep her alive after that? I know, I know, The Rules, but still. That whole thing was just heartbreakingly sad. I keep thinking about it. How does Lost do this to me?
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
I SO thought Claire was going to die this episode- and was totally SHOCKED when Alex did. I always liked her and her death did make me pretty sad. I'm starting to get frustrated with Daniel's mumbling about the weird things on the island and wish he would just be straight with everyone. He told Desmond everything because he's his constant and he has to keep him alive or else he will die, but why can't he spill the beans about all the weird time jump stuff to everyone? Why lie? I loved his character at first but now he's starting to get on my nerves. I definitely think that the Dharma logo on Ben's jacket was the Orchid station, especially since the Orchid video seemed to deal with time jumping. I was fortunate enough to see it at Comic-con last year so I've been mulling it over for almost a year and its finally starting to make sense. And Halliwax is the Marvin Candle guy's name in that video. There's definitely a connection between Ben showing up in the desert and the polar bear that Charlotte found in the desert. There's got to be some portal from the Arctic to the desert and maybe to the island. Haven't quite got that all figured out yet. The question nagging at me most is why Ben can't kill Widmore? Is he his constant? (my coworker laughed at me for that, but I don't think it's as silly as it sounds...)
mannylove mannylove 9 years
If the actor who plays Ben doesn't win an Emmy award, something is really wrong with people, he is just plain amazing, every single episode!
EkaterinaBallerina EkaterinaBallerina 9 years
I think the "rules" that Ben was talking about was not killing off each others' love ones. He said it when Alex was killed. I kinda wonder what all the rules are now since I assume there are more. I love Sawyer and don't know why, but during last night's episode, it suddenly occurred to me that he does not make it off the island. I love that my other favorite characters (Sayid, Sun, Hurley) all make it off, but only if they could have traded Aaron for Sawyer! I've seriously grown to dislike Locke so I'll be glad that he doesn't make it off (although he clearly doesn't want to anyway) His character is so utterly pathetic sometimes, he's hard to watch.
jenintx jenintx 9 years
i'm pretty sure that ben was telling the truth about stealing alex from rousseau. but the lie was that she was a pawn and he didn't care for her. he may not be her dad biologically, but he raised her for 16 years; she was his child. i don't know if i believe that penelope is on the island, though. ben knows where the island is and the way that thing is locked down, he has to know everything that goes on there. i will be HORRIFIED if they kill sawyer off!! so much more than i was about alex (which was very much so, for the record). he's been my favorite character since the beginning. he had me at calling locke mr. clean (i know that's not the first nickname, but it's the furthest back i can remember).
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