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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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MindayH MindayH 9 years
I have been watching the show so out of order lately...I was wondering if Miles is going to expose the real details of anyone who has died on the island. Cause isn't it only Jack, Kate, Hurley and Sawyer that know that Michael killed Libby in the Hatch when everyone else thinks it was Ben, when he was escaping? Not that I think it makes any relevance to the overall story...but that they burried Nikki and Paulo alive when they thought they were dead? Are there any other unresolved deaths?
posey posey 9 years
loved the episode. that doesn't say much, though, since Lost can't really do wrong by me. i also find any deep sea footage like that VERY creepy. it always reminds me of when they found the titanic...the footage from that is similar.
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
I was just reading the TMZ post on Lost and one theory that I haven't seen yet was brought up on there. The new character Charlotte S. Lewis has the same initials as C.S. Lewis who wrote the Chronicles of Narnia. You know how the Lost writers like to connect the show to authors and people that inspire them. It's interesting the connection with time space aspect to Narnia. The kids go into the wardrobe and live in Narnia for years getting older. Then when they go back to the real world they've only been gone like a couple minutes or so. I wonder if Lost could be doing the same except a little different where the losties time frame is much slower and the real world time is much faster like years ahead kinda like it is for us watching the show. It's been on for years yet they think they only been on the island for 60 or so days.
menthadict menthadict 9 years
That episode is the most confusing thing. EVER. I was boggled, especially since somebody called me to leave the room a few times.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 9 years
Geez, I thought the Kurtz reference was to Conrad's Heart of Darkness, since Locke was leading them into a jungle. English nerd!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
I think that Locke mentioning that Walt was taller was just a meta joke to acknowledge the fact that Walt is supposed to be 11 years old, but the actor who plays him, Malcolm David Kelley, is 15 in real life. There's no way to prevent MDK from aging, so they wrote it into the script. On a show where black smoke kills people and polar bears live on a tropical island and cabins disappear and reappear and dead people show up on a regular basis, Walt being suddenly tall isn't that out of the ordinary.
Bee333 Bee333 9 years
I liked last night's episode...last season almost lost me, as in I was losing interest. This season seems like it has better momentum and a different/original the show's credit. A bit extreme with too many answers compared to last season. More obvious than previous seasons. I have a few theories and observations that are similar to others already listed, including the Asian's connection, but I have some other twists. I'm waiting for the show to play out! The thing I thought interesting was the chopper pilot stating he'd get Naomi next time, and thus far, has been the only pilot to safely land on the island/s.
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
no prob mandate, I was going along right with ya then I was like oh wait didn't Locke blow that place up, lol. The only reason I remember is because I was SOOOO mad. Locke used to be my fav until he got Boone hurt and then basically left him with the rest to die. After that I was OVER Locke!
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
omg! PRSugar, awesome link! i called that number and it gave me chills, especially the last line: "call back later for more information" AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
mandatedfun mandatedfun 9 years
ohhhhh. roger that. :) well, where is patchy? he's lurking somewhere. i totally can't remember his name (apparently with other details as well). ha.
ThePit ThePit 9 years
Two great eps to start the season, I was on the edge of my seat when the ep ended. I can't wait til the next one :)
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
Mandate, didn't Locke blow that cabin up?
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
Well Locke probably thought Walt was a ghost because he kind of just appeared there and Locke doesn't know Walt has that ability, remeber he appeared to Shannon before she died also, so I don't think he's really a ghost. Plus Locke would have never expected him to look so tall. Locke wanted to go to the cabin because he figured Jacob would tell him what to do. Hurley thought it was the other direction because remember when he got lost the cabin kept appearing. I think Jacob has the ability to make the cabin appear anywhere, I think he's a real ghost.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
hotstuff, good call. I didn't even think about how the Original Others could be the sneaky ones. haha The OG Others and the New Others!
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
oh and one more thing. How come all the people that come to rescue land on their island? Remember there are 2 islands, where the Others lived and the regular one. Wouldn't that confuse would be rescuers? I guess they've just gotten lucky so far.
mandatedfun mandatedfun 9 years
i think the cabin that locke wants to go to is "patchy's". and hurley got confused b/c he was thinking of jacob's cabin. other comments: - *this epi made me heart sawyer even more! *shout out to the lawnmower man, jeff fahey. *when i look at charlotte, i'm reminded of my least favorite SATC character, miranda.
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
Renees3, good theory. I've always thought there were 2 groups of others. The one that really lurk in the jungle and make whispers. Then the fake ones who work with Ben and dressed up to look like the others.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
OH and if Walt was just a ghost, why was he taller? Wouldn't he just be the same age as when he died? I suppose they HAD to make him taller, because he grew up a bit in real life, but they didn't have to bring attention to it. Also, why did Locke want to go to the cabin? And why did Hurley think it was another direction??
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
buzz, I think george might be on the boat or in charge somehow, so when the 4 "rescuers" where getting ready, I'm sure he'd clue them in on what he knew about who was there. I love all these ideas! I too think that these people are Dharma or some kind of arm of it and are after Ben for revenge. But how did they know that Ben killed their people. I mean it would be obvious that something had happened to them when they stopped hearing from them. But then I was thinking, what about the Original people? The original "Hostiles". The people Ben teamed up with to kill the Dharma's?? Like Richard. Maybe it has something to do with them. We don't know where those people came from or how they came to the island? And I'm still unsure as to how Naomi knew who Desmond is and why she had a pic of him. And why isn't Penny like hardcore resuming the search for Des?? And Where the hell is he? Was he even in the episode??
Gruberr1 Gruberr1 9 years
OH, someone just sent this to me - remember the phone number that flashed on the screen when Frank was watching the news about the discovery of the plane wreckage? Well the number works. You can call it here: 888-548-0034
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
hotstuff — Ack! Did the smoke monster get to your Tivo?! :P
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
Buzz I want to go back and watch that scene again, yet it has mysteriously disappeared from my Tivo, it was there this morning! DAMN you Dharma!!!
sarathacoombs sarathacoombs 9 years
I love this show!! It's so well writen and always leaves me on the edge of my seat!!! Best show on TV in a while. I look forward to this all week long!!
Gruberr1 Gruberr1 9 years
People keep asking why our "rescuers" were not surprised that our Losties were survivors of Flight 815 - if I remember correctly, Naomi was surprised when she found them - she thought that everyone had died, right? And now that we saw her flashback with Mr. Abaddon, we know that he told her that there were no survivors.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
I can see that Miles and Dan got Kate and Jack's names from the walkie-talkie phone thingy — since they clearly heard Naomi say "tell my sister I love her" — however, when Naomi made that comment and when Jack was talking on the phone, they were talking to someone named George Minkowski, not Miles or Dan. Not that it's necessarily significant, but they must have had some way of listening in on that call, I guess, since Jack never actually spoke directly to Dan over that phone.
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