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"Lost": "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham"

By admin Published: February 26, 2009

Strewn with riddles ...

I am having one of those mornings where I have managed to do an interview, read e-mail, organize a few things on my desk and speak more or less coherently to people -- but, when I put fingers to keyboard, thoughts freeze or disperse in awkward, incomprehensible forms which make no sense to me, let alone you. Know what I mean?

This is probably not the best condition in which to try to write about last night's episode of "Lost." This is far more likely to be the best condition to take a nap. But the nap's out, because I am at work and waiting to hear when I will be able to do an interview, and I have a thing tonight, and a couple of columns to try to write ... anyway, as I said, the nap's out. So I am going to try to soldier through "Lost."

I have a couple of reactions to the episode. The first is emotional, and it's not all that good. Like last week's episode, I did not get a blast of "this is so much fun" that was evident in the telecasts immediately preceding. Even Ben's killing Locke felt kind of flat. I didn't hate the episode, and we "Lost"-ies here at the office had plenty of things to discuss, none of which was along the lines of "you know why last night's show sucked?" Except, maybe, that we have yet another set of airplane passengers to deal with. So some of the fun is still there, but the tone is a little off, maybe because that just happens with shows, maybe because it has dialed it down a bit leading into what appears to be a Big Moment next week. Dunno

On a non-emotional level, though, the show is having fun moving around the puzzle pieces and I am more than willing to follow along, even if this does seem like a circular puzzle with no obvious edge pieces and way too much cloudless blue sky to be solved easily. The who's-the-villain game sharpened again with Widmore suddenly playing nice and Ben being murderous but for reasons that, as is so often the case with Ben, are not clear. Did he kill Locke because he had gotten all the imformation out of him? Because Locke knew about Hawking? And, since Locke thought he had to die anyway, was Ben simply acting in what he considered a necessary fashion -- once he had gotten the information, anyway.

So, questions: Where in time is the new plane? The boats on the shore suggest we have overlapped with previously seen events. And why did it seem so intact -- did the pilot manage a Sulley-like landing?

Assuming the Remains Of The Six Plus Locke all disincorporated and transported to the island, why did they land in different places -- and were they also scattered across time? Is Sun the woman who went off with the pilot? And did she therefore go down with the plane or simply get transported to a point near it?

Was Locke's broken leg really just a ruse to get him in a wheelchair so he wouldn't notice he had lost the ability to walk?

I won't worry that Helen is really dead, because I don't believe it for a second.

But what got Sayid back from Santo Domingo?

That's all I have sentences for.

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