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"Lost" Diary: Further Instructions

10/19/2006 12:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Back again with another edition of the "Lost" diary. We're in our third week of "Lost" and although I've been satisfied so far, a lot of people I talk to don't feel the same way.

Since I started writing this blog, I get more and more people chiming in to me about "Lost." And the growing sentiment among the majority of them is that they are getting a bit fed up. Not enough happens, nothing gets answered, blah blah blah.

I can't argue with people who are frustrated by the show -- watching "Lost" is work. It doesn't wrap up in a neat little bow each week. If they answered everything, then I'd have nothing to do on Wednesday nights.

As always, I gather with a group of friends to watch the show and keep track of what happens. Slim pickings this week: just me, Ari, Matt and April. Our beloved "Lost" nazi Lauren is out of town, so in an act of defiance I am leaving my cell phone on for the duration of the episode.

9:00 -- The previously on "Lost" intro gave everyone a refresher course on Locke and his button insanity. Glad to have you back, Locke.

9:01 -- The patented eye-opening shot leads us to Locke waking up in the forest and Desmond running around like a lunatic. Locke can still walk -- I was kinda thinking maybe he wouldn't be able to again.

9:02 -- "You need to speak to the island?" -- Charlie. Apparently the hatch explosion has done wonders for Locke's mental stability. Why couldn't Charlie be the one who was mute?

9:09 -- Locke comes looking to Charlie for help. Perhaps he needs tips on stealing babies or dancing around in a diaper.

9:10 -- And it's Locke flashback time. Allow me to take this opportunity to pray to God (or in this case, J.J. Abrams) that this is the episode where we find out how Locke got paralyzed.

9:12 -- Locke carries around a lot of guns and his hitchhiker is quite the liar. I am sure neither of those will come back to haunt us later.

9:13 -- If anyone can explain to me what Locke is doing, now would really be the time. Anyone?

9:14 -- Oh, he's conjuring up Boone's spirit. Right, how did I not know that? As soon as Boone showed up on screen, the entire room went silent. Apparently they don't watch the opening credits where it said IAN SOMERHALDER listed among the guest stars. Opening credits (and the Internet) always ruin guest stars.

9:17 -- Ok, what in the world do we make of Locke's trippy airport dream? Boone said that Claire and Charlie will be fine "for awhile," Desmond is helping himself (we saw him running around looking for something) and that there is nothing Locke can do for Sawyer, Jack and Kate -- "yet." So Locke has to "clean up his own mess" -- it's Mr. Eko he has to save.

9:22 -- Locke has enlisted Charlie's help to find Mr. Eko. Feels a lot like asking Kirstie Alley for weight loss tips.

9:23 -- "Bad things happen to people that hang around with me." -- Locke. As Ari put it, "If that's not foreshadowing..." Meanwhile, Geronimo Jackson makes another appearance -- you may remember some records of this "band" were found in the hatch.

9:24 -- So where exactly is Locke living? But Locke does appear to be over his daddy issues. Now let's get with the crippling.

9:25 -- Question: if the hatch is gone, and the button gone with it, is it safe to assume then that the electromagnetic buildup that needed to be vented every 108 minutes no longer occurs? If that sentence made sense to you, then yes, we are both nerds.

9:27 -- So when Locke almost knifed Hurley, how many people knew the only thing Hurley was going to say was simply, "Dude"? Swear to God, I said it before he did.

9:31 -- Hurley just summed up the end of last season's finale to Locke and Charlie, while Charlie has explained that Locke is going to save Eko from the bear. I think if I were going after a bear, I would want Hurley around with me. Think about it, when a bear chases you and Hurley, who do you think the bear is going to catch?

9:33 -- Polar bears are the Einsteins of the bear community. And people say you don't learn anything from TV.

9:34 -- Mysterious greenhouse you say ...

9:35 -- I bet Locke and MacGyver would get along well. Just saying, if fictional characters could hang out, I bet those two would hit it off.

9:41 -- "Bear, is that you?" -- Hurley. He'd be the guy on "Survivor" who couldn't make a fire or find clean water.

9:43 -- So Locke got played by the hitchhiker. Man, he is not going to take that well. I didn't see the whole "tent full of pot" thing coming at all -- Matt called it though.

9:45 -- Locke found Eko and rescued him from the polar bear with a torch and some hairspray. Yes, MacGyver would be proud.

9:51 -- "The fail-safe key must have detonated the electromagnetic anomaly, made the hatch implode." -- Desmond. I guess that answers my question. Thank you Desmond.

9:52 -- "Locke said so in his speech" -- Desmond. Interesting, what are the odds Locke gives a speech soon...

9:53 -- "Spoken like someone who's had a few too many messes to clean." -- Charlie. I haven't liked this episode -- at all -- but it's had some good quotes.

9:54 -- Speaking of messes ... I don't like Eddie's chances here. Will Locke shoot him? I'm going to go with he doesn't shoot him, but I kind of hope he does.

9:56 -- A lot of buildup for him not to do it.

9:57 -- And now Locke is having imaginary conversations with Eko -- or should I say, Locke is having a conversation with the island, through Eko. Happens all the time.

9:58 -- First words from some of our new cast members. Way to contribute, Kiele Sanchez and Rodrigo Santoro. Glad to have you aboard.

9:59 -- "I just got hit with, you know, deja vu." -- Hurley. So can Desmond see the future now? He should hang out with Isaac from "Heroes."

Ok, as always, what did we learn?

The hatch explosion did something to Desmond ... Something is going to happen to Claire and Charlie ... Polar bears are the Einsteins of the bear community.

What didn't we learn? How Locke ended up in the DAMNED WHEELCHAIR!!!!!

All the people I mentioned that tell me how frustrated they are with the show probably hated this episode. Not much happened, though they did plant some seeds here and there and I did enjoy the dialogue quite a bit. Locke could make reading a Chinese food take-out menu sound interesting. Though I have to admit, if isn't already taken, I may be starting a new website sometime soon. I give the episode a C-.

Here's my question to you: With so little happening so far this season, is "Lost" starting to lose you?

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Big A    

I hated this episode. What the hell was this all about. Not one thing happened. Do the writers of this show even have a story for this year or are they making it up as they go along. What a disappointment. The only interesting thing I got from the show is how Desmond reminded me of Jesus when he was walking through the Jungle with Hugo with his tye dye teeshirt on. It was definetly a statement there.

2926 days ago


I like the show a lot and i would like to think i'm patient enough to wait and see explainations for everything. I want to know if anyone thinks Desmond has always been this way because when he met Jack in the flashback (last season) he told him "see you in another lifetime". Just curious.

2926 days ago


Lost is so much better than anything else on tv so,no, I don't get frustrated, I just enjoy it. I WAS, however, frusterated by the lack of Sawyer last night. And what about Locke's sexy old man chest?

2926 days ago

Glee (I'm baaaaack)    

I like it. Also, I think Desmond has had his abilities before the hatch exploded, because he didn't seem all that surprised when he realized it hadn't happened yet. Mark my words some of the others have powers too - they may not quite now it I don't think that both Desmond and Walt having powers is just a coincidence.

2926 days ago

Glee (I'm baaaaack)    

Jesus wore tye dye? Just because hippies do and they looked like Jesus doesn't mean Jesus would pick such a fashion/

2926 days ago


Did anyone else recognize the guy (the head honcho) at the "farm" in Locke's flashback? He looks like "Zeke's" (The Others) twin!

2926 days ago


Locke has always been my favorite character. I loved this episode! There was so much fun stuff in there. Did you notice that Ben aka Fenry was the security screener! A friend's site is at and discusses a lot of this in the clues blog. I always thought Locke's line at the end of last season was key and this episode finally returned to it. He says "I was wrong" and this was featured in the flashback to Season 2. Of course, then Boone tells Locke he must clean up his own mess, ie the mess from last season and his whole life. I am sure there is more to come on this. By the way, the Polar Bears seemed awfully bright.

When you watch lost, just sit back, suspend your disbelief and have fun...

2926 days ago


This may sound weird but I thought that the leader of Locke's village (the guy who spoke at the table) "Mike" looked and sounded like one of the others. I am not sure if the one I mean is "Friendly" but he is the other who stopped Jack, Locke and Swayer in the woods and held the gun to Kate's head in Season 2. In the final episode of season 2, this other is identified when a female other calls him by name. Does anyone remember what his name was?

2926 days ago


I thought the exact same thing about that guy, he was very other~ish

2926 days ago

bren Keller from Troy, MI    

I'm so sick of the slowness - MOVE THE SHOW ALONG. Enough with the flashbacks! Gotta luv Hurley. He's got the best lines in the show.

2926 days ago


Not enough Jack. Show more Jack. His brooding sexyness is the reason i have watched this long.

2926 days ago


LOVE reading these recaps. Really look forward to them each Thursday!
This episode really pissed me off. No Sawyer, no explanation on why Locke is paralyzed and I just want to kick him and tell him to grow a set and shoot Eddie.

2926 days ago

Michelle LL    

I am truly losing interest in this show. First year was great though.

2926 days ago


I'm furious. What happened to the Numbers and we were all led to believe the world would end if someone didn't hit those numbers.

2926 days ago

Big A    

CP - This is for you. I think you should lighten up! The thought behind my writing about how Desmond reminded me of Jesus was not about tye dye or that he looked like a hippie but the the coloring in the clothing reminded me of the clothes Jesus wore and also his hair and how calm he looked amongst the chaos of them bringing Ecko back to the village. Obviously he have issues with Hippies.

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