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"Lost" Diary -- Through the Looking Glass

5/24/2007 11:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Hey, it's Daniel from TMZ here, back with another edition of the "Lost" Diary.

Earlier this year, I wrote that there are four times when I am super-mega excited for an episode of "Lost": a season premiere, a season finale, the week after a great episode and the week after a terrible one. I need to add a fifth instance: when the season finales of "24" and "Heroes" suck. Such a total letdown on both fronts. I was angry about "Heroes" for two days straight -- all that buildup was for that? Very disappointed. Needless to say, if "Lost" doesn't deliver the goods I am going to have to be severely medicated for my own protection.

For all you "Lost" Diary newbies, here's how it goes. I gather with a group of friends watching "Lost," writing what happens on the show as it happens, and throwing in my two cents along the way. This week the crew is Ari, Lauren, Marisa, April, Matt and Michelle (making her debut). It's two hours of "Lost" goodness tonight. Let's roll:
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9:01 -- Jack is headed back to Los Angeles (on Oceanic Air, mind you) and with a full beard. Looks like he stole it from Mr. Friendly's fake beard collection.



9:02 -- Moving along slowly, something in the newspaper has Jack broken up as he pulls over to the side of the road on a bridge. Is a failed suicide attempt in his future? Oh no, Jack -- please don't drunk-dial your ex.

9:03 -- OK, seriously, what has Jack so despondent right now? This whole thing doesn't feel right.

9:04 -- Jack's suicide is going to have to wait, as a massive car accident just happened. Someone we know, perhaps?

9:05 -- As the Losties prepare for the Others invasion, a few readers made a great point: if the Others are coming a day early, and Juliet marks the tents, won't they know something is up since she shouldn't have marked them yet?

9:06 -- I was amazed last week at how many people said they don't like Rose and Bernard. They're awesome.

9:07 -- Subtitled goodbyes always get me. "Awwww, English." -- Lauren.

9:10 -- Naomi fell from the sky and has been in camp for like two, maybe three days, and even SHE doesn't trust Juliet.

9:11 -- Charlie is getting his ass handed to him by the LGBs (Looking Glass Babes). It's like "Lost" porn to me.
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9:12 -- So whoever these girls are, they know Ben. That would make them Others -- but why doesn't anyone else know about them?

9:13 -- "You're inside a room full of equipment. There's a blinking yellow light above a switch. You flick the switch, light goes off, and you drown." -- Desmond. It can all still happen just the way he predicted it.

9:14 -- "But if Juliet told them about the Looking Glass, what else did she tell them?" -- Mikhail. So no one else knows about the Looking Glass. I still think maybe Richard might.

9:15 -- The tents are marked a day early and the Others don't seem to care. Idiots. Gotta say though, I don't want to see Mr. Friendly die.

9:16 -- The room breaks out in applause after each tent explodes. Bernard held his own, but Jin didn't, and now he's being held at gunpoint. I thought that was Kate's move. Oh well, at least they got a few of them before getting captured.

9:20 -- Jack's ex-wife looks a tad pregnant, doesn't she? That's got to sting.

9:22 -- Everyone's worried about Sayid, Jin and Bernard, but Jack's right. They have to keep moving. Though it would be the Jack thing to do to go back and rescue them.

9:23 -- Mark it down folks: the first time I ever truly like Charlie. I love that he's flaunting the certainty of Desmond's vision right in the LGB's faces.

9:24 -- Man, Henry Gale sounds nerrrrrrrrrvous.

9:26 -- (Shaking head) Oh Bernard. I bet they shoot him once he's done flapping his gums.

9:27 -- Something tells me Alex is grounded. No hatches for a month.

9:30 -- Um, what's the temple? Kinda funny that the Others have a bunch of unanswered questions. Welcome to the club.

9:31 -- "I'm going to talk them out of it." -- Henry Gale. Ok, he's good and all, but he's not that good.

9:32 -- "And since when did you start calling me Kate?" -- Kate to Sawyer. I'm holding firm with my prediction that one of them dies.

9:33 -- Oh yeah, Desmond. Almost forgot about him. And now he's making his way down to the Looking Glass. Not sure if I can deal with another scene of Desmond trying to save Charlie. Forget the fact that I want Charlie to die; they've done it too many times already.

9:40 -- Man, Jack looks like shit.

9:42 -- OK, I've got a few questions. First off, who is the woman from the accident? Secondly, when exactly are we? Because, and I know this probably can't be the case, but so far it sure feels like all this is happening AFTER the crash of Oceanic Flight 815. If not, where was Jack coming from and why does he look the Unabomber and what was in that newspaper?

9:43 -- Sawyer is a man with a death wish and he's going back to the beach to save Sayid and company, and it looks like Juliet is going to go with him. Lauren just called Juliet a name I can't repeat.

9:44 -- "Don't wait up." -- Juliet.

9:45 -- Next up at the Looking Glass, Mikhail, sans the eye patch. Charlie is trying to play Mikhail against the LGBs and, again, I'm kinda digging it.

9:46 -- Mikhail is pissed and now Henry wants him to kill everyone. It's like, "Hey, sorry I lied on all these years, but can you do me a favor and kill a bunch of people for me? Thanks, you're the best." Only Henry Gale could pull that off.

9:51 -- "So, you screwing Jack yet?" -- Sawyer.

9:52 -- "No, are you?" -- Juliet.

9:53 -- So not only are there no guns, but now Hurley wants to help too. Ari is convinced Hurley will save the day. Lauren thinks it will happen by accident.

9:54 -- "Why do you have to stop them? Why won't you just let them leave?" -- Alex. That's the million dollar question, ain't it?

9:55 -- Ladies and gentlemen, the man you've all been waiting for. The man the island talks to. The man Jacob asks for help. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome back to the show ...

9:56 -- JOHN LOCKE!!!!! (Applause)

9:57 -- AND WALT!!!!!!!! (Probably not really him, but still)
Lost
10:00 -- "Because I love you." -- Jack. Make up your mind Jack: Kate or Juliet. Can't have both. Or can he?

10:01 -- Jack is still rocking the beard, still holding on to that newspaper clipping and headed to a funeral parlor. They are sure dragging this whole thing out.

10:03 -- Who's in the coffin? Apparently Jack is neither friend nor family to the deceased. I can't think of anything that could have Jack this messed up.

10:04 -- Anyone else notice how weird the music has been this week?

10:05 -- "Hello, Jack. We need to talk." -- Henry Gale. Oh it is so ON!!!!!

10:10 -- Mikhail takes down one LGB.

10:11 -- But Desmond shoots Mikhail before he can kill the other one. Now Desmond and Charlie have someone that can give them the code.

10:12 -- Jack vs. Henry Gale doesn't have the same oomph as Locke vs. Henry Gale does.

10:13 -- Rockbottom Jack is struggling. Alright, I am just going to say it: since nothing, and I mean NOTHING is happening in this flashback, it isn't about WHAT happens, but when. Since this whole episode is about them getting off the island, I think this flashback happens after the island -- it's a flash-forward. The whole room in agreement.

10:14 -- "The woman you're traveling with, the one who parachuted onto the island from a helicopter. She's not who she says she is." -- Henry Gale.

10:15 -- So Henry Gale is saying that Naomi is from a group of people who want to kill everyone on the island, if they can find it. He's giving Jack a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" kind of proposition. Is he telling the truth? I say yes.

10:16 -- Now Henry is threatening the lives of Sayid, Jin and Bernard. Yet another no-win situation for Jack.

10:17 -- R.I.P. Sayid, Jin and Bernard?

10:18 -- Jack, we're cool. I kind of like you, when you're not being a whupped little mama's boy. But please stop hitting Henry Gale. We can't be boys anymore if you're going to beat my main man senseless.

10:19 -- "I'm going to lead my people up to the radio tower, and I'm going to make a call, and I'm going to get them all rescued -- every one of them. And then I'm going to come find you and I'm gonna kill you." -- Jack.

10:23 -- "OK, Bonnie, we're both going to die down here, let's be perfectly honest. That one-eyed maniac just killed your friend and shot you in the back. It would appear your glorious leader Ben put him up to it. Are you a sodding idiot? You have the opportunity to make Ben very, very angry. Why would you not take that?" -- Charlie. It's like last week they wanted to redeem Charlie in the eyes of all the women who watch "Lost," and this week it's the men. This is definitely the coolest he's ever been.

10:24 -- R.I.P. Bonnie, but thanks for the code.

10:25 -- "Alex, this is your mother." -- Henry Gale. Reunited and it feels so goooooood.

10:27 -- Do you think Sayid, Jin and Bernard are really dead? I'm kind of 50/50, but if I had to choose, I'd say no.

10:28 -- "Because I want him to see it. I want him to experience the moment we get off this island and I want him to know that he failed. And then I'll kill him." -- Jack. Foolish man, none of those things are happening.

10:29 -- Guess they're still alive. "THANK GOD!" Lauren just yelled at the top of her lungs.

10:30 -- Here he comes to save the day! Hugo Reyes is on his way!

10:31 -- "That's for taking the kid off the raft." -- Sawyer. R.I.P. Mr Friendly. Alright, my predictions have been terrible tonight, but here's another one (or at least an amended one): not only does Sawyer die, but the Smoke Monster (Jacob?) does him in.

10:35 -- Rockbottom Jack is now stealing drugs. Jack mentioned his dad before, but we never saw or heard from him. Worth noting.

10:36 -- "Do you have any idea what I've been through?" -- Jack. Yeah, I think we do.

10:37 -- Another mention of Jack's dad, but we don't actually see him.

10:38 -- It just hit me: this is all like the plot of "Return of the Jedi." One team takes out the shield (in this case, the jammer), while the other team destroys the Death Star (or uses the satellite phone).

10:39 -- "Yeah dude, I told you. I saved them all." -- Hurley. Don't mess with Hurley.

10:40 -- "So much for fate." -- Charlie. Wouldn't light the victory cigar yet.

10:41 -- Penny?

10:42 -- Who is Naomi?" -- Penny. Uh oh, Henry Gale may have been telling the truth. And what is that banging?

10:43 -- Mikhail lived -- again -- and now he has a grenade. Charlie slams shut the door to the communications room, trapping himself inside and keeping Desmond away from Penny. And now, it's happening ...

10:44 -- I don't know what to do with myself. The words I have been longing to type and I can't bring myself to do it. Aw hell, yeah I can!
Lost
10:45 -- R.I.P. Charlie.

10:46 -- "Charlie just got us rescued." -- Naomi. Oh, really? Maybe Naomi doesn't quite know who she works for.

10:48 -- "We're here." -- Rousseau. Whenever those words are said on "Lost," cool shit usually happens next.

10:49 -- "I'll celebrate when we're home." -- Jack.

10:50 -- Locke to the reverse rescue!

10:51 -- Even if Locke shoots Jack, he's still going to have everyone else to deal with. Don't know how he's planning to pull this off.

10:52 -- Man they are setting this up to end really, really badly for the Losties.

10:53 -- What's with all the maps, Rockbottom Jack? Who died? When is all this happening? Who is he calling? Juliet maybe? Penny? Kate?

10:54 -- Who's in the car? I am dying here!!!

10:55 -- Kate, I knew it. Damn she looks good. Being able to shower on a daily basis really does wonders.

10:56 -- "Still pulling people out of burning wreckage?" -- Kate.

10:57 -- "Because I want it to crash, Kate." -- Jack.

10:59 -- "We made a mistake ... We were not supposed to leave." -- Jack.

11:00 -- "We have to go back!" -- Jack.
Lost
So the whole point of Jack's flash-forward was to show us that Henry Gale was right -- whoever Naomi is with are the bad guys. I kind of like the idea of showing us everything leading up to Jack making the rescue call, and then showing us that it all went to hell, without actually seeing any of what happened in between. Since every season had a theme (the crash, the hatch, the Others), you have to assume that season four will be about whoever was on the other end of that phone.

While there may not have been any "major" questions answered -- the numbers? Jacob? Michael and Walt? -- We did learn why Henry Gale does what he does. Why does he jam communications off the island? Why does he keep such a tight hold on information? Why doesn't he let people off the island? Because people are looking for the island and they want to destroy it. I've said it once and I'll say it again -- you have to trust Henry Gale when the chips are down. He doesn't lie about the important stuff. He's always right.

Other than that, I am just going to start throwing out thoughts as they come to me:

-- "Lost" was 120 minutes tonight. Let's take away 30 for commercials, leaving us with 90. Of said 90 minutes, Locke was in two of them. Not a good ratio.

-- Oh, and Jacob was in none of them.

-- Are we done with flashbacks? Are flash-forwards the new thing? Or was this a one-time deal? Feels like just a one-time thing.

-- Charlie, we've had a long history. Wish I could say I was sad to see you go, but after all the buildup, you literally had to. At least you went out on a high note. See you in another life, brutha.

-- As for Charlie's death, a few people asked me, "Why did he close the door? Why didn't he swim out the window?" Because Desmond told him he had to die for everyone to be saved. He wanted Desmond's vision to come true, down to every last detail.

-- I wish Richard was more prevalent tonight. Here's to hoping we see more of him next season.

-- Can Mikhail ever be killed?

-- Jack referred to his dad a lot in the future. Is he alive?

-- Is Kate with Sawyer in the future? Was Henry Gale the one who died? Who else made it off the island?

This episode felt to me like it was such a setup for next season, I don't even feel like I could give it a grade. It would be like talking about "Kill Bill Vol. 1" without making mention of "Vol. 2." This episode felt more like a season premiere than a finale. That said, obviously it was amazing.

So it's over, huh? Where did the time go? But don't worry, I'm not taking eight months off like "Lost" is. Over at TheLostDiary.com, I am going to re-watch Season 1 (and probably 2 as well) and post new Diaries for them every Thursday. I haven't seen any of the episodes since they originally aired, so I think it will be interesting to watch them again.

Meanwhile, on Mondays, I'll be posting the Q&A columns -- and I imagine this week's will be crazy. E-mail your questions to questions@thelostdiary.com and hopefully we'll get enough throughout the "offseason" to keep the Q&A columns going as well.

It's been quite a season. I went back and read the first Diary from Season 3, and man have things changed. That column only got 46 comments. The last two weeks got over 1,300 combined. You know what the first timed entry of the first column said? "9:00 -- Right now if I had to rank the best characters on TV, Henry Gale would be top 5. Charlie would be somewhere around 10,451." Some things never change.

See ya next season, bruthas.
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31.

Andrea    

Theory: Not everyone makes it off the island. Really, what else would make Jack toss cookies like he does in the future. He's the Jesus complex personified. Even when he is so desperate that he considers taking his own life, he can't stop himself from "saving" those around him. Predicition: only those currently at the tower make it off the island.

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topher    

Amazing episode... Loved the Hurley to the rescue, especially after being shot down by Sawyer earlier about not being able to help. Now getting to the flash-forward part, I believe that Sawyer is the one in the casket. After they get off the island, he reverts to his old ways and ditches Kate and... wait for it... their son!!! That is who she tells Jack she has to get back to, and that is why she doesn't care about the fact that he is dead. That also explains why no one went to his funeral. However, I believe that this whole flash-forward is only a possible future to the Losties... they still have a chance to redeem themselves before the ultimate rescue.

2688 days ago
33.

Bandirun    

Wow....wowwowwowwow.....That was absolutely amazing....I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I think I said "what the hell???" like 20 times last night...Sooo didn't see Hurley crashing through with the van coming....Kate's really starting to get to me....you can't make moon-eyes over Jack and then get jealous when Sawyer isn't giving you the attention that you want. Make up your damn mind and pick one!!! Although, I bet she's with Sawyer in the flashforward.

And since we know that they are in the future, why the hell would Jack have a prescription for Oxycodon??? They know now how addicting that stuff is so why would they give it to him??? And his is dad still around or is Jack forging his father's signature??

So many questions and such a long time until some more answers.

2688 days ago
34.

kristina    

I have to say I loved the show but it left me feeling a little sad that Charlie died, sorry Daniel. I mean you have to give him big time credit for giving his life to save everyone, when he very easily could have gotten out.
I say the people Naomi works for is actually Penny's dad's company, that's how she got the picture. They know Desmond crashed there, and he's determined to keep Desmond and Penny apart and so is searching out the island to kill everyone, including Desmond. And he's probably got other reasons as well.
I'm guessing the dead person is Henry Gale, because maybe he was Jack's last possiblity of getting back onto the island.
Either way, can't wait for next season....

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35.

jj    

ben is definitely in the casket----the funeral parlor worker basically told us---nobody came to the funeral. with the flash-forward, the writers have given themselves a lot of "outs" for the final 2 seasons.....sure we can assume that kate is with sawyer, but it very easily could be someone we have yet to meet....what a great show....what am i going to do for the next 8 months......

2688 days ago
36.

Bo    

No, the person in the casket is John Locke, I am pretty confident in that. Jack feels bad for taking everyone off the island, especially Locke. Jack now knows he was wrong and should have never left the island. My guess is Locke was brought back to the real world and became paralyzed again and lived an unfulfilling life. He finally killed himself like he almost did in the pit.

Jack looked like death warmed over, just rotten all around. Kate seemed well kept and happy to be home, leaving me more confused than ever. How does a fugitive return home and live a normal life?

Definitely could have used more Richard and Locke, two key characters to the inner workings of mystery island. Nice knife toss by Locke, good way to have him show up in the camp. Scary Walt, older and a worst actor than before, glad he is gone. Do the real bad guys show up now like Ben said? He seemed to be in a fairly honest mood this episode, Alex's mom, the Looking Glass to Mikhail, and now maybe the boat full of "bad guys".

2688 days ago
37.

Susan    

It's been exhausting. I still don't know what to make of last nights episode. I'll have to watch it again. You're right Daniel. Last weeks ep of Charlie was for the women and this week's ep was for the men. He redeemed himself all around. Glad to see Locke back and Walt too, yes that really was the Walt! I too didn't understand why Charlie just didn't run out of the hatch and close the door and save both himself and Desmond. I think you are right Daniel, he wanted all of Desmond's vision to come to pass so Claire and the baby could be saved. He figured it did depend on him dying to make that happen. Sigh, so many new questions with just a few answers. 8 months is going to seem like forever!!!! I must really really really really really love this show to wait that long and I will wait! ha! Thanks for the blog Daniel. Will look forward to your reviews of Season 1 and 2.

2688 days ago
38.

Dave C    

We learned the island is between LA and the South Pacific, around Japan and Thailand (I think were the 2 places Jack said he flew between hoping to crash again). I caught on to the flash forward when the guy in line at the pharmacy called him a Hero 2 times (once for the car crash and once for getting them off the island). Over all great eposode, still too many questions unanswered for me. I still think the song "you are everybody" is a major clue. It has been in like 8 episodes now.

2688 days ago
39.

dani    

Also Charlie closed the door to save Desmond - he didn't have the scuba gear yet.

2688 days ago
40.

tara    

A popular theory in my apartment is that next season will be all about trying to get back onto the island, with flashbacks TO the island. That might kick ASS!

2688 days ago
41.

kookoobanana    

Hurley Rocks!

I have to say I loved the episode where Hurley drives the van. It was nice to see something hopeful and fun so when he roared into camp to save the day I cheered out loud!

This hiatis until 2008 sucks!

2688 days ago
42.

Janet    

OMG, it was great!!!!!
Why did Jack say, "call my father, lets see who is drunker" at the hospital? Is he alive? I was blown away at the end, I didnt know it was a flash foward situation. Daniel you got your wish but it was still kind of sad when he died. Did anyone notice that the funeral home was in a black neighborhood?
Love your column and will miss it until next season. I will be checking out your comments regarding the other 2 seasons.

2688 days ago
43.

Lisa    

WOW, what an episode.

I'm gonna ramble off a few points:

1) the music was totally weird and different than usual except for the very sad/Charlie dying music that was the same.
2) If Ben is right and Naomi is bringing in more bad guys then WTF was Penny doing contacting the island??
3) The flashforward is awesome, I think that it may actually be the device they use next season rather than flashback
4) Holy Crap Walt-- you think it was just a Jacob projected vision?
5) Aaron was crying when Charlie died-- I think the baby is gonna start developing some kind of spidey sense or whatever like Walt had(has?)
6) Sawyer ends up with Kate in the "future"
7) I have NO IDEA why Jack refers to his Dad as alive, I mean wtf is that about?
8) Coulda been Ben in the casket or a as of yet unknown type who is eventually responsible for their rescue from the new group but still enough of an ass to kill others etc therefore, neither friend nor family.
9) Ok, I'll admit I cried a little (yea yea I'm a chick and didn't hate Charlie as much as Daniel does) when Charlie wrote his Top 5 for Claire. I hope she still gets it, but I didn't cry this week!

Ok, my overall prediciton for next season would be like Danial said, its all about whoever was on the other end of Naomi's phone and yes, she does know whats going on. OR she was originally sent by Penny, got sucked in with the new bad guys (what are we gonna call this group btw?) and changed her name....

I *think* in terms of overarching plot what may happen with the island is that one group comes in, trys to establish itself for whatever reason (like Dharma did) and because of all the mysteries there, things go topsy turvy and normally sane, rational people begin trying to dominate and survive over whatever other forces are at play. Thus, Dharma was killed off by the people already there but Ben chose to join them. Now the Losties are slowly hammering away at the Others but now a new group is gonna join in the fun. So I guess the question is, who will choose to assimilate into what group next season and try and maintain dominance over the new guys?

2688 days ago
44.

Don    

Lock was in the Casket!!

2688 days ago
45.

lori    

What a way to end out a season! That was great! I believe it was Sawyer in the casket. No one really likes Sawyer except Kate. He is a con man I doubt he has many friends or family. That's why Jack brought it up to Kate cause he probably assumed at least she would go. Also-you really think everyone gets rescued at the end? Or just Kate, Jack, and a couple other people? I mean obviously he keeps wanting to go back...is it because they left people behind?

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