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The "Lost" Diary -- 316

2/19/2009 3:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

LostHey everybody, Daniel from TMZ here -- welcome back to the "Lost" Diary.

Lately I've been getting a lot of comments that it doesn't seem like I am having any fun watching "Lost" anymore. While I certainly haven't liked this season as much so far, I like to think I still have fun watching. Nonetheless, I am approaching tonight's ep like a kid in a candy store -- BRING ME "LOST"!!!

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. Back at Ari's house tonight -- Lauren isn't here, but our friend Marisa is. Let's roll ...

9:00 -- Nothing warms my heart like seeing the single eye opening to an episode of "Lost." It's like a warm blanket and mom's homemade chocolate chip cookies ... mixed with the smoke monster and a time-traveling island.

9:01 -- In a scene that reminds me of the pilot, Jack awakens in the forest -- but this time he has a ripped piece of paper that says "I wish." Me thinks this is a dream.

9:02 -- Jack jumps into the water to rescue Hurley who, in a surprise to no one, can't swim. Neither can I, but still.

9:03 -- "It really happened." -- Hurley. Ok, now I am thinking this might not be a dream.

9:04 -- "We're back." -- Jack. THIS is how you begin an episode of "Lost."

9:05 -- Mrs. Hawking's underground lair is ... how do I say this? The coolest place ever. By the way, from now on I will only refer to my apartment as The Lamp Post. I have already called a guy to install a giant pendulum.

9:09 -- Mrs. Hawking is explaining everything about the room and how it finds the island. Here's the question you have to ask -- Who is the man she is speaking of who designed it all? It would seem to be, in some way, he pointed the freighter in the right direction. So does that make it Widmore? Abaddon? Faraday?

9:12 -- "I'm sorry to have to tell you this Desmond, but the island isn't done with you yet." -- Mrs Hawking

9:13 -- "You say the island is not done with me? Well I am done with the island." -- Desmond. Hate to break it to you, brutha -- but it doesn't quite work that way.

9:14 -- So apparently they just have to get on a plane and POOF!!! Maybe they'll be back on the island. 14 minutes into "Lost" and I think I have exhaled like twice.

9:19 -- Mrs. Hawking just gave Locke's suicide note to Jack. How can it not be awesome?

9:20 -- Apparently Jack needs to give Locke something of Christian's for the flight. It's kind of like "something borrowed, something blue" -- except in this case it's "Something of my dead father's so I can give it to my dead friend so maybe my plane magically transports me onto a time traveling island."

9:21 -- "That's why it's called a leap of faith." -- Mrs. Hawking. She and Locke would have made a great couple.

9:22 -- Ben gives Jack a speech about Thomas the Apostle and then says something about a promise to an old friend. Does anyone else think he's going to try and kill Penny?

9:24 -- Well this is kinda random -- Jack has a friend(?) named Ray that apparently lives in an old folks home and he has a tendency to wander off. Why tell us this now?

9:25 -- Ray is Jack's grandfather -- don't know on which side yet.

9:26 -- Hmmmm, seems Ray has a pair of Christian's shoes.

9:27 -- Jack's got company in the form of ... Kate? Interesting.

9:28 -- Apparently Aaron has disappeared into thin air and Kate is feeling a tad bit randy. Both developments are ok with me.

9:34 -- Jack's speech about his dad's shoes was just great. "Lost" is at its best when you are so entrenched in the mythology of it all and then WHAM!!! -- it steps back and reminds you these are just people. I still hope one day we get the fear speech again.

9:35 -- Ben needs Jack to pick up Locke's body because someone beat the spit out of him. What was he doing?

9:36 -- Hi, um ... give me a half pound of salami, a half pound of turkey. I think that'll be it. Oh wait, can I also get the body of John Locke? To go, please.

9:37 -- "Rest in peace." -- Jack

9:42 -- Ok, here is where watching way too many movies and TV shows comes in handy. The guy who gave Jack his condolences is a good actor -- I have seen him a bunch. We have not heard the last of him.

9:43 -- I have a question (before we get to why Sayid is being led around in handcuffs like Kate was on 815) -- Is anyone surprised that Sun is leaving her kid behind to find Jin? Just saying ...

9:44 -- Apparently Hurley has purchased as many seats on the plane as possible and he's brought a guitar with him. Charlie's, perhaps?

9:45 -- Let me ask you this -- at this particular point, right now, is there ANYONE that you could see on the plane that would surprise you? If they pan through the seats and I see Boone, Shannon, my mom and Abraham Lincoln I wouldn't blink.

9:47 -- So Ben didn't tell Hurley to be on the plane. My guess is it was a Charlie ghost that did.

9:48 -- Remember when I said they couldn't possibly show me anyone on the plane that would surprise me?

9:49 -- "Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Ajira Air. This is your captain, Frank J. Lapidus." I was wrong.

9:50 -- "We're not going to Guam, are we?" -- Lawnmower Man. Ok, "Lost" has blown my mind several times. But something tells me I have never been as completely mystified as Lawnmower Man is right now.

9:54 -- Ben can read, but Jack won't read Locke's suicide note.

9:55 -- READ IT ALREADY!!!!

9:56 -- "I wish you had believed me." -- JL. Minor letdown.

9:57 -- "Dude, you might want to fasten your seat belt." -- Hurley

9:58 -- And here we are, back at the beginning. Prediction -- everyone makes it, including the random guy from the airport, but that's it.

9:59 -- Good to see you Jin, but why are you Dharma Employee #1?

There are so many things I loved about this episode, but most of them come from the decisions the producers made with regard to how they structured the show. As I have said countless times, the best "Lost" moments come from scenes that are usually a couple of minutes long. They build suspense and allow the characters to actually breathe. For me, when "Lost" is jumping back and forth between several locations and breakneck speeds, it's just not the same.

Tonight's episode was brilliantly paced. When "Lost" takes its time and allows things to develop at a very methodical pace, the suspense level ratchets up. It's the exact opposite of a show like "24," which needs the adrenaline for success. "Lost" is all about slowing things down to a crawl and then bashing you over the head.

And then there's this -- how did they manage to structure an entire episode around everyone getting back on that plane, give you great scene after great scene, and then manage to brilliantly leave out several key things. What happened to Aaron? What happened to Ben's face? Who told Hurley to be on the plane? How did Sayid get there? And most importantly, who built The Lamp Post?

The structure of this week's episode, for me, was the star of the week. (And by the way, if you were like me and really loved the way this episode was done -- start watching "Damages.")

As for the actual plot of the show, Mrs. Hawking was awesome, though the random plane ride to Islandville was a little convenient. I love not knowing who made it to the island -- and I love not knowing what the hell (or is it when the hell?) is going on.

This was my kind of "Lost" episode.

I wrestled with my grade for quite awhile and I have decided to go with B+. It certainly could be deserving of an A, but when I look back at eps like "Walkabout," "The Man from Tallahassee" and "The Constant," it's not quite at that level. Just a smidge short.

Ok, here is my question to you this week -- Of all the gaps left by tonight's episode (the ones I mentioned before), which one are you most interested in learning about?
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Lord Xenu    

4-8-15-16-23-42

Isnt that all that really matter?

1981 days ago
2.

miss    

Where the heck is Aaron, and why won't Kate talk about it?
Maybe she gave him to Claire's mom???

1981 days ago
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Pamama    

Good to have you back!!. I agree that this was a great episode, but try watching it with someone who doesn't get it at all and keeps asking questions you can't answer. Wish I could join y'all. See ya next week.

1981 days ago
4.

evil    

first!! haha lost homo n tmz

1981 days ago
5.

Michelle    

Great episode. Let me give props to Michael Emerson (Ben). By far the best actor on the show. Brilliant and believable.

1981 days ago
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Howard Robard Hughes IIV    

#1 brown eye 4 GUMP GUMP TMZ...I knwezs it.

1981 days ago
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Lord Xenu    

Considering my last post #8 was one of The Numbers, Im sure that has some cosmic significance.




1981 days ago
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Texas girl    

I want to know what the heck Kate did with Aaron, how did Sayid get arrested, how did Hurley know about the plane and how in the heck did he get out of jail and last but not least, what the heck happened to Ben? Thought last night was kick butt!! Loved it when Frank saw everyone and knew they weren't going to Guam!!!!

1981 days ago
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Gail BonedHard    

Mystical mumbo-jumbo masqurading as science disappointed me. It wouldn't matter except that we've been built up to expect such a tight nut-and-bolts approach, the "just believing" explanation seemed kind of hokey. It's was way harder ot get htme off the island than back on it. As i recall, Lindendorf/Cuse vehemently denied time travel being involved three seaosns ago. And wasn't that ocffin shorter jsut tow seasons ago? I'm offically LOST now.

1981 days ago
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skeurtox    

Theories on the Aaron situation - Is it possible that the night Kate spent with Jack was so that she would become pregnant, taking over the role of Claire as being pregnant on board the airplane? Sayid being escorted taking place of Kate. Hurley with the guitar taking the place of Charlie? Who the heck was the guy on the plane that gave Jack his condolences regarding Locke? One of Whiddmore's goons? I have a sneaking suspicion that he will show up later on.....

1981 days ago
11.

polymer    

where is the second island!?!

how was jack so passive about the whereabouts of Aaron, his brother!?!?

why is kate such a sleaze!?!

what DID happen to Ben's face and how was NO ONE asking!? I also, think it was a possible Penny encounter.

I actually felt like this episode was "filler" and could have been more exciting but all in all it was good.

1981 days ago
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Lord Xenu    

Would Frank end up on the Island too? I hope the co-pilot of the plane isnt sleeping.

1981 days ago
13.

Joanne    

Great episode!!! I'm 100% certain Kate gave Aaron to Claire's mom. We know she was in L.A. at the time (Ben's doing no doubt) and its logical that she would be the only person she would trust Aaron with....speaking of Ben, how funny is he? I get such a kick out of him. And just when I thought this episode couldn't get better we here the pilots announcement and its Frank Lapidus!!! missed you lawnmower man :o)

All in all I feel with each week the episodes get better and better and Wednesdays are my new favorite day of the week.

1981 days ago
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Lockedup    

Great episode, loved "We're not going to Guam are we" instant classic. So when is the episode when some reporter reporter receives a tip and finds the Oceanic 6 are all missing? Get busy writers. Oh and whats in the guitar case...Dude, snacks c'mon its Hurley.

1981 days ago
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Jessica    

OK, I was shocked at the end to see Jin in the Dharma uniform. I'm pretty sure Kate left Aaorn with his real grandma. And I think Sun is gone a little nuts over the whole Jin thing. Who would leave their baby and go to an island that most likely you'll never get back from? And I love seeing Ben all bloodied up again! Reminds me of the old days. Good grade. I would give it a B too. it's one of the better ones this season.

1981 days ago
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