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The 'Lost' Diary -- The Substitute

2/17/2010 10:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

LostDaniel from TMZ here, welcome back to another edition of The "Lost" Diary.

You know that bar game where you have to stare at two pictures and touch the screen whenever you spot a difference? I think that's what this season of "Lost" is like. One minute you're yelling "Hey, Desmond isn't supposed to be on the plane" and the next week you're screaming "Claire's sonogram says October but it's supposed to be September!" What will we spot this week?

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. I swore to myself I was going to watch "Lost" at a different place each week, but every other place is far and Ari lives five blocks away. So here we are. Let's roll.

9:00 -- I avoided promos and commercials all week, so the fact the "Previously on 'Lost'" section is Not Locke heavy has me very excited.

9:01 -- Don't tell John Locke he can't get out of a van! OK, maybe he can't, but still -- just don't tell him.

9:02 -- My jaw could not have dropped any further when I saw Helen. Is it possible alternate John Locke is ... *gasp* ... happy?

9:03 -- "And your dad ..." -- Helen. OK, now this is getting weird.

9:04 -- "Maybe it's destiny." -- Helen. Not gonna lie, we're four minutes in and it's getting a little dusty already. Locke-themed episodes never disappoint. (*knocking on wood)

9:05 -- Smokie Cam is making me a little nauseous.

9:06 -- "Alright, Richard. Time to talk." -- Not Locke

9:08 -- I love when even two-bit characters from three seasons ago show up again. How fast did the agent for "Randy" agree to do a cameo?

9:09 -- So apparently Locke "stole" his trip to Australia from his company. Not sure how he ever thought he'd get away with that one.

9:10 -- Richard just asked Not Locke what he meant when he said Locke was "a candidate." Is that the first time Richard asked someone else a question? Usually he's the man with all the answers.

9:11 -- "Come with me and I promise I'll tell you everything." Not Locke to Richard. That feels more like a Ben circa season four line. And who was the little Children of the Corn kid supposed to be?

9:12 -- Ben has had his testicles in Not Locke's purse so far this season, so watching him lie to Ilana is a step in the right direction toward getting them back.

9:13 -- If you could turn into a pillar of black smoke and fly around everywhere, would you ever walk?

9:18 -- "Here's to being dead." -- Sawyer

9:19 -- "What if I told you I was the person who could answer the most important question in the world?" -- Not Locke. Is someone finally going to tell us why Libby was in the mental institution?

9:22 -- Hurley and Locke just had their little meeting and ... dammit it's getting dusty in here again!

9:23 -- I want to get the inevitable Jin/Sun reunion out of the way soon. We all know it's coming, it's going to be great ... let's just do it already.

9:24 -- Now Not Locke is chasing the Children of the Corn threw the woods. Again, why wouldn't you just turn into smoke and chase the kid down? Not Locke is totally under-utilizing the whole Black Smoke Monster thing.

9:25 -- "Don't tell me what I can't do." -- Not Locke. Never gets old.

9:26 -- "Don't tell me what I can't do!" -- Not Locke. See? Never gets old. Oh, I am working under the assumption the Children of the Corn kid is Young Jacob till I am proven wrong.

9:29 -- Richard's warning was pretty concise, well-argued, and all around convincing -- but Sawyer is sticking with Not Locke because it makes for better television.

9:30 -- Locke wants to speak with the temp lady's "supervisor." Has to be someone we know, right? Juliet? Libby?

9:31 -- ROSE!!!!!!

9:31 -- OH NO!!! Rose still has cancer!!! There is no God!!!!

9:32 -- "A little after my time." -- Not Locke. There's a phrase you never hear.

9:33 -- As I am basking in the greatness of Terry O'Quinn, I can't help but think that odds are we will finish this episode, the third of the season, and only seen Desmond for like a minute. That better get corrected next week.

9:38 -- Sun, Ilana, Ben and Lawnmower Man are burying Locke. Ben is about to give his last words. Should be good ...

9:39 -- "He was a much better man than I'll ever be ... and I'm very sorry I murdered him." -- Ben. I just told Ari that when I die, he has to give that eulogy word for word.

9:40 -- Locke tries to call Jack, but gets cold feet.

9:43 -- Locke is explaining to Helen about getting denied on his walkabout.

9:44 -- "There are miracles, John. And the only thing I was waiting for ... was you." -- Helen

9:45 -- Not Locke starts climbing down the ladder and Sawyer follows shortly behind. Man you never would have gotten me to do that.

9:46 -- After a rejected scene from the movie "Cliffhanger," Sawyer and Not Locke make their way to some kind of cave.

9:47 -- "Inside joke." -- Not Locke. Throwing the light stone into the river, leaving the dark one behind.

9:48 -- So everyone's names are scratched into the ceiling? Interesting.

9:53 -- Locke as a high school science teacher -- I buy it.

9:54 -- I know that voice ...

9:55 -- "Ben Linus, European History." -- Ben

9:56 -- Jacob's list?

9:57 -- "Jacob had a thing for numbers." -- Not Locke. And not just any numbers ...

9:59 -- "Are you ready to go home?" -- Not Locke

10:00 -- "Hell yes." -- Sawyer, who is now Team Not Locke

One of my favorite things about "Lost" is that the show is "good" in different ways to different people. Depending on a lot of different factors -- who the flashbacks focus on, how many answers are given, whether or not Kate is soaking wet -- can influence your opinion of the show.

There have been plenty of times I have given an episode a high grade and been called crazy (or vice versa). Even though we all love the show, we all see different things in it and get our enjoyment different ways.

That being said, I woke up this morning (or rather was woken up by a text message. Thanks, Steven -- it's becoming a weekly tradition) and found myself texting, IMing and calling people to find out whether or not I was crazy.

"Last night's episode was awesome, right?"

I take my grades of "Lost" very seriously -- like a high school substitute science teacher. So, that all being said ... I give tonight's episode an A-.

I think if you love "Lost" when it's giving you a non-mythology story, you loved Locke's off-island scenes. If you love "Lost" to try and figure out WTF is going on, you loved Not Locke's scenes. To me, it was the perfect combination of everything I love about "Lost."

Doesn't hurt that I love Locke.

I am going to throw out a question here that I am not sure the answer of. Well, I am like 90% sure the answer is "no" -- but I am keeping drifting more and more towards "maybe" as I think about it. Here goes"

Are we sure -- like 100%, lock it down, no doubt about it sure -- the Man in Black/Smokie/Not Locke is really the bad guy here? Just asking.

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To Doug:

"the island is definately purgatory."

The show's creators have already discredited this theory in previous seasons. At least in the sense that it is a place between the living world and the dead world.

1673 days ago


DeeGee, Very ,very impressive!!! They def want us to believe FLOCKE (fake-locke) is good guy.

1673 days ago


I also started to suspect that Jacob is the baddie in all this after last nights episode. Love the LOST Diary...glad I found you!

1673 days ago


So, I guess this wouldn't be the time to start watching Lost.

1673 days ago


I agree with Kean: Two players in this game. One black. One white. Neither has to be "good" or "evil". They're just playing. And Jacob is no saint in letting Nadia die when he met Sayid. He's just using people like the Black Player.

1673 days ago


9:39 -- "He was a much better man than I'll ever be ... and I'm very sorry I murdered him." -- Ben. I just told Ari that when I die, he has to give that eulogy word for word.

lol... That is a SERIOUSLY good idea! 'Wonder if Ari (or anyone else, for that matter) got the balls to do this, though.

Way better episode than the Kate one, so your rating is spot-on, Dan. Keep up the good work.

As for None-Locke not being the bad guy, the only thing I can say on this: as far as I know, Jacob never killed or have someone killed anyone over 'the game' he was part on with the Man in Black. Non-Locke, on the other hand, is the damn SMOKE MONSTER! So he may not be a bad guy, but he's definitely not a good guy either!

As for None-Locke walking around when he can just fly across the island at lightning speed as Big Smoking, well that's probably part of the rules... so more on that later.

1673 days ago

Ne-Yo Fan    

Dogen said they were all "brought to the island". Maybe it's just me but I get the feeling like Jacob and MIB are doing a groundhog day kind of thing where they just keep going at each other until they get it right and can go home. When Jacob and MIB were on the beach, MIB said it always ends the same...they come, fight, destroy (or something to that effect). I can't help but think that maybe the people are chess pieces (I don't know the concept of backgamon) and they play the end its all a game.

1673 days ago


I agree with MightyMad. I'm going to continue to believe that Jacob is good until we're given specific evidence otherwise. We haven't seen him kill or harm anybody, where the smoke monster periodically rips people apart for no apparent reason.

1673 days ago

2 cents    

"Not Locke" LOL - I Love it!
"under-utilizing the whole black smoke thing" - LOL - love it!
As for LOST? I am well and truly LOST!

1673 days ago


k so i just wikipedia'd Backgammon.....

"The Jacoby rule allows gammons and backgammons to count for their respective double and triple values only if the cube has already been offered and accepted. This encourages a player with a large lead to double, possibly ending the game, rather than to play it to conclusion hoping for a gammon or backgammon. The Jacoby rule is widely used in money play but is not used in match play.[4]"

Any relevance to Jacob perhaps?

The entire article is interesting...Backgammon deals with numbers...maybe the numbers of the people on the island are the pieces/players left in the "game"?

I know I'm rambling but this all sounds totally relevant to me.

I am totally sold on this whole backgammon idea. Seriously.

1673 days ago


My question is Y can Jacob leave the Island but notlocke? Y is Notlocke trapped on the Island? So those kind of questions lead me to believe he is evil. Kind of like people say God is everywhere and in everything but the devil is only in hell. I dont it is LOST u know it could be backwards.
Also,Y where the # have to be typed in.

1673 days ago

S8nT NJ 172    

Kean. i like where your head's at. i am a new watcher of the show and it's definately got my attention. perfect for discussion.

Very interesting indeed.

1673 days ago


I believe the MIB is the bad guy because he straight up lied to Sawyer about not seeing the child in the woods. I don't think Jacob would straight up lie...he would evade, but not lie.

One thing that always drives me crazy in this show is all the secrets, I can't wait for them to be revealed!

1673 days ago

bye Paula    

can we possibly have a lost live chat on the one Harvey had with the music savant?
It could be TMZlive with the lost savant.

1673 days ago


Well, I don't like D(r)ead Locke. But no, we cannot possibly be sure that the temple is good, Jacob was good and D(r)ead Locke is bad.

I'm loving this whole season, so I agree with the A-. And I'm a professor, so I grade for reals all the time!! :-)

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