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Lost: The Economist

Totally unspoiled so I was totally surprised... The suspense is terrible... I hope it lasts!


ZELDA!!! Are you still breathing after that ep?!

(I'm writing this first so I can collect my own thoughts before scanning my flist. Yeah, it's 4 am again and no one's up but I just finished watching!)

They didn't kill off Sayid! He's one of the Oceanic Six. HE'S LEFT THE ISLAND! No more Sawyer/Sayid, no more Sayid/Juliet... hell, no more Sayid/anyone on the island! (So much for the theory that Claire would be his "surprising new love interest!") And he's killing people for Ben?!!!!!

WTF happens between now and then? I haven't been so on the edge of my seat, so in suspense with an episode, in ages.

Again I cry ZELDA! A sexy, future AU for Sayid with many twists (I did not suspect Ilsa!) that's all you could ask for, but will we even see him again this season?!

Hurley and Sawyer helping Locke?! That's a twist. Although Sawyer's reasons make sense but ... I don't really like love-whipped Sawyer, you know? But I'm beginning to think he does stay behind. :-( (Please no one spoil me!)

And there's clearly a time discrepancy with the island...

Wow. I can't believe there's this much forward momentum with Lost this season. Really. I'm stunned they picked up the pace this dramatically. It really feels like the finales and that's a GOOD thing.

Comments

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alemyrddin
Feb. 15th, 2008 12:33 pm (UTC)
well... someone's up, on the other side of the pond! ;)
I've just watched it and posted my review as well.

This was a great - if heartbreaking - episode!
I agree with you... I think Sawyer is going to stay behind. Not that he's missing a lot of fun, given how badly the "Oceanic 6" are living their lives... but it makes me sad anyway. *sighs*

And they did pick up the pace, it's really stunning! (and I love it!)
halfdutch
Feb. 15th, 2008 12:38 pm (UTC)
*waves across the pond* ;)

And wow, amazing episode.

I think Sawyer has to stay behind: There's no other character beloved enough to keep our interest in those who stay behind if Jack, Kate, Sayid and Hurley are all off the island!

I can't believe how good Lost is this season. God, I hope they keep it up!
alemyrddin
Feb. 15th, 2008 01:03 pm (UTC)
*waves back*

I think Sawyer has to stay behind: There's no other character beloved enough to keep our interest in those who stay behind if Jack, Kate, Sayid and Hurley are all off the island!

Oh! *smacks forehead* I tend to forget that this is a show and therefore has to keep the audience intrigued...of course, you're right.

and yes, let's hope they keep this kind of pace up! Maybe the 14 episodes (instead of 16) that they should be able to air this season will help them in keeping everything tight. :)
halfdutch
Feb. 16th, 2008 05:17 am (UTC)
I tend to forget that this is a show!

Hee, me too. :)

And I read somewhere it was only 13 eps! Anyway, I hope they use them well! (Like, less baby storylines!)
janie_tangerine
Feb. 15th, 2008 12:33 pm (UTC)
They didn't kill off Sayid! He's one of the Oceanic Six. HE'S LEFT THE ISLAND! No more Sawyer/Sayid, no more Sayid/Juliet... hell, no more Sayid/anyone on the island!

I'm am most glad of the first two (because I want Sayid to live thanks, I already had a favorite character killed off..), but what worries me most is who the hell can we pair Sawyer with now? Jack is off the island, Sayid is off the island, Kate is off the island and I'm sure not going to pair him with Locke! At this point I selfishly hope that Desmond isn't in the six so at least some pretty remains on island.

Anyway I agree with pretty much everything. And I'm liking this new pace, even if a mindfuck for every episode is going to give me headaches sooner or later.. ;)
halfdutch
Feb. 15th, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
Well, Jack and Sayid can maybe shag like bunnies in between killings and oxycodone-fueled meltdowns!

And hey, we've always gone AU when it suited us, yes? Now there's a lot more to go with. And a German setting! YAY! I can't remember why I wanted lately except that I think I had a dream about Germany so I really liked that.

Last week was a bit fillerish/expositiony, but this one really was bam! socko! I can handle that pace!
polvodestrella
Feb. 15th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
Watching it without spoilers is the best! I want to keep doing it this way! The suspense is the best, I gasped loud in at least three scenes.

Lost is being awesome this season, I'mr eally enjoying it!
halfdutch
Feb. 16th, 2008 04:58 am (UTC)
It really is the best! I had gotten to the point with Lost last season where I would be on the computer (which is in the same room) while it was on but this was glued-to-the-screen TV watching again. YAY!
inthekeyofd
Feb. 15th, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of Zelda the whole time I was watching it, wondering at what point she passed out. *smile*

I was totally spoiled about whether Sawyer stays or goes..but I won't spoil you..you'll just have to watch. *smile*

Hurley helping Locke..Locke is slowly but surely turning into that Marlon Brando character from Apocalypse Now.
halfdutch
Feb. 16th, 2008 04:58 am (UTC)
Hee, the whole fandom knows it's all about Sayid for her!

And thanks for keeping the secret hon. I hate being spoiled!

So if Locke is Col. Kurtz, does that make Hurley the Dennis Hopper character? And Sawyer is Martin Sheen..?!
mediocrechick
Feb. 15th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
OMGz, you think that Sawyer stays on the island? Me too!!!!

I think the dude Kate was referring to at the end of "Through the Looking Glass" was Kevin (Nathan Fillion's character). I mean, aren't they technically still married? But who the hell knows? This season is really fucking around with my poor abused brain. :/

I know they said 'Oceanic 6' but I still hope Desmond makes it off the island too!!!!
halfdutch
Feb. 16th, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
At this point, there's no one else TO leave on the island besides Sawyer, is there? I mean, that the fans really care about? (So not counting Locke!) It seems like Claire should be next but I don't know if that's the most dramatically satisfying answer. I thought she'd be the one to get on the helicopter in this ep but I'm so glad I was wrong. And damn, it rocks not being spoiled. YAY.

Hmm. Good call on Kate's guy maybe being Kevin. I'd love to see him again! And the man has no job now, does he?

I have no idea if Desmond counts as an "Oceanic" guy or not... or what his fate is. I really thought he'd bitten it when he turned that key!
elliotsmelliot
Feb. 15th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
I was shocked to find out Sayid was one of the 6. And I'm torn - is he needed more on the island than off? It seems like off is winning. I agree for practical and character reasons, Sawyer is not getting off this round. The audience needs someone to care about and right now he's convinced himself there's nothing for him off island.

I am also stunned at the pacing. Let's hope it keeps up!
halfdutch
Feb. 16th, 2008 05:04 am (UTC)
I will miss Sayid on the island, definitely and god knows they could use his cool head and soldiering (and Mr. Fix It) skills! But damn, his post-island storyline is so amazing that I think I'll get over that. And yeah, I don't think Sawyer can leave. They need someone the fans really care about to stay on the island -- someone worth going back for. Not that the others aren't worth it but well, I'm biased!

And I think the rest of the season will be a blistering pace, given that we've lost 3 eps! I wonder if they'll make the overall ep count up somewhere along the way next season or if that's just it.
hopelessfangirl
Feb. 15th, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
"So much for the theory that Claire would be his "surprising new love interest!""

o__________________O ...*hugs close to my C/C*
I love Sayid and I like Claire a lot, but those two together would make even less sense than Sayid/Shannon ever did. If I were to bet, I'd have went with Juliet just cause... I can sorta see it. I dunno.

I think I may know who one of the two remaining unknown Oceanic 6-ers are (but don't worry, I won't spoil you). Now just to figure out the last one...
halfdutch
Feb. 16th, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)
Oh, that was just one theory tossed out, based on the "surprising new love interest" spoiler in TV Guide. I thought for sure it would be Juliet! But I really didn't think Sayid would get off the island before everyone else. I mean, I guess that could still change but right now it looks like he's gone for good! I actually thought they'd send Claire back, given that she has a baby and all.

And thanks for keeping the secret! It's so much more fun to watch when it's all a surprise.
hopelessfangirl
Feb. 17th, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
"I actually thought they'd send Claire back, given that she has a baby and all."

Yeah, and cause Desmond saw her and Aaron getting on a rescue plane -- AKA: THE REASON CHARLIE DIED. Sorry for the capslock, it's hard for me to contain my bitterness sometimes.

Ahhh, so Sayid's gone, gone? I just figured something else would go wrong and they would end up back on the island again. I'm worried now! We need Sayid, yo!
halfdutch
Feb. 18th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
I just assumed that Sayid is gone, gone because of the promo that said the castaway getting on the plane is one of the Oceanic Six. I suppose he could come back... who knows?

And Claire seems like a lock for one of the Oceanic Six slots, doesn't she? Let's hope so, anyway!
hopelessfangirl
Feb. 18th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
Hm, yeah, okay, maybe I wasn't paying much attention to the ad. I was more distracted by "OMG WE'LL FIND OUT WHO ANOTHER OCEANIC SIX-ER IS!!111ONEONE!!"

She does! I hope Claire & Aaron get off the island, but I wouldn't put it past Lost to keep them there for whatever reason just for the hell of it. *shakes fist at the writers* YOU BE GOOD TO HER NOW, YOU HEAR???
jazzpno
Feb. 15th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
Regrettably, I'm not completely unspoiled, but unspoiled enough to literally fall off of the couch in the last 30 seconds!

We were WAY overdue for a Sayid-centric episode, and this one really delivered. I know it's now become cliché, but I'm gonna have to watch that again! Sayid off island? I'm relieved. He's been so woefully underused the past two seasons that I was concerned he was being "phased out". Sawyer on island? Well, that's enough to keep me interested in what's happening to the "Oceanic Others".

On a more shallow note...Damn! Sayid looks good! I have always loved the long, cascading curls (shouldn't his hair be considerably longer on island?), however, the sleek 'do he had last night was HAWT! Josh Holloway's hair is really long, but realistically so, and he wears it very, very well.

Lastly, our local ABC affiliate has been airing the prior week's episode immediately before the current episode, don't know if it is the same across the country, but I'm lovin' two full hours every week.
halfdutch
Feb. 16th, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)
Wow, literally falling off the couch. That's good! ;)

And I'm with you on both on being edge-of-seat for the storyline and QUITE shallow about Sayid's post-island hotness. Just amazing on all fronts. I will have to watch again, yes!

They've been rerunning last week's ep here too, which I think is a great idea. It's very hard to lead into Lost with anything but Lost! I have the eps TiVoed, so I can always watch them again if I want, assuming I set it all correctly!
vixerunt
Feb. 15th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
Hahah! I think a lot of us girls in the fandom were thinking about Zelda! When he walked into the cafe, I thought he looked exactly how I pictured her Exchange Sayid to look.

I cut short dinner last night to see the episode, and I'm so, so glad I did. I'm going spoiler free this season and it just makes me nuts when I watch the show (In a good way!). I gasp and laugh and freak out and do the OMG thing with everyone watching it with me. This season is truly amazing so far. It even pulled my dad back in and he had stopped watching during S2 because it had become too "soap opera-y" for him.

I enjoyed the Jack/Sayid exchange right before Sayid left. I usually see Sawyer/Sayid or Jack/Sawyer in fic, but I really enjoyed seeing Jack and Sayid together last night. Mostly because Kate has completely neutered Sawyer. I swear the writers have no idea what to do with him, or at least, they don't have the ability to make his character growth seem natural. One minute he's squishing frogs, killing Locke's dad, and pulling a con on everyone for the guns and the next, he's in love with Kate and he wants to have a heart to heart with Hurley over his feelings on Charlie's death. I can't keep up!

And I'm totally in the minority, but I've always been a Locke fan. Last night though, I actually said that I hope someone shoots him. Eesh! This season is turning me upside down! My Benry love remains unchanged though. What an ending.

Me: What is Sayid doing in a vet clinic?
Mom: He's getting fixed.
Me: Hahahahahah
Mom: No, I mean fixed. Like his bullet wound.
Me: ...oh.

So excited for next week! We finally find out who number 6 is (And won't they be the person that was in the coffin? Or is that Ben?) Anyway, I hope I get some fic out of the Sayid goodness from this one to tide me over until then ;-)
halfdutch
Feb. 16th, 2008 05:12 am (UTC)
Spoiler-free is absolutely the way to go!

I have liked Locke in the past but I'm really tired of his being such a selfish asshole, basically. And just tired of his "island mystic" schtick. I was hoping that Ben shooting him would be the end but then this week's plot would have had a lot less plot twists. Ben I got tired of but now I'm finding his snark really amusing. He's better as a snarky pipsqueak than an evil leader!

And heee about Sayid getting fixed! LOL. That would be such a crime!

And Sawyer. *sigh* I'm not happy about Kate being the love of his life and all. :-/ Zelda suggested maybe he's still vulnerable after killing Cooper, but right afterward, he froze her out and that seemed more realistic. I thought we were maybe done with their love affair there and she was going to switch to Jack. I don't know. I try to separate the characters from the contrivances of the love triangle plotting!

I don't know if the person in the coffin was one of the Oceanic Six. I thought so at first but it might be, say, Michael, who got back under his own steam or something. Although I assume we'll see him again on the island... maybe, maybe not. I really don't know and I'm happy not to know!
gottalovev
Feb. 15th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
I'm equally relieved that Sayid is of the Ocean 6 (because somehow, I had convinced myself that he'd die, I don't know why!) and worried because I don't want Sayid to not be on my TV much from now on! argh!

btw... I need to email you.. I'll use your LJ addy!
halfdutch
Feb. 16th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
Oh, I was sure he'd be bumped off. And I'm so surprised and relieved that he isn't! I will definitely miss him on the island though. And I'm worried about Sawyer being left behind... if that's the way that goes.

And yay, got your email! :)
deej240z
Feb. 15th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
I love your enthusiasm! Please help me stop spoilers. Now! I know what happens up to next weeks clincher and who goes and who stays on the island. I don't want to know anymore. I miss being able to post the next day without being jaded. :(

Pussy whipped Sawyer is no fun. Grrrr.

If you think the forward momentum is great now, wait till they cram 8 episodes worth of myth into 5 episodes to finish out the season. >:/
halfdutch
Feb. 16th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
Awww, I'm sorry you're not feeling the squee. Being unspoiled definitely helps with that!

And I think we're stuck with the Sawyer is madly in love with Kate storyline. I don't think they'll ever let him get over her. :-/

And I was wondering if maybe some of those eps might be 2-hour ones.. although I suppose that's still the same amount of work as doing two separate episodes. The past seasons have dwelt on stuff I wasn't at all interested in, so the pace was maddening, like all those pointless backstories being revised over and over again. So if it's sayonara to those, I won't mind! But yeah, it could be worrisome, you're so right. I can't believe they're carrying the ball so well this season so far!

Edited at 2008-02-16 02:42 am (UTC)
deej240z
Feb. 16th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
*cries* I'm so unmoved I haven't watched to whole episode yet. Just the Sawyer scene. What a whipped puppy they write Sawyer when he's around Kate. He's literally offering himself on a silver platter and getting nothing in return but a roll in the hay. *sigh* I'm getting tired of it. I was telling someone else tonight that the longer they drag this out the worse it's going to be for Sawyer as a character. I'm getting the distinct feeling the writers are going to have Kate rip. Sawyer's. heart. out. before it's done. If they don't, the longer it takes for Kate to be shown she really loves him back, the harder it's going to be for me as an viewer to believe her. *sigh*

I don't believe there will be any 2 hour eps. They'll be lucky to barf up what they've said they would. It's not going to be pretty. :( I predict you can kiss character moments goodbye. Gotta make sure there's lots of time for ghostbusters and 4 toed statues.

Don't mind me, I'm negative tonight. That funeral today blew me away. Bagpipes always make me depressed.
halfdutch
Feb. 16th, 2008 05:16 am (UTC)
I have to enjoy what Josh brings to those scenes and just shrug off the rest, I guess. Otherwise it would drive me nuts too. *sigh*

And do you mean the funeral for the SWAT officer? It was all over the morning news. And the national news was all about the university shooting. Another one. :-/ Yeah, not a cheery day.

*hugs*
xphile101
Feb. 15th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
Isn't being unspoiled so fun? It makes things better, like the fact that you can theorize and share theories without knowing if you're right or wrong.

Like the fact that I think Sawyer leaves the island, too, and is the Six member revealed next week. Total theory on my part based on the promo for next week, but a lot of fun to argue about.

This was the best Sayid episode ever.
halfdutch
Feb. 16th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
Being unspoiled is the best. YAY!

I actually think that Sawyer stays, given how they set things up in this episode. I'd love to see him in the future but it seems they have to leave *someone* on the island. It makes me sad to think of him being left behind.

And yes, BEST DAMN SAYID EP EVER!
zelda_zee
Feb. 15th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
Here I am, finally! I tell you, I've been so nervous to read anyone's reviews, but I figured you're probably safe to not squishing my squee!

Wasn't it fabulous!! I swear, that much squeeing can't be healthy! I still feel positively light-headed!

So I guess you're figuring Sawyer stays on the island too? It's my guess as well, but I don't know for sure. Anyway, I wouldn't let a little thing like canon get in the way fic-wise, but that's gonna be tough to have no S/Sd screen time! (And of course, tough to have no J/S screen time for you J/S shippers.)

As to Sawyer being whipped, remember that he just killed Cooper a couple days ago. I think he's a bit more fragile than usual at the moment.

For some reason I'm thinking maybe Kate's off-island guy, the one she was nervous about when she came to see Jack, could be Ben. Is that crazy? Well, yes it is, but I think it could be pretty awesome too.

The only thing I have to go on as far as screen time for Sayid is that Naveen has been pretty happy in interviews. I'd think if they'd cut him out of the rest of the season he'd be bitching a blue streak like he did during S3.

I'm curious as to why the show is so good all of a sudden. New writers? I haven't been noticing who's been writing the eps. I did notice this one was directed by Jack Bender, who's directed a bunch of my favorite eps. I should check on the writers.
halfdutch
Feb. 16th, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
YAAAY! It was so good, I'm kind of in shock! Naveen must be very happy. I assume we see more of his future but no more island!Sayid is just ... saddening! They really need him there.

And hmmm. If Kate's with Ben that would be super fucked-up. Ewwwww!

The guys who wrote this one have primarily written the Hurley eps, I think. Who knew they had it in them?

As for Sawyer: I don't see what other character could stay behind and still keep our interest. He's the last major character left (well, not including Locke but feh, who cares about him?) and since they love to split up the characters, this seems more and more likely. It kind of breaks my heart that he has nothing to go back to and that no one is inviting him to come with them. :-/

I really did NOT think that Sayid would get off the island. I thought Claire might be next, but that would have been rather boring, yes? Thank god they didn't go with that! I can't imagine her getting up to anything very interesting after her return!
ficangel
Feb. 15th, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
DUDE I KNOW. It was a fantastic episode, but I'm just heartbroken at the same time.
halfdutch
Feb. 16th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)
No more island!Sayid? I thought they might kill him off, honestly, so I'm relieved they haven't but still ... no more island!Sayid? I assume he'll be seen in more flash-forwards as the end game is still in play.

Well, there's always the trusty AU, yes?
gravi_girl123
Feb. 17th, 2008 09:51 am (UTC)
God, yeah, this season has been so much better. It probably has to do with the fact they know exactly how many episodes they have left. One of the writers said in an interview that before they felt that had to keep dragging it out because they had no idea how long they were going to be on for. This season has been great so far--I'm so proud of Lost <3
halfdutch
Feb. 18th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
It probably has to do with the fact they know exactly how many episodes they have left.

That must be it! I, for one, welcome the end of the extra-repetitive backstories like Locke and Helen, part 3 and Jin and Sun and Jae, part 4...

This season has been awesome! I hope it lasts! :)
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