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Throwback Thursday - LOST - Jughead



The fifth season of LOST continues on in a new fashion, where not only has the show explored flahsbacks, but also has recently begun to show flashforwards and, with season five, viewers not always knowing which the episode might feature for any "centric" character. But coming off the heals of season four, does season five also put another intriguingly complex monkey wrench into the format of show, many of the main characters left behind on the Island begin to start skipping through the Island's time, after the "Oceanic Six" was rescued by Penny, the Kahana now blown apart, and Ben turned the wheel, leaving it off it's axis.



Episode 5.03 (Jughead) primarily focuses on the group of Islanders left behind as they continue their journey skipping through time. This includes John Locke, Daniel Faraday, James "Sawyer" Ford, Juliet Burke, Charotte Staples Lewis...

The Island skipping is not just a fun devise, but rather something that comes with devastating consequences for many of the characters, especially those characters that had spent a lot of time on the Island already, --primarily the "science team" of the Kahana, as the season reveals they were either the children of Dharma Initiative members or The Others.

Daniel Faraday becomes the bigger focus on multiple fronts, as in the future-present Desmond, now also a father, sets out to find a a way to help those left behind on the Island, after receiving a "memory" from Daniel Faraday in the previous episode.


As for the Islanders that are time traveling, they had recently split up after a flaming arrow attack on the beach and were suppose to meet back at "the creek", but the time traveling lands the characters in the 1950's, where Daniel, Charlotte, and Miles are taken captive by the Others, believing them to be American soldiers returning to the Island to retrieve their...BOMB!

John Locke, Juliet, and Sawyer however are able to take two Others captive and with Juliet's help, are able to get one of them to tell them where the current camp is.

For John this episode is also a doozie. He had just finally reached 'The Leader of the Others' status before all the time traveling begin and now, in a new time where no one knows him, he must attempt to prove to Richard Albert, the current leader of the Others, that he is such a future leader in hopes he can figure out how to stop the skipping and get off the Island. But for the audience, it's more about seeing how Richard may have ever come to believe in John in the first place, as John returns the compass!

One of the reasons I choose this episode, is because there is a lot of suspense, especially with Daniel trying to figure out how to deal with so much stuff, but also because a lot of story telling elements really start to come together in a such an ironic way!

Daniel learns halfway through the episode that the young women that took them captive was none other than a teenage version of his mother, which adds a glorious through line, as Daniel also ironically becomes closer to Charlotte (despite the radiation poisoning), that a younger Charles Widmore is in a position where he is fighting for power status revealing he is also an Other living on the Island, that Daniel Farady is both Mrs. Hawking's AND Charles Widmore's son (despite that Desmond doesn't know this yet), and that Desmond is lead back to Charles Widmore and unknowingly on the path to finding Mrs. Hawking again!



Mrs. Hawking is one big facet that makes the episode so ironically tragic, because we continue to see how Daniel fought to get out from under his mother's shadow--how he had tried to save another women he cared for, but there were consequences. --How Daniel's experiments make him a questionable narrator for the characters and viewers to follow, but yet how so many pieces of LOST's metaphysical puzzle seem to dance around him like a magnet! (I once theorized that he became Alzar Hanso in previous timeline!)




But for John there is a deeper irony too, because even though Richard Albert is the current leader, it's hinted at (and is given clarity later in the season) that Charles Widmore and Eloise Hawking are somewhat fighting for the position and have stakes in the Others power vacuum, something John had been fighting for in terms of both The Others/Ben and the Island itself, and even though Daniel and Locke aren't really enemies, they both are taking on leadership positions, which are handled very differently a reflection of the futures of certain characters. Sawyer and Juliet want to save Daniel and the others, and John just wants to continue his conversation with Richard, while Daniel is tasked with defusing a bomb in hopes the Island will jump time again...





But Daniel does end up examining the bomb alone with Eloise. He discovers that the bomb
 has a crack in the casing and begins to tell her what to do with it. He asks if they had lead or concrete and explains they need to use that in the casing and then bury the bomb in concrete, but in doing so he also reveals that he is from the future and that he knows nothing will happen, because a hydrogen bomb never goes off...




By the time the episode ends John hasn't really gotten any answers he was hoping to get from Richard before the flashes begin again. Daniel is reunited with Charlotte and Miles (and Juliet and Sawyer), but the time skips leave Charlotte on the brink of death, while Desmond is convinced by Penny to find Faraday's mother in Los Angeles, not really grasping the danger he is walking into,-- not so much because of being lead back to Hawking, but because Ben doesn't want to let go of the Island and the position he fears Locke has, as Charles Widmore comes off more of a friend to Desmond...

For me the episode was elevated greatly by the guest star of Alexandra Krosney as the 17 year old Hawking, while also getting more Nestor Carbonell as the always delightful Richard Albert, whom can make any episode that much better!  Terry O'Quinn, Henry Ian Cusick, and Jeremy Davies were all in top form and delivered stellar performances that made what might have been a simple story line more intriguing!

There was also a lot of set-up for future episodes, as the bomb and the Others power struggle become the point of contention for both the Ocean Six, John, and Desmond via Ben in the current-future time line and Widmore, Hawking, and Richard in the past, as they must content with the Dharma Initiative while foreshadowing 'Suliet',  --and THE INCIDENT!







 






 



The fifth season of LOST continues on in a new fashion, where not only has the show explores flahsbacks, but also has recently begun to show flashforwards and with season five, viewers not always knowing which the episode might feature for any "centric" character. But coming off the heals of season four, does season five also put another intriguingly complex monkey wrench into the show, many of the main characters left behind on the Island begin to start skipping through the Island's time, after the "Oceanic Six" was rescued by Penny, the Kahana now blown apart, and Ben turned the wheel, leaving it off it's axis.



Episode 5.03 (Jughead) primarily focuses on the group of Islanders left behind as they continue their journey skipping through time. This includes John Locke, Daniel Faraday, James "Sawyer" Ford, Juliet Burke, Charotte Staples Lewis...

The Island skipping is not just a fun devise, but rather something that comes with devastating consequences for many of the characters, especially those characters that had spent a lot of time on the Island already, --primarily the "science team" of the Kahana, as the season reveals they were either the children of Dharma Initiative members or The Others.

Daniel Faraday becomes the bigger focus on multiple fronts, as in the future-present Desmond, now also a father, sets out to find a a way to help those left behind on the Island, after receiving a "memory" from Daniel Faraday in the previous episode.


As for the Islanders that are time traveling, they had recently split up after a flaming arrow attack on the beach and were suppose to meet back at "the creek", but the time traveling lands the characters in the 1950's, where Daniel, Charlotte, and Miles are taken captive by the Others, believing them to be American soldiers returning to the Island to retrieve their...BOMB!

John Locke, Juliet, and Sawyer however are able to take two Others captive and with Juliet's help, are able to get one of them to tell them where the current camp is.

For John this episode is also a doozie. He had just finally reached 'The Leader of the Others' status before all the time traveling begin and now, in a new time where no one knows him, he must attempt to prove to Richard Albert, the current leader of the Others, that he is such a future leader in hopes he can figure out how to stop the skipping and get off the Island. But for the audience, it's more about seeing how Richard may have ever come to believe in John in the first place, as John returns the compass!

One of the reasons I choose this episode, is because there is a lot of suspense, especially with Daniel trying to figure out how to deal with so much stuff, but also because a lot of story telling elements really start to come together in a such an ironic way!

Daniel learns halfway through the episode that the young women that took them captive was none other than a teenage version of his mother, which adds a glorious through line, as Daniel also ironically becomes closer to Charlotte (despite the radiation poisoning), that a younger Charles Widmore is in a position where he is fighting for power status revealing he is also an Other living on the Island, that Daniel Farady is both Mrs. Hawking's AND Charles Widmore's son (despite that Desmond doesn't know this yet), and that Desmond is lead back to Charles Widmore and unknowingly on the path to finding Mrs. Hawking again!



Mrs. Hawking is one big facet that makes the episode so ironically tragic, because we continue to see how Daniel fought to get out from under his mother's shadow--how he had tried to save another women he cared for, but there were consequences. --How Daniel's experiments make him a questionable narrator for the characters and viewers to follow, but yet how so many pieces of LOST's metaphysical puzzle seem to dance around him like a magnet! (I once theorized that he became Alzar Hanso in previous timeline!)




But for John there is a deeper irony too, because even though Richard Albert is the current leader, it's hinted at (and is given clarity later in the season) that Charles Widmore and Eloise Hawking are somewhat fighting for the position and have stakes in the Others power vacuum, something John had been fighting for in terms of both The Others/Ben and the Island itself, and even though Daniel and Locke aren't really enemies, they both are taking on leadership positions, which are handled very differently a reflection of the futures of certain characters. Sawyer and Juliet want to save Daniel and the others, and John just wants to continue his conversation with Richard, while Daniel is tasked with defusing a bomb in hopes the Island will jump time again...





But Daniel does end up examining the bomb alone with Eloise. He discovers that the bomb
 has a crack in the casing and begins to tell her what to do with it. He asks if they had lead or concrete and explains they need to use that in the casing and then bury the bomb in concrete, but in doing so he also reveals that he is from the future and that he knows nothing will happen, because a hydrogen bomb never goes off...




By the time the episode ends John hasn't really gotten any answers he was hoping to get from Richard before the flashes begin again. Daniel is reunited with Charlotte and Miles (and Juliet and Sawyer), but the time skips leave Charlotte on the brink of death, while Desmond is convinced by Penny to find Faraday's mother in Los Angeles, not really grasping the danger he is walking into,-- not so much because of being lead back to Hawking, but because Ben doesn't want to let go of the Island and the position he fears Locke has, as Charles Widmore comes off more of a friend to Desmond...

For me the episode was elevated greatly by the guest star of Alexandra Krosney as the 17 year old Hawking, while also getting more Nestor Carbonell as the always delightful Richard Albert, whom can make any episode that much better!  Terry O'Quinn, Henry Ian Cusick, and Jeremy Davies were all in top form and delivered stellar performances that made what might have been a simple story line more intriguing!

There was also a lot of set-up for future episodes, as the bomb and the Others power struggle become the point of contention for both the Ocean Six, John, and Desmond via Ben in the current-future time line and Widmore, Hawking, and Richard in the past, as they must content with the Dharma Initiative and foreshadowing 'Suliet',  --and THE INCIDENT!







 






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