Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Met Kevin Johnson...can't say as I like him that much

Episode 4x08 episode of LOST, “Meet Kevin Johnson,” gave us all the scoop on Michael since we last saw him sailing away with Walt from the dock at the end of season two. We saw Michael try to kill himself numerous times, an Other was outed, a sniper took out a couple of people on the island, we almost caught up with Walt, got some seemingly hard evidence that Widmore faked the wreckage found in the ocean, we got a little more screentime for Naomi and Minkowski, and learned that Ben, at the end of the day, still controls everything. More after the jump.

Lost 4x08: Meet Kevin Johnson

The episode opens with a tense town hall meeting at Locke’s house. Our buddy Miles returns, with his jaw still in tact. Ben reveals to the group that Michael is his man on the boat, and the Losties gasp. He also explains that Miles’ mission is to retrieve Ben and then they will kill every remaining person on the island. Ben confides to Alex that the freighter folk will use her to get to him. He begs her to go with Karl and Rousseau to The Temple, where the remaining Others have been since we last saw them.

Sayid and Desmond confront Michael on the deck of the ship and we flash back to Michael in New York.

Though his car is older, the stereo in it reveals that it’s relatively recent. Michael is despondent after making it back home and having revealed to Walt who he killed to get them off the island. He pins a suicide note to his shirt and drives full speed into a dumpster. We next see him in a hospital, and Libby – who he unintentionally killed on the island – enters the room. Michael awakes with a scream.

Geek alert: He’s still in a hospital room, but the room’s equipment was far less high-tech than the equipment in his dream. Why? The monitor in his dream says that all alarms are off and to “admit patient to activate alarms.” Wouldn’t he have been admitted?


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And in the room after he wakes up:

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After being released from the hospital, he hocks Jin’s watch for a gun and tries to kill himself in an alley. (Note to producers of Lost: New York is not filled with alleys. In fact, there are hardly any. Sorry, it’s a pet peeve of mine.) Michael is interrupted by our favorite Other, Tom. We can assume that means this is before he’s been shot on the island, but more on that question later. Tom tells him that they’ve been keeping tabs on him since he and Walt left. He also tells him that the island won’t let him die. Michael tests this theory later back in his apartment with the gun and it seems to be true. Just then, the news report of the discovery of the wreckage of Flight 815 in the ocean is reported on the news.

Michael goes to Tom’s hotel room. And, no big surprise, we meet Tom’s boyfriend, Arturo. (Tom did say to Kate when she was showering, “you’re not my type,” and he didn’t seem to count football among his skills when he was tossing the ball around with Jack.)

Tom tells Michael that the wreckage was faked by Charles Widmore and gives him his next assignment. Michael has to pose as a deck hand on the freighter and kill everyone aboard. (Is Michael the most unlucky guy in the world, or what?) Reluctantly, he accepts the mission. However, it seems that the island wasn’t ready for him to die, as he tries to blow up the freighter, but instead a note pops up jack-in-the-box style saying “NOT YET.” Ben contacts him and tells him to make a list of the people on the freighter. Again, he agrees. Is there anyone Ben doesn’t own?

Sayid and Desmond confront Michael, who reveals the truth about what he’s doing there. Sayid tells the captain Michael is Ben’s spy. The captain actually seems pretty unimpressed with that information in the second after he got the news, but we’ll have to wait until they return to see what his actual reaction to the news was.

Back on the island:

En route to the Temple, quiet shots begin to ring out from the jungle and Karl goes down. Rousseau and Alex try to run for it, but Rousseau takes a hit. Alex waves a white flag of surrender, aaaaand…LOST. See you in a month.

Let’s discuss:

So help me with this timeline, if you would… How could Michael have sailed from the island, been rescued, flown to New York, convinced his mother to take care of Walt, become despondent, attempted suicide, recovered from what appeared to be very serious injuries, gotten out of the hospital and visited his mother, pawned the watch, wrestled with Tom in the alley, left for Fiji, boarded the freighter, sailed out to sea, sabotaged the freighter, then days later meet up with Sayid… all in the span of like 2 months!?!

One possible reason - the boat sailed out on the bearing Ben gave Michael (325), and that bearing sent Michael and Walt physically back in time, which could explain Walt’s height. Yes, Faraday said it was your consciousness that travels, but otherwise, I'm at a loss as to how they fit it all in that short couple of months.

Tom’s file had a picture of some open graves in Thailand. Thailand was also Jack’s vacation spot pre-crash. Coincidence? Maybe we’ll see the return of Bai Ling to a future episode of Lost. (*Fingers crossed*)

There was also a purchase order in Tom’s file made out to Widmore Industries for a decommissioned 777. Wouldn’t Widmore have covered his tracks a bit more than to have a paper trail with his company’s name with an order for the plane?

Was Michael’s hospital connected to Ben or perhaps Widmore? The nurse seemed like she knew more than she let on, sort of like the last minute replacement doctor at the hospital where Sun gave birth to Ji Yeon. Tom did say that they were keeping tabs on him. Could some connection to Ben or Widmore explain why it seemed he was out of the hospital much more quickly than his injuries suggested he should be?

Did Ben send Rousseau and Karl into the jungle to die like he did Goodwin?

Michael’s passport number was HNS012153. Is it a coincidence that the letters and the first digit look like “Hanso?”
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The game show on TV in Michael’s room appeared to be a 70s era game. There was nothing you could make out from it, except someone said “Kurt Vonnegut,” an author the show has referenced more than once.

Oh, and by the way, thank you to the producers of the promos for Lost, for clearing up any further debate. The Oceanic 6 are: Jack, Kate, Sayid, Hurley, Aaron and Sun. The end.

Help me out with some of those questions. What do you think? Hit us up with some comments on your thoughts.

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