Can Lost get any crazier? There may be television shows with better dialogue (e.g., the Wire) but none of them so consistently pushes the perceived creative limits of the medium like Lost. Non-linear story-telling using flashbacks? No way -- a tv audience will be confused. Flash forwards in addition to flashbacks? Negative -- the audience will abandon the show. How about time travel, ghosts, and seeing the future on top of this complex flashback/forward narrative structure? Danger! Plausibility overload! Suspension of disbelief failing! Yet the writers of Lost somehow pull it off with aplomb -- you almost always have the sense we're in hands that are secure.
I actually thought Confirmed Dead was even cooler than the season premier. I love episodes like this one and The Other 48 Days where we meet new characters. I'm also obviously a sucker for new mysteries, which provide fodder for speculation, the lifeblood of this blog. Confirmed Dead combined plenty of these two great tastes that taste great together by introducing us to Abbadon's motley crew -- the head case, the ghostbuster, the anthropologist, and the drunk. Given what we know, was Naomi really right that these are the wrong people for the job? I have a feeling Abbadon knows more than she -- or we -- do about the Island.
It's no coincidence that Miles is a ghostbuster -- he's probably there to bust Jacob's ghost. Daniel is a physicist who can presumably help them understand and exploit the Island's strange electromagnetic properties. Charlotte is an anthropologist who has studied the Dharma Initiative extensively -- perhaps she's there to be their guide. Frank may be a drunk, but he's every bit the talented pilot that Abbadon promised. Let's hope, however, that these other members of the A-Team are more competent than Naomi, who wasn't much of a commando for all her haughty talk. Here are some other thoughts and questions that I had regarding Confirmed Dead:
* The physicist Daniel noted that the light is "strange" and "doesn't scatter" on the Island, which could refer to H.G. Wells's sci-fi classic The Invisible Man. The titular character renders himself invisible by changing his refractive index so it is exactly the same as air, meaning he neither absorbs nor reflects light. Maybe Daniel is cluing us in that the Island's electromagnetism alters its refractive index in much the same way, creating a natural cloak of invisibility.
* Daniel shares his last name with fellow physicist and pioneer of electromagnetism Michael Faraday. Is this yet another clue that electromagnetism is the (pseudo) scientific explanation for most strange phenomena on the show? For example, Michael Faraday experimented extensively with the effects of magnetism on rays of light, which could explain the refractive invisibility cloak mentioned previously.
* Why do you suppose it's significant that Frank was supposed to be the pilot of Oceanic 815? Would the plane have landed safely if he were at the controls? Did he have a flash of the future that was negated by some change to the picture on the box?
* Is that why Daniel started crying when he saw footage of the wreckage on television? Was he supposed to be on the plane like Frank? If so, what changed the picture on the box?
* At least now we know why Naomi was so quick to accept the explanation for Locke stabbing her. In fact, she didn't accept it all, which makes a lot more sense to me.
* Interesting how the second Alternative Reality Game (i.e., Find815) was referenced on the show, avoiding the silly debates over canon that obsessed some during the Lost Experience. Sure looks to me like Sam was being played for a sucker in Find815. There's no way that's the real wreckage of the plane off Bali in the Sunda Trench.
* It looks like I fired my Ghostbusters reference a week too soon. To paraphrase the Rasmus, if there's something weird, in your Island wood, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!
* Speaking of Ghostbusters, what was that Dirt Devil device that Miles turned on in the poltergeist's bedroom? My guess is it was just for show -- and to cover the noise of his dialogue with the ghost...
* Were all of those off-Island scenes flashbacks? Or did we see any hidden flash forwards in the mix? For example, do we know for sure that Charlotte's experience with the polar bear skeleton in Tunisia took place *before* she came to the Island? I have no specific reason for suspecting the latter but am curious if anyone noticed anything I didn't.
* I will say that the look of elation on Charlotte's face would suggest she's been trying to find the Island for some time.
* My whackadoo prediction for this week: some of these Freighter folks were born on the Island...