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Okay - I was late coming into this show by a half hour because I got sucked into Project Runway, but I think I figured out most of this episode.

Once upon a time a bunch of writers all sat down together and talked about their childhoods. They then realized that they all had issues with their fathers. They then realized hey - wouldn't it be a GREAT IDEA to write a show where EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER had daddy issues? Not just one or two characters, not just the main ones. EVERY ONE. Hell, I bet even the damn dog has some unresolved issues with the mutt who sired him.

When I was in college I took a class on Shakespeare. Every play we read (and we read like, 8 or something. Basically a play every two weeks) our professor had us find the underlying theme. If you were a slacker and didn't read the play, you could always pull something out of your ass. The most common was "Apperances can be decieving." If "Lost" was a Shakespeare play we could easily pull out "Father issues are the root of all evil" and be done with it.

But really - this has to have been one of my favorite episodes of Lost so far, despite the rampant psychological issues. The writing in this, the acting in this, everything in this episode was fabulous. Right down to the tiny touch of Hurly's CD running out of batteries during the musical montage at the end, making fans of the show scream in joy (10 bucks says there was a dead pool for the batteries. If there wasn't there should have been).

The second theme of tonight's episode was "starting over." Locke wins major points 'cause did a kick ass job of being the voice of reason, even to the point of losing it and yelling at everybody.

"LISTEN UP YOU PRIMITIVE SCREW HEADS!!! WE ARE NOT THE ONLY PEOPLE ON THIS ISLAND!! IF YOU DUMBASSES DON'T FIGURE IT OUT WE'RE GOING TO KILL EACH OTHER!! *aheam* Fuck this noise. If anybody needs me I'll be my room jungle."

Charlie gets happy points for his portrayal this evening as Captain Obvious. Followed closely by Hurly playing the part of his adorable sidekick Blunt Boy.

Locke gets some more points by talking to both Boone and Shannon. "Jesus you dumb prima dona, leave Boone alone and enjoy the nice Arab man. He's probably the closest thing you'll ever come to a real man and you don't need to hurt boone any more."

Sun loses points this round for the dumbest move in the world. Honey, you do NOT slap a man who is covered in blood that IS NOT HIS OWN.

Jin, the star of tonight's show, also loses points for being a dumb ass.

Locke scores a rebound point by correctly cornering Walt and the burning of the boat.

Best moment of the show: Right at the very end when Jin helps Mike with the boat. Mike, who is building it so he can raise Walt in a safe place as a family, and Jin who is helping so he can get away from his family. It's beautiful.

Second best moment of the show: Right after Sun speaks english and everybody who stood around to watch the fight kinda looks down, shuffles their feet in the sand and is all like "Who wants mangos? Do you want mangos? I think I hear the mangos calling..." and take off in that awkward "shit man, someone just got busted..."

Overall - I am VERY happy with the story telling and the acting of this episode. Whoever wrote this needs to write more. I've never seen a show fit so well together.

Winner of this weeks episode: Locke. This may or may not make up for him taking the gun 2 weeks ago.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ha. I totally thought of you when the daddy issues started piling up in that ep. I mean, they even had Locke talking about his father! It's only a matter of time before Sayid and Hurley are whining about their crappy dads too.
I'm afraid this is all going to end up like Contact and the whole mage/wizard/god/being who has gotten them all to the island will turn out to be...THEIR FATHER!!!