24 May 2007

8+

"Scentless Apprentice" (Rehearsal) by Nirvana which clocks in at 9:32

WARNING: "LOST" SPOILERS CONTAINED WITHIN THIS 8+

Okay, let's talk TV. Shall we? Great. But first, let me reinforce the above statement. If you're not fully caught up with "Lost" you might want to NOT read what's written below. I'm really not looking to spoil the show for anyone, so consider this fair warning: I'm about to talk about the Season Three finale which aired last night.

Still with me? You "Lost" fiend you. Let's ask ourselves some questions here, shall we? Please feel free to play along with more questions (goodness knows there are many more than what I've listed here) or answers of your own in the comments. I know some of you who most definitely watched, so don't be shy - speak up!

Q: Aren't you glad Charlie finally died?
A: Yes I am, he was sooo annoying. But then, they sure did find a nice way to let him go out honorably. "Not Penny's Boat," you go Charlie.

Q: Okay so whose boat is it then? And was Charlie actually communicating with Penny?!
A: Well, it would appear he was actually talking to her and had just enough time to tell her that Desmond is alive and on the island, and that he was a survivor of Oceanic flight 815. As for the boat, your guess is as good as mine. But here's my guess: it's Penny's father's people who just happen to be connected to the Dharma Initiative in some way.

Q: So was that actually a flash forward for the first time? Were we seeing the future?? Kate and Jack were safely off the island?!
A: It appears it was indeed some kind of flash-forward. I mean, they pretty much spelled it out for us by making the name of the funeral parlor (Hoffs Drawlar) an anagram for "flash forward". Is it the actual future? Who knows, but Jack sure wasn't happy whenever it was. And he said he was sick of lying. Lying about what? Also, he'd actually become just like his father who, by the way, may or may not actually be dead - though I tend to think he is. And strangely, Kate seemed to want to run towards someone for the first time (at least, for the first time in the world that isn't on the island). What the eff??

Q: Speaking of the flash forward, what was up with the newspaper article, and who was in the coffin?
A: Who knows, right? I've found a rough transcription of the newspaper clipping HERE on the Lostpedia but it only offers hints. It's anybody's guess as to who died (what do you think?), what we know for certain is that reading this article made Jack consider killing himself. Oh, and the newspaper article is apparently from April 5th, 2007.

Q: What was up with all of the suicide references in last night's episode?
A: Yeah, seriously. Did you catch all of them? I'm not sure I did, but let's review... we had Jack attempting to jump, Locke almost shooting himself, Charlie killing himself by closing the door, Mikhail "killing" himself with the grenade, Sawyer and Juliette going on a "suicide" mission back to the beach, Sayid willing to give up his own life if it meant helping everyone escape the island, and finally... the fact that "Scentless Apprentice" by Nirvana was playing in the car on the anniversary of Kurt Cobain's suicide (if we are to believe that the paper is indeed from April 5th) as Jack drives to the funeral of a man who apparently killed himself (liberal conclusion jumping based upon the above linked rough transcription of the newspaper clipping). What's up with all of that? And how freaking sweet was it to suddenly hear some Nirvana on "Lost"?

Q: Where did John Locke run off to once he realized he couldn't stop Jack from using the phone?
A: I'm guessing he went to talk to Jacob, who I'm guessing had been telling Locke he needed to stop Jack.

Q: Who would win in a fight to the death between Mikhail and Locke?
A: Trick question. The answer is neither, they apparently can not be killed. Which is really cool in a horror movie kind of way. I'd love to see a battle royale matchup of Freddy vs. Jason vs. Mikahil vs. John Locke.

Q: Do we really have to wait some 8+ months for a new episode of "Lost"?
A: Yes, it appears we do. But we've got each other, and that's a lot for "Lost", so bring on the questions, answers, guesses, and theories!

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EAR FARM's 8+ is a weekly feature that showcases songs longer than 8 minutes. In the recent past these songs were featured on EF's 8+:
Jesu - "Weightless and Horizontal"
Nuh Uh - "This Is Embarrassing"
The Cure - "Carnage Visors: The Soundtrack"
Aphex Twin - "Ziggomatic V17"
Agalloch - "In The Shadow Of Our Pale Companion"
Explosions In The Sky - "It's Natural To Be Afraid"
Guns N' Roses - "Locomotive"
Guns N' Roses - "Estranged"

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13 comments:

odette said...

As for the suicide references- don't forget that Jin was willing to die to keep the rest of the crew safe as well as Hurley who drove the van onto the beach, wiping out one of the Others but leaving two with guns to shoot him if they so wanted.

Matt said...

indeed. lots of potential/actual suicide going on last night. by the way, i kind of forgot to mention anything about this version of "Scentless Apprentice". it's from the box set and is really cool to listen to as you can actually hear the song being written as it takes form during the jam that's contained on this recording. it's almost like stepping back in time and finding yourself right there in the room with the band during this rehearsal and it makes me wish Nirvana had spent a lot of studio time working out five to ten 8+ jams. anyway, on with the "Lost" talk!

d said...

I think that Negative Creep might've been a good choice as well.

d said...

Also, Jack clearly stole that fake ass beard from Tom AKA Mr. Friendly.

Juliet Burke said...

wow, i had no idea that mr earfarm was such a LOST geek! sweet! i mean, as if this long post wasn't enough of a clue there's the fact that this was posted at 3:16pm.

right?

i mean, come on! it's not the first time i've noticed a hidden reference slash easter egg on earfarm. they're everywhere.

and i know that posting this at 3:16 - aka 15:16 - is another one.

you know, 4 8 15 16 23 42?

man. earfarm needs its own wikipedia.


my question is: how great was it to see Jack and Juliet finally kiss?!

rgsc said...

what the eff indeed.

I was left feeling more than a little confused and i think a bit angry by it all. Mostly angry at the fact that we have to wait 8 or more months before things get cleared up. damn you lost!

Anyway, nice breakdown of the main conundrums of the episode and thanks for the Nirvana - I was stoked to hear it last night.

ps. I'm pretty glad the hobbit finally got what was coming to him.

Matt said...

wow, that was quick. i guess i should cloak my hidden references a bit more thoroughly!

D - yeah, you got that right about the beard. and no question about "Negative Creep" in terms of the lyrical theme and whatnot. but then i couldn't have used it for this "Lost" themed 8+!

Anonymous said...

It's definitely Locke or Ben in the coffin. Right?

Anonymous said...

its locke in the coffin. has to be.

Eric said...

jeez... why does everyone dislike Charlie so much? i don't get it. i was very sad to see him go. he was good people.

JLM said...

I have a feeling that in the next season of LOST, the flashbacks will be to the Lostees getting off the island island and "now" will take off from where this episode ends with Jack (and company) back in the real world --- maybe with some cutaways to anyone who may have stayed on the island (Locke?)

As for the coffin, didn't it look sort of small?

And, jeez, how I sat up and started bopping my head when I heard Nirvana come on! That was the best.

Kristin said...

I bet the guy in the coffin is Jacob. Think about it. On the island he's invisible and immortal. Once rescued and taken back to civilization he's visible (but nobody knows who he is, thus no one attends the funeral) and mortal.

Whatever it is, that was one great episode of Lost.

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