Thursday, October 06, 2005

Lost: Season 2, Episode 3

I'm trying to avoid the next-ons and all spoilers - eye's closed, fingers in the ears, humming - but my wife was freaking out, so whatever happens to Jin must be good.

Best line: Locke's “We’re gonna need to watch that again.” Laughed out loud. I think that's the writers laughing WITH the audience. The only better would've been if the first commercial at the break would've been for Tivo.

We've seen Hansa before? Missed that. edited to add The Hanso Foundation. Seriously.

Should've given those passengers in steerage more peanuts, they're pissed.

This episode was a little frustrating. Yeah, Sawyer, why didn't you use the gun? And the girl was obviously a setup.

B F Skinner - clue or misdirection? As annoying as Jack is, I think he's right about nothing happening if you stop entering numbers. It's just a big 'ol Skinner Box.

Back in Walkabout, Locke is talking to Helen. We assume she's a phone sex operator. Did Locke's father actually hire a hooker to keep him occupied? From what we've seen of the dad, this wouldn't be surprising.

Desmond did seem to have an idea of where he was going and not just randomly running. Maybe he was just happy to leave and let it be someone else's problem. Or he's still part of the experiment. I'm inclined to believe what Desmond has told us.

How many Hansa stations are there? 6? I'm guessing the guy Hurley knew in the pysch ward was at one, as was the Aussie guy Hurley tried to track down.

Hansa is sanskrit for swan. This is a big help: for the swan can separate milk from water, and the realized soul can perceive the Real behind the unreal and separate the consciousness of spirit from consciousness of matter. Hansa also means "I am [aham] He [sa]" in the sense of conscious identity with God.

Turn of the Screw, Henry James. It's a ghost story and Walt might be the Miles character. I don't know if the book itself is much of a clue, though I do find the biography of James to be interesting:
His father, Henry James, Sr., was an unconventional thinker who had inherited considerable wealth. James, Sr., became a follower of Swedenborgian mysticism, a belief system devoted to the study of philosophy, theology, and spiritualism, and socialized with such eminent writers as Thomas Carlyle, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Washington Irving, and William Makepeace Thackeray. James’s older brother, William James, profoundly influenced the emerging science of psychology through his Principles of Psychology (1890) and The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902). He also distinguished himself as an exponent of a brand of philosophical pragmatism he named “radical empiricism,” the idea that beliefs do not work because they are true but are true because they work.

Need more Hurley.


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