“Lost”: Episode 9, “The Shape of Things to Come”

Lost9sawyer“Who the hell is Jacob?”

As usual, Sawyer cuts through the haze and gives voice to one of the key questions that viewers have had about Lost for a long time now.

For sure, “Lost’s” stormy, sensational return with No. 9 of this season, “The Shape of Things to Come,” written by Brian K. Vaughan and Drew Goddard and helmed by Jack Bender, was one hell of a Big Ben episode, a tour de force for thesp Michael Emerson.

But it was also a big night for Sawyer, who demonstrated the kind of courage and resolve under fire that only those with the highest moral character, integrity and compassion possess. First he does a “Saving Private Ryan” and risks all to save Claire as the invasion begins. Then he tries to do the same for Hurley, only Hurley won’t let him. Sawyer, we always knew you had it in ya.

“Lost” scribes surely did give us a lot to process in tonight’s return after the five-week, strike-hangover hiatus. Let’s review the apparent tangibles before we dive into the ‘what the #$%^&?’ issues.

**We now know that by Oct. 24, 2005, Ben makes his way to Tunisia.Lost9ben

**We know that Ben kept up with news coverage of the early days of the Iraq war, more than a year before Oceanic flight 815 crashed. Shock and awe, indeed.

**We know that Sayid reconnects with his beloved Nadia after he gets off the island, no doubt because of his notoriety from being one of the Oceanic 6. And we know that Nadia is killed in L.A., three blocks away from the intersection of La Brea and Santa Monica. Don’t tell me they were having lunch at the Formosa Cafe? Pink’s? Shopping at Target?

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  3. Phil says:

    It seems fishy, but remember that if Keamy were to die, there are at least five other freighter assault people and at least one sniper with their sights set on Alex and anyone who may be in the House they’ve taken cover in. We also know they have a rocket launcher, but it’s unlikely and ghastly to think that they would have used that to snipe Alex!
    Also to the commenter directly above me, who is this “us?” I see only one person complaining, and that is counting the two posts that are apparently from the same person.
    If you don’t like what’s being written, shoo off and don’t read it. Next.

  4. Us says:

    Wow, I was thinking the same thing. Although I was more horrified by the fact that so many of the readers have to correct you on a regular basis. I don’t understand how someone who writes a tv blog comes off sounding like they just started watching LOST.

  5. Doug says:

    Didn’t it seem odd that when the bad guy Martin was holding the gun to Alex’s head that nobody in the house with Ben – all armed to the teeth – threatened to shoot Martin?

  6. Phil says:

    Thanks for your recap! I thought it was a fantastic episode, and would probably rank it as the second best of the season so far!
    Also, I’m not so sure that Ben is time travelling, exactly. Remember that there’s a displacement in time with the Island and the outside world. Since Daniel Faraday has made his debut on the series, Lost has seemed to be suggesting that the Island is in a “time bubble.” Meaning present day Island time may be late 2004/early 2005 but non-Island time can be late 2005.
    Also, I think it’s a safe assumption that Ben landing in the Tunisian Sahara answers the question of why there are polar bear remains in the Tunisian Sahara. Maybe there’s a portal from the Arctic to Tunisia, and other portals throughout the world.
    That would give us an idea about the logistics of Tom leaving the Island to recruit Michael and to be back in time to be shot by Sawyer.
    So not necessarily time traveling in the sense that most are taking it. I think of it more like what they did on the show “Sliders,” just in the same universe and areas of existence.

  7. tyrone says:

    I don’t want to seem rude, but, please learn the correct names of the characters before writing about the show. This article appears to be written by a 14 year old who just starting watching the show and has absolutely no understanding of the plot. Do you think that using “sez” is cute ? It’s horrifying to know that you get paid to write this poorly.

  8. Me says:

    Do the Losties have massive amnesia? Ben is a sociopathic mass murderer, who spews nothing but lies every time he opens his mouth. So why, when he says “they’re going to kill you,” does everybody drop everything and believe him? The whole series is now resting on the conceit that everybody believes everything a compulsive liar and murderer says. I couldn’t stand it anymore, and turned the episode off half-way.

  9. krayzeman says:

    Keamy isnt the boat captain.

  10. BigTex says:

    Agreed. Great to have Lost back. One Extreme TV Moment (those moments where-yes, I know it’s a TV show, but…) Sawyer is being shot at by a handful of ex-military, who have picked off, with single accurate shots, a handful of island residents BUT a wooden picnic table and knee high white picket fence is no match for their automatic machine gun fire?? Thought I was watching an old ep of GI Joe for a moment.
    On with it. Highly doubting Widmore’s man killed Nadia- if Ben is telling Sayid so and all he has is a traffic picture, which could have been anywhere in the world, as proof, my eyebrow goes up. Could it be that Sayid has nothing left now to stop his rampage against the people that tried to cover up the crash and exterminate the island? That Nadia’s death was the “accident” Sayid is talking about?
    There were the remnants of a polar bear that we saw Rebecca dig up in Tunisia as well- now a polar bear and a parka. That would be a hell of a hatch.
    Ben and Widmore- sounds like it’s been a long elaborate game of chess until Widmore changes the rules. The pawns can go but the don’t mess with the core players or family.

  11. Joe says:

    Well we knew that somebody would die on this episode many people thought it would Claire but it was Alex. So the smoke Monster is control by Ben in the secret room. Sawyer saved the day and Claire. Ben is a person that is trying take what Widmore has long control. I think that Ben is in way over his head on this one.

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