“Lost”: Episode 9, “Namaste”

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I bow to the wow of Jack Bender; this was a director’s episode of “Lost.”

The storyline wasn’t quite as mind-blowing as “LaFleur” two weeks ago, but “Namaste” was a good workout for the frontal lobe nonetheless.

As if the two-week wait wasn’t enough to build anticipation, our hearts were sent thumping by the fantastic opening sequence of the Ajira flight colliding with a time-travel flash, narrowly missing the mountainside and then skidding dramatically off the landing strip into the jungle. Chilling. I wish I knew enough about lensing techniques to know what the effect was that made those last few seconds when the nose of the plane plowed into the jungle so incredibly intense, but whatever d.p. John Bartley did, it worked. And just as my spine was tingling like a Blackberry set on vibrate, they pull back to a gnarly shot of the co-pilot impaled on some big piece of steel something that should definitely not be protruding from a man’s chest. Extra chills, at no extra charge.

There are plenty of Sawyer acolytes out there who probably stood up and cheered at the scene toward the end with the square off between Jack and Sawyer. (I think we all owe an extra special thanks to writers Paul Zbyszewski and Brian K. Vaughan.) You get the feeling that Sawyer’s been practicing that testy speech for a long time, no? Jack looks absolutely stunned by the whole crazy turn of events — Matthew Fox did a very good job in that scene — and nothing is throwing our woebegone Dr. more so than slowly realizing that Sawyer and Juliet have been playing house for the past few years. Jack really is Job — he just can’t get anything to go his way.

“I’m working on it,” Sawyer fairly hisses at Jack when he’s confronted with the WTF-do-we-do-now question from Jack. It’s been a while but Sawyer still knows how to get to Jack, by questioning his performance as the as leader of the castaways way back in the future of 2004.

“I think. You pretty much just reacted,” Sawyer says. “As I recall, a lot of people ended up dead.” And just to twist the knife in further, Sawyer reminds Jack that he’s now “back where you started” except that Sawyer’s in charge now. (BTW, anyone catch what book Sawyer was reading?) “That’s how I saved your ass today, and that’s how I’m going to save Sayid tomorrow.” Whoo-hoo.

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  1. Abdul says:

    The scene where Locke sees the injured Ben happens AFTER Sun knocks Ben out with the oar. That’s why we haven’t seen him yet.

  2. L.A. Story says:

    Very nice insights. Also like the photo you picked of Juliet. Is that a wedding ring on her finger? And I was thinking Miles was Pierre Chang’s son (remember the opening when he and his wife pick up the baby). But if they’re together now, in 1977, wouldn’t that be problematic? Nice recap.

  3. Shali Dore says:

    It bothered me that there were 2 Bens… if you’re time traveling, how is that possible? Or should I suspend all disbelief?

  4. Ana Maria says:

    …Great recap…just wanted to say that I appreciate 2 things on it: that you not only recognize the work of producers and writers but other Lost staff members who take care of technical stuff, and, many many thanks for just saying at the end that promos for next week look fantastic without giving anything away; last night for the first time, when episode ended I stood up and walked away because I’ve decided to not be spoiled even by promos…so thanks!…

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