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Lost: The Beginning of the End (S04EP01)
Posted February 01, 2008 at 06:27:02 AM by Bean in the Lost category
Season 4 of Lost premiered last night, following a repeat of the season 3 finale Wednesday (with commentary) and a recap episode that was pretty good. This one centers on Hurley - and it starts out like any good show should: with a car chase.

Hurley, Post-Island
We now know that Hurley, along with Jack and Kate, gets off the island. Hurley apparently sees something (a vision of Charlie most likely) that makes him freak out and takes off in his car, only to be apprehended after a chase, deemed crazy, and put back into a mental institution. He cries out ""Don't you know who I am, I'm one of the Oceanic 6!" as he's being arrested, indicating that only 5 other people got off the island with him. Hurley continues to see visions of Charlie, always trying to tell him that he needs to go back and help the ones left behind on the island. The message trying to bubble into Hurley's consciousness mimmicks Jacks thoughts at the end of season 3: we gotta go back.

Going Back
When Jack comes to visit Hurley in the institution, it becomes clear that the off-island portion of this episode takes place before Jack begins his downward spiral. I think that one by one, the "Oceanic 6" are all going to break down and realize that they have to go back... to rescue the others. Hurley in this episode, Jack in the season 3 finale, and I assume 4 more in the coming weeks. The on-island portion of this episode plays on this point heavily in the scene where Hurley makes his big speech about how Charlie sacrificed himself to save the rest of them.

The previews for this ep centered around Naomi's people coming to the island to "rescue" the Losties. Locke is suspicious, so he throws a knife in Naomi's back (back in s3). Once the crew at the beach learn about the "Not Penny's boat" message Charlie left as he died, they too grow suspicious of the so-called rescuers. This eventually splits the groups in to two, with Locke leading Hurley, Sawyer, Claire, and many more towards the Others' town, and Jack leading Kate and the rest towards rescue. For some asinine reason, Jack allows Locke to take Ben with him (even after pledging to kill him once the get rescued). The episode ends with two people parachuting from yet another crashing helicopter, landing, and meeting Jack's group.

Jacob's Cabin
Hurley gets lost cause he's fat and can't keep up with the group. He stumbles upon Jacob's cabin, and can't seem to get away from it. When he peers through the window, he sees Jacob in the rocking chair - only this Jacob looks an awful lot like Jack's dad, Christian. More discussion here. As Hurley is peeking in, a face pops up in the window (Locke?) and scares the shit out of him causing his to turn and run away. Eventually, he falls down and Locke finds him, leading to them joining up to try and convince everyone to run from Naomi's people and the aforementioned split of the group.

In Closing
We also got to meet Big Mike (Ana Lucia's ex-partner) again, as well as meet a shady Oceanic representative... but this blog is already too long. Overall, the biggest reveal in this episode came in the first 5 minutes: 6 survivors of Oceanic flight 815 get off the island - not all that new since we already knew Jack and Kate made it off. Good episode, but pretty poor when compared to the last few season openers. Here's a rundown of teh ep on lostpedia.

Thoughts? Comments? Did you like it?
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Jewfish (February 01, 2008 at 08:15:14 AM):
I was pretty happy throughout (OK, I gave in and got it off the tubes). I think the confirmation that there are people still on the island was a pretty big reveal, too. I kind of assumed that was the case at the end of S3, but they never said it outright (at least I don't think they did..don't remember anymore). You're right, though, it is the weakest of the season premiers.
Jewfish (February 01, 2008 at 10:13:44 AM):
Also, I don't think the face that popped up in the window was Locke's...I think it was Hurley's.
bean (February 01, 2008 at 10:30:45 AM):
Check out this thread concerning the cabin - it has screen caps from both scenes. And here's another pic of the eyes. It's Christian in the chair the second time, thought... almost 100% sure.

Brad (February 01, 2008 at 11:20:05 AM):
All good stuff.

Worst season premier. But, that is kind of like saying that was the worst way I could have won a million dollars. I almost went with a sexual reference but changed my mind.

Hurley apologizes to Jack for not going with him. Why? I don't know about you all, but I would have went with Locke too. Especially since Hurley went with Locke because of Charlie. It makes his apology to Jack very significant.

Also, after Jack asked Hurley if he was going to "talk", he just bailed. It was like he had not real concern for Hurley.

I kind of miss the days where all the islanders had moments of being one happy family. They would play sappy music and show Claire, Charlie and the baby.

Jack tried to shoot Locke in the face people!! Click..

Glad to see the LOST blogs back.

Jewfish (February 01, 2008 at 06:28:06 PM):
Yeah, Hurley's apology was definitely significant. And I also got the impression that Jack only cared about whether or not he'd tell, not about Hurley himself.

One other thing: The Oceanic 6 may break down and decide to go back, but I think only 5 are going, since somebody had a funeral at the end of Season 3, and I'm guessing it was one of them.

Also, I came up with a theory whilst rewatching season 1, but I'm going to BABAI sometim.
bean (February 02, 2008 at 07:41:25 AM):
I don't think the person in the coffin was one of the O6. They were famous according to Hurley... you'd figure someone would have been at a famous person's funeral.
Brad (February 03, 2008 at 02:30:56 PM):
Unless Locke got off the Island as not one of the 6.
Jewfish (February 04, 2008 at 07:53:11 AM):
I had thought aboot the famousness factor. Jack did say that he wasn't getting noticed as much, so maybe by the time of the funeral the excitement had died down.

Also, it's clearly someone that both Jack and Kate know, and I'm not sure who that would be if it wasn't someone on the island.
Brad (February 04, 2008 at 08:44:48 AM):
Blog your LOST theory Jewfish...So I can destroy it! Haha. Kidding. Just think. We have another episode this week. Feels surreal to me.
Jewfish (February 05, 2008 at 07:48:19 AM):
Yes, I'd almost forgotten what it was like to have a TV show that I like airing new episodes.

I B'd that B a couple days ago mang.
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