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Lost: “Dead is Dead”

April 11, 2009
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Warning: Spoilers for the latest Lost episode, “Dead is Dead,” aired 4/08/09!Locke orange

I really enjoyed this episode.  It marked the return of Season 1 bad-ass Locke!  Woo hoo!  Here is my live blog, edited with comments:

  • Middle-aged Whidmore talks to the recovering 12-year old Ben.  Both are unlikable and creepy.  Why doesn’t Richard just kick all these ridiculous humans off the island, and live like the god he is?
  • I love in-charge Locke. The look he gives Ben is classic.  Locke is back to his mysterious/wise/ dangerous/creepy self!  No more whining pathetic Locke please.
  • Ben is so sneaky. “You know, I don’t really remember him from the plane.” Aagh. Caesar is befriending Ben, he is not long for this world. I’m suspicious of Ilana  … more on that later.
  • Ben and Ethan in their younger days: they find Danielle.  Young Danielle is just so beautiful and innocent–it’s heart-breaking.  Alex has been born at this point, and Ben seems surprised that he was sent after a mother and child.  I can’t believe we actually get to see Ben steal baby Alex! Ben: “If you want your child to live, every time you hear whispers you run the other way.”  Aagh! More on the whispers!  Theories?

  • Again, I love resurrected Locke. He just nonchalantly asks Ben: “Do you wanna talk about the elephant in the room?”  Hee.
  • Locke to Caesar: “You’re in the habit of calling people friend, but I don’t think you mean it.”  Classic Locke–love it.  When Caesar and the others refuse to allow Locke and Ben to leave on the boat, Ben takes matters into his own hands and shoots Caesar.  One more red-shirt down.  Ben:  “Consider that my apology.” Well, call me surprised. Of all the ways for Caesar to die I never guessed that it would be as an apology from Ben to Locke. Show, you are awesome.
  • More Ben-Locke awesomeness:  Locke: “You just make friends wherever you go, don’t you?” Ben: “You’re welcome.”  Um, I don’t think Locke said thank you, Ben, and you KILLED HIM a few days ago, so don’t push your luck.
  • Ben goes on about going to be judged, citing bullshit reasons regarding the island, etc.  Locke says the smartest thing he has ever said: “I think you’re lying.” Too bad he didn’t catch on to that a few seasons ago.  But better late than never, right?
  • Locke is just cool as a cucumber. Ben and Locke have sort of switched roles. Love it. Ben and Locke reach Dharmaville, and they see a shadowy figure in Alex’s old room.  Zombie Alex?  Nope, it’s only Sun.  She shows Ben the picture that Christian gave her.  Ben says that he didn’t know about the Losties working for Dharma.  To believe him, or not to believe him, that is the question.  Oooh, it’s so frustrating trying to figure out Ben. Frank points out that this is crazy because Christian told them to come here to wait for Locke, who is dead.  Sun and Lapidas then look ou the window and John waves. Love it!
  • Frank: “As long as the dead guy says that everything is going to be fine I ‘m sure it will be just peachy.” Frank has had enough craziness and says bye bye.  Sun stays though, because she is told that that’s the only way to see Jin again. Locke takes a dig at Ben. Love it. Ben goes to his secret room with the secret passageway. All of a sudden I think that I’m watching an Indiana Jones movie.
  • Flashback: Ben is pushing a young Alex on the swing. Whidmore is leaving the island. We learn that he broke the rules because he left the island regularly and had a daughter with an outsider. Younger Whidmore then predicts what happened at the end of last season. Hee. “I’ll be seeing you BOY.” Really? You couldn’t come upwith anything better? I guess the writers used all the good lines on Locke this episode.
  • Ben pretends to be shocked by Locke’s resurrection to Sun … or is he really shocked?  Again, I just can’t tell with him.  With Locke, he said that he knew this would happen.  Hmmmm. Ben: “Dead is dead, you don’t get to come back from that. And the fact that John Locke is walking around scares the living daylight out of me.” Hmmm.
  • More mysterious/creepy/awesome Locke! Locke gives Ben a taste of his own medicine. Awesome. Terry O’Quinn for another emmy!
  • Before going into the Temple of Doom, Ben tells Sun to tell Desmond that he’s sorry. Really?
  • Flashback to L.A.: Ben shoots Desmond, but I think that the groceries were in the way of serious damage.  He then sets his sights on Penny, but little Charlie comes out and Ben hesitates.  Desmond takes the opportunity to put the drop on Ben. Well, now we know why Ben was so banged up when he got on the plane.  Go Desmond! It looks like the fans were right about this whole plot point. This scene, quite intentionally I’m sure, mirrors that of Ben with Danielle and Alex.
  • Back at the beach camp, Frank returns. A fellow passernger says that Ilana and a few of the others have guns and are in charge. Looks like there’s a new sheriff in town.  They ask Frank a code question (at least, I think it was a code question, but maybe they just really wanted to know the answer): “What lies in the shadow of the statue?”  Here’s where my theory about Ilana comes into play.  Maybe this question that she asks is along the lines of the snowman question Desmond asked Locke/Jack in Season 2 … and Ilana works for Dharma.  Maybe the people behind Dharma want revenge for the massacre!  Perhaps Whidmore has allied himself with Dharma, and Dharma and the Hostiles will finally fight it out at the end of the season.  What do you think?  Am I brilliant or crazy?
  • Back to the Temple of Doom: Yay torches! It’s like the first season. Ben says that Locke was right about killing Alex and getting judged for that. Yeah, we know Ben. We see more ancient Egyptian imagery. The smoke monster enters and it’s huge this time. It  seems to make Ben remember Alex. Then it goes away and Alex appears. He tells her that he’s sorry. She’s pissed (and rightfully so). She tells him that she knows that he’s already planning to kill John Locke again (oh, you dastardly villain), but that instead he has to listen to every word and follow every order that John Locke says.  A fitting punishment for control-freak Ben I think.
  • John pops up and asks what happened.  Ben, with amazement on his face, says, “it let me live.”
  • Thoughts anyone?
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