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'Lost' Cheat Sheet: Season 4, Episode 2
By Jeff Jensen
THE BIG TEASE!
Cryptic intel about this week's episode, titled ''Confirmed Dead.'' (Ominous, huh?) The second installment of Lost's fourth season was written by Cloverfield scribe Drew Goddard and comic book superstar Brian K. Vaughan. I give you a line of their dialogue, taken from the final scene of this terrific, mythos-expanding, can't-wait-to-talk-about-it episode:
''What is The Monster?''
THE LOST CHEAT SHEET
SEASON 4, EPISODE 2: ''CONFIRMED DEAD''
What you need to know before watching. (Useful context? Coy clues? Pudding? Not even my editors know my secret truth!)
An online story set within the Lostverse chronicling the mysterious maritime adventure of an ex-Oceanic Airlines employee whose girlfriend was a flight attendant on Oceanic 815. Convinced his lover might be alive, Sam Thomas booked passage on a salvage vessel and set sail for the South Pacific; look (and listen) for the boat to get namechecked in the first three minutes of this week's episode. ''Find 815'' (and by extension Lost) was ingeniously promoted via product placement in Marvel Comics titles like Fantastic Four. Might I be singling out the Fantastic Four because their mythos might explain something about this week's episode? Of course I am.
Minor Lost fixation; major Doc Jensen obsession. Upon boarding Oceanic 815 in Sydney, Hurley tossed Walt a Spanish-language superhero comic called Faster Friends, in which Green Lantern and the Flash were abducted by aliens, placed in an alien zoo, and fought polar bears. It was later tossed in the bonfire and destroyed. Que lastima!
RAY PARKER JR.
''When there's something strange in your neighborhood...whoyagonnacall?'' ''GHOSTBUSTERS!'' Could I be anymore cryptic? Of course I can! To wit:
Fancy anthropological word found among the annotations jotted upon the blast-door map; used in a reference to the Island's polar bears. I could tell you what it means, but I would need to understand it first, and that ain't happening. Apparently, the indigenous intelligence has been recontextualized if not relocated — some might say re-territorialized — by the alien cultural force that is Lost.
Ben's best friend from his younger Dharma days. At some point, she disappeared. Maybe she died in the Purge. Maybe she became a guinea pig in a Dharma time-travel experiment. Kinda young for Ben, though, don't you think? Creepy bastard.
THE HYDRA STATION
Zoological facility where the Dharma Initiative conducted experiments on polar bears, sharks, and dolphins. Its logo resembles the mythological ''hydra,'' a monster with many heads, all of them vaguely snaky.
The sequel to The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and the second book in the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis; soon to be a major motion picture. In Prince Caspian, those wascally Wardrobe kids return to Narnia via a small island threatened with invasion by menacing marauders known as the Telmarines. After waking up in a thicket, the children celebrated their enchanted homecoming by splashing in the surf. They might have pulled a Hurley and did a cannonball dive into the surf, but you know how those uptight Brit types are. So reserved.
US, February 6, 2008 - After last week's exciting season premiere, "Confirmed Dead" takes a step back and focuses on introducing us to four new semi-regular cast members who will be gracing our screens for the rest of the season. These supposed "rescuers" each bring a unique attribute to the cast of characters and undoubtedly have many secrets that will be uncovered in the next few episodes. Ken Leung plays Miles who has an unusual gift, Jeremy Davies guest-stars as physicist Daniel Faraday who we saw jump out of the helicopter at the conclusion of the last episode, Rebecca Mader plays Charlotte and Jeff Fahey is Frank Lapidus – the helicopter pilot.
The primary focus of "Confirmed Dead" is to acquaint us with the new characters but unfortunately this causes the momentum set in motion in the previous few episodes to dissipate. There is definitely a lot to still enjoy and these new characters are great but the majority of the episode, not including the flashbacks, is simply Jack and Kate stumbling upon someone new from the freighter every few scenes. One of the best aspects of the show is its growing list of exciting new characters year after year and this new group certainly doesn't disappoint.
Locke's group also stumbles onto one of the freighter crewmembers and while Jack and Kate are hesitant to trust who they meet, Locke and his group are downright creepy. The dichotomy between Jack's group and Locke's group becomes really evident based on their varying reactions to the rescue team. Much of this plays into one of the show's primary themes, faith versus science, which is at the very root of why these two groups separated in the first place.
Besides a few scenes with Ben playing mind games with Locke and Sawyer, the episode's best moments are all reserved for the flashbacks that reveal several interesting details about the freighter crew. Spoiling them here would be a grave injustice so you'll just have to see the episode for yourself but we will tell you that these crewmembers weren't assembled by chance.
The new cast members do a great job in their respective roles. Leung does an adequate job of getting Miles' arrogant brand of confidence across while Davies presents Faraday's awkward mannerisms well. Fahey's Lapidus has exceptional screen presence that even overshadows the regular cast members to an extent.
Surprisingly, we learn the reason the freighter crew is on the island and after you hear it, Ben's reaction to their arrival makes a lot more sense. The explanation really does come out of left field and it will be interesting to see where the writer's are going with this and how it affects all the survivors of Flight 815 as a group.
"Confirmed Dead" isn't a disappointing episode by any means but it definitely suffers from being a "setup" episode for these four new characters. It's a necessary evil but now that introductions are out of the way we expect to get back into the full thrust of the narrative next week.