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29 April 2009 @ 11:28 pm
TV Comment: LOST, season 5, episode 14 "The Variable"  
LOST
Season 5, Episode 14
"The Variable"

It's the episode about Faraday, as we can tell from the relation of this episode's title to "The Constant" from last season. All about Faraday! Everyone gets an episode this season.



We should learn what Faraday has been up to the last three years since jumping to the island; what happened to him when he left (as per Sawyer's comment "He ran off"); what he knows about the island; and probably tons of other fun stuff, we see the other side of the "drilling scene" (almost breaking through the wall to the energy source); we see Daniel talk to little Charlotte. Oh yeah, I wonder if we learn who his father is.

So Desmond did get hit when Ben shot at him. The magical milk carton wasn't so magic after all. Ms. Hawking stalking. That rhymes!

Looks like we're not going to get much more of an explanation for Daniel than "at Dharma headquarters, doing some research."

Daniel and Mom don't get along. Looks like someone has issues beyond just Daddy issues.

I'm betting that Faraday's mom knows that Faraday ends up on the island in the past, and does something important, and thus she talks to him about "destiny".

Daniel's notebook, with all the events that happened. Here's the replay of the much earlier scene where they called Chang to the drilling.

I wondered how much interaction Faraday and Pierre Chang had after Daniel's first arrival, but it sounds like the answer is "Not much" and that Faraday left the island not long after arriving.

The question is what "destiny" is Daniel's mom driving him towards? Going back to the island at some point? For a reason that benefits Ms. Hawking and probably has to do with the island. I imagine somehow getting back to the island and getting back in control of the island.

"Twitchy". Great nickname.

Interesting that Eloise Hawking is still on the island. I wonder if baby Daniel Faraday has been born yet? It's 1977, one would think so. And then who would Daniel's father be? Guess who.

Widmore admits the plane was fake and he put it there. We knew that. I wonder if the actor knew about the "island will heal Faraday's memory" aspect and tried to play the first Faraday island scenes that way.

Once again, Juliet is the voice of reason. Yay for Juliet.

"Not allowed to have chocolate before dinner" was something the grown-up Charlotte said as she was dying, I seem to recall.

The funny thing is, I can see the structural aspect of the story in scenes like the "shootout at the motor pool scene": advance the plot. Then more character reveal. Soon, more plot advancement.

"Any one of us can die, Jack" - talk about a sentence loaded with foreshadowing. Big time foreshadowing and portent.

Can they really change the flow of events? But in some sense, didn't things already happen with them in 1977? Sayid shoots Ben, which causes Ben to go to the Others, which sets Ben on the road to becoming "Ben".

Separating Charlie from Penny and Desmond is just silly, because that would never really happen in a hospital and of course someone is going to take Charlie.

Ha! Desmond Daniel Faraday is Charles Widmore's son! Knew it! Knew it from a loooong time ago!

They can't have really killed off Faraday, can they? That would be bad. But there is an arc to this episode, one that could end with Faraday's death. But it's kind of a weak arc in that it's about predestination. Maybe Mom knows that he gets shot and survives.

I thought next episode was all about Richard Alpert?

I also agree with C in that whatever action the LOSTies take to try to avert things is actually going to ensure everything happens exactly the way it happened, with the Incident and the Swan station and having to push the button.

Summary: I got some things confirmed about Faraday that I always suspected (who his father was, the Charlotte scene, his possible fate). I'll be a little disappointed if this is the actual end of Faraday, because he's an interesting character and to have him come back to the island to die is pretty rude to the character. Would we believe that his mom wanted to go back because she knew she would be the one to kill him? That's mean. I'll be interested to see how next week develops.
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Dave Thompson: Not Penny's Boatkrylyr on April 30th, 2009 12:27 pm (UTC)
When you say Widmore was Desmond's father, you mean you knew Widmore was Faraday's father, right?

I liked the episode. I'm pretty sure poor Dan Faraday is done. Tragedy, man, with his mom knowing what was going to happen to him probably from the day he was born (or at least since he was playing the piano). Man the look of grief on elder Eloise while she was talking him into going to the island were pretty heartbreaking. You could tell it was going to be bad.

(And YAY for shootout out the motorcade. Double points for whoever shot Radzinksy in the hand. That twitchy bastard.)
jeffsoesbe: lost lockejeffsoesbe on April 30th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
I do that Desmond/Daniel mixup All The Time!

Yeah, Widmore being Desmond's father would not be good.

That's a bummer that Faraday is done. I think this kind of ending really shortchanges him. He comes back to the island, we have flashbacks about his life that confirm a few things, and then he gets killed by his mom. Very ignoble. I wanted him to have a bigger role in the arc leading up to the Incident and if he was going to die, would have preferred him to die then. It feels like they rushed this one.

Remember, "Twitchy" is Faraday (as per Sawyer). Have we seen Sawyer give Radzinsky a nickname yet?
Dave Thompson: Not Penny's Boatkrylyr on April 30th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
That's right. Somehow I mix up Faraday and Radzinksy! Poor Faraday. But I do think Sawyer gave Radzinsky a nickname when he and Jin captured Sayid. I just can't remember what it was. Trigger-happy or something?

Also, I think there is a chance Faraday's story is not completely done.
jeffsoesbe: lost lockejeffsoesbe on May 1st, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
Very close! According to this page, Sawyer called Radzinsky "Quick Draw".

I'd give you partial credit for that!

My latest faint hope that Faraday is still alive is that they have to film the video with Pierre Chang, the "message to the future", the one that was shown at ComicCon (?). I figure that since Damon and Carlton were there showing it, it's canon and thus has to happen.

Cause I'd feel that he got a little shortchanged if this is it. We never did learn how he knew everything he knew about Dharma and the island (even though the episode description promised he would "come clean about his knowledge of the island").

The notebook, though, appears critical. We had a good discussion at Sci-Fi Lunch today about the information in the notebook and how it got there! Much time-travel-related speculation there, with the usual conundrums.