Man, this getting back to blogging thing is tougher than I thought it would be. It’s like I can’t even come up with ideas half the time, and the ones that I do come up with kind of suck. Oh, wait, that’s why I stopped for a while in the first place. Huh.
Aside from me being awesome and badass, I also had an idea here on the way home from my Father’s Day activities. I have certainly been lucky to have a great father (and mother, of course, but it’s not Mother’s Day, asshole), but I was thinking, many of our friends and cast members on everyone's favorie sci-fi fantasy drama, Lost, have not been quite so lucky. Either they had dads that sucked, or had problems as fathers themselves, or someone else’s dad hates them. I dunno, there are a just a lot of father issues on the show, so I thought I’d come up with the 13 greatest episodes of Lost that have to do with dad-issues in some respect. This column will warm me up for the much-anticipated reintroduction of “Lost Bloggin’” which will bring some of our awesome insights back for those of you who need some more Lost-related material. So here goes…
13. “Tricia Tanaka is Dead” (Season 3 Episode 10). This is one of the worst episodes of Lost, by far, along with “Stranger in a
12. “D.O.C.” (Season 3 Episode 18). Eh. A Jin-Sun backstory focusing on how Jin’s mom is a greedy hooker, this episode was okay. It dealt to some extent with how Jin is ashamed of his father, who seems like a decent Joe, other than his appetite for dirty, dirty hookers. I could’ve easily substituted other Jin/his dad episodes in, but none of them were especially good. Oh well…
11. “Par Avion” (Season 3 Episode 12). The subplot in this episode is really dumb, it’s about how Claire wants to tag some migratory birds in the hopes of rescuing everybody. The reason why it’s on the list is because Claire finds out that Christian Shepherd, better known as Jack’s Alcoholic Father, is also her father. Yeah, I know, what a fucking stud. Even though Jack’s dad is cool as hell, there are still three other things that are even better about this episode. First, the awkward, Brokeback-esque interactions between Charlie and Desmond in this episode are off-the-charts unintentional comedy. It is hilarious. Second, Locke throws Mikhail through the sonic fence, and we’re treated to a human fountain of blood. Third, the ending is fantastic, with Locke, Sayid, and Kate stumbling on the “captured” Jack, who is lounging around, playing football with awkward, fat old Tom. One of the true gems of the mid-to-late season 3 renaissance period of the show.
10. “Three Minutes.” (Season 2, Episode 22). There were a fair number of Michael-Walt eps that I could have included on this list. In fact, I very nearly used the season one character-development episode “Special” in this slot. Instead, I opted to go for the second-to-last episode of season 2. We learn some weird stuff about the Others that has never even really mattered (why do they dress up like hobos with beards? Why build a fake Dharma station? Why do they fuck with the castaways so badly?). It contains a lot of really funny “Where…is….MY SON!” lines from Michael, which were always a hoot during season 2. Also, it’s among the first on-island flashback episodes, which tend to be pretty cool on whole. A fine episode.
9. “What Kate Did.” (Season 2 Episode 9). This episode climaxed in the first 5 minutes, when Kate blew up her father in one of the great house explosions in television history. Also, at the time, everyone had a hard-on to know what Kate did that made the
8. “All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues.” (Season 1 Episode 11). This is the episode that contains the whole “Jack turns his dad in for drinking on the job” storyline, which is actually pretty monumental in the history of the show, what with John Terry playing Jacob/God now as Christian Shepherd, on and around the island. The other reason it’s so good is that “Other”-wise (I’m terrible, I know) mild-mannered surgeon Ethan Rom is a total, commando-style badass in this one, who nearly saves us all a lot of time here by stringing up Charlie from a tree and leaving him for dead. Very intense action on-island, combined with wonderful character drama off. Why can’t the puff-pieces at least try to follow this blueprint from here on out?
7. “Every Man for Himself.” (Season 3 Episode 4). This was a Sawyer episode, which is always a big bonus. There are many reasons to like this episode, even though the Sawyer-in-prison off-island subplot is kind of stupid. The one-liners are fantastic, from Ben snapping, “It’s from Of Mice and Men! Don’t you read?” to Sawyer’s “I ain’t got no daughter!” to Cassidey. There’s also a big revelation at the end, where there’s another nearby island that the Others “work” on, though I’m not entirely sure what the fuck it really has to do with the series going forward. Still, by far the best episode of the short part of season 3.
6. “Deus Ex Machina” (Season 1 Episode 19). This is the episode where Locke meets his father, “Anthony Cooper,” who pretends that he likes to hang out with Locke and hunt with him and stuff…and then steals his kidney from right under his nose. Great off-island stuff coincides with good on-island action, as Boone and Locke find the small plane in the jungle filled with heroin, and Boone is severely injured, and eventually dies. So important for so many different reasons, it has to be this high.
5. “Two for the Road.” (Season 2 Episode 20). Jack’s dad heads to
4. “The Man from
3. “The Man Behind the Curtain.” (Season 3, Episode 20). The much anticipated Ben Linus flashback/revelation of Jacob. It all works so well—Roger Linus as the big deadbeat dad who’s offended that he has to be a workman for Dharma, Ben meeting the ageless Richard for the first time, Locke and Ben finding invisible Jacob’s cabin. There’s so much mythology and history combined with a whole new slew of questions in this episode. By the way, Ben kills all of Dharma and throws them all in a pit, where he later leaves Locke to die.
2. “Flashes Before Your Eyes.” (Season 3 Episode 8). This one is a fantastic Desmond flashback, with little island action at all. That said, it is phenomenal. The absolute highlight is Charles Widmore’s speech to Desmond about how he isn’t fit to drink the McCutcheon’s. It still might be my favorite scene in the entire series. In addition, we get the first hint of the universe acting in some way to “course correct,” which I am beginning to believe was Desmond’s entire function to begin with. Also, it ends with the first uttering of the immortal line, “You’re gonna die, Charlie!” The whole Widmore dynamic, though, is what really drives this one to near the top of the list.
1. “The Brig.” (Season 3 Episode 19). Could it really be any other episode? There’s so much going on here with regard to Locke having to kill his father, and Sawyer wanting to avenge his own father’s death. The guy who plays Locke’s dad is amazing in this one—by the end, you can understand completely why Sawyer strangles the old bastard. You also learn more about the structure of the Others, and you get the first inkling that Locke might lead them some day. Great, great episode.
That’s it for now.
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