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Say it ain’t so, Mary Ann!!!

Dawn Wells, famous for her role of Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island, was sentenced to six months probation after police found marijuana in her car.

Apparently, she was driving home from a surprise birthday party in her honor back in October when police pulled her over for swerving on the road. When they questioned her regarding a marijuana smell coming from her car, Wells said…now get this…that she had just picked up three hitchhikers who were smoking “something” as she stopped to pick them up (always wise to pick up hitchhikers in groups of three, Mary Ann). Later a friend “confessed” to smoking the pot while in her car. However, it should be noted that Wells also failed a sobriety test when she was arrested.

What would the Professor say?

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Juliet (one of my favorite characters) was front and center in this episode, as is our old pal and nemesis, Ben Linus.

We flash back to Juliet’s initial stay with “The Others” on the island. On her first day, she meets Harper, the island therapist. Harper’s less than impressed with Juliet’s “celebrity status” on the island and immediately adopts a hostile tone to Juliet, but is interrupted when Tom (aka Mr. Friendly Beard) escorts Juliet to the new home that Ben has done up for her, complete with the opera classics on CD Ben knows she loves.

Meanwhile, back on the beach, and Jack discovers that Daniel and Charlotte (the Boaties) have taken off into the jungle. Jin did not stop them as Jack had said to everyone that they were ‘friends’. Jack is another of my favorite characters, but boy, does he have trust issues. He expects everyone to tell him everything, but he’s as cryptic as the rest. Jack and Juliet set off into the woods to find them.

While separated from Jack and tracking through the jungle, Juliet hears “the voices” and is all of sudden standing face to face with Harper, her former therapist. She tells Juliet that Daniel and Charlotte are attempting to reach the Tempest, a Dharma station. It appears as though the Tempest contains poison gas and a release system, enough to kill everyone on the island. She says that Ben sent her to find Juliet to stop them. When Juliet asks how this is possible since Ben is a prisoner of Locke, Harper simply states that Ben is exactly where he wants to be right now.

Fast forward, or backward in time. Remember Juliet’s relationship with a man named Goodwin. Well, it turns out ol’ Goodwin is Harper’s husband. And in the flashback, he takes a shine to Juliet, who has found her sessions with Harper inexplicably more hostile. It’s also revealed that Ben has a bit of a crush on Juliet himself, causing Harper to warn Juliet about her relationship with Goodwin. “You belong to him,” Harper hisses.

In the present, Ben plays some more mind games with Locke. He strikes a deal with Locke that if he lets Ben live in a cabin under normal conditions, he’ll tell Locke about the owner of the boat. Locke agrees, and Ben shows him a videotape of Mr. Widmore (Penny’s dad — remember him buying the log book last weekend) beating an Other to a pulp. Ben seems to think that the island represents some kind of miracle attraction to people (making Locke walk, allowing dozens of people to survive a horrific plane crash). He also gives Locke a folder containing everything he knows about Widmore. But Locke wants more. He wants Ben to tell him who his spy is on the ship. Ben agrees, but he warns John that he “might want to sit down for this”. We of course aren’t told this episode.

Remembering back to the plane crash, Ben had sent Goodwin to infiltrate the Tailies camp as a passenger, which eventually leads to his death at the hands of Ana Lucia. Ben even takes Juliet to Goodwin’s body to show her, ending in the ominous warning that Juliet does indeed “belong to him”.

In the present, Juliet and Jack encounter Kate in the jungle, who was knocked out by Charlotte when she encounters them in the woods. She’s suspicious after they tell her they’re going to get extra sat phone batteries that they’d dropped from the helicopter, even though she spots their phone working just fine. After asking to look through Daniel’s duffle bag, she sees 2 gas masks, and is knocked out by Charlotte. When Jack finds, Kate, Juliet says she’s going to get water, but takes off after them instead. She reaches the Tempest, and they are inside in Haz Mat suits and Gas Masks. She points a gun at Daniel and tells him to stop. But Daniel explains that they are actually trying to prevent the gas from being released by Ben. She doesn’t believe him, but is waylaid by Charlotte. Meanwhile a countdown to release begins, with Daniel at the controls feverishly. He stops it with 2 seconds left, and it turns out they were telling the truth. As they leave, they encounter Jack and Kate. Kate is naturally suspicious, and goes with Daniel and Charlotte back inside to check things out. But Jack says he trusts them. He and Juliet share a quiet moment, but Juliet tries to push him away, saying that if Ben found out how she felt about Jack, he’d come after him. Jack says he’s ready for him, and kisses Juliet.

We close out the episode with Hurley and Sawyer playing horseshoes. They then see their arch enemy, Ben Linus, walking calmly to his cabin with fresh linens. He looks over smiles and says “See you at dinner!”

Thoughts: Although this episode was a Juliet flashback, it was really about Ben. The lengths he will go to protect the island and what he feels is his. I actually think in some ways he IS the island, and the two have a symbiotic relationship. Time will tell.

Kinda weird that Juliet would take up with Jack so quickly given how recent everything is. I mean the plane crash is about 90 days old. She lost her boyfriend maybe 2 1/2 months ago. But Jack is her ideal, you knew it was going this way. However, with what we know happens with Jack and Kate in the Oceanic Six future, it would appear that Juliet won’t be in the picture for long.

Next week….we’ll finally learn that Michael is the last of the Oceanic Six and Ben’s spy on board the frieghter….Dunh dunh dunh!!!

This week’s recap will be quick.

Time shifting.

Desmond’s mind is shifting back and forth from the present (2004) and the past (1996), while he was still a member of the Scottish military. This apparently is a side effect from leaving the island and passing through the electromagnetic barrier.

The shock of such a shift often causes people to lose it, and eventually die…as their hold on one reality becomes more untenable.

Desmond is told by the nerdy engineer dude Daniel to find him back in 1996 to help him, as 1996 Daniel tells him that he needs to focus on one thing or person in both timelines, serving as his “constant” or anchor to himself.

Desmond chooses Penny, his old fiancee, and convinces her in 1996 to answer a call from him on Dec. 24, 2004. She does, and he’s found his anchor.

Along the way, he is aided by Sayid and Frank the helicopter pilot, who seems less than thrilled to be working with the “boaties” (a reminder that he is a commercial airlines pilot and was supposed to be piloting Oceanic 815 on that fateful day).

In the end, Desmond makes the call to Penny, and he is cured.

All in all, a bit of a “blah” episode. The time travel was exactly like that of Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek Next Generation’s final TV episode, “All Good things…”, the one difference being that Desmond’s memory in 2004 is wiped until his call with Penny.

One mystery from the episode. At one point, Sayid and Desmond were held capture in the Sick Bay by the boaties, yet suddenly the door is inexplicably unlocked, and they are allowed to escape, heading to the communications room for the call.

Who set them free? Could it be the spy on Ben’s ship?

Yes. But until now, we have not been told who that spy is.

I know. That spy is Michael….

STAY TUNED UNTIL NEXT WEEK WHEN I PREDICT MICHAEL WILL MAKE HIS TRIUMPHAL RETURN!!!

EDIT: One other curious thing that happened. Desmond confronts Penny’s father at an auction house in attempt to find her. Mr. Widmore has just purchased a log book by the first mate of the Black Rock, an 18th century British ship. The contents of the journal are known only to the family of the seller, a Tovard Hanso. That’s right, THAT Tovard Hanso, CEO of the Hanso Corporation and founder of a little thing called the “Dharma Initiative”.

And what about the Black Rock, the ship written about in the log? The ship was found on the island. There is a lot that happened there, chiefly it’s where they found the dynamite to blow the hatch. Check out Lostpedia for lots of fun info on the Black Rock.

Ok, I’ve said in an earlier post that Ben and Aaron were revealed as being part of the Oceanic Six. This has apparently been refuted on a number of different sites. I still maintain that Ben has assumed someone’s identity from the plane, and that Aaron counts?

But let’s posit for a moment that this is correct, just who are the other two???

Let’s go through each of the other “Losties” and discuss their plausibility as O-6 members.


Jin – Distinct possibility, but only if Sun is the other. He’d never leave her (with child or without).


Sun – See “Jin”


Bernard and Rose (older couple) – Not likely. Although she has said she’d gladly leave the island and risk the return of her cancer, Bernie would probably never allow it in order to keep his wife alive.


Sawyer – Not a chance in hell. He is starting to see this island as his chance to start over. No matter that his some time bed buddy Kate is one of the six, Sawyer ain’t goin’ anywhere.


Locke – Another zero possibility. Locke is “tied to the island”. It cured him of his paralysis, and he wants to discover its secrets and protect it above all else.


Claire – VERY low possibility. Especially considering Kate is now mother to her son. That would imply that she decided to stay or is more likely dead.


Michael – HIGH probability. They’ve been putting the actor’s name (Harold Perrineau) in the credits for months now, so it’s safe to assume that the first island leaver becomes one of the O-6.


Walt (Michael’s son) – Some possibility, but not as much as Michael’s. While Walt left with Michael on the boat, he has been seen on the island by Locke while hunting for Jacob’s cabin. Most “hallucinations” turn out to be real at least in part, so Walt may somehow have made it back to old Dharmaland.


Vincent (Walt’s dog) – DARK HORSE possibility. It would be just like the writers on Lost to throw the dog in as one of the six. As Ben is posing as a vet, might he be watching Vincent? Just what does Vincent know? It’s a real long shot, but a definitely distinct plot twist they might try.


UNNAMED LOST MEMBER? – Why not? We’ve got two and a half more seasons to explore other characters. Who’s to say we just haven’t been formally introduced yet?

What do YOU think????

At Wondercon, a comic book and fantasy film convention, the first 10 episode titles of Season 4 were revealed.

They are:

1. “He That Believeth in Me” by David Weddle and Bradley Thompson
2. “Six of One” by Michael Angeli
3. “The Ties That Bind” by Michael Taylor
4. “Escape Velocity” by Jane Espenson
5. “The Road Less Travelled ” by Mark Verheiden
6. “Faith” by Seamus Kevin Fahey
7. “Guess What’s Coming to Dinner” by Michael Angeli
8. “Sine Qua Non” by Michael Taylor
9. “The Hub” by Jane Espenson
10. “Revelations” by Bradley Thompson and David Weddle

There also have been a bunch of mini spoilers, which I shall not divulge here.

BSG blasts off for its last season April 4 on the Sci Fi Channel.

Ahhh, my little Lost baby. Who are you? What’s your name?

The last two eggs????

Last night’s episode, “Eggtown”, was a great example of classic Lost. It had the right mix of conflict, humor, flashbacks (although actually this year we’ve been treated to the flash forward, and nice cliffhangers

Basically the episode centered on Kate. After an opening concerning Locke’s inability to get answers from Ben, Log Cabin Jacob, or ANYONE, he throws the last two eggs in the Others’ camp against the wall in big time frustration. Along comes Kate, looking to question newcomer Miles, whom Locke is holding somewhere secret. What does he know? And why won’t Locke let her in on where he’s held? Could it be he doesn’t trust her, thinks she’s a spy for Jack?

Back at the Kate/Claire/Baby Aaron abode, and Sawyer comes around looking for a new roomie. Turns out life with Hurley ain’t all its cracked up to be and he’d like to shack up with his #1 booty call, Kate. Kate’s not having any of it shoos him off.

Next we head to the Oceanic Six future, with Kate on trial for murder, theft, all those lovely things that got her caught in Australia and plopped on a plane headed for the US in the first place.

It doesn’t look good for Austin, as her lawyer says the entire case hinges on the fact that Kate confessed that she killed her stepfather to her mother, the star witness in the case. But more later.

Back with Jack’s group, and Sun and Jin are discussing where to relocate once they’re rescued. Jin is looking at somewhere in the States, while Sun wants to go back to Korea to raise “her baby.” When Jin replies with “our baby”, you can’t help but tell he’ll eventually find out that he’s really not the father. So perhaps Sun is looking to hook back up with her baby’s daddy? We shall see…

Flashing back to the present, and Kate hits up everyone’s favorite blabbermouth, Hurley, for Miles’ location. With a quick dipsy-doodle with some questions, Hurley spills the beans and Kate is off for her interrogation session. She comes across Miles tied up in the boathouse. She asks him if he knows who she is. Miles tells her he’ll tell her everything he knows about her in exchange for a favor, one minute to talk to Ben Linus. Kate agrees, but needs to come up with a way to get Locke out of the way.

Back to the future, and Kate’s lawyer tells her he can make a deal with the DA, getting off the murder charge and bartering down to 7 years in jail. Kate looks petrified and adamantly refuses any deals. He then says the only other option is to bring “him” in to testify to her character. Again, she refuses, saying she will not use her son. SON?!? WHA?!?

On the island, Sun asks Jack about Sayid. Jack tells him that Sayid and Desmond took off on the Boaties helicopter and that they’ll soon begin transporting everyone off. Strangely though, it’s been hours and Jack can’t raise anyone on the satellite phone.

In the Dharma village, Kate visits the Sawyer/Hurley Shangri-la. In a private moment, Kate confesses that she wants to use Sawyer to distract Locke, allowing her to bring Miles to Ben.

With Sawyer distracting Locke with a backgammon game. During the game, Locke asks Sawyer if he still believes in him, that he’s doing the right thing. Sawyer says he just doesn’t want to leave the island, but he isn’t the sheep that everyone else seems to be. Further, he asks Locke to promise him not to hurt Kate. Why, Locke asks? Sawyer then proceeds to tell Locke Kate’s plan to bust Miles out to talk to Ben. They take off to intercept her.

Now the key here is was this actually a Sawyer con to get Locke away from his house, or is he actually siding with Locke given Kate’s ping pong affiliation with Jack? Good question…

Bad news. Kate’s already busted out Miles and is on the way to Locke’s now vacant abode with Ben in the basement. ENCOUNTER. Miles asks Ben if he knows who sent him, and why he’s here both of which Ben answers yes. Well, for the cool sum of $3.2 million, Miles will tell his boss that Ben is dead, and take care of Aussie Boatie Charlotte, who has also seen Ben alive.

My question here is EXACTLY the same as Ben’s. Why 3.2? Why not 3.4, or 3.5?

Well, Miles says he’ll give him two days to come up with the money. Ben asks for a week, give his current incarceration. A week???? So Ben somehow has access to money, and a lot of it? And some way to get it? Why does Kate not question any of this? She seems to just be focused on what Miles knows about her, which following the Ben conversation, he tells her.

Exactly who she is, and what she’s charged with. But as Kate attempts to escort Miles back to the boathouse. Locke intercepts them.

Not upset exactly that Kate has defied him, Locke instead insists on knowing what Miles told Ben, which Kate does. Then, Locke gets all landlord-like, Kate is banished from the village. Can he do that? Where’s his deed? Someone call the Castaway Housing Hotline.

In the future, Kate finds out her lawyer did a little Texas Two-Step on her. He’s brought “him” into testify. “Him” being Jack (and not her son…whah???). Jack assures that Kate acted honorably after the crash, rescuing all six of them. And there it is…six survivors only. In fact, Jack says that Kate tried to save two others that were still alive but failed. He also claims he didn’t know at the time of the crash what Kate had done but that she’d told him later. On cross-examination, the lawyerette asks him if he still loves Kate. After…several….long…pauses…Jack says “No. Not anymore.” As he continues to talk (and appears on the verge of revealing something), Kate interrupts, saying that this is enough, she doesn’t want his help anymore. Recess.

Kate is confronted by her mother, the star witness against her. She tells Kate that she’s been told she has sixth months to live (why six? why not…3.2?) and wants to make a deal. She will back out of testifying (how is that done in a criminal trial exactly???) if Kate will allow her to see her grandson. Kate absolutely refuses (and why…for the life of me I couldn’t figure it out…until the end of the episode).

In Dharmaland, Kate backtracks to Sawyer, and explains her predicament with Locke. Sawyers “unbans” her and says she can stay with him and Hurley in “Montezuma” land. They get it on….

Back to the beach, and Charlotte is testing the engineer (can’t remember his name), asking him to guess three hidden playing cards. He gets two out of the three, frustrating the engineer. Charlotte responds by saying he’s improving. IMPROVING? Just what kind of psycho powers does he have? And is the island causing his current “difficulty”.

Meanwhile, Jack is getting more and more frustrated that they can’t contact the ship. He and Juliet confront Charlotte, who innocently claims she doesn’t know what’s happened. They ask her if there is another number they can call, to which she replies there is one that is only to be used in emergency. They demand she use it and leave the line open for them to here. Someone answers, asking Charlotte why she’s using this line. Charlotte replies by saying no one was answering the main line and wonders if the helicopter containing the pilot, Sayid, Desmond, and the dead Boatie have gotten there yet. The voice on the other end is confused…”I thought the helicopter was with you!?” Uh oh…

After getting “busy”, Sawyer asks if she is distressed because she’s worried she might be pregnant. Kate spills “I’m not pregnant” and seems fairly certain. Sawyer is relieved and the two go at it. Wait, she’s not pregnant??? But her son? Ok, maybe she got pregnant when she got home or later during their stay on the island. Kate asks him if having a baby would have been the worst thing, Sawyer says hell yeah. What would they have done with a baby? When she gets angry and starts to leave, Sawyer says she’s just using this as an excuse to go back to Jack, at which point he’ll do something to piss her off and come right back to Sawyer. Kate slaps him and leaves.

Back to court, and the prosecutor approaches the defense. It appears as though Kate’s mother will not be able to testify due to medical problems, the judge has granted a recess. It seems as though Kate’s mom is going to be helping the DA after all, and they want to cut a deal. She offers four years in prison. Kate refuses. She offers 10 years probation and a stipulation that Kate will have to remain in the state.

Kate’s lawyer is about to reject this as well, but Kate accepts it, adding that she’d do anything to have this be over with. She just wants to go home to be with her son. Kate’s free!!!

As Kate exits the courthouse thru the parking garage, Jack intercepts her and tells her that it wasn’t true about him not loving her anymore. He asks if they can get a cup of coffee sometime. Kate smiles and invites Jack over for a cup, but he refuses. Kate tells him she understands why he doesn’t want to see her son, but until he changes his mind, there can be nothing between them.

So wait! Are you thinking what I’m thinking…sure, elementary, my dear Watson. The kid must be Sawyer’s, making it to hurtful for Jack. Oh but wait…

As Kate returns to her GIGANTIC home, her nanny tells her that the baby is upstairs asleep. As Kate goes up to the child’s bed, she begins to play with her son’s blond hair.

Ok, you’re thinking, I’m right…blond hair…Sawyer had blond hair….the kid’s Sawyer’s. Kate must’ve lied about not being pregnant. Oh but wait….

The kid wakes up, looks at Kate and says “Hello, Mommy”

Kate replies…..

“Hello, Aaron.”

Now if you accepted the whole Sawyer/dad thing, at first listen you might not have caught it.

Aaron. Blond kid.

Aaron.

Wasn’t Claire’s baby, the one Kate didn’t want to pick up at the beginning of the episode, named Aaron????!!!????

Whoa!

So it would appear that Aaron is the last of the Oceanic Six. Never saw that one coming. How did Kate get Aaron? Did she take her from Claire by force, or by design?

Further, what’s with this lie that only 6 survived the original crash? Are they lying to cover for the other survivors, who apparently are back on the island? Or are they covering up something more sinister? Interesting too, that 2 of the Oceanic Six weren’t actually ON Oceanic 815….

Here are the Oceanic Six:

Jack
Kate
Hurley
Sayid
Ben Linus
Aaron

Hurley is haunted by this decision they have all made. And, apparently Sayid is killing on Ben’s orders to keep this secret. Just what’s going on?

Give me your thoughts…!!!

I hope you’ll forgive me as I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus with this little gem of a blog. The holidays, combined with building a new house, and resurrecting my opera career (yes, I’m a classical/opera singer) has left me less than motivated to keep the NIRV up and operating.

Also, in speaking with occasional NIRV contributor and Aiepathy for Technology blogger Wolfman, I’ve thought that perhaps my focus has been too broad. Covering all of entertainment is a daunting task for one guy, especially when I’m not particularly interested in ALL aspects of entertainment. Nor are you, I should think.

So, the idea here will be to focus. Dwindle the topics down to those I am truly interested, in the hopes of attracting readers and commenters of similar stripe. Simply put, entertainment geeks.

So, I’m gonna attempt to be your one-stop blog for the following subject areas and topics:

Movies: Sci-fi, fantasy, and superhero films
TV: “Lost”, “Battlestar Galactica”, and “Heroes”
Games: XBOX 360 news and reviews
Books: Sci-fi/fantasy genre

Along the way, I hope to add to this list (depending upon your interests), as well as occasionally talk about my personal life down here in sunny Houston.

I welcome and cherish each and every hit and comment I get here at E-NIRV. I think it has the potential to be a little something special, a filled niche for the genre lover in all of you.

Thanks for listening!

— RebRob, Editor-in-Chief

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