Friday, April 11, 2008

LT77: The Freighter (Feburary 21, 2008)

Previously published on February 21, 2008...


The physicist from the Freighter shares the name of an English chemist who contributed to the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. He studied magnets and laid the ground work for the magnetic field that we know is formed. He established that magnetism could affect rays of light and that there was an underlying relationship between the two phenomena. The LOST character by the same name commented on how the light looked different somehow.

Faraday's law of induction states that a magnetic field changing in time creates a proportional electromotive force. This sure would explain a few things…right?

Another contribution he made was the Faraday cage which he proved that an external change in electric charge will not impact the internal area. This might help understand how a helicopter can take a lightning strike and still function. Or why the walls of the Swan hatch were thick enough to "contain" some type of electromagnetic charge. Quiz tomorrow on this stuff! J

And keep in mind that Danny Faraday, the LOST physicist, could be the Danny that Ana Lucia mentions as her friend. This could explain why he cried at the news of the crash in a flashback.


Little exists in the cabin shack except for a painting of a dog.

It seems that a dog has been seen around the shooting locations that looks like this:

Looks pretty similar to me. The dog's name is Lulu in real world, so keep an eye open for more references to dogs.

Speaking of animals…Frank saw a cow?!?! That's better meal than boar. Where are the other cows? Where did it go? It's what's for dinner.


Everyone seemed to notice that Sayid grabbed some ice off the top of the trash container after throwing his maps away. Why did he do that? The first thought was something to do with hiding prints, but this was after his hands were empty. Just another reference to cold things? Or a reminder he wasn't on the tropical island?

Speaking of Sayid – why does Jack and Hurley suggest they are treated like celebrities, but when the golfer discovers Sayid is part of the Oceanic 6 it looks like he might need a change of underwear. Then he goes ahead and hits a perfect shot. Then after forgiving the bet and taking a bullet, the sprinkler system goes and on and Sayid acts like that is perfectly normal (see my story above!).


This show keeps my interest the entire time it is on – I never look away. It is some pretty intense action or dialog on nearly every scene. And yet, it can make me laugh right out loud. My favorite this past week was when Hurley says, "Oh great. The boat sent us another Sawyer." Great line!

Speaking of writers, it seems the 8 or 9 episodes left undone will begin filming shortly, but not enough time exists to get them done for what time is left in the spring schedule. So, we are going to get between 4 and 6 completed and will likely air in June.

Ok, some more of my favorite lines from the first three episodes:

Ben: I probably should have told you she took the phone, but you beat me up.

Ben: Well technically he didn't kill her…yet.

Ben: Time to call the freighter back. Tell them Naomi's getting a really big pile of wood.

Locke: It's not loaded.

Jack: Dunno Miles...How stupid are you?

Jack: I did give you... that wink.

Sawyer: You mind tellin' us who you're getting you're orders from, Col. Kurtz? (Love the Apocalypse Now reference – which reminds me of the four horsemen…)

Locke: If I still had a kidney there I'd be dead.


Anyone else think Ben might be in multiple places on Earth at one time? It might explain the Others interest in Walt when asking Michael about whether he exhibited that same behavior. And it reminds me of the Bad Twin book released in connection with LOST. Could this be a bad Ben we see helping Sayid with his gunshot wound? In the final scene it appeared that Ben's voice was a bit different…and don't forget all the dogs around continues that theme as well. Crazy show!

Speaking of time…how about the 31 minutes and 19 seconds difference in timers for the payload? Could the force field around this island be the cause of the time impact? Maybe time does travel differently on the island and this explains the women unable to bear children since the rapid passing of time doesn't allow for proper development. The Swan hatch is what might have kept the time consistent but with it gone this is why nothing can pass the force field without crashing (helicopter, airplane, boats, hot air balloons, etc.). And maybe because Desmond was so close this is why he now has these time premonitions. Yet, the submarine seems to pass through fine. And why exact bearings to exit and enter?

And looking for Bible references, John 3:16 is pretty popular…or use to be more so at sporting events.

And while on the subject of time, let's remember what Douglas Adams said about time in his book, "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" (which happens to revolve around the answer to all questions about the universe: 42). He said:

"One of the major problems encountered in time travel is not that of accidentally becoming your own father or mother. There is no problem involved in becoming your own father or mother that a broadminded and well-adjusted family can't cope with. ... The major problem is quite simply one of grammar, and the main work to consult in this matter is Dr Dan Streetmentioner's Time Traveller's Handbook of 1001 Tense Formations. It will tell you for instance how to describe something that was about to happen to you in the past before you avoided it by time-jumping forward two days in order to avoid it. ... Most readers get as far as the Future Semi-Conditionally Modified Subinverted Plagal Past Subjunctive Intentional before giving up: and in fact in later editions of the book all the pages beyond this point have been left blank to save on printing costs."

Now I understand! HA! But it does make Ben's comment about "kill me and you'll never know how dangerous these people WERE" – he used past tense. Still think I'm crazy?


Huh? Locke knows where it is. He finds the white powder ring. But no cabin! Does the time shift work differently inside the cabin? Does it phase in and out at different times? Do you wonder if he walked to where it is he would have ran into some physical thing that visually the light affects? I believe we have only "seen" the cabin at night time.


LOST fans might be wise to check this movie out. Besides JJ Abrams being behind both projects, there are rumors they might be related more than we imagined. And sharp eyes caught this shot from the movie:

See the Dharma logo?


Many think the comment by Jack about the Red Sox really winning could come into play since they won in 2004 when the plane crashed and in 2007 which is where we are now…about 100 days before Oceanic Airlines reopened for business. Keep an ear open for this to get a time reference.


Recall everyone wondering why Kate's wrists were bruised after having breakfast with Ben on the beach? Well, we get this answer…she tried to pull them off herself and she caused the bruising during her failed attempt. The deleted scene was leaked and can be seen here:

Hey, that's ONE answer at least!

Click Next Page and Previous Page to see more deleted scenes that help fill in a few holes – like how they got a ping pong ball.


Hurley and Ben both said, "Never say never." Hmmm…

The pilot of the helicopter shares the same last name as a passenger on the plane:

Oh and by the way, Lapidus means "candle". Calling Dr. Marvin Candle!

In the house where the ghost whisperer cast out spirits we see this shot along with comparisons to a young black man – Ecko. Was this Ecko's family relative?


I guess the original cut included Miles, Sayid and Kate coming up to the sonar fence and what happened there was very surprising.

I can't tell you what happened…not yet anyway.


So Ben can slip away to any country with passport and cash at will.

Please do notice that the person on that money is Michael Faraday – the scientist.

HO – HO – HO

Charlie was standing next to the Ho-Ho's and Jack and Hurley played a game of HORSE to just HO.

HO is the abbreviation for Holmium – an element that has strange magnetic properties. The encyclopedia says: Because of its magnetic properties, holmium has been used to create the strongest artificially-generated magnetic fields when placed within high-strength magnets as a magnetic pole piece.

And someone remembers that only the HO was formed with black rocks when Bernard wanted to build a signal for rescue.

H is the 8th letter of the alphabet and O is the 15th meaning: 815.

At the mental ward we see HO in the background with Hurley:

HOLM is the Greek word for "island". HOLIUM is also the Latin word for Stockholm – the home of Hanso Foundation. Hmmm…

And Liam tells brother Charlie, "Ho Ho Ho", in an earlier episode.


We might be getting so jaded that we fail to talk about the most surprising thing yet: Jack's changing. He is becoming a killer instead of a healer. I mean who really, really, really thought Jack would pull that trigger on Locke?

And he earlier promised to kill Ben, Locke, etc…he's getting angry.

And it all started when he mercy-killed the Marshall in the tent after Sawyer's marksmanship went awry.


Frank was suppose to pilot Flight 815 that day but like many Dharma controlled events, he didn't make it. But he would probably know Cindy, his flight attendant.

Now she should be on her way to the temple, so it could be interesting if she shows up with the Others for some sort of rescue mission and they meet again.

Thought: what if these four freighter people were to be on Flight 815 and missed for some reason?


I don't know the connection, but I sense there is one. Locke with the tea. Locke handing Hurley a water bottle.


Ben is proving how much he knows about the Freighter people by giving details about Charlotte including her birth day of July 2. A quick Google on this date reveals that on this day:

Amelia Earhart disappeared – we have had several references to Earhart on the show and in the Find 815 game…including an airport that Juliet goes to which was an anagram of Earhart.
The scientist Rousseau dies
The self contained gas mask is patented by Benjamin Lane
A UFO crashed near Roswell, New Mexico
Steve Fosset becomes the first person to fly around the world in a hot air balloon – this is the man the courts recently declared "legally dead".


Recall that Miles asked to speak to Minikowski? The voice (Rachel?) said he was tied up right now. Isn't that the name of one of the people involved with Hanso Foundation? Do they have a prisoner and are figuring things out slowly? The Freighter people sure seem to know more about what to expect on this island before they arrived than the Survivors know after three months.


That cliffhanger was a good one. Sayid needs a new name and now that his task got hard, Ben thinks that is a good thing. WHAT???


For the first time in four years of LOST, I sort of agreed with someone's logic of staying on the island – and it was Sawyer who convinced me that it wouldn't be such a bad thing. He made a good argument in my mind.



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