...Pariah, after being saved from his own dying world by the demi-god Monitor, is forced to witness the destruction of multiple worlds in the DC Multiverse. He is able to speak to the doomed, but is unable to alter their fate. If the parallel holds, there's some serious juju about to be laid down onto that Island. And Daniel Faraday, brought to the Island by a powerful being (Widmore) and witness to past and future events over which he proclaims impotence, will be there to watch it happen.
Suppose that a community’s top scientist determines that something terrible is going to happen, and decides to save his son’s life by sending him away to another world, where he’ll have special powers… Does that story remind you of anything?
Next week's episode is titled "Follow the Leader."
A discussion on Twitter with regards to people who like Juliet and people who don't like Juliet inspired this little sociological posit. The three people with whom I was conversing are comprised of one male and two females. With me, the genders are split evenly. Two people like Juliet, two don't. Guess where the line divides?
The criticisms of Juliet were more against Elizabeth Mitchell than the character she plays, but the bitterness of the critique gave me pause (I mean, complaining that someone speaking Latin is doing so in a stilted fashion? It is a dead language, folks).
Back in Season 3 days, I was at the front of the charge to punch Juliet square in the face. Hated her. Hated her cold calculation and her conniving sandwich-making ways. Getting Jack to sit in the corner made me pissed off almost as much as the execution tribunal squad arc from Battlestar Galactica.
But as Season 4 turned into Season 5, I found myself liking her a little more. This year, it's a full-blown case of like. And let's not forget that most critics think that Elizabeth Mitchell's acting has been spectacular this season, and indeed for most of her run on LOST to date. Why the change for me, and why the disparity between conventional opinion and that of my two female acquaintances?
Look at the progression of Juliet as a character. She hid from her lecherous ex-husband when she probably should have stood up to him. She slept with her therapist's husband. She ratted out Sun's affair to Jin. She held a gun to Kate's head, causing even Sawyer to lose his shit a little. Plus, the whole "nobody puts Jack in a corner" thing.
Then, she started to integrate with the Losties. She jumps back in time with 'em, and three years later, she's shacked up with Sawyer. She's cooking dinner, she's fixing trucks, she's packin' heat.
From a male perspective, she went from emasculating überbitch (JUST GIMME THAT FUCKING SANDWICH!) to the most awesomest housewife ever (why yes, I would like a sandwich). From a female perspective, she went from girl-hating homewrecker to post-feminist backslider. Plus, she ganked Sawyer from Kate as soon as Kate was gone, and killed off the most popular of the 'shipper fantasies.
And, she's a blonde.
For more of my thoughts on LOST, which are occasionally well-elucidated, click here.