The title of this Disenhanced Episode is "Whatever The Case May Be", a clever pun - a double entendre if you will - which encompasses both our normal use of that phrase and a sly reference to...er...grammatical case. Yeah. Like the nominative, accusative and dative cases. And the ablative, definitely the ablative case - always a personal favorite of mine.
No, wait...that's not it. The reference is to a silver case that Sawyer and Kate find near some dead guy at the bottom of a lagoon with some stuff in it that, for some reason, seems awfully important to Kate. Our first guesses on this score turn out to be wrong (for example, it's not Kate's purse, and her interest in it is not because she's finally run out of tampons). But if we're tem…Read more >
Yes, it's the long-awaited (Who waited? Did you wait? If not, why not?!) Return of the Disenhanced Episodes. I got kind of tired of typing after Episode 10, so I went on "hiatus" for a bit.
But here we are back for Episode 11, also known as The Episode Where Jack Narcs On His Dad To The Federales. This is one of my favorite episodes of Lost as far as pure psychosocial higgledy-piggledy goes.
But let's not jump too far ahead of the action, though. In our last episode, we discovered that Ethan Rom, despite his highly convincing name (who wouldn't believe that a person can be surnamed Read Only Memory?) and despite his equally convincing claim to be from Canada (maybe it stands for Royal Ontario Museum?), is in fact an Evil Other. Followi…Read more >
Okay, a confession to make here. Sometimes, when no one's around, I just like to sit around saying the name of the protagonist of today's episode over and over again, in the authentic Australian accent. It's sort of like "Clayeh" or "Claeh"...I'm not sure really even how to write it. Maybe someone could do an authentic Australian accent International Phonetic Association version of Claire's name? That would really be helpful. I'm only guessing, but there must be some IPA squiggle which you use for that part of the word where native speakers of Australian English would nearly swallow their tongues whilst correctly pronouncing Claire's name. Or how about that way Australians say the word "no"...like it has about five or six vowels in i…Read more >
This week's episode takes us deep inside two strange and unsettling worlds...inside Saddam Hussein's Iraq, and inside the brain of a Crazy French Lady. I'm not entirely sure which is creepier.
In this episode, we learn a little more about Sayid. What we really want to learn, of course, is why Sayid, who seems to know everything there is to know about engineering and communications, served loyally in Iraq's Republican Guard, rather than, say, building his own Iraq - you know, out of spare parts that just happened to be lying around - and proclaiming himself president instead. But that information, it must be said, is not forthcoming in this episode. Indeed, despite the fact that "Sayid Jirrah" is clearly Arabic for "MacGyver", we find ou…Read more >
Opinions about Sawyer as a character on Lost come down to two basic positions - he's hot, and he's mean. If conciseness as well as accuracy is our goal, we might boil down a proper description of Sawyer to "nasty", which captures both the hotness-factor and the meanness-factor quite well. In this episode, we get a chance to see Sawyer in all his nasty glory, gettin' nasty with a lady while he attempts to nastily bilk her husband out of a considerable amount of money.
This episode attempts to explain "Why Sawyer Is The Way He Is", which is something that someone sooner or later was going to have to do, as the way he is, it must be admitted, is kinda wack. As Kate observes in this episode, Sawyer seems to want to be hated - you know, kind of…Read more >