Archive for December 8th, 2008

A primer on how to decode LOST

“316” is the title of episode 7 from the 5th season of “Lost” that returns on TV this coming January. But what does it mean? “Lost” is full of such puzzles of course, and that’s its whole beauty. Now, there are two ways to go at the problem. We can either take the 316 number as a number, or as a meaning.

If were to take the 316 as a number, we need to find a formula to fit it in the 4 8 15 16 23 42 numbers, as these are the mysterious numbers that every Lost fan learned to love. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a formula about it. If we take the numbers as a meaning instead, and searching on Google for it, doesn’t return anything of value.

Maybe some back-reading would help. Episode 6 is called “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham”. This is John Locke’s story under the pseudonym of “Jeremy Bentham”, after he came back to civilization from the island and had to conceal his true identity. During that episode, we see how Locke is killed (this is not a spoiler, we already know he’s dead, and in a coffin).

So, what if we try to see the 316 number with a religious subcontext? Religion won’t be the first time Lost is using it for its puzzles. So, this is what John 3:16 says in the Bible:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

So I think that this episode has to do with the resurrection of John Locke, back in the island. Besides, the actor still has a contract with the show. 😉

Best Sawyer quotes

Sawyer is my favorite character on “Lost”, mostly because he has such funny lines, delivering them while he’s dead serious. Sawyer has a southern, almost redneck, accent, that makes his performance even funnier. The following quotes are taking place in the island their plane wrecked, and in the jungle, far from the civilization.

Locke: Does any of this look familiar from when you were coming back?
Sawyer: Well, yeah, there’s my favorite leaf. How could I forget this place?

Sawyer: Put your mangos where your mouth is.

Sawyer (sarcastically): So, a tribe of evil natives planted a ringer in the camp to kidnap a pregnant girl and a reject from the VH1 has-beens. Yeah, fiendishly clever.

Jack: Where’s Locke?
Sawyer: I don’t know. I think he said something about going to the store for a pack of smokes.

Sawyer: Doctor playing golf. Woo, boy howdy, now I’ve heard everything. What’s next, cop eating a donut?

(Sawyer just shot a polar bear)
Kate: Where did that come from?
Sawyer: Bear Village. How the hell am I supposed to know?

Jack: You know how to handle a gun or not?
Sawyer: Well, I know at least of one polar bear that seems to think so.

Jack: Sawyer…
Sawyer: One second, I’m like this close to the high score on Donkey Kong.

Hurley: Did that bird just say my name?
Sawyer: Yeah, it did. Right before it crapped gold.

Ana-Lucia: Shut up. When I tell you to do something, you do it… I say move, you move… I say stop, you stop. I say jump, what do you say?
Sawyer: You first.

(Sawyer is asking Kate for a kiss)
Kate: Are you serious?
Sawyer: Baby, I am tied to a tree in the jungle of mystery. I just got tortured by a damn spinal surgeon and a genuine Iraqi. Of course I’m serious. Hell, it’s only first base.

(Ben shot Locke with a gun, but Locke keeps protecting Ben)
Locke: Apart from his mouth, he’s completely harmless.
Sawyer: His mouth put that hole in your gut?

Sawyer: Brother, you gotta wake up and smell the goat crap here.

Sawyer: I don’t know if you Islams got a concept of karma, but I get the sense this island just served you up a heapin’ platter of cosmic payback.

Jack (angry): Get up.
Sawyer: Why, you wanna see who’s taller?

Sawyer: My uncle. He uh… died of a brain tumor.
Jack: What type of tumor was it?
Sawyer: The type that kills you.

(Sawyer has headaches)
Kate: That’s it, get up.
Sawyer: What?
Kate: Get up. You’re going to Jack [the doctor].
Sawyer: Do I get a lollipop?
(Scene switches to the caves where Jack diagnoses Sawyer)
Jack: Have you ever had a blood transfusion?
Sawyer: What? No.
Jack: Taken pills for malaria?
Sawyer: Nope.
Jack: Have you ever had sex with a prostitute?
Sawyer: …..What the hell has that got to do with anything?
Jack: Is that a yes?
Sawyer: Yes.
Jack: Have you ever contracted a sexually transmitted disease? [Sawyer doesn’t respond] I’m going to take that as another yes. When was the last outbreak?
Sawyer: Go to hell, Doc.
[Sawyer leaves the scene, annoyed]
Kate: I know he deserved it, but…
Jack: He just needs glasses.
(Jack goes back to the beach to find Sawyer)
Sawyer: If you’re looking for a stool sample, you can forget it…