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Episode 3.08: Title Unknown

Airdate: Winter 2007

  • 10/18 - Don
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Episode 3.08: Title Unknown (Desmond-centric)

Airdate: February 14, 2007

  • 11/08 - Cuse and Lindelof revealed: I think you'll begin to get a real sense of the answer to [what happened to the kids who were abducted] in about the second episode back after the break
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Episode 3.08: Title Unknown (Desmond-centric)

Airdate: February 14, 2007

  • 11/15 - Ausiello scooped us on this yesterday, but in case you've missed it: Site visitor Bernard told me over the weekend that the old woman seen with Desmond in flashback pictures available HERE is famous Irish actress Fionnula Flanagan, who many people may know as the housekeeper in the Nicole Kidman movie "The Others". Source: SpoilerFix BuddyTV Spoilers Chat
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What to Expect when LOST Returns- Desmond's ESP Hotline

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December 15, 2006

Next up is Desmond's at bat. So far we know that his precognition is not going to stay in the closet. 'LOST Moments' scenes (shown during Day Break) reveal that both Hurley and Charlie become aware of Desmond's future telling ability, and one shows that Desmond actually rescues Claire; which means he is Clairvoyant as well as Precognitive. (Get it? "Claire" voyant?)

Set reports state that Desmond's flashbacks are strange indeed. It's as if they are being influenced by events on the island! Has the implosion of the hatch somehow affected the past? Is Desmond getting "the sickness". Only February 14th holds the answer.

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The Widmores pop up in the Feb. 14 episode, which is called

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NOTE, title change...

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Episode 3.08: Flashes Before Your Eyes (Desmond-centric)

Airdate: February 14, 2007

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Episode 3.08: Flashes Before Your Eyes (Desmond-centric)

Airdate: February 14, 2007

  • 01/24 - Charlie and Hurley try to work out what happened to Desmond after the hatch explosion. We learn more about Desmond
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Episode 3.08: Flashes Before Your Eyes (Desmond-centric)

Airdate: February 14, 2007

  • 01/29 - A suspicious and determined Hurley enlists Charlie to help him wrangle the truth out of Desmond, who has been acting strangely ever since the implosion of the hatch. Guest starring are Sonya Walger as Penny Widmore, Alan Dale as Charles Widmore, Shishir Kurup as Donovan, Fionnula Flanagan as Ms. Hawking, Katie Doyle as receptionist, Jeremy Colvin as delivery man, Michael Titterton as bartender and David Cordell as Jimmy Lennon. Source: ABC
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Photos from "Flashes Before Your Eyes":

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Locke's got muscles!

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GQ Desmond

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Mrs. Hawking (hmm...I wonder where that name came from?)

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A ring for Penny?

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Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly:

Back on the beach, the Oceanic 815-ers will finally be dealing with the aftereffects of Desmond turning the fail-safe key, which imploded the hatch and lit the sky purple. In episode 8, the lovelorn Scottish soldier

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Courtesy of the 9th Edition of LOST Magazine:

"Desmond's episode this year is a very big, compelling event. His episode is going to send ripples across our LOST community. He's very mysterious but you are going to learn a lot about him and his backstory. It really is going to shift alot of the show."

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he is also the subject of a flashback device employed
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I dont get what there is to not get. I know it is kinda hard to maybe comprehend at first and was sorta Matrix style. Basically though this was my interpretation Desmond obviously was able to travel back in time and re live his life before he came to the island. Which alloted him the chance to change history. However when he goes to try to change history his sub concious or as I tried to compare it to the Oracle from the Matrix stops him from changing anything. She pointed out that time course corrects so basically no matter what he does he can not save Charlie. The only thing I'm still confused on is how exactly he knew what Locke was going to say. I'm just really surprissed that they might be writting Dominic Monaghan out of the script I hope Evangeline is ok with this and wouldnt want to leave too! Lost without Kate is like Seinfeld without Jerry.

I found it too be different and one of my favorite episodes of all time!

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Just like Desmond getting the day wrong...I'm hoping he's got the person wrong. Maybe he can't save Paulo.

I thought the moment he broke it off with Penny was absolutely awesome! Quite fitting for a Valentine's day episode.

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I'm not saying I didn't like the episode, because I did- it was well-written and acted, it just fried my brain a little too much! Actually, I watched it two more times after posting my original comments and the smoke over my head is starting to clear just a little ^_^ . I'm still not totally sure that the woman,"Mrs. Hawking", was actually his conscience or not...it seems like there's more to her than that, but thinking back to Hurley's "Dave", I guess it is possible. I'm also trying to put pieces of the "LOST puzzle" from previous episodes back into the picture and have some thoughts that may somehow fit in this whole "time travel" scenario:

#1: In "Not in Portland", Juliette looks at some photos of a woman's womb shown to her by the Widmore Labs representative. She says it looks to be like the womb of a 70-something woman, but she is told it is the womb of a 26 year old. (Claire, Danielle, Sun, ?) We know she ends up on the island for much longer than 6 months (or is it?) to do "fertility" research...and possible fertility research involving time travel?

#2: Comments made by Desmond in flashbacks and on the island: "see you in another life, brother"- as well as by Kelvin, and I think at least one other person, I just can't remember who it was. Anyone? Someone had commented in a blog I read that they wondered if this "time travel" is cyclical...that is, time keeps traveling full circle.

#3: Desmond telling Jack at the stadium in season 1: "But what if you DID save her?" after Jack said he couldn't save a woman (Sarah). This suggests that Desmond had the precognitive "skills" at that time as well. And what about the Dr. in Africa who told Rose he couldn't help her in that location, and Claire's psychic who definitely knew something and whose daughter supposedly died but "came alive"? Is there something to do with time here as well?

#4: Locke also woke up in the jungle after Desmond turned the failsafe key....with Eko's stick falling down by him. Will we see what happened to him during this time?

#5: Could Desmond have changed time somehow when he tried to intervene and was hit by the cricket bat instead of the bartender? Maybe he keeps changing time...that is, if the "cyclical" time travel is a possibility?

#6: OR is this all related to the brainwashing sequence we saw last week? Could Desmond have been brainwashed while he was on the island with Kelvin and is being manipulated...as in one BIG test? Hey, anything's possible...maybe Dharma/Widmore/etc. is doing testing/manipulating on time travel and is using islanders as guinea pigs...

Regarding the Charlie reveal: The writers can do all sorts of things with this, so I don't think it necessarily means Charlie's a goner- at least not for awhile. They could have something happen or that has happened already(remember the lines we keep seem to be getting "everything's going to change", "nothing will be the same after this"...) to change the outcome of Charlie's fate. It also could mean that he doesn't die for a long time...maybe until the last season...the last show even...and we might even see several times when Charlie's life is saved in the next couple of seasons, before his actual demise occurs. If they have him die eventually, I do think that it will play an intregal part of the storyline somehow. Ooh, I just remembered that Jack saved Charlie's life as well after he was hanged by Ethan! So Charlie has been saved at least 3 times that we know of...can any of you think of other times in past episodes? The time he climbed the tree and the monster went up to Eko...could this have saved Charlie's life? To many things to think about

Did anyone catch these easter eggs?:

The first backdrop photo that the photographer pulled down was a desert scene...this was the same desert scene that was in a photo in the hatch.

Also, the artwork in Widmore's office had the same style as the mural in the hatch and included a polar bear, an upside-down Buddha (seen in the brainwashing photos), and the words "namaste" spelled backwards. here is a photo:

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Were there any other ones?

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"Flashes Before Your Eyes"

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"Only Fools Are Enslaved by Time and Space: If this episode is the Lost fulcrum that I think it is

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Courtesy of: TV GUIDE, TV SHOW BLOGS

Lost

by Sabrina Rojas Weiss

February 14, 2007: See You in the Next Life

Well, my head's spinning, and I'm pretty sure it's not 'cause I downed a couple of glasses of Valentine's Day prosecco before watching this. As last week's Mittelos/lost time anagram hinted, Desmond's not exactly gifted with the ability to "see the future, dude," as Hurley put it, but instead, he's tortured by being stuck in a time loop. At least, that's what we're led to believe. But this could all be an elaborate dream inside a dream, right? The show has tackled the debate of free will versus fate before with Locke and the button, but this episode is the ultimate endorsement of predeterminism. Or is it? (And if you want to really freak yourself out about this topic, Google "lost" and "free will." You actually come up with a bunch of stuff on how Milton's Paradise Lost is influenced by Calvinism. And then you will kick yourself for not taking that class in college, or maybe that's just me.)

Just to clear my head a bit, I'll go over the shallow stuff first. As much as I don't ever want this show to end and would probably watch it long after any of that dreaded shark-jumping, there's one very practical reason it can't last too long: There's no way these actors can keep looking as though they haven't aged more than a couple of months when three years have passed in the real world. Claire just got bangs and already she looks totally different. And baby-faced Dominic Monaghan can't stay that way forever (though here's hoping that problem isn't solved too soon). It was rather difficult to imagine that this episode began right after Eko died. Are we in our own time warp? Oh, wait, shallow stuff.... There were a lot of details to enjoy about this episode: The fact that Sawyer's been hiding "shocking amounts of pornography" all this time; the fact that Charlie was busking with Oasis' "Wonderwall" in front of Widmore Enterprises; the beeping microwave and numbers (1:08 and the delivery to suite 815) that kept haunting Desmond; the very odd existence of a "marina scene" backdrop for a street photographer. And I'd totally forgotten that Alan Dale, aka Ugly Betty's Bradford Meade, was also Penny's overbearing entrepreneurial father, who, in addition to possessing quite a sadistic streak, also happens to have a painting of a polar bear, an upside-down Buddha and the word "namaste" written backwards in his office.

I'll credit my husband for calling out this observation first (and also for watching this with me on Valentine's Day): What's with all the rich girls getting their boyfriends jobs with their daddies? (First Charlie, then Jin, now Desmond.) But I have my own question: What's with all these underachieving men who possess no career ambitions? Well, I semi take that back. Being a set designer for the Royal Shakespeare Company is a pretty big deal, and I'd like to know why Desmond gave that up.

So back to Desmond's frustrating time travel. Was it actually time travel, or was it what he told Charlie: "My life flashed before my eyes"? A sort of extended hallucination. That wouldn't exactly explain his psychic powers on the island, but it could be a simultaneous occurrence

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Wow, Kayo -- that's a lot of thinking!

I'm happiest (and the least frustrated) with thinking that Desmond went through all that in his head while unconscious. Once awake, he was convinced he could see ahead, and so he could.

But then, I'm a big fan of what you really, truly believe to be true is true, or will come to be true.

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The song Charlie sang on the street corner was "Wonderwall" by Oasis:

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I also found a great blog on this episode, courtesyof Powell's Books. Your brain may fall out after reading it, like mine did, but it's a great read nonetheless!

Flashes before Your Eyes blog

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