Lost

Season 4 Episode 2

Confirmed Dead

6
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 07, 2008 on ABC
9.4
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Four strangers arrive on the island leaving the survivors to wonder if they are really here to rescue them, or if they have a different purpose.

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  • The freighter folk arrive, and a whole new set of problems come with them

    9.0
    We've known since 'D.O.C.' that Oceanic 815 was supposedly recovered from the bottom of the ocean floor a few weeks earlier. In the teaser of 'Confirmed Dead', we actually get stock footage from underwater cameras supposedly confirming that the plane crashed, and that there were no survivors. At the time, our first instinct may have been "Maybe the writers have been lying to us about the island being purgatory". Then with all the furor over Naomi's arrival and the subsequent attempts to contact the freighter, we let that all go. Now we meet some of the people on that freighter, and find that they all believed that this was a lie.



    In the flashes, we get impression of the four people who came aboard the helicopter. The first one is Daniel Faraday, the man who parachuted down asking for Jack in the last minute of the previous episode.. Daniel seems more than a little scattered when he arrives on the island--- though he seems open and honest, it appears that he's talking a little too much. Furthermore, when we see him in the teaser, he looks a bit like he's suffering from some kind of breakdown (otherwise why would he cry when he sees the wreckage, and then say he didn't know why?) The other members of the team keep warning him not to speak, and they seem more than a little disdainful of him.



    The next one we meet is Miles Straume, who seems more openly disdainful of the idea that the plane has crashed. He actually seems to have a supernatural skill in that he seems able to talk to the dead. When he lands on the ground, he seems certain that he's landing in the midst of hostiles, and he doesn't seem to have any trouble openly lying. He wants to assume command, but even after being taken hostage he doesn't reveal a single thing. There might be a reason to bring him to the island--- after all, there are a lot of dead people.



    Charlotte Lewis is the wild card of the bunch. It's hard to know what an anthropologist needs to work here, but she seems to know more about the island than the others. She didn't seem surprised to find the skeleton of a polar bear in the Tunisian desert, or that this bear had a Dharma collar. Of the group, she seemed openly happy when she emerges from the water, and the most surprised when she found that there were survivors. But she must have come prepared, otherwise why would she be using a bulletproof vest in the middle of the jungle.



    All three of these characters would be named regulars. Though we won't find it out for a while, they all have a connection with the island. However, the flashbacks that have the most potential involve characters who aren't regulars. Frank Lapidus is the most vocal in his disbelief that the recovered flight is Oceanic 815, and we learn his reason right away ---- he was supposed to be the original pilot. He flew the helicopter that brought everybody to the island, and managed to bring it down without crashing (which, given what we saw in the teaser was a minor miracle). But he also knows instantly that Juliet is a native of the island, and though he talks about making multiple trips back and forth, he manages to avoid saying if he'll take the survivors with him.



    The last flashback involves Naomi and is the most mysterious. The man who assembled the team was none other than Matthew Abbadon, the man who threatened Hurley in the last episode (Suddenly his question: "Are they still alive?" makes a lot more sense.) He is equally adamant when Naomi questions him in saying "There were no survivors." Perhaps that is the real mission of the people on the freighter. It doesn't, however, explain why Naomi had such a detailed covered story about being there on behalf of Penelope Widmore, or why she didn't seem interested at all in Ben Linus (we'll get to that in a minute). The mission seems to depend on these four people making on the island. But as we will later learn that wasn't even the real purpose of the freighter. Was there another mission that we don't know about? We won't learn that for a while.



    It seems strange that none of these people seem willing to reveal any information about the mission they are on. But then again, how does that make them different from the survivors themselves? When Locke tells his band that the reason he killed Naomi was because Walt told him to, Sawyer then follows with "What, you didn't ask any follow up questions?" It's a funny line, but it belies a bitter truth: has anybody been asking any follow-up questions. No one knows what Kate really did, or that Sawyer was a con artist, or that Locke was paralyzed, or that Hurley is a millionaire. Everybody has been keeping secret, and no one wants to share. Maybe that's the real reason that the Others have seemed to have so many advantages--- they know the survivors secrets better than the passengers themselves.



    It's also interesting to compare Jack and Locke's response to the arrival of the freighter folk. Jack seems more than willing to help Daniel find Miles, mainly because despite the fact that he has a gun, he doesn't view him as much of a threat. When Miles says that the only way he'll believe the story about Locke killing Naomi is if they take her to her body, again he just accepts this as something to file away for a later date Just as Miles thinks that he has an advantage, Sayid and Juliet emerge with weapons ready to shoot.



    Meanwhile, Locke seems a lot less concerned. Perhaps that's because his faith in the island has been restored. When he stands in the rain, he looks exactly like he did in Season 1 when there were storms and he knew almost instinctively that they were going to break. He doesn't even seem bothered by the fact that Ben nearly killed him. We finally learn how he survived: the bullet was a through and through. Then he says, if he'd had a kidney, he'd be dead. Ergo, he was meant to be conned by his father, because that destiny ended up saving his life.



    When the group encounters Charlotte, Hurley seems more than willing to tell her everything, but Locke holds back, trying to hold her prisoner. He then gets completely taken by surprise when Ben breaks loose and tries to kill Charlotte (Hell, he would've succeeded if not for that self same bulletproof vest). It's hard to understand why Locke is so determined to keep Ben around. Sawyer wants to kill him, and only seems to hold off because Hurley indicates not to. (They've come a long way from Sawyer calling him Jumbotron a few weeks ago, but I'm thinking that after what Hurley did on the beach, Sawyer finally seems to be respecting him. Hell, he's even calling him Hugo.) Then Ben tries to curry favor by saying that he has secrets about the island, and then says he knows nothing about 'the monster'. (This I didn't believe for a second; if Juliet knew about it, I'm sure as hell Ben would have some idea what it was. Later episodes will demonstrate he knew a lot more about it than he was willing to tell.) And then he changes the game by giving a complete history of Charlotte to Locke's crew along with a record of all the other people on the chopper, and then the fact that they're here to get him. (Which raises the question again, where is he getting his information. Assuming that he was able to use the computers to gets files on the survivors of Oceanic 815, the electronics have been on the fritz since Desmond blew the hatch. If Ben only knew about the freighter after Mikhail told him {admittedly, that's a big if}, how would he get all of his intelligence, even if he does have a man on the boat? Am I over thinking this because it seems like a pretty obvious hole in the plot?)



    If nothing else, this episode does a great job of introducing four radically different characters to us, all of whom are played by fine actors. Even though our hearts and minds automatically belong to the survivors, Jeremy Davies, Rebecca Mader, Ken Leung and Jeff Fahey are all impressive actors, and after knowing them for less than an hour, we seem to have a pretty good handle on all four. Of course, this being Lost, there are obvious a lot of secrets hiding below the surface, and we will start getting evidence that these people may know more about the island then they're telling. However, it's interesting that they don't seem dangerous in the way that the Others did, or sinister in the way Abaddon does in his brief appearance. (My guess is they wanted to use Lance Reddick more than they gave him time for, but he was still busy on The Wire and they didn't use him right). They just seem different, a little at sea, to make an appropriate pun. Even the fact that they're there to get Ben isn't by itself sinister; we know he's a dangerous man. They're as suspicious as we are, which means that the game is about to shift again

    My score: 9moreless
  • Follows the Season Premiere!!!

    8.6
    Plot Details/Objective - » (8/10). Every season of Lost, new characters are introduced, but this time they decide to come with 4 new characters, and all of them seems that they will stay a little longer. Contrary to Nikki and Paulo, the Producers guaranteed a short sequence of flashbacks, connecting everyone of them to the Island somehow. And Ben have something to say too. The only problem is that our favorites survivors on TV don´t have nothing to do, so the writers complicated the 4 new character life´s and tied them with Jack/Locke tribe looking for them.



    What I Like/Disliked -» Michael Emerson acting is pure gold. The new mysterious characters like Miles and Dan, which can uncover some of the mysteries of this Island. The ending was nice too.



    Overall:



    Presentation -» (9/10). Another good presentation and I think everybody liked to see another point of view.



    Complication Phase -» (8/10). Nothing too special, but was good enough to keep you interest.



    Climax -» (7/10). Almost didn´t notice where the climax was, but was near the ending.



    Cliffhanger/Ending -» (8/10). Better than the last weak episode, since things are more interesting now.



    Flashbacks Sequences -» (9/10). First time this happens and I think that every one o single Scene introduced very well more intriguing mysteries.



    Time and Scenes Management -» (8/10). Another Trek like the last episode, but overall things are Ok.



    Dialogues -» (9/10). Some dialogues between some of the characters was very interesting, but Michael Emerson stole the moment.



    Action /Adventure -» (7/10). Tracking the others new arrivers on the Island.



    Drama/Emotions -» (5/10). Nothing here that could be powerfully emotional.



    Suspense/Tension -» (7/10). You don´t Know what the news Arrivers want, so you don´t Know who is dangerous and if Jack/Locke are in danger.



    Mystery/Curiosity/Doubts/Hints -» (10/10). The 5 flashbacks sequence introduce new mysteries, hints and doubts.



    Surprise/Twists -» (8/10). The beginning of this episode Is about confirmation, but the end have a surprise too.



    Thoughts Changer -» None. Nothing that could trick you or change you thoughts/opinion in something.



    This episode continues to build the plot in a solid and sometime great ways, that make you interesting in what could happen. I don´t think that this episode is better than the season premiere, but it is almost very similar, only a little behind.moreless
  • Continues to Be Great!!!!

    8.9
    Plot Details/Objective - » (8/10). Every season of Lost, new characters are introduced, but this time they decide to come with 4 new characters, and all of them seems that they will stay a little longer. Contrary to Nikki and Paulo, the Producers guaranteed a short sequence of flashbacks, connecting everyone of them to the Island somehow. And Ben have something to say too. The only problem is that our favorites survivors on TV don´t have nothing to do, so the writers complicated the 4 new character life´s and tied them with Jack/Locke tribe looking for them.



    What I Like/Disliked -» Michael Emerson acting is pure gold. The new mysterious characters like Miles and Dan, which can uncover some of the mysteries of this Island. The ending was nice too.



    Overall:



    Presentation -» (9/10). Another good presentation and I think everybody liked to see another point of view.



    Complication Phase -» (8/10). Nothing too special, but was good enough to keep you interest.



    Climax -» (7/10). Almost didn´t notice where the climax was, but was near the ending.



    Cliffhanger/Ending -» (8/10). Better than the last weak episode, since things are more interesting now.



    Flashbacks Sequences -» (9/10). First time this happens and I think that every one o single Scene introduced very well more intriguing mysteries.



    Time and Scenes Management -» (8/10). Another Trek like the last episode, but overall things are Ok.



    Dialogues -» (9/10). Some dialogues between some of the characters was very interesting, but Michael Emerson stole the moment.



    Action /Adventure -» (7/10). Tracking the others new arrivers on the Island.



    Drama/Emotions -» (5/10). Nothing here that could be powerfully emotional.



    Suspense/Tension -» (7/10). You don´t Know what the news Arrivers want, so you don´t Know who is dangerous and if Jack/Locke are in danger.



    Mystery/Curiosity/Doubts/Hints -» (10/10). The 5 flashbacks sequence introduce new mysteries, hints and doubts.



    Surprise/Twists -» (8/10). The beginning of this episode Is about confirmation, but the end have a surprise too.



    Thoughts Changer -» None. Nothing that could trick you or change you thoughts/opinion in something.



    This episode continues to build the plot in a solid and sometime great ways, that make you interesting in what could happen. I don´t think that this episode is better than the season premiere, but it is almost very similar, only a little behind.moreless
  • Continues to Be Great!!!!

    8.9
    Plot Details/Objective - » (8/10). Every season of Lost, new characters are introduced, but this time they decide to come with 4 new characters, and all of them seems that they will stay a little longer. Contrary to Nikki and Paulo, the Producers guaranteed a short sequence of flashbacks, connecting everyone of them to the Island somehow. And Ben have something to say too. The only problem is that our favorites survivors on TV don´t have nothing to do, so the writers complicated the 4 new character life´s and tied them with Jack/Locke tribe looking for them.



    What I Like/Disliked -» Michael Emerson acting is pure gold. The new mysterious characters like Miles and Dan, which can uncover some of the mysteries of this Island. The ending was nice too.



    Overall:



    Presentation -» (9/10). Another good presentation and I think everybody liked to see another point of view.



    Complication Phase -» (8/10). Nothing too special, but was good enough to keep you interest.



    Climax -» (7/10). Almost didn´t notice where the climax was, but was near the ending.



    Cliffhanger/Ending -» (8/10). Better than the last weak episode, since things are more interesting now.



    Flashbacks Sequences -» (9/10). First time this happens and I think that every one o single Scene introduced very well more intriguing mysteries.



    Time and Scenes Management -» (8/10). Another Trek like the last episode, but overall things are Ok.



    Dialogues -» (9/10). Some dialogues between some of the characters was very interesting, but Michael Emerson stole the moment.



    Action /Adventure -» (7/10). Tracking the others new arrivers on the Island.



    Drama/Emotions -» (5/10). Nothing here that could be powerfully emotional.



    Suspense/Tension -» (7/10). You don´t Know what the news Arrivers want, so you don´t Know who is dangerous and if Jack/Locke are in danger.



    Mystery/Curiosity/Doubts/Hints -» (10/10). The 5 flashbacks sequence introduce new mysteries, hints and doubts.



    Surprise/Twists -» (8/10). The beginning of this episode Is about confirmation, but the end have a surprise too.



    Thoughts Changer -» None. Nothing that could trick you or change you thoughts/opinion in something.



    This episode continues to build the plot in a solid and sometime great ways, that make you interesting in what could happen. I don´t think that this episode is better than the season premiere, but it is almost very similar, only a little behind.moreless
  • The writers attempt to shake off their new character curse that was in Paulo and Nikki and introduce the Freighter Folk.

    9.0
    After the perfect set-up episode, "The Beginning of the End", it was now time to move the plot forward considerably the introduction of four new characters and with it new plot threads and situations on the island. Once again LOST manages to inject itself with fresh ideas and concepts, at theright time, keeping audiences interested in the overall saga unfolding. Despite fans knowing late in Season 3 that a Freighter load of new characters would be arriving to the island in the future, the fact that it has now happened hasn't lessened its impact. Each season has had its own focus, both thematically and characterization. Season 1 was focused on the survivors of the Fuselage camp, introducing the basic themes and mysteries of the island, that continue to expand as the series went on, and also focused on the general relationships between this camp of survivors and their attempts to survive on the island and to escape from it. Season 2 focused on the Tail-End survivors, led by Ana-Lucia, the Swan Station and introducing the DHARMA Initiative, more about the Others and the survivors struggles to live on the island on a long-term, perhaps, permanent basis. Season 3 was the focus on The Others and much of the plot threads dealt with them, their lifestyle, their relationships, their intentions and their history. It gave us much more insight into the DHARMA Initiative and how much of an impact they have had on the locations on the island, three new stations and the introduction of time travel and possible salvation from the island, in the form of Freighter lady, Naomi Dorrit. Season 4 is about the Freighter Folk, and like The Others in Season 3, are likely to be the driving force behind all the main plotpoints. But the season also hints at the future when at least six people escape the island.

    The four new characters introduced here are all very unique, the best, perhaps being nervy, scatty Daniel Faraday, whose scientific expertise is likely to tap very strongly into the island's mysteries pretty soon. Being spoilery it is surprising that the other characters haven't revealed as much about the island, as is to be expected. That gripe aside, the new characters are great additions.

    "Confirmed Dead" does go straight to the ultimate question: "What the Freighter Folk want?" and they answer it: Ben! the episode does leave more room for questions, but this is a good start and proves that the writers are not going to dillydally too much before revealing things, as they have done. One of the most interesting plot points of the whole episode and was likely the most discussed part on the forums was the DHARMA Polar Bear skeleton found in the sands of Tunisia!!! Not only did fans question how the polar bear, evidently the sole property of the Island and the Hydra Station we saw at the beginning of last season, got there, arousing all sorts of theories from time travel, teleportation and black holes, but Charlotte's reaction to discovering it. Alot of people rightly guessed that she recognised the Hydra DHARMA logo and was ecstatic to see it, almost as if that is what she had been looking for. Tie that together with the following scene where she loosens herself from dangling from a tree on the island, and whilst in the water, we can see her beaming and almost laughing in delight as she examines her surroundings. As we would discover in Season 5 [Spoiler ahead], Charlotte was once a member of The DHARMA Initiative.

    Also interesting is the opening scene which shows footage of the wreck of Oceanic Flight 815 in the Sunda Trench. This would naturally back up Naomi's story in Season 3, but the writers quickly poke holes in that theory when Frank Lapidus questions the identity of the Pilot. We all know that this is a fake wreck, as we saw the remains of the plane in the last episode as the backdrop for the split amongst the survivors. Perhaps, if we hadn't seen that we would be less inclined to scoff at the news footage. The flashbacks are just as good as the island footage and this is not usually the case. On first viewing, I wasn't sure about the episode. Maybe it was getting used to the new characters and the new situation. But after a couple of re-watches I love it and I think it is a better episode than the premiere.moreless
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Lance Reddick

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  • TRIVIA (13)

    • Goof: Charlotte, hanging from a tree, releases her parachute and plunges into a muddy pond. The next shot shows her under the water in a crystal clear pond. In the following shot she surfaces again in the muddy pond.

    • Number 15: The number 15 can be seen on a poster in the room Miles visits in his flashback.

    • When Miles heads up the stairs to have his discussion with the ghost, the pictures on the wall can be seen in wooden frames. When Miles comes back down the stairs, the frames of the pictures have changed to (synthetic) brass. Additionally, the picture the camera centers on is bigger in the second scene. It also appears that the photos surrounding the focal point photo have also changed. Most notably the photo to the left of the focal point photo, the one that shows a young man entering a car, appears to be something completely different.

    • The Oceanic Airlines Flight 815 Hotline Number 1-888-548-0034 is seen on Frank's television. Calling this number results in an automated message, not a human operator as seen on the show.

    • When Jack and friends are helping Frank Lapidus after he passed out, a big piece of grass is stuck to the cut on his head. The camera cuts to the other side of Frank's face, and when it pans back the grass is gone, yet it has been a fraction of a second.

    • The chopper reads "N842M". 8 and 42 are two of "The Numbers".

    • Island events take place on Dec. 21 and 22 making it days 91 and 92 for the survivors.

    • This is the first episode since Exodus, Part 2 to have flashbacks from more than two people.

    • This is the second episode in which Ben fails to kill someone by shooting them. The first time was in The Man Behind The Curtain when he shot Locke.

    • This is the first episode of LOST where we see a flashback of a character that is already dead, Naomi.

    • The news broadcast supposedly showing the dead body of pilot Seth Morris mentions a quote from the NTSB. The National Transportation Safety Board is a US agency tasked with investigating civilian aircraft accidents, among other things. They typically do not investigate accidents that occur outside the US, but under certain circumstances, exceptions are made.

    • Daniel Faraday's name is based on Michael Faraday who was a famous physicist. This is interesting because Michael Faraday discovered a relationship between light rays and electromagnetism and Daniel mentions the scattered light on the island.

    • We learn in this episode that Frank Lupidus was supposed to be the pilot of Oceanic flight 815, not Seth Norris, the pilot who was killed by the Monster.

  • QUOTES (37)

    • Hurley: You don't wait with warnings. You warn!

    • Jack: Put the guns down.
      Miles: Now why would I do that?
      Jack: Because our friends are out in the jungle right holding a gun at your head and his head, so I'm gonna forget about the misunderstanding, just put the guns down!
      Miles: Come on, how stupid do you think I-
      (Several shots ring out, and Juliet and Sayid come out the bushes with guns aimed at Miles and Daniel. Kate grabs Daniel's gun and aims it at him, but Miles continues to hold him)
      Jack: I don't know, Miles. How stupid are you?

    • Juliet: We were worried when you didn't get back, so we went to the cockpit and tracked you down.
      Jack: Thanks for that, for what it's worth.
      Kate: Somebody could've told me the cavalary were here.
      Jack: I gave you that..wink.
      (Jack and Juliet look amused.)

    • Ben: I know it's not pleasant but, let's face it, you really don't stand a chance now...
      Sawyer: Chance of what?
      Ben: James. Look at yourself. Yes, on this Island you're brave, daring, handsome, you're someone, but if you left with them, back in the real world a low-life scam artist like you could never compete with a first class surgeon. I think Kate was really upset when you made your choice to come with us. Thank God she has Jack there to comfort... (Sawyer attacks Ben)

    • Ben: Mind if I ask you a question, James?
      Sawyer: Yeah I do.
      Ben: Why'd you leave Kate behind?
      Sawyer: Wasting your time, Yoda.

    • Sawyer: (to Karl) Easy kid, guy's just trying to get in your head. Go take a walk or something.

    • Kate: Listen, Naomi was killed but not by us, it was, it was a man by the name of John Locke. He's not with us anymore.
      Miles: Kate, seriously, if I have to ask you again...
      Kate: Even if I took you to her body you wouldn't know what happened...
      Miles: I'll know! Now take me to her body.

    • Dan: Miles, Miles, hey hey hey, what you doing? What are you doing? These are good people.
      Miles: Then why'd Naomi use the damn code? Yeah, you remember when she said tell my sister I love her, well she doesn't have a sister. That's what we're supposed to say if we get captured, have a gun to our heads. Like right now, Jack here would say tell my sister I love her, you get it?
      Jack: We didn't kill your friend.
      Miles: Then take me to her body.
      Dan: Miles, what about Charlotte, what about Frank?
      Miles: Take me to Naomi!

    • Miles: You're not doing your grandmother any good staying here, man. You're causing her a lot of pain. I wanna go downstairs and tell her you've gone, but the only way I'm gonna be able to do that is if you tell me where it is. So where is it?

    • Miles: So you're Kate. You wanna tell me where Naomi is?
      Kate: What?!
      Miles: Naomi! The woman you killed. Where is she?

    • Sayid: You say you are not here on a rescue mission and the world at large believes us to be dead. But here we are alive and well and you don't seem remotely surprised to see us.
      (Miles looking annoyed at Sayid)
      Miles: Ohh my God, you guys were on Oceanic flight 815. (with huge sarcasm) WOW! Is that better?

    • Ben Linus: Her name is Charlotte Lewis! Charlotte Staples Lewis. Born July 2, 1979 Essex, England. Parents David and Jeanette. Eldest of three, all girls. She was raised in Brownsgrove. Did her undergraduate studies at Kent. Took her PhD in cultural anthropology at Oxford. She's here with two other team members and a pilot. Their names: Daniel Faraday, Miles Straum, Frank Lapidus.

    • Charlotte: So you people have been living here this entire time. (to Claire) Is that your baby?
      Claire: Yeah, This is Aaron.
      Charlotte: Did you have him here on the island?
      Claire: Mhm.
      Charlotte: That's amazing!

    • Charlotte: I can't believe you're alive. How many of you are there?
      Hurley: Why do you wanna know?
      Charlotte: Why wouldn't I want to know?
      Hurley: 48 of us survived the crash. That's not counting the tail section ... They're pretty much all dead now.
      Locke: (Interrupting) Hugo!

    • Charlotte: (looks up seeing the group of survivors) Hi.
      Locke: Hi, yourself.

    • Daniel: What happened?
      Frank: We got struck by lightning.
      Daniel: Frank, where's Charlotte?
      Frank: She bailed out just b-before we went down. I don't know where she is.
      Miles: Where's the chopper?
      Frank: I saw a cow.

    • Kate: Dan? Your name's Dan, right? Listen, Dan, I know that you don't want anyone to get hurt, right? So why don't you put the gun away.
      Dan: Because Miles would kill me?

    • Kate: Don't worry, Naomi covered for us. They don't know what Locke did to her.
      Jack: You sure about that? (indicates the gun in Dan's waistband)

    • Minkowski: (on the radio phone) Dan, the chopper com went dead. What the hell happened up there?
      Daniel: Yeah, I don't know, George, there was an electrical storm. All the instruments, I think they just went down. Listen, I made contact with some of the survivors and we just, uh-
      Minkowski: Dan, am I on speaker?

    • Daniel's care-taker: So what happened? They found that missing plane? Dan? Dan, why are you so upset?
      Daniel: I don't know.

    • Locke: I'd probably be dead if I still had a kidney there.

    • Miles: We're here for Benjamin Linus.

    • Sawyer: (To Locke) It's only a matter of time before he gets us, Johnny. And I bet he's already figured out how he's gonna do it.

    • Miles: Wanna know why we're here? I'll tell you why we're here!

    • Ben: John, listen. I have information that you need. I have answers.
      Locke: What is the monster?
      Ben: What?
      Locke: The black smoke, the monster. What is it!?
      Ben: I don't know.
      Locke: Good-bye, Benjamin.

    • Miles: (To Jack) Back up handsome!

    • Daniel: Rescuing you and your people...I can't really say is our primary objective.
      Jack: Then what is?

    • ROV driver 2: Are you getting this?
      ROV driver 1: What? What's up?
      ROV driver 2: It-it's an airplane. Oh my God...it's Oceanic 815!

    • Daniel: I'm Daniel Faraday...I'm here to rescue you.

    • Zip: Magnetometer is picking up a hell of a lot of anomalies down here.
      Ron: A chest full of doubloons?
      Zip: Keep dreaming, Ron.

    • Sawyer: Anyone want to tell me why we're keeping this guy (Ben) alive?
      Locke: We're keeping him alive because he's been on this island a lot longer than any of us. Because he has information we need and because apart from his mouth, he's completely harmless.
      Sawyer: His mouth put that hole in your gut?

    • Miles: (asks about Naomi's body) What are you doing with her?
      Daniel: We're taking her with us.
      Miles: What's the point? That's... that's not Naomi. It's just meat.

    • Naomi: (talks about new partners) With respect, these are the wrong people for a mission like this. None of them have field experience, military training. You can't just drop them in unprotected. It'll be a disaster.
      Abaddon: They're not unprotected. They have you.
      Naomi: There's only so much I can do.
      Abaddon: Your modesty is positively charming.
      Naomi: This is a high-risk covert op in unstable territory. It's dodgy enough without having to babysit a head case (Daniel), ghostbuster (Miles), anthropologist (Charlotte) and a drunk (Frank).
      Abaddon: To be fair, he's also a pretty good pilot.
      Naomi: It's madness.

    • Karl: Keep your mouth shut, Mr. Linus.
      Ben: Karl. Now if you're gonna sleep with my daughter, I insist you call me Ben.

    • Sawyer: Why are we wasting our time going to some shack anyway?
      Locke: Because we're supposed to.
      Sawyer: Right, like you were supposed to throw a knife into that Naomi chick's back?
      Locke: Uh huh...
      Sawyer: You mind telling us who you're getting your orders from, Colonel Kurtz?
      Locke: I got 'em from Walt.
      Sawyer: What the hell do you mean you saw Walt? In a dream?
      Locke: No dream. It was Walt. Only ... taller.
      Sawyer: Taller? What, like a giant?

    • Locke: How do you know all this?
      Ben: Because I have a man on their boat.

    • Dan: The light... it's strange out here, isn't it, it's kind of like, it doesn't, it doesn't scatter quite right.

  • NOTES (8)

    • Zoe Bell is credited as a guest star despite not seeing her on screen. Her appearance merely consists of being a voice on a phone.

    • This marks the first episode without Dominic Monaghan listed as a regular.

    • This is the first episode to feature flashbacks of new characters on the same episode in which they first appear (except of course for the pilot episode).

    • International Air Dates:
      Belgium: September 1, 2008 on VT4
      Denmark: February 15, 2008 on Kanal 5
      United Kingdom: February 10, 2008 on Sky One Ireland: February 11, 2008 on RTE Two
      Australia: February 14, 2008 on Channel 7
      Sweden: February 20, 2008 on TV4
      Norway: March 5, 2008 on TVNorge
      Latin America: March 10, 2008 on AXN
      The Netherlands: March 23, 2008 on Net 5
      Finland: March 20, 2008 on Nelonen
      Poland: April 13,2008 on AXN
      Italy: July 28, 2008 on Rai 2
      Macedonia: October 25, 2008 on A1
      Germany: January 19, 2009 on Pro7

    • Although credited, Harold Perrineau, Henry Ian Cusick, Yunjin Kim and Daniel Dae Kim do not appear in this episode.

    • Ken Leung and Michael Emerson also worked together in the movie, Saw.

    • This is the first episode with Jeff Fahey, Ken Leung and Rebecca Mader.

    • A Daniel, Miles, Charlotte, Frank and Naomi-centric episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (8)

    • Monster: When the group first see Miles lying motionless near his parachute the shot resembles the classic 1963 movie adaptation of Lord of the Flies by William Golding when the shipwrecked children first spot their island's monster.

    • Essex The town where Daniel lives is named Essex and Charlotte lives in a county named Essex. Essex is also a reference to a famous whaling ship that was launched off the coast of Nantucket in 1819. The mission of the ship was to hunt sperm whales in the South Pacific. The ship sank and the crew ended up on an uninhabited island in the Pitcairn chain, where they fed on birds, fruits and vegetation, as well as water from a local freshwater spring, before resorting to cannibalism. The surviving members of the crew were rescued on Day 93. The story is the inspiration for Herman Melville's "Moby Dick".

    • Star Wars
      Daniel tells Kate and Jack, "I'm here to rescue you", exactly like what Luke says to Leia in the 1977 film "Star Wars".

    • Miles.

      Miles is a character in Henry James's The Turn of the Screw who communicates with a dead person who appears throughout the story. In this episode, Miles is shown to communicate with the dead.

    • Locke says Ben has no power except his voice. Gandalf made the same comment about Saruman after removing him from power in Lord of the Rings.

    • Sawyer: You're wastin' your time, Yoda.

      Sawyer calls Ben Yoda on a clear reference to Star Wars series' character Yoda, who is introduced for the first time on the Star Wars movies while living in a hut in a jungle, much similar to what Ben looks in this specific take.

    • Apocalypse Now
      Sawyer asks Locke where he is getting his orders from and then refers to him as "Colonel Kurtz." This is a reference to Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 Vietnam epic Apocalypse Now, as well as the novel it is loosely based on, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. Kurtz was a renegade Green Beret who became insane and stopped taking orders from the military. He is played by a bald Marlon Brando in the film.

    • The character Charlotte Staples Lewis' name is derived from the late Clives Staples Lewis, better known as C.S. Lewis, the late Irish author and scholar known for his writings on Christian apologetics, and most famously, the children's series The Chronicles of Narnia.

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