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The Lost Art of War


Didn't see that coming.

Tonight's episode demonstrated a few predictable phenomena:

  • You can catch more Losties with children than you do with beatings and sublymonalsubliminal programming. Of course, Michael is shown thereby to be a compensator who can easily be manipulated into fairly elaborate, or at least cold-blooded intrigues.

  • The quickest way to a fat man's brain is through his heart. It doesn't take righteous indignation; all it takes is a poor dude, stammering about injustices at a funeral.

  • Few objects of worship are more compelling, to the rational and mystical mind alike, than a well-placed coincidence. And so Eko joins the Church of Craphole Numerology. 4 8 15 16 23 42.

Now remember...
There are five qualities which are dangerous in the character of a general.

If reckless, he can be killed.
If cowardly, captured.
If quick-tempered you can make a fool of him;
If he has too delicate a sense of honour you can calumniate him;
If he is of a compassionate nature you can harass him.
      -Sun Zi, The Art of War

Boy, are they screwed.



( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 22nd, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
Well Jack's leading them. OF COURSE they're DOOMed. Except Jack and Kate, because the writers see fit to keep them alive.
May. 22nd, 2006 05:27 am (UTC)
The Good Ones
SIKRIT Manual for Teh Oth3rz:

1. ZOMG stay awake from Eko he hitz hrd n stuf n ur brain will hurt. YA RLY.
2. Get Jak n Kat n Sawyur coz they r hawt.
3. Also get Hurlee coz hez funnee.

May. 22nd, 2006 05:31 am (UTC)
Re: The Good Ones
so why not the philosophe locke?

this whole cool kids list thing is a bit odd
May. 22nd, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
The Others' Objective
Locke was Henry's mission, or so he says. It all depends on what you think the objective is.

  • Sperm and ova: Highly implausible since if they had the means to arrange for most these people to be on the plane (probably), to crash it without killing them (maybe), after they had had all these orchestrated experiences (perhaps), I think it's likely that they could have captured these people on individual raids or while they were off on various exploratory quests. There does seem to be an emphasis on infants and children, though - Sun and Jin's, perhaps, not just Claire's son and Walt.

  • Prisoners to trade: Implausible because they have always had more to bargain with, and the four from the list (even Hurley) are dangerous enough to be a strategic target for assassination rather than for capture, if that's all it was about. Besides, they had them when they drew them out after Michael to come after Walt (which is a good enough reason for letting Michael escape after the raft was torched).

  • Prisoners to brainwash: Occam's Razor argues against this - why not just conduct a raid as with the Tailies? But then, it argues against the premise of the whole show.

  • A group of "conditioned" people: More plausible. They are apparently able to surveill more effectively than is evident from Henry's account or his capture and escape. Goodwin was the one whose mission (perhaps self-assigned) was to get Ana, and presumably would have she discovered him and killed him. We can see that he was under a "turn or kill" directive. Similarly, Ethan went and got Claire; Beard-Man tracked the raft and captured Walt (who seems to be important in his own right, or they would have stopped to fish Michael out of the water). Meanwhile, Jack and Locke have been surrounded, and Kate taken, without being "accepted". My point is that it's not just who they want, but in what state of mind and experience.

  • A programmed sequence of events: The implication seems to be that the whole island is a series of experimental sites, and that the Swan consists of semi-controlled psychological experiements. What protocol is being deliberately enacted? We know the timer is part of it, as is letting it run down (or letting people think it did). I do believe these are part of the conditioning I mentioned above.

If the Others are really short on resources and outnumbered, I have to wonder if they are actually stranded somehow, or in hiding from some mainland faction or enemy of the Hanso Foundation. The air drop, among other things, is a baffler.

May. 22nd, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)
Next: Lost and the way of the five rings?
May. 22nd, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)
Book of Five Rings
No. Lost and the Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana, of course.

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