Live Blogging LOST (Episode 14, Season 3)

As FRANK suggested in the comments (great line by the way), I was not kidnapped by THE OTHERS. GoDaddy decided to stop hosting the site for an hour and half. Needless to say, they suck and will be hearing an earful from an angry TV addict tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who took part in the lamest live blog ever (considering I was only blogging for 8 minutes). I apologize, and promise to make it up to you next week. That said, here are my thoughts on tonight’s bizarre yet brilliant. Please post away with yours.

In their recent official LOST podcast, showrunners Damon Lindeloff and Carlton Cuse pleaded for patience from their frustrated fan-base. Promising that the seemingly useless Nikki and Paulo had a purpose on the island, and their March 28 flashback episode would explain everything. In fact they went as far to say that after tonight’s episode, Nikki and Paulo would become iconic characters in the LOST canon. Having just finished watching tonight’s episode, I’m inclined to agree with Lindeloff and Cuse. Nikki and Paulo won’t soon be forgotten, but not in a positive way. Nikki and Paulo will forever be known as the most useless castaways in the history of television.

Was this some kind of sick joke perpetrated by the LOST writing staff? Did they ever have a plan for Nikki and Paulo or were they always going to be characters on the periphery? Was Nikki’s line three minutes into the episode a mea-culpa on behalf of the writers, “I’m just a guest-star… and we all know what happens to guest stars.” Seriously folks, what am I not getting here?

After weeks of waiting to learn something, anything about Nikki and Paulo, viewers were denied the opportunity to watch them interact in ‘real time’ with their fellow castaways. From the moment the episode started, Nikki and Paulo were immobilized (thanks to a killer spider) leaving us to learn everything we could from their flashbacks. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the flashbacks β€” thrilled to see the return of Shannon, Boone, Ethan and Dr. Artz. I was simply hoping for something more.

What did we really learn about this mysterious couple? They were con artists (there’s a trend!). Nikki seemed to be in charge. Again a trend in the world of LOST (see: Sun/Jim, Penny/Desmond) And finally, that Paulo was a pretty awful guy (deciding to not warn Jack, Kate and Sawyer about Benry Gale’s plan to kidnap them, not cool!). Other than that, they pretty much kept to themselves, spending most of their time ignoring the mystery around them and focusing on their missing luggage.

Which of course I don’t blame them for. If I had eight million dollars worth of diamonds hidden in my luggage, I’d be pretty intent on finding it as well. After-all, they’re marooned on an island β€” do they really have anything better to do? But to survive a horrific plane crash, hunger, starvation, those pesky others AND a black smoke monster β€” all to be killed (presumably) by your own greed. it’s so awful it’s almost funny.

I said almost funny, because in the end, the jokes on us viewers. Lindeloff and Cuse fooled us again! How much more did you expect from this episode? Here’s hoping that Nikki and Paulo weren’t buried alive, because let’s face it β€” they’ve got a lot of explaining to do.

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  • plinstrot

    I’ve read the spoilers for tonights episode (which I won’t reveal here), I’m just gonna say don’t get your hopes up for an episode anywhere near last weeks Lock episode. As long as you don’t expect too much I think you’ll enjoy it alright.

  • Ausiello confirmed the death tonight.

  • Common Sense

    Let’s hope I’m not too delirious to remember the blogging, after the whirlwind which is Sanjaya just prior. If they vote him off, I may blow up a hatch.

  • rlw

    “…and we all know what happens to guest stars.” Cracked me up! I’m glad she’s right!!!

  • Common Sense

    I love Keile Sanchez. Sorry we didn’t get to know her better. Wonder what she buried. And wonder who she was running from. Hmmmmmm.

  • Frank

    This episode is off to a great start. oh and Paolo is Xerses (the villan) from 300!

  • Any guesses as to how many OCTOBER ROAD commercials we’re going to see?

  • rlw

    OMG, Shannon and Boone……ah the good ol’ days!!

  • rlw

    OMG, Shannon and Boone……ah the good ol’ days!!

  • Frank

    i want o go back to season one and see if Nikki wa really in that crash scene

  • Frank

    im loving this mini mystery!

  • Common Sense

    What the FRAKKKKKKK?????

  • rlw

    Man seeing all the old Losties (Artz WTF!) makes ya realize how good we had it in season one!

  • Common Sense

    And, P.S., during the commercial break….. The fat, curly-haired guy deserved to go home on Idol. He’s been awful the last two weeks.

  • rlw

    Wow this ep. is super meta!

  • Frank

    i like how this episode is making fun of the crazyness on the show

  • Common Sense

    Agree, Frank…and the three “detectives” are on the case.

  • Frank

    did The TV Addict get kidnapped by the Others? He hasnt posted in 20 mins

  • e-z-e

    I feel like I am watching Forest Gump! Between the producers inserting Nikki and Paulo into season one history and Paulo having to visit the potty, I don’t know… this ep started great, but is losing momentum!

  • Common Sense

    Great episode. Thought provoking mysteries…

  • rlw

    Oh, I does love me some Desmond! This is shaping up to be a pretty freakin’ good ep. IMO!

  • Common Sense

    Love Sawyer.

  • rlw

    Wouldn’t it have been easier to hide the diamonds if you didn’t keep them in those stupid dolls?…I’m just saying.

  • Common Sense

    HOLEY COW!! THEY’RE STILL ALIVE????!!!!!

  • rlw

    Holy Shit she was saying paralyzed!!!!!!

  • Man, these two are the ultimate losers.

    And, even the spiders hate them.

  • rlw

    This was my fav. ep. yet!!!!

  • Frank

    amazing episode! sure they borrowed some elements from Romeo and Juliet and the Twilight Zone- but still it was a fantastic story.

    Im not even mad this episode was basically filler! Nothing regarding the plot was reveled, but i was entertained the whole way

  • Wow. Buried alive. I wonder if the makers of the show had that fate for Nikki and Paulo planned all along. Did they go to the trouble of introducing them just to kill them in an interesting way? Or, did they mean to use those characters for better purposes, never got around to it, and then killed them to please the fans?

    Great, more questions. πŸ˜‰

  • Hey Everyone.

    I apologize for the lack of updates. For some reason, the site has been down for me for the past hour and half. I did a quasi… live blog and I’m writing up my thoughts now. I’m so sorry and rest assured I’ll be calling GoDaddy right now to yell at them!

    Thanks for everyone who took part in the lamest live blog ever! I need a new hosting company. If anyone has any suggestions, post away…

  • Tim

    I can’t believe people liked this ep. IMO, worst episode of the season. Carlton and Damon have been preaching patience for weeks on Nikki and Paulo, because, in the end, they would become iconic characters. I’m sorry, but killing them off in a somewhat interesting way doesn’t make two of the most useless characters on TV “Iconic” to me. It just makes them lamer. I can’t believe TV Guide said this ep would have people buzzing.

  • Common Sense

    From what I just read, Carlton & Damon received such an immediate and unexpected backlash from (“so-called”) fans against the pretty new duo, they never eve got a chance to develop their characters. I, for one, am just SICK of the fans complaining about every little detail, demanding this or that. And also sick of people just abandoning the show altogether. Folks, LOST is the best and most-innovative drama in TV history (name me another, if you disagree). It’s time to just trust the creators who’ve given us such a treasure, and just sit back and enjoy each hour. ABC needs to add more episodes each season, as well.

    A friend at work pointed out that the DOG realized the two were still alive….he kept pulling the blanket off the bodies.

  • Tim

    I don’t buy that they didn’t have time to develop the characters. There are like 7 eps left of the season, how much more time did they need? Surely they hadn’t planned on using the last 3rd of the season developing their characters?

    And also, neither were signed up for next season, Rodrigo didn’t want to do more than a season and Kiele is signed on for another ABC pilot.