Here we go folks! The scores are in, the leaders have been found and it's time for you to get your LFL fix! Thanks for waiting so patiently these past five days while we made point rulings, cranked out leaderboard charts and all the other content you'll find below. We hope that these Fantasy Updates make your Lost Fantasy League experience all the more engaging. Before you go any further, check out all the LFL-related highlights from Lost's first two episodes in our new, smaller file size audio Fantasy Update here:
Below you will find all the content that comes standard with these weekly LFL posts. We've got my short and sweet episode recaps, all the important point rulings, a detailed breakdown of the scoring for each episode, a little time for our Fantasy Genius of the Week to shine, the stats and tables that will show you where you stand in the overall League and your mini-Leagues, and my half-baked preview for the upcoming episode.
Both episodes were scored separately, as they were two individual episodes and not a two-hour premier. If you have any questions or think we missed some points, please let us know by emailing us at LFLquestions@gmail.com. We will do our best to get back to you as promptly as possible.
Marvin Candle is a Willie Nelson fan. Who knew? The man also now has as many aliases as Puff Daddy. A few more and I think he’ll rival ODB but that’s beside the point. Candle/Chang is shooting a video for yet another DHARMA station when he’s interrupted by a construction worker informing him of a snafu at the Orchid. There they find the excavation crew is melting drill bits against a wall and Daniel Faraday is lugging around air tanks. Yup, sounds like Lost alright.
As if surviving an airplane crash, getting harassed by Others, and fighting off deranged mercenaries wasn’t enough, now the Island is skipping through time and carrying everyone left behind along for the ride. Daniel tries explaining but no one really gets it. Locke, meanwhile, is wandering around looking for the Others, who were with him just a minute ago. He doesn’t find them but he does manage to find his way into the path of a crashing biplane carrying a load of heroin-stuffed Virgin Mary statues.
Locke finds the plane; Ethan finds Locke; Ethan shoots Locke; and the Island skips in time again. On the flip side, the plane has fallen and Richard Alpert knows just where to find a bleeding Locke. He patches Locke up and gives him a compass to give back to him when they meet in the past so Richard knows not to kill him. In the meantime, Daniel is trying to explain the rules of time travel and why they can’t just go to the beach and tell their former selves how to prevent this all from happening. The Island jumps again.
The Swan hatch is no longer a crater this time and Sawyer tried to go talk some sense to Desmond who he hasn’t technically met yet at this juncture. Daniel convinces him that he can’t do that because the rules won’t let him. Everyone but Daniel leaves and he goes and plays inside the rules to give Desmond a message that present Desmond remembers as a memory. Wow.
Life in the present is interesting for the Oceanic 6. Sun is confronted by Charles Widmore, Kate is confronted by lawyers wanting to see if Aaron is really her baby, Sayid and Hurley are confronted by attackers (I’ll never look at a dishwasher quite the same way again), and jack finally shaves that God-awful beard. Desmond and Penny are chillaxing on their boat when Desmond remembers said memory and decides he has to go back to Oxford to find Faraday’s mother.
Oh Lost, what would we do without you?
"THE LIE" in 500 words or less:
The second half of our double-header plops us on Penny’s boat, where Jack bullies everybody into submission and they plan to lie about everything that happened to them after the crash. Then we jump back to the future where Hurley is driving so poorly that even ghost cop Ana-Lucia notices and pulls him over. She gives him some words of advice and an Island Vision blow to the balls with her final quip, “Libby says hi.”
Hurley <3’s Shih Tzus and carries on with his attempt to get both himself and a heavily sedated Sayid to safety. He misses running into Kate at the convenience store by mere seconds. Oh the irony. Kate is also on the run from the lawyers that want to suck her blood. She almost sinks as low as to call Jack but gets a call from Sun instead. They bond in a pent house suite and talk about their kids.
Meanwhile, Ben sends the new and improving Jack back to his house to pack up anything from “this life” that he holds important because he’s never coming back. Ben takes Locke’s corpse to a butcher shop where one of his minions is in place and ready to stash the body in the freezer. Man, does this guy have connections or what?
Hurley takes Sayid to his parents’ house (which is probably still technically his house) but the cops show up looking for Hurley. His dad lies to the cops and takes Sayid to Jack, who calls Ben to explain what’s going on. Jack gets Sayid back on his feet and gets choked briefly for his efforts. Ben shows up at Hurley’s pad to take him to Jack and Sayid so they can all go back to the Island. Wouldn’t you know it- Hurley heeds Sayid’s advice and does the opposite of what Ben wants and gets himself arrested, exactly what Ana-Lucia told him not to do. Poor Hugo.
Things are no less crazy on the Island, which is still hopscotching through time. Frogurt annoys the crap out of everyone, including the people hiding in the jungle. They take him and a few other redshirts out with an impressive volley of flaming arrows. Chaos ensues, leaving Sawyer and Juliet wandering the jungle alone. They get snatched up by a seriously pissed off British guy and two goons but Locke puts an end to it all with a few well placed rocks and the return of his knife-throwing prowess. So much for Daniel’s precious rules about not changing the past.
In the last scene, Ben approaches a mysterious woman with a fetish for physics and old computers. Turns out it’s Ms. Hawking- the one who told Desmond he couldn’t change the past and marry Penny. She tells Ben that he’s only got 70 hours left to get the Oceanic 6 together and make a beeline for the Island. Yikes.
POINT RULINGS FOR EPISODE 5x01: “BECAUSE YOU LEFT”
1) The opening scene was ruled an on-Island flashback for Marvin Candle (or whatever he is calling himself this week). This is pretty self-explanatory. He was the focus and the events took place in the past, thus the flashback decision.
2) The events of the Oceanic 6 and the events of the Left Behinders are considered dual presents. Events on the Island will not count as flashbacks unless presented in a traditional flashback format. Events off the Island will not count as flashforwards unless presented in a traditional flashforward format. As was presented in this episode, each story line is progressing in a linear fashion. Unless those story lines include pauses for non-linear segments of background information (i.e. traditional flashbacks and flashforwards) flashback and flashforward points will not be awarded.
3) During both episodes there were scene clips shown while characters were talking that depicted events from previous episodes. These portions of the episode are not considered flashbacks. We consider these re-usage of old scenes “memory snippets” that are inserted in the episode by the producers purely for audience purposes. They reinforce what a character is saying by providing a visual representation of their words. These memory snippets will still count for most point categories. Future elaboration on which point categories may or may not be covered in these memory snippets will occur on an as-needed basis.
4) Marvin Candle and Daniel Faraday earn New Person Points for bumping into each other in the Orchid. If it is determined at any point this season that either Daniel or Marvin had prior knowledge of the other’s existence, then the points will be removed.
5) Sawyer and Daniel are not given points for meeting each other. Despite the fact that Sawyer has never met Daniel before, his knowledge of other members of Charlotte and Miles’ freighter crew disqualifies him from New Person Points when meeting Daniel. Similarly, Daniel knew about the group of Losties who had ventured to the Barracks and is therefore disqualified from earning points for meeting Sawyer.
6) Locke is deducted points for the worst degree of his injuries sustained during the scene where he is shot and falls to the ground. In cases where requirements are met for more than one Injury Deduction category, we will take the worst injury sustained and apply it to the entire scene for that specific character. Locke is shot by Ethan (a major injury) but then also falls out of the tree (a minor injury). Since this all happens as a part of one scene, we rule the entire scenario an extended injury “session” and only dock points for the worst injury sustained. For Locke, that is getting shot in the leg.
7) Similarly, Sayid is only docked for two kills and sustaining a major injury for his fight at the safe house. Despite causing and sustaining minor injuries during the entire scene from punches and kicks, Sayid is only punished for the worst degree of his sustained and inflicted injuries. He killed two men and was shot with a tranquilizer dart. That equates to two Kill Deductions and a Major Injury Deduction.
8) Ethan earns New Person Points and Virgin Discovery Points for finding John Locke. As John and the rest of the Left Behinders had jumped to a point in time before Flight 815 had crashed on the Island, Ethan had never met John Locke before. Ethan was headed to check out the crashed plane in the canopy and stumbled upon Locke by dumb luck. This qualified him for both New Person Points and Virgin Discovery Points.
9) Both Sun and Charles Widmore receive points for the Numbers during their scene at the airport. On the wall behind them there is a clock. On that clock you can clearly see the numbers 4 and 8. Because two numbers must be present to qualify for Numbers Points, both Sun and Charles received points.
10) Kate earns New Person Points for meeting the lawyers seeking a blood sample from both her and Aaron. They sought her out but that is within the rewritten rules on New Person Points.
11) Sayid and Hurley earn New Person Points for encountering their attackers at the safe house.
12) Hurley does not earn New Place Points for visiting the safe house. Sayid told him up front that they were going someplace safe, implying a safe house. This disqualifies Hurley from those points.
13) Locke does not lose points when Richard pulls the bullet out of his leg. While it caused Locke pain, Richard was helping save Locke’s life, sparing them both from Injury Deductions.
14) Charlotte and Miles get credit for appearing on screen with a DHARMA Logo. During the scene that starts focused on the Swan logo in the rubble crater, the camera cranes up until everyone is present stand by the edge of the crater. While the logo appears to fade into darkness on my TV screen, we are giving the points to Charlotte and Miles because the logo was a reference point and it would likely still be visible in a hi-def screencap.
15) No Centricity Points were awarded for this episode. Our definition for centricity (see rule book) was not met and there wasn’t sufficient emphasis on any one character or group of characters to merit awarding centricity.
POINT RULINGS FOR EPISODE 5x02: “THE LIE”
1) The opening scene on Penny’s boat is considered an Off-Island Flashback for all nine characters present. No one character was the focus of the flashback, so everyone present got credit for and Off-Island Flashback.
2) “The Lie” is considered a Hurley-centric episode. Because there was particular focus on Hurley during the episode, Episode Centricity Points were awarded to him. This bends the rules regarding our definition of centricity but we felt the emphasis made it clear that “The Lie” was Hurley-centric.
3) Charlotte is not penalized for her headaches. Her bloody nose in “Because You Left” was the first evidence that she is suffering from time travel sickness. Unless she is cured of this sickness and then gets it again, she will not be penalized again for it. Time travel sickness is going to be considered an extended, sustained injury. If a character got a fever that lasted three episodes, we wouldn’t dock them points if they cough each episode. Injury Deductions are applied when the injury first becomes apparent.
4) Kate earns Numbers points when Jack’s cell phone number appears on her phone. The numbers 15 and 23 are present in his phone number.
5) Kate and Aaron earn points for encountering the Numbers in the elevator. The numbers 15 and 16 are visible on the left hand side of the elevator as they are walking in.
6) Neither Jack nor David earns New Person points for meeting in the parking garage. They met each other at the Oceanic 6 press conference, disqualifying them from points.
7) Sayid choking Jack does count as an injury. When Sayid came to, he instinctually lunged at Jack’s throat. Little damage is actually done but it counts as a minor injury. Sayid loses points for inflicting it and Jack loses points for getting injured.
8) Near the end, when Locke saves Sawyer and Juliet from the men with guns, Locke is charged with a Killing Deduction and a Minor Injury Deduction, while Sawyer is charged with a Minor Injury Deduction. Locke hit two of the men with rocks. The one that was bloodied got back up and was killed by Locke’s knife. The other didn’t show signs of blood on his face, so it is considered a minor injury. Sawyer tackled the third man and punched him in the face. As no blood was evident, he is docked for inflicting a minor injury. If either man shows blood on their faces as a result of these injuries, Sawyer and/or Locke will have their deduction corrected to match the severity of the injuries they inflicted.
9) Ms. Hawking earns points for encountering the Numbers on her computer screen. Several of the Numbers appear in different places on her computer monitor I her secret lair with the pendulum.
If you think we missed anything or would like additional clarification on any of our rulings, please send us an email!
SCORES FOR EPISODE 5x01- "BECAUSE YOU LEFT":
APPEARS IN SOMEONE ELSE’S FB (+10): Daniel Faraday (appears in Marvin Candle’s FB)
APPEARS IN EPISODE (+5): Kate, Desmond, Sayid, Sun, Ben, Aaron, Hurley, Jack, Frank, Charles Widmore, Penny, Richard, Juliet, Sawyer, Charlotte, Locke, Miles, Bernard, Rose, Ethan, Marvin Candle, Daniel Faraday
ABSENT FROM EPISODE (-5): Abaddon, Walt, Mr. Paik, Cassidy, Clementine, Rachel, Diane, Ji-Yeon, Michael’s Mother, Carmen, David, Margo, Sarah, Cindy, Emma, Jacob, Smokey, Harper, Vincent, Zack, Michael, Kelvin, Keamy, Libby, Alex, Roger, Charlie, Rousseau, Goodwin, Arzt, Mikhail, Boone, Horace, Nadia, Bea, Shannon, Tom, Eko, Annie, Ms. Hawking, Jin, Claire, Christian
ENCOUNTERS A DHARMA LOGO (+5): Desmond (Swan); Ben (Orchid); Richard (Staff); Juliet (Swan); Sawyer (Swan); Charlotte (Swan); Locke (Orchid); Miles (Swan); Marvin Candle (Swan, Generic DHARMA, Orchid); Daniel (Generic DHARMA, Orchid, Swan)
ENCOUNTERS NEW PERSON, PLACE OR THING (+10): Kate (the lawyers); Sayid (his attackers); Hurley (his attackers); Ethan (John Locke); Marvin Candle (Daniel); Daniel (Marvin Candle)
ENCOUNTERS CHARLES WIDMORE (+15): Sun
FIRST LINE IN EPISODE (+10): Marvin Candle
FIRST ON SCREEN (+15): Marvin Candle
GETS A MAJOR INJURY (-15): Sayid (shot with tranquilizer dart); Charlotte (nose bleed due to time travel); Locke (shot in the leg by Ethan)
GETS A MINOR INJURY (-5): Daniel (slapped by Sawyer)
INFLICTS A MAJOR INJURY (-10): Ethan (shoots Locke in the leg)
INFLICTS A MINOR INJURY (-5): Sawyer (slaps Daniel)
NICKNAMED BY SAWYER (+5): Charlotte (Ginger); Daniel (Whiz Kid, Danny Boy, Dilbert); Sawyer (the Ghost of Christmas Future)
KILLS SOMEONE (-20): Sayid (both of his attackers)
KISSES SOMEONE/GETS KISSED (+15): Kate (kisses Aaron); Desmond (kissed by Penny); Aaron (kissed by Kate); Penny (kisses Desmond)
LAST LINE IN EPISODE (+10): Desmond
LAST ON SCREEN (+15): Penny
MAKES A VIRGIN DISCOVERY (+20): Ethan (for discovering John Locke)
ON-ISLAND FB (+10): Marvin Candle
TRAVELS BY CAR (+5): Sayid (driving to the safe house); Hurley (riding with Sayid to the safe house); Marvin Candle (ride to the Orchid)
ENCOUNTERS THE NUMBERS (+20): Sun (4 & 8 appear on wall clock behind here); Charles Widmore (4 & 8 appear on the wall clock behind him); Marvin Candle (15, 16 and 23 appear on the sonar image of wheel)
VISITS A DHARMA LOCATION (+5): Ben (Orchid); Richard (Pearl); Juliet (Swan); Sawyer (Swan); Charlotte (Swan); Locke (Orchid, Pearl); Miles (Swan); Ethan (Pearl); Marvin Candle (Barracks, Orchid); Daniel (Swan)
NOTE: Daniel’s score will be adjusted to give him credit for visiting the Orchid next week.
SCORES FOR EPISODE 5x02- "THE LIE":
APPEARS IN EPISODE (+5): Kate, Desmond, Sayid, Sun, Ben, Aaron, Hurley, Jack, Frank, Penny, Ji-Yeon, Carmen, David, Juliet, Sawyer, Charlotte, Locke, Miles, Bernard, Rose, Vincent, Daniel, Ms. Hawking, Jin
ABSENT FROM EPISODE (-5): Abaddon, Walt, Mr. Paik, Cassidy, Clementine, Charles Widmore, Rachel, Diane, Michael’s Mother, Margo, Sarah, Richard, Cindy, Emma, Jacob, Smokey, Harper, Zack, Michael, Kelvin, Keamy, Libby, Alex, Roger, Charlie, Ethan, Rousseau, Goodwin, Arzt, Mikhail, Boone, Horace, Nadia, Bea, Shannon, Tom, Eko, Annie, Marvin Candle, Claire, Christian
ENCOUNTERS A NEW PERSON, PLACE OR THING (+10): Juliet (her captors); Sawyer (his captors)
EPISODE CENTRICITY (+25): Hurley
FIRST LINE IN EPISODE (+10): Hurley
FIRST ON SCREEN (+15): Frank
GETS A MAJOR INJURY (-15): Sawyer (twig punctures his foot)
GETS A MINOR INJURY (-5): Jack (choked by Sayid); Charlotte (falls while running from the flaming arrows)
HAS AN ISLAND VISION (+30): Hurley (sees Ana-Lucia)
INFLICTS A MINOR INJURY (-5): Sayid (chokes Jack); Sawyer (punches one of his captors); Locke (hits one of Sawyer and Juliet’s captors in the face with a rock)
NICKNAMED BY SAWYER (+5): Daniel (Dr. Wizard)
KILLS SOMEONE (-20): Locke (kills one of Sawyer and Juliet’s captors with a knife
LAST LINE (+10): Ms. Hawking
LAST ON SCREEN (+15): Ben
MAKES A VIRGIN DISCOVERY (+20): Juliet (happens across her captors); Sawyer (happens across his captors)
OFF-ISLAND FB (+15): Kate, Desmond, Sayid, Sun, Aaron, Hurley, Jack, Frank, Penny
TRAVELS BY CAR (+5): Kate (running away from lawyers); Sayid (rides in his car; rides in David Reyes’ SUV; rides in Jack’s Bronco); Aaron (rides in Kate’s car while fleeing lawyers); Hurley (drives Sayid’s car two different times); Jack (drives in his Bronco); David Reyes (drives his SUV)
ENCOUNTERS THE NUMBERS (+20): Kate (23 and 15 appear in Jack’s phone number on her cell phone; 15 and 16 appear in the elevator); Aaron (15 and 16 appear in the elevator); Jack (4, 8 and 15 appear on a hospital instrument); Ms. Hawking (8 and 23 appear together on her computer screen)
This week's Fantasy Genius is WILD HOGS from DocArzt's site. WILD HOGS' team put up an impressive Week 1 total of 290 points. Not only are they the Fantasy Genius of the week but they are also our first official league leader! Congratulations!
WILD HOGS's team: Sawyer, Rose, Hurley, Penny, Ji-Yeon, Ethan, Nadia and Daniel
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Episode 5x03 is titled "Jughead." Aside from an Archie Comics character reference, I have no clue as to what this title could mean.
If we speculate that the last scene of "The Lie" was a clue or lead into the next episode, then I would have to guess that we'll be focusing on Ben's struggle to get the Oceanic 6 together in 70 hours or less. Seems like an awfully short amount of time, but I'm sure Ben is up to the challenge. This could mean another big week for those off-Island characters.
Whether I'm right or wrong, we'll see just what "Jughead" has in store soon enough. Come back next week for all the scores stats and extras we throw your way.
Namaste and good luck!