Here we are, two weeks and three episodes into Lost's 5th season and we're already on a record-setting pace for points in the Fantasy League! Our current leader is now 1,100 points shy of the overall total earned by last year's champion lostobsessed. At the rate these episodes are accruing points, we'll pass that mark by mid-season!
So what did "Jughead" do for your Fantasy Team? The answer is either very good or very bad- I think the only episode to involve fewer League Characters was "The Constant!" Be sure to check out all of the content below (and check out the latest audio update right here on your left) because there were a number of points adjustments and rule amendments made over the last week. Most characters came out of these adjustments for the better but be sure to read up on the changes because they will probably come into play a lot more this season.
Also, be sure to read through the official LFL Rule book, posted at the end of this post. 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. Also, before emailing us your questions, be sure to read through all of the rules and important point rulings as most of the answers to your questions can found there.
"JUGHEAD" in 500 words or less:
Dan, Miles and Charlotte (henceforth referred to as DMC) and two Redshirts are traipsing through the woods and heading to the creek. When they get there they don’t find anyone or anything but a few well-placed land mines. The Redshirts become Deadshirts and I want to yell out “Run DMC!” so bad. No running to be had though as they are surrounded by bow-and-arrow wielding natives and taken to their camp.
Locke and Sawyer get a Latin lesson from the two natives (who turn out to be Others) and Juliet and start marching them through the jungle. Juliet gets one to agree to take them back to their camp by name-dropping Richard Alpert. The other swiftly snaps his neck and bolts into the brush. Locke refuses to fire at him because he’s got a soft spot for Others past, present and future.
DMC are led to a former military camp now serving as the plush accommodations for pre-DHARMA New Otherton. The conspicuously culturally and ethnically diverse DMC manage to convince all of them that they are scientists with the US Military and have come back for their hydrogen bomb. So much for the Others being smart. Daniel is pulled apart from Miles and Charlotte to go render the bomb inert but not before declaring his love for Charlotte. Young Mr. Jones comes running out of the jungle and sets up a groan-worthy sight gag about how Locke couldn’t possibly have tracked him. Natch, Locke is there looking at the camp. He gives Sawyer and Juliet 10 minutes to hide before alerting the Others of their presence and possibly getting them all killed. Way to be a team player John.
Faraday checks out the bomb, named “MacGuffin”- er, I mean “Jughead”- and says that they just need to bury it. Ellie, who’s about as imposing as Taylor Swift with a bad braid job, is the only one seeing through the ruse, so Daniel blows her mind by telling her he’s from the future and the Island doesn’t glow in the dark, so burying it will do just fine, thank you.
Locke meets a young Charles Widmore (Jones), chats time and space with Alpert, gives him the compass and tells him to come check out his birth in two years. It undoes most of the “specialness” slapped on Locke in “Cabin Fever,” which is fine by me. Sawyer and Juliet sneak up on Ellie and Daniel and before anybody’s conversations get to deep the Island does the time warp again. Everyone is fine except for Charlotte who passes out and gets one hell of a nose bleed.
In the present, Desmond hits the town and meets a dead end at Oxford, Daniel’s vegetable ex-girlfriend and science experiment, pops in to see his father-in-law and finds out his day of searching for Faraday’s mom got him nowhere (but dropped some nice hints for us) and he has to pack up the family boatster and head to Los Angeles.
SCORING ADJUSTMENTS FOR EPISODE 5x01 “BECAUSE YOU LEFT”:
We have amended the rules for encountering new people. League Characters are no longer disqualified from earning points for meeting new people if they already know members of their group. They can now earn points for meeting a significant individual from a group they already know about as long as they know nothing about that specific individual they are meeting.
Thus, Sawyer and Daniel have each been awarded 10 points for meeting each other.
SCORING ADJUSTMENTS FOR EPISODE 5x02 “THE LIE”:
After finding out that “Jones” is actually a young Charles Widmore, several things have changed-
1) Widmore earns 5 points for appearing in the episode.
2) Because we see that both Widmore and his comrade have blood on their faces, Widmore is docked 15 points for receiving a major injury. Sawyer and Locke both have their “Inflicting Minor Injury” deductions changed to “Major Injury Deductions,” resulting in an extra 5 points being taken from each of them.
3) Locke, Juliet and Sawyer all earn 15 points for encountering Widmore.
4) It was revealed that Sawyer shouted to everyone that they should meet at the creek. Because of this, the Others were out looking for the Losties and Juliet. This disqualifies Sawyer and Juliet from their “Virgin Discovery” points costing them each 20.
5) Locke earns New Person points and Virgin Discovery points because he happened across Widmore and his cohorts by chance.
6) Widmore earns New Person points fro encountering Sawyer and Juliet in the jungle. He also gets New Person points for encountering Locke. The points are separate because there was enough time between encountering Sawyer and Juliet and encountering Locke. Also, Locke was traveling alone and not with the group.
POINT RULINGS FOR EPISODE 5x03: “JUGHEAD”
1) This is just a general reminder that in order to qualify for New Person points, the new person in question must be significant in some way. The doctor, janitor and receptionist in this episode were not considered significant. If a person initially deemed not significant later comes to play a larger role, we will go back and adjust the scores accordingly. The same applies for New Place and New Thing points.
2) Giving birth does not count as an injury. Despite the pain Penny was in and despite the fact that Desmond said there was blood, Penny is not charged with an injury deduction.
3) Desmond gets Numbers points. Thanks to a few screencaps, it was clear that the numbers 42 and 8 appear on the physics department sign.
4) Desmond gets New Thing points for the picture of Daniel and Theresa. It was significant in that it showed a connection to Daniel’s past that Desmond was able to follow up on. Desmond does not qualify for Virgin Discovery points for it though because he had been in Daniel’s office before and there is a chance the picture may have been there at the time.
5) Desmond earns New Person points for meeting Abigail Spencer. He went out looking for Theresa and was surprised to meet Abigial. Because he wasn’t expecting her, we’re considering this a new person encounter. It does not count for Virgin Discovery points, however, because Desmond had come to that location on purpose.
6) Desmond does not earn points for meeting Theresa. Desmond was made aware of her by the janitor and the picture.
7) Widmore encounters are like visits- they carry over to the next episode. Sawyer, Juliet and Locke are not credited with a Widmore encounter for their scenes with him at the beginning of the episode.
8) Dan, Miles and Charlotte do not lose points for falling to the ground when the land mines are going off. They did a “duck and cover” maneuver and were not thrown to the ground by the blasting of the mines.
9) Dan, Miles and Charlotte all earn New Person points for meeting their captors. Via the change on the Sawyer-Faraday ruling, they qualify for points despite knowing about the Others as a group.
10) Dan, Miles, Charlotte, Sawyer, Juliet and Locke all earn points for encountering a new place- the Others camp. To earn points for a new place, League Characters need only be within eyesight of the new place.
11) Because it is Richard Alpert in the past, he earns points for encountering Dan, Charlotte and Miles (as a group) and also for meeting Locke.
12) Dan, Charlotte and Miles all earn New Person points for encountering Richard. They had never met him. If any of them are shown to have known about him beforehand during this season, we will remove the points.
13) Richard, Locke and Daniel all get points for encountering Widmore. Charlotte and Daniel are disqualified from these points because an encounter is an up-close thing. They were in a tent halfway across camp.
14) Daniel does not get New Thing points for encountering the bomb. He knew about its presence before he got to the tower.
15) Sawyer and Juliet do not get New Person points for encountering Ellie. They spotted her from afar when Sawyer hatched the plan to free Faraday. As an encounter is an up-close ordeal, they were too far away to qualify for the points.
16) Sawyer and Juliet get New Thing and Virgin Discovery points for the bomb. They were coming to save Daniel and weren’t aware of the bomb (as evidenced by Sawyer’s reaction).
17) Charlotte does not lose points for the nosebleed but does lose points for falling over. The nosebleeds are part of an ongoing sustained condition as a result of the time-jumping. However, her fall is considered a minor injury.
SCORES FOR EPISODE 5x03- "JUGHEAD":
APPEARS IN SOMEONE ELSE’S FLASHBACK (+10): Penny (appears in Desmond’s Off-Island Flashback)
APPEARS IN THE EPISODE (+5): Desmond, Charles Widmore, Penny, Richard, Juliet, Sawyer, Charlotte, Locke, Miles, Daniel
ABSENT FROM EPISODE (-5): Kate, Sayid, Sun, Ben, Aaron, Hurley, Jack, Abaddon, Frank, Walt, Mr. Paik, Cassidy, Clementine, Rachel, Diane, Ji-Yeon, Michael’s Mother, Carmen, David, Margo, Sarah, Cindy, Emma, Jacob, Bernard, Rose, Smokey, Harper, Vincent, Zack, Michael, Kelvin, Keamy, Libby, Alex, Roger, Charlie, Ethan, Rousseau, Goodwin, Arzt, Mikhail, Boone, Horace, Nadia, Bea, Shannon, Tom, Eko, Annie, Marvin Candle, Ms. Hawking, Jin, Claire, Christian
ENCOUNTERS A NEW PERSON PLACE OR THING (+10): Desmond (Photo of Faraday and Theresa; Abigail Spencer); Charles Widmore (Daniel Faraday); Richard (Freighter Folk, John Locke); Juliet (Hostiles’ Camp; H-Bomb); Sawyer (Hostiles’ Camp; H-Bomb); Charlotte (her captors, the Hostiles’ camp, Richard Alpert); Locke (the Hostiles’ camp); Miles (land mines, his captors, the Hostiles’ camp, Richard Alpert); Daniel (his captors, the Hostiles’ camp, Richard Alpert)
ENCOUNTERS CHARLES WIDMORE (+15): Desmond, Richard, Locke, Daniel
EPISODE CENTRICITY (+25): Desmond
FIRST LINE IN EPISODE (+10): Desmond
FIRST ON SCREEN (+15): Desmond
GETS MINOR INJURY (-5): Charlotte (falls over after passing out)
IS NICKNAMED BY SAWYER (+5): Daniel (“the geek”)
KILLS SOMEONE (-20): Charles Widmore
KISSES OR GETS KISSED (+15): Desmond (Kisses Penny in three different scenes); Penny (Kisses or kissed by Desmond in three scenes)
LAST LINE IN EPISODE (+10): Daniel
LAST ON SCREEN (+15): Daniel; Charlotte
MAKES A VIRGIN DISCOVERY (+20): Juliet (H-Bomb); Sawyer (H-Bomb); Miles (land mines)
OFF-ISLAND FLASHBACK (+15): Desmond
ENCOUNTERS THE NUMBERS (+20): Desmond (42 and 8 appear on the Physics Department door)
**NOTE** Daniel was incorrectly given New Person/Place/Thing points 4 times this week instead of the proper 3. This will be corrected with next week's scores.
This week we had two Fantasy Geniuses of the Week! Siddy from DarkUFO and Sister's Team from Lostpedia earned top marks for "Jughead" and earned a whopping 365 points each. Way to go!
Siddy's Team: Miles, Bernard, Desmond, Penny, Rachel, Libby, Mikhail, Daniel
Sister's Team's Team: Miles, Smokey, Desmond, Penny, Ji-Yeon, Rousseau, Horace, Daniel
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The next episode is titled "The Little Prince." I'm pretty sure it's an allusion to the novella The Little Prince or Le Petit Prince as it was originally called. I am currently reading through a translation of the book, though I have recently found out it is an early translation with several errors in it. Ah well. It's a pretty weird and interesting read. And it's short. If you have a few hours between now and the episode's airing, give it a whirl. If you can wrap your head around Lost, you can handle The Little Prince.
That being said, I'm not sure what from the book will relate to Lost. The book involves taking a look at perspective and they way we see and infer things. There are plenty of fantastical elements and some general weirdness so just about anything could probably make its way into the world of Lost.
From the previews it looks like we'll be getting back to the Oceanic 6 and their mission of sorts to return to the Island. The title makes me immediately think of Aaron but only because he is a small child. It might just be a red herring. I certainly can't imagine an Aaron-centric episode. Then again, we just spent an episode without Jack, Kate or Ben in it, so I guess nothing is off limits.
What will this episode have in store for your Fantasy Team? Methinks you'll just have to come back and see next week!
Namaste and good luck!
And as promised, here is the offical LFL rule book. Happy reading!