Lots to talk about this week! We've made several adjustments and corrections to the scores and there were many important point rulings this week, so be sure to read through everything. If there's still something you don't understand, shoot me an email.
Interestingly enough, "316" followed "This Place is Death" a little too closely. The episode was popular with the fans but was nearly abysmal in the points department. "316" sets a new low for the season, with only 40 total points. This total will go up when I make a correction next week (Sayid was marked absent by mistake) but still- these big, fantastic episodes aren't doing so hot in the overall scheme of things (as far as the LFL is concerned). Ironic, isn't it?
As I said, be sure to check out all the content below. If you skip over it, you may be confused about more than a few things. Making points adjustments and corrections can do some funny things to our database. If, for some reason you previous ranking or overall score doesn't look quite right, it's because the adjustments caused a few hiccups with how that data is presented. Aren't computers wonderful?
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"316" in exactly 316 words:
No, that’s not recycled footage- Jack’s back on the Island! Hurley’s struggling to stay afloat below the waterfall, so Jack dives in head first. Much to the chagrin of Skaters everywhere, Jack doesn’t break his neck. He surfaces, saves Hugo and wakes Kate up too.
Forty-six hours earlier, Ms. Hawking shows off a DHARMA station as if she were on MTV Cribs. She breezes her way through DHARMA, electromagnetism, and windows in the space-time continuum; all of which will help them get back to the Island. Jack, Sun and Ben are all interested but Desmond’s all “Screw you guys, I’m going home!”
Hawking tells Jack that they need to play dress-up and recreate the passengers of Flight 815 as much as possible, so Jack needs to put something of his father’s in Locke’s coffin. Jack thinks it’s crazy and pouts. Ben gets all biblical on him and takes off, probably to kill Penny but God I hope not!
Jack hits the bar and pays a visit to his grandfather. Considering Jack is in his 30s and Christian’s gotta be pushing 60, Ray Shephard looks mighty good for a man his age. Jack goes home and finds Kate in his bed, moping. He promises to never ask what she did with Aaron and they do the no pants dance. It’s a hollow victory for Jaters though as Kates seems to royally hate his guts now.
The next day, Jack ties Locke’s new shoes and takes him to the airport. Sayid and Hurley are surprisingly both there and the Oceanic 6 minus Aaron prepare for their return trip. Ben just makes the flight, looking like all hell broke loose on his face. Frank Lapidus is the pilot and figures out what’s up.
The sky flashes. Jack wakes up and saves Hurley and Kate. No one remembers crashing. Adding to the confusion, Jin pulls up in a DHARMA van.
POINT RULINGS FOR EPISODE 5x06: “316”
1) The church itself is considered a DHARMA location. Whether the church was built to hide the Lamp Post or the Lamp Post was built underneath the existing church, they exist at the same location. It works on a similar principle as the Orchid. The greenhouse itself is not the Orchid. The Orchid station is far underground at the greenhouse site. Characters have earned points for visiting the Orchid by visiting the greenhouse but without actually setting foot inside the actual station. As a result, the church and the surrounding grounds now qualify as a DHARMA location because of the presence of the Lamp Post.
2) No one gets points for visiting a DHARMA location for this episode. Because the church grounds now count as a DHARMA location, Sun, Ben, Desmond and Jack are having their points from “This Place is Death” adjusted because their visit to the church/Lamp Post began in that episode.
3) Ms. Hawking doesn’t qualify for DHARMA Location points. She never established a presence away from the church and surrounding grounds between “The Lie” and “This Place Is Death.” It is possible that she never left the church during that time. This doesn’t matter though, as the rule book states that a presence must be established away from a location to qualify for additional visit points.
4) Only Ms. Hawking gets points for encountering the Lamp Post logo. I looked for any screencaps that might show anyone else on screen with the Lamp Post logo but I could find none. While everybody saw the logo, only Hawking appeared on screen with it.
5) No New Place points are earned for the Lamp Post in this episode. Because the church and the Lamp Post have been lumped together as a location, the station itself cannot qualify as a new place because everyone came there at the end of the previous episode.
6) Kate and Jack lose Major Injury points for being knocked unconscious during the return to the Island. It is unclear if there was an actual plane crash just yet, btu both Jack and Kate lost consciousness through whatever happened. Hurley did not claim to have woken up in the lagoon, only that he was suddenly there, so he does not lose points.
7) Jack doesn’t lose points for jumping off the waterfall cliff. He wasn’t hurt by it.
8) Points for going in the water are only awarded once per specific instance per episode. Jack, Kate and Hurley do not double up because the scene was shown a second time.
9) The opening segment was ruled a flashforward. Since most of the opening segments have been what we call the “flash segments” this season, Jack waking up on the Island is considered a FF that we catch back up to by the end of the episode.
10) The FF is Jack-centric. This was the first clearly centric opening segment. It started with Jack and followed him explicitly. He was also the focus of the off-Island segments so both the episode and the FF are considered Jack-centric.
11) Jack and Kate have sex. It was heavily implied enough for us to credit them with SEX points.
12) Jack earns Numbers points twice. The first time they appear inside the binder Hawking gives him. He also earns points later on as the Numbers 15 and 42 appear in the airport. Sun was also on screen at the airport and got Numbers points as well.
13) Ben receives a Major Injury deduction. Despite not seeing his injuries take place, he clearly didn’t have them earlier in the episode.
14) The woman accompanying Sayid and the man in the section of Flight 316 with Jack and the rest are not being considered significant enough to merit New Person points just yet. If we see them and they play an important role in upcoming episodes, then we will revisit the scenes where they are present.
15) Jin gets points for encountering two different DHARMA logos. A bit of his elbow was visible with the van’s logo as he drove up. He was also wearing a noticeably different logo on his jumpsuit.
IMPORTANT POINT ADJUSTMENTS FOR 5x02 “THE LIE”
1) Ben and Ms. Hawking get credit for visiting a DHARMA location. Even though we didn’t know there was a DHARMA station in the church, Ben and Ms. Hawking still get credit for visiting it.
2) Ms. Hawking encounters a DHARMA logo. Thanks to some screencaps, it is evident that a log (perhaps for the Lamp Post) appears on her computer screen when she is just barely on screen.
IMPORTANT POINT RULINGS FOR 5x05 “THIS PLACE IS DEATH”
1) Desmond, Jack, Ben and Sun get points for encountering a DHARMA location. Because the church and Lamp Post station are inseparable physically, the church grounds count as a DHARMA location, even though the station itself is hidden.
2) Rousseau’s score has been corrected to reflect the two sets of Kiss points she earned.
3) Daniel’s score has been corrected, giving him credit for appearing.
Season 5 Episode Scores
Episode 5x06 Scores
NOTE: THIS WEEK I ACCIDENTALLY MARKED SAYID AS ABSENT. THIS WILL BE CORRECTED WITH NEXT WEEK'S UPDATE.
APPEARS IN SOMEONE ELSE’S FLASHFORWARD (+20): Kate (Jack’s); Hurley (Jack’s)
APPEARS IN THE EPISODE (+5): Kate, Desmond, Sun, Ben, Hurley, Jack, Frank, Locke, Ms. Hawking, Jin
ABSENT FROM EPISODE (-5): Sayid**, Aaron, Abaddon, Walt, Mr. Paik, Cassidy, Clementine, Charles Widmore, Penny, Rachel, Diane, Ji-Yeon, Michael’s Mother, Carmen, David, Margo, Sarah, Richard, Juliet, Sawyer, Charlotte, Miles, 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, Annia, Marvin Candle, Daniel, Claire, Christian
CHARACTER HAS AN EYE CLOSE-UP (+10): Jack
ENCOUNTERS A DHARMA LOGO (+5): Ms. Hawking (Lamp Post); Jin (Generic DHARMA, new unknown logo)
EPISODE CENTRICITY (+25): Jack
FIRST LINE IN EPISODE (+10): Hurley
FIRST ON SCREEN (+15): Jack
FLASHFORWARD (+20): Jack
GETS A MAJOR INJURY (-15): Jack (loses consciousness); Kate (loses consciousness); Ben (bloodied and beaten by something as of yet unseen)
GOES IN THE WATER (+5): Jack, Hurley, Kate
HAS SEX (+20): Jack, Kate
KISSES SOMEONE/GETS KISSED (+15): Jack, Kate
LAST LINE IN EPISODE (+10): Hurley
LAST ON SCREEN (+15): Jin
TRAVELS BY CAR (+5): Jin
USES OR ENCOUNTERS THE NUMBERS (+20): Jack (several Numbers appear in folder/binder given to him by Hawking; Numbers appear at the airport); Sun (Numbers appear at the airport)
Congratulations to our Fantasy Geniuses of the Week! With so few characters present in "316," there were nine Fantasy Teams claiming Genius of the Week Status with 165 points each. While it may not be the biggest single episode take we've seen so far this season, 165 points is nothing to sneeze at. Congratulations to the following:
Ali's-Kats: John Locke, Vincent, Jack Shephard, Frank Lapidus, Sarah (Shephard), Rousseau, Tom, Jin Kwon
Ehiemstra: John Locke, Rose Nadler, Jack Shephard, Frank Lapidus, Ji-Yeon Kwon, Charlie Pace, Boone, Jin Kwon
Jose Javier: John Locke, Rose Nadler, Jack Shephard, Frank Lapidus, Ji-Yeon Kwon, Charlie Pace, Tom, Jin Kwon
Piak's Pirates: John Locke, Bernard Nadler, Jack Shephard, Frank Lapidus, Ji-Yeon Kwon, Michael Dawson, Boone, Jin Kwon
ToDoSeries Team: John Locke, Vincent, Jack Shephard, Frank Lapidus, Ji-Yeon Kwon, Keamy, Tom, Jin Kwon
Aadasa: John Locke, Vincent, Jack Shephard, Frank Lapidus, Carmen Reyes, Michael Dawson, Tom, Jin Kwon
Baldufilla: John Locke, Jacob, Jack Shephard, Frank Lapidus, Ji-Yeon Kwon, Libby, Mr. Eko, Jin Kwon
los mas LOST: John Locke, Jacob, Jack Shephard, Frank Lapidus, Ji-Yeon Kwon, Charlie Pace, Boone, Jin Kwon
Barksdale: John Locke, Jacob, Jack Shephard, Frank Lapidus, Sarah (Shephard), Keamy, Horace Goodspeed, Jin Kwon
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WARNING: This section contains the title of the next episode and some conjecture on what it might mean. If you consider this sort of information to be spoilerish, then do not continue. If not...
The next episode is called "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham." On the left is the real Jeremy Bentham. Yes, that a head at his feet. His head actually (a wax head sits on his shoulders). Kinda creepy, eh?
Somehow I doubt that the next episode of Lost is going to be about this Jeremy Bentham. I think it's been made clear by all the previews that we're getting a heavy dose of Locke, likely filling in the gap between fixing the wheel and when we first saw him in the funeral parlor. From the looks of it though, Locke won't be getting a wax head.
If this is indeed a Locke-heavy episode, there's a chance that we'll spend the whole episode in flashback to get us all caught up to speed. This means that the On-Island groups might be out of luck two weeks in a row. Since it's been established that Locke visited the Oceanic 6 when he left the Island, I'm thinking we might see some of our Off-Island folk.
Those who picked Locke might be cringing because this episode is sure to be bad for their team. Unless Locke hits a tidal wave of points, he could be left performing just north of breaking even. Call it a hunch, but something in the episode title makes me think our Island wonderboy might bite the dust.
Be sure to come back next week and see how this highly anticipated episode affects your Fantasy Team.
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