“primum, non nocere,” – Talking About the Lost Hatch

Good thing Boone went with Locke, and Jack went with Kate – otherwise the story of Lost: Season 1 would have been totally different. Boone wouldn’t have died in the Beechcraft crash. Kate would have never been able to be manipulated, as much as Boone would have been. Kate felt established in the Losties’ tribe. She had tracking expertise, weapon skills and a wily mind. She would have, thankfully, told someone else about the Hatch, leading to no one dying in the Beechcraft.

However, Locke would not have wanted someone, with a mind of their own, alongside him, on this trek. Cult leader Locke needed an impressionable person, like Boone, who was desperate to prove himself. Locke recognized the same gullibility and the same deep need to matter, in himself, as Locke’s dad, Cooper, the con man, rightfully pegged in Locke. Con men and cult leaders.

The whole fascination with a frozen alternate dimension and polar bears, reminds me of the Narrator’s spirit animal dream, in the ice cave, with the penguins – a happy space, that subsequently gets invaded by thoughts of his crush. This was in the movie Fight Club. The connection between fire (or a hot jungle) and ice – polar opposites – seems to have been a big fascination, in the late ’90s. Just look at the opening sequence and thematic plot points of Die Another Day, in the 007 franchise – a film which came out around the same time.

Lost Atlantis and a nuclear submarine sound cool, but they’re not as central to the Island, as the Hatch, one of the Dharma Stations, is. This may be a confirmation bias, but all other ideas sound random, compared to the Hatch – even though frozen donkey wheels, submarines and nuclear bombs do later make it into the series. There’s a time and a place for everything.

At the bottom of the Hatch, is a lair: the underground Swan Station (swan song). A lab rat, Desmond, must press a button, every 180 minutes, or the world will end. It reminds me of an old short story, I wrote in college, before I saw Lost, of an avatar being able to restart the universe, on a set schedule, with the latest updates – like a Windows operating system. This mirrors how the Numbers and the Equation concern the end of all time, in Lost. That and electromagnetic anomalies, in this pocket dimension, are what the Dharma Initiative and Rousseau’s expedition, came to the Island to study.

The Hatch was originally going to be found, underwater – which explains, why polar bears (which can swim adeptly) or an ice bio-dome, or Atlantis, or a nuclear submarine, were supposed to be at the bottom of the Hatch. You can see strains of this, when, in later seasons, the Egyptian statue’s foot, ends up underwater. The Black Rock slave ship and Rousseau’s expedition, both shipwreck, on the island – following in the vein of a seafaring story.

By definition, Atlantis is a lost land in the Atlantic Ocean. Given all the references to LA and Sydney, – despite that one blip, about drug planes, from Nigeria – all hints and clues point to the Island pocket dimension primarily residing in the Pacific – somewhere between Australia and Hawaii. Atlantis is its own legend, a whole other set of myths – and the Island being in the wrong ocean just wouldn’t be on brand, for Lost.

Another axed idea, in the writing room, for the Hatch, was a nuclear submarine, that had run aground, and then been covered by a mudslide. Nuclear submarines, in polar waters, are thematically very Cold War (The Hunt for Red October, with Sean Connery), but the idea of how such a thing would get on the Island, and end up buried, is super unrealistic, and stretches viewers’ suspension of disbelief way too much – even for Lost. The Black Rock – a wooden slave ship and mining ship – flying through the air, on a huge wave, during a storm, and snapping the Egyptian statue, in two, at the legs – only to end up in the jungle, almost completely intact, full of un-exploded boxes of dynamite, will already be a big plot point, to swallow, later on.

The names of some the characters touch on the philosophy of the political science, of the Island. Less government is inherently better, because even though human nature is inherently flawed, more government means more people are held at the whims, of fewer people – and those leaders are inherently flawed. Rousseau, the thinker, is right in that the only solution for human nature, is to keep people as far away from each other, as possible, governance-wise. The few common goods available are governed by the Social Contract, so there is some government – but as little as is functionally possible.

BB: “The Bayleigh Vote”

TYLER IS A SNAKE

Why would Hay cry with Bay, have a house meeting to clear Bay’s name – and then still vote her out?!?

It was crocodile tears on the part of Hay and Fessy. As I said earlier, the only reason they didn’t have the votes, was because Tyler did this Hail Mary pass, with his Cloud app, disillusioning Sam, and making her believe any attempt to save Bay would be useless.

I am sure that if Sam had gone to Bay and said, ‘I’m voting for you to stay,’ Bay would have told Hay and Hay would have gotten Scottie and Fessy to be on-board.

What Foutte doesn’t understand is that you don’t just end up on the right or the wrong side of the vote – you create your own destiny. You create your own majority, your own numbers! This is what Level 6 has been doing from Day One and that’s why they’re cleaning the floor with these Foutte imbeciles.

The only one who genuinely cried for Bay was Sam. Tyler can steamroll all the other n00b NPCs in the house. But if Tyler ever touches Sam – the same way if Bay, had backdoored Scottie – I will never forgive him. Never.

I don’t mind a good villain, but some things just fly over the moral event horizon.

Now Bay is gone for good. I want Sam to stop crying and to fight. Kaycee is a peer and that would be a fair fight. Kaycee is starting tiffs with Rockstar because she’s angry that RS is taking Sam away from her. But your fight isn’t with an elder and a mother of three, Kaycee. If you have any honor, go to the source. You two fight it out and stop moaning and griping behind each other’s backs. Fight or kiss and make up. Geez.

It looks like RS is going to be gone; Sam is going to have to be able to stand on her own two feet and win this thing for herself. The training wheels are coming off. Mom is nowhere in sight!

As for Faysal, crushing him in this critique, just doesn’t feel like a fair fight. He is just – ugh – he has no game-play to speak of. Swaggy said Fessy was his boy, and that once Swaggy was gone, Fessy would “cook” them all. Fessy barely voted for Swaggy to stay and he definitely didn’t vote for Bay to stay. Fessy’s said it himself: the only thing he wants out of this game is Hay(!).

This is ridiculous. You couldn’t have a more useless sack of potatoes. No wonder JC calls Fessy ‘stupid.’ I can’t believe he has survived this far. Hay doesn’t like him; she just likes the male attention she gets from him. I still maintain Brett is better for her. Brett and Hay bring out the best in each other. They have chemistry. They are the best male and female flirts in the house.

Hay and Fessy just seem like a tragic love story (even though Grodner is desperate for a showmance, now that both Swaggy and Bay are gone). Hay recently opened up to Fessy, about being adopted and such, and they got to second base. But it was still Cringe, because all Hay does with Fessy, is pout. He brings out her worst self.

Fessy just seems too desperate with Hay. He knows he has a hot girl and he can’t bear to lose her! If Fessy and Hay were never in the house together, they would have never connected, in the real world.

As for bringing out the worst in Hay, wine in the bathtub, with Tyler, was the lowest common denominator. I said I wouldn’t judge females (or males) that way, but isn’t she proving Sam right, by hoping to get to Tyler, through lust alone?

In the beginning of her HOH week, one convo with Angela, was enough to sway her to nominate Sam. Good thing RS was there, to talk some strategic sense into Hay! Now, Tyler is supposedly not even her target, and she wants Kaycee out. This is the heights of stupidity! This is why half of Twitter wants Foutte gone, so that those who are left can finally start playing the game.

Hay joins the valley of discarded toys, who have been broken by their HOH week – especially if RS goes home this week. Except for Tyler (the first HOH has a bit of a pass, since no one knows anyone yet) and brave-hearted Scottie, the HOH room has brought out the worst in Kaitlyn, Sam, Bay, Angela and now, Hay. Everyone just takes a power trip!

Big Brother is a slower game than Survivor, and that’s just fine, because the conditions of BB are meant to mirror the daily office politics, of real life. A sped-up version of The Sims let’s say. On Survivor, being in the bush, fending for yourself, brings out a person’s true character in a heartbeat.

In the cushy BB house, especially since being a Have-Not is not such a big deal anymore, people’s true selves can simmer under the surface for weeks and weeks. The villain (Tyler) or the floater (Fessy) can sit around for a month, before anyone gets a clue.

If Tyler was on Survivor, like Chris, he would be gone before he could say ‘Surf’s Up, Dude.’ But on BB he gets to sit pretty, until the 11th hour, especially since his HOH win was at the very beginning of the game.

In BB, the only thing that is like the wilderness, that can bring out people’s true face, is the HOH room. Why do you think JC and Kaycee have been avoiding being HOH, thus far? Being HOH forces you to show your cards. It holds a mirror up to your character: will you stir up the pot (Scottie) or just go with the flow, only to be voted out next week (Bay)?

Hay may have a higher IQ, than most people in the house, but her social game, as even she seems to know, rests almost entirely on her looks. Hay knows Tyler is coming after her. Hay knows Tyler knows that she came after him. If it wasn’t for this breather of a HOH week, she would be gone. Next week, Hay, of course, cannot play in the HOH comp. Let’s see if, like Bay, Hay is gone, one week later.

As for Tyler, it’s only too bad, that he was rightly persecuting Bay for having a power, but when he spills the beans on his power, he isn’t being held accountable. Hold another house meeting Sam, except make this one count. Expose the snake!

Sam. Needs. A. GIRLFRIEND