Today's Free Essay
by Charlie W. Starron Lost
The tail goes one way and the head another. Locke stands up and helps; then, by firelight, the invisible dino-tron rips trees from the roots and Merridoc cum Charlie says, “Terrific” but isn’t very happy. We watch the flashback twenty times or so, letting character thicken plot. The rain–“day turning into night, end-of-the-world type weather”–is a baptism. Forty-eight survivors plus one, not including the captain, who wakes and dies (from one flight too many) so he can get back to Alias. And that’s only the first hour.
Jack and Kate lead but don’t claim to be leaders (after she puts him in stitches on the side), though he sees dead man walking and she’s a criminal. Bears and boars hound them though Vincent survives without a scratch and with quite a gloss on his coat. Sayid works on a boom box to capture Rousseau’s chart topper–sixteen years and playing strong. Claire … read more»
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