Temporary Lost Recap: Dead Men Talking

Wednesday, April 15 by

About time we got a Miles episode. In this one, we dive into more of his background and exactly how he came to the island.  He and Hurley also form an unexpected friendship back in 1977, as they discuss Miles and his father. Meanwhile Roger Linus isn’t resting easy over the loss of his son, and Kate makes a blunder that could cost her and her friends their preciously kept secret. This week’s Lost is right after the jump.

Episode 13: Some Like It Hoth
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Gifted
A young boy asks his mom for a quarter for the vending machine as she’s negotiating with a landlord over the price of an apartment.  He runs off and she calls after him to not run, Miles.  He starts to walk and passes the pool, coming over to the vending machine and looking around him, noticing something strange. His eyes lock on the door of Apartment 4, and he picks up the key from under the stone bunny in front of the house.  Later, he calls for help from his mommy, who comes rushing to him to find he’s in the apartment of a Mr. Vonner, who’s passed out on the floor not moving. She asks Miles what he was doing here, and he says that the man was alone and kept calling out for Kimberly. They ask Miles what he’s talking about, and the landlord asks how he knows of Kimberley, Vonner’s wife who died last year.  “He’s still talking,” Mile says, staring at the motionless body.

Circle of trust
Sawyer calls Miles to let him know that the security feeds from the pylons need to accidentally be erased.  Miles looks at them on his monitor and asks what he’s doing there with Kate. Sawyer doesn’t answer and says that they don’t have time – they need Miles’s help. He agrees, and then Sawyer tells Kate to go find Juliet back at the camp.  At the camp, Horace comes down to Miles surveying the security cameras.  Horace hands him a package and says that he’s bringing him into the circle of trust, because Sawyer’s not around. Miles takes the package – it’s going to Razinski in Grid 334; hostile territory. He asks Horace about it, and all he says is, “Welcome to the circle of trust.”  Miles heads out and is driving along in the blue van, when he comes across a Razinski, pointing a gun at him. He stops the car and gets out under the vigil of the man and hands the package to him, telling him Horace said there was something else for him.  Razinski unrolls a body bag out on the floor.  Two men carry a dead man out of the bushes, a bullet wound in his forehead. Miles asks about it, but all he gets in response is that the man fell into a ditch, and he can’t ask anymore questions.  They load the man into the bag, then the van, and Miles watches from the driver’s seat as the trio of men walk away. He opens up the body bag and looks at the still figure. “Okay…so what really happened?”

“Somewhere you can never go.”
A young Miles knocks on a door, and to the woman in her forties who answers he says, “ I need to see her.” He goes into a bedroom where his mom is lying on a bed, passed out.  She greets him weakly, and he says he’s sorry that he couldn’t arrive sooner.  She asks why he came, and his answer is that he needs her to tell him why he’s this way – how does he do the things he do?  He also wants to know about his father and why she never talks about him – and her answer is that he never cared about her, and he can’t go looking for him because he’s dead.  Apparently, he kicked her and Miles out of the house when he was a baby.  “Why didn’t you just tell me?”  Miles asks, on the verge of tears.  His mom’s response is that it’s over, and he’s been dead a long time.  He asks where his body is, and her only words are, “Somewhere you can never go.”

I see dead people
Horace asks Miles if he brought the body – he needs to take it Dr. Chang at the Orchid.  Miles says that he doesn’t want to do this – but Horace doesn’t give him a choice.  Miles walks over to the van to find Hurley loading big metal boxes into it; and he’s going to the Orchid too.  Miles tries to tell him he can’t use it, until finally Hurley clues in. He asks if Miles is going on a secret mission, and Miles tells him to get in the truck.  Hurley’s writing in a notebook, and he asks if he’s writing his memoirs.  “It’s personal,” Hurley says, closing the book.  Hurley asks if Miles just…you know.  Miles denies the fart, and Hurley rolls down his window, but the smell doesn’t leave.  He says something smells foul, and Miles pulls over when he says it a few more times. Hurley uncovers the body bag in the backseat, and tells Miles.  He asks Miles who he is and what happened to him.  “His name’s Alvarez…he was digging a hole, thinking about some chick named Andrea.  Then he felt a pinch that was his tooth blowing right out of its socket into his brain.”  Hurley asks how he knows, and Miles will only tell him, “I just know.”  “You can talk to dead people,” Hurley says instantly. Miles climbs back into the truck and Hurley assures him that his secret’s safe with him, because, you see, he can do it to.

Denial
Kate comes back to the camp to see Juliet and informs her that Ben is okay.  They’re interrupted by Roger coming into the house, and he sees the empty bed, immediately asking, “Where’s Ben?…Did he…?”  They assure him that he’s not dead, and Roger storms out to call security, furious that they’ve lost his boy.  After he’s gone, Juliet says, “Well…here we go.”  Outside, Roger pounds the beer cans as he swings on the swing set.  Kate comes by, says hi, and Roger wordlessly waves back at her.  She asks if he’s okay, and Roger says, “I’m pretty far from okay.”  Kate says she’s sure things are gonna work out, and Roger says, “Well…thanks for the pep talk.” Kate cracks open a beer too, and says she has a feeling he’s gonna be okay; she just doesn’t think he should give up hope.  Roger stares into her eyes and asks if she knows anything – then gets up along with her and demands to know why she’s so interested in his kid.  Kate says she was just trying to help, and Roger says if she wants to help she should mind her own business.  Inside a classroom, Jack is cleaning the chalkboards when he’s interrupted by Roger, who’s come into clean, because he was supposed to clean this room today.  Jack says he figures he’d make it easier on him.  Their conversation leads to Ben, and Roger doesn’t want to talk about it. He kicks Jack’s mop bucket away easily, and the good doctor is about to leave before Roger asks her if he knows Kate.  “I’m gonna tell you somethin’, man, I’m beginning to think that she’s got something to do with this,” Roger says.  “What do you think?”  he asks Jack.  Jack says that Roger’s had a hell of a day, but just because he’s drunk doesn’t mean his crazy ideas are right. Jack says that he knows Kate – and she would never do anything to hurt Ben. “Sure,” Roger quips, wheeling away the cleaning supplies.

An offer Miles can’t refuse
In a flashback, Miles talks to an old man about his son; he’s here to communicate with the man’s dead son, but unfortunately for him, the body was cremated and the ashes scattered. “It’s much better if there’s a body,” Miles says.  The man, with tears in his eyes, says all he wants to know is if his boy knows he loved him.  Miles asks for extra and the man pays him a couple hundred more.  Miles grabs his hands and bows his head, coming back up with his eyes closed.  “Your son says he knew that you loved him,” Mile says.  “He always knew.”  He gets up, says “sorry for your loss’” as the man thanks him, and then leaves to his car.  Naomi all of a sudden comes over and hands him her card, saying her employer’s interested in his unique services.  “Absolutely,” is Miles’s answer.  She takes her to a closed restaurant and in the back in the kitchen she unzips a body bag and tells him to tell her what he can about this man.  Miles approaches the body and closes his eyes.  “Name’s Felix…he was…on his way to deliver something to uh…guy named Widmore.”  “Deliver what?” Naomi asks, stepping forward once. “Papers, photos, pictures…of…empty graves…a purchase order…for an old airplane.”  He’s done, and Naomi zips the bag back up.  Miles asks if he passed.  Naomi tells him she’s leading an expedition to an island, and she needs him with her – to help hunt down some people, some of them dead.  Mile says that as much as hunting mass murderers sounds tempting, it’s not really his thing. He starts to leave, until Naomi offers him $1.6. He decides to stay.

Father figure
In the car, Hurley finally gets Miles to admit that he can talk to dead people.  He explains how he does it, and Hurley says that when he talks to dead people, they chat and sometimes play chess.  Miles says that’s not how it goes, but Hurley says he’s only jealous that his power’s better than his.  They arrive at the Orchid and unload the boxes.  “Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone about the body,” Hurley blurts out. Dr. Chang is furious, and says Hurley will go to Hydra Island to go on Polar Bear feces detail if he whispers a word about this to anyone.  He walks off and Hurley tells Miles he thinks that Dr. Chang is a total douche. His eyes red, Miles says softly, “That douche is my dad.” Later, as they’re eating lunch, Miles won’t talk to Hurley about it.  He finally presses it out of him – he found out his dad was here about three days after they arrived on the island.  Dr. Change comes by, and him, Hurley, and Miles head out in the van.  Hurley starts to make small talk, and then brings the subject around to how Miles has the same name as Dr. Chang’s son.  Hurley says they should all get together for a beer sometime, and neither Dr. Chang nor Miles answer. Instead, Dr. Chang tells Hurley to stop, and opens a gate fully covered by foliage.  The van drives through it and to a construction site and Dr. Chang gets out, telling them they can leave; he’ll catch a ride back with Razinski.  Hurley looks around the construction site and notices some people pounding away numbers on a metal door. As he watches, the people pounding away call out the numbers. “4 8 15 16 23…” The last number is smudged, but Hurley says it aloud before they finish.  Miles asks how he knows it, and Hurley turns to him. “They’re building the hatch that crashed our plane.”

Empty
Walking out of a restaurant, Miles is intercepted by some men in a dark van who grab him and drag him inside. “Miles, my name’s Bram…we had to try our best to talk you out of working for Charles Widmore.”  They tell him not to get on the boat, and ask him what lies in the shadow of the statue, but he doesn’t know. They tell him that because he doesn’t know, he’s not ready to go yet.  Miles tells them that if they want him to pass on going to the island, they have to double what Naomi paid him. “All the money in the world isn’t going to fill that empty hole inside you, Miles.”  They toss him out of the van, and tell him he’s playing for the wrong team; they’re on the team that’s gonna win.  Back on the island, Hurley explains to Miles all about the Hatch.  The conversation veers to Miles’s dad, and Hurley gets too pushy again – he says it should be awesome that Miles’s dad is still around in this time, because he never knew him while he was alive.  Miles says that he doesn’t want to hang out with his dad or know him – and he doesn’t even know why he’s telling Hurley this.  “Because you’re in pain and you need to let it out,” Hurley says.  Miles insists that he’s not in pain.  He grabs away Hurley’s notebook, saying that he’s going to look into his personal business too.  When he starts reading, though, it’s nothing but The Empire Strikes Back, written by Hurley.  Hurley’s plan?  Give it to George Lucas, since it’s 1977 and Star Wars Episode V hasn’t been written yet. “That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard,” Miles says, handing the notebook back to him.  Hurley grabs it away roughly. “Well, at least I’m not to afraid to talk to my dad.”

Dead and gone
Later, Miles comes by to see Mr. Gray, the man whom he helped with his son, and says that he’s about to go on a boat trip for awhile, so he needs to give him back his money.  The man asks why Miles told him; why didn’t he just let him believe him?  “Because it wouldn’t have been fair to your son,” Miles says.  “If you needed your son to know that you loved him, you should have told him while he was still alive.”

Reconciliation
Sawyer comes back to his house to find Juliet and Jack waiting for him.  They tell him about Roger’s suspicions, and Sawyer’s first reaction is to be pissed at Kate for being so careless.  Jack excuses himself, and Sawyer thanks him.  He goes outside to watch Jack walk away, and he’s approached by someone – who tells him they’ve got a development – they know who took the kid.  He pulls a video tape out of his backpack and says, “You.”  Sawyer leads him back into the house and asks if he’s told Horace yet.  The man replies no, and Sawyer knocks him out cold with a swift punch.  Later that night, Hurley and Miles step out of the van back at camp.  Hurley apologizes for being so mean to Miles, and says he used to hate his dad too – when he was ten.  The best thing he ever did was give him a second chance. “I was a baby, I never knew him.  It’s not happening.”  Hurley starts to talk about Luke Skywalker– he got his hand cut off because he didn’t know how to talk to his father the right way.  It all worked out in the end, but at what cost?  “The Ewoks sucked, dude,” Hurley says, walking off.  Miles walks across the camp to observe his mother and father in their home, cradling a younger baby Miles in their arms as they read him a story.  Dr. Chang comes out of the house and Miles starts to walk away, but Dr. Chang calls him back – new scientist recruits have just come in on a sub.  At the dock, Miles watches as a familiar face steps up out of the sub.  It’s Faraday, and he recognizes Miles!

Review
First of all, whoa, Daniel’s back in 1977 and recognizes Miles! Nice cliffhanger. Second of all, what a gyp to make us believe that it really mattered that much who exactly was in the body bag with last week’s teaser. In either case, this was, surprise surprise, another great episode of Lost. Hurley and Miles’s friendship is touching and never seems contrived, and the scene at the end where Hurley talks to Miles about Episode V while also trying to make him feel better didn’t reek of the usual clumsy efforts by screenwriters to cram pop culture references into a plot. It felt real. Not to mention the next scene, where a teary-eyed Miles shares a sort-of reunion with his father.  Roger Linus is also deepening as a character and it’ll be interesting to see where exactly his character leads in the next few episodes, and how he’ll affect the events of the island.  And what’s with the shadow of the statue? This is the second time in three episodes that somebody’s mentioned it. In the end, this episode was just another in a pretty long line of awesome Lost episodes. Nothing too spectacular about it, though some little tidbits like watching the hatch get built were extra icing on the cake.

-Thomas Anderson
aka MovieBuzzReviewDude. Check out his movie/media/pop culture blog here.

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