Archive for May 20th, 2010

Getting Lost (Redux): The Constant

“The Constant” is arguably the most popular episode of Lost ever, which in a lot of ways is quite astonishing. Unlike “Through the Looking Glass,” which had a twist that anyone could have anticipated getting a big reaction from fans, “The Constant” is a mythology-heavy time-travel plot involving one character who wasn’t a regular castmember for the show’s first two seasons, and another who was never a regular. Nevertheless, Desmond and Penny, largely because of this episode, became the most compelling romantic relationship on the show for a lot of viewers.*

*This doesn’t say much for the Jack/Kate/Sawyer triangle, or Charlie/Claire, or Sun/Jin, which were set up from the show’s very beginning.

Desmond’s time-traveling ability had been known since “Flashes Before Your Eyes” in Season Three, but whereas that was a more straightforward flashback, “The Constant” cuts back and forth. He has become “unstuck in time” thanks to a storm that interrupts the helicopter flight back to the freighter. The odd time-properties of the Island* cause people who have recently been exposed to radioactive energy or electromagnetism (like say, in an electromagnetic explosion) to lose their grip on time. Continue reading

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat 2, Week 7 Power Rankings

“Is it annoying because I won most of them?” —Laurel

“Mandi is screaming at Wes to keep up…that’s one for the record books. Now Wes knows how Casey felt.” —Evelyn

For a Wes-hater like myself, you really couldn’t ask for a better episode. First, his relationship with Theresa was derailed when she found out—via Evelyn—that Wes and Kelly Anne were not as finished as he had led her to believe. Evidently, they hooked up the weekend before Fresh Meat II started and Wes promised her he wouldn’t get involved with anyone on the show. After finding this out, Theresa went from believing that Wes is a “good guy” to thinking he is kind of shady.

This shadiness also came back to haunt Wes in the game. Continue reading