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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.10
Ok, I'll admit it, I laughed from start to finish. If Nikki and Paulo were meant as an elaborate in-joke by the Lost writers, then I bit. If not....well, did Kiele Sanchez or Rodrigo Santoro recently get pulled over for DUIs?



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.71

I loved it.

"the seeds of crime bear bitter fruit."

I thought it had a very R&G Are Dead feel to it.

and now, next week can't get here soon enough.





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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.76
So Paulo wasn't taking a dump in the Pearl after all....

I wanted to like that episode, but...I don't know. It was nice to see Billy Dee and Leslie Arzt again - Shannon and Boone...not so much. An interesting change - all of the flashbacks, except the very first one where Count Dooku was poisoned, took place on the island. Now, being that Nikki and Paulo didn't work for NASA, probably weren't card-carrying members of MENSA, or PHDs, how did they poison the old guy and make it look like heart failure? There's probably some medical stuff that I can't grasp. Of course, keeping in line with the island mentality that prohibits the sharing of pertinent information, Paolo doesn't mention to anyone that he overheard Ben and Juliet talking about his fellow survivors. Granted, he doesn't know Ben and Juliet from Ethan and Mikhail....but still, it probably would have helped someone had he mentioned it, or maybe even told Sayid, "Say, my Iraqi brother, check out this walkie-talkie I found," even if he lied about where he found it. No plot advances, it seems, except it was good of Charlie to tell Sun about the kidnapping.

So....they were buried alive then? You'd think the crew would have waited more than eight hours before throwing the dirt on...
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.17
This was probably my least favorite episode of the season. Least favorite of the series even, perhaps.

1) This was basically a glorified clip show. It worked when they told the story of the Tailies because there was a lot of drama and story to unfold. Things that we had yet to learn about. Here, it was like they were just rehashing what had already happened and what Nikki and Paulo happened to be doing at those times. I'd have to go back and look at my season 1 and 2 DVDs to see if they were actually in all of these scenes in the first place, but I get the feeling that there was at least SOME Forrest Gump-esque cutting and pasting going on.

2) This show kinda makes a traveshamockery of the LOSTies' struggles to reveal all of the islands mysteries. In the span of like 20 minutes, Nikki and Paulo discovered two hatches, the plane that killed Boone, dead bodies underwater, Ben's need for surgery, etc. etc. etc. Meanwhile, it took everyone else 2-3 seasons to learn all of this. No, I'm not so dense as to not realize there was a ton of fast forwarding going on in this episode. That's not the point. The point is that the relative ease they seem to have in coming across these things cheapens everything we've been through so far. Plus, I know they had a mission of their own in finding those diamonds, but you think they could have spoken up about some of these things. They could have saved some lives.

3) Fucking Wikipedia ruined the whole episode for me. Early on in the episode (right after the first commercial break) I was chatting with a friend about Paulo about something or another (I think I was merely trying to see if his name was spelled Paulo or Paolo) so I looked him up on Wikipedia and came across this article. I don't know who edited this page and when they did it, but it contains screenshots and plot points from TONIGHT'S EPISODE. By :15 after the hour, I already knew they stole $8 mil in diamonds and that they were going to be buried alive after being bitten by venemous spiders that temporarily paralyzed them. This point may be what really killed the episode for me.

Even if this is my least favorite episode of the season/series (the Jack tattoo episode is actually probably my least favorite), it was still a decent episode. Maybe I'm just a fanboy.

What was the deal with the walkie talkie Sawyer found? Did I miss that explanation?

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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.07
    Originally posted by StingArmy
    What was the deal with the walkie talkie Sawyer found? Did I miss that explanation?

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It was the one Paulo found when Juliet and Benry left it in the Pearl station.

As mentioned above, I don't like how they discovered everything. It dilutes the theory that the island directed Locke to find those elements.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.00
"Lost" airs a few hours earlier on CTV in Canada, or so the Internet tells me.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.54
Buried alive? That's one way to make two forgettable characters unforgettable. Wow.

I don't think it is that big of a deal that they discovered so many of the island's secrets. They did it over time, just like everyone else.

And I can believe they wouldn't have told anyone about what they found because they were both selfishly motivated characters. But who knows, maybe they did tell someone what they found and we just don't know it yet?




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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.43
So, was I the only one expecting the Crypt Keeper to step out of the jungle at the end to cackle and deliver some bad puns? Because that was totally an EC Comics ending.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.59
My dumb speculation of the week: I'm expecting Sawyer, the book reading nut, to get ahold of the Expose' script in a few weeks. He'll mark out when he finds Billy Dee Williams listed in the cast.

I actually liked this episode, though. Makes sense that other castaways on the island were off doing their own thing. It seemed to cater to the fans, with all of the nods to past plot lines and an Arzt appearance. For whatever reason, fanatic sites have speculated about "Jet Engine Victim", and there he was again.

On one hand I see how it devalues some of Locke's discoveries. But simply finding the hatch and the plane weren't necessailry Locke's destiny or mission, as directed by the island. Getting Locke to those places was. So in that regard, it still works. I've had to whip up a buncha' "No-Prize explanations" (ala Marvel Comics) to get into the show, so this is just another.



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.28
"I'm a guest star. We all know what happens to guest stars."

And N&P got what Dirty Libby never got. A flashback episode.

Loved how Sawyer spoke for all the fans out there by not knowing who Nikki was.

Kate vs Juliet in the rain - looks like a must see fight

is it next Wednesday yet ?



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.72
It was a good way to show us how much has happened within the timeline. I avoid all Lost internet sites, so it was nice to see how much has really gone down in 80 days.

Sawyer also gets outed and it probably is going to hurt his face run a little too.

I liked the episode. I don't really need big revelations every time out.

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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.29
Sun learning who really kidnapped her was the highlight of the episode for me. Charlie's confession was well done, he didn't try to weasel his way out of anything; he just told her upfront what happened. Sun's line to Sawyer about Jin killing him if he found out was awesome. Almost as awesome as the shot to the face afterwards. I really hope we get to see Jin take somebody down at some point. He's got some untapped action sequence potential.

I was completely expecting Nikki and/or Paulo to reach a hand up through the sand as they were being buried in a cool zombie like moment. The way the show ended was pretty shocking to me. I wonder if anything else will come of this. Will they somehow be back? Will Hurley, Sawyer and the others somehow find out they buried two people alive? Probably not, but this is one of the things I can see being largely forgotten and then brought back again at some point down the road.

These spiders that can paralyze a human in a matter of minutes really should have come into play at some point before this, especially if we can assume they are relatively common. Not that I'm complaining about illogical plot points, I just really like the idea of evil super spiders.

(edited by samoflange on 29.3.07 0901)


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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.07
    Originally posted by samoflange
    These spiders that can paralyze a human in a matter of minutes really should have come into play at some point before this, especially if we can assume they are relatively common. Not that I'm complaining about illogical plot points, I just really like the idea of evil super spiders.


Y'know, those other spiders are now out wandering the island freely. Wonder if they'll come into play later on?

I liked the episode in general, especially how they explain all the previously annoying bits that Nikki and Paolo had been in before (especially in the hatch).



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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.62
    Originally posted by whatever
      Originally posted by samoflange
      These spiders that can paralyze a human in a matter of minutes really should have come into play at some point before this, especially if we can assume they are relatively common. Not that I'm complaining about illogical plot points, I just really like the idea of evil super spiders.


    Y'know, those other spiders are now out wandering the island freely. Wonder if they'll come into play later on?

    I liked the episode in general, especially how they explain all the previously annoying bits that Nikki and Paolo had been in before (especially in the hatch).


I heard Smokey gear noises when those spiders showed up...




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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.95
I liked this episode simply for the past character cameos.
I'm still a little bitter that they killed off the school teacher.
Interesting that there was no Michael cameo.

For some reason I was really hoping that someone would have realized that Paulo & Nikki were still alive before they were buried. But I guess they had to pay for their crime.



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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.77
I have to say I enjoyed the episode. The stuff at the beginning, with Nikki being a guest character was some nice tongue-in-cheek type dialogue. I think its clear that Nikki and Paolo were meant as a giant joke by the writers all along. I'm surprised they were both killed. The bit with the paralysis leaving them to be buried alive was a fun twist.

My only real nitpick is: when Ben and Juliet entered the Pearl station, didn't they notice that the hatch was open (since Paolo was in there?) or did he close it behind him? I almost wonder if they didn't know that someone was in the Pearl station, and thus, they're entire visit was planned as a show for that person, with the walkie-talkie intentionally left behind.

I did like the comment, "Let's not wind up like them" referring to Shannon and Boone. When I heard there would be a death this week, I was worried, but this episode wound up being morbidly fun. I won't mind more additions to the cast so long as I know that they are only temporary. (I suppose this puts Juliet at the top of my death pool now.)





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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.72
They did mention the hatch being open, but explained it by saying someone else had just been there.
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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.43
Honestly, I thought this was a pretty solid episode. It might even be my favorite of the season so far. I do, however, have a question.

How is it that N&P found the hatch unlocked? Wasn't that only blown open at the end of Season 1? I'm pretty sure Arzt was alive at that point, so this must have happened before, right?



(edited by chazworthington on 30.3.07 0010)


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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.43
    Originally posted by chazworthington
    Honestly, I thought this was a pretty solid episode. It might even be my favorite of the season so far. I do, however, have a question.

    How is it that N&P found the hatch unlocked? Wasn't that only blown open at the end of Season 1? I'm pretty sure Arzt was alive at that point, so this must have happened before, right?



    (edited by chazworthington on 30.3.07 0010)


That was the Swan hatch that got blown open -- the one Desmond was living in. Nikki and Paulo found the Pearl hatch.



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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.76
I've heard that Stephen King is a big fan of Lost. With that, did anyone think of his short story "Autopsy Room Four"? The main character is totally paralyzed after a snake bite and is about to have an autopsy performed on him. I mentioned this to someone after they told me about King following the short, and wondered if the fate of Nikki and Paulo was some sort of "nod" to King's story....
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