We’ll get to some exciting Easter Eggs from last night’s episode of Lost
, appropriately titled “Eggtown,” soon enough. But first, can we talk about this season for a bit? Lost
has always been fond of the big reveal at the end, the shocking final twist that leaves your mouth agape. But this season, the creators seem to be relying on that device as a crutch. For three straight episodes, they’ve ended with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger.
If these episodes weren’t actually good, I could say the writers just wanted to end with a big finish to make you think the hour that preceded it was better than it actually was. The problem is, this season of Lost
is actually very, very good, even without these shocking final twists. The new cast is great, the plot is moving in an interesting and different direction, it’s all very exciting. My point is this: Lost
doesn’t need these big shocking twists, and by overusing them, audiences are just going to be that much more disappointed when an episode ends without one.
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Enough of my ramblings, on with the eggs, and I thought I’d start by observing what the heck “Eggtown” even means.
First, there’s a children’s book turned into a movie called The Easter Egg Adventure
about a place called Egg Town where animals live in harmony until a nasty group of roosters come in and steal all their Easter eggs. Perhaps the title of this episode is a meta Easter egg about Easter eggs.
That book plays into the idea of female fertility, and this entire episode is about Kate thinking she’s pregnant. Remember, the Others were kidnapping the pregnant women (their own version of stealing the eggs) and doing their own fertility studies, so maybe the Island is Eggtown, as in, Ovarytown.
There’s also the Great Depression-era slang term “egg town” referring to a horrible deal someone makes. This comes from the notion that accepting an egg in a trade is stupid, because eggs go bad easily and are plentiful. Plenty of deals are made in this episode (Kate and Miles, Ben and Miles, Kate and the D.A.). Is the title suggesting all these deals are bad?
-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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