Lost: Down the Hatch | Season 5 Episode 14: ‘The Variable’

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Lost: Down the Hatch | Season 5 Episode 14: ‘The Variable’

Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Mike Bloom (@AMikeBloomType) reach one of the most disturbing and tragic moments in LOST history.

In “The Variable,” Daniel Faraday returns to the island to rewrite history. Instead, he fulfills it. The Faraday story reaches its crescendo and while it moves all of the season five action into its rightful place, it comes at a very high cost. Josh and Mike break down the episode, and explain why they think it’s a perfect hour of LOST.

About Down the Hatch …

LOST: Down the Hatch is a full-tilt spoiler-filled rewatch of LOST. Every week, Josh and Mike break down an episode of LOST with the benefit of knowing the series’ full trajectory, using the following structure as a guide:

• We Go “Fourth” – Josh and Mike begin each podcast with a deep-dive into the story both in front of and behind the camera, and they do so with the assistance of eight sound clips from each episode.

• The Others – Josh and Mike answer questions sent their way by listeners through the official e-mail address: [email protected]

• 23 Points – Each week, Josh and Mike hand out points for the best and worst characters of the episode in question, in a foolhardy attempt to determine the most and least valuable players in the LOST pantheon.

• 4.2 Stars – Josh and Mike rank every episode of LOST, by rating them all on a scale from 0 – 4.2. Josh and Mike offer their individual scores, listeners’ scores will be averaged as a third data point, then the three points combine as the podcast’s official score on each episode.

Additional reading/listening/viewing from the podcast:
• Support Post Show Recaps through Patreon
• The LOST: Down the HatchWikipedia Page
• Josh’s LOST Episode Rankings on The Hollywood Reporter
• Javier Grillo Marxuach’s Lost Will and Testament
• 
Jim Fels music analysis

The 23 MVP/LVP Points for Season 5

Sawyer: 9
Locke: 8
Juliet: 6
Smokey: 6
Hurley: 4
Kate: 3
Faraday: 3
Desmond: 3
David Reyes: 2
Carmen Reyes: 2
Jin: 2
Frank: 2
Sayid: 2
Penny: 1
Danielle Rousseau: 1
Naomi: 1
Miles: 1
Saul the Drillman: 1
Eloise: 0
Alpert: 0
Ilana: 0
Phil: -1
Amy Goodspeed: -1
Ray: -1
Sun: -1
Miles: -1
The Gawkers: -1
Gawkers 2 Electric Boogaloo: -1
Ethan: -1
Cunningham: -1
Robert Rousseau: -1
Cassidy: -1
Jack: -1
Bram: -2
The Hostiles/Others: -2
Roger Linus: -2
Dan Norton: -3
Caesar: -4
Montand: -4
Frogurt: -4
Horace: -4
Ben: -6
Widmore: -7
Radzinsky: -7

The 4.2 Star Episode Rankings for Season 5:

    1. LaFleur – 4.10

    2. The Variable – 4.02

    3. Because You Left – 3.98

    4. Dead is Dead – 3.97

    5. He’s Our You – 3.96

    6. Whatever Happened, Happened – 3.855

    7. 316 – 3.85

    8. Jughead – 3.8

    9. Some Like It Hoth – 3.66

    10. This Place is Death – 3.64

    11. The Little Prince – 3.64

    12. The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham – 3.61

    13. The Lie – 3.58

    14. Namaste – 3.36

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