Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Jacob's Foot: The King of the Castle
Before I dive into "King of the Castle" from MISSING PIECES, I'd like you to go here: http://media.tv.ign.com/media/821/821880/imgs_1.html to look at some great scans of ANOTHER Final Season poster. This time Eko shows up. Only two months until LOST returns!
THE 'LOST' WEBISODE OF THE DAY
The webisode: King of the Castle
Debuted: November 20, 2007 on Verizon Wirless & November 27, 2007 on ABC.com
Written By: Brian K. Vaughan
Directed By: Jack Bender
Content: Jack and Ben play chess.
Why It's Worth Re-Watching: I'm bringing the webisodes into this now for a few reasons. First of all, I intended to dive into "The Constant" for this week's episode of the day before realizing that I had planned in August or September to save "The Constant" for Christmas. I had also planned to either watch one of three episodes but school work is taking priority because it's that time of the year. But this is a worthwhile webisode to highlight because it ties into that much-talked about Spanish promo as well as harkens back to Locke explaining backgammon to Walt.
Well, this webisode involves Jack and Ben playing a game of chess. This definitely takes place before Kate, Sayid, and Locke arrive in New Otherton (where Locke will blow up the sub). It's probably the best webisode of the Missing Pieces series. The Missing Pieces series aired before the fourth season so when I first watched this I had the finale 'Through The Looking Glass' in my mind throughout which I believe was/is the intention of the webisode. Jack and Ben discuss the agreement they made which will allow Jack to leave The Island. Ben tells Jack he intends to honor the agreement and wants to but warns Jack that if The Island doesn't want Jack to leave The Island won't let him. Ben also tells Jack: "But if you do leave this place, the day may come when you want to return." Jack laughs it off but we viewers knew the final scene of season 3 was Jack yelling at Kate that they need to go back. We didn't know then why he wanted so badly to go back.
This is a very cool webisode to watch prior to the launch of the final season because the webisode foreshadows "Something Nice Back Home" in particular. If you'll recall, Jack becomes very sick because of his appendix. Rose tells Bernard that it's no coincidence the leader of them gets sick when they are so close to being rescused (remember Rose's cancer healed once she arrived on The Island making her a quieter, much saner female John Locke or simply she understands this Island). Of course, if you watched this in November 2007, you'd immediately think back to John Locke blowing up the sub. Questions about fate, destiny, free-will, etc start popping up. The webisode also foreshadows the transformation of Jack. In this, as it is season 3, he is staunchly the man of science but he'll eventually believe that the Island wants all of the Oceanic 6 to return.
As for the game of chess, the board alone makes one remember Locke's favorite game of backgammon. Two sides. One light. One dark. There's been a bunch of discussion through the years about our favorite characters essentially being chess pieces in something larger than they are aware of. Also, worth noting (though it has nothing to do with the webisode), Ben loses his faith in The Island when Jack gains faith. LOST is brilliant.
To speak of the chess game again, the Spanish promo for The Final Season places the characters on a chess board. Before I post the clip and the actual webisode, I suggest you go to ew.com to read Doc Jensen's latest article about LOST. It's terrific. Also, all the Missing Pieces are on the Season Four DVD. Here's the videos:
"The King of the Castle"