Sunday, March 08, 2009

Lost: Season 5, Episode 5 - "This Place is Death"

"This Place is Death" is the fifth television episode of the fifth season of ABC's Lost.[1] The eighty-eighth episode of the show overall, "This Place is Death" aired on February 11, 2009 on ABC in the United States, being simulcast on A in Canada.[2] The episode was written by executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz and directed by Paul Edwards.[1]

Plot

In late 2007, following the events of the previous episode, "The Little Prince", Sun-Hwa Kwon (Yunjin Kim) confronts Benjamin Linus (Michael Emerson) during his meeting with Kate Austen (Evangeline Lilly), Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox) and Sayid Jarrah (Naveen Andrews). She intends to kill him; however, he reveals to her that her husband, Jin-Soo Kwon (Daniel Dae Kim), is still alive on the island. She reluctantly agrees to go with him and Jack to another location, where he can substantiate his claims. They go to a church, where Ben shows her Jin's wedding ring, which Ben took from Locke as proof that Jin is alive. Desmond Hume (Henry Ian Cusick) arrives at the church, in his search for the mother of Daniel Faraday (Jeremy Davies), Eloise Hawking (Fionnula Flanagan). The four go inside the church, where Eloise is disappointed that Ben did not bring the rest of the Oceanic Six.

On the island, following the latest time jump which has brought the survivors to 1988, Jin and Danielle Rousseau's (Melissa Farman) science team go in search of a radio tower that is broadcasting the Numbers. They are attacked by the smoke monster, which drags Montand (Marc Menard) into a tunnel that leads to a temple, severing his arm in the process. The rest of the team, except Danielle, follow him into the tunnel and another time jump brings Jin forward two months in time. He first encounters the recently killed bodies of two of Danielle's crewmembers. He then witnesses Danielle kill her lover Robert (Guillaume Dabinpons) because she believes that the rest of the team became infected while inside the temple. Danielle also attempts to kill Jin, however another time shift occurs and Jin is reunited with the other survivors: James "Sawyer" Ford (Josh Holloway), John Locke (Terry O'Quinn), Juliet Burke (Elizabeth Mitchell), Miles Straume (Ken Leung), Charlotte Lewis (Rebecca Mader) and Daniel Faraday.

The group is on their way to the Dharma Initiative Orchid Station, where Locke believes he can find a way to leave the island in his attempt to bring the Oceanic Six back to the island. Several time jumps occur and Charlotte becomes so ill that she must stay behind, with Daniel choosing to stay with her. She tells Locke to look for a well, if the Orchid Station is not there. Later, she confesses to Daniel that she grew up on the island and that before she left a man told her never to come back or she would die; she believes Daniel is that man. She dies shortly thereafter. The other survivors arrive at the location of the Orchid and find the well. Jin tells Locke to tell Sun that he died and gives Locke his wedding ring as "proof" because he does not want Sun or their child to return to the island. While descending the well, another flash occurs and Locke falls and injures his leg, resulting in a compound fracture. Arriving in the frozen chamber with the wheel that Ben used to move the island in "There's No Place Like Home", Jack's deceased father, Christian Shephard (John Terry), greets Locke and tells him that he meant for Locke to move the island in the first place. Locke then pushes the wheel and leaves the island.

Production

Rebecca Mader, who plays Charlotte, found out that her character would die when she was negotiating contracts in June 2008. When Mader originally started on the show in August 2007, she was only supposed to do eight episodes, but due to the writers strike, she ended up doing twenty. Mader said: "I was on the show a lot longer than I thought I was going to be. A lot of it has to do with the writers strike. Less episodes in season four meant back stories were compromised for the new people. I think that's why my character carried into season five." When she found out about her character's death she was "disappointed". "When I got to the end of season four and found out Charlotte had been born on the island, that was huge. So when I found out I was leaving, I was disappointed. Like all things, it's for the best," she said.[3]

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