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LOST: Down the Hatch | Season 1, Episode 5: "White Rabbit"

Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Mike Bloom (@AMikeBloomType) sprint off after ghosts in the jungle in their quest to make sense of "White Rabbit," the fifth hour of ABC's LOST.

In the latest Down the Hatch, Josh and Mike follow the good doctor Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox), who stands front and center in his very first flashback episode. After shaking up the format of the podcast a little bit (see if you notice!) but not enough to impact the time limit (cue the wheel spin!), Josh and Mike dig deep into Jack's emotional experience reconciling with the death of his father and the weight of their tense relationship, how those themes impact not only that character and the series at large but the podcasters themselves, and much more.

A refresher on the plot of "White Rabbit" ...

In "White Rabbit," Jack embarks on a race through the forest after laying eyes upon his father, Christian Shephard (John Terry). Only one problem with that: Christian died in Sydney, days before Oceanic 815 took flight. Jack's bewildered trek through the island sees him recalling his turbulent past with his father, hanging off a cliff and hanging onto his sanity. On both of those latter counts, Jack finds help in the form of John Locke (Terry O'Quinn), the men of faith and science engaging in a conversation that is quietly one of the best scenes in all of LOST. 

Back at the beach camp, water becomes a critical issue as a woman drowns in the ocean and the rest of the survivors' drinking supply dwindles down to nothing ? first because of their own drinking needs, and then because "some git nicked it," as Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) puts it. The thief in question: Boone (Ian Somerhalder), who steps in for Sawyer (Josh Holloway) as the most hated man on the beach. But before everyone can eviscerate Boone, in comes Jack with the iconic "live together die alone" speech, a phrase that echoes throughout LOST forever more from that moment onward.

"White Rabbit" was directed by Kevin Hooks and written by Christian Taylor. It first aired on October 20, 2004.

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...

* 8 Sounds - The events of LOST pop right off the camera and straight into your ears with eight memorable moments replayed on the podcast, helping us guide through the story;

* 15/16 Others - Josh and Mike answer questions and comments sent their way through the official e-mail address: downthehatch@postshowrecaps.com

* 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 will attempt to create an official Down the Hatch ranking of every episode of LOST, by rating them all on a scale from 0 - 4.2. Josh and Mike will offer their individual scores, listeners' scores will be averaged as a third data point, then the three points will be combined for the podcast's official score on each episode.

Each episode of Down the Hatch clocks in at no less than 42 minutes. If it clocks in at longer than 108 minutes, Josh and Mike have triggered a crisis! Consequences may (and almost certainly will) ensue thanks to the Frozen Donkey Wheel.

Additional reading/listening/viewing from the podcast:
LOST Soundtrack Analysis - 1×05 "White Rabbit" (Jim Fels)

David Fury on Genre Smash! (Writers Guild Foundation)

More on Watership Down and how it relates to LOST (Lostpedia)

Watership Down on Amazon (in case you want to read along with Josh)

The 23 Points Tracker (Felipe Chamon on Twitter)

The Sawyer Nickname Tracker (Patricia Riley on Twitter)

Various other Down the Hatch tracking items (Jordan from Wisconsin on Google)

Previous Down the Hatch episodes:

* In Which We Go Back
* Last Call Before the Rewatch
* Season 1, Episodes 1 + 2: "Pilot, Part 1 + 2"
* Season 1, Episode 3: "Tabula Rasa"
Season 1, Episode 4: "Walkabout"
* RPG Episode #1: "Antipilot" 

03:14:24 9/13/2019

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Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Emily Fox (@emelette) spend nearly an hour quoting Shakespeare in their recap of Succession season two, episode five, "Tern Haven." Except not really.

In "Tern Haven," the Roy family goes toe to toe against the Pierces, the wealthy liberal family who safeguards the media empire Logan (Brian Cox) so desperately covets. Just one problem: the two clans could not be more politically and morally opposed, leading to a series of incredibly awkward encounters between various individuals on both sides of the battlefield. In the end, Logan finds the common denominator between the two houses ? money ? but not before Shiv (Sarah Snook) makes a declaration with huge ramifications for the rest of the season.

Josh and Emily dig into all of those topics and more, along with reading listener feedback. Make sure to send your questions and comments in on Twitter for the next recap.

Additional reading from the show:

How Succession Created an Even Weirder Rich Family Than the Roys (Vulture)

What Is Up With Roman Roy's Sex Life? (The Cut)

About Succession ... 

Created by Jesse Armstrong for HBO, Succession focuses on the Roy family, rich and powerful monsters with their hands on the wheel of an enormous media empire. Logan Roy (Brian Cox) is the patriarch who built the empire, brick by brick, but in his aging and ailing state, it's time for him to consider the line of succession. He has four children to choose from, all of whom are problematic for their own litany of reasons: Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Logan's drug-addicted "number one boy"; Roman (Rory Culkin), a jester in a power suit; Shiv (Sarah Snook), a political animal who is on the fringes of the family business; and Connor (Alan Ruck), the eldest sibling with no apparent appetite for the job. Dark horses like Tom Wamsgans (Matthew Macfadyen) are jockeying for the job, while inside-outsiders like Cousin Greg (Nicholas Bran) want nothing more than to scrape on by as best as they can. But of all the candidates to rule Waystar Royco, there is only one leading candidate in Logan's decaying mind: himself.

00:55:25 9/12/2019

Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Mike Bloom (@AMikeBloomType) crash land into the roles of two Oceanic 815 survivors in the first episode of LOST Down the Hatch Presents: Tales From The Island, "Autopilot."

Over the course of Down the Hatch, Josh and Mike will periodically transform the podcast into a full-on tabletop roleplaying game, ala Dungeons and Dragons. The mystical and mysterious R Filly (@Wharfrat1625) joins them in the role of dungeon master, presiding over Josh and Mike's myriad misadventures and playing the roles of various non-playable characters in this full-on fan-fiction flurry of events from LOST.

In "Autopilot," we open on an eye, because of course we open on an eye ? but it's not just any eye. The eye belongs to Billy Wallace (Wigler), a one-eyed man with an axe to grind against anyone and everyone who doesn't recognize his greatness. Among those people: Rodney "Roundhouse" Cesteau (Bloom), the hot-not-cute model type who comes to the supernatural beach with a surprising amount (and source) of island experience. 

Despite the shared trauma and miracle of surviving the Oceanic 815 crash together, Billy and Rodney don't exactly see eye to eye right away, on a few levels. But further experiences will bond their journeys together, as they come to learn they have more in common than they realize ? not the least of which is their relative isolation from the greater group of survivors.

The events of "Autopilot" chronicle the first four hours of LOST, from the initial crash in the two-part "Pilot" through the memorial service of "Walkabout." Along the way, Billy and Rodney will meet a woman dressed in stripes, an old police officer from upstate New York, a mysterious stranger in the "Forest," a food-hoarding survivor, a surprising creature from the jungle, and more.

All of these characters collide in a fully ridiculous installment of Post Show Recaps Theater, which ? it bears repeating ? is outright fan fiction, and probably not for everyone. If it's not your cup of tea, move right along to the next recap episode! If you're a fan, however, Josh, Mike and Rich will resume Tales from the Island at an unknown point in the future. As always, send feedback to downthehatch@postshowrecaps.com.

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:

* 4 Stories - Each podcast begins with a discussion of four main stories from the episode, both in front of and behind the camera;

* 8 Sounds - The events of LOST pop right off the camera and straight into your ears with eight memorable moments replayed on the podcast;

* 15/16 Others - Josh and Mike answer questions and comments sent their way through the official e-mail address: downthehatch@postshowrecaps.com

* 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 will attempt to create an official Down the Hatch ranking of every episode of LOST, by rating them all on a scale from 0 - 4.2. Josh and Mike will offer their individual scores, listeners' scores will be averaged as a third data point, then the three points will be combined for the podcast's official score on each episode.

Bonus podcasts and content will manifest along the way, Smoke Monster style. 

02:23:22 9/9/2019

In their conversation, Josh and Mike break down Locke's coming out party, as the knife-wielding box man breaks free from his shell and hits the ground running in more ways than one. There are many who cite "Walkabout" as one of the very finest episodes of LOST, if not the number one contender on the board. Where do Josh and Mike land on the issue? They do a deep dive into what makes both the episode and Locke as a man so special, introduce a new segment to the podcast, and once again inevitably spin the Frozen Donkey Wheel as they far exceed the 108 minute time limit ? with zero regrets, one might add. Don't ever tell us how long we can podcast about LOST, ever!

A refresher on the plot of "Walkabout" ...

Boars! It's a full-on invasion of pigs at the crash site of Oceanic 815, requiring the survivors to burn the bodies of the dead in order to keep the island's local predators away. The pigs arrive at an opportune time, just as the survivors start running out of food. Enter: John Locke (Terry O'Quinn) and his briefcase loaded with knives, as he posits a plan to trap the piglets and kill them for sustenance. Locke's trek through the jungle goes awry when he and the others cross paths with the dreaded Monster ? but miraculously, Locke lives to tell the tale, returning to the beach just in time for dinner and a memorial service. 

In a flashback, we learn even more about the miracles surrounding John Locke ? specifically, the fact that he was once paralyzed, and is now able to walk again thanks to the mythical healing properties of the island. How this is possible, or what it means for Locke's future, is as unknown as the monster that lurks in the jungle ? but of course, those who have watched the series in its entirety know all too well that Locke's fate and the monster's identity are tied in darker ways than one could have ever imagined.

"Walkabout" was directed by Jack Bender and written by David Fury. It first aired on 10/13/2004.

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:

* 4 Stories - Each podcast begins with a discussion of four main stories from the episode, both in front of and behind the camera;

* 8 Sounds - The events of LOST pop right off the camera and straight into your ears with eight memorable moments replayed on the podcast;

* 15/16 Others - Josh and Mike answer questions and comments sent their way through the official e-mail address: downthehatch@postshowrecaps.com

* 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 will attempt to create an official Down the Hatch ranking of every episode of LOST, by rating them all on a scale from 0 - 4.2. Josh and Mike will offer their individual scores, listeners' scores will be averaged as a third data point, then the three points will be combined for the podcast's official score on each episode.

Each episode of Down the Hatch clocks in at no less than 42 minutes. If it clocks in at longer than 108 minutes, Josh and Mike have triggered a crisis! Consequences may (and almost certainly will) ensue.

Additional reading/listening/viewing from the podcast:

The LOST Will and Testament (Javier Grillo-Marxuach)

The Hatch: A LOST Podcast (Rosie Murphy and Sammy Roth)

LOST Soundtrack Analysis - 1x04 "Walkabout" (Jim Fels)

LOST: Down the Hatch - 23 Points Tracker, Week 2 (Felipe Chamon)

LOST: Down the Hatch - Sawyer Nickname Tracker (Patricia Riley)

Appropriate words & terminology for Aboriginal topics (Creative Spirits)
More on the background Oceanic 815 survivors (Lostpedia)

Previous Down the Hatch episodes:

* Down the Hatch Launches: In Which We Go Back
* Bonus Episode #1: Last Call Before the Rewatch
* Recap Episode #1: Season 1, Episodes 1 + 2: "Pilot, Part 1 + 2"
* Recap Episode #2: Season 1, Episode 3: "Tabula Rasa" 

03:13:39 9/6/2019

Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Emily Fox (@emelette) invite a new guest into their safe room to discuss the events of Succession season two, episode four, "Safe Room." 

In this week's podcast, Josh, Emily and Cousin Ben weigh in on the recent pandemonium at Waystar Royco, the myriad misadventures of various different characters, and much more. They read listener feedback, float out their own theories, and generally just have a very good time. Five stars, four Bens for sure.

In "Safe Room," Waystar Royco goes on lockdown during a potential active shooter situation. In the process, many truths are revealed: Logan (Brian Cox) and Kendall (Jeremy Strong) attempt to woo PMG CEO Rhea Jarrell (Holly Hunter) in their continued quest to buy the blue-blooded media empire, while Shiv (Sarah Snook) watches from the sidelines, feeling like a kid stuck in the corner with a coloring book. Her husband Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) suffers through some feelings of inadequacy of his own, as Cousin Greg (Nicholas Braun) announces his desires to move onto bigger and better things ? and he's not afraid to use his leverage to get there. Plus, Roman (Rory Culkin) becomes Ron Rockstone and makes a new friend, all while Connor (Alan Ruck) delivers the blandest eulogy of all time.

Josh and Emily will return with their recap of Succession season two, episode five. Make sure to send in feedback on Twitter by tagging @PostShowRecaps.

About Succession ...

Created by Jesse Armstrong for HBO, Succession focuses on the Roy family, rich and powerful monsters with their hands on the wheel of an enormous media empire. Logan Roy (Brian Cox) is the patriarch who built the empire, brick by brick, but in his aging and ailing state, it's time for him to consider the line of succession. He has four children to choose from, all of whom are problematic for their own litany of reasons: Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Logan's drug-addicted "number one boy"; Roman (Rory Culkin), a jester in a power suit; Shiv (Sarah Snook), a political animal who is on the fringes of the family business; and Connor (Alan Ruck), the eldest sibling with no apparent appetite for the job. Dark horses like Tom Wamsgans (Matthew Macfadyen) are jockeying for the job, while inside-outsiders like Cousin Greg (Nicholas Bran) want nothing more than to scrape on by as best as they can. But of all the candidates to rule Waystar Royco, there is only one leading candidate in Logan's decaying mind: himself. 

01:06:00 9/4/2019

Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Kevin Mahadeo (@KevMahadeo) are back together again to weigh in on the past few weeks of news from Marvel Studios and beyond ? specifically, the big news surrounding your friendly neighborhood webhead.

For the first portion of the podcast, Josh and Kevin dive "into the Spider-divorce," as Kevin coins it. Disney and Sony's agreement to fold Peter Parker into the Marvel Cinematic Universe has sadly run aground, with Tom Holland's Spidey no longer set to web-sling alongside the likes of Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel and the other heroes set to debut in the wake of Avengers: Endgame. Holland is contracted to continue on in the role, but only for Sony. Josh and Kevin weigh in with their takes about the news, how it will likely impact the MCU moving forward (if it will impact it at all), and more.

Following their discussion of "the Spideyvorce," Josh and Kevin survey some of the news items coming out of the D23 Expo, including Game of Thrones star Kit Harington going from his days as Jon Snow to a new sword-swinging hero: Dane Whitman, the Black Knight of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, set to debut in Marvel's The Eternals. At least, that's the official story ? for his part, Kevin doesn't quite buy the official line, even if Josh isn't fully here for the conspiracy theory.

Kit conspiracies aside, three new Marvel Cinematic Universe projects are fully locked, loaded and on their way: Disney+ TV series adaptations of Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk and Moon Knight. Josh and Kevin break down these characters and what their arrivals may mean for the MCU moving forward, and Kevin offers a She-Hulk casting proposition so good that it absolutely has to happen please and thank you. Whoever winds up in these shows, the first glimpse at the Star Wars series The Mandalorian gives a great indication of what these Disney+ shows will look like ? namely, very professional and very awesome.

Hear all of that, plus some quick takes on DC Comics properties as well as Amazon's The Boys, in this month's comic book catch-up with Josh and Kevin. Send feedback for what else you hope to hear from them, and if you're a Kevin fan, make sure to support his comic book work by backing the Kickstarter for Life Finds a Way.


 

01:05:30 9/2/2019

Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Emily Fox (@emelette) enter their top-secret safe room to deliver their takes on Succession season two, episode four, titled ... well, "Safe Room."

Important note: the "Safe Room" podcast is hitting your feeds earlier than expected, thanks to HBO releasing the episode two days in advance of its normal Sunday night time slot, due to the Labor Day holiday weekend. If you were not yet aware of the episode's early release, now you are! It's streaming on HBO Go and on demand, and you should absolutely watch it before Josh and Emily spoil the episode. 

In "Safe Room," Waystar Royco goes on lockdown during a potential active shooter situation. In the process, many truths are revealed: Logan (Brian Cox) and Kendall (Jeremy Strong) attempt to woo PMG CEO Rhea Jarrell (Holly Hunter) in their continued quest to buy the blue-blooded media empire, while Shiv (Sarah Snook) watches from the sidelines, feeling like a kid stuck in the corner with a coloring book. Her husband Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) suffers through some feelings of inadequacy of his own, as Cousin Greg (Nicholas Braun) announces his desires to move onto bigger and better things ? and he's not afraid to use his leverage to get there. Plus, Roman (Rory Culkin) becomes Ron Rockstone and makes a new friend, all while Connor (Alan Ruck) delivers the blandest eulogy of all time.

There is no feedback in this week's podcast, due to the unique timing, but there will be a special feedback episode coming next to your Succession podcast feeds. Make sure to send all of your questions and comments to @PostShowRecaps on Twitter, or by using our feedback form.

About Succession ...

Created by Jesse Armstrong for HBO, Succession focuses on the Roy family, rich and powerful monsters with their hands on the wheel of an enormous media empire. Logan Roy (Brian Cox) is the patriarch who built the empire, brick by brick, but in his aging and ailing state, it's time for him to consider the line of succession. He has four children to choose from, all of whom are problematic for their own litany of reasons: Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Logan's drug-addicted "number one boy"; Roman (Rory Culkin), a jester in a power suit; Shiv (Sarah Snook), a political animal who is on the fringes of the family business; and Connor (Alan Ruck), the eldest sibling with no apparent appetite for the job. Dark horses like Tom Wamsgans (Matthew Macfadyen) are jockeying for the job, while inside-outsiders like Cousin Greg (Nicholas Bran) want nothing more than to scrape on by as best as they can. But of all the candidates to rule Waystar Royco, there is only one leading candidate in Logan's decaying mind: himself. 

01:11:48 8/30/2019

LOST: Down the Hatch hosts Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Mike Bloom (@AMikeBloomType) wipe their slates clean as they discuss the third hour of the series, "Tabula Rasa."

In their conversation, Josh and Mike assess the curious case of Kate Austen (Evangeline Lilly), the character at the heart of the series' first ever full-tilt flashback installment. Heading out of "Pilot," Kate enters the second Down the Hatch recap as the leading contender in the MVP category. Will that lead hold following her first flashback episode, or will someone come and steal her thunder? And how will Josh and Mike fare with the 108 minute time limit now that they are finally eligible for an electromagnetic crisis? Listen to the podcast for the answer ? or check your time stamp for the spoiler.

A refresher on the plot of "Tabula Rasa" ...

After intercepting the mysterious French Woman's transmission, Kate Austen (Evangeline Lilly) and others on the jungle journey decide they must lie to the other survivors about what they have just learned: they are not alone on this island. But Kate has more immediate concerns, and an even bigger personal lie to maintain: her status as a fugitive, a secret she keeps from everyone. Of course, it's not a secret to Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox), nor is it a secret to the ill-fated marshal Edward Mars (Fredric Lehne). 

In a flashback, we learn about Kate's life in the months prior to landing on the island ? and because Josh and Mike are ridiculous, the one-armed man Ray Mullen earns a brand new nickname.

"Tabula Rasa" was directed by Jack Bender and written by Damon Lindelof. It first aired on 10/6/2004.


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:

* 4 Stories - Each podcast begins with a discussion of four main stories from the episode, both in front of and behind the camera;

* 8 Sounds - The events of LOST pop right off the camera and straight into your ears with eight memorable moments replayed on the podcast;

* 15/16 Others - Josh and Mike answer questions and comments sent their way through the official e-mail address: downthehatch@postshowrecaps.com

* 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.

Each episode of Down the Hatch clocks in at no less than 42 minutes. If it clocks in at longer than 108 minutes, Josh and Mike have triggered a crisis! Consequences will ensue.

Additional reading/listening/viewing from the podcast:

The LOST Will and Testament (Javier Grillo-Marxuach)

The Hatch: A LOST Podcast (Rosie Murphy and Sammy Roth)

LOST Soundtrack Analysis - 1x03 "Tabula Rasa" (Jim Fels)

LOST: Down the Hatch - 23 Points Tracker, Week 1 (Felipe Chamon)

Lyrics for Patsy Cline's "Leavin' On Your Mind" (Genius.com)

Lyrics for Jim Purdy's "Wash Away" (Genius.com)

The Meaning Behind Jim Purdy's "Wash Away" (Billboard.com)

The Oceanic DHARMA Logo (Image)

The DHARMA Logo Disputed (Image)

Tom Holland's Favorite Show is LOST (Twitter)

Previous Down the Hatch episodes:

* Down the Hatch Launches: In Which We Go Back
* Bonus Episode #1: Last Call Before the Rewatch
* Recap Episode #1: Season 1, Episodes 1 + 2: "Pilot, Part 1 + 2" 

02:03:11 8/30/2019

Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Emily Fox (@emelette) go on the record with their thoughts about Succession season two, episode three: "Hunting."


In "Hunting," Logan Roy (Brian Cox) announces his plans to combat his rivals: buy up PGM, a massive media conglomerate that stands diametrically opposed to the Waystar Royco worldview. Logan's inner circle protests the strategy, but ever so quietly, delegating the responsibility to stand up and speak out against the plot like a game of hot potato. In no time at all, a different game emerges: "Boar on the Floor," an improvised witch hunt in which Logan attempts to ferret out the traitors in his midst ? separating the wheat from the chaff, or the snakes from the morons, as it were. In the process, Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong) outs brother Roman (Rory Culkin) for trying to broker the PGM deal behind Logan's back, thereby inadvertently putting a huge thorn in the deal's side.


Back in New York, Shiv (Sarah Snook) is charged with speaking to elder half-brother Connor (Alan Ruck) about his desire to run for President of the United States ? an embarrassing notion all on its own, but potentially a detrimental one to the Waystar Royco universe. All the while, she's attempting to remote-control husband Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) into thwarting the PGM buy-out, referring to him as her "meat puppet." Tom is not only displeased at the notion, but outright bad at the operation, leading to his placement as one of the many boars on the floor ? right alongside Cousin Greg (Nicholas Braun), already in the thick of a panic attack due to his role in speaking with someone writing a tell-all biography about Logan Roy.


Josh and Emily weigh in on all of that and more, and dig into your feedback as well. Make sure to send feedback every week to @PostShowRecaps.


About Succession ...


Created by Jesse Armstrong for HBO, Succession focuses on the Roy family, rich and powerful monsters with their hands on the wheel of an enormous media empire. Logan Roy (Brian Cox) is the patriarch who built the empire, brick by brick, but in his aging and ailing state, it's time for him to consider the line of succession. He has four children to choose from, all of whom are problematic for their own litany of reasons: Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Logan's drug-addicted "number one boy"; Roman (Rory Culkin), a jester in a power suit; Shiv (Sarah Snook), a political animal who is on the fringes of the family business; and Connor (Alan Ruck), the eldest sibling with no apparent appetite for the job. Dark horses like Tom Wamsgans (Matthew Macfadyen) are jockeying for the job, while inside-outsiders like Cousin Greg (Nicholas Bran) want nothing more than to scrape on by as best as they can. But of all the candidates to rule Waystar Royco, there is only one leading candidate in Logan's decaying mind: himself. 

01:06:24 8/26/2019

The LOST: Down the Hatch rewatch begins right here, right now, as Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Mike Bloom (@AMikeBloomType) head back to the island and all the way back to the two-part series premiere, "Pilot: Part 1 + Part 2." 

In a sprawling conversation that spans over three hours, Josh and Mike dig into every nook and cranny (okay, not every nook and cranny) of "Pilot," with topics including the ways in which the opening minutes mirror the series finale, some tin-foil hat attempts to explain the monster's motivations, the iconic ending and the "where are we" of it all, and so much more.

A refresher on the plot of "Pilot" ... 

LOST opens on an eye ? because of course it opens on an eye. Spinal surgeon Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox) wakes up in a bamboo forest, and soon finds himself helping others who have survived the sudden plane crash of Oceanic 815. Jack meets Kate Austen (Evangeline Lilly), an unassuming survivor who is secretly a fugitive from the law, and the two of them join washed-up rocker Charlie Pace (Dominic Monaghan) on a mission to find the cockpit deep in the jungle. There, they encounter a vicious monster who kills the pilot and thoroughly horrifies our heroes. 

The second half of the episode centers on Kate and Charlie joining fellow survivors Sawyer (Josh Holloway), Sayid (Naveen Andrews), Boone (Ian Somerhalder) and Shannon (Maggie Grace) on another trek through the island, hoping to reach high enough ground to send out a distress signal. Instead, they discover a distressing signal: a radio broadcast from a woman who has been trapped on the island for more than 16 years. "Guys, where are we" indeed. Oh, and there's a polar bear ? because of course there's a polar bear.

"Pilot" was directed by J.J. Abrams, story by Jeffrey Lieber, Abrams and Damon Lindelof, with teleplay by Abrams and Lindelof. It aired on two separate nights: 9/22/2004 and 9/29/2004. Flashbacks center on Jack, Charlie and Kate, telling the tale of Oceanic 815's crash from their points of view.
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:

* 4 Stories - Each podcast begins with a discussion of four main stories from the episode, both in front of and behind the camera

* 8 Sounds - The events of LOST pop right off the camera and straight into your ears with eight memorable moments replayed on the podcast

* 15/16 Others - Josh and Mike answer questions and comments sent their way through the official e-mail address: downthehatch@postshowrecaps.com

* 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.

Each episode of Down the Hatch clocks in at no less than 42 minutes. If it clocks in at longer than 108 minutes, Josh and Mike have triggered a crisis! Consequences will ensue. Note that the 108 minute rule is not in effect for multi-part or bonus episodes, so a three-hour recap of the pilot is not an issue ? but if Josh and Mike spend three hours on "Tabula Rasa," we are truly, well, lost.

Additional reading/listening/viewing from the podcast:

The Making Of The LOST Pilot: An Oral History (Empire Online)

Designing a Disaster (Documentary on the Oceanic 815 crash)

LOST Soundtrack Analysis - 1x01 "Pilot Part 1" (Jim Fels)

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Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Emily Fox (@emelette) break down Succession season two, episode two, "Vaulter." They podcast not because their dads told them to, but because they genuinely want to do it for reasons they cannot explain ? like a kid taking candy from a candy store, or a grown adult stealing a pack of batteries from a bodega for no reason other than... well, he can?


In "Vaulter," the HBO drama continues dragging Kendall Roy into darkness, as his father Logan forces him to shutter a beloved project. Kendall surprises both his father and the audience alike with the ruthlessness in which he executes the command, proving once again that there's nothing he isn't willing to do on behalf of dear old dad. It's a bleak display of power, one that even the wicked Roman Roy couldn't quite enact, his best efforts to impress his dad notwithstanding. Meanwhile, Shiv Roy decides to go all in on the plan to succeed her father, dropping out of Gil Eavis' presidential campaign in big, barn-burning fashion. Bonus: Cousin Greg identifies his moral code and gets a brand new apartment.


Josh and Emily break down the events of the episode and field feedback from listeners. Their next podcast will recap season two, episode three, "Hunting." Send in questions and comments for that show by reaching out on Twitter @PostShowRecaps.


Previous Succession coverage:

* Season 2 Preview
* Season 2 Premiere Recap: "The Summer Palace" 

00:57:48 8/20/2019

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