They say half of a journey is the destination. Nadine and Roger have finally reached their destination. I’m not sure it’s going to be an improvement over the other half of the journey.

Last Tuesday my wife gave birth to our second child, a little girl named Emma who looks like a tiny old man. As a consequence, I’ve been spending a lot of time sitting quietly and holding the baby as she sleeps. I’ve taken this opportunity to finally watch Lost.

There are parts of this show that just don’t make any sense. I’m not talking about the polar bears, elaborate conspiracies or smoke monsters, that stuff all makes sense in the context of the established fantasy. I’m talking about things like, how much physical abuse Sawyer takes, How Hurley manages to keep on the weight, how easily Charlie kicks heroin, why John Locke would choose such shitty knives, how no one gets heat exhaustion, how quickly papayas grow.

I’m five episodes into the third season, and poor jackass Sawyer has been stabbed through the arm, shot in the shoulder, tortured, and been the target of multiple vicious ass kickings. The primary semi-permanent side effect of all this attention is some headaches that force him to wear funny looking spectacles. He hasn’t gotten any infections, abscesses, or broken bones, and he’s still spry enough to hike about and get in more fist fights. I have a feeling, that as I continue to watch, Sawyer will continue to be the woeful target of inexplicable amounts of abuse so the audience can relate to the dangers of their situation.

Also, and this just happens to be on the top of my mind having watched SE03E05, how is it that Eko is such a notorious warlord that everyone knows him, yet no one questions why he is suddenly a priest, or where his brother has suddenly gone?