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Lost 5.10: He’s Our You March 27, 2009

Filed under: Lost,Television — Emily @ 2:17 pm
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A Tale of Two Sayids. That’s what this episode boiled down to. On the one hand, there’s the Sayid who does what is necessary to aid or protect the people he cares about. Similarly to Jack Bauer, he has few qualms about torturing someone for information, or even killing them, if the end result will help his friends, family, or comrades. On the other hand, there’s the Sayid who is plagued by guilt over the things he has done, who wonders if he really is no more than a cold-hearted killer. This is the Sayid who seeks redemption through good deeds, or comfort in relationships. The majority of this week’s episode presented us with these two conflicting sides of Sayid’s personality, and it left us wondering which side is dominant at the end.

Sayid’s Dark Side

  • As a child he kills a chicken. Killing animals as a child is never a sign of good things to come.
  • As an adult he chooses “torturer” as a profession.
  • He continues to use his methods of torture and combat while on the Island.
  • After he leaves the Island, he agrees to work as an assassin for Ben, to eliminate the people in Widmore’s organization who pose a threat to his friends. He is immune to their begging, as we see him in this episode disregard a man’s pleading for his life and offer of money, and shoot him anyway.

Sayid’s Virtuous Side

  • He spent the majority of his adult life searching for his childhood love, Nadia, never losing hope that she was alive.
  • He romanced Shannon on the Island, and was genuinely devastated by her tragic death (I’ll never forget the image of him carrying her lifeless body out of the jungle, a despondent look on his face).

  • He has a weakness for women. He got involved with a woman named Elsa who he later was forced to kill after discovering she was a spy. And in this week’s episode, he fell for Ilana, who posed as a woman who likes lonely, sad men, but after seducing him, revealed herself to be a bounty hunter of sorts, come to capture him and take him to Guam to answer for what he has done.
  • After he had killed everyone on the list (again, to protect his Island friends and as revenge for Nadia’s death), he chose a simple life building houses for those in need.

Sayid and Ben’s Common Ground

  • As a child, Sayid matter of factly broke the neck of a chicken, after luring it to him with feed. This action pleased his father, who apparently sees toughness, violence, and obedience as admirable and necessary qualities in a “real” man.
  • Sayid sees something of himself in 1970s Ben. He winces as he watches Roger physically and verbally reprimand Ben for lying to him and making a sandwich for the prisoner. We can assume that Sayid’s father also used physical force to assert his authority, a characteristic which Sayid carried with him into his adult life. Sayid knows that Ben also becomes violent and deceptive (not to mention a sociopath).
  • Speaking of Ben’s deception, now that we know Ben murdered Locke, we also know that he was flat out lying to Sayid when he visited him in South America and told him he “thinks” that someone killed Locke, and that someone is going after all his friends now. I suppose this was Ben’s way of manipulating Sayid into going to L.A., knowing that all of the Oceanic Six needed to be reunited for a chance to return to the Island. We still don’t know the whole story behind Ben’s intentions and plans. But we do know that he is a master manipulator and one crazy, yet bizarrely calm, Other.

Sayid’s Purpose

  • As Sayid sits in his Dharma jail cell, he ponders his purpose for returning to the Island. He tells Sawyer that when he woke up in the jungle and realized he was back on the Island, he realized “that there is no purpose to it.”
  • At this point, Sayid has basically been abadoned by his friends (Sawyer, Jin, and the others are too concerned about keeping their cover to really help him) and feels hopeless. Can’t blame the guy. All the women he’s ever been involved with (that we know of) have either died or betrayed him. He’s spent the last three years murdering people, and now he wonders if there was any purpose to that beyond Ben’s own selfish motives.
  • What is there left for him to do to redeem himself? Well, right in front of him is a boy who will turn into a pathological liar and cold-hearted killer, a boy who he sees something of himself in. Sayid probably wishes that he himself had never grown up to do the horrible things he has done (torture, assassinations, etc.), just as he wishes Ben would never go on to cause such destruction on and off the Island. By killing Ben as a child, he believes he is preventing all the devastation that will happen if he lives, and he is also, in his mind, “saving” Ben from what he will become – an option that Sayid never had, but now perhaps wishes he had.

What Now?

  • It seems obvious that Ben won’t die from the gunshot wound that Sayid gave him, but it was startling and disturbing to watch Sayid shoot a child (even if the child in question is Ben), right after saying, “You were right. I am a killer.” As always when faced with the choice of violent actions, Sayid thinks he is doing the right thing by shooting Ben, and I wouldn’t say that he enjoyed it (Ben accused him of enjoying killing people in one of their off-island conversations), but couldn’t he just as easily have tried to redirect Ben’s psychotic tendencies to something more productive and healthy? If he wants to change the future, there are probably other ways besides killing people.
  • Little Ben’s gun shot wound means trouble for Sawyer’s carefully crafted cover story. I’m guessing Jack is the only doctor on the Island, and he will once again face the dilemma of whether or not to save Ben. A dilemma, first of all, because he will wonder if Ben is worth saving, and secondly, because if he reveals himself as a doctor, that puts all of them in jeopardy.
  • Based on the preview, it looks like next week’s episode will be Kate-centric. Will we find out what happened to Aaron? I hope so. I still think she gave him to Claire’s mom.
  • Is anyone else wondering what happened to Rose and Bernard? It’s one thing for their contract to only stipulate that they appear in a few episodes, but it’s another for the writers to ignore them completely. Are we to think they didn’t time travel with Sawyer’s group? If so, why not? And will they run into Sun, Frank, Locke, etc.? Or did they join the Others, who it seems are immune to the flashes?
  • Will we see Desmond again this season?!

Other Thoughts

  • I’m glad we found out how Sayid ended up on Flight 316 to Guam. The increasing look of disbelief and fear on his face with each familiar face he saw at the airport was great. Jack, Hurley, Kate, Sun…. Ben?!! He would have to feel like he was either in the Twilight Zone or some strange Purgatory, being punished for his past deeds, or getting a chance for redemption.
  • The guy who Sawyer referred to as “our you,” the Dharma Initiative’s go to torture specialist, was played by William Sanderson, who I recognized immediately (despite the passage of 20 years) as Larry from Newhart. “Hi. I’m Larry. This is my brother Darryl. And this is my other brother Darryl.” I don’t know why that running gag was always so funny to me. He was appropriately creepy in his role as Oldham.
  • The book young Ben handed to Sayid was “A Separate Reality” by Carlos Castaneda. A synopsis on Amazon describes it in this way: “In this book, Castaneda resumes his apprenticeship, determined to go deeper still into don Juan’s world, to learn to see beyond the surface realities of life. He continues his dialogue with don Juan, intuitive, wise, demanding, and fierce in his struggle to see and know beyond the vision of ordinary men; and himself, a man of courage and intelligence who submits himself to don Juan’s teaching, to enter into another world as a participant rather than an observer.” I’d imagine that the parallel here is that as Castaneda was looking to don Juan for guidance and knowledge, young Ben was looking to Richard (or perhaps Jacob) for wisdom that would lead him to a deeper understanding of the Island and his role on it.
  • I really like Sayid, and the way the writers have developed his character over the seasons. His story is a tragic one, I’m very sympathetic to his situation, and I continue to hope that he can somehow have a happy ending, or at least something other than a horribly sad one.

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Random Thoughts on TV: March 2009 March 24, 2009

Lately, I can’t seem to find the time to write a detailed post on anything other than episodes of Lost. Since I’m short on time, I’ve decided to compile my thoughts on various tv show happenings into one random post. First up, American Idol.

  • American Idol – I’m not missing this show at all this season. Althought last season I cheered for David Cook and was amazed when America actually chose him as the winner, I didn’t feel compelled to watch again this year. How could this season live up to last? What were the chances that my favorite contestant would actually win again (I’m still bitter about Jennifer Hudson’s too early ouster all those years ago)? Despite my decision not to keep up with the show this year, I’ve seen an episode here and there, since some of my friends and family are watching. From what I’ve seen, I think I made the right choice to steer clear. The talent pool seems to be extremely lacking. There are some good voices, some pretty faces, but not much star power. Of course, my assessment might have been somewhat colored by the fact that I sampled the Top 11 on country music week (I can’t stand this genre!). I’ll continue to hear updates on this season through the grapevine, but meanwhile I’ll be eagerly awaiting the superior So You Think You Can Dance.
  • Battlestar Galactica – “So Say We All!” So say we all that we don’t want this show to be over. šŸ˜¦Ā Ā  The series finale aired last Friday, but we haven’t watched yet, partly because I haven’t had a good two hour window in which to watch the finale in its entirety, but mainly because my husband and I feel like if we don’t watch it, then the show isn’t over yet. Warped logic, I know, but it will just be so sad to see the credits roll for the last time. On the other hand, we are anxious to see how it all ends, so I have a feeling we’ll watch in the next few days. This season has been excellent, from the surprising revelation of the fifth Cylon’s identity, to Roslin and Adama’s understated yet enduring relationship, to the changing dynamic between the Cylons and humans. I am seriously considering purchasing the entire series on DVD once it’s available, and forcing my skeptical friends and family (you know who you are!) to watch it. Plus, I want to watch it from beginning to end to clear up all the confusion about the mythology that the breaks between seasons caused.
  • 24 – This has been an excellent season! President Taylor is a vast improvement over the past couple of characters to inhabit the show’s fictional oval office. I hope we see more of her husband as well, because he is a very likable character. In fact, I have enjoyed all the new characters (except maybe for FBI traitor Sean, who seems to be out of the picture now), particularly Agent Walker, Agent Moss (can’t help but love Jeffrey Nordling from his days on Once and Again), and Janis the brooding computer whiz. And the show has managed to shift gears from the face-off with Sangalan warlords to an American-led national threat without grasping at straws. Hats off to the writers for reinventing 24 this season! The move from L.A. to D.C. was a smart one.
  • Life on Mars – Boo to ABC for cancelling this excellent show, but kudos to the network for at least giving the showrunners enough notice to provide viewers with answers and give the show a proper send-off. I hate it when shows are cancelled last minute, and viewers are left forever wondering what happened next. (One example of this is Invasion, from a few years ago, which was flawed but intriguing, and never got a chance to tell its story in full.) I love the characters on Life on Mars. Jason O’Mara is my new tv crush – I hope he finds a successful follow-up role to Sam Tyler. I’ve even grown to like the annoyingly sexist Ray Carling (played by the terrific Michael Imperioli). But most impressive is the fact that I like Harvey Keitel as Lt. Hunt. He is brazen, insensitive, but unwaveringly loyal to his co-workers. Before this show, I had never been able to move past Harvey Keitel’s blatant display of nudity in The Piano. Harvey Keitel’s completely naked body isn’t something that I ever wanted to see, and it wasn’t an easy image to shake from my memory. Thanks to Life on Mars and Lt. Hunt, I have a much more pleasant (and fully clothed!) image to associate with the actor.Ā  I’ll certainly miss the characters, the fantastic music, the quirky tone, and everything else about this show, but hopefully we’ll get some answers and Sam Tyler will have some kind of happy ending. (If I were him I’d rather stay with Annie than go back to Lisa Bonet.)
  • The Office – I haven’t enjoyed The Office as much this season. Certainly there have been some outstanding episodes, but the quality has been inconsistent. Take, for instance, last week’s episode, in which Michael made a fool of himself because he didn’t like having the new VP calling the shots in his office. (This episode also had Jim in the unfamiliar role of the stupid guy, when he wore a tux to the office on the day he should have been impressing the new VP.) Michael has come across as the annoying idiot far too often this season – on every phone call with David Wallace, when he tried to blame Dwight for the golden ticket idea then tried to take it back, when he traveled with Pam to give some presentations at other branches, etc. We haven’t seen much of Toby and Ryan this season. Where are they? Then there’s the awkwardness of the Angela/Dwight/Andy love triangle, the dissolution of which has left Andy with little purpose on the show. How about less of the dynamic idiot due of Michael and Dwight, and more of the awkward office politicsĀ  and interaction among the quirky characters (how great was it when Oscar and Andy befriended one another on the trip to Canada?).
  • 30 Rock – While The Office has lost points with me, 30 Rock’s stock is rising. It is consistently funny and smart, even when it’s absurd. I love that Jenna is always getting one-upped by Tracy, that Liz can’t find a stable relationship, that Jack isn’t really as together as he’d have everyone believe (and I love how his relationship with Salma Hayek’s character has developed), etc. Earlier this season I applauded the show for its hilarious tribute to Night Court. The writers outdid themselves again recently with a Harry and the Henderson’s themed episode. I guess I grew up watching the same tv and movies as the 30 Rock writers, because I love their retro pop culture references. Not only did they show the ridiculously sentimental clip of John Lithgow telling Harry to go away and live in the woods, but they wove this idea into the very fabric of the episode, by having Jack use a similar tactic to convince Frank he should give up on law school, and by having a young father witness this debacle between two fatherless men, thus convincing him to stay with his girlfriend and raise their baby together. Not to mention having John Lithgow himself running into Liz Lemon on the elevator. Brilliant!

Even more random thoughts:

  • I am growing tired of The Mentalist’s leaps from horrific death scenes to happy music and silly jokes. A notable example is last week’s episode, in which one character went from shooting and killing a suspect to joking with Patrick in a matter of seconds. I’m all for light-hearted crime shows, but sometimes too much lightheartedness can seem insensitive.
  • The episodes of Friday Night Lights are piling up on my DVR. I now have six unwatched episodes. I assume this is the final season, so perhaps this is my way of making the show last longer (as I am attempting with the finale of Battlestar Galactica).
  • I am missing Fringe during its spring break. I look forward to its final fun of new episodes when it returns in April. Surely this show will be renewed for next season. It is the best new show of the year, in my opinion (with Life on Mars as a close second).
  • I didn’t need to say much about Lost here since I’ve devoted individual posts to each episode of the season. All I’ll say is that I think this is the best season yet, or at least as good as season one. I love how the show has reinvented itself time and again. And I love that Sawyer has taken on a more integral role.

I feel better now. It was good to get all of these ideas out of my head and onto the Internet. How are you feeling about tv these days? Good? Bad? Indifferent?


Lost 5.9: Namaste March 20, 2009

Filed under: Lost,Television — Emily @ 10:55 am
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This episode didn’t provide us with much new information or shocking revelations. Instead, it served to advance the plot and fill in some blanks for the characters.

Most importantly, it confirmed our assumption that Flight 316 didn’t travel back to the ’70s before it crash landed. While Jack, Kate, Hurley, and Sayid were flashing back to the Age of Dharma, Frank was doing his best to maintain control of the plane. He managed to land on the makeshift runway on Island #2 (how convenient), but his co-pilot didn’t survive. I can’t remember the circumstances surrounding that runway – namely who built it and why. Questions related to Flight 316, the flashes, etc.:

  • Why did Jack et al flash back to the 70s? Is it part of their destiny to be involved with the future of the Island?
  • More perplexing is the question of why Sun didn’t go with them. Is it because she now has murderous intentions (she was planning to kill Ben)? We know that the Island has its own moral code, and not everyone can make the List.
  • Ben was probably jealous that he didn’t go wherever the others went. Or maybe he knows more than he’s letting on. At least we now know why he was in the Flight 316 sick bay. He’s recovering from a concussion caused by Sun hitting him over the head with an oar.

What the Oceanic Three learned:

  • They are now in 1977.
  • They must blend in as new recruits for the Dharma Initiative or risk messing up the life that Sawyer and his gang have created for themselves.
  • Daniel is no longer “here.” (I assume this means that he never recovered from Charlotte’s death and has gone off the deep end. But it could mean that he just isn’t around. Maybe he is still lurking in the Orchid station, or maybe he time traveled out of the ’70s.)
  • Jin’s English is awesome.
  • They can’t go running around in the jungle with the hostiles (aka the Others).
  • Jack will now work as a janitor (that must have been Sawyer’s idea of a joke, or of establishing who’s boss now).
  • Sayid did make the time trip with them, but he is now considered a hostile because he was discovered wandering around the jungle.
  • Juliet and Sawyer are now together. (Jack thinks he knocked on the wrong door, but Juliet says he’s in the right place.)
  • Sawyer is now an avid reader because it helps him think. He prefers to think rather than react now that he’s in charge. (I enjoyed this little lecture that he gave Jack.)

What Sawyer, Jin, and Juliet learned:

  • Sun was also on Flight 316, but Jack, Hurley, and Kate don’t know where she is now.
  • Three years passed in the 2000s for the Oceanic Six while they’ve been living in the 70s.
  • Amy and Horace’s baby is Ethan (who later infiltrates and terrorizes the survivors of Flight 815, until Charlie shot him). So people were right that this baby was someone important to the history of the show.
  • Hurley is concerned about their well being (as he should be!) since the Dharma folks were wiped out at some point.

What Sun, Frank, and Ben (until he got knocked in the head) learned:

  • They landed on the “other” island (the one where Kate and Sawyer were once locked in bear cages).
  • Christian Shepherd is still wandering around the Island acting as a guide to the Losties.
  • (Ben learned) that Sun can manipulate and lie, too, since she hit him over the head right after she agreed to take a boat to the other island with him.
  • Sun and Frank discovered the abandoned and dilapidated Dharma camp, and then saw a picture of the Dharma recruits from 1977, including Hurley, Kate, and Jack.
  • They realize they have quite a journey ahead of them if they are ever going to find Jin and everyone else.

What Sayid learned:

  • Something is very wrong with this whole situation. He’s pretty smart, though, so it probably didn’t take him long to figure out that Sawyer and Jin are posing as Dharmaites, and therefore must pretend not to know him in order to protect their cover.
  • His sandwich delivery boy is none other than little Benjamin Linus, which Sayid clearly ascertains from the devious glint in Ben’s eyes, not to mention the unmistakable weak chin.
  • If the antiquated equipment in the stations didn’t clue him in, seeing young Ben surely let Sayid know that he has traveled back in time.
  • I’m hoping we’ll get to see some flashforwards about why Sayid was killing people for Ben (in the 2000s) now that the story has come back around to their relationship. If I’m not mistaken, we never really learned why Ben asked Sayid to go after all the people on that list, or who they were. Maybe this has something to do with the coming war?

Other noteworthy developments:

  • Mr. Grumpy Dharma Man is suspicious of the new recruits, especially after Kate’s name wasn’t on the initial list, and after Jack called Sawyer James instead of Jim.
  • The Dharmaites were building the Swan during the late 70s.

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Lost 5.8: LaFleur March 5, 2009

Filed under: Lost,Television — Emily @ 4:52 pm
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Let’s do the time warp again… I almost got dizzy from all the “three years later, three years earlier” shuffling in this episode – and that’s not a complaint! I was pleased by this shift in the Island time continuum, or rather, in the storytelling structure. This season we’ve grown accustomed to alternating between the time traveling adventures on the Island, and the “three years later” activities of the Oceanic Six in L.A. This week, we were firmly planted back on the Island, but with our sense of time thrown for a loop.

I had already suspected that Kate, Jack, and Hurley had landed on the Island circa 1970ish (given the Dharma worksuit Jin was wearing, along with a couple other clues), so I wasn’t too surprised when Sawyer’s crew found themselves assimilating into the Dharma village. What did surprise me was the gang’s final time flash before Locke turned the wheel, and what they saw there. Apparently, the Others of the distant past worshiped cat people. At least, that’s my best guess about the giant statue they saw, with its pointy ears, and resembling Egyptian art. I was glad that we finally learned something else about the giant four-toed statue on the Island. Hasn’t it been at least two seasons since Sayid noticed it on the shore when he was circling the Island in a boat? Another possibility, but one I am still hesitant to entertain, is that there is something extraterrestrial about the Island, its indigenous people, or both.

No sooner had Miles pointed out the statue to Juliet et al, then Locke was turning the wheel beneath them and setting the world right again. Too bad for our gang that this involved sending them back to the 1970s. (As Daniel put it, “The record has stopped spinning. We’re just not on the song we want to be on.”) This era didn’t mean anything good for Sawyer’s hair, but it was fun to see the flowery, hippie clothes. Left with few options, Sawyer and the gang agree to wait for Locke to come back (since that’s what he promised to do), for as long as it takes. End scene, cue “three years later,” and welcome to the 1970s. How crazy that they figured they’d be waiting a couple of weeks, and that turned into three years!!

Three Years Later = Thirty(ish) Years Earlier

  • Welcome back to the age of the Dharma Initiative. We are reintroduced to Horace, who is drunk and blowing up trees on the perimeter. Meanwhile, his wife, Amy (Michelle from 24 – nice to see her alive and well again), is going into labor. The main purpose of this storyline – involving Horace, Amy, and her deceased husband Paul – was to set up the complicated love triangle between Sawyer, Juliet, and Kate. But more about that later.
  • The “Amy going into labor” development gave Juliet a chance to finally achieve her purpose of helping a woman give birth, and live to tell about it, on the Island. (How funny was it that Juliet “came out of retirement,” and blew her cover as a mechanic, to do this.) Since the Others were trying to kidnap Amy when Sawyer rescued her (three years before – see below), I wonder if it is only the Others who can’t survive pregnancy and childbirth on the Island. Since Amy was able to have her baby, we have to assume that either it’s the Others who can’t go full term with pregnancies, or that the cause of this “curse” hadn’t happened yet in the ’70s.
  • 1970s Jin is sweeping the grids looking for any sign of “our people.” Sawyer tells him to keep looking for as long as it takes. Are they looking for Rose and Bernard, and the other faceless Flight 815 survivors, who have been MIA since the time flashes began? Or, are they looking for Locke, Jack, Kate, and any of the others who left the Island, to see if they’ve made their way back? And what “grids” is he searching? Different areas of the Island, or some other type of grid?
  • Miles is now all buddy buddy with Sawyer. And we don’t know what Daniel is up to. Based on the previous episode when we saw him lurking in the Orchid station, we can assume that he is working for Dharma like the rest of them. I wonder if he’s still mourning Charlotte’s death three years later.
  • I like the progression in character development that this jump ahead allowed for. Granted, it is weird for us to see Sawyer and Juliet declaring their love for one another. But let’s give them a break. They went through this insane ordeal together, they are stuck 30 years before their time, and thus they have a lot more in common with each other than with any of the available Dharma-ites. You couldn’t expect Sawyer to wait around for Kate forever, since he figures he’d never see her again, separated as they are by time and space. Another character who is affected by the skipping ahead is Jin. He’s had three years to improve his English-speaking abilities, so now it is realistic for him to be fluent (whereas before it was pretty amazing that he could understand so much after only a few months). I like the idea that these characters have had three years to become a close-knit group. The previous group of 815 survivors only had a few months together on the Island, always with the assumption that they would eventually find a way home. This group, on the other hand, after a couple of years, probably were mostly resigned to the idea that they were permanently stuck in the past. These three years, which we’ve only seen glimpses of, should be a firm foundation for their relationships – Sawyer, Jin, Juliet, Miles, and Daniel. It will be interesting to see how their time together changes the dynamics in the Island politics.

Three Years Earlier from Three Years Later/30ish Years Ago

  • In order to understand where the characters found themselves three years later, living in the Dharma village, the writers took us back to the events that led them there, from the moment they flashed into the ’70s. Basically, Sawyer made up a story, and the rest of them went along with it, that their salvage vessel wrecked while searching for “an old slaver,” the Black Rock. They bought themselves some time on the Island by claiming they were searching for some of their crew members who were missing. Apparently, Sawyer has been paying close attention to the Island mythology, and he used it to his advantage. He’s also going by the name Jim LaFleur. I don’t know of any literary or historical figures by that name, but since la fleur means “the flower” in French, perhaps this is just a reference to the Orchid station, and its importance to this whole time travel mess.
  • Daniel was mourning the loss of Charlotte. Apparently, when they jumped, because she was dead, her body stayed behind. Even though I never cared much for Charlotte, this scene was very sad, when Daniel was trying to explain to Juliet what had happened to Charlotte. I can understand this sending him into shock and him becoming virtually useless to the gang. He was already teetering on the brink of insanity, and it looks like, for the time being, he has fallen in. On a positive note, he was able to see Charlotte again, as a little girl, in the Dharma village. For some reason this makes me think of the Twilight series, and the whole imprinting business between Jacob and Renesmee.
  • As soon as Juliet found out there was a sub available to take them off the Island, she was ready to go, even though she’d be going to a 1970s world that she was a stranger in. But she didn’t see that as a reason not to go, since she’d been waiting more than three years to leave. She reluctantly agreed to stay two weeks, until the next sub’s departure, at Sawyer’s request. After all, he didn’t want her to leave him with “the mad scientist, and Mr. ‘I Talk to Dead People,'” and Jin, who at the time still wasn’t a great conversationalist. I wonder what happened in those two weeks that convinced her to stay. Or maybe the offer of that second sub was revoked. And somewhere along the way, she and Sawyer fell for one another.

  • Sawyer really stepped up as the leader, from the moment they rescued Amy from the two Others (what were she and Paul doing having a picnic in the Others’ territory, anyway?), to his “moment of truth” encounter with Richard. I loved Sawyer in this episode, even more than normal – despite his greasy, flat hairdo. He certainly played the hero, and easily earned Richard’s respect with his confidence and blatantly honest explanation about what was going on. While all the Dharma folks were hiding out, Sawyer sauntered right up to Richard ( Horace’s “buddy out there with the eyeliner” – ’70s Sawyer is still on with the nicknames), sat down on the bench, and had a little chat. He got Richard’s attention by revealing his knowledge about events in the past: “Did you bury the bomb?” “Twenty years ago some bald fellow limped into your camp and fed you some mumbo-jumbo about being your leader.” “That man’s name is John Locke. I’m waiting for him to come back.” With these words, Sawyer convinced Richard that he wasn’t a member of the Dharma Initiative, and therefore rescued the Dharma-ites, for the time being, from being attacked by the Others. The trade-off? They had to agree to hand over Paul’s body to the Others. I wonder what they did with it.

“Love is Space and Time Measured by the Heart” – Marcel Proust

  • This quote from Proust seems especially appropriate for describing the new love triangle of Kate, Sawyer, and Juliet. Just when Kate and Sawyer were hitting their stride, three years ago (in the future, or whatever you want to call it), he jumped out of the chopper, thus forfeiting any chance (or so he thought) of having happiness with her. For the next three years, they were separated by time (she in the 2000s, he in the 1970s) and space (she in L.A., he somewhere on an island in the Pacific). Meanwhile, Sawyer found himself sharing a lonely raft of sorts with Juliet, as they struggled to stay afloat in the alien landscape of the 1970s. There they were, thrown together in the same foreign time and space, and because of that, as well as because they depended on one another for friendship and support, it is natural that they developed feelings for one another. As viewers who see the big picture, it seems obvious that Sawyer and Juliet are more a relationship of comfort, commonality, and convenience; whereas Sawyer and Kate were more a relationship of passion between two lost souls both searching for redemption (Kate from her past as a fugitive, and Sawyer from his days as a con man. Obviously, during their three years of separation, Kate and Sawyer still had feelings for each other, feelings that survived the distance between them. Now that all three of them – Kate, Sawyer, and Juliet – are back in the same space/time continuum, the question is, which relationship has stronger “heart ties”?
  • And now to the scene that got me thinking about these questions of love, space, and time: After Amy has given birth to a son, and Horace wakes up from his hangover, Sawyer shares the news that Horace is a daddy. The next thing Sawyer wants to know is why Horace wandered off to get drunk when his wife was about to give birth. The answer? He found a necklace in the back of Amy’s drawer that had belonged to Paul, which led him to question whether or not Amy loved him, or if she was still in love with her former husband. The interesting and relevant question raised by Horace is, “Is three years really long enough to get over someone?” This sends Sawyer into a monologue about how he wondered if he’d ever stop thinking about Kate, but that now he can barely even remember what she looks like. “She’s just gone, and she ain’t never comin’ back.” Is three years long enough to get over someone? According to Sawyer, “Absolutely.” But his resolve is about to be tested, as an early morning phone call from Jin reveals that the impossible has happened, and Kate has returned to the Island.

  • And so we came to the end of the episode, and to the beautiful vista of the North Valley. This scenic byway was the site of the reunion of Hurley, Jack, and Kate with their old sidekick Sawyer. Jack and Hurley looked a bit shell-shocked, perhaps a combination of their weird time flash from Flight 316 to the heart of the jungle, and now fluent-in-English Jin’s explanation that they were now stuck 20+ years in the past. Kate looked like seeing Sawyer again made it all worthwhile, and Sawyer looked like he was thinking, “Oh, crap. What am I gonna do now?” As usual, I can’t wait to find out! Too bad we have to wait two weeks this time.

Looming Questions

  • We know that at some point in the Island timeline, the Others, aided by Ben, took over the Dharma barracks and wiped out most of them. I’m a little nervous about the timing of our gang being sent to the ’70s and joining the Dharma Initiative. Where is that Ben during all of these events? Is he going to strut into the village with his gas mask while our beloved Sawyer and the rest of them are still there? Or is that still ten years away?
  • Richard said that the Dharma fence doesn’t work on the Others. Why doesn’t the fence keep the Others out? Is it because they wear special ear plugs, like Amy was wearing when she tricked Sawyer et al to walk past the perimeter? Is it because they are aliens? (I hope not!) Or is it for the same reason that they don’t move when the Island experiences the time flashes?
  • Is the four-toed cat person statue connected to the Temple that the smoke monster guards? If so, how? What ancient civilization, species, or way of life are the Others protecting?
  • Are the Flight 316 survivors in the same time period as Jack, Kate, Hurley, and the Dharma-employed gang? I would assume so, since we assume Sun was on the beach before she and Frank went off in search of Jin. Perhaps Flight 316 landed on the adjacent island, which could explain why Jin and Sawyer haven’t found them yet.
  • What will happen to Sawyer and Juliet now that Kate is back? And what about Kate and Jack, who rekindled their romance the night before they boarded Flight 316?
  • How will they get back to the 2000s?

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