After three action-packed, mind-blowing episodes, "Lost" slowed down the pace tremendously this week, despite the desperate tremolo of violins priming us for high drama. We launched immediately into a refresher course on Jateyer 101 (that would be the Jack-Kate-Sawyer triangle of love). For those who'd forgotten, Kate totally does love Jack! Except that whole thing with Sawyer ... and Sawyer still loves Kate, yada yada, bored with it. As Miles would say, "Hooray, everything's back to normal ... now what?"
Did anyone else get the uncomfortable late season 2/early season 3 feeling of useless filler in this episode? Claire's mom turned out to be a giant red herring whose only purpose might be to show that there's a lawyer in LA who's very busy with island-related happenings.
Now that I'm watching "Lost" on a week-by-week basis, I maintain my assertion that the show is a dish best served in generous proportions. Still, "Lost" being "Lost," there were plenty of redeeming moments. For one, even after being in a coma for 42 hours, International Badass Sayid is at the the ready to "handle" his attackers. The number 42 cropped up a few times in this episode the sort of winky, layered nuance fans enjoy along with Brian K. Vaughn's (who co-wrote the episode) particular brand of ironic humor. Take this gem from Locke for instance, "I want [the Oceanic Six] to come back, even if it kills me." Yeah, about that ...
I'm racing past the recaps to get to the meat of the episode, all of which happened in the final five minutes. What Lostie didn't immediately think Rousseau was involved as soon as Locke spotted the French wreckage? Mon francais has never been that stellar, so I didn't catch much from tonight's raft exchange. Still, clearly there are two important things to know:
1) Jin is back, bitches!
2) Young Danielle! (Although I would have felt smarter if they didn't make it so obvious and pound it in several times.)
This poses several questions: 1) If Ben can "prove" Jin is alive (as he says in next week's promo) does that mean the island has stopped moving? Otherwise Jin would be trapped in the past, and what good would that do anybody? 2) This more or less confirms that "the sickness" Rousseau will discuss is almost surely time-travel related. Yet, if the Frenchies are time traveling alongside our heroes, then Rousseau would know them later, no? But if they're all in the past how can Ben prove anything, as he doesn't currently exist? And if the Others aren't time traveling, why does Juliet get that privilege? Argh! Damn nosebleeds.
Speaking of, pretty much everyone on the island needed a Kleenex tonight. As Sawyer so succinctly put it, "Time travel's a bitch." My friend Daniel Faraday Gibson texted me during the episode and said, in part, "Is it just me or did the rules we know about the flashes/time travel just go berserk? I assumed the flashes were something that had happened in the time travel past. Obviously not so now, since there was no flash when Aaron was born. And was now Sawyer always there watching or is that new?"
My response was that I think the flash that occurred when Desmond turned the fail-safe key on the (hydrogen bomb?) hatch coupled with Ben's use of the Frozen Donkey Wheel might have tampered with the island's natural time rhythms. Or not. Who knows. This episode didn't even come close to being cohesive, so it seems I've turned the bulk of my analysis into conjecture. Feel free to add to or debunk my theories in the comments, and I'll be back next week with a more critical look (hopefully) at the show and its development thus far.
Next Week: More Oceanic Six "will-they-won't-they" (they will) and presumably so much more interesting island happenings. The promos really don't betray much, do they?
Musings and Miscellanea:
- Though I personally think a Desmond-less episode a waste, I do enjoy it when Ben is particularly creepy or just being Ben. Forget Miley, "he's just being Benjamin!" should be the tagline to Ben's spinoff show.
- Hive five to myself for being suspicious two weeks ago when Jack took Sayid into the hospital and treated him there in secrecy Jack had been suspended for his drunkenness!
- Unnecessary/Cryptic Juliet Quote of the Night: "Is there something you want to tell me, Daniel?" Umm, there are quite a few things you might want to tell us, Juliet.
- No one does a "hmmm, maybe" face like Miles.
- Best Sawyer Quip of the Night: "Thank you Lord!" (time travels to a rainy night at sea) "... I take that back!"
- In tonight's "Oh &*$% what about Hurley?" moment: It's cool, he's just having a great time in jail!
- What do you guys think the title of this episode "The Little Prince" is referring to? I immediately thought about Le Petit Prince on his little planet all alone, but it's probably just an Aaron reference.
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