The promos for this week promised "questions will be answered!" Oh boy, so what did we learn after 5 full seasons of trickery and obfuscation?
(1) It's a baseball
(2) The pill is poison.
My first impression of "What Kate Does" (as opposed to what she did, the episode title from season 2) was the same eye roll I gave to the TV Guide's one line synopsis of the episode: "Kate goes on the run." Does she? If she's not running, she's getting captured or stealing other people's fiancé's. But she knows how to make a man stay. She can be "very convincing."
Obvious disclosure, I'm not Kate's biggest fan. She was interesting as a kind of pretty tomboy in season 1, who climbed trees and shot at people. But her character is not at all a mountain-mover whether you're flashing forward, backward, or sideways. Kate-centric episodes tend to be filler episodes. And in a final season with more questions than particles in an ever expanding universe, why waste that time?
Let's instead take stock of the surprising returns in this episode:
Aldo: a.k.a. Rob McElhenney, a.k.a. Mac from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." Did he only return to amuse us briefly and then die? Although it spawned a great Tweet from @aissy: " I wonder who would win Flipadelphia on the Island?" Thoughts?
Sayid: Now "resurrected," he's not a zombie, but he may be Jacob, or he may be part of Old Smokey or just himself ... with "the sickness"
Claire: Island Claire is far more interesting than off-island Claire. We now know that Claire was infected by this same sickness that Sayid now apparently has, and becomes a Rousseau-like character. Is that the same sickness Rousseau's team suffered from? For a refresher course on the Sickness (including a theory that Ben, who was also saved via the Temple, might have some part of it) check out the Lostpedia entry.
Ethan: Hey there, guy. Was anyone else expecting Juliet as the doctor? Still, Ethan's presence was intriguing, and certainly much more positive than we've seen him before (...so far)
Altogether, this episode left me a little cold. There were some interesting moments, as mentioned below, but "Lost" continues, in my opinion, to be a dish best served in large doses, and week-to-week watching has rarely shown it in its best light so perhaps I judge it harshly after the 2-hour premiere. 18 minutes of commercials versus the more typical 14 was also an issue. This is a short post so I'm hoping you Losties will help supplement it by reminding me why I should bother caring about Kate again.
Next Week: Sawyer and Not!Locke/The Man in Black (I need a good acronym here) team up for mischief.
Musings and Miscellanea:
"I didn't watch baseball, football or basketball for nearly a decade because it was from…
"What about the ITP fans? Are they fat asses...?" _______________________________________________________ I suppose, but Oy and…
"Some people join unions for philosophical reasons." __________________________________________ All people join unions for philosophical reasons…
" I am asking you for your source to prove union members are leftists." _________________________________________________________…
"GO BRAVES! AND KEEP RIGHT ON GOING!...right outta town...."
Finally - common ground!
"Seventy rounds fired? I'm surprised that Ghetto Gobins can even perform a magazine change." _____________________________________________________________…