Now I’m really glad that I wrote my death list last week. At least I was partly ready for this bloodshed. Four down, and the best part is, they were all people I wanted to die! I didn’t really predict Sun and Jin’s death, but it wasn’t unwelcome.
I was strangely annoyed by Jack and Locke’s conversations in the hospital. Just let Jack to the surgery, everyone wants that, screw your guilt, Locke. Anthony Cooper came back for a few seconds, but it wasn’t the same. This wasn’t the character that we all grew to hate, it was a boring brain-dead version… sigh.
This episode was probably the most stressful episode yet. First the part with Kate almost getting shot (which seems comical now); and then invading the sub, and Kate actually did get shot; then the bomb, then the bomb again and everyone escaping the sub… more like half the people escaping. I was on the edge of my seat, and my hands were literally shaking. Lost isn’t the most stressful show I watch, I get more stressed watching episodes of Damages or Survivor (I’m literally vibrating during almost every tribal council). But this episode really got to me. Maybe preparing myself for the deaths only made me more aware of their inevitability.
Obviously I really enjoyed those deaths, but after the episode one of my friends said this was the best episode, and I found myself disagreeing with that fiercely. I’m having a hard time deciding how I feel about this episode. Off the Island was a drag, we all wanted one thing to happen with Jack and Locke, and Locke dashed our dreams. Not great. It was good that “Locke” finally gave up the charade and tried to kill everyone, that innocent act was getting annoying. I loved the ending with only four people on the beach, that was a great shocking image. I liked four things in this episode, and I really liked them, but I’m not prepared to call this episode perfect. 8.5/10.0
-“I think that I could fix you.” Oh boy, we’re back to this. Jack’s back on his “fixing” train. At least this time he’s doing it because of fate, and not just as a knee-jerk reaction (it might be a combination of the two).
-Jack runs up saves everyone in the Hydra cages, and his first words are, “I’m with him.” Very misleading for all those poor people. I would be pretty nervous of anyone who happily admitted that… that’s Claire-style crazy talk.
-Jack is way too comfortable shooting a gun. He’s always just standing up and waving that pistol around like he’s invincible. He should get shot to teach him a lesson.
-Jack’s faith is amazing during that bomb disarming scene. I can’t believe how easily I trust this guy after all this time. For so long I was just automatically disagreeing with everything he said and did. Now, suddenly I’m totally on-board.
-Sayid’s glorious last words: “Because it’s going to be you, Jack.” Yay!! It is going to be Jack.
-Another “dural sac”? Somebody needs to talk to a spinal surgeon and get a new spine problem. (sarcasm)
-Here’s the real reasoning behind all of “Locke”‘s deals: “Because I could kill you, Jack, right here, right now. And I could kill every single one of your friends, and there’s not a thing you could do to stop me.” I don’t actually believe that he can kill all the Candidates, directly, but I do believe that there was a threat hidden beneath all of his bargains. See below.
-My friends were wondering how “Locke” knew that the submarine sunk and that not everyone died on it. I think he would be able to feel if he could leave the Island. It was a safe assumption of his that the submarine sunk, but he clearly sensed that they were still alive. We know “Locke” isn’t omniscient so it must have just been a personal feeling.
-Locke’s crossing over! Yay. It sounds like he’s flashing to a time around the Oceanic Six stuff, possibly even after Locke’s death in the other timeline.
-I was still disappointed when Locke declined Jack’s offer again at the end of the episode. I don’t know why I care so much about him getting his spine fixed. I think the poetry of the situation still gets to me.
-Oh good, Locke and Helen are still together. I don’t know if I could handle that split happening again.
-I know that the other Anthony Cooper was a being of pure evil, but I miss him now. He made things very, very interesting. Having him come back just to look like a vegetable was disappointing. (At least he didn’t look like my uncle this time, that was extremely creepy.)
-I don’t think Sawyer’s going to be thrilled if he ever finds Anthony Cooper.
-Hurley is still very much against “Locke”, that’s comforting. He said that “He’s not supposed to leave the Island”.
-Sawyer pulled that gun out of “doughboys”‘s hands just to see if he could, and to look cool. It served no real purpose.
-Sawyer’s racist. Just because “Locke” is an African-America pillar of smokey doesn’t mean he can’t swim.
Honestly though, what was his plan there? “Just get him in the water and I’ll do the rest.” He didn’t do anything.
-Now Saywer and Jack are even. Jack blew up a bomb that killed Juliet (Daniel also died, indirectly because of the bomb), and now Sawyer blew up a bomb that killed more people. I think that’ll settle that little feud.
-When Claire came to talk to Jack in the hospital, I thought she would be feeling bad because her father died in Sidney. Maybe it was her fault. But that scene was all about the 815 ‘coincidence’.
-Uh, was anyone else making incest jokes while Jack was asking Claire to come stay at his house. “Uh, stay with you? We’re strangers.”
-Am I wrong, or is Claire the safest person on the Island? “Locke” seems totally unthreatened by her. Unless Widmore wants to hurt her, or “Locke” gets tired of her, she seems very safe.
-“Welcome to Hyrda Island. At least you didn’t have to paddle.” Maybe “Locke” was talking about Sayid’s new deadpan delivery when he said he would be emotionless. Zing!
-I feel like I’m dancing on a grave, but I don’t care. I am so happy that this guy is finally dead. I’ve waited so long for this. And it was a damn good death. I was impressed with him. I’d say that redeems him for all that Other killing that he did.
-Most ridiculous line of the night: “There is no Sayid!” I wonder if they even tried variations of that line, something like, ‘He’s dead’, ‘Sayid’s gone’, ‘No, you fool’, pretty much anything would have been better.
-Kate had no idea how expendable she was. I was worried for her when Widmore pulled that gun.
-I wonder what Kate was thinking when Sawyer told her that her name was crossed out. I don’t think she’s put a lot of thought into the Candidate thing, that’s not her style. But hearing that everyone else she knows is important and she isn’t, that would be hard to hear. As usual I have no idea what the writers are going to do with Kate.
-I was shocked when Kate took that bullet. I immediately comforted myself by saying it was just a shoulder shot, the safest place to get shot on a TV show. But then I starting thinking, that’s just what they want me to think, she’s going to bleed out! Then I comforted myself again because Jack decided to stay with her. I may have been over-thinking that scene.
-Did anyone else have a debate about whether Jin would leave Sun? Me and my friends did. I was firmly on the ‘he won’t leave her side’. But Ji Yeon certainly mucked the situation up. If Sun had mentioned her then Jin might have left.
-Jin dropped his accent noticeably during his line, “No, I’m going to get you free.” I think that might have been a rushed scene to shoot. Keeping that water flowing for hours would be hard, and I imagine those actors didn’t love being in that water for very long.
-I should have known, when Jin and Sun were talking about Ji Yeon being with Sun’s Mom, that they were going to die. There was no reason for that little conversation except to assure the fans that the kid was all right. At the same time, it didn’t really reassure me. In fact I still thought that they were pretty safe because of Ji Yeon.
-So two Kwons died, that leaves Ji Yeon Kwon. I wonder if perhaps she really was the Kwon on the wall and at the Lighthouse. It’s hard to believe, and I doubt we’ll see her soon, but that would be interesting. (I’m aware that many people have said this for a long time now.)
-I loved those stairs leading up into the Ajira plane. I could just picture Frank not letting anyone out of the plane until he built them. Haha! I’m so weird.
-Maybe if Widmore didn’t move the sonic fence around then he wouldn’t be in such a dangerous position. Widmore is either really dumb and misinformed or he’s just a crazy genius and he’s steering all the events towards his ideal conclusion.
-Did Widmore not give his men any training? These people were totally unaware of Smokey. I would probably shoot at it too, but I think if I was warned ahead of time that it wouldn’t make a difference then I would concentrate on running.
-It seems very strange that Widmore’s plan is exactly the same as “Locke”‘s. They both want to kill all the Candidates?
-Aaauugh!! My teeth were killing me when Bernard was drilling into those plaster teeth.
-Still ridiculously friendly in this timeline.
-It kinda felt like this connection was forced. I guess it was fate.
-Sayid says that “Locke”‘s followers who weren’t killed scattered into the jungle. I love it when that happens, when the Redshirts just disappear and we’re left with only speaking characters.
-Also this means that Cindy and the kids are probably alive. That’s coo.
Flashes (what we know now):
For a while now I’ve said that “Locke”‘s plan was to get all the Candidates together and then kill them in one fell swoop. It looks like I was right. But he was foiled by Sayid. Yay Sayid! (It’s so easy to love him now that he’s dead.)
“Locke” want to kill them, but I believe what Jack said, he can’t do it directly. There are rules. Here are the rules as I see them: Candidates can’t kill themselves, and they can’t be killed directly by Jacob or “Locke”; they can kill each other or get killed by anyone else. So Sawyer was completely safe because he pulled the wires everyone else could have died, though. And they all would have been safe if they let that timer run down. I don’t really want my theory tested. These rules are very tenuous and there have only been a few times when they’ve been proved right, and each of those circumstances could have been coincidental.
I don’t think I could count the number of times I said ‘Oh no!’ and grabbed my head in a Buster-like fashion. For example when “Locke” tells Claire, “trust me, you don’t want to be on that sub.” …What?!!
Then the bomb. (The four minute counter was pretty comforting, though.) And then the bomb again when the counter stopped and started again and went faster.
(By the way, my strategy on disabling that bomb: hit the stop button for the watch timer. Haha!)
Frank, Sun, Jin and Sayid. You’ll be missed… not by me, but surely there are some people who will mourn you somewhere. It’s kinda hard to believe they’re gone. After so many years of me begging for a Kwon-less show or a Sayid-less show I finally have it. Unfortunately they’re only dead in one timeline. They’ll probably get more screen time in the other timeline to make up for it.
I’m sure I’ve said this many times on this blog, but I am no longer a fan of the original cast. When I look back I find that I don’t enjoy watching the original cast members doing anything, I always prefer the newer additions. Unfortunately the writers completely disagree with me. Out of all the character the writers have added very few have made it to the end of the show. I think the producers like to be able to brag that they didn’t have to recast any roles and most of the original cast stayed with the show, but I feel that in most cases that was more of a liability rather than an impressive feat. The newer characters were always easier to build upon, they always had better backstories, had more skills, and better twists. But the writers seemed to always choose to kill a new character rather than an old one. This is a pet subject for me. I’ll rant more about it another day, I should probably just leave it at that, for now.
I was very shocked at the end of the episode when it was just four people left on the beach. I can’t believe only four people survived from that Sub. I’m glad that my anticipation of death wasn’t unfounded.
Do you want to hear something hilarious? That submarine captain died too. Hahaha! Wouldn’t that have been even funnier if the guy tried to survive? What are the odds that Jack would give him an oxygen tank? I love the class distinctions in this show. Our character are just so superior to these little redshirts that none of us even bat an eye when people get killed so our ‘main’ characters can live. I think that’s why I’ve always had a hard time with Frank, he broke through that glass ceiling that all the people our sub driver reach. Well, he almost broke through it. He had a portion of a flashback one time, and he got to be in the cast pictures.