Sometimes I can just imagine the Lost writers sitting around in an office in Disneyland (I know they have offices on the Disney lot, but in my mind I can’t differentiate the two) and not saying anything, then all of the sudden someone chimes in, “Why don’t we make them con somebody”. They all agree and they get to work. Seriously though, how many times will we watch these character scam people in their flashbacks, I can see how that is a fun story element, you’re bound to have a good twist at the end, but let’s just leave the conning to Sawyer and Kate.
In this episode Charlie cons an unfortunate but overly friendly woman. And on the island Ethan gets desperate and tries to kidnap Claire again. The episode ends with Charlie becoming a murderer. You would think that with a story like this, Ethan as a clearly defined villain attacking the camp, you would have a solid, action-packed storyline. Unfortunately that is not the case, the entire episode was glacially slow build up to a confrontation then no satisfaction because Charlie wanted to prove himself. The sad thing i, if the show was less successful at this point they would have wanted to impress us more so Ethan wouldn’t have died, but since they knew they would last a few more seasons they attempted to draw out the Others story for as long as they could.
All in all this episode bored me, 4.0/10.
-19.49 million viewers.
-How did Claire escape?
-What does Ethan want with Claire?
-Why did Jack get to use a gun in this episode? Had he ever used on before? He was so insistent on having on/y capable people use guns, but what qualified him?
-There was an awful lot of Jack-face in this episode, especially during his fight with Ethan.
-Kate chooses Sawyer in this episode.
-“Ethan is the bad guy.” That really got drilled into our heads in the first season. The Others are evil.
-Charlie knew how to say “Annyong”!
-Charlie manages to ruin the day for everyone by murdering Ethan.
-Yay, Claire’s back.. and she has so much to offer, I’m soooo glad she was only gone for 2 episodes.
-There’s some serious tension between Sun and Jin about Claire’s pregnancy. I don’t remember any storylines about babies and them way back here in season 1.
-Poor Jin finally understands what an awful position he’s in, he provides the food for the camp, but he doesn’t have a clue what’s going on. He gets stuck in the middle, and takes a rock in the chest. (BTW that throw was amazing, Ethan has quite the arm.)
-Locke “To him (Ethan) we’re just a bunch of idiots with sharp sticks.” Isn’t that what The Hostiles were before they destroyed the Dharma Initiative. Ironic.
-When did Locke learn how to use a gun, or even those knives for that matter? Has that ever been addressed, or did we stop caring at some point.
-Sayid wanted to capture Ethan alive, I wonder what would have happened then, perhaps the same thing that happened in season 2 with Ben. I’m sure that Ethan doesn’t possess nearly as much manipulative skill as Ben. Also Ben doesn’t have to fear death, and clearly Ethan does (or rather did).
-I like that they put Claire’s scratch marks on Ethan’s face, that kind of thing inspires confidence in me about the writers.
-It’s pretty obvious that Ethan was working on his own, The Others would have come up with a much better plan.
Flashbacks (what we knew then):
-I think the most surprising thing about Claire’s return was that she was still pregnant. I remember wondering if they had somehow switched the baby out or something. My theories used to be pretty weak.
Flashforwards (what we know now):
-I have to say that “Maternity Leave”, the season 2 episode where we find out exactly what happened to Claire was one of my favorites.
-They did the ol’ rustling in the jungle for a minute or two, then Vincent comes running out. Classic.
-One of the problems I have with the writing of this show is that the writers tend to forget the lessons that the characters learn in their flashbacks. For example in this episode Charlie is sad about the fact that he couldn’t look after another person, so he tries to look after Claire. But in an episode or two he seems to have forgotten the revelation he had in that regard. This isn’t the best example but I think you get what I mean.