Rousseau’s surprisingly well thought out and executed plan comes to a head in this episode when she steals Claire’s baby. Claire has a slight flashback of attacking Rousseau. Meanwhile Arzt makes himself useful by blowing up. Sawyer, Jin and Michael waste a little bit of time on the raft by almost losing the rudder, but that’s about it. The flashbacks are not terribly memorable, and there is little mythology involved.
This episode is very well paced and extremely exciting. But like I said earlier nothing memorable really happens. If I didn’t know that Smokey was about to appear I wouldn’t be so charitable. I’ll give it a 8.0/10
(Note: in case you care, I split this episode up right at the part where Smokey appears at about 43 minutes in.)
-20.71 million viewers.
-Who were the people from the Black Rock? And what happened to them?
-Jack refused to let Kate carry dynamite, awww how romantic.
-The only slightly positive feeling I ever have towards Shannon was pity, I felt sorry for her. That’s really not enough for us to actually like the character.
-Emile De Ravin does some especially bad acting in the beginning of this episode, she doesn’t do hysterical very well.
-Claire has a mini flashback of her scratching Rousseau. It’s easy to say that Claire’s flashback in season 2 is all ret-conning, but when they do things like that it’s very exciting and it inspires a lot of confidence.
-Claire says she doesn’t believe in fate, the new (possibly dead) Claire would probably disagree. Recently she gave her child to Sawyer and warned Kate about the future, sounds like she believes in fate now.
-Before getting on the plane Michael phones his mom and tells her that she should raise Walt.
-The rudder falls off of the raft, for pretty much no other reason than to complicate matters.
-Why would Michael be angry about Sawyer having a gun? I get that he probably should have told them, but it’s not as if he’s going to shoot Walt or something.
-Walt starts talking to Sawyer about the letters in the bottle. Sawyer tells him the only letter he ever wrote was to the man he was going to kill. Walt doesn’t seem to fazed by that.
-Mr. Paik was following poor Jin and Sun. It’s actually a good thing that they crashed, they would have never been able to get away from Mr. Paik.
-Sun’s main function in the show seems to be to help all the white characters get over their emotional problems. All she ever gets to do is comfort or reassure people.
-Sun asks an important question, “Are we being punished for the lies we told, or the things we did before we came here.” she said fate could be the cause of their suffering. I don’t think they are being punished but I think all they did wrong is coming to the surface and they have a choice to either move on or wallow in their suffering.
-Locke says he thinks hope is inside The Hatch, does that mean he thinks the action of getting in is more important than what’s inside? I can’t imagine what he would want to be inside, maybe he wants to find Jesus or that Hindu god with all the arms, who knows.
-Hurley looking at the Black Rock, “How exactly does something like this happen?” Rousseau, “Are you on the same island as I am?” Hurley, “I.. guess that explains it.”
-“You got some Arzt on you.”
-I’m actually surprised Hurley never asked to carry the dynamite, I know he’s not terribly heroic or brave but a few episodes ago he seemed to think he was completely invincible.
-Rousseau suspiciously runs away as soon as they get the dynamite.
-In the Previously on Lost they spliced together some Arzt lines, “If you don’t want to blow up, I’m coming with you.” Hilarious.
-Arzt speaks for every other survivor when he tells Hurley that he’s part of a clique. This is one of the reasons why I was happy when Paulo and Nikki came out of the woodwork. Arzt is right, the main cast is the more privileged group, they get everything they need, and they never include anyone else. Obviously for the sake of the show it has to be that way, but it was definitely somethings that had to be addressed.
-It’s so satisfying when Arzt dies. Just knowing that we’ll never have to hear his awful lectures ever again.
Flashbacks (what we knew then):
-If I lived on the island I would move to the Black Rock and live there. You could easily make it into a Swiss Family Robinson type set-up.
Flashforwards (what we know now):
-The Black Rock is very similar to the Four Toed Foot, it is mysterious and we have no hints as to what it is. People do come up with theories, but they are usually only guesses, at best. Some say that Richard was the captain or at least a crewman aboard The Black Rock. Some people also say that he has four toes because he is one of the aboriginals from the island. But the truth is that we have had no clue as to where either of these things came from. Mr. Whidmore bought a journal from the Black Rock, which was found in Madagascar, and that is part of the reason why I think the island moves a lot, but that theory is hardly related to the Black Rock. Someday I hope we’ll get a flashback that explains the Black Rock. Season five would be the ideal time to explain those things, if they had a very fragmented fifth season that kept us engaged simply because it was about all of the things we have been wondering about, that would be a dream come true. They could jump back into very linear storytelling in season six but I doubt they could fit all the mysteries into that one last season.