201 – Man of Science Man of Faith


They opened The Hatch, they saved Aaron, The Others probably aren’t coming, what now?  Locke wants to go into The Hatch so he sends Kate down first.  He then follows and Jack after him.  They find Desmond (my favorite character) who is quite hostile.  Shannon, meanwhile, stubles upon Ghost Walt who doesn’t have much to say to her.  I still don’t know what that was about.

Best opening scene ever.  Unfortunately the episode quickly turns into a dark boring series of events.  It’s obvious that season two was meant to have a good pace, they didn’t want to start out with a bang because the next few episodes would seem like a disappointment, but you have to admit that nothing really happens in this episode.

6/10.  I want to give this episode a 10 for the first scene but I also want to give it a 1 for the rest of the scenes, so I’ll settle for a medium.  Also, while I enjoyed Jack’s flashback (more than any of his others) it seems pretty much irrelevent because he doesn’t learn anything from it.

(Note: I’m reorganizing the characters in order of who I like most to who I dislike most.  I’ll try to keep recurring characters at the bottom still.  Also I’m getting rid of the questions and ratings sections, simply because the questions are usually already answered or irreleventm and you can check out the ratings on my ratings page here.  I’ll definately bring back the ratings section and maybe the questions section when season 5 starts.)

Character Impressions:


-This is how characters should be introduced, with a huge dose mystery.  By not telling us anything important about characters it keeps is interested for a lot longer.

-How did Desmond pull Kate down into The Hatch so easily.  She’s jsut hanging there, then his spotlight come on and he pulls her down, and the cord is ripped out of Locke’s hands.

-In the flashback, Desmond tells Jack that he was once a doctor.  What happened with that?

-I wonder what Desmond was thinking when he saw Jack.  Jack is obviously confused and bewildered, but Desmond appears completely normal.


-Hurley is absolutely manic at the beginning of this episode.

-Jack makes Hurley tell him about The Numbers, and the bad luck that came with them.  Then he doesn’t believe anything he says.




-Good for Kate for standing up to Jack and siding with Locke on the “going into the Hatch” issue.

-Being lowered into The Hatch would be one of the scariest experiences.


-Locke says he’s tired of waiting, so he goes down into The Hatch.  He doesn’t just want to sit and do nothing, that’s probably why he’s relatable.


-Charlie thinks that Rousseau set the fire for the black smoke herself.  That makes no sense at all, how could he possibly come to that conclusion.  He was there when they found her there waiting for The Others to show up.  He must be on drugs or something.


-What was Jack expecting to be in The Hatch.  After finding out it is just a shaft leading downwards, he immediatly gives up on the “hiding everyone in the hatch” idea.  Did he think it was going to just go down a few feet and lead to an ordinary bunker.

-It turns out Jack killed Shannon’s dad, or at least is responsible for his death, and essentially ruined her life.

-Ugh, Jack’s flashback hair is awful.

-Sarah’s former finace was a douche.  It’s easy to see why she fell for Jack.

-Flashback Jack is so confusing.  First he has no hope, then he jumps into his “I’m going to save you” persona.  Is there no middle ground?

-I wonder if there is any higher significance in Jack meeting Desmond in the stadium.  It’s a fun connection but it didn’t have too much importance to anything else.  That would have been fun if Desmond was flashing back at that moment.










-Shannon goes looking for Vincent and ends up hearing the whispers (likely Boone) and sees Ghost Walt. 



Flashbacks (what we knew then):

-The writers blew my mind with the first scene of this episode, I still enjoy watching it.  I had no idea it was inside the hatch til pretty late in the scene.  And I love Mama Cass, me and all my friends now listen to her regularly.

-I think my first impressions of The Hatch were similar to everyone elses, I thought it was a bomb shelter.  I actually didn’t think the computer was all that important.

Flashforwards (what we know now):

-I don’t understand Jack, we see his flashback the most miraculous event in his life.  He has reason to hope after that, but when we see him on the island he has no faith at all.

– Izi


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