This is the most infamous season 2 episode. When I think back to season two this is what comes to mind. That scene still affects me.
As for the rest of the episode, it was mighty good. The flashback showed a surprising connection between Ana Lucia and Christian. We had a very large clue as to the connection between Claire and Christian, and subsequently Jack.
We also witnessed some of the tragedy between Hurley and Libby. This episode is terribly upsetting but it’s also one of the most memorable episodes ever. 8.5/10.0
-Hurley has a very minor story where he goofily sets up a date with Libby, so depressing.
-I think what made Libby’s death so terrible for me was the lack of closure. Ana Lucia got a flashback, a satisfying, interesting flashback. Libby’s past was hinted at in the most annoying mysterious way, if we had been able to solve her mystery before she died it would have been OK. Also the manner in which she died was traumatic, Michael didn’t even have intent, he just turned around and shot her.
-Ben tries to kill Ana Lucia because she killed two of the Others.
-Ben says that Locke is one of the “good ones”, and Ana Lucia isn’t. I guess you could say that since Ana Lucia murdered someone she is bloodguilty, and Locke isn’t, but The Others have a strange sense of good and bad, so I really wonder if that’s all Ben means by a good one.
-Ben makes some reference to him, “a great man, a brilliant man, but he’s not a forgiving man.” This is an obvious reference to Jacob. I wouldn’t be surprised if the writers hadn’t fully fleshed out the character of Jacob at this point.
-Ben says that when he was caught in Rousseau’s trap he was coming to the survivors camp, “coming for you, John.” Not true, but interesting.
-After Jack and Kate come back to The Swam with Michael, Locke has the idea of giving Ben to The Others, he figures that The Others let Michael go in exchange for Ben. If they had just let Ben go then everything would have worked out fine, Ana Lucia and Libby would have lived and all would be good in the world. Likely Jack, Kate, Sawyer and Hurley would have still been captured but the important thing is that Libby would still be alive.
-I think that Ana Lucia’s flashback shows us that she would have been a good agent for Ben. She’s willing to kill in cold blood and not feel any regret. I think I may have liked Ana Lucia as a minor villain, her eventual death would have ben very satisfying.
-Poor Goodwin tried to convince The Others that Ana Lucia was good. It’s pretty impressive that Goodwin was able to keep three quasi-romantic relationships going simultaneously.
– I said it before when Shannon died, sex is fatal for females on the island, either you get pregnant and die or you get shot. So watch out Juliet.
-Jin’s hilarious, I love this scene.
-Michael’s story is full of holes. Kate knows the costumes are fake, they know it’s all just an act. Michael says that he didn’t see the boat or any of the Tailies that they kidnapped. Very suspicious. Also his desperation and insistence should have tipped off someone. (Afterthought: Sayid does figure it out, so at least everyone isn’t clueless.)
-They draw a lot of comparisons between Christian and Ana Lucia. Their family members betrayed them (for good reasons), and their lives were turned upside down, they were driven to alcohol and turned their backs on their families, and they both felt regret that they couldn’t express.
-Christian said he needed protection in Australia. Why was that? It seems like Ana Lucia was there so that he didn’t do anything rash to Claire’s mom (or aunt, I don’t really know who that was).
-Christian talks a lot about fate in the flashbacks. I guess he wasn’t much of a man of science.
-This was the episode when we got our first, and only, clue about Claire being Jack’s sister. I won’t pretend that I figured it out the first time I watched it, probably because I was distracted by the shocking end of the episode. But a while after season two I got it.
-I wonder if Christian would have lived if Ana Lucia had stayed with him.
Flashbacks (what we knew then):
-This episode is the most emotional episode for me. I know I’ve said this a few times already in this revlysis, but it’s true, the first time I watched this episode I was hysterically angry. Up until this point I hadn’t liked any characters, I liked Hurley and that was about it. After “Dave” I started to see how great Libby was, I finally decided that she was another one of my favorite characters. Then Michael, my least favorite character shot her. That was almost it for me. If there ever was a time when I wanted to quit watching the show, this was it. Of course I didn’t stop watching.
Flashforwards (what we know now):
-During this viewing of season 2 I’m noticing a lot of the tension between Locke and Ben. By the time season 4 comes a long they are perfect allies/nemesis, but I didn’t really see much of that before. At this point Ben’s main purpose was to get Jack to remove his tumor. He likely knew that Locke was an amazing man and Jacob wanted him, but Ben was had a pretty precarious hold on his position of leadership and he was desperately grasping at it. So he tried his best to undermine Locke. Ben destroyed Locke’s confidence in the hope that Locke would permanently lose his faith and therefore be useless for Jacob. It worked temporarily, Locke was delayed in his destiny for another half a season.