I’ve said this before when I reviewed “Maternity Leave”, I love on-island flashbacks. This episode isn’t an exception. One would expect me to dislike this episode since it deals with Michael. And while it’s true, I do hate Michael, this episode is full of Others goodness. We get to see the dynamic of The Others from there point of view, almost.
Two of the younger Lost characters are in this episode, Alex and Walt. Alex is playing the part of the distressed and out of place youn Other. Walt on the other hand is playing a possibly brainwashed but still very mysterious version of himself.
There’s also some serious symbolism in this episode to do with Locke. If you don’t want to read this entire revlysis, at least go down to the bottom and read the last part of the flashforwards section.
I really did enjoy this episode, and while the info about The Others is overshadowed by what happens in season 3, it was still fun. 7.5/10.0
-Guess who’s back!
-I could not be more disgusted with Michael than at the moment when he tries to get Hurley’s blood-lust up by saying, “they killed her”.
-The list of people that they give to Michael is pure Ben thinking. He got the perfect group to manipulate Jack with. After those first six episodes of season 3 are done you can see how his plan should have worked, and it would have been great.
-Poor Sawyer gets all guilty and tells Jack, “I screwed her (Ana Lucia)”. And you can tell that Jack was thinking, “damn-it, I thought she was a lesbian. I could have been the guy screwing her hours before her death. Oh well, Que sera sera.”
-Locke’s legs appear to have completely healed by this episode. He leaves his crutches behind on the beach. I think this is symbolic see below.
-For some unexplained reason they address Charlie’s heroine addiction. He supposedly completely overcomes the addiction by throwing all the statues in the water. As usual I ask, who cares?
-Eko tells Michael a good story that essentially says that Michael is going to hell and Ana Lucia and Libby will be there waiting there. What a good priest.
-I get that Eko is all single-minded about his new mission, but surely he could have gone to Ana Lucia and Libby’s funeral.
-“Boat… Boat!” I don’t know about anyone else, but I laughed.
-Things have changed a lot between season one and two. Sawyer insists that Sayid come with them to get Walt, and he even gives him a gun with no discussion.
-Michael was completely right in his argument as to why Sayid shouldn’t come. Michael had an ulterior motive, but it’s true that Sayid was probably more concerned about killing Ben than getting Walt back.
-Sayid is occasionally very clever. He figured out Michaels plan and he really tried to come up with a plan to take advantage of there knowledge over him, unfortunately he was up against Ben so he didn’t succeed.
-Jack tells Saywer that he was caught in a net with Kate, “Is that what they’re calling it these days?”
-Charlie gives Claire the vaccines that he found at the Dharma drop. They still don’t do anything, right? Right? Was that just an abandoned storyline?
-The Others were putting up a big show for Michael. Even if they made the deal with him they put up a big show so that he would underestimate them. The yurts were a nice touch.
-The Others most definitely did not ask Michael to kill Ana Lucia or Libby, he’s just an ass.
-Walt appears to be very young. The actor didn’t age a lot, or they just got some very interesting angles on him.
-Was Walt brainwashed? We know that he was put in Room 23, they talk about it in the Missing Pieces and Ms. Klugh threatens Walt saying that they are going to put him back into “the room”. So does he now have the best interests of The Others ingrained into him? That would be fun.
-That’s quite the weapon he’s got there, see the first picture, up above.
-Alex shows up for half a second in this episode. She’s pretty naive at this point, she’s still working for Ben. I definitely like her better in season 3 when she’s essentially a traitor.
-She takes a very big interest in Claire, asking a oblivious and conceited Michael about her.
– I love Ms. Klugh, she’s great. That actress is beautiful.
-She implies that Ben was captured by accident, I wonder if no one else was aware of his full plan. It wouldn’t surprise me if Ben kept everyone in the dark,
Flashbacks (what we knew then):
-This episode convinced me that Ms. Klugh was the leader, I still had no idea about Ben.
Flashforwards (what we know now):
-The Others are very violent, I know that in season4 it almost seems like they are just a group of hippies following Ben around but when they are unleashed they are deadly. I can’t imagine how Locke is going to be a good leader for them.
-Locke has a very short and subtle scene where he’s sitting on the beach then he undoes the brace on his injured leg then gets up and walks away from his crutches and the brace. I think this is very symbolic and a direct reference to Locke leaving his wheelchair behind on the beach in the first episode(s).
His wheelchair symbolizes his fathers hold on his life, Anthony was the reason why he was in the wheelchair, he injured him. When Locke crashed on the island he left his father and all that pain behind him. He had a new life and another chance.
In this episode the crutches represent the Hatch and the hold that it had on his life. The blastdoor’s in the Swan were what caused his injury. But in this episode we see him leave those crutches behind, he gets to start out again, this time without Dharma weighing him down.
So he goes off to get his second chance at fulfilling his destiny (I guess if you count all those times with Richard in Locke’s flashback then it’s way more than that).