Boooring. No I’m just being mean. Kate episodes are always meant to take things down a notch. We can’t just go full blast through a season with Smokey destroying things in every episode. Sometime we have to deal with characters and emotions. This seems to happen in every season, we get a Kate flashback and it slows the story to a crawl. I actually don’t always hate Kate flashbacks, but it usually takes me a few years to appreciate them. Combine that with my general disinterest in Claire and hate for Sayid and we have the makings of a truly boring episode.
Here are the parts of the episode I did like: Aldo’s return, Hurley’s new leadership role, Ethan’s surprise return, and half of Dogen’s explanation of the Infection. Claire’s Island return was also very surprising, but I’ll bet we’ll come back to that next week or the week after.
I’m still a little buzzed from the fact that Lost is back on, but not too excited to ignore the fact that this episode did almost nothing for me. 3.5/10.0
-Miles, “As you can see Hugo here as assumed the leadership position. So that’s pretty great.” Awesome line. And I’m excited that Hurley’s all leadery, at least he’ll take care of the people he leads.
-Sawyer doesn’t have a very high opinion of Sayid. “He’s an Iraqi torturer who shoots kids.” He’s being strangely objective about the whole thing. That kind of attitude doesn’t really work in Lost, all the characters are murderers after all. But it is fun to have a character that I like, Sawyer, dislike a character that I hate, Sayid.
-I was a little confused when Sawyer randomly started shooting to get everyone’s attention. But I get it now, he was killing people to get past them. That’s OK, Others were put on this Island to die.
-Poor Sawyer blames himself for keeping Juliet on the Island. He thinks he was being selfish when he got her to stay on the Island with him. “But I think some of us are meant to be alone.” I don’t know what to think about that line. It could have foreshadowed what will happen at the end of the series, or it could have just been his lowest point.
-So The Others don’t always like the decisions of their leaders. It seems like they’re pretty happy to do almost anything. Sure a few people didn’t like Ben, but he wasn’t really a great leader, he was mostly just doing whatever he wanted.
-Why does one of the Others go and attack Miles when Jack was the one who started fighting. This huge guy just goes over there and takes him down for no reason.
-Miles asks Sayid if he saw a white light or angels singing or dead relatives. That kind of implies that his powers aren’t very enlightening. Sure he can talk to dead people, but it’s not like these dead people are telling him much about the afterlife… except for Juliet. Or maybe Miles was just testing Sayid. Maybe he knows what happens to people when they die and he wanted Sayid to tell him that.
-Well it doesn’t look like Emile De Ravin has gained any acting skills. “Please let me get my suitcase.”
-Claire has some trust issues, but not in the way you would expect. Don’t get back in the cab with the crazy lady with the gun, no matter how nice she seems.
-It looks like Richard the psychic didn’t mean what he said about the couple in LA. He obviously meant for her to go to the Island. Or maybe he doesn’t exist in this timeline.
-I don’t know why they delayed Aaron’s delivery. We might as well get it over with.
-I don’t know what to think about this new Rousseau-ified Claire. Apparently she’s been claimed. That’s a little hard to comprehend. So that means no happy ending for Kate, Claire and Aaron. Or at least no happy end that involved Claire being a mother again.
-Here’s what I suspect happened to Claire that led to her infection (ew). She was hurt in the explosion, possibly she died, but Christian took her to the temple where she was put in the pool and came out a different person. Or she was infected after the explosion of her house, and that’s how she didn’t die. See below where I talk more about “Claimed” people.
-I purposefully skipped over Ethan when I was compiling that list of people we might see again off the Island. I underestimated him as a character.
-“I don’t want to have to stick you with needles if I don’t have to.” Hilarious.
-I had a heart attack when Ethan said Aaron, I didn’t notice when Claire said it earlier.
-I wonder if Jack will know Ethan. Perhaps they worked at the same hospital. That would be weird.
-Sayid is definitely not acting like himself. I’m not saying he’s acting like someone else, but he’s not acting like the Sayid we know. He’s just too mild-mannered. When he’s getting tortured he says, “Why? Why are you doing this?” Sayid would never say anything like that. And then after he was tortured he said incredulously, “They tortured me!” Shocking isn’t it Sayid?
-The shock treatment and the brand seemed even more useless. Sayid can feel pain, that’s about all we got from that. I don’t know how that proved anything. But maybe I missed something.
-Hurley asks Sayid if he’s a zombie and Sayid gives him a weird look. You could say that he gave him a telling look. And he blinked a lot, implying a lie.
-That guy at the chop shop or the body shop, whatever that was, was pretty useless. I don’t know why they bothered introducing someone like that at this point.
-Why doesn’t Kate tell Jin that she’s looking for Claire. Wouldn’t that be reassuring for him to know what she’s up to. She tells Sawyer that for almost no reason.
-Kate asking, “would you believe me if I said I was innocent?” doesn’t make her innocent.
-Off the Island, when Kate is in the cab, Jake gives her an odd look. They’ll be seeing each other again soon.
-Jack and Sayid’s conversation about trust and swallowing pills is very annoying. It just goes in circles, and these two are very illogical characters, so having them debate trust is an exercise in futility.
-I hate Jack’s stupid smile. He’s been doing it since Season 3 and it’s getting on my nerves.
-“I don’t trust myself, how am I supposed to trust you?” That makes absolutely no sense.
-Justin says that Jin is “one of them”, I hope that means that he’s one of the people on the note and that somehow makes him special.
-Jin get s a bear trap around his ankle. That’s no fair. Poor guy.
-Did they “diagnose” Juliet with a brand back in Season 3? That would explain that odd mark she got. But I seriously doubt it, that episode was so wildly out there that I seriously doubt it means anything.
-It was great to see Rob McElhenney again. And what an entrance, gun drawn, “Alright calm down! Everybody calm down!” Although the moment we saw him we knew that he was going to die.
-I love that Aldo is still hurt by what Sawyer and Kate did to him back in Season 3.
-Also this guy might not be dead. He got one shot and went down in a weird way. It’s possible that Claire’s going to grill him in the next episode. (not literally).
-He’s still getting in the way.
Flashes (what we know now):
Claire is the only person who has been confirmed as having the Sickness. I doubt she’s the only one, but still it’s worth mentioning that.
I believe that she was infected after she died in the explosion. Either it happened immediately after her cabin exploded or Christian took her to the Temple. I believe it was the former.
This would explain Christian, slightly. But at the same time, I’m more inclined to believe that Christian was either possessed by Smokey or else some other spirit of that caliber. He seems too all-knowing and powerful to just be “Claimed”.
From what we saw in Season 5 it’s almost a certainty that Robert was infected and he showed what an infected person is capable of. He appealed to Rousseau’s emotions then tried to murder her. Clearly a Claimed person retains all of their memories but loses all feeling and attachments.
Sayid was the latest person to be claimed and he’s probably the most mysterious. It’s hard to tell how it’s effected him because he’s barely said anything. He’s definitely changed since his resurrection, but it’s hard to tell how much he’s changed. We might just have to wait and see. I foresee him making a hole in the ash ring or something like that.
Ben is an odd one. Richard told Kate that if he took Ben into the Temple and healed him then Ben would be different, he wouldn’t remember what happened and he would lose his innocence. That kinda sounds like the infection, but I doubt Ben has it. There’s a difference between what Ben does and what Robert did.
Lost has made me second guess everything that is said. First they say that the pill has to be taken willingly, then they say it’s medicine, they refuse to say what’s in the pill, and then they say it’s poison. But then at the end it looks like Jack may be feeling some effects of the pill, and he barely swallowed it. I don’t know. My first thought was that it’s filled with ash. But now I don’t know.
Dogen says he was brought to the Island like everyone else. That was my favorite line of the night. That implies that certain people were meant to come to the Island. That is very reassuring. That means that all this isn’t just random encounters, it’s all destiny, and hopefully it was all orchestrated by Jacob.
Lost Version 1 & 2 vs Lost Version 5 & 6
I felt this weird nostalgia in the scene where Kate goes looking for Sawyer. She hears a noise in one of the houses and of course it’s Sawyer. But if this was Season 1 or 2 she would have walked in on a boar tearing up a blanket or Vincent making a racket. I like that now there’s no chance of a ridiculous disappointing reveal. When people go to do things they actually do them, it’s not just fumbling around in the jungle for episodes at a time.