This episode was called Sundown, I was expecting a Sun and Jin episode and I was hoping that by the end of the episode Sun would be shot down in at least one of the two timelines. I was way off. This was bound to happen since I don’t watch any commercials for the upcoming episodes.
This episode was about Sayid instead of Sun. And guess who’s back? Nadia!! If this was season three I would be excited. But after Sayid and Nadia got their Happily ever after (almost) I stopped caring about her. This flashback really just dragged on for me. It kinda set up a Jin and Sun episode, but it’s not like that’s getting me too excited.
On the Island things were more fun. Sayid was playing an assassin for both sides. For a short time I actually liked him again, but then he went back to the mindless killing machine so I can go back to ignoring him. If there’s anything that I can be excited about it’s the fact that we’ll probably never have another Sayid-centric episode every again. Huzzah!
I have to mention this somewhere, this is probably the best place. The scene with Sayid, Claire and Kate walking through the ruined Temple with Claire’s lullaby playing off tune in the background was unique in a weird way. That was very un-Lost-like.
But it sounds like I really hated this episode, that’s not quite true. I really liked the Kate and Claire reunion and the last six minutes were pure energy. This episode set up some great groups, and I’m really looking forward to the next episode. Half of this episode was bad, another third was pretty good and a tenth of it was great then there were some commercials I think that leaves us with about a 4.5/10.0
-“Locke” was stuck on the Island because Jacob was alive, now that Jacob is dead he’s free. Not exactly news, but it’s nice that it was spelled out.
-Dogen says “Locke” wants to destroy every living thing on the Island. He seems content to leave his followers alive. This is where we get into the old Lost hearsay conundrum. What do we want to believe? This guy was probably just trying to get Sayid to anger “Locke” into killing him. So he might have just said these things to give Sayid a reason to plunge that knife in his chest. Or maybe he’s saying that because it’s true. Or maybe he’s saying it because that is what he was led to believe. Every episode we face this same thing. What do we want to believe? “He is evil incarnate”. Again, I tend to believe that, but it’s coming from a very biased and unreliable source.
-I don’t know what to make of “Locke”‘s promise to resurrect Nadia. I’ll write more about the resurrection stuff below.
-The Other’s are just sheep, anyone could just step in and tell them to do anything and they would do it.
-Miles is totally in the dark, I feel bad for the guy. He’s playing the role of the Post-It note back at the Temple. Everyone just passes through and leaves him there and he just continually updates the people who walk by him. At least Ilana invited him along.
-Miles and Sawyer have to get back together before the show ends, I like that duo. And Miles seems so lost without Sawyer there to tell him what to do.
-I’ll bet the reunion of Miles and Frank would have been a big deal if it wasn’t in the middle of such a crazy scene. They must have both been pretty shocked to see each other.
-Dogen describes Claire as “a confused girl, under the influence of an angry man”. That makes it sound like he still has faint hope for her.
-I’m really looking forward to Claire’s retribution against Kate and Jin when she has a chance to stop and think about it. I don’t want her to kill either of them but I wouldn’t mind if she got a little more riled up and stopped smiling.
-I have nothing to say about Sayid and Nadia. There was a time when a Nadia episode was exciting, but that time has past. Sayid had his day in the sun with Nadia and now I’ve stopped caring.
-Miles told us the whole story about Sayid’s death, that removes quite a few doubts from my mind. Sayid was dead for two hours and the pool definitely didn’t revive him, despite what I may have thought.
-My friends were making bets on who Sayid was going to mistake as the person he was supposed to kill. My money was on Sun, cause of the title. (We didn’t seriously think that was going to happen, but it would have been funny.)
-How did Sayid know The Others drowned him? Miles didn’t really tell him that, I wonder if he can remember any of what happened to him back then.
-I can’t wait for Sayid’s Toronto episode. That’s going to be great, a highlight of the season. (I hate writing sarcasm, I think this is why people have podcasts.)
-I’m a little proud of Sayid for actually attempting to kill “Locke”, but all that respect disappeared before the end of the episode.
-“I would tell you that the only thing I ever wanted died in my arms. And I’ll never see it again.” Whew, quite the delivery of that line.
-So Dogen was proved right. Sayid was Infected and the Infection reached his heart and he became pure evil. I’ll bet Jack will regret not killing him pretty soon. Sayid can do quite a lot of damage.
-I wish we had Dogen’s evil detector a while back. That would have been useful.
-By Lost standards Dogen and Sayid’s fight was pretty impressive. It was almost like an old Alias fight, Dogen is Sidney Bristow, Sayid is Anna Espinosa (yeah… Alias was occasionally good).
-Dogen’s death was very confusing. “He was the only thing keeping (Smokey) out”. I could have sworn that the ash was the only think keeping it out. I guess Sayid might have messed up the ash, or Smokey managed to do it himself with all of his tree ripping. But if Dogen was powerful enough to keep Smokey out then why was he afraid of getting killed by him if he left the Temple? I think Dogen’s death was important in that it meant that Jacob’s power is crumbling, “Locke” is winning.
-Kate’s wandering around the jungle yelling “hello”.
-I didn’t expect Kate and Claire’s reunion this early in the season.
-Kate doesn’t have the influence in the Temple that Jack and Hurley have. Even the hippy guy pushes her around. That’s what she gets for not being a Candidate. I still wonder whether she was on the list that Jacob put in the Ankh.
-Apparently Kate has a hard time reading facial cues. Claire was doing her best cartoonish angry face and Kate wasn’t taking the hint.
-Locke gave Kate a little look, but nothing more. I love it. I don’t hate Kate, but I find it very entertaining to watch her get sidelined like that.
-You know how when the groups are divided in Lost you choose your favorite person in one of the groups and you see things from their perspective? Maybe that’s just how I watch this show. Anyways, right now I’m dying to see more about what happens to Kate, and what she goes through. That group she’s in is going to be very interesting.
-Sun finding out Jin was alive was pretty funny, in a ‘poor Sun’ way.
-I wonder if we’re going to get an episode where we see Ben, Ilana, Frank and Sun hiking to the Temple. I hope not, I’m totally fine with the writers skipping things like that.
-Ilana seems very concerned about the Candidates. She asks specifically for Jack, Hurley and Sayid. Jacob must have told her about that jazz.
-Claire tells Dogen to send someone else to “Locke”, someone he won’t kill. Dogen immediately asks for Hurley and Jack. That’s a big relief. God know “Locke” wasn’t going to kill Jack, but there was an outside chance that Hurley was in danger. I think it’s safe to assume that “Locke”‘s not going to directly kill any of the Candidates anytime soon.
-Ben backing away from Sayid was pretty funny.
-I’m 100% sure that Ben got out of the Temple safely. A friend of mine was concerned about him, but I’m sure he’s fine.
-I miss Ben, he’s been on the off the show quite a bit recently, Locke is hogging the limelight.
-You know what I hate, when they have a boring scene after the LOST title card. They list all the guest stars right after that and most of the time it’s an intense flashback scene so you don’t really have time to read the names flashing by. But sometimes, like tonight, it’s a dull scene and I accidentally read the names and it really spoils the reveals, like Keamy’s surprise appearance.
-Well I’m glad they killed Keamy again, it’s a small step towards my Course Correction theory. But it looks like he’s going to be back for at least one more episode.
-Oh no, dead Others. The bottom line is that Cindy and the kids are still alive. That’s all that really matters. All The Others could die, but we know their name so it’s nice they didn’t die.
Flashes (what we know now):
Jacob promised Dogen that he would resurrect his dead son if Dogen would serve Jacob at the Temple or at least on the Island. This sounded a lot like the promise made to Juliet about her sisters cancer. Except that a resurrection is a lot crazier. I get why they had Dogen tell that story, they wanted to show the similarities between Jacob and “Locke” but I still really didn’t like that story. It makes things very complicated. I’m very tempted to not even believe that Jacob resurrected Dogen’s kid. But what’s worse, lying to a guy to get him to serve you or holding someones dead loved one over a persons head so that they have not choice but to serve you?
In regards to “Locke”‘s same promise about Nadia. The creepy thing is that he could make it look like Nadia is still alive, but that would be more like reanimating her dead body, and in the end it would still be Smokey and not actually Nadia. All of this really leads me into my next subject.
Here’s the thing, I know there are a few people that are slowly boarding the “Locke” train, but I think we should stop and take a step back. Here’s what we’ve seen him do so far. He’s held three different carrots in front of three different people. He told Sawyer that he would tell him why he was on the Island and he promised to get him off the Island, he promised Claire that he would get Aaron back from the Others, and he promised Sayid that he would resurrect Nadia. If you ask me all of those promises are lies. Maybe he’ll get off the Island, but it’s just as likely that he’ll stab Sawyer in the back in order to get off. It was a straight up lie that he would get Aaron back. He knew that Kate had Aaron, he has all the memories that Locke had. And if he could resurrect Nadia, then why didn’t he offer to resurrect Charlie and Juliet too? That would have been great incentive for Claire and Sawyer. He’s lying and you’re falling for it.
Here are the facts. Sayid was dead, and he miraculously came back to life. Since he came back to life he’s been through a lot, but at the moment he’s very evil. There’s no doubt about that.
Claire was in a building that blew up. she may have died in that explosion, we don’t know. All we know is that after that she’s been acting odd. She is currently bat-shit crazy and also pretty evil (remember the axe? yeah).
Dogen told us about the Infection, and although it’s easy not to believe him, I think we should believe him about this. These two were probably Infected and it seems as though both of them are now lost causes.
In the last scene of this episode I wondered whether or not all The Others were infected too. That group was just very robotic and unquestioning. I wonder if the Infection can be spread like that. If so then I really worry about Sawyer, Jin and Kate.