March 31st, 2010
08:29 AM ET
[Editor's Note: You know the drill by now. If you haven't seen this episode of "Lost" yet, DON'T READ ANY FURTHER.]
After last week's instant-classic episode, Tuesday night's "Lost" could only pale in comparison... which it did. Yet thankfully the writers moved the plot forward just enough that I really enjoyed it. It's hard to believe that only six episodes remain, and you can really feel the momentum going into the finale.
The "flash-sideways" were back, filling in the blanks of what happened to Sun and Jin between their time at the airport and Sayid meeting Jin tied up in a restaurant freezer. It seems that the changes with each character have been more drastic in each look at the parallel timeline, and this time we find that Jin and Sun are not married but they are secretly together, and she is still carrying his child.
It turns out that the money that Jin was delivering to Keamy was payment for Jin himself to be whacked, since Sun's father found out about their relationship. In the midst of all this comes a blast from the past (or future, in a way): Mikhail, who serves as the Kwons' interpreter for Keamy. Once Sayid comes into the picture, as we saw a few episodes ago, he gives Jin a blade with which to free himself, and Jin takes down Mikhail (shooting him in the eye!) to rescue his wife, who unfortunately gets hit in the crossfire.
In the current timeline, the Man in Black tries to recruit Sun but she runs away from him and ends up hitting her head badly, so much so that she can no longer speak English. While that's happening, Widmore's people spring into action, taking Jin.
Why Jin? He was around in the 1970s working on Dharma grid maps of the island showing areas of high electromagnetism. Demanding to see Widmore, Jin is granted that chance, and Widmore explains that he is bent on stopping the Man in Black from leaving the island. Widmore would like him to see the "package" behind the mysterious submarine door which Sawyer passed. Who else could it be, but Desmond, whom Sayid, now spying for the Man in Black, sees being carried off the submarine in a daze?
Some stray observations, questions and theories:
– A lot of callbacks to season three lately, with the recent return of New Otherton, Nikki and Paolo's diamonds, and now Mikhail, Widmore's pylons used to stave off the Man in Black and the subliminal room.
– We knew that the Man in Black was capable of traveling to Hydra Island - maybe it's a force field of some kind keeping him in? And now it's clear that he must recruit the candidates to come with him in order to leave. Is he mistaken about Kate's candidate status, not having seen the lighthouse? Instead of being a gateway to hell, is the island keeping "hell," a.k.a. the Man in Black, from the rest of the world?
– Sayid says that he can't feel anything, yet I would argue that Rousseau-Claire has shown emotion... so maybe they don't have the same "sickness" after all?
– Mikhail getting shot in the eye either symbolizes that everything eventually ends up the same in the alternate timeline, or that he can travel through time and space, much like Desmond, which might explain his "nine lives." Seeing as we have limited time left this season, I'm guessing it's the former.
– Keamy's line that Jin and Sun aren't meant to be together is apparently untrue, so of course they are meant to be together in all timelines.
– Jin taking his first look at his daughter was one of the most touching scenes of the season, thanks to Daniel Dae Kim's performance.
– So Sun lost her ability to speak English due to a bump on the head, but can still write it (thanks to Jack's notepad idea)? Is this actually possible, or just a strange anomaly from the island? By the way, Jack the Believer is a vast improvement so far over Jack the Skeptic.
– Desmond was my number one choice for "the package," but I would have loved to have seen someone come in from left field, like Walt. Even so, the island is "not done with" Desmond and time was running out for him to finally show up. By the way, where are Penny and little Charlie in all this?
– So everything seems to be building towards a showdown between Widmore's people, Ilana's people and the Man in Black. It's anyone's guess how Desmond fits in.
– Line of the night, this exchange between Ben and Ilana: "Why won't you believe me?" "Because you're speaking."
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