April 21st, 2010
09:22 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 nearly two seasons, Jin and Sun finally found each other again at the end of Tuesday night's episode of "Lost." Jin told Sun, who regained her (English-speaking) voice, that they would never be separated again.
This being "Lost," those appeared to be famous last words, as Sun and her companions Sawyer, Kate, Hurley, Claire and Lapidus were captured by Widmore's crew (shades of the end of season two).
But in "Lost" style, let's flash back a bit. The previous episode ended with Sun and Hurley arriving in the Man in Black's camp. After Jack and "Smokey" did some much-needed catching up (and Jack's sister Claire told him that he was already with "Smokey" once they started talking), Widmore's right-hand woman, Zoe, showed up the next morning. Zoe then started making threats about her group's ability to bomb the living daylights out of everyone there. In one of many good lines in this episode, Claire, wondering what was going on, asked Hurley, who told her that some people were trying to kill them again.
Yes, the gang was back together again, but much has certainly changed: Jack believes that his destiny is with the island, Locke isn't Locke and as Sawyer put it - while explaining why the two weren't going in on his plan to leave the island - "Sayid's a zombie and Claire's nuts."
But is Sayid really a "zombie?" When the Man in Black sent him to the well to kill Desmond, our favorite "brutha" apparently convinced him not to do so, asking him what Nadia would think of what he had done. In true "Lost" fashion, we don't yet know if this is the case, but all signs point to yes.
As for Claire, she followed Jack and the crew as they broke off from the Man in Black's group to meet up with Sawyer and Kate at a boat setting sail for Hydra Island. Kate, staying true to the reason she came back to the island, convinced Claire to come with them. Not long afterward, however, Jack felt himself drawn back to the island (Say it with me: "The island's not done with us!"), and swam back, with Sawyer more or less glad to be rid of him. If Jack's not Jacob's replacement, we're certainly being led astray at this point.
And here we are back at the happy reunion, which, of course was short-lived, as Widmore's people started their war with the Man in Black in earnest, placing a dazed Jack, just back on shore, right into "Smokey's" protective clutches.
This time, I've saved the flash-sideways moments for last because they were actually better in a lot of ways than the scenes on the island this week. Many of the alternate timeline story threads of this season started coming together, thanks in no small part to Desmond, who sent Locke (along with a kindly, likable Ben) to the hospital to be operated on by Jack (who just met his sister Claire, thanks once again to Desmond, and, surprise!... attorney Ilana).
Just nearby in that same hospital: Jin and Sun, who seemed to have a happy ending, with mother and baby doing just fine - not exactly plausible in such a quick time, but nevertheless...
Meanwhile, James (not Sawyer) and Miles arrested Sayid for killing Keamy and his men, right on the heels of capturing Kate, who also figured out that James wanted to keep his trip to Australia under wraps.
Four episodes left, and it seems that the flash-sideways loose ends are coming together, but there are still many of them left on the series as a whole. A few of these, along with other observations:
– The Man in Black told Jack that he took the form of Christian early on after they crash-landed. One assumes that that was him on other occasions, except perhaps when the alcoholic Jack was hallucinating. But what about Christian appearing to Michael on the freighter? Are we to believe the Man in Black can take the form of animals too? That might explain Kate's horse and Hurley's bird (okay, maybe not that last one).
– The Man in Black once again described Locke as a pathetic individual believing he was there for a purpose. So in a way, Jack and Locke have completely switched roles.
– So Jack's "The Last Recruit" in the episode title. Well, that's quite a twist.
– This episode seemed to show that Widmore isn't really with Jacob, Sawyer, Desmond or anyone else. Widmore is with Widmore.
– Sawyer and Miles as cops can never not be a lot of fun to watch.
– Back to the flash-sideways: Sun was taken in to the emergency room on a stretcher and seemed to recognize Locke as the Man in Black. This would seem to coincide with the theory that the dying Juliet could see the alternate timeline, the same way Desmond did while underwater, and yes, perhaps even Charlotte in her last moments. So, it seems that true love and the threat of the grim reaper seem to trigger it.
– Alternate timeline-Desmond seems intent on bringing everyone together, but the purpose behind this is still not clear.
– Ilana is probably not the last of the characters we will meet in the flash-sideways. I'm really hoping we'll find out what became of Richard, Michael, Walt, Juliet and Lapidus.
– Best line of the night: Sawyer, comparing Lapidus to a Burt Reynolds movie character.
Time to share your theories on what we can expect in these last remaining episodes in the comments below. Also, it's not too late to post your iReport video on how you see the finale shaping up.
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