Welcome, dear readers, to LOST...in 815 (or fewer) words. This is a variation on last season's series of Lost posts on Red Pen, Inc.--the main difference being that these posts are less rambly. However, I'm still counting on the rest of you to talk to me in the comments about your thoughts/theories about last night's season premiere--so ramble on, you guys, OK? ;)
So everything I read in advance about this episode seemed to indicate that it would be Kate-centric. To some degree, it was, but I think that the more interesting and more important story is what's going on with Sayid...and also Claire.
That's not a knock on Kate at all. She's my favorite of the female characters, and while other people seem to really dislike her, I find her to be brave, strong, and loyal. Yeah, she's a felon, but she also knows how and when to do the right thing. Like in tonight's episode, when she was on the run (off the island)--she could have been completely selfish and just taken off, not come back for Claire, and not helped Claire get to a hospital. But she did come back and she did assist Claire, even when there were cops after her. Kate risked her newfound freedom to do the right thing. (Also regarding the Kate/Claire storyline: holy shit, it's Ethan, looking a lot less creepy than he usually looks, and seeming much more benevolent than he usually seems!)
I found it interesting that on-island and off-island, Kate and Ethan are two major players in the Claire-having-a-baby drama. That's definitely a parallel. (Another sign of...something about parallel universes, perhaps?)
I was also really impressed with Sawyer tonight. His emotions were believable, palpable, and it made it hard to remember that this guy was once a selfish con artist loathed by pretty much everyone else on the island. I still feel like Kate and Sawyer are two halves of the same whole, and I do hope that they somehow find a way to be together, but...not just yet. Sawyer's growing with his Juliet-induced grief, and I'm curious to see where that takes him.
Back at the temple, the Sayid mystery continues. Is he dead or isn't he? The strange Japanese man ("Dogen"? Is that right?) seems to think Sayid's been...inhabited. I'm inclined to agree with him. He described it to Jack as an infection: "There's a darkness growing inside of him. Everything your friend once was will be gone." Jack, the man of science, asked how he could be so sure of this, and the man replied, "Because it happened to your sister." And then a couple minutes later...there's Claire, acting and looking mighty Rousseau-like with a shotgun in the woods.
My prediction: Sayid's gonna start being bad, bad, bad, and somebody's gonna have to kill him. My money's on either Jack or Hurley: Hurley because he's been a little more heroic as of late, or Jack because he's going to feel a need to be a hero and balance out the things he recently did that he's not proud of (like his role in what led to Juliet's death). I'm betting Claire's also turned rather rotten (becoming inhabited after the attack on the Dharma houses way back in season 4). What will happen if these core members of Flight 815 turn against the other people from the flight? How will these bad apples get redemption? And how does it all relate to the parallel universe issue Lost has going on this season?
Your turn, you guys. What'd you think of "What Kate Does"? What's next for these characters? Was anyone else kinda dying because there were no Flocke or Ben scenes in this episode? (I sure was!) Comment away!
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