As much as I love attempting to sift through and then analyze every minute detail of each episode of Lost (and that's provided that I notice every minute detail of Lost, which is unlikely), I'm going to take a slightly different approach this time around. Time to step back for a moment and check out the forest instead of staring really intently at each individual palm tree and mango tree. ;)
A recurring theme and question in the earlier seasons of Lost was this: What am I supposed to do? Jack often dealt with this sort of crisis when he was trying to figure out how to lead or fix a problem; Locke dealt with this, too, as he looked to the Island or destiny or fate for all the answers. Jack often took an active approach to answering this question, figuring out how he should act or react, while Locke generally analyzed signs and situations and things that happened to him, using these experiences to guide him, all the while feeling like he was on this path to...well, something.
With the Sideways timeline braided throughout season 6 of Lost, we revisit that question, and a logical secondary question: I might be supposed to do things, but who's the one calling the shots here? This has been clear all season long, but it was particularly clear tonight: In whatever timeline happens to be happening, we see some of the same things occurring over and over no matter how different some of the circumstances are. Keamy will always be a mercenary. Mikhail will always have one very fucked-up eye. Sayid will always be a killer. Many of the castaways seem fated to know or run into one another no matter what world they're operating in. Jin and Sun will always be a package deal, albeit one that seems slightly doomed.
The title of tonight's episode is meaningful on many levels. Sun and Jin were dealing with delivering a package to one of Mr. Paik's associates. Sun and Jin, whether married or unmarried, are a package deal. Sun is carrying a little package right inside her womb. There's a package locked inside a room in the sub, although that package is a "who" and not a "what."
At the end of a pretty exciting episode--exciting, anyway, for a Sun/Jin episode, which, except for the season 4 episode where it looked like Jin got blown up on the freighter, have always left me wanting a bit more action--we find out two very important things:
1) In Sidewaysville, Sun is also pregnant, and
2) The Constant has arrived on the Island.
The package that Widmore had locked up in his sub was none other than Desmond Hume, Daniel Faraday's "constant." So we've got multiple timelines, and presumably Desmond will have something to do with setting those timelines straight somehow, right? So what happens if there's something going on in an effort to facilitate course correction, but there's a major discrepancy between personal events in the timelines? I'm specifically referring to Sun here. On-Island, she is healthy (except for that bump on her head) and has previously given birth to her child, Ji Yeon (loved the scene between Widmore and Jin when Widmore showed Jin those pictures--very, very touching!). In the Sideways land, Sun's been badly wounded, and it seems likely that the baby would be affected by these wounds. What would happen if Island Sun is living and Sideways Sun is dying, and these timelines get merged or dealt with in some other way? What's supposed to happen then? Which timeline trumps the other one? And who decides that (or how is it decided)? Or does neither win and each timeline continues on, neither affecting the other? Next week's episode is Desmond-centric, so I'm betting we'll get more insight into this then.
Let's think back to Jacob's words in last week's episode, about how these candidates are on the Island to make the right choices on their own, and also remembering how when FLocke was chasing Sun in tonight's episode he was talking to her about free will. In addition to multiple timelines, there are two paralleling themes going on here: What you're supposed to do (because you choose to do it on your own), and what you're supposed to do (that is dictated by powers that are not your own--powers that, for example, somehow make it so these folks connect with each other no matter what timeline they're in). These are the same sort of dilemmas we saw Jack and Locke pondering for so long before.
So I'll leave you with this question: Which "supposed to do" ultimately rules? Are we predominantly in control of ourselves, or are we overwhelmingly controlled by outside forces? Are these ideas mutually exclusive, or can they coexist? Have the Losties been manipulated this whole time, having been pawns of Jacob/the Island/who-the-hell-knows-what...or have they, and do they, have the ability to ability to change their very natures and their destinies?
What did you think of "The Package"? What do you think will ultimately happen with Sun and Jin? When will Sun start to speak English again? What's Desmond up to? Is Widmore possibly a good guy, not a baddie? Share your thoughts and theories in the Comments section!
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