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? ;)
Tonight was the Sawyer episode, and I'm glad to see that the Lost writers realized one very big, very important thing:
WE WANTED SHIRTLESS SAWYER!!! (Right, ladies?)
And they gave us shirtless Sawyer within the first few minutes of the episode...along with going-on-a-hot-date Sawyer, who looked equally delectable.
But aside from all that? I'm still trying to figure out how I feel about this episode. It was important--yes, definitely important. I feel like this episode's given us some insight into the plot of the next few episodes (with the possible exception of next week's episode--that's a Richard episode, and I'm hearing there will be more important stuff going on in the flashback than in present time). But I went into this episode with great expectations. Sawyer's an exciting character. So why couldn't I find this episode more exciting?
I think it's because I feel like a lot is going to happen, but that not a lot actually happened in this episode on the island. Let's see: Claire attacked Kate (that, actually, is interesting--and I'll touch on that again momentarily). FLocke sent Sawyer out to Hydra Island to see if there were any survivors from the Ajira flight, except that wasn't really why he wanted Sawyer to go there, and I'm still not quite clear on exactly why he wanted Sawyer to go there (do any of you guys know?). sawyer went there, got conned by some chick named Zoe, and got brought about Widmore's submarine. He then told Widmore that he'd bring him FLocke in exchange for his own, and his friends' safe passage off the island. Sawyer then went back to FLocke and told him basically what he'd told Widmore--except that he told FLocke that that was a lie. And then Sawyer told Kate what was going on, that he was gonna let the two sides (FLocke and Widmore) fight it out, and that he was going to get himself and Kate off the island.
Now, personally I'd be kinda happy if Sawyer and Kate did get off the island--I am very much Team Skate and really do believe those two are meant to be together. They're too much alike--even now, they're the two characters that I'm not quite sure which side they're on. I'm half-convinced they're on their own side: two good but troubled people dancing at the edge of darkness but to a beat that's all their own.
But I doubt they're gonna end up together. That's too much of a happy ending, and I'm pretty sure we're not going to get one of those when it comes to Sawyer and Kate. As a writer, if I were writing Lost, I'd permanently split those two up in some sort of spectacular fashion so as to have the maximum impact on viewers like me who feel so strongly that those two are yin and yang.
Anyway. Off-island, in the sideways world, Sawyer's a cop. He's using his con-man abilities to be a very, very good cop. Miles is his partner, he has a little run-in with Charlie's brother Liam, and he goes on an ill-fated date with Charlotte. He's still got his demons--he's on the hunt for Anthony Cooper, the original Sawyer, whom he wants to kill. As he's telling Miles about this, somebody's car slams into the car that Sawyer and Miles are chatting in. Sawyer gives chase and finds that the perp is...Kate! The look he gave her when he saw her face was priceless; it almost looked like he recognized her. Perhaps from their brief encounter at the airport, or perhaps because somewhere in his consciousness, he knows that he already knows her somehow...?
Some things I noticed:
* Going back to the Kate/Claire thing: Did anyone else notice that prior to attacking her, Claire grabbed Kate's hand? And then later after attacking Kate, when Claire apologized and hugged Kate, they seemed to pay special attention to the hands?
* Also on the hand topic: When Kate was upset and FLocke was talking to her, he offered her his hand as she was going to get up from where she was sitting. Kate got up on her own and didn't take his hand. Is something going on where characters who are infected are trying to somehow spread the infection by a touch of their hand? If Jacob could make people special candidates by touching them with his hand, isn't it reasonable to wonder what Smokey might be able to do to them with a touch of his hand?
* Sayid looked and acted like a shell of himself. We only saw him briefly, and we saw nothing of the brave Sayid we're used to seeing. He just sat there while Claire attacked Kate. Not sure if that's because he didn't want to help Kate (those dark side people probably like stickin' together on stuff like this) or because he simply didn't have it in him to do so. Perhaps there's not enough soul/humanity left in Sayid to implore him to help a friend in need.
* We've been dealing with a mirror theme this whole season. On a larger level, events in each world mirror each other (like the scene in the beginning of this episode where that chick was trying to con Sawyer, who, in his cop sort of way, was conning her...that mirrored a Sawyer/Cassidy scene from seasons past, but it was more of a funhouse-style mirror image, as the two scenarios were not quite the same), and on a smaller level, with mirrors showing up prominently in the sideways world. Tonight we saw sawyer stare himself down in the mirror and then punch it, shattering the glass, after he and Miles had an argument.
* Looked like two of the books in Sawyer's room were Watership Down and Lancelot. Any deep insights...?
* FLocke touched on some mommy issues. Now, we know Locke has some mommy issues, but I absolutely got the sense that FLocke was talking about his own (not Locke's) mommy issues. I felt like they were touching on something significant and meaningful here but that we only got a taste of it this time around.
I also thought there were a lot of significant quotes tonight--things that sent a spidey sense sort of tingle down my spine. And they are:
"Do you want to die alone?" (Miles to Sawyer)
FLocke: "Have you ever had an enemy? Someone that you needed to hate?..."
Kate: "Very insightful, coming from a dead man."
FLocke: "Well, nobody's perfect."
And on the TV show (Little House on the Prairie, perhaps? I'm not sure...) that Sawyer was watching: "And people aren't really gone when they die. All the good memories sustain us 'til we see them again."
Now it's your turn. Thoughts on "Re-Con"? Who else thought Charlotte looked absolutely gorgeous tonight? Is Sawyer conning both Widmore and FLocke? Do you think he's going to succeed? Shout it out in the Comments section!
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