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? ;)
I have a lot to say about last night's episode. Like, a LOT. My mind's still spinning, even now. Let me start off by saying this: I thought it was brilliant, epic, and a turning point for this season. These writers are finding new ways to surprise us every week. While they didn't answer a bunch of questions this week like so many of us have been hoping for, they did provide us with a truly compelling episode that was action-packed, creepy, and thought-provoking.
There are so many little details I'm tempted to focus on here--so many symbolic things I want to analyze like crazy, finding out that Nadia was married to Sayid's brother in the sideways timeline, how I'm fascinated by their consistent use of the word "raised" (in regard to Aaron, and instead of other seemingly terminology like "brought up"--I'm not sure "raised" in this context always means what we'd ordinarily assume it means), the creepiness factor (Keamy was creepy as hell, and don't even get me started on Claire...), the significance of the stone block on the wall that Ilana pushed so that she, Lapidus, Sun, and Miles could hide out away from Smokey (that symbol really resembled an omega, which is the last character in the Greek alphabet, and this place, too, was a "last"--seemingly the last place they could go to guarantee their safety).
But I'm going to pull my attention away from the little details and take a good look at the big picture, which seems to focus on:
a) "For every man there is a scale" that indicates a person's balance of the good vs evil inside them--and tonight we saw some beloved characters crossing over to the "evil" side of that scale. I am sure we'll be dealing more with the scales of the other major characters soon enough.
b) What the man of light (Jacob) and the man of darkness (Smokey/MIB) seem to be promising various characters is, in exchange for that character's loyalty/support/presence, a chance to transcend the boundaries of space and time, to allow those characters to bring back someone they have lost (according to Dogen, this is what Jacob promised him, and we heard FLocke promise this to Sayid--although it remains to be seen whether either, both, or only one of these men making the promises intends or even has the ability to keep them). So now I'm wondering--is this less a story of redemption and more a story of reconnecting with who or what one holds dear--or, perhaps, are those cause and effect (as in, redemption comes from reconnecting with who or what one holds dear)?
c) Something's coming--a few somethings, actually. Inevitably, a clash of timelines. Also inevitably, a clash of characters. Once-loyal characters like Sayid and Claire have fallen prey to the dark side. Characters like Jack and Hurley seem to stay on the side of the light. And then, in terms of who I'd consider major characters, you've got Kate, Sawyer, Sun, Jin, Ben, and Richard. Kate appears to be following the FLocke, but I'm not convinced she really is; although she looked appropriately mesmerized in the final scenes of the episode, FLocke looked at her with skepticism and contempt. Is Kate pulling a long con of her own? I wouldn't put it past her. Sawyer also appears to be on the side of Smokey, but speaking of long cons, I'm not really buying it. My gut tells me Sun and Jin are more on the light side, along with Richard. Ben, though--I believe he's a true variable. A supporter of Jacob for most of his life, he was the person who killed Jacob, and was also ordered by his dead daughter (presumably Smokey in disguise--not that he knows that) to be loyal to Locke. Only...FLocke isn't exactly Locke. So how literally will Ben take that order? What's he gonna do? (Next week's the Ben-centric episode, so I'm sure that'll be a good starting point to finding out what he'll do.)
On the mirror theme from last week, tonight's episode was a perfect mirror of some of the chaos we'd seen in Season 1; this is shaping up to be a Jack vs Locke (well, this time it's really FLocke) battle. It's castaway vs castaway. It's whispers in the woods. It's not knowing who you can trust. (And also on the topic of mirroring: When Sayid was walking through and surveying the destruction wreaked in the Temple after Smokey blew through it, it reminded me very much of watching Ben right after he'd gassed the whole Dharma village...)
One other thing I'd like to make a note of before encouraging you guys to comment your pretty little hearts out: I think it's incredibly significant that we have really not dealt with Aaron at all this season. We dealt with him a little bit in "What Kate Does," and he's (an invisible) part of the current storyline since he motivates Kate to want to find Claire (and Claire to subsequently want to kill Kate). But let's backtrack: he's been a Very Big Deal all throughout the show, and all of a sudden, they're not focusing on him very much. Anyone else suspect Aaron's gonna show up somewhere completely unexpected to do something completely unexpected...and major?
Now it's your turn. What did you think of "Sundown"? Talk to me! :)
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