I have a feeling this week's post is going to be much shorter than, say, last week's epic Lost post.
See, I get it that important stuff happened in this episode. When the episode ended, I thought, Yes! Lots happened! Explosions! Confrontations! Machine guns! So much to talk about!
So then I thought to myself, OK, so then what exactly happened?
And you know what? I can't really say. I realize this episode was completely necessary--it did a great job of bringing more of the characters together in the Sideways world, and it did a good job of drawing up sides on the Island. But did it really do anything besides that? No, I don't think so.
Maybe I'm slightly cynical because I seek out the spoilers (don't worry, I'm keeping my mouth shut--I'd never spoil it for you guys!) and I have some pretty solid ideas about what we'll be seeing in the near future, much of which is more exciting than what we saw in "The Last Recruit." To me, this episode was nothing but the convergence of two forks in the road, leading two paths to become one on the way to one destination. But I still feel rather clueless about what that destination is, exactly.
Let's talk about a few of the interesting things that stood out in this episode. We got FLocke telling Jack that yes, that was indeed him masquerading as Christian when 815 first crashed on the Island. FLocke said he did this so he could help lead Jack to water for everyone. Do you believe any of this? I sure as hell don't.
First of all, Lost is full of unreliable narrators. It's a show of liars--and even when people aren't lying, sometimes their perceptions make them see, and then speak, untruths. What proof is there of this smoky entity actually being Christian? Keep in mind that this nemesis appears to be trapped on the Island. If that's the case, how'd he get off-Island to appear to certain characters? (He appeared to Michael on the freighter, and he appeared to Jack in the hospital sometime in season 4 or 5.) Also, let's consider it from a writer's perspective. You, the writer, have dragged out this "what is Christian?" mystery for six seasons now. Are you really going to just throw the answer at your audience like that, with FLocke just nonchalantly being like, "Yep, that was me, I was Christian!" I don't think so. I'm not buying this. And if I'm wrong and FLocke was actually speaking the truth, I'm going to be really disappointed.
On the Christian topic, I'm still wondering where his body is. We know where John Locke's body is. But we don't know where Christian's body is...
Moving on. When Sun was being wheeled into the hospital, she started freaking out when she saw Locke. Why would she do that? Theories, anyone? I wasn't aware she'd seen him off-Island before--am I missing something? (Also, re: Locke at the hospital: I found it interesting that one of the doctors said that the wheelchair--that very thing that embarrassed Locke so much--most likely saved his life.)
I loved the scene with Kate and Sawyer in the police station. LOVED IT. "It's like someone keeps trying to put us together," Sawyer said to Kate. I've said this before, and I'll say it again: those two need to be together. They're two halves of the same whole. They're the only ones who truly understand one another. They're too alike to be apart. That being said, I don't believe they're gonna end up together. I don't think these Lost writers necessarily believe in happy endings. ;)
You guys know I'm always rather lustful about Sawyer, but I've gotta say that Sideways Desmond looked jaw-droppingly gorgeous tonight. Tasteful outfit? Check. Great hair? Check. Hot accent? Check. Goddamn. And I thought Desmond's on-island scene with Sayid was absolutely brilliant. Is anyone else getting a Jacob-like vibe off Desmond these days? In the Sideways world, Desmond's running around trying to make contact with the 815ers, some of whom are the exact people Jacob went out of his way to touch. On-Island, Desmond was engaged in a conversation with sayid that was very Jacob-esque. Much like the conversation Jacob had with Ben right before Ben killed him, Desmond seemed to be telling Sayid, You have a choice. I'm not going to make it for you, and I'm not going to directly talk you into or out of anything, but I'm going to make sure you're aware that you have a choice. This ties in nicely to Jacob and Smokey's main conflict: Smokey believes that everyone is corrupt, and Jacob believes that humankind has the ability to be good and can choose to follow the path of the light instead of turning to the dark side.
And on the topic of Sayid, I think Hurley's Anakin Skywalker lines are pretty significant. Perhaps there is a chance for Sayid to turn away from the dark side. Perhaps Desmond's words had the desired effect on Sayid. I'm betting Sayid didn't kill Desmond. I wonder if FLocke believed Sayid's lies...
The scenes between Jack and Sawyer were intense, as was the scene between Kate and Claire. I think they're all going to regret those conversations for various reasons. Kate doesn't know yet that she really should be pushing the crazy one overboard, and if Sawyer did push Jack right back over to FLocke's side (is Jack himself FLocke's "last recruit"?), he may live to regret that for more reasons than just Kate being annoyed at him.
I hate admitting this, but I'm liking Jack a lot more as the season goes on. All of a sudden, he's a man of faith--literally (he took a leap of faith back into the ocean, headed back to the Island). Although FLocke condemns John Locke for ever having believed that he had a purpose on the Island, Jack now seems to be convinced that they do indeed have a purpose there. "It doesn't feel right, leaving the island... I remember how I felt last time I left. Like a part of me was missing. ...If that thing wants us to leave--maybe it's afraid of what happens if we stay." I found all this rather interesting. Jack's now adopted the Man of Faith viewpoint and is going back to hang out with the guy who looks just like Lost's original Man of Faith...but isn't. So the question is--is Jack on FLocke's side (as Claire said, "You decided the moment you let him talk to you. Whether you like it or not, you're with him now"), or is Jack against FLocke, wanting to do exactly the opposite of what FLocke wants them to do because he doesn't trust FLocke's intentions?
I hate to say it, but Sun and Jin's reunion? Totally crappy. And I'm not just saying that because the annoying Tina Fey lookalike pretty much crashed it. I really think they did not do that scene well. It could have been a really poignant moment...and it wasn't. It was flat. It was not what I think any of us were looking forward to after seeing Sun and Jin search for each other for so long. Ooh, Sun got her English back! Big flippin' deal! Cheesy and boring. Color me entirely unimpressed by that scene.
We don't get a new Lost next week *sniffle*, but I have a feeling the Lost we'll get in two weeks is going to be a doozy. We've got explosions happening all around FLocke and Jack, and we've got Widmore's goons pointing big, scary guns at all our favorite Losties--Hurley, Sun, Jin, Kate, Sawyer, Lapidus, and Crazy Baby Lady with the Whacked-Out Hair. (By the way, can Crazy Claire even go any further toward Widmore's goons with those pylons there...?) We've got danger! We've got suspense! And...hopefully in two weeks we'll have an episode that is slightly better than this one! ;)
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