Tonight, we got another piece of the jigsaw puzzle: the background on Kate’s activities off-island and her reasons for coming back, and also what happened to Aaron.
Spoilers and a whole lot more after the break.
Links and miscellanea
- In a very surprising move, ABC/Disney has decided to cancel Lost and not air any more episodes after this season’s cliffhanger ending. Feel free to speculate about how the show ends in comments section below. (Via DarkUFO).
- Lost might be coming to Hulu (along with a lot of other Disney owned shows), which is cool. I like Hulu, even if I’m baffled by the business model. It reminds me of the late ’90s.
- Here’s a spoof from the guys at College Humor: Sayid bombs at stand-up.
- The New York Times has an interview with Young Ben. That’s a tough gig, by the way: playing a younger version of Michael Emerson’s character. I think Sterling Beaumon’s done an admirable job.
- Lost has won a Peabody award.
- Due to a crazy busy work schedule of late, I haven’t listened to any of the recent podcasts. Head over to ABC.com and do that work for yourself, why don’t you?
- Finally, it looks like show runner Damon Lindelof has quit working on Lost in a failure-of-technology-inspired rage. There are unconfirmed rumors circulating that ABC plans to bring Sherwood Schwartz out of retirement to replace him.
Observations and speculations
- Didn’t it seem odd that Young Ben had an entry wound, but not an exit wound? You would think that being shot at close range, the bullet would have passed through him.
- The last we saw Sayid, he was running off into the jungle. Then what? He didn’t show up in this episode at all. If he can’t take refuge with the Others, and he’s unwelcome back in DHARMAville, what will become of him?
- Right after Horace tells Jack that it was “one of us” who let Sayid escape, the camera cuts to a guy with a really fake looking beard that, at first glance, I thought was Tom (aka Mr. Friendly). It wasn’t, but the fake-looking beard still made me very suspicious.
- The scenes with Roger Linus and Kate really creeped me out. How much you wanna bet that Roger could throw a football to the other side of that island?
- In the first flashback, we see Kate in a car, with baby Aaron in tow, listening to Patsy Cline’s “She’s Got You.” The lyrics seem thematically appropriate. It’s a love triangle, from the perspective of the loser (i.e., Kate). This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Kate listening to Patsy Cline. This same song was used in the episode “Eggtown.” Also, Kate was playing a Patsy Cline song on the Hatch record player as she tended to an unconscious Sawyer in the season 2 episode, “What Kate Did.” That, and other, Patsy Cline songs have shown up fairly regularly on the show. Cline died in a plane crash, by the way.
- Then, as Kate is walking with Baby Aaron to Cassidy’s house in Albuquerque, she sings “Catch a Falling Star” to him. This is the song that Claire used to sing to Aaron, and that she requested the future adoptive parents to sing. It was also the tune that played on the mobile above the crib in the nursery in the medical station.
- So Cassidy and Kate knew each other independently of Sawyer. How crazy is that? Will we ever find out how they knew each other? My best guess: this was during Kate’s criminal, fugitive-from-the-law period. At some point, they must have crossed paths.
- Cassidy is almost a Yoda-like mentor character for Kate. She helps Kate understand what’s going on in her life with her sagacious observations: she helps Kate understand both Sawyer and her own motivations and helps her come to terms with them.
- When we first see Sawyer, he’s in the security station, checking out the video monitors. I don’t think it’s by accident that some of the video screens are showing the sonic-fence perimeter. I think someone back at security HQ (Phil, perhaps) is going to see that Kate and Sawyer/Jim took Ben across the boundary to the perimeter. So Kate and Sawyer could end up in limbo-land, with Sayid. It’s just a feeling I have. Even if they weren’t seen, they’re going to have a tough time explaining tonight’s events to the folks back in the barracks.
- So I guess by now, most people have figured out that Juliet is more than just a mechanic from the auto pool.
- Juliet mentions that the regular doctor is at the Looking Glass station “until Friday.” The Looking Glass station, you may recall is the underwater base with a moon pool that the Others used to jam transmissions to and from the island. If the sub is away, how do the DHARMA people get to and from the Looking Glass? Not that it matters, just curious.
- Every scene that Miles was in was excellent, and especially the Hurley and Miles scenes. Talk about ripping down the fourth wall. The conversations between Miles and Sawyer could have been a verbatim transcript from a couple of Lost fans discussing this season.
- I loved the “Back to the Future” reference, with Hurley staring at his hand to see if it was disappearing.
- Hurley and Miles’ conversation is also a wonderful exercise in the free-will vs. determinism debate, which likewise always goes round in circles. The same can be said of Kate and Jack’s wrestling over whether they needed to save Young Ben.
- Personally, I really like the newest version of Jack. (I disagree with Kate here.) He’s got a zen-like quality to him that is really impressive. In a way, it’s a lot like Locke at his finest. Especially this part, “Did you ever think that maybe the island just wants to fix things itself?” The old Jack would have fought hard against this kind of anthropomorphic thinking about the island. “And maybe I was just getting in the way?” He has a point.
- Best Miles line: (handing Hurley his gun) “Shoot me. Please.”
- I’m not sure I was convinced of Juliet and Kate’s willingness to save Ben by, of all things, taking him into the Others/Hostile’s territory. Juliet hates Ben, and late time I checked, so does Kate. The “innocent kid” thing only goes so far.
- Anachronism alert: in the supermarket scene where Kate loses Aaron, she is standing in front of a display that says, “My Solo Cup,” a new product that has a tag on the outside of the cup that the drinker can write their name on to personalize it. This product didn’t exist in 2007, when the scene would have taken place. It’s a small thing, but it’s all I could come up with when I scanned that scene for easter eggs.
- The woman who was holding Aaron’s hand when Kate finds him looked an awfully lot like Claire from behind. That was a nice touch.
- Jack helped Ben (via surgery) because Kate asked him to. Sawyer helped Ben (with Kate at the perimeter) because Juliet asked him to. Ben’s a lucky guy that it all worked out so well for him.
- The quadrangle subtext bleeds all over the dialog between any of the four characters. “I needed you, Jack.” Etc. I guess that’s better than it being right there on the surface.
- So why did the Oceanic 5 need to return to the island. To save Ben? Is that what had to happen? I’m not sure we know that yet.
- Jack said he came back because he was supposed to … do … something. How very un-Jack like. He’s embracing the concept of destiny.
- Just for the record, and in case it hadn’t been explicitly clear before, we now know for certain what Sawyer whispered to Kate on the helicopter, and it is exactly as we all guessed: go find my daughter, Clementine and take care of her.
- The Others that Kate and Sawyer first see are the grubby, earth-toned, barefooted Others that we’ve seen from time to time. Is this how they always dress, or just when they’re trying to freak people out? I’m still unclear about that.
- Kate tells Claire’s mother that Claire is still alive. I’m not at all sure that’s true. Now we know that Kate came back to the island to find her. She seems to have been distracted from her quest by this Ben-saving business. Some how, I thought that saving Ben would be related to protecting Aaron, which would relate to why Kate returned. I guess I was wrong.
- How did Richard Alpert know Benjamin Linus’s name? Were they formally introduced when they ran into each other in the jungle that one time?
- Richard says, “If I take him, he’s not ever going to be the same again. What I mean is that, he’ll forget this ever happened and that, his innocence will be gone.” Any way you slice it, this feels like one heck of a retcon: it was created specifically to overcome the problem that was sussed out by Miles and Hurley earlier in the episode. I guess with the whole time travel thing, one or two retcons is a necessity.
- Richard also says, “He will always be one of us.” Remember when we very first met Ben, Rousseau identified him as “One of Them“? My guess is that the change that happens to Ben when Richard takes him into the Temple is very similar to the change that happened to the members of Rousseau’s research team.
- One of the Others tells Richard, “You shouldn’t do this without asking Ellie. And if Charles finds out…” Yes, he’s talking about Elloise Hawking and Charles Widmore, who are both Others during 1977. Richard’s response, “I don’t answer to either of them.” Does Richard only answer to Jacob, perhaps?
- I really loved the final scene. Even though it was short, any time that Locke and Ben are on the screen at the same time, it’s a wonderful thing. And Locke’s line couldn’t have been better: “Welcome back to the land of the living.” Zing!
I liked this episode, but it was very expository. Telling Kate’s story had to be done, and the story was told with a journeyman’s skill. It was probably the talkingest Lost episode I can ever remember, though. Lots and lots of people sitting around talking to others. Hopefully, next week will have a lot more action. Without giving away too much, it’s called “Dead is Dead,” and just reading the episode description gives me chills. Should be great.