More Lost. That’s a good thing. Tonight’s episode wasn’t as exciting as the finale—the pace was considerably slower—but it wasn’t terrible, either.
Spoilers from last night’s episode after the jump.
Links and miscellanea
- Unlike a few of his co-stars, Daniel Dae Kim will be doing more television after Lost: he’s been cast to co-star in a Hawaii Five-O reboot next season. Staying in Hawaii must have been too tempting to pass up. Kim claims he’s stopped theorizing about where the show is going. (Looks like this spin-off is not going to happen after all.)
- Here’s another article talking about how disappointing Lost’s ratings are (a mere 12 million live viewers for the season 6 premier). (A more positive spin here.) I’ve written before why this gloom and doom is overstated, but I’ll sum up: the loss of viewers is inherent to serialized dramas, especially ones as dense as Lost; Lost has tons and tons of people who watch online (more than any other show, last I checked); DVRs mean time-shifted viewing that doesn’t show up in live ratings; and despite relatively low ratings, Lost kills in the power demographics that advertisers love.
- Here’s a fun video of Newsweek staff members who have never seen Lost before, trying to figure out and explain what various clips from the show mean.
If you’ve never watched Lost before, season 6 is not the place to start. This has probably been true for at least four seasons.
- Here’s a TV Guide interview with Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet), including her speculations on what her cryptic message to Sawyer may have meant.
- IGN interviewed Hiro Sanada, who plays the Japanese Other in charge of the Temple.
- I don’t think I’d seen this one before. Someone has created a more-or-less comprehensive Lost time line.
- I have linked to this before, but the site has been updated quite a bit since then: DHARMA Initiative labels for every occasion.
- If you’re looking for the latest Cuse and Lindelof interview try PopWatch. Or you can watch the Jimmy Kimmel interview they did after the season premier aired:
- Finally, here’s an interview with Nestor Carbonell talking about his character, the ageless Richard Alpert.
Observations and speculations
- The title, of course, is a reference to the second season episode, “What Kate Did,” where we first found out why Kate is a fugitive. It looks like we’ll get character-centric episodes, with flash-sideways to to LA-X universe, this season.
- When Sayid regains his consciousness (and his life), he appears to be the same person that he was when he was shot during Operation Jughead. Theories that Sayid is something or someone else (or swapped places with LA-X Sayid) appear to have failed.
- “Of course he’s fine. He’s an Iraqi torture who shoots kids. He definitely deserves another go around.” Sawyer has a point, you know. The Island’s logic never seems to make sense from a normal-person morality. Whatever is motivating the Others, or Team Black, it’s not what we would think of as truth and justice.
- The cab driver also played the creepy puppetmaster in the apparently canceled Heroes. He doesn’t have much to work with here, but does fine. And yet another Arzt cameo.
- Miles’ sardonic humor is a bit muted so far this season, but this line made me smile: “As you can see, Hugo has assumed the leadership position, so that’s pretty great.”
- When the Japanese Other, who we now know is named Dogen, sees Hurley, Jack and Miles with Sayid in the Temple courtyard, he says, “What are you doing?” with a phrasing (attomari suru) that could also mean “What are you becoming?” Then, we Jack starts asking questions, Dogen says (I think), “Don’t say anything.” Just before the scuffle, he says, “Take him.”
- Where did Sawyer get his gun? Did he swipe it off an Other? That part seemed unclear. Sawyer’s exit from the Temple reminded me of the “every man for himself” Sawyer from the first three seasons.
- Aldo’s gun looks familiar. It’s appears to be a Walther P-38.
- Remember Aldo? Kate doesn’t. I barely do. He’s played by Rob McElhenney, who also plays “Mac” on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” Unless I’m mistaken, this is the first time we’ve been able to identify a Temple Other as an Other we’ve seen before. [Edit: With the exception of Cindy, the Oceanic-flight-attendant-turned-Others-convert.] Aldo’s a bit high strung. He can shove a pistol in someone’s face and say (without irony), “Everybody calm down!”
- The Others seem very concerned with keeping the Losties safe. Jack seems to have realized this (chalk one small victory up to Jack) and seems to be leveraging this knowledge.
- Scruffy mechanics are always willing to help attractive female fugitives in need. It’s a law of television, I think.
- The torture scene was bizarre and unsettling. Unlike the torture Sayid is familiar with, Dogen didn’t ask any quesitons or really seem to want anything from Sayid at all. It was a “test” but Sayid failed. I’m not sure what was supposed to happen if Sayid was not “infected.” When Dogen finishes the torturing, he says, “Good. This is enough” (presumably, to make his “diagnosis”).
- I have to question LA-X Claire’s judgment. It’s not wise to start hanging out with dangerous fugitives, even if you’re new to the country and don’t have any friends yet.
- Aldo claims the Others are protecting the Losties from the “pillar of smoke that makes a ‘ticka ticka’ sound when it’s pissed off.” But then, we knew that. The real question is why.
- Justin the Other protects Kate from tripping “one of Rousseau’s traps” (or is it one of Claire’s traps?) and Kate repays him by letting him get flattened by a net full of boulders. Moral: don’t ever trust Kate.
- Dogen describes Sayid’s condition as “keigansarete shimatta,” (a form of the verb keigan suru) which his translator says means “infected,” saying there’s no literal translation. This could be translated as “he has been turned into something.” It could also mean “judged as being,” which has interesting implications when you think about the Smoke Monster and its judgments.
- When Dogen offers the green capsule to Jack, he asks him, in Japanese, to get Sayid to swallow it. The translator claims that “it won’t work unless he takes it willingly.” Why not? Is this some sort of selective poison that depends on the consumer’s state of mind? Odd. Or are the Others trying to make someone other than themselves responsible for Sayid’s death?
- Dogen displays some Ben-like manipulation skills, trying to play on Jack’s guilt to get Jack to do what he wants. Luckily Jack’s been there, done that. Our Jack is finally growing up.
- All this business about the “infection” is interesting. It makes me think of Rousseau’s research team, and the odd way they behaved after being attached by Smokey. Could this be the same fate that awaits Sayid, and (according to Aldo) has already taken Claire?
- Sayid tells Hurley he is not a zombie. This, of course, is foreshadowing season 7, affectionately known as “The Zombie Season.”
- Sayid knows he didn’t pass the “test.” Never torture a torturer and think you can put one past him.
- In the jungle, Jin is looking for Sun and Kate is looking for Claire, but also kind of hoping to rekindle something with Sawyer.
- I’m not really sure why Claire had to go all the way to the United States from Australia to give her baby up for adoption in the first place (other than, of course, plot contrivance). Seems needlessly complicated. And what if, you know, the Baskum’s break up before you even get there?
- Otherville does not look good. The HOA is just not doing its job. Sawyer’s still moping about Juliet, and is pulling up the floorboards of his old bungalow to find some stuff he hid there in ’77, including an engagement ring he had been saving for Juliet. Poor guy.
- Ethan Rom is not an Other Man in the LA-X universe, but a friendly obstetrician named Dr. Goodspeed. Recall that Ethan was the Others’ doctor before Juliet arrived. Dr. Goodspeed can tell that Claire is 3 cm dilated and 80% effaced without doing a pelvic exam. Which is just as well because that would have really creeped me out. [EDIT: Some more information about what we know of Ethan is appropriate here. Recall that Ethan is a child of DHARMA: the son of Horace and Amy Goodspeed. When we last saw infant Ethan, he was among the DHARMA women and children who were put on the sub to escape the “Incident.” In the island universe, Ethan survived Ben’s purge and become an Other physician, soldier and spy. Recall that a youthful Ethan went on the mission with Ben to steal Alex from Rousseau. In the LA-X timeline, he survived the incident and likely was raised in the United States, becoming a friendly obstetrician who doesn’t like sticking needles in people for no reason (as opposed to Ethan Rom who absolutely loves it).]
- Sawyer sits on the dock pining for Juliet and Kate apologies profusely and repeatedly. This is the same dock were Locke blew up the sub, Galaga.
- The name “Aaron” seems to trigger something with Kate. At this point, I’m thinking that the LA-X Losties have some vague recollection of the events that happened after the crash. There was a similar moment when Kate saw Jack at the airport, and when Jack saw Desmond on the plane.
- Dogen tells Jack that he speaks in Japanese through a translate because he has to remain separate from the other Others to set himself apart as their leader. At the risk of bringing back the painful memories of Bai Ling’s acting, recall that Jack’s tattoo means “he walks among us, but he is not one of us,” which we’re lead to believe means that Jack is a leader, apart from those he leads. So a comparison is being made between Dogen and Jack.
- Dogen says he was “brought” to the island “like everyone else” and claims that Jack knows “exactly what [he] means.”
- Jack’s play with the green capsule was pretty good. But then, Dogen’s explanations (“I can’t explain what it is, there isn’t time” and “trust me”) were extremely week.
- Kate uses the alias “Joan Hart” at the hospital. Melissa Joan Hart played TV’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch, a show that co-starred Beth Broderick, the actress who plays Kate Austen’s mother on Lost.
- A page in the hospital calls for “EKG tech to 3-1-5.” 3-1-5 is not a significant number, but 3-1-6 is (it’s the Ajira flight number, as well as a reference to the New Testament scripture John 3:16). This could be an allusion to the fact that, in the LA-X universe, things are similar, but not the same as they were. We may have a whole new set of numbers in the LA-X universe, too, ones that are not cursed for Hurley, for example.
- At the end of the episode, Dogen tells Jack that Sayid has been “meisareta,” a passive form of the verb “meisuru“. The translator says this means “claimed,” but a more literal translation would be “stamped, engraved or inscribed.” Dogen explains that “there is a darkness growing in him,” and tells Jack that the same thing happened to his sister, referring, we can only assume, to Claire (Jack’s half-sister). How does Dogen know Claire, let alone that Claire is Jack’s half-sister?
- In the final reveal of the episode, Claire (or whatever Claire is now) shoots Aldo and Justin, the Others that try to re-capture Jin. Jin is caught in a bear trap—perhaps one set by Claire herself? It’s nice to see that we should be getting some answers on what’s up with Claire soon.
I thought this episode was okay, but not great. For whatever reason, Kate-centric episodes tend to be middling. There was a noticeable drop off in the writing from last week’s premier, but it still moved things along enough to keep it interesting.
The worst part of the episode? Even after watching it to the end, I’m still not sure what it is Kate “does.”
Anyone notice anything I missed? Confirm or refute any theories?