LOST: Recon

Yet another installment in the final season of Lost, this time featuring Sawyer, doing the things that Sawyer does best.

Expect spoilers from tonight’s episode, and other stuff, below.

Links and miscellanea

  • Let’s start out with a hard-hitting link: Emile de Ravin says she’s never dyed her hair and is not a “dumb blonde.”
  • Lost Slapdown, Part 6:
    http://www.hulu.com/embed/i3ZgCtkNXfbyp0325ezlPg
  • Henry Ian Cusick is involved in trying to save a community theater in his native Scotland.
  • Detour Designables has some nice Lost-themed t-shirts for sale. (Don’t tell Disney.) DarkUFO and Detour are teaming up to give away shirts, too.
  • Collider has an interview with Dominick Monaghan about both Lost and FlashForward (which returns this week after a too-long hiatus).

Observations and speculations

  • The episode opens with Sawyer and Jin in Crazy Claire’s jungle hideout. It’s clear that both are still free agents in the White vs. Black league. It’s endearing, really, that Jin and Sun are pursuing the same basic strategy, only hoping to find each other. Meanwhile, Sawyer and Kate had one of the least affectionate reunions of Oceanic losties we’ve ever seen on the show.
  • Meanwhile, the LA-X storyline opens as a scene we’ve seen twice already, in the first season episode “Confidence Man,” (where Sawyer successfully conned his mark) and in the second season episode, “The Long Con,” (where Cassidy, his future partner and the mother of his daughter, Clementine, recognizes the con right away). Only this time, everything appears to go wrong and the mark pulls a gun on Sawyer, only to find out that he’s not bluffing when he says he’s a cop. It was a technique that Lost loves to use—repeat a scene from the past, with a twist, and use the twist to communicate a reveal. I thought it worked beautifully here. And I loved that Det. Ford’s codeword was “LaFleur.” And, of course, that Miles is his partner.
  • Another minor Easter Egg: the alarm clock during the con scene says “8:42,” which, obviously, are two of the Numbers.
  • Back at Crazy Claire’s jungle hideout, Claire appears to have inherited at least one of John Locke’s knives. She looks fondly on the Freaky Pig Baby (or Squirrel Baby, if you prefer). She tells Kate, “It’s all I had,” seeming to acknowledge that she knew it wasn’t an actual baby.
  • Not Locke arrives and gives a speech. He’s like a camp leader, seeking to reassure and rally the troops. He tells Cindy that “the black smoke killed” the people who stayed behind at the Temple.” which is technically true, though the answer is dishonest, as it omit a crucial detail. Zach and Emma, the Tailie children that Ana Lucia tried to protect, are still with the group, and Zach is still holding the teddy bear.
  • In LA-X, Det. James Ford is busy calling various Anthony Coopers in continued quest to track down Sawyer, the man who killed his parents. Given that Cooper is still on good terms with Locke, there’s a chance that Cooper has reformed.
  • A couple of interesting objects from Det. Ford’s workspace: 1) a Hollywood souvenir coffee mug. Not sure why this is interesting, it just was. 2) There is a statuette that appears to be St. Christopher, the patron saint of travelers, carrying the Christ child. It’s appropriate, I guess, since this version of Sawyer hasn’t be involved in any travel-related mishaps that we know of.
  • Miles sets Det. Ford up on a date with Charlotte Lewis, who “works with my dad at the museum.” Miles’ dad, of course, is Pierre Chang. (Or is it? The name plate at his desk reads, “Det. Miles Straume,” so maybe it’s a step-dad and Miles took his stepfather’s name?) Charlotte’s parents were also DHARMA people, so it makes sense that there would be a connection between them. Both Charlotte and Miles lived on the island as young children (probably Miles was still an infant when he left), but it’s likely that neither one of them remember it. Interestingly,
  • Miles asks LA-X Sawyer, “Do you want to die alone?,” giving us this week’s installment of the “live together, die alone” motif.
  • On the island, Sawyer confronts Not-Locke, and Not-Locke is disarmingly honest. “I’m the smoke thing,” he tells Sawyer. He also tells him that he killed the ones who stayed at the Temple out of self-defense. “It’s either kill or be killed. And I don’t want to be killed.” Which strongly implies that the Smoke Monster is capable of being killed, not just contained.
  • Not-Locke does lie to Sawyer, however, when he tells him, “I have reason to believe that some of the other [Ajira] passengers mean to do us harm.”
  • In LA-X, Charlotte and Det. Ford have a dinner date that includes heavy flirting and leaping over small talk. Charlotte is still an archeologist, just as she was in the original Island timeline. But is she harboring an obsession to return to the Island? Does she know that it’s now Atlantis? That’s unclear.
  • On Det. Ford’s dresser are three books: Watership Down by Richard Adams, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle, and Lancelot, by Walker Percy. Each of these were books that Sawyer read while on the island. At least two of them are excellent books, too, though I’ve never read Lancelot.
  • Charlotte looks like she’s doing something more than simply look for a t-shirt. She seems like she’s searching for something. She doesn’t look in the “top drawer on the right” as Ford tells her, but immediately goes to the dresser on the left. It’s pretty obvious it’s a pants drawer and not a t-shirt drawer. She didn’t have to dig to the bottom like that.
  • On the Island, Sawyer makes it to Hydra Island, then Hydra Station, where he has a wistful moment remembering the rowdy bear-cage love he had once with Kate.
  • Something clearly isn’t right with Sayid. Is the “darkness growing inside of him” as Dogen warned, or is he simply freaked out that he’s finally given himself over to his own dark side? He’s clearly not the same Sayid. When Crazy Claire attempts to slit Kate’s throat, he just watches, passively, uninterested in helping.
  • Nice Not-Locke moment: (after smacking Crazy Claire across the face) “This is completely inappropriate.” Yes, we must not attempt to slit our friends’ necks. Completely inappropriate.
  • On Hydra Island, Sawyer finds the Ajira jet, in relatively good condition, then finds a trail where bodies have been dragged through the sand to their final resting place. Zoe, who we later find out is one of Widmore’s peopel, claims to be the “only one left” from Ajira 316.
  • Meanwhile, in LA-X, Liam Pace is looking for his brother, Charlie, who was arrested on drug charges.
  • During Miles’ confrontation with Det. Ford, he lets Ford know that he knows about the return trip from Australia “two days ago.” So this particular flashsideways is very soon after the non-crash of Flight 815.
  • After Miles walks out on Sawyer and tells him he is not his partner anymore, there’s an interesting shot with Sawyer looking at himself in a mirror. It gives you the impression that there are two Sawyers, one living in a mirror world. Sawyer punches the mirror and shatters it. I’ve speculated before that perhaps one of the ways this show concludes is if one of the universes is destroyed, leaving only a single reality. If that were to happen, then this scene would be a foreshadowing.
  • Not-Locke comforts Kate and apologizes to her for Crazy Claire’s behavior. He gives her a fairly convincing explanation for his lie about the Others stealing her baby: she needed an enemy to motivate her to keep living. It almost sounds compassionate the way he puts it. It was likely also useful to Not-Locke, but he doesn’t mention that.
  • Not-Locke also tells Kate some interesting things about who he is. He says he is “not a dead man.” He also says, “My mother was crazy.” Interestingly, Locke’s mother was crazy as well. In fact, seh spent some time at the Santa Rosa mental hospital where Hurley was committed. Not Locke refers to “A long time ago before I looked like this I had a mother just like everyone. She was a very disturbed woman. And as a result of that, I had some growing pains. Problems that I’m still trying to work my way through.” Clearly, Not-Locke has some deep issues. But recognition is the first step, right?
  • So who is Not-Locke’s mother? Do Jacob and Not-Locke share a mother? Or perhaps just a father, and Jacob’s mother was not crazy?
  • In LA-X, Det. Ford comes home and drinks a fictional beer, something in a brown bottle with a bird on the front. He also grabs some “country fried beef patties” from his freezer. Det. Ford seems to be quite the connoisseur. Next he watches a rerun of Little House on the Prairie on TV. This apparently inspires Ford to make a very lame attempt at reconciliation with Charlotte, offering a six pack of fictional beer and a sad sunflower. Charlotte, not being drunk and depressed, rejects him.
  • Just off Hydra Island, Sawyer walks along a bulkhead in Widmore’s sub and notices that a room is double padlocked. This seems to be significant.
  • Sawyer knows Charles Widmore by name. I don’t recall whether he ever learned it during the time of the freighter, but there’s a very good chance that Miles told him all about Widmore when the two grew close working for DHARMA during the ’70s. Widmore condescends to Sawyer, “It’s sad really, how little you actually know.”
  • Sawyer cuts a deal with Widmore that he immediately breaks. He does not go back and tell Not-Locke that there’s no one left on the island. And yet, at this point, his deal with Not-Locke is basically as good as his deal with Widmore. They are both cons—a con and a re-con (get it?). Sawyer’s just going to see how everything plays out, then try to make the most out of whatever that situation.
  • Crazy Claire’s apology was just as disturbing as her attack on Kate.
  • Sawyer lets Not-Locke know about Team Widmore’s pylons being used to create a sonic fence. Sawyer calls Dharmaville “New Otherton.” I believe that’s the first time that name has actually been used on the show, although it’s been used by the writers in the podcasts.
  • Det. Ford and Miles reconcile in LA-X when Ford tells his partner about his plan to hunt down and murder the man who killed his parents. It’s a strange moment. Miles perhaps believes he still has a chance to talk Ford out of it.
  • Just then, a car smashes into Ford and Miles’ vehicle. It’s a fugitive runnign from the law. Who could that be, we wonder, pretending not to know? Hey, what do you know? It’s Kate. But here’s the riddle: if Det. Ford knew Kate was a prisoner on Oceanic flight 815, why did he aid her escape? That’s the part that doesn’t make a lot of sense. Given that it was earlier in this season and hte writers had to have Sawyer’s story arc all mapped out, I’m going to assume that there is some sort of explanation for this.
  • On the beach in camp Not-Locke, Kate and Sawyer are getting ready for a dinner of “rabbit…I think.” Yet another rabbit reference.
  • Finally Sawyer lets Kate in on his plan to pit Team Widmore and Team Not-Locke against each other, then steal away in the sub. As if the sub would be easier to pilot than a jet plane.

I liked this episode. I always like Sawyer episodes. There was not a ton of mythology offered here, but the character stuff was pretty great.

Next week promises to be a doosy in terms of Island mythology, so I’m not that concerned.

I’m curious to hear everyone’s thoughts and feelings about “Recon,” and whether what little we learned here changed any of the theories being floated. Please feel free to share in the comments below.

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31 thoughts on “LOST: Recon

  1. Greg,

    Sawyer knows Charles Widmore by name. I don’t recall whether he ever learned it during the time of the freighter, but there’s a very good chance that Miles told him all about Widmore when the two grew close working for DHARMA during the ’70s. Widmore condescends to Sawyer, “It’s sad really, how little you actually know.”

    Didn’t Sawyer go through time with Locke and the others last season? I’m trying to remember if he was stuck in the time travel loop when they went in the 1950s to the Others’ camp. Or when Daniel was killed by his young mother to be. He would have known of Widmore from there. Or maybe the writers are getting sloppy and mixing up which characters know which other characters.

    Yeah, I look forward to next week’s episode.

  2. I was also trying to remember if Sawyer had been at that 1950s camp.

    Has it been explained how Widmore could now find the island? It disappeared into the sea since the freighter was there, right?

    I too found this a satisfying episode; I like the idea of Sawyer as a policeman. Perhaps he is one not so much for the love of justice, but for the access to information to hunt down his nemesis. Such a character may not have felt any particular motivation to get involved with some fugitive in an airplane elevator.

  3. I thought it was great how Not-Locke told Sawyer that he lies better than anyone, and from there on out all Sawyer did was tell the blunt truth (to both Widmore and Not-Locke). Nice contrast.

  4. Sawyer did travel to the 1950’s with Locke and company. While Locke talked to Richard and Faraday defused the bomb with Ellie, Sawyer et al. were being held in a teepee or something.
    I loved last night’s episode but I love Sawyer. I was wondering about Nemmy’s mommy story. I like the theory that he and Jacob have the same daddy but different mommy’s and Nemmy got the short
    end of the stick. I also briefly wondered if he could somehow be Aaron. I think Sawyer letting Kate go
    at the airport can be explained like this; he was off
    duty, she was hot. Pretty simple. This Sawyer
    might be a better version then we know but not
    entirely.

  5. I don’t know about you guys, but I’d love to see a spin-off show of “Miles and Ford: Detectives”

  6. When the Not John Locke thing was referring to his mother, he is not referring to Emily Locke for he is Not Locke, she is some mythological thing, Angel, Deity, Cursed Man, something that is thousands of years old.

    I think what ever Locke is good bad in the middle he is part of a balance that he and the candidate keep with the island.

    He is giving us clues like Lost always goes to his true origins, puzzle we are all trying to solve. You have to Love it.

    What will w do when Lost ends,

  7. Not-Locke does lie to Sawyer, however, when he tells him, “I have reason to believe that some of the other [Ajira] passengers mean to do us harm.”

    How is that a lie? Ilana, for one, was on that flight.

  8. Perhaps he [Sawyer] is one not so much for the love of justice, but for the access to information to hunt down his nemesis.

    I think this was hinted at in Sawyer’s dinner conversation with Charlotte, when he said that at some point in his life, he had to make a choice whether to be a criminal or a cop. Sawyer in the LA X timeline shows the same “in it for myself” amorality as the Island Sawyer. That said, the same inner softie was revealed when he attempted to make up for his anger with his late-night visit to Charlotte. In both universes, Saywer is fundamentally a moral person, who keeps that side of himself buried under his anger.

    My question is this: did Sawyer make a mistake in revealing his plans to Kate? It’s significant that this scene occured after Kate and Locke had a private conversation. As Dogen warned Sayid, “don’t let him talk to you.” It appears that Kate did just that, and Locke took the opportunity to attempt to seduce Kate to the Dark Side. And as with Claire and Sayid, Locke knew which buttons to press with Kate: concern for Aaron, concern for Claire, and a history with a mother who didn’t understand (or appreciate) Kate’s actions.

    So we don’t know yet if Locke succeeded in bringing Kate fully over to his team. But if he did, Sawyer’s plan to sneak off on the submarine in the middle of the battle between Widmore and Locke is known to Kate, and may soon be known to Locke…

  9. In the Tempest the monster on the island is the son of a witch. So I suspect they may be making more Tempest references. Still the parallels to Locke as well as Rousseau and Claire are quite interesting.

  10. BTW – my current theory is that smokey is Aaron, Claire’s son. That’s why he has that tender moment with Kate and why he’s protecting Claire. And I suspect the Others have something to do with turning him into the smokey monster which is why he said that.

  11. The cable description for the episode last night referred to “the Locke monster,” which I thought was sort of funny.

  12. BTW – my current theory is that smokey is Aaron, Claire’s son.

    I thought this was a silly theory at first, but it makes more and more sense all the time. There’s definitely something going on with Christian as far as his significance to the island. And Jack, his son, seems to be the front-runner to replace Jacob. Claire, Christian’s daughter, is one of the few women we know of to give birth on the island. Of course, her son, Aaron, is Christian’s grandson. So, does he return to the island a thousand years ago (or whatever) to become MIB? How old is he when he does, if he does? Is he the the mysterious kid with the blood on his hands (it was his hands, right?) that seemed to freak MIB-Locke out so much? I’m not totally sold, but I don’t think it’s out of the question.

  13. I wonder why, then, they showed the MIB during the Black Rock arrival as having dark hair, when Aaron is a blonde?

    I really, really hope the “answer” to this show is not that Smokey is related to Aaron, Jack, Claire, and Christian. For one, it smacks too much of a “Leia is your sister, Luke” resolution, which I found trite then and would find trite now. For another, it would invalidate to me the importance, as well as the suffering, of all the other characters, or reduce them to mere pawns in an incestuous game of chess.

  14. There’s no real reason to think Not Locke told the truth when he talked about his crazy mother. It could be just more first class motivation.

    However, O’Quinn’s performance during that scene was amazing. He definitely sold me. So it seems that as an actor he probably came at it from a place where he portrayed it as if it was absolutely ture.

  15. “Leia is your sister, Luke” is nothing compared to “Luke, I’m your father” coming from Darth Vader. Gee, whiz.

  16. Mudhead, I was a platinum blonde when the kid’s age. I now have very dark hair.

    BTW – I agree about O’Quinn as an actor. I’ve loved everything he’s been in since I first saw him on Millennium back in the early 90’s.

  17. I laughed at this exchange:

    “… insightful for a dead man.”

    “Nobody’s perfect.”

    I agree, though, Locke’s performance during that scene with Kate was riveting.

    Question, does Miles in LA-X have his Sixth Sense?

  18. I loved how they had Sawyer watching “Little House,” as he mentioned he used to watch it as a kid way back in Season 3. Now here he is, watching Little House again – a show about a happy, simple family — something he is obviously wistful for.

  19. Loved this episode! Could Sawyer be any hotter? And great to see Charlotte all cleaned up. Perfect match for Sawyer when you think of it – intelligent, educated and sexy.

    re the crazy mother story – I’m inclined to think that MIB borrowed that story from Locke, as he seems to have all his memories along with a copy of his body. I don’t like the idea of yet another idea introduced at this late stage, just as I want the focus to narrow back to our main characters.

    re Miles’ power – I was hoping to get a sense of that too, and it would have been so easy as cops for them to come across a dead body etc. Good point that it could be island related. Also note the like Sawyer, Miles has chosen a non-criminal life in LAX world. Loved the reference to his father at the museum, and yes of course they’d know Charlotte.

    re Widmore and Sawyer – in addition to the time travel, Sawyer was head of security for Dharma for three years while Widmore was head of the others. My only surprise is that they haven’t actually met before, but they would certainly be aware of one another.

    re letting Kate go – agree with the off duty – same as when he saw Liam Pace “not my beat.” I think this Sawyer is a good cop, but it’s not his life’s vocation.

  20. Jenny, Sawyer could be a lot hotter if he lost about 25 lbs. Josh Holloway has got serious handles.

  21. Supergenius is just tuned in to the female psyche.

    Compare Sawyer from season 1 to now, and you can definitely see what he’s talking about. But either way, Jenny is right – Sawyer’s hot!

  22. Sawyer had gotten a little chubby but he’s looking much, much better. His hair was really working it though. You know what my biggest problem with the last episode was? That kid is still carrying that teddy bear! Give the bear a backstory or give the kid something new to play with. He’s been with the Others for awhil now, shouldn’t he be toting a gun by now?

  23. I think there needs to be a Teddy Bear-centric episode. How would the Teddy Bear’s life be different if Oceanic 815 didn’t crash?

  24. There was a time in the early seasons that many were hoping for a Vincent-centric episode. Beyond the joke of it, I think it actually could have been really interesting and contribute to the story if done right.

    We could have had Vincent’s eye view of things, but without any words – perhaps the voices muted, while sounds of the jungle moved to the forefront.

    Vincent also might have seen some interesting things in his forays into the jungle – tidbits for us without voices, left to interpretation.

    Dogs can also hear things humans can’t, and many also believe they can perceive things most humans can’t, such as ghosts. Tons of possibilities there.

    It’s too late really, but early on it could have contributed a lot to the story.

  25. I actually didn’t mind the Nikki and Paolo episode at that point in the story. I liked that for once the other passengers on the plane were acknowledged by showing the experience of two of them, sort of as representative of the others. I liked that we got a bit of a review in at that point, as they went over events from a different angle.

    And I really liked the way they tied it back together recently with Miles – that was fun.

  26. I liked the Nikki and Paulo episode myself even if it was completely ripped off from the old Alfred Hitchcock series. And I really liked that Miles finally got his money from them.

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