submitted on March 26, 2009, 6:53 AM
Boy, it's been a while since we've had a good "Holy shit" moment on this show, hasn't it?
Overall I think I liked the direction of this episode better than last week's. I don't think we've quite gotten to that point where the next plot point that the story is driving to is clear yet, I do think some of the wheels have started turning. I believe that Widmore's "war" may be the last big push for this show, and I wonder if that's what we'll spend the rest of the season building towards. It seems like some seeds may have been planted last night with Sayid, Ben, and Dharma.
The Timeline. I talked about this a bit in my followup post on Monday, and to be honest, I'm not sure if the events from yesterday's episode did anything to further that theory. I think from a basic level it appears to give the theory credibility, since Ben was shot, that could easily change his decision to lead the Others, meaning the Others never killed off Dharma, which led us to the abandoned processing center that Frank & Sun where in. But this show is constantly dealing with the ideas of fate and destiny, in which case, how do we know Ben getting shot isn't all part of the process of him joining the Others? I still think that building Sun & Frank were in is very suspicious (Not to mention the fact that the numbers were still playing when Frank was calling for help on the plane, something I forgot to bring up, implying that maybe Rousseau never changed the recording), but the jury is still out on whether or not what Sayid did actually changed anything.
Sayid. It's hard to go wrong when you focus an episode around Sayid. Sayid is actually the person I would trust most to be my leader if I had been on Oceanic 815, as opposed to Jack, or Locke, or even Sawyer for that matter. He marches to the beat of his own drum, only his drum beat tends to be better than everyone else's. It was actually kind of refreshing to have a straight up flashback-filled episode of LOST, I feel like we haven't had one in forever.
As soon as they showed the "Previously on LOST" clip at the beginning with Sayid killing that guy on the golf course, I knew that was why he was in handcuffs. And I love the idea that he didn't even want to be on the plane, but ended up there anyways. It explains the look for surprise (from both Ben & Sayid) when they see each other on the plane. I'm assuming/hoping that during the rest of the season we will get to see similar flashbacks for Hurley and Kate.
Some other random thoughts:
-Like I said, I think some of what we saw had a great purpose to it in terms of the upcoming story arc. I know the bounty hunter said she was working for the family of the man he killed in Guam, but I can't help but wonder if it was her responsibility to make sure he was on that flight because of Charles Widmore. Was Sayid being on that plane really fate, or because someone wanted him there? Sayid is very good at what he does, he would be a valuable asset for anyone who wanted to engage in a battle.
-"He's Our You" was a great episode title, and I loved how they used it in the show. I also like the idea that the 1970s Dharma version of Sayid is just some hippy that gives people drugs to make them tell the truth. Sound about right. I bet Sawyer is real glad right about now that he made up that LeFleur name for himself, don't you think?
-I love Juliet's subtlety. "Well, I'm glad someone else told you about Sawyer and I because I couldn't think of a way to tell you without it sounding like I was telling you to stay away (So I'll just drop it into the subtext here: Stay away)"
-Phil is a douche. When I see him all I can think of is him playing Jeremy Piven's assistant in Old School. Just wanted to get that out there.
-Before I forget, thanks to my friend Justin for pointing something out from last week's episode (Which I had to rewatch online since there was no Pop Up LOST this week!). When Sun was following Ben to the canoes, Ben at one point in time pulled off his sling and checked his arm, which seemed to be miraculously healed. Very interesting turn of events, since the last time Ben was on the island it was very clear that whatever it was that was healing people, wasn't working for Ben, thanks to his tumor and slow post-surgery recovery time. I have no idea what that means, but it's something to think about.
-It was very interesting to see Sayid become a man of destiny once he went back on the island and saw Ben. He's normally the rational one, who does what has to be done, and doesn't put his own interests over others. And perhaps that's all this Sayid was doing to. He knows what Ben is, what he's done (or in this case will do), and decided he needed to do something about it. I had no doubt that he wanted to kill Ben, but I am very surprised that he actually went ahead and did it.
-So Ben called out Sayid in Santo Domingo and said he was a killer at his core. Did he say that because he knows Sayid's file, or did he say that because he remembers Sayid putting a bullet into his chest when he was twelve years old?
-I was originally of the opinion that Sayid killed Ben, but Ben in 2007 would still be alive because any changes to the island's past didn't affect the rest of the world, and since Ben wasn't on the island when Sayid went back in time, he was unaffected by his death as a child. I think based on what others have said that I'm going to change my mind on that; I really liked that someone mentioned the fact that there is a very accomplished surgeon on the island (And let's face it, the idea of Jack doing life-saving surgery on a twelve year old Ben is awesome on so many levels that it has to happen). He got shot in the chest, not the head, so while it's not looking good for him, Jin's still there, so it's not like he's going to be laying there for three days before someone finds him.
However, this still leads back to my question earlier regarding fate. Was Ben supposed to get shot? Logically, you'd have to think this would affect his relationship with the Others, him getting shot by "one of them" and all. But then again, maybe it's supposed to happen that way. Does a meeting with Richard down the road perhaps clear the air on Sayid's place on the island? And what exactly is Sayid's place on the island?
-I'm amused that any time one of the survivors tells anyone else the truth about what really happened to them with the plane crash and the island, people just think they're crazy (Hurley telling his mom, Sayid telling Horace).
-I think Rose & Bernard are working for Ben and they set up the flaming VW bus as a distraction. (Note: I may be lying about that, and just wanted to mention Rose & Bernard since they're still completely MIA)
-Does anyone else want to know the names of the other kids on the island so we can see how many of them we know?
-Those people that were going after Sayid, after he broke Hurley out of the mental institution, were they all part of the same group of people as the bounty hunter? If I had to guess I would say they were Widmore's people, and really, what are the odds that a group of Widmore's people would go after Sayid like that, and then all of a sudden this bounty hunter finally shows up working for some family in Guam. I dunno, I really feel like Widmore was behind all of that.
I apologize if I missed anything awesome to discuss. Next week's preview looked particularly vague, and all we know is that the Dharma people aren't happy with all the shenanigans that have been going on in camp. Hoping for another flashback episode, maybe we can find out what it took for Kate to dump Aaron at the drop of a hat.
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