To be honest, I wasn’t all that thrilled with this episode. It was a little confusing and it raised more questions than it answered. And since it was Kate-centric, I missed seeing the other characters.
Kate on the Island
I don’t understand why this woman does what she does. She doesn’t THINK before acting. She lies to Jack about why she wants to follow James. And did you notice the way Jack was looking at her? He’s headed for heartbreak again if he doesn’t wise up. So, Kate goes running after James. Why does she think that James will be ready to go running through the jungle with her to find Claire? He just buried Juliet a few hours ago!
I think this may be the first episode that we see James cry. Sure, we’ve seen him upset and disturbed, but he was broken in this episode. And instead of blaming someone else for his misery, he accepted his responsibility in Juliet’s death. This is very different for James.
A few questions were raised while Jin, Kate, Aldo, and the unnamed Other Justin were tracking James. First of all, Kate almost trips a trap. She makes a comment about it being one of Rousseau’s traps, but one of the others says that Rousseau has been dead for years. FOR YEARS? That must mean we’re not watching events that happened in 2007, the year Rousseau died. What year is it? (Correction: Rousseau died in 2004 before the Oceanic 6 left the island. Thanks, Val!)
What if the X in “LA X” stands for the Roman numeral 10? And it’s 2010?
Second, Jin asked Kate about where the plane crashed. She had no idea (because she didn’t experience the crash). But Justin knew exactly what Jin was talking about. So, the others know about the plane crash and they know it’s on the other island. I wonder if they know where the Ajira folks are?
Third, Aldo revealed that he is the bank security guard was the guy guarding building 23 whom Kate knocks unconscious with the butt of her gun. Kate has knocked out a lot of people, so it is plausible that she just doesn’t remember Aldo.
Kate in LA
The first thing that I noticed was that she seemed to recognize Jack and he recognized her. The second noteworthy tidbit is that Kate is innocent of whatever crime she has been accused of committing. Third, she stayed with Claire, even clutching her hand at one point. I’m not sure the other Kate would have done anything but run away.
Dr. Goodspeed (Horace Goodspeed’s son) is Claire’s doctor. I wonder if his first name is Ethan. And Claire calls out the name of her baby: Aaron. No big surprises there. I guess it is important to note that their stories are intersecting similarly to the way they did on the island.
According to this screen capture of Claire’s ultrasound photos, the date is October 22, 2004.
***I was just listening to The Official Lost Podcast (2/24/10) that aired 2/21/10, and Darlton confess that the date on the photo is simply a PROP ERROR.***
OK, the action in the temple was really confusing to me.
First, Sayid was taken to a dark room to be evaluated by Dogan, who blows some of the protective ash over Sayid’s belly, puts electrodes in Sayid’s belly, electrocutes Sayid, and brands Sayid. Then, Lennon tells him that he passed the test, but that was a lie.
We learn that Dogan believes Sayid has been “claimed” and filled with a darkness (probably the same thing that happened to the French team), one that will grow and consume his heart if he does not take the pill from Jack. But Jack is a good doctor who insists on knowing what he’s giving his patients. Turns out the pill was poison.
Two interesting tidbits: 1) Dogan knows about the darkness because the same thing happened to Jack’s sister. 2) Dogan tells Jack that he was brought to the island just like everyone else. This reminded me of the first scene of the Season 5 finale when MIB says to Jacob regarding the ship (which is probably The Black Rock), “You brought them here.”
Clearly, this island has a very long history of bringing people to it. Why? Like Jacob said, “It only ends once. Everything else is just progress.”
Speaking of Jack’s sister, Claire is a trap-setting, rifle-toting Rousseau.
Best line: “We’ll be in the food court if you need us.” — Miles
Dude count: 1 this episode. 9 total.
I don’t even know what to think about this episode. This is one of those episodes that offers us a few more clues, but doesn’t propel us too far forward.