This show gets me every single time. I don't know if I am in the minority on this or not, but I didn't see the Kate/Aaron twist coming at all. I thought for sure that the baby was Sawyer's and that Kate would walk into that bedroom and call him James. I gasped when she said Aaron- literally gasped! I thought that we would learn the reason that Kate decided to leave the island was because she lied to Sawyer about being pregnant and knew that the only way to save the baby (and herself) was to leave. I think it is safe to say that we can count Aaron as one of the Oceanic Six. So what does that leave us with, you ask? A boat-load (or rather, a
freighter-load) of questions, as usual. And yet, instead of being completely frustrated, I am riveted.
At first glance, as Locke prepared breakfast for his hostage, I thought that we were being introduced to the next "survivor." I'm sure most eager fans have already identified the novel that John grabbed off the shelf as Philip K. Dick's 1981 science fiction novel
VALIS (an acronym standing for Vast Active Living Intelligence System). Click
here for a link to the author's site and a summary of the book. Based on the quick research I did, there are some interesting parallels to be drawn.
Overall, the flash-forwards tonight were not as compelling as I hoped they would be based on the previews with Kate in a sea of paparazzi. However, I am glad that we got a solid explanation about how she was able to walk away from a murder rap. It would have been harder to swallow if she got off the island and all was simply forgiven as a result of the notoriety. (To all my fellow
Big Love fans, Kate's attorney was played by
Shawn Doyle, Bill's reluctant-polygamist brother Joey.)
Back on the island, Kate was up to her old tricks, mixing it up with Sawyer and defying Locke's orders. Getting Miles some face time with Ben resulted in an awkward extortion attempt- for the strangely specific amount of $3.2 million in cash, Miles agreed to mislead his employer into believing that Ben is already dead. However, Miles ended up with the short end of the stick as John went to some rather extreme measures to keep him from talking. (Yes, I would say that a live grenade is an excellent incentive to keep your mouth shut.)
As for last week's island escapees, Jack and the gang on the beach waited impatiently for word from Sayid and Desmond. However, nearly a day after their departure, no response had come from the freighter. When Charlotte finally gave up the secret, "emergency" number, the woman on the other end of the line had no information about the helicopter or its occupants. So, is this another example of the island's apparent time distortions or has something terrible happened to the chopper?
Future Jack's trial testimony was definitely revealing and certainly provided a window into what the world knows (and doesn't know) about the Oceanic Six. In his testimony, Jack stated, "Only eight of us survived the crash." (By the way, if six made it off the island, who are the two that allegedly died between the time of the crash and the rescue in this fairy tale?) He went on to sing Kate's praises as a hero/savior in what really was more an account of how
he had taken control of the situation. It is now confirmed that the Oceanic Six lied when they returned. But why? Did Locke's group swear them to secrecy or is this a decision they make on their own to conceal the truth? I am certainly more understanding of why Jack devolves into an alcoholic, drug-popping mess and Hurley ends up in an asylum.
Why is Jack avoiding Aaron? Well, we know that Claire and Jack have a father in common. Or at least it appeared that way in the Claire-centric flashback (I am learning to take nothing for granted in the
Lost universe.) But Jack has not yet learned of his connection to Claire in island time. Does future Jack know that Claire is his sister? Based on Claire's fierce maternal instincts, as well as the warning she had previously received from the psychic, it is difficult to believe she would have willingly handed Aaron over while remaining behind on the island. So does Claire die? And if so, does Jack learn his connection to her at some point? And if he does, is Jack's reluctance coming from his grief over Claire or guilt that he couldn't help her or both? As I type this, my head is reeling from all the possible places the story could be going. It is why I say over and over again, I love this show.
Some other fun/interesting tidbits from tonight:
Josh Holloway's scrumptious Sawyer, shirtless in multiple scenes (always a welcome sight), flirting with Kate and back to calling her Freckles.
- Locke, in response to Ben saying he had already read the book he selected: "You might catch something you missed the second time around." (It might just be me, but I felt like it was a wink to the fans to keep looking for clues.)
- Hurley getting "Scooby Doo'd" by Kate.
- Hurley and Sawyer as the next generation
- Jin, on the beach with Sun, explaining why he learned English
- Box o'wine and
Xanadu? This island truly is a paradise!
If the previews are any indication, next week promises to be even more exciting than tonight. In the meantime, check out the
Online Video Guide for more
Lost clips and previews. And of course, keep the comments coming!
This show gets me every single time I dont know if I am in the minority on this or not but I didnt see the KateAaron twist coming at all I thought for sure that the baby was Sawyers and that Kate would walk into that bedroom and call him James I gasped when she said Aaronliterally gasped I thought that we would learn the reason that Kate decided to leave the island was because she lied to Sawyer about being pregnant and knew that the only way to save the baby and herself was to leave I think it is safe to say that we can count Aaron as one of the Oceanic Six So what does that leave us with you ask A boat-load or rather a freighter-load of questions as usual And yet instead of being completely frustrated I am riveted At first glance as Locke prepared breakfast for his hostage I thought that we were being introduced to the next survivor Im sure most eager fans have already identified the novel that John grabbed off the s