First of all, thanks to Mickey for covering last week's very trippy episode while I did a little traveling of my own. I have to admit that after watching the episode several days later, I was somewhat relieved about not having to sort through Desmond's "stickiness" issues. However, I do wish I could have shared with all of you how truly touched I was by the phone reunion between Desmond and Penny. I read through most of your comments and I am very firmly in the camp of those who feel that Desmond and Penny's love story is really the heart of the show. (And Jack and Kate are the soul... and Sawyer and Kate are the libido.)
But enough about last week; let's focus on
"It's very stressful being an Other, Jack." Though at the time she was being sarcastic, it seems like Juliet really hit the nail on the head. Just ask Ethan and Goodwin and Tom andwell, let's just say that the Others have faced their share of adversity (and gunfire and wood spikes through the chest).
Tonight we made a welcome return to flashbacks. We learned that after arriving on the island, Juliet was dealing with enough pressure and isolation to need a shrink. (Was I the only one that thought for a moment that we were meeting another Oceanic Sixer?)
Andrea Roth has been absolutely superb as Tommy Gavin's masochistic ex-wife Janet over on
Rescue Me, so I was excited to see her pop up as Harper Stanhope, Juliet's therapist and the estranged wife of Goodwin (Brett Cullen). One of the things I love about this show is that there is a constant reinforcement of and reference to things that have already occurred. Having seen Goodwin tangle with Ana-Lucia back when we were tracking the tailies, it was so cool to see the story played out from a completely different perspective.
We also learned tonight that our little Ben harbored a big-time crush on Juliet, apparently even before her arrival on the island. How strange to see Mr. Malevolent bopping around his kitchen like a giddy schoolgirl, offering gifts of flowers, cozy dinners and two-bedroom/two-bathroom houses. I almost felt bad for him, right up until he dragged Juliet to view Goodwin's rotting body and came clean about his motives for sending him to gather intelligence on the tailies in the first place. His notion of Juliet being his ("You're mine!") was very creepy, perhaps made more so by Harper's assessment that Juliet looks "just like her." Who was Harper referring to? And also, when Harper appeared to Juliet on the beach, what did she mean when she said, "Ben is exactly where he wants to be"? Is that a reference to the possibility of teleportation?
Back at New Otherton, Ben convinced Locke to set him loose from his underground prison by promising critical information. On a grainy videotape, a familiar face (to us) is spotted. "This is Charles Widmore. This is the man whose boat is parked offshore. This is the man that's been trying to find the island.... Charles Widmore wants to exploit this island and he'll do everything in his power to possess it." I think that was the most exposition we've ever been offered in a single scene of this show. It is becoming clear that the link between Desmond, Penny and her dad is going to be a huge piece of the puzzle as we move forward.
It was nice to see Jack and Kate again tonight, albeit briefly. I did smile a little to myself when Kate's penchant for finding trouble got her whacked on the head by Charlotte. The two freighter folks did manage to make their way to the Tempest to disable the poison gas threatening the island, but only after a nice smackdown between Juliet and Charlotte. While I am still not sure what I think about Charlotte, I am definitely warming to Daniel.
Jeremy Davies' twitchy but endearing performance is offering unexpected layers of vulnerability and openness. It seems that Faraday's unique skills and areas of expertise will be a big help as the electromagnetic forces at play become obvious.
Some other highlights tonight:
- Juliet's casual mention of the children and Ben assuring her that they will "stop asking questions" about their mother.
- The fantastic pairing of Sawyer and Hurley and their reaction to watching Ben trot by them saying, "See you guys at dinner!"
- Jack and Juliet's kiss at the end of the episode. Though I am a big Jater, I do like these two together and I am curious as to what's in store, since, at this point anyway, we haven't seen a future Juliet off the island.
- The "man on the boat" thing is driving me insane. While many people have asserted that it has to be Walt, it seems to me that there has got to be a bigger twist in the offing. My thoughts: either a grown-up Walt or someone who was thought dead. Libby? Boone? They did bury those people who died, but is it possible that the island's restorative powers brought someone back? I wouldn't put a little grave-digging past Mr. Linus.
- For all you geeky, TV-obsessed freaks (like me), I noticed that tonight's episode was directed by
Eric Laneuville, former
St. Elsewhere cast member and esteemed TV director. He has directed other episodes, including "The Other 48 Days," about the survivors from the tail section.
The hot streak for the show definitely continues and I am ridiculously excited that we will be getting five additional episodes to round out the season. How do you guys think things are progressing so far? While we ponder the twists and turns to come, make sure to check out the full version of this week's scoop-filled
cover story. Also, check out the
Online Video Guide for clips and previews. And, as always, comment away!
First of all thanks to Mickey for covering last weeks very trippy episode while I did a little traveling of my own I have to admit that after watching the episode several days later I was somewhat relieved about not having to sort through Desmonds stickiness issues However I do wish I could have shared with all of you how truly touched I was by the phone reunion between Desmond and Penny I read through most of your comments and I am very firmly in the camp of those who feel that Desmond and Pennys love story is really the heart of the show And Jack and Kate are the soul and Sawyer and Kate are the libido But enough about last week lets focus on the nowIts very stressful being an Other Jack Though at the time she was being sarcastic it seems like Juliet really hit the nail on the head Just ask Ethan and Goodwin and Tom andwell lets just say that the Others have faced their share of adversity and gu