BEWARE! HERE THERE BE SPOILERS!
Don't say you weren’t warned. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk LOST!
You know, I'm beginning to feel like a broken record, because each week I say: "This show is awesome!" "Isn't this show awesome?" "That episode was awesome!" But seriously, and at the risk of thoroughly repeating myself... isn't this show awesome? Here are my favorite moments of the night...
I thought this was the most shocking line/revelation of the night:
Juliet (speaking to Jin): "Sun had an affair with another man. She thought the baby wasn't yours."
Yikes! Juliet totally dropped the bomb on Jin! Didn't see that one coming! Although I'm not so sure I completely understand why Juliet felt that sharing that information would help her win her case and convince Sun that she needed to get off the island at all costs or she was going to die. Why didn't Juliet just describe all the symptoms in detail to Sun, like she ended up telling her later? Why did she feel the need to play that card? As much as I love the writers of this show, and think they are brilliant, I must say I feel like this was a weak excuse for them to get that information out there. It's obvious they needed it revealed, in order to progress Sun and Jin's relationship, and this was the only way they could come up with. Still doesn't change the fact that it was a shocking moment.
I thought this was the most heartbreaking line/moment of the night:
Sun: "I named her Jin Yeon, just like you wanted..."
How could your eyes not tear up at the sight of Sun presenting her newborn daughter to her father's grave? And what a revelation that Jin is dead! Well...is he really dead or did he just not make it off the island, and she's lying about his death (i.e. being complacent with the lie that all the other passengers perished, as seems to be the case with Jack, Hurley and Kate). The writers walked that fine line again, where it was just ambigous enough that we can't be sure Jin is truly dead. I guess I was always subconsciously assuming that if Sun were to be one of the Oceanic 6, that Jin would automatically be with her. Why would a married couple be seperated? Why would one leave the other one behind, especially after all they had been through - the reconcilliation of their marriage, the new flowering of their affection for each other, and the miracle of their unborn child? I think I will be seriously bummed if Jin is, in fact, dead and unable to share in the victory of their new life and new child.
And finally, here's my favorite line/moment of the night:
Jin: "Give me time. I've only been married two months."
With this line, it was fully revealed to the audience that the Jin sequences of this episode were actually a flashBACK and Sun's scenes were flashFORWARDS.
Just when we viewers thought we'd gotten a handle on all the flashback and flashforward plot devices, as well as Desmond's time jumping, the writers sent us on another rollercoaster loop. We got totally PLAYED last night, as the writers incorporated a flashback AND a flashforward into the same episode. Nice. I love it that they are playing around with their own conventions, all while staying true to the story and true to the fans. They definitely know the story they want to tell, but they also know their audience as well - and that makes for some fun, good storytelling.
Did you notice that my most shocking moment of the night WASN'T the revelation that Michael was on the freighter? Yeah... I think we all saw that one coming, didn't we? Although I did love the expression on Sayid's face when he shook hands with Michael. It said, "Hello, 'Kevin Johnson', I can't wait to beat you to a pulp later, when no one is looking." So the question now is this - is Michael Ben's inside man? Also, do you think the captain can be trusted? If his story is true, then why in the world would Ben go through such an elaborate and expensive cover-up of the crash? To protect the island? And where did he get all the dead bodies from - Corpse R Us? I invite you to share your thoughts and theories in the comments section. Let the intense speculation begin!