I don't know about you, but I was a little surprised when this episode picked up right where we'd left off last week. I was almost sure the writers would take us back to the present day with Sun, Locke and Ben, and let us suffer in agony, waiting to see how the Little Ben situation would resolve itself. Lucky for us the 1977 plotline continued! There were plenty of intense scenes in this Kate-centric episode, and I was pleased to have the focus rest on some heartfelt dialog and moments of great acting (as opposed to the flaming vans and explosions). I enjoy the mystery of the island and all the crazy action, but the thing that originally got me hooked on this show, was the character development (and the amazing acting). I was really happy to get back to some of that last night. Here are some of my favorite moments...
I thought this was the most shocking event of the night:
Jack: "I said, no. I'm not going to help save Ben."
And was it me, or did Jack sound a lot like Locke when he was talking about the "The Island" and how it might be trying to fix things on it's own and he was just going to have faith and not interfere anymore. I guess Jack has given up the Savior-complex, the need to help, the need to make things right, and is at some kind of weird peace now. What a change for his character! It's kind of creepy... I'm interested to see where he's going.
(As an aside... this has really been nagging at me... why hasn't Jack gone through detox symptoms yet? Ben took his pills away only a couple of days before they got on the plane. In previous shows, when Jack ran out of drugs, he was a deluded shaking mess, screaming at pharmacists, making a scene in the hospital. If he was that badly hooked, he should be freaking out... Did the island "heal" him?)
I thought this was the most heartbreaking moment of the night:
Also, I didn't realize that each of the Oceanic 6 had a different, more personal reason, for coming back to the island. I just figured they all came back to save those that were left behind, and because Ben told them they needed to. Sun's purpose is to find Jin. Sayid decided his purpose was to kill Little Ben. Jack doesn't know what his purpose is yet. Kate's purpose is to find Claire. I didn't see that one coming! I was so surprised and glad that her reason was more noble, than just simply coming back for Sawyer.
(Another aside... what was up with Kate so freely spilling the beans to Cassidy and Carole Littleton. What a way to keep a secret Kate! Why do you think she was so quick to tell them both the truth?)
And finally, here's the funny moment of the night:
Hurley: "Uh... that was really confusing."
Wasn't Hurley and Miles' discussion about time travel just great? Leave it to Hurley, to ask the practical questions that would be bugging anyone in that situation. And kudos to the writers for finding inventive ways to explain things to the audience without looking too obvious about doing it. I may have to watch that scene with Hurley and Miles a couple more times, to get my head straight on all this time travel business. I think the bottom line is that "whatever happened, happened" - they just haven't experienced it yet, with their present consciousness.
Speaking of time travel... Before the Oceanic 6 intervened in the past (1977) how did Ben become an Other? Would he have become one if Sayid hadn't shot him and caused that chain of events? Maybe this is just the universe course correcting? What do you make of what Richard said - that if he takes Ben to be healed, he will not remember any of this, will lose his innocence, and will "always be one of us." So it's Sayid-Kate-Jack-Sawyer's fault that Ben becomes evil? Would he have become evil anyways? What do you make of the Other saying that Ellie and Charles won't be happy, but Richard said that they're not in charge of him. And what's up with that temple? When will we get to see inside it?
What do you think? This episode has got me thinking about so many things... including some of the deeper themes of the show that haven't been as predominant in a while. (It's like the writers were reading my blog post from last week! ha ha) What do think about the importance of having a purpose in life? (i.e. each person having a purpose for returning to the island) Can we fight against our fate or destiny, or are we doomed to be evil, or cursed, or alone... etc. Leave me a comment and let's discuss!