Last night, instead of learning what Kate did (Season 2, Episode 17 title), we learned what Kate does after arriving in LA. Big surprise - she runs. I wonder what it is going to take to make Kate stop running. She tried to settle down once (remember how she was briefly married?) but it didn't work. What kind of epiphany moment does she need, to realize she doesn't have to run anymore, and just face who she is, face her emotions, face life? Either way, it was helpful to have the main storyline and the flash-sideways be somewhat centered on one character (or two, if you count Claire). It definitely helped me to follow along (compared to the season premiere, which was all over the map and threw so much new information at us, I'm still trying to process it). Here are my favorite moments from this episode.
Ever since Claire just laid Aaron down on a palm leaf and followed her not-dad into the jungle, I've been dying with curiosity to know what happened to her. Then we saw her briefly in the cabin with not-dad (i.e. Christian, who was pretending to be Jacob, but who was really the Nemesis all the long). She was acting all spacey and weird and we didn't understand it. Now we know that she has been "claimed" by the Nemesis and has turned bad/evil. I wonder if it's like a possession or if it's more like she's under his spell, compelled to do his evil bidding? Not sure how that all works, but I was surprised that Dogen knew about Claire, and knew that she was Jack's sister. I was also surprised to see Claire in the last shot.
So, here's something my deep-thinking husband observed... Claire followed the same pattern as Rousseau. She was separated from her crew, had her baby taken away from her (although technically Claire just abandoned Aaron), then went crazy and lived a solitude life on the island, setting traps and shooting people with a rifle. Interesting...
Also interesting is Dogen's talk of Sayid being "infected." Rousseau talked about her crew being infected and we all thought she was crazy. Now we know she was probably right. After they visited the temple, she said they came back different. Now we know they were probably infected by the Nemesis.
Another observation, is that there seems to be two camps slowly evolving. There's Team Jacob and the good guys - the Oceanic 6, Richard, Illana, etc. and then there is Team Nemesis and his minions (so far, it's just Claire and possibly Sayid). I predict the Nemesis will start trying to convince people to come over to the "dark side of the force" so he can build up his own crew or army. I also predict he will target the most broken people who have nothing else to lose or nothing else to live for (Sawyer, that puts you on notice, buddy). Speaking of Sawyer...
I thought this was the most heartbreaking moment of the night:
Could someone just go ahead and give Josh Holloway (Sawyer) his Emmy right now, because that was one of the most amazing moments of acting I've seen in a long time. He broke my heart into a million pieces, and then when I saw that what he had in his hand was an engagement ring... ugh... it was so incredibly sad. I just ached for him. I understand why Sawyer ran off. He wanted to be alone. He wanted to grieve. He doesn't care now about anyone or anything. And not that I've ever really been that interested in the Jake-Kate-Sawyer triangle on this show, but I can't imagine her ever having a chance with Sawyer now, after that scene with the two of them. It's obvious that Sawyer had found his true love, and now she's gone. Kate could never replace that. I think that's why Kate was crying, because she realized that too.
Sawyer is in such a dark, lonely, broken place, where he no longer cares about anything or anybody, I'm worried that is going to make him susceptible to turning evil and joining Team Not-Locke. I hope he doesn't, although I can't imagine what it will take to get him to rise up and be the hero again.
And finally, here's the funny moment of the night:
So there you have it: another satisfying, confusing, mind-twisting episode. It was creepy seeing Ethan again. It continues to be weird to see the Losties interact with each other in the parallel reality with those awkward de ja vu double-takes they give each other. After his conversation with Jack, I find that I really like Dogen and I'm interested in his character and the role he plays on the island. Is he one of Jacob's representatives, like Richard? Is Sayid doomed to become a bad guy? Leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite moments were, or any theories you may have. I love this show!