First, some more recapping of “LA X” Parts 1 and 2. Hat tip to Doc Jensen’s “Things I Missed” Column for these important catches from last week’s premiere:
- It looks like Desmond was wearing a wedding band in his scene with Jack. Is he happily married to Penny? Libby? Rousseau?
- Also, in the scene at customs when Jin and Sun are stopped, we assume that Sun still knows English. But that may not be the case. Also, the customs attendant referred to Sun by her maiden name. It could be that Sun and Jin aren’t married and they’re on the run from Mr. Paik.
- Sayid’s passport is actually an Iranian passport, rather than Iraqi. Maybe in the “other” world, Sayid isn’t a guilt-wracked torturer. I sure hope so. Guy deserves to have something good in his life.
Now on to my recap of episode 3 – “What Kate Does”:
First of all, how technologically-averse are these Others? Lennon wears no shoes; Dogen hunts and pecks on an old school typewriter; 1950s era torture implements; worst of all, they have to grind up their own prescription drugs. I only hope they have something better up their sleeve once Flocke / Smokey / MIB arrives at the Temple. I was hoping we’d see that particular scene at episode’s end, but I guess we’ll have to wait until next week.
The On-Island story followed Sayid’s apparent resurrection and the seeming consequences of the “muddy water” from last week. According to Dogen, Sayid is infected with an illness that will spread, a darkness that — if it reaches his heart — could be disastrous. More on that in a minute.
Other than Terry O’Quinn, Josh Holloway has been the early all-star this season. His Sawyer brims with sorrow and rage in nearly every scene.The engagement ring scene was an absolute standout in this episode. It really amazes me how much I’ve grown to love Holloway’s character. He’s become a really good actor. We learn here that Sawyer blames himself for Juliet’s death, which has me worried for his fate. We know from the previews that he meets up with Flocke next week. I hope our favorite rogue doesn’t come down with the same “darkness” that is afflicting Sayid and Claire.
It seems like On-Island Kate is pretty much over Jack. I could be wrong, but her decision to go after Sawyer revealed that she is more concerned with her reason for returning to the Island — to find and bring back Claire. Based on the closing scene, I have a feeling that’s going to be a tough sell, though. How Rousseau-esque did Claire look by the way? If her behavior (clipping off Justin and Aldo without hesitation) is any indication of where Sayid might be headed, this is all about to get pretty dicey.
I loved Jack in this episode. Say what you will about his el wimpo character shift last season, but I think he’s been through the fire and he’s come out a different man. Think of Locke’s comment last season: “I needed that pain to get to where I am today.” That’s a fitting way to describe this version of Jack. In some ways, he’s more driven than ever to “fix” whatever problems he encounters; but his process seems to be more measured now. It’s like he’s more aware of the great cost of some of his decisions; those losses of life have weighed heavily on the good doctor. I wonder if his willingness to swallow the poison pill intended for Sayid foreshadows Jack’s fate. Is he destined to redeem the ones he loves by giving himself up for them? We’ll see.
Apparently, what Kate does is lend Claire a helping hand. Just like in Season 1, Kate is integral in helping Claire through her pregnancy. We also got to see the couple that was supposed to adopt Claire’s baby. I held out hope that this couple would play a significant role in Claire’s Off Island story, but apparently not. I guess the husband who left could still pop up somewhere here toward the end, but I kinda doubt it. I’m still not sure what we’re supposed to do with the psychic’s word to Claire from her earlier flashback: “You’re not supposed to raise him.” So who IS supposed to raise Aaron? I hope this is one of the mysteries that is resolved by season’s end. My guess is that Claire actually supposed to raise him.
In keeping with Darlton’s comments from last week’s podcast, I was watching for little signs that might be some kind of give away as to what was different about Kate’s story. She tells the body shop guy that she’s wanted for murder (which she was in her “first” timeline), but she seems to be telling Claire that she’s innocent.
And how about Ethan’s cameo?!? In another similarity to Season 1, Ethan plays a role in helping Claire get ready to deliver her baby. Maybe in this “other” timeline, Alex is an orderly. And Mr. Friendly works in the gift shop.
My favorite lines from the episode:
Sawyer: “He’s an Iraqi torturer who shoots kids. He definitely deserves another go ’round.”
Aldo: “What is this, a press conference?”
Hurley: “You’re not a zombie, right?”
Sayid: “No. I am not a zombie.”
Artz: “Hey, I’m walkin’ here!”