A solid episode. Last week’s Alpert-isode was a tough act to follow, but for the most part, The Package worked. I say for the most part because there were a few elements that made me just roll my eyes, especially Sun’s head injury-induced loss of command of the English language and Jack’s “tomato” speech. But I love me a good Sun & Jin episode and after being severely underused for the past season and a half, it was nice to see Yunjin Kim in the spotlight again.
The Flash Sideways picks up right where the season premiere left Sun & Jin’s storyline. No matter the reality, forces are always at work to keep these two apart. At the airport, Jin’s $25,000 is confiscated, but the golden watch is returned. It seems that Sun was to deliver the watch to Keamy, one of LOST’s all-time baddies. Whether this was the case in the “other” reality is never revealed, but the confiscated money causes a real problem for Keamy and this creates the tension in the Sideways story. By episode’s end, we realize that Mr. Paik has hired Keamy to kill Jin because of his relationship with Sun.
Sun proposes that she and Jin run off together; Jin — ever the traditionalist — doesn’t think it proper, but Sun seems to be convincing him. She says she has something to tell him — and then Keamy’s knock at the door interrupts everything. What was she going to tell him? I think she was going to tell him about the pregnancy. I suppose she could tell him that she knows English, which would be a pretty cool reversal from the “other” storyline where Sun learns English so she can run away to America to get away from Jin. How cool would it be if, in the Sideways World, Sun has learned English so she can run away to America with Jin? But I’m still thinking she was going to tell him about the pregnancy and I think the baby is Jin’s. (There’s been no indication whatsoever that Sideways Sun speaks English.) But if she’s pregnant with Jin’s baby, that begs the question: how have Jin’s sterility issues been taken care of in the Sideways World? In the Island World, we’re left to assume that the conception of Ji Yeon was a product of Island healing / magic / voodoo. But how does this happen in the Sideways? Immediately after this scene, Sun’s mirror sequence occurs, as she gazes at her reflection and, for a moment, it seems that she doesn’t even recognize herself. Interesting.
The rest of the Sideways goes by quickly. Keamy’s a bad guy, wants his money, reveals that he’s going to kill Jin. But Sayid changes those plans, releases Jin (sort of) in time for him to fight with Patchy. Sun, presumably pregnant with Jin’s child, is shot in the skirmish. I’m predicting an ER visit to St. Sebastian Hospital where Jack Shepherd will operate on her.
Back on the Island, the curtain is pulled back a little more on Locke. He needs to recruit a certain number of people (he tells Claire he’s three people short) and this prompts him to confront Sun. But when she presses him on why he killed the people at the Temple, he responds by saying they were “confused” and “lied to”. So what? That’s why they deserved to die? This episode gave us even more glimpses into the shadiness of Locke. The conversation he had with Claire revealed that Locke has no connection to these castaways; instead, they are only useful to him as necessary pawns in his struggle to get off the Island. He baits Claire by telling her how he “needs” her and that once he gets his people on the plane, anything goes (i.e., Kate can be killed).
Thankfully, Sun rejects Locke’s offer and darts off into the jungle; unfortunately, she bonks her noodle and loses the ability to speak. Meanwhile, Jin is captured by Widmore’s J.Crew-wearing henchmen and locked up in Room 23. (We’re just revisiting all of Hydra Island’s greatest hits, aren’t we?) The Liz Lemon girl asks him to help her read the grid maps, presumably because she wants to know where the pockets of electromagnetic energy are located. Jin then has a conversation with Widmore which made me tear up — watching Jin see his pictures of his daughter for the first time put a huge lump in my throat. Favorite scene of the night.
I was most stoked about the final scene where we learn the identity of “the package”. No big surprise here; we’ve been waiting for Desmond’s reappearance on the Island. I’m curious to see how he factors into the end game, since “the rules” don’t apply to him.
Some quick observations:
- Sayid says he doesn’t feel anything anymore — pain, anger, guilt. I guess the producers weren’t kidding about a zombie season.
- If Widmore could kill Locke / MIB, why didn’t he? I mean, he was standing right there, defenseless outside the pylons. I wonder if Widmore even knows how Smokey can be killed.
- I was impressed with Ilana’s unwavering devotion to Jacob. At the beginning, Ben presses her on the plan to wait on Richard’s return. She responds by affirming that Hurley would succeed in bringing Richard back and that Jacob had never lied to her. When Richard finally does return, Ilana has an illuminated look on her face as if she were wrapped up in some kind of transfigurative conversation with Jacob (which, maybe she was).
- Locke tells Claire that Kate’s name isn’t on the cave wall. “Not anymore,” he says. Interesting. I still wonder if Locke knows about the names at the Lighthouse.
- How are Richard and Ilana and their crew going to blow up the plane? Might we see one final trip to the Black Rock for some dynamite?
- According to Widmore, if Locke leaves the Island, everyone they love will cease to be.
Ben: Why won’t you believe me?
Ilana: Because you’re talking.
Locke: We’re taking a boat ride over to the other island.
Sawyer: What do you need a boat for? Can’t you just turn into smoke and fly your [butt] over the water?
Locke: Do you think, if I could do that, I would still be on this Island?
Sawyer: No, ’cause that’d be ridiculous.
Locke: A wise man once said that war was coming to this Island. I think it just got here.