Tabula Rasa – Blank Slate. Good idea – but impossible as our Losties learn during their stay on Island — well, maybe only some of them learn.
Last year when I rewatched the series was the first time I really noticed how funny the show was. I was so stressed out/engrossed with the bigger storyline when it first aired that I rarely laughed but there really are some great comedic lines:
Kate: Put your gun back in your pants Sawyer.
Sayid uses some rocks and sticks around the fire to explain how badly off course they may be. Years ago a friend of mine did the same thing at a bonfire on an Oregon Beach – it’s really a very effective way of illustrating an argument. He was wrong of course (my friend) but props can help strengthen your position.
Despite his disgusting nails, Sayid does a lot for the Losties in this episode. He organizes them to get food and water and decides that they should not learn of the hope squashing transmission they intercepted. Explaining that “hope is a very dangerous thing to lose”. Amen brutha.
I’ve noticed that Hurley and Charlie were often used as foils – they ask the questions the audience would & were asking, all the yeah-but-what-if’s. When Hurley sees Kate‘s mugshot he has a rational response to it: fear and mistrust. He is wrong when he says she “looks hardcore man”. She looks hopeless and as Sayid pointed out, a hopeless person is dangerous — what might that mean on Island?
Is it significant that Kate calls herself Annie when she is with Ray Mullen? Names have been recycled a few times on Lost (Sarah, ok…lost my other example…) but does this particular name signify something? Maybe. We’ll learn later about Kate’s very strong (and tragic) connection to her childhood sweetheart and we’re yet to learn the tragic, but we do know the strong connection between Ben and Annie – his childhood sweetheart. There are a lot of parallels, mirroring and interconnections among the characters on Lost.
Old Ray Mullen always makes me laugh when he gripes about his wife dying and leaving him with ‘ a heck of a mortgage’. Come on! The guy is like 70 – what about his wife’s death caused him a financial hardship? If his farm wasn’t cutting it by his age, a living wife is not going to make much of a difference financially. I always add “and a crop in the field” (sidenote: when I was little I thought the words to that song were ‘500 children and a crop in the field’ I’ve since learned that it was ‘5 hungry children’ – that doesnt’ seem as much of a problem)
Ray tells Annie he gets ‘it. Everyone deserves a fresh start.” Um yeah. Then why turn her in? Old git.
Oh, right. The mortgage – the $23,000 reward money. Case of the numbers there – they might have shown up already and I didn’t notice – I miss the numbers in the show often. I’m more attuned to the human equation. 😉
Hang on a tick — sidepoint: how bizarre it is that this old git has a fake arm. That pops off when Kate rescues him. The fake arm seems more at home in the classic film stylings of the Farrelly Brothers or Robert Rodriguez — and I’ve read online that Dr.Marvin Candlewick has a fake arm in one of the Dharma films too – what the?!
What is that Marshall’s problem? He is so cruel and clearly angry with Kate.
I mean at this point we don’t know what she has done – but I thought she must be a serial killer or something by the way he treats her. I mean – as soon as he sees her he strangles her! That is some seriously misplaced rage. But wait… I have a theory. When he asks Jack to see Kate alone, he says “She got to you too.” I speculate that this means he, the Marshall, cared for Kate. Maybe cared enough to trust her and she ‘betrayed’ him somehow and so he is humiliated professionally, and as a man (sheesh the fragility of the male ego) and now he is driven to conquer her. Just a guess. Maybe their connection will be explained in the 5th season? Maybe never. The guy was wearing a wedding ring and never once mentioned his wife – not even when he knew he was going to die. Classy.
So Locke‘s secret is that a miracle happened on the Island. Nothing too sinsister there. I would worry that he was perhaps a religious fanatic but Michael doesn’t seem to worried about that. I love that he promises to find the dog as soon as the rain stops and then…the rain stops. Did Walt do that? Did the Island? Either way – he doesn’t find the dog. He finds Sun, obediently bathing herself. And like a gentleman he awkwardly hands her a top and leaves – lyingly telling her he didn’t see anything.
We learn that Kate‘s favour that was interrupted by the plane crash was that Ray Mullen really get his money. She saves his life and wants to make sure he’s paid for betraying her. She really is good.
I mean, her question to Jack isn’t selfish (well, eventually) she wants to know if “he’ll suffer”, if “he’ll feel it.” She’s too kind. The Marshall‘s suffering raises an issue that pits Jack against Sawyer with Kate in the middle – that was quick! He should be ‘put out of his misery’. I totally agree – in real life too. I do not understand why if my cat became ill I can make sure, no questions asked, that she doesn’t suffer – but my Nana can linger on for months in agony, begging to die and it’s not something I am even allowed to legally consider. (the Nana is a fictional example – my real Nana didn’t suffer, luckily – or at least that we know of, she was senile) Poor, poor Sawyer. He tried to do the right thing. Again, Hurley has the Everyman response “No way Dude.” when he hears the man still breathing after being shot!
I HATE that Jack tells Kate that he doesn’t want to know what she did. He is lying to himself and we are frustrated as an audience — though suspense is good. He is wrong that everyone is getting a chance to start over. No one really gets that – have you heard that adage: Wherever you go – there you are? It’s true. And the Losties pasts will catch up with all of them eventually.
Doesn’t John Locke look at home on the beach? He makes me want to go on vacation. Sigh. Locke’s making a whistle to call the dog brings tears to my eyes – that whole montage of the Losties showing various levels of forgiveness/kindness to one another makes me cry. And even though we know Michael forgets – how generous of Locke to let Michael be the one to bring Vincent back to Walt. But seriously – what is with the evil music they play as the show closes on Locke’s face? Misdirection again? or foreshadowing?
Oh, one last thing: How sweet are Charlie and Claire?