Again, this was another “good” episode of Lost but there are no more answers than there are new questions. I’ve never been one for these random flashbacks that they show during the show – especially when I have to read subtitles the entire time. But I do think it is interesting to find out that Jin was the one who pushed Sun’s secret lover to suicide. Nice little twist there…but not enough to make me forget about the fact that there are still way too many unanswered questions with this show.
In the first episode we saw that the Others lived in a little suburban community in the middle of the jungle on the island. Well, where did that community go? The writers for Lost make you forget about that community in a number of ways in this episode. First, they re-introduce the Frenchwoman’s daughter, Alex, to us – even if she’s still supposed to be brainwashed by this mysterious cult of Others. Second, they put a not-so-bad relationship in the story between Kate and Sawyer, but this really isn’t the time to be talking about love on the island. Oh, and it’s completely unnatural given the situation (did we forget that these people were in a plane crash only a month ago?)…but then again I guess the entire situation is unnatural in itself.
Another way they make you forget about the tons and tons of questions that you probably have about the show is by throwing a random ending in there where Ben introduces himself, formally, to Jack. In one of the funniest moments that I’ve seen in Lost so far, Ben tells Jack that the Others have contact with the outside world and that since he’s been on the island, George Bush was re-elected and the Red Sox won the World Series. Jack starts cracking up at the thought of Boston winning the Series and Ben gets a little shocked because it’s the truth.
Quite frankly, I still don’t believe that the Red Sox won – especially when the Yankees had a 3 – 0 lead on them! But I digress…
Then Ben turns on a video and shows Jack what he’s missed in the outside world and Jack literally jumps up and watches the TV in amazement (as legions of Yankees fans around the world and I shook our heads in disbelief again at the fact that Boston won in 2004).
What I did like about this episode was that Alex was re-introduced as someone who seems to be working against the norms of the Others’ colony and apparently her boyfriend was the guy in the cage before Kate was in there. Ok. One question answered, I guess. I also liked that Ben said he had been on the island all of his life. That might be something that could answer the tons of questions that we all have about this show, like what the hell is going on here anyway and why are these Others after babies?
Oh, I thought I would just ask this one…anyone figure out why there are polar bears on the island yet? Ah – you all forgot about that, huh? There are polar bears on the island!
All in all, a decent episode. I wish it had a little more in terms of storytelling, but I’ll take Sun shooting some broad in the bottom of a boat any day of the week. Go download it off of iTunes if you missed it last night.