Spoilers, as usual...
This episode, on a whole, emphasized my problems with the flash-forwards more than anything else. Or I should clarify, the flash-backs emphasized my problems with the flash-forwards.
Why, what do I mean by that?
Well, blog reader, what I mean by that is, as I've previously stated, the flash-forwards are based way more in plot than character, usually, and therefore not Lost's strong suit. Lost is good at character development in the Flashwhatevers, and plot development in the current time period.
In this episode, the entire Jin story-line (the Flash-back) was completely useless, as it was all just a red herring. We learned nothing about Jin from this story-line, and it did nothing to show us more about his relationship to Sun, or his current situation. If we had seen him being cruel to Sun while getting a fluffy panda, that would have shown how far he's grown. Also, that would have destroyed the shocking plot twist, which would have been fine, because it was 0% shocking.
This is also a sticking point for me... This is the second episode in a row where they've played with the Flash-Foward device, almost as if they're sick of it themselves, or realize it's only a temporary necessity... And both times, it has been completely distracting to me:
- Last week's Juliet flash-back, where she's talking about being a celebrity was not even remotely tricky to figure out, as there would be no reason to expect she'd be one of the Oceanic 6.
- This week, there were multiple telegraph points for the "twist," including Sun's first scene, where she's all alone, and dressed in black. Sigh.
Anyway, that's enough complaining, what was good?
- Despite my complete non-onboardosity with the flashbackforwards, the ending with Sun at Jin's grave was completely affecting, and I got all choked up. And yes, I do think he's actually, really dead. More on that in a second.
- I'm sort of glad they didn't save the Michael reveal for the end of the episode, as I don't think there's a single viewer who didn't know he was coming back. Also, I had completely forgotten that nobody will be happy to see him. They're going to rip his f-ing face off. For those of you who don't remember, when we last left Michael, he had murdered two innocent people, let Kate, Jack, Sawyer, and Hurley get captured, and put everyone on the island in mortal danger. What a douche.
- Is this the first episode that ended in a Flash(whatever)? I thought that was kind of neat.
- The captain's transparency about everything... And yes, I do think he's telling the truth. Leaving stuff out? Sure. But everything he says is, most likely, correct.
- Jin's grave is marked with the date of the plane crash, which means something happened to him on the island. He is not one of the "Oceanic 8," meaning the number Jack gave (6 survivors, 2 dead bodies).
- Why have Zoe Bell in this episode, and Fisher Stevens in the last, only to have them die in their first episodes? What's the deal with that? There has to be something more going on, right?
- They pretty definitively said that by Episode 7, we'll know exactly who the Oceanic 6 are. Was this a fake-out so we wouldn't guess the Jin-death?
Friday, March 14, 2008
Spoilers, as usual...