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‘Lost’ blogging: “What Kate Does”

(previous: “LA X” Parts 1 and 2)

There’s no way to “review” or “analyze” or even “discuss” this show on an episode-by-episode basis — it’s more like you just have to react and try to guess what the hell is going on. So I’m not even gonna try to impose any sense or reason upon it: I’m just going to react. Maybe when it’s all said and done there will be something cohesive to say. Till then…

Perhaps needless to say, Lost doesn’t make much sense while you’re watching it. My ramblings will surely make even less sense if you haven’t seen the episode… and something may get spoiled for you that you don’t want spoiled. You have been warned.

So, here are the thoughts I jotted down, pretty much in order as they occurred to me as I watched:
Sayid was only mostly dead. Which is a little alive. Everyone remember to go easy on him, cuz he’s been mostly dead all day…

Oooo, bitter, bitter Sawyer: “Of course [Sayid’s] fine. He’s an Iraqi torturer who shoots kids. He definitely deserves another go round.” And then he calls Kate “Kate” and not “Freckles,” so he’s totally serious.

Airport-Kate kidnaps Oscar’s Aaron’s mom (why can I never remember her name?) then throws her out of the car without her purse and without her luggage. Bitch!

Can you imagine being someone trying to pick up this show now? Characters in two places at once? People being resurrected from the dead? WTF?

Claire! Her name is Claire. It was the preggers Poloraid in the luggage Airport-Kate opened that triggered it. Why the hell can I not remember that girl’s name? Is she that bland? And why do I keep wanting to call the baby Oscar? Am I from an alternate universe in which the details of Lost are slightly different?

And now Sayid is being experimented upon à la Count Rugen and Westley. Have the Lost writers actually been watching The Princess Bride? “Now, tell me how you feel. And remember, this is for posterity…”

You know what? I’m thinking all this temple stuff is bullshit. Lost had lost me after the previous season, then just about won me back again last season, but now I’m starting to suspect — again — that the writers are hoping we don’t notice that they really have no idea what story they’re trying to tell. And — the bastards — they’re gonna keep me tuning in every week hoping that I’m wrong. And we’re gonna get to the last episode and it’s gonna be epic bullshit, and I’m gonna be really, really pissed. I just know it.

Sayid is “infected” with something? Right… And he needs to take this “medicine”? Sure…

Wait: When did Jin start speaking English? Am I totally blanking on stuff? (I mean, I probably am, because this show is all over the place. But my wondering whether I’m misremembering things isn’t really me misremembering things but more like, How much contadictory crap can this show throw at us and still make us love it?)

Awww. Airport-Claire wants her kidnapper to come with her to meet her baby’s adoptive parents. So cute. And then Airport-Claire goes into labor when she gets her bad news, with Airport-Kate present. So this alternate Kate is still gonna end up as the baby’s mom, I’m thinking.

Ahhh! Ethan is a doctor in Los Angeles! Ahhh! (Is it weird of me that I totally think actor William Mapother is way more attractive than his cousin, Tom Cruise?)

Is Sawyer crying over Juliet? Oh my. I am a huge sucker for a big manly man of a man crying. Come here, honey, and let me kiss it better…

Whoa! What? Jack has a sister?! The weird Japanese temple guy doesn’t mean Claire, does he?

(Watch full episodes at ABC’s official site for the show.)

(next: “The Substitute”)


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  • Yeah, Dogen was referring to Claire when he mentioned Jack’s sister. (Though, technically, she’s his half-sister.) As for Jin, he learned English during the three years that Sawyer’s gang were living with the Dharma Initiative.

    As for this episode? It was a Kate episode. More often than not, those are the weakest episodes. It was fun to see cameos by Ethan and Aldo (“It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”‘s Rob McElhenny reprising his season three role as an expendable Other) and I’m glad we’re finally getting into the Jungle Claire storyline. It seems like we’ll finally get some answers about what Rousseau’s “sickness” was, now that Sayid and Claire seem to have it. Hopefully, next week will be more interesting.

  • mortadella

    Whatever the black pillar of smoke is….the entity impersonating Locke, that’s the sickness they’re referring to, yes? That’s what they’re leading us to believe, anyway. The smoke monster took the form of Yemi and even Walt (right before Locke attempted suicide by gun). But I’m wondering if there’s just one of these things, or a bunch of them. They may think Sayid’s “infected,” but what if it’s Jacob instead? After Jacob was killed, he took a great interest in Sayid’s body, even advising Hurley to bring him to the temple.
    My WTF moment was when Claire willingly got into the cab with Kate. Hello? That’s the same chick who held you at gun-point, ya silly.
    I’m not convinced Claire is infected with anything yet, no matter what the temple dude said. She seems buggy like Rousseau? Big wow. Wouldn’t you act a little wiggy if you were abandoned on a magic island with polar bears and smoke monsters? Still, she was last seen at the mysterious cabin…in the presence of Christian.
    Temple dude told Jack he pretended to need a translator because it made things easier when he made decisions the others didn’t like. It keeps him apart from his people. He basically recited the translation behind Jack’s tattoo…”He is among us, but not one of us,” or something like that.

  • Dart

    I’m thinking Ben has the “sickness” too, as he was taken into the temple as a child after being shot by Sayid (to save his life, too). Dum-dum-dum…

  • JoshDM

    This was the second-worst episode to date for me, even considering that there were some serious hints revealed through the episode.

    Airport-Kate kidnaps Oscar’s Aaron’s mom

    Claire.

    Why the hell can I not remember that girl’s name? Is she that bland?

    Because she wasn’t there almost at all last season and not for much of the prior either.

    And we’re gonna get to the last episode and it’s gonna be epic bullshit, and I’m gonna be really, really pissed. I just know it.

    Ah, what do you care? You can’t even remember the Jack’s half-sister’s name.

    Wait: When did Jin start speaking English? Am I totally blanking on stuff?

    See? Exactly. After starting to learn basic English in the modern day, post-crash, he spent a full 3 years with the Dharma Initiative in the 1970’s, where he either had to pick it up or only speak to Pierre Chang.

    Ahhh! Ethan is a doctor in Los Angeles! Ahhh!

    And he was a semi-prenatal doctor helper of Juliet’s on the island. And his last name is Goodspeed here, which is the last name of his father, who was Horace Goodspeed of the Dharma Initiative.

    Big clue here was the date on the sonogram. Even though 815 landed today in this reality, the date is approximately one month after 815 went missing in the other reality.

    Whoa! What? Jack has a sister?! The weird Japanese temple guy doesn’t mean Claire, does he?

    That’s sarcasm, right? RIGHT? Christian Shepard, Jack’s father, had an affair with Claire’s Australian mother. That’s why he was in Australia; to try and make amends. Jack and Kate discover this fact when they are off island as members of the Oceanic Six.

  • JoshDM

    Regarding the “sickness”, consider:

    1 – Rousseau
    Rousseau’s team was kidnapped under the temple by the Black Smoke; they came out changed and “weird” and tried to kill Rousseau. Rousseau killed them all in defense. This was revealed during the Jin time-travel episodes last season. Rousseau wasn’t sick; she was just nuts. Especially after young Ben and young Ethan stole her baby Alex from her. I think the Others assumed she was infected with the Black Smoke like her companions.

    2 – Ben
    Ben was taken to the temple by Richard, not by the Black Smoke. Ben was probably submerged in clear water. This makes him marked as one of Jacobs.

    3 – Sayid
    Jacob dies. The water turns dark. Sayid was submerged in dark water. Sayid is infected with the sickness; probably the same influence that affected Rousseau’s team. What’s probably DIFFERENT about this is that Sayid was touched by Jacob before any of this takes place. Which means Dogan’s test was probably a false positive, or Sayid is a clever “trap”/”plant” of sorts set by Jacob for the Black Smoke.

    The worst episode for me was the one where it’s revealed how Jack got his tattoos and co-starred some foreign movie star they made a big deal out of, who we never hear from again.

  • JoshDM

    Also, if you aren’t yet, you should be following Vozzek69 on DarkUFO – Things I Noticed.

  • CB

    The worst episode for me was the one where it’s revealed how Jack got his tattoos and co-starred some foreign movie star they made a big deal out of, who we never hear from again.

    That would have been my favorite episode with one minor change.

    When the Other lady sees his tattoo and asks Jack if he knows what it means, he says “Yes”, and she quotes “He walks among us but he is not one of us”, and Jack says “That’s what it says, but that’s not what it means” all dramatic-like and referencing the prophecy of his leadership…

    Instead, it would have been simply awesome if the lady had read the tattoo out loud and it said: “He thinks this says something profound, but really it’s just outing his tiny penis.”

    Seriously, never get a tattoo in a language you don’t understand. :)

    Oh and as far as never hearing from her again, I count it as a blessing whenever some completely extraneous background character doesn’t somehow end up up on the island/having already been there/etc.

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