Last Week on Lost: There’s No Place Like Home, Part One

I don’t know about you, but when I first heard about Lost taking a week off between parts one and two of the season finale, I was okay with it. That news accompanied the news that the second part of the finale would be two hours long, so it was easy to justify the break in my mind. They couldn’t have a two hour finale of the season finale if they were airing it last night, on the same night as the finales of Ugly Betty and Grey’s Anatomy, so the producers did what they had to do.

Boy, I’d like to go back in time and slap around the version of me who thought this week off would be okay. The wait is unbearable, and because I’m one of the sillyheads who read the season finale spoilers the moment they were posted online, the wait seems even worse. There has also been some speculation that the spoilers that have been posted are, in fact, foilers—that is, fake spoilers meant to trick all us naughty boys and girls who can’t wait for Christmas morning. And me, I can’t stand not knowing if what I know is what’s actually going to happen, or if I’ve been duped. Either way, I think the season finale is going to be awesome, but I’m dying here as I wait to find out.

In the meantime, to help ease our suffering, let’s talk (below the fold) about last week’s episode, “There’s No Place Like Home, Part One.”

The Failure of Jack

Watch the opening scenes again and tell me that you don’t see in everyone’s eyes how badly they feel Jack has failed them as a leader. It’s particularly evident in the way Sun is acting, but Sayid doesn’t look too pleased wit the doc either.

Jack has lost the trust of his followers completely, and the feeling in the air is almost palpable. I feel almost as uncomfortable watching these scenes as the Oceanic Six (save for Jack) seem to be when they repeat this story that Jack has fabricated (and I feel like it’s pretty obvious that the story is Jack’s invention).

Everyone Else Is Going Crazy, But Not Kate

Kate and Aaron stand alone. Jack has his mom, Hurley has his parents, and Sayid will have Nadia just as soon as the press conference is over. But Kate and Aaron, they’re by themselves. And I think that’s interesting when you consider that Kate is the only one of the Oceanic Six whose life actually turns out better after the rescue than it was before the crash. Aside from Aaron, who is too little to know what’s what just yet, Kate is the only one who is not going insane (Jack and Hurley), or doing something insane (Sayid and Sun) in the flash-forward future. What are The Powers That Be setting up here? Is Kate the person in for the biggest downfall when it comes time to go back to the island?

Sayid and Nadia

Every time we see them together, it breaks our hearts a little, doesn’t it? I mean, Sayid just has no luck with the ladies. Or, well, he has no luck with keeping the ladies alive. And knowing that Nadia is going to be killed, doesn’t that make these scenes so much harder to bear?

“So you will now respect me.”

This episode made me wonder if Sun was being set up as the next Lost super-villain. Watching her stand up for herself when confronting her father—that whole scene had shades of the Lex and Lionel Luther storyline on Smallville (a pathetic show now, but one which used to be great). Sun is definitely going to come down hard on her father, but what about the other person she blames for Jin’s death? That’s Jack, as far as I’m concerned, and I think Sun is eventually going to have her revenge on him too. She has the potential to be Jack’s nemesis in the future in much the same way that Locke has been his nemesis this season, and she certainly has the motivation. I wouldn’t even be surprised to see her teaming up with Widmore in some way, so that she’s actively fighting against the interests of the other survivors (without realizing that they’re all after the same thing, which is to get back to the island, where she will find out, just as she’s dying (or something), that Jin isn’t dead, after all).

I’m a bit of conspiracy theory nut, but I think I may be right about this, at least in some little way.

“Jesus Christ is not a weapon.”

Mama and Papa Reyes really don’t get it do they? An island themed party? It’s almost too much, but it does set up some interesting scenes. Take, for instance, the moment when Papa Reyes asks if they’ve been talking about hunting boar. Look at the look in Nadia’s eyes. It seems to me as if she’s heard the whole story, as if Sayid could not lie to her. Perhaps this is how he “thought with [his] heart and not with [his] gun,” as Ben says. Perhaps the fact that Nadia knew the whole story is why she was killed, and if Sayid hadn’t told her, she might still be alive.

Also interesting: Kate apologizing for Jack. This initially had me all confused about the timeline. Was this after the trial, during the time they’d been together, and, if so, did that mean that this was after Hurley had been into Santa Rosa and out again? But, upon rewatching this, I’ve decided that this is just the period of calm right after the rescue. The scenes in this episode take place before everything else we’ve seen of the future. They’re all still chummy at this point (except for Sun, of course). This is before Jack has any problems being around the baby, before the trial, before Hurley sees Charlie at the slushie machine, before all of that. The downward spiral hasn’t started yet, but when Hurley gets into the car, that’s when it happens.

“Her name was Claire.”

The whole scene after Christian’s wake is amazingly creepy. Claire’s mum is right there, within arm’s length of her grandson, and she has no idea. Also, just the fact that Claire’s mum has come out of her coma and made a full recovery—that’s disturbing, too. I think this is the island fucking with Jack in a big way. It’s obvious that the island’s power extends way past the boundaries of it’s space-time distortion field—Michael and Jack can’t kill themselves, Juliet’s sister has her cancer go into remission—so why isn’t it possible that the island healed Claire’s mum just in time for her to put in appearance at the wake and be the first thing to push hero Jack toward drunk, pill-popping Jack. Claire’s mum is the first way in which the island tries to tell Jack that he’s not supposed to raise Aaron. And look at him when Claire’s mum says Claire’s name: he looks like he’s been broken in half. I thought he was going to have a heart attack or a stroke, right then and there.

Some Random Island Thoughts

  • Jules doesn’t know what the Orchid, but Faraday does, and look at the panic on Faraday’s face as he tells Charlotte that they have to get off the island.
  • Sawyer looks truly heartbroken for the first time when he steps out of the jungle with Aaron and has to tell the story of what happened to Claire.
  • “Hold up, you don’t get to die alone.”—Sawyer’s line is one of the best callbacks of the series.
  • “Moving the island is dangerous and unpredictable,” says Ben. My bet: moving the island is how Ben ends up in the desert around the time of Nadia’s funeral and how John Locke, the chosen one, ends up getting kicked off of the island and into an alley sometime in the era of the bearded, pill-popping Jack, subsequently getting himself killed, throw into a plain wooden coffin, and cried over by no one except for Jack.
  • “Those are 15 years old”—the Ben and Hurley comedy hit parade continues. How awesome are these two guys together? I have loved every scene that Ben and Hurley have shared.
  • Just who is Ben communicating with? Richard, right? He’s telling Richard to go and get whoever they can find in the jungle, and then to meet him at the orchid for the freighter-folk smackdown?
  • Look at the parting glance that Charlotte gives Dan… Dan’s not making it back for a second trip, is he? Or, if he is, he ain’t making it back for a third trip.
  • “Hugo’s with Ben,” says Sawyer. “Son of a bitch!” says Jack. Love that delivery. Love the predicament the writers have placed their characters into, as well.
  • Kate and Sayid get captured—We all forgot about the Others, didn’t we? Big mistake.
  • Ben’s willingness to throw himself into harm’s way is amazing. Why do his plans always involve him getting the shit kicked out of himself? Is he a masochist?
  • Sayid and Kate aren’t tied up or blindfolded—maybe the Others have a different plan in store for them? Maybe, as I said above, the Others were simply helping to gather the six people who were to be sent off of the island.
  • Keamy is posturing when he points the gun at Ben, and Ben knows it. Doesn’t Ben look a little disgusted by the whole thing? Doesn’t he look like he’s thinking, “Just get it over with, you Goddamned jarhead”?

Some Random Freighter Thoughts

  • Sun and Jin see Michael—did they know, before this, that he was on the boat? I guess not, because no one who was at the reveal party in New Otherton made it back to the beach in time to tell them.
  • That’s a lot of C4.
  • Sun stepping out onto the deck of the freighter—now we know how Jin is going to “die”, But does that mean the drunk Scotsman is dead too? (Michael’s a goner, that’s for sure)