by Billie Doux
Faraday: "It doesn't matter what we do. Whatever happened, happened."
Sawyer: "Thanks anyway, Plato."
I got a huge charge out of this episode. It was surprising. Fun. Sort of delicious. Complicated. Also confusing. But hey, way fun. Maybe I was just ready for a Sawyer episode after the doom and gloom and religious symbolism of the last episode. Or maybe I just like Sawyer better than Locke. Probably both.
Our con man completed his journey to hero. Productive member of the Dharma Initiative, protector of the innocent, security chief extraordinaire. Loved the glasses. And his name is "Flower." Sawyer named himself "Flower." That's an interesting choice for Sawyer to make.
And he was so good to Juliet. Bringing her flowers. Encouraging her to save Amy, to finally deliver a baby on the Island successfully. They were obviously happy together, too. But Sawyer was still waiting for Kate. Why else would he pass up the submarine shuttle to the real world? Why else wouldn't he tell Juliet that Jin had found Kate, Jack and Hurley at the Lagoon? Three years wasn't long enough for Sawyer to get over Kate. That's too bad, because I think he and Juliet are really good for each other.
We saw the back of the four-toed statue, but not the front. (The Lost writers are professional teases, I swear.) But it was enough for sharp fans to theorize that it was a statue of Anubis, god of embalmers, gatekeeper of the underworld, who protects the dead and brings them to the afterlife. Walking Dead, anyone? And it certainly goes with the hieroglyphics on the Temple. Anubis carries an ankh. Paul, Amy's dead husband, was wearing an ankh around his neck. Coincidence? I don't think so.
Something was distinctly funky about Amy and Paul. I think they were undercover Others. Yeah, I know, Others were supposedly abducting Amy, but that doesn't change my mind. The distinction between burying and not burying the bodies, and Richard asking for Paul's body, of all things, made me think that Paul could be resurrected. And then Amy married Horace, the leader of the Dharma Initiative, but kept Paul's ankh in the back of her sock drawer. Coincidence? I don't think so.
The other big question I have is, how does this time travel crap work? Daniel said that they couldn't change anything (which I always thought was the reason why Michael couldn't kill himself.) But if they can't change anything, then why did Sawyer's gun work? How could he kill the two men who were kidnapping Amy? Unless those guys were from another time, too. But Richard said they were his guys. I'm so confused.
The time line drove me nuts, too. Where was Ben? If he was born in the early sixties, he should have been in his teens and living in New Otherton. Maybe we'll see him in a later episode. Where was Doctor Chang? Gone already, I assume. Is Widmore the leader of the Others at this point? He said he was there for three decades starting in 1954, so he would be, wouldn't he? I was wondering about the massacre, too, but I've been reminded that the ghost of Horace said he died twelve years ago. They've got some time until 1992 rolls around.
Horace told Sawyer when they met in 1974 that he'd never heard of the Black Rock. But three years later, he was playing with Black Rock dynamite. And blowing up trees, just like the Monster. Where was the Monster? We didn't see it. Was it there back then?
It's now 1977. Three years have now passed for everyone in the cast. Will they be stuck there forever? I suppose if they're going to spend the rest of their lives on the Island without cable or the internet, it probably doesn't matter. :) At least they'll know what to avoid and when to get out of New Otherton. I think.
-- Juliet spent three years (unwillingly) on the Island, went back in time, and spent another three years on the Island (basically, for Sawyer's sake). She just doesn't get a break.
-- Miles called Sawyer out about constantly going from the Orchid to the beach to the Orchid to the beach. That was pretty funny. Juliet backed Sawyer up even though she didn't agree with him. How future-wife-like.
-- Jin had three years to learn English. Daniel Dae Kim will finally be able to act in English most of the time now. I bet he's relieved.
-- We saw Sawyer, Juliet, Jin and Miles in 1977, but not Daniel Faraday. What happened to Faraday? Did he get a job in Security or the Motor Pool, too?
-- Faraday saw a very young Charlotte. We didn't see him talk to her, though. Probably hasn't happened yet.
-- Amy had a baby boy. No name. Do we know him, I wonder?
-- Sawyer was back in fine nicknaming form. He called Dan "Plato" and "the mad scientist," Miles "Banzai" and "Mr. I Speak to Dead People," and Richard "Hoss." Still no nicknames for Juliet, and he was pretty much married to her.
Bits and pieces:
-- The episode began (again) with someone playing music. This time it was Dharma people and a reel-to-reel tape. What was the song? It sounded Tony Orlando-and-Dawn-like.
-- New Dharma patch: this time, a star. Or maybe I just didn't notice it before. I thought at first that the Dharma Initiative had a space station (I'm kidding), but then I realized it was the security patch. Like a sheriff's star.
-- Apparently, women on the Island could have healthy babies back in 1977, so whatever happened to make that not so hasn't happened yet.
Sawyer: "I'm a professional. I used to lie for a living."
Faraday: "The record is spinning again. We're just not on the song we want to be on." Interesting analogy, considering how often they start an episode with a piece of music.
Sawyer: "Let me talk to him."
Horace: "Excuse me?"
Sawyer: "Your buddy out there with the eyeliner. Let me talk to him."
That was such a media shout-out. Very funny. :)
Sawyer: "What about me? You really going to leave me here with the mad scientist and Mister I-speak-to-dead-people? And Jin, who's a hell of a nice guy but not exactly the greatest conversationalist?"
Sawyer: "Is three years long enough to get over someone? Absolutely."
Loved it, loved it, loved it. Definitely four out of four polar bears,