6:13 (The Last Recruit)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Prior to this post, I've officially written 42 blog entries.  Let's take a moment to honor this great LOST number.

Okay, Episode 13 (The Last Recruit) was a pretty action packed episode.  It took on a new form, not focusing on one LOSTies life on the flip side, but focusing on almost all of our favorite LOSTies.  I have a feeling that this may be the format for the show from here on out. 

Here's a run down of what we learned.

2. Claire Littleton – Our favorite island mother has been missing since Season 4, Episode 10 (Something Nice Back Home). We know she saw her father, Christian Shephard, leaves Aaron behind, and wanders off in the jungle night with her dead dad but we don’t know why! What happened to Claire that could take her from doting mother to jungle wander? Why did she leave Aaron behind? We see her in Season 4, Episode 11 (Cabin Fever) seemingly relaxed and Aaron-free sitting in Jacob’s cabin with Christian, but again we receive no explanation of why she’s left her child behind. Let’s hope Season 6 gives us some Claire related clarity!

Thanks to Kate, Claire is on her way back to Aaron.  Well, that is if Widmore's people don't kill Sawyer's merry-bunch first.  I respect Kate for sticking to her guns and bringing Claire back with her to Aaron, but I'm not sure Claire is fit to be a mother.  Will Claire be reunited with Aaron and can they live happily ever after?  Also, Claire seems really damaged from being 'left behind'.  She wasn't too happy with Jack for leaving her when they left the island at the end of Season 4.

14. Love quadrangle – Who ends up with who? – Don’t pretend you don’t want to know. Are you a Jate (Jack and Kate), a Skate (Sawyer and Kate), a Suliet (Sawyer and Juliet), or a Jacket (Jack and Juliet)? Whoever you’re rooting for, let’s hope this complex love story gets wrapped up in Season 6.

Jack jumped the boat, leaving Kate in Sawyer's camp.  Also, Kate and Sawyer were once again reunited in the flash-sideways universe.  Could they be each other's link to the island, similar to Claire/Charlie, Desmond/Penny, Daniel/Charlotte, and Hurley/Libby?

29. Why did the Others choose Cindy and the children? – Cindy was a flight attendant on Oceanic 815 and a survivor of the crash with the other Tailies. She went missing when the Tailies were journeying to the beach camp along with Zach and Emma. We later learn that they’ve been living with the Others and Cindy and Emma come to talk to Jack when he’s captured at the Hydra station in Season 3, Episode 9 (Stranger in a Strange Land). Jack asks Cindy why she’s with the Others. She tells him that they are there “to watch”. So why Cindy, Emma, and Zach out of all of the survivors? What’s Cindy’s connection to the Others and did it exist before the crash?
Could this episode have marked the end for Cindy, Emma, and Zach?  They were on the beach with Flocke's camp when Widmore bombed them.  This may have been their last episode.

30. Christian Shephard – We know he’s more than just Jack father, but what’s going on with Christian Shephard? When Jack saw visions of his father during Season 1, were they really visions or has something possessed Christian’s body? Why does Christian lure Claire into the jungle? Why does Christian appear in Jacob’s cabin?

Flocke admitted to Jack that he was Christian Shephard earlier in the series.  Do we believe him?  I'm not sure.
This episode was full of great moments, so let's get to The Strange, The Kick-Ass, and The Hilarious for this week. 
Off Island
The Strange
1. In the ambulance John Locke refers to Helen as the women he was going to marry, not the women he is going to marry.  Was old Locke leaking through?
2. Sun's reaction to John Locke at the hospital.  Did she recognize him as Flocke from the island?
3. Illana has no accent in the flash-sideways world.  But she does have incredibly nice hair. 
The Kick-Ass
1.  When Jack looks down at Locke before surgery, he sees Locke's face in the mirror.  Mirrors have been really important to this season, and I think there's some kind of message about the connection between Locke and Jack hidden in this mirror. 
2. John Locke's dural sac is messed up, which is the exact same issue the patient had in Jack's story he told Kate in the pilot episode.  (He cut the dural sac and had to count to 5 to try not to throw up).  Cool connection to season one.
The Hilarious
1. Is Desmond stalking Claire?  How else would he know where she was going to be?
2. David Shephard was a little too happy this episode.  He bordered on corny.
3. For someone who was in the Iraqi Army, Sayid certainly fell hard for Sawyer's trick with the hose. 
4. Jack's reaction to the nurse prior to John Locke's surgery.  She tells him things are really bad and he responds by saying, "Oh yeah, I've got this". 
On Island
The Strange
1. Is Desmond dead or isn't he?  Can Sayid come back from the dark side?
2. Is Jack with Flocke?  Or is Jack going to ensure that Flocke is never freed from the island?
The Kick-Ass
1. I'm glad Sun and Jin are back together, but couldn't we have made that moment a bit more touching?  It seemed a little anti-climatic. 
The Hilarious
1. Sawyer looked like a cologne ad throughout this entire episode. 
2. Is Frank going to come into play somehow?  Right now I feel like he's kind of dead weight.
Another thing I appreciated about this episode was the on-island/off-island mirroring. 
1. Jack and John reunited both on and off island.
2. Jack and Claire reunited both on and off island.
3. Sawyer and Kate together on and off island.
4. Jin tells Sun they'll always be together both on and off the island.
Another thought.  It seems that if Flocke speaks to you, you are powerless against him.  So who hasn't Flocke spoken to?  The only person I can think of is Miles.  Will he, Richard, and Ben become important again?

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