When the second episode of a show ends almost exactly the same way the first one did, suspicions arise. The last few seconds of the season premiere revealed that the man living inside the hatch was someone that Jack had met in his past, but just exactly who he is remains unknown. Instead of revealing that information, we got a chance to see what happened in between the time Locke went down the hatch after Kate, and Jack arrived.
Nothing too amazing, I’m afraid, except for some more paranoid talk about people getting sick and why this guy (Desmond) is still hiding inside the hatch. Just a whole bunch more questions with no foreseeable answers. When Desmond hears another person sneaking around, he orders Locke to tie up Kate and lock her inside of a large closet, but not before Locke is able to slip her a knife. When they leave the room, Kate cuts herself free and discovers that she’s inside a food pantry, but wastes little time in escaping through an air vent. Well, maybe there’s enough time for a tasty candy bar. Mmm… chocolate. Maybe I should grab a few more for the road?
Meanwhile, Sawyer and Michael are lost at sea and there’s no sign of Jin. To make matters worse, a shark is circling the tiny remains of the raft that the two are currently sharing, Sawyer’s experienced quite the loss of blood from his gun wound, and Michael is throwing a fit about his missing son. Sawyer decides to be productive for once and promptly digs the bullet out of his shoulder, while Michael recalls the first time he lost his son in a custody battle with Walt’s mother. Again, nothing amazing, especially considering that Michael is probably the least interesting character on the island. I don’t care about his whiny mood swings, and I don’t care about Walt’s magical powers.
And getting back to the finer points of the episode, Sawyer and Michael are carried back to the island on the ocean’s current (would that be considered good luck?) only to find Jin alive and running out of the woods towards the beach. After they untie Jin from his restraints, Jin mumbles a bunch of Korean before finally muttering… the others. Lo and behold, these guys really do exist. The producers of this show must have been waiting for this moment forever: “Four seconds of the show remaining? Can we show them yet? I think it’s safe. Okay, I’m gonna do it.” Ta da!