For as much as I appreciate a week off from blogging, it’s hard to deny that those breaks really suck the momentum out of the show. Luckily, “Lost” makes it so easy to get sucked right back in – especially when the writers are having so much fun introducing characters from the present to former acquaintances in the past. Tonight’s episode featured several instances, and while they made a fairly big deal about Sayid meeting young Ben (probably because he’s going to try and stop him from poisoning the Dharma Initiative in a future episode), the brief mention of Ethan being Horrace and Michelle Dessler’s son was a far more exciting reveal from a fan’s point of view.
Then again, it also settles a fairly major debate regarding how Michelle was even able to have the baby in the first place. On the present day island, child birth was considered impossible until Claire had Aaron. Of course, that also didn’t happen until after Charlie killed Ethan. So what if baby Ethan was never supposed to be born, and as a result of Sawyer and Juliet saving Michelle’s life, they indirectly prevented any other child births from successfully taking place on the island until the mistake was reversed? It certainly makes a lot of sense, but I’m still not sure how it fits into the grand scheme of things.
Getting back to Sayid, the guy has run into some pretty shitty luck. While Jack, Kate and Hurley get to take the easy route as Dharma recruits (“What’s up with the jumpsuits?” “You didn’t tell them?”), Sayid has the unfortunate pleasure of being pigeonholed into the role of a hostile. Some trigger-happy nerd named Radzinsky wants to shoot him then and there, but Sawyer, who’s managed to rise among the ranks during his years as a company man, takes him to the barracks instead. What I don’t understand is why Sayid doesn’t just spin his story to make it seem like he’s running away from the hostiles? He’s already wearing handcuffs, so perhaps he could just explain that he was trying to escape. Then again, they’d probably think it was a trick and kill him anyway.
The whole recruitment subplot wasn’t as interesting as it could have been, but they’ve definitely set the stage for what looks to be a big showdown between the real Dharma workers and the survivors. The tension is already building, and between Jin talking about a nonexistent plane, Sawyer and Juliet sneaking around to cover up their tracks, and the arrival of Sayid, it’s only a matter of time before someone comes to the conclusion that they are all spies working undercover. For the time being, however, we did get a few cool details that should keep fans talking. Sawyer’s confirmation that Faraday isn’t with them any more has me worried that he might be one of the confirmed characters to be kicking the bucket before season’s end, while Marvin Candle’s introduction to Jack as Peter Cheng is just, well, confusing as hell.
The biggest question on my mind still has to do with those that didn’t make the jump through time. If all of the other previous visitors to the island have been transported back to 1977, then why did Sun, Ben and Lapidus crash along with the rest of the newbies in present day? It just doesn’t make any sense. Furthermore, when Sun knocked Ben out with the oar and took the boat with Lapidus over to the real island where they met Christian Shephard, why did he show her a picture of the recruitment ceremony from 1977? Sure, that may prove that Jack, Kate and Hurley are alive and fine, but it doesn’t mean a thing about Jin. Wouldn’t showing her a picture from 1974 (when Jin and the others were recruited) have been more beneficial? Perhaps I’m missing something, so if anyone has answers, feel free to speak up in the comments section below.