I finally have time to sit down and write my post! And I promise I won't be a cranky old man this week like I was last week, for the most part, because I really liked this week's episode... for the most part.
First, the good:
Jack did something awesome for the first time in years! When he put that pill in his mouth I was incredibly pumped up. I really couldn't believe it, especially after that really lame scene right before where he said "move aside" or "open sesame" or some crap and those two guys moved, for no apparent reason other than Jack is brooding and pouty. But him popping that pill made me seriously happy, I was in disbelief. I didn't know that guy still existed.
The dock scene with Sawyer and Kate. Josh Holloway can act for serious! I'm not sure if I said this in my premier post, but, if Sawyer isn't heartbroken for the rest of the season I am going to be very let down. Luckily that seems to be exactly their intention. After Jin asked Kate, "and then what?" and she replied, "we'll figure it out, together." I seriously wanted to vomit. I don't know why she insisted on seducing a man who's love just died in his arms, but, she got seriously put in her place and it was phenomenal.
AND CLAIR! That's right, I went all caps on you. I'm so glad she showed up and it was the best pre-black screen moment I've felt in a while. A big reveal that we know absolutely nothing about! I can't wait to see Rouslair/Clarieau next week and find out about her! So, I am assuming that some one being "claimed" as Sayid is in the process of becoming and Clair is, is the same thing that Rousseau called the "sickness" when referring to her shipmates when they got too close to the Temple. Chad Matlin over at Slate.com floated a pretty interesting theory that the "sickness" is Esau's way of recruiting followers and that Jacob's touch is his method. So, it would seem that they are both massing armies if that is the case!
Now, the bad.
I could not care less about the LA X timeline. It's super boring. The only enjoyment I really get out of it is the silly little fate coincidences that pop out. For instance, watching the other night and Ethan pops on screen. My initial reaction was, "THAT'S ETHAN!" but then three seconds later I realized... who cares. He's just this doctor who puts a needle in Clair. And, instead of being the cool duplicitous comment about fate that they intend it to be it just feels like pandering to me. Like they want to do cool thing for the sake of doing cool things which is a terrible way to write a television show because it adds nothing at all to the plot. Joss Whedon in an interview said something like, "the hardest part about writing Buffy was that people were coming up with cool shit all the time! And we couldn't do those episodes because they just didn't make sense within the context of the story we were trying to tell."
Now, there are some indications that they maybe will bring everything together. Mostly, I noticed them when rewatching the premier. Just weird little things that they don't explain like why Jack's neck was bleeding in the airplane and Desmond disappearing. So, if it all comes together in a really cool way, I'll eat my words. But, right now it's really boring and doesn't effect the characters on the show I care about (the ones in the Island timeline) at all. I'm really only interested in half of this show right now. This week however, I'm looking at it as half full.
That's it for me this time. On to you Swan!
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