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"Lost" Episode 15: "Left Behind"

"Lost" Episode 15: "Left Behind"

This week's episode of "Lost" was a bit of a snooze fest, if you ask me. I tried to be patient, assuming there would be some answers — to anything — by the end of it, but no cigar. Plus, the flashbacks were of Kate, and she is so not my favorite character. Still, there was a nice little sentimental theme of betraying the people you love (Kate's mother betrayed her, Sawyer betrayed Cassidy, Kate betrayed Jack), and the great con man Sawyer got a taste of his own medicine — by Hurley, no less!

If you would like a really excellent and thorough recap, check out WhiplashGirlchild's awesome post in the LOST Fans group. As for my musings, you'll have to

  • Okay, seriously, the girl-on-girl wet t-shirt smackdown was a bit much, especially Kate's WWF-style "Are you done yet?!" Later, the two ladies fall in a giant mud puddle! So. Very. Gratuitous. Then again, last week's episode featured a nice shirtless Sawyer scene, so at least they're making these extraneous scenes a little more equal opportunity. And I have to say that that first flip that Juliet pulled on Kate was pretty cool.
  • There was a lot more of the good person vs. bad person stuff, which this season has been focusing on a lot:
    —Locke says he told the Others that Kate was a "good person."
    —Kate says she killed her stepfather because he was "a bad guy."
    —Cassidy says that her man (Sawyer) was "a bad guy," and then says to Kate "One of us deserves something good."
  • In the tongue-in-cheek moment of the night, Kate says to Juliet, "Welcome to the wonderful world of not knowing what the hell is going on." Ha ha... exactly, Kate. Exactly.
  • Hurley tricks Sawyer into thinking that he's going to be banished by the Losties, a move that seems to be a reference to being "voted off" the island, a la "Survivor." When he learns the truth, Sawyer gives my favorite line of the night: "You tricked me into being decent?! That's gotta be the lamest con in the history of cons!"
  • Of course now that Sawyer is apparently their leader, it sets up all sorts of alpha male conflicts for when Jack returns.
  • The scene when the monster is apparently approaching Kate and Juliet was, I think, supposed to be suspenseful but was instead really boring. I just want to know why Smokey flashes light at the them.
  • It says "Cowboy Up" on Kate's hat, which made me laugh thinking of when Sawyer punched a crying Carl on the arm in Episode 9 and told him to "cowboy up!" I mean, who says "cowboy up"?

Lostpedia helped me with some of these other interesting points:

  • The song "Walking After Midnight" by Patsy Cline was featured in the episode and several others.
  • Claire is reading a book called Rick Romer's Guide to Astrology and Romer is a set decorator for the show.
  • The episode title "Left Behind" is also the title of a book series about the rapture, which some Christians believe will occur when God takes the Christians into heaven and leaves everyone else behind. Locke mentions that the Others know Kate was a criminal (a "bad person," perhaps) and that they don't forgive easily, making me wonder why the Others have this power to judge everyone? Then, when Kate, Jack, Locke, Sayid, and Juliet are in the village after the other Others have gone, it's as though the Others were taken in the rapture.
  • Kate says she chose the fake name Lucy because of Saint Lucy, whose feast day is December 13. According to Lostpedia, the events of this week's episode take place on December 13, and thanks to Desmond and Sawyer's boar-hunting, the Losties enjoy a feast on this day.
  • Juliet's arm has been dislocated four times? Yeesh.

I want to know about Locke and his dad! Seriously. It's like Locke has been converted or something, and he seems to have changed his mind about Kate being a "good person" after learning from the Others what she did. What's up with that?

What did you think of this week's episode?

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