Namaste, Lost fans. This week's episode doesn't focus on one character's experience or flashbacks, but instead gives us the stories of what's going on with the passengers of the Ajira Airways flight — in both of the time periods (that sentence probably makes no sense whatsoever to non-Lost watchers). There's some creepy stuff in this episode and a lot of setting-up for future relationship drama (Kate, Sawyer, Juliet, Jack) along with a bit of alpha dog tension between Sawyer and Jack.
Do you like that Sawyer's in charge now? Did you totally know who that kid was as soon as he entered the cell area with the sandwich bag? And did you predict the identity of Amy's baby?! To chat about this week's episode, read more.
In 2008. . . .
- So, that runway. . . . was made by the Others as a landing strip. Now, the Ajira Airways flight 316 is able to land with relative smoothness (well, except for the unfortunate impaling of Lapidus's copilot).
- I definitely thought Caesar and Ilana knew each other when we saw them in "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham," though this episode, when Caesar tells Ilana his name on the plane, makes me wonder. I'm a little bit wary of these two. I really want to know what their deal is.
- Lapidus tells everyone to hunker down, but Cesar wants to search the buildings he’s spotted. Ben tells Sun to start looking for Jin on the main island, but Lapidus warns her against going in a boat to the main island with Ben. I really like that Lapidus is protective of Sun, though it turns out she don't need no stinkin' protection. Is it terrible that my first reaction is to laugh out loud when Sun whacks Ben on the back of the head? Also: a little cheering.
- Sun and Lapidus take the boat over to the main island and come upon the old Dharma houses. A door creaks open all spooky horror film-like and Christian Shepard appears. Sun asks for her husband and Christian shows her a photograph from 1977, a picture of the new Dharma recruits that year.
Speaking of 1977. . . .
- Awww, Sawyer's reunion with Hurley is so adorable. Hurley bear hugs him, and Sawyer calls him Kong — before calling him by his real first name, Hugo. Sawyer informs everyone that he and Jin are in the Dharma Initiative and it's 1977.
- I love it when Jin loses his cool. He's just trying to convey to Radzinsky at the Flame station that it's rather important he find out if anyone saw a plane on the island. Meanwhile, Radzinsky is a most hilarious control freak, and he's working on a model of the Swan.
- OMG: Amy says she and Horace are naming the baby Ethan!
Amy: "So when are you and James gonna have one of these?"
Juliet: "I don't know. The timing's gotta be right." Aw, the sad irony of "timing" on this show.
- Jin finds Sayid and Sawyer goes to the Flame to pretend to question Sayid before putting him in a cell. It think it's funny that Sayid includes a little dramatic flair in his answer as he plays along with Sawyer's instruction to identify himself as a hostile: "We do not refer to ourselves as ‘hostile,’ but yes, I am one of them."
- Sawyer's got his hands full in this episode! And he's thinking quick on his feet. He tells Jack, Kate and Hurley to pretend to be the new recruits so they go to get checked in and watch the orientation video with Pierre Chang (a.k.a. Dr. Marvin Candle, among other names). Then Chang himself checks in Jack! It's sort of odd for a moment to see Chang actually interacting with the Losties. And hilariously, based on Jack's aptitude tests, he'll be doing janitorial work.
- Juliet pretends to check in Kate and they "introduce" themselves to each other. There's totally more Kate/Juliet drama coming up in the next episodes.
- Phil tells the new recruits to say "Namaste" for the photo. Hurley: "Nama-what?"
- Phil also suggests to Jack, "I wouldn't call him 'James.' He hates it."
- I'm not sure why, but I got choked up at the sight of Jack being choked up to see Juliet. That was kind of weird.
- Now Jack wonders what Sawyer's going to do about Sayid, etc. and he makes a comment about Sawyer not doing anything but reading a book. Sawyer points out that Winston Churchill supposedly read a book every night to help him think better, and Sawyer wants to think better — as opposed to just reacting, like Jack used to do when he was the big boss of everyone. Touché, Sawyer.
- I knew that kid with the sandwich would be Ben, now I just want to see how he'll play into the storyline of the Losties in 1977. . . .
In the previews for next week, Sayid says, "Now I know exactly why I'm here." Cannot wait to find that out!
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