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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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junebrug junebrug 10 years
I'm a huge LOST fan and was excited to see you have a group of LOST fans. It's the only show I never miss. I thought the last episode was pretty good considering. I think Locke went with them for a reason; he's a smart guy who wouldn't put his faith in the Others, it may be about his father. I originally thought it was cool that all the survivors were linked in some way, and had met previously, but now it just feels silly because they keep doing it: like with Cassidy and Kate, that felt unnecessary to me. And I am the only one desperately missing Boone and Shannon? The only surviors left are tough people who can take care of themselves. I find complex characters more interesting. I think that's what has made it increasingly less fun: there is nowhere for the characters to grow because they have already achieved ability to survive perfectly on the island, what more is there to say? And I don't like how the writers have given Sayid no time. After his love was killed, I expected Sayid to go all Angel of Death on the Others, but so far...nuttin.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
I read that we're not going to find out more about Locke and his dad for a few weeks. I bet they're saving it for the buildup to the season finale.
sanD13 sanD13 10 years
i was a little disappointed with this week's episode. after the episode about john locke and his father, i thought the show would get better. i hope the next episode will answer some more questions.
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
The Cowboy Up saying was coined the year the Red Sox finally won the series, which in the Lost time line, has happened since flight 815 crashed on the island (Juliet showed Jack the video to prove they had contact in the outside world). I would like assume that they're using to remind us where we are in the timeline (as in, Sawyer picked up the saying before they took the flight), but I think Kate's flashback was a few years prior to the flight, so I'm not sure why she would have the hat. And Kate's flashbacks always have Patsy Cline music, I'm not sure why though.
chancleta chancleta 10 years
BuzzSugar: I am sooo with you. When Sayid said "no" I was thrilled. (Not to mention thrilled to see him he's one of my favorite characters)
chancleta chancleta 10 years
Luxifer: Good call! A Rousseau flashback would be SWEET!
tihea tihea 10 years
Cowboy Up is still a used phrase up here in the North East. You know, eternal hope in the Sox winning a game and all that. The whole mud-fight thing was hubby's fave (no kidding!) but honestly, if they are resorting to wet tee shirts, can they really expect better ratings?? At least last week was a Lost worthy episode, kept me guessing all the way through.
nannyblogger nannyblogger 10 years
Has Juliet infiltrated the Losties camp to take revenge on Charlie for shooting Ethan? Locke said that forgiveness is not the Others' strong suit, and we already know that Charlie is in danger...
Luxifer Luxifer 10 years
Yeah, I'm wondering if they left her behind to spy on them. I want to see a Ben flashback!!!! Or Rousseau. I want to see what happened with her team and how she lost Alex. It would be like a prequel.
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
chancleta — I don't know, but I'm really curious about that! I mean, she had a key to the handcuffs the whole dang time, which I find suspicious, even with her lame story about wanting Kate to feel like they're "in it together." When Sayid was like, "She's not coming with us," I actually cheered. :) That was short-lived though, of course, since big-man Jack had the last say, as usual.
chancleta chancleta 10 years
Great recap. So annoyed with John Locke. DYING to see more about his dad and the "secret box"! Do you think leaving Juliette behind was a trap?
sashak sashak 10 years
oh yeah! I forgot about the "good people" leaving.... I had some bs theory about it last night, but have since forgotten it... oh well...
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