“Lost” Recap: Episode 4.4

OK, maybe it’s just the sour taste in my mouth from earlier today, but I must confess that I found “Eggtown” the weakest episode in an otherwise stellar fourth season of Lost. That being said, the worst episode of Lost (I’m looking right at you, “Stranger in a Strange Land”) is still better than the majority of television programming. I mean, “Eggtown” was still approximately 674 times better than the best One Tree Hill episode that’s ever aired. Just wanted to give some context at the outset of this recap.

kateintrouble.jpgI’m notoriously bad for seeing the twist endings in Lost, even though just about 75% of the episodes end with one. You’d think after three plus seasons I’d be better at this, but alas, I’m horrible. And yet, I called tonight’s ending pretty much as soon as Kate said she had a son to her lawyer in FutureLand. The show didn’t exactly throw me off the scent in the very next scene, which featured her future adopted son, Aaron, chilling in New Otherton while Kate and Claire re-enacted scenes from M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village.

That being said, while the twist was predictable, the implications are downright fascinating, and along with Jack’s testimony on the stand, offered some of the strongest elements the show had to offer. Here’s what we now know as the “official” storyline of the Oceanic 6: the plane crashed near a tropical island, yielding only eight initial survivors, two of which died before rescue attempt, with the latter six alive primarily due to Kate’s heroism, and knowledge of a potential romantic link between Kate and Jack off-Island. Not a lot of information, but a whole host of possibilities. I want to know the identity of the other four: two are the remaining members of Oceanic 6, ostensibly, and two are those who are dead or at least presumed dead. (Feel free to offer your take on these four below in the comments.)

As for Claire’s absence in FutureLand…well, plenty of possibilities there, indicated not only by Kate’s raising Aaron but Jack’s unwillingness to actually see Aaron in person. Here are a few possibilities, off the top of my head.

  1. Claire does make it off the Island, along with Aaron (as prophesied by Desmond), but dies in the “real” world, due to complications related to those who get pregnant on the Island.
  2. If one gives birth on the Island, one cannot leave the Island, lest they die. Claire has to remain, but wanted her child to know a normal life, and gives Aaron to Kate for safe keeping.
  3. Having successfully given birth on the Island, heretofore an unknown occurrence, she’s been kidnapped by Team Abaddon as part of their research.
  4. Jack and Kate pull a Wesley Windham-Price circa Season 3 of Angel and kidnap Aaron before leaving the Island in some misguided attempt to save the child from a terrible fate.

In addition, I could have been mistaken, but I got the strong impression that 1) the world considers Aaron to be Kate’s biological son, and 2) given the D.A.’s question, people also perceive Jack to be the father. In any case, the existence of Aaron in Kate’s life clearly weighs heavily on Jack’s mind. (Feel free to post your insights/theories in the comments below!) He literally cannot face this fact, given his stubborn refusal to see the child. To paraphrase Pink Floyd, all in all it’s just another hair in his beard. Whatever the specific case may be, Jack’s fractured relationship with Kate, spurred on by his inability to face Aaron, coupled with Hurley’s criticism in “The Beginning of the End,” leads inexorably towards the disheveled man seen in “Through the Looking Glass.” (Speaking of which, I guess we can finally put to bed the “he” Kate mentions will be looking for her in that final scene, eh?)

Other than that…I mean, a Kate flashforward is about as good as a Kate flashback, which is to say it’s not very good. Nothing against Evangeline Lilly, whom I like just fine as an actress, but good golly, give her something more to work with, writers. Since we’ve seen her post-trail visit Jack at the airport, we knew she wasn’t going to jail, so the trail held little to offer except for Jack’s testimony and the hope that Ben Linus would show up as the Jack Shapiro to Kate’s O.J. Simpson.

breakfastwithben.jpgShe didn’t fair too well on-Island, either, with her final canoodle with Sawyer easy on the eyes but torture on the ears. Sawyer’s all but did the Macarena upon learning Kate wasn’t pregnant, and as far as I know (correct me if I’m wrong), but it’s not widespread knowledge that pregnancy=death on the Island. His relief upon learning she wasn’t pregnant wasn’t, “Thank God you don’t have a death sentence!”, it was, “Now we can play foosball in the rec room without needed a sitter!” Tonally, it was off for Sawyer, and reeked of convenient dramatic timing in order to split the two apart again. (And his “long con” on Locke so Kate could bring Miles to Ben? Please. Horrible. Methinks Locke was just drunk on Dharma boxed wine, and that’s how he didn’t see through Sawyer’s ruse.)

As for Bloody Ben himself, he looks to be healing quite nicely, in the basement room in which he once imprisoned Anthony Cooper. Loved his little “ruh row” look when Miles busted into the room, and loved even more his “do you think you’re Dr. Evil with your ridiculous ransom offer” look at Miles’ $3.2 million extortion offer. The only thing missing in this scene was Kate stepping in at one point and saying, “OK, Miles, you know who you work for. And Ben knows who you work for. And you know that Ben knows who you work for. Moreover, Miles, you know what kind of man Ben is, and now Ben knows that you know what kind of man he is. Know who doesn’t know any of this? ME? AND I HAVE A GUN! SO START SPILLING!” That would have made the scene perfect. Oh well. Can’t win ’em all.

Looks like Miles won’t be spilling anytime soon, however, in that he’s now on an all-grenade diet devised by Island Protector John Locke. (It’s like the South Beach Diet, only with more grenades. Let’s call it the New Otherton Diet and see if it sticks.) Locke’s actions reflect a general trend in the episode (and indeed, the season) of Team Locke slowly morphing into The Others. Shows just how much “The Others” is a matter of perspective, really. Not an original analysis, I’ll grant you, but watching Team Locke exist in New Otherton is like watching…well, the Others live in New Otherton, quite frankly. Which is probably the point of the similarities. Can’t wait to see Hurley in a book club next week.

800px-4×03_copter_flying.jpgBack on the Island, two things of importance happened: one obvious, the other not so obvious. The obvious? The helicopter’s missing! I blame three men all refusing to ask for directions as the cause of that problem, and the only woman on board too dead to tell them to suck up their pride and pull over at the next gas station. But since it looks like the fate of the helicopter will be revealed next week, let’s go to the second, and to me, FAR more interesting bit on the beach: that whole bit with Charlotte, Faraday, and three Dharma cards.

What we saw, I think, was far from the first attempt on behalf of Faraday to use ESP. The big question, naturally, is why Charlotte would be training Faraday in ESP at all? And how many attempts have previously been made? From the tone and content of the conversation, this is an ongoing test meant to strengthen aptitude in something related to the Island itself. Charlotte is almost sisterly to Faraday in these scenes, given a brief but clear sign of affection for our favorite off-kilter physicist, with Faraday glum about little he’s achieved during their training. It’s one of those gorgeous, mythologically rich scenes that will have a huge payoff down the line, yet serve now to merely tantalize the brain.

Perchance the training came from Naomi, as directed by Abaddon? Maybe each of the Boaties have individual talents suited for the rebooting of the Dharma Initiative, but have received training in order to learn/absorb the talents of the others? And did the deck of cards (replete with Dharma logos) come from the Lostaways or Faraday’s Magic Box of Biohazardry? All things to think about in the weeks to come. In any case, it’s a good thing Charlotte and Faraday are boning up on their paranormal skillz, since it looks like Miles might go the way of Arzt pretty soon.

All in all, some good mythological advancement snuck into a humdrum Kate-centric episode. I’ve seen worse Lost episodes, but when compared to the outrageously good three episodes that started this season, it didn’t rock my world. But enough about what I thought. It’s time for you to weight in.

What did you make of Aaron calling Kate “Mommy”? What clues did you derive from Jack’s testimony? Who is constructing the “Oceanic 6 narrative,” as it were? Leave your thoughts below! And be sure to check out more news, theories, and insight over at Zap2It’s Guide to Lost.

Ryan also posts every 108 minutes over at Boob Tube Dude.

4 Comments

  1. mel
    Posted February 22, 2008 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    i think that there was an accident when they all got off the island and perhaps jack tried to get claire on the chopper but something happened (maybe she gets shot in an arsenal of bullets or falls to her death or doesnt take well to the weird freaky lightening time warp storm we may see next week) and jack, being mr. i-need-to-SAVE-everyone takes it horribly and cant bear to face aaron. OR maybe it will go a very days of our lives turn and christian impregnated his own daughter with his super-dharma sperm and jack cant stomach that, either.

    jack showed up again, for kate. he loves kate, clearly. but i think that the flashforwards are showing us that these people were very different people before the island, on the island, and after the island.

  2. mri
    Posted February 22, 2008 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    ok, so i REFUSE to post a comment on the same site where someone posted “Jate forever.” freakin’ plebians…

    i agree that this was not my favorite episode, and that may have had a lot to do with the pouty lip i was sporting through it than the actual episode. yes, i came through on the lip threat. it was out in full-force.

    thoughts:

    could Locke be a BIGGER IDIOT? probably not. how many times does he have to get fooled until he realizes, “hey, maybe i’m not such a great leader. there are other things i’m good at, like making boxes and throwing knives, maybe i should focus on those for a while.”

    i too, hope that the card thing is an ESP test and not an “are you special, Dan” test.

  3. mri
    Posted February 22, 2008 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    oh, and didn’t really 100% MEAN the plebians comment…just my inner snob coming out.

  4. Posted February 26, 2008 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    My take on Daniel’s mind games was somewhat different. I thought it was a test of his short term memory. My wacko theory is that some event (the hatch exploding?) has caused two parallel timelines to start fusing together. In one timeline, Daniel suffers an accident that robs him of short term memory (see also poor Tom Hanks; he shouldn’t have stood under that pear tree!). So anyway, the card game was demonstrating that Daniel’s brain injury is improving – or maybe his brain is being fixed by the island itself? Maybe this relates to him crying upon seeing the news footage of the (faux) 815 crash?

    Anyway, great site!

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