Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Lost Rehash S6.3: What Kate Does

(Sorry for the short post today, folks.  I'm not feeling too well, but I still wanted to try and put something up.  By all means, let the comments pour in like they did last week.)

I don't know about you all, but I didn't think this episode was as spectacular as last weeks.  Perhaps this was from my dislike of Kate, although I admit she's growing (ever so slightly) on me.  But the most interesting thing about the episode was definitely the Sickness that seems to have infected Claire (surprise!) and Sayid.  The mechanics of the disease aren't well known, but apparently it makes a person mentally unstable or dangerous or some other internal change.  The official Lost podcast says that the Sickness makes people go crazy.

Personally, I think this is an interesting twist in the story.  What has happened to Claire?  She reminded me of Rousseau, all wild-eyed and crazy-haired.  She looked like she meant business.  And it's clear from the beginning of the show that the writers knew where they were going with the disease.  Perhaps there was truth in the Dharma Initiative giving shots to their new recruits.  Maybe the pregnancy problem is related to the disease.  Did the crew of the Kahana, especially Keamy, show affects of the disease?  How many people have been "claimed?"  Was John Locke taken early in the show when he was dragged into a hole by Smokie?

I know this opens a whole list of questions, but it also provides plenty of insight, too.  When rewatching the entire series I think it'll be evident to see where the Sickness has came into play with certain characters.

Thoughts and Opinions
  • For the Flash-Sideways, I liked seeing Ethan again.  For some reason he reminds me of Nathan Filion.  I thought the Kate-Claire relationship worked well, and they now have a connection made off the Island.
  • How fitting that the Iraqi torturer got tortured.
  • I missed seeing Ben, Richard, and the fake John Locke.
  • Sawyer's loss was well done.  His deep sense of guilt and sadness was portrayed perfectly by Josh Halloway, and I really enjoyed the scene on the pier.
Next week's episode looks much better, and while I didn't think "What Kate Does" was amazing, it was somewhat revealing, and I look forward to seeing how the Sickness plays out.


Jonathan Francis said...

I'm with you Logan. I was actually kinda disappointed with the episode as a whole. Those few reveals you mentioned are what saved it from being too bad.

I'm beginning to think that the whole "flashsideways" may get a little stale if they don't give us a reason to actually start caring about the alternate reality...and soon. The producers have asked for everyone to be patient, but...I kinda thought we'd been patient for the past five seasons.

logankstewart said...

Definitely one of the weaker episodes we've seen in a while. Hopefully before too many more episodes we'll get a sense of what the Flashsideways mean.