*My least favorite episode this season. I’m thinking it’s a side effect of having to hurry up and fit everything into a much smaller amount of time than initially planned. There was a lot of hi-there-long-time-no-see and let’s-suddenly-go-over-here. When BadLocke reunites with Jack, he says, “Let’s catch up.” Shortly after that when Jack is reunited with Claire, BadLocke says “Looks like you have a lot of catching up to do.” The whole episode was full of clumsy motivations and rushed encounters.
My own personal pet peeve in any plot (which I have tried to ignore in LOST), is when characters become determined to do something for no logical reason. When they are asked to give some explanation, they simply say, “I just know I need to do this thing.” For example when Jack tells Sawyer, “This doesn’t feel right.” There’s only so much you can chalk up to supernatural vibes or fate or ESP. What is really going on is bad writing.
The lowest point unfortunately was the reunion of Jen and Sun. What could have been a resonating moment for the whole series ended up being a burst of cheese and clichés. Here we have an extended rift between two people who are deeply in love and in which one thought the other was dead—and this is the climactic dialogue we get when they finally embrace:
Sun: “I love you.”
Jen: “I love you, too. We’ll never be apart again. I promise.”
And if that wasn’t bad enough, we have Lepidus on the sidelines acting as narrator: “Looks like someone got their voice back.” Hopefully this episode was just a glitch and not foreshadowing of worse things to come. But right now the seams are showing.
*With all that said, I was thrilled to have a theory confirmed. Dead Christian was BadLocke (a.k.a. Smoke Monster). There were also some interesting stipulations revealed. The Smoke Monster can only take the form of someone who is dead. But the primary factor that was of interest to me is that the Smoke Monster can only take the form of someone who is dead as long as the physical dead body is present. This apparently means there are clear physical parameters restricting the nature of the Smoke Monster.