Well, well. Things are really happening.
While we’re waiting for Mark Coale’s official write-up, here are a few of our own quick observations. SPOILERS BELOW THE BREAK!!
• Okay, so Sayid finally turned to the dark side — or did he? In the flash sideways we see him atoning for past crimes, respecting Nadia’s marriage and family life, and attempting yet again to avoid violence. (Yeah, like that ever works.) We don’t know exactly what Flocke offered him (although we can make a pretty good guess.) His wholesale temple slaughtering recalled Michael’s meltdown at the end of Season 2, which didn’t end well for Michael. Is Sayid’s good side is still in there?
• This episode is definitely trying to persuade us that the MIB is Bad and Jacob is Good — but Jacob’s meddling still seems pretty crappy. In most genre fiction we learn that there is good in the bad guys — in this one, we’re seeing that there’s bad in the good guys.
• The temple Others cut and run on Dogen pretty damned quick! This is one of those Lost storytelling conveniences that crops up time and again: the Others are shown as this wandering tribe without any sense of purpose except to wander through the jungle. Guess that’s what they do.
• That said, Dogen’s flashback was the clearest evidence yet that ALL the people on the Island have a similar back story of personal tragedy followed by the annunciation of Jacob.
• And speaking of Dogen, Hiroyuki Sanada has a strong background as a martial arts star and it was great to see him mix it up with Naveen Andrews’ stunt double. (The direction in this episode was particularly choppy, to my mind, and there were several shots where it was obvious it wasn’t Andrews.)
• Miles was really Exposition Man this time out.
• Crazy Claire = good times.
• Okay so now we have Hurley, Jack, Ilana, Frank, Miles, Sun and Ben(!) vs Flock, Claire, Sayid and Kate (!) with Jin and Sawyer Out There Somewhere. Desmond = ?
• The scene with Kate joining the MIB faction was the best Kate scene in a while. The look on her face told us that she knows Kate’s fate isn’t looking so rosy — she’s not a candidate, Claire wants to make a baby rattle from her skull, and she knows she has to carry an assault rifle wherever she goes.