Not to be trite, but the more I reflect on Lost: Left Behind, the more I thought about those awful Left Behind/Rapture novels. Not necessarily a fair, accurate or flattering connection, but I did enjoy the episode.
On to the bulleted list!
- Best Intentions
Locke says The Others aren’t forgiving.
Kate’s mother can’t forgive her daughter and vice versa.
But Sawyer could earn forgiveness and Jack might not totally hate Kate, so there’s hope in the episode.
Some characters who I wouldn’t have thought needed forgiveness or deserved forgiveness are being primed for just that event.
I also think we saw a lot of self-forgiveness. Being able to admit our own (or Kate and Sawyer’s own) flaws, apologize, “make amends” and move forward.
I had never considered Kate’s actions particularly selfish until tonight. They certainly weren’t selfless, but I thought that survival was her paramount concern, and maybe that’s still true.
Seeing her backstory through the lenses of her mother and Cassidy, however, makes me see just how juvenile her approach to life is. If Jack has a God complex, at least he had the power (or potential) to have a greater impact on those he was ostensibly trying to save.
All Kate has is her own strength of will. She doesn’t think about consequences, just about immediate results.
Where Jack is playing Chess, forgetting his broken heart and trying to save everyone by returning to the island after he’s escaped, Kate is just playing Checkers, ready for a jailbreak.
Kate’s mom is right, she (Kate) wants to win/help for her own purposes and not really because she has any idea about actually supporting or helping someone else.
Should she have killed the stepdad? I can understand her rationale, but the strategy of saving the mother could have been accomplished with less lethal tactics.
Heavy is the head that wears the crown, or so the saying goes.
I think that true leadership is a skill that can be learned and taught, but people have to want to grow into that role.
Hurley’s role – lying to get Sawyer to be a better person – is on some level like Kate’s murder to create more harmony, but Hurley affected an entire island of people looking for hope and Kate just cleansed her own conscience. Maybe she could’ve/should’ve done more leading up to the gas leak, but hers was a permanent solution to a temporary problem, Hurley’s was the reverse and, the producer’s are telling us, the better way.
It’s also true that you’re only a leader if people follow you. Hurley’s decision got folks behind Sawyer and Kate’s decision left her all alone.
This point builds off some of the others, but we see (yet again) folks getting betrayed by those they love/care about.
Kate’s mom going to the cops.
Locke’s dad pushing him out the window.
Sawyer conning Cassidy.
To a lesser extent: Juliet lying to Kate and Hurley lying to Sawyer.
The point here, I assume, is that the betrayal either reinforces the behavior of the betrayer/betrayee or it forces them to adapt.
Tonight we saw that subterfuge isn’t always a bad thing but, again, your aim must be some greater good. Not that I agree with this logic; it assumes somehow that others know better than you about your own life, but sometimes others (“Others”) can see us for who we really are.
I’m reminded of Emily Dickinson:
Tell all the Truth but tell it slant —
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth’s superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind —
Some folks – Locke specifically – could see the island and their fates immediately. Others, like Sawyer and Kate, have been thusfar immune to changing despite the opportunity. Will that change?
This one is strongly related to Selfishness and Betrayal and, heck, all the others, but I find it interesting that ALL Sawyer had was intentions. He didn’t actually believe any of it, he was just faking it, but his actions were the most powerful.
It’s like smiling. They say just the act of smiling puts you in a better mood, makes you happier.
Maybe the island is saying that you don’t need to believe it yourself, you just have to go along with it.
The more I think about this episode, the more I believe that Locke is a genius and he is now the leader of The Others.
I’m all out of mortal sins-style bullets, but I do have a few additional points.
Jenn calls foul on the whole Fence/Monster stalemate. She contends it would have “flown” or “smoked” over. I’m not so convinced it’s fundamentally smart enough to figure that out and/or I’m willing to allow for a sci-fi/backstory explanation.
Love the parallel story of Sawyer holding Aaron as we find out Cassidy was pregnant.
Juliet’s subservience/need for approval/acceptance is going to be key.
That’s all I’ve got. Leave a comment (this means you).