The Sickness…it’s been talked about since the Season One pilot episode. Shannon translated the transmission from Danielle Rousseau as, “I’m alone now. On the island alone. Please, someone come. The others, they’re dead. It killed them. It killed them all.” We saw the “Quarantine” sign on the inside of the hatch door. We saw Desmond injecting himself with some kind of drug to “protect himself” from getting sick and Charlie found the drugs in the hatch and gave them to Claire for her and Aaron to take. When Danielle saw Jin in one of the time travel jumps he made, she explained to him that, “It took them, one after the other. I had no choice. They were already lost.” She was explaining why she killed the other members of the French team.
These are just a few of the times that “the sickness” has been mentioned and now it seems as though Sayid and Claire have been “infected”. Or maybe a better word is “claimed”. As we’ve seen, those people who are sick, don’t behave as they normally do, but perhaps that only happens once the “darkness” grows and reaches the heart because Sayid seems pretty normal right now. I wouldn’t say the same thing about Claire.
Claire looks like Rousseau and it seems pretty obvious that the traps they encountered in the jungle have been set by her. We last saw her sneak off into the jungle with Christian Shepherd, who was potentially Smokey at the time, and then we saw her with “Christian” in Jacob’s cabin. How did she become infected? Well, she was pregnant on the island and was injected with all sorts of things that may have been the cause. I suspect we’ll get more and more answers as each week goes by.
Bottom line…you can shoot the Jacob is in Sayid’s body theory out the window, which I never really bought into. Who “claimed” him is the real question, but I think it’s pretty safe to assume it’s not a good thing to be claimed.
Kudos to Jack for taking a risk and trying to swallow the pill that Dogen gave him, which turned out to be poison. I’m getting a bit tired of all the games that “The Others” play. Jacob clearly sent the Oceanic folks to them for a reason so trust them and give them the information they need already. It’s seriously getting very old. Try working together and communicating…maybe good things will actually come about as a result.
Why try to manipulate Jack by telling him that everything is his fault and that “this is your chance to redeem yourself”? I think he did just that by NOT giving the pill to Sayid. He asked to Dogen, “I don’t even trust myself. How can I trust you?” By not giving the pill to Sayid and “testing” it on himself, he proved something to “The Others”. He proved that he’s loyal to his friends and is willing to sacrifice himself if necessary.
It’s also more than obvious that “The Others” need to protect the Oceanic folks at the temple, so again, let’s share some goddamn information already! I think they will start to do that in this next episode because of how Jack handled the “pill” situation.
Moving on…love how they bought back the “Other” who fell for the Wookie prisoner gag in Season Three. It was only a couple of lines before, that he called Kate “princess” like Han Solo called Leia in Star Wars. I always love how they tie this stuff in.
On island Kate lived up to my expectations in this episode. I’m still not a big fan of her character, but love Evangeline Lilly. Off-island Kate in timeline-X was a different story, but I’ll save that for a bit later. Kate following James Ford was so predictable and so annoying, but I completely forgive it because of the truly outstanding acting performance by Josh Halloway. I feel like we’ve watched this actor and his character grow leaps and bounds over the six seasons and it is a privilege to watch. We get that he was truly in love, that he feels guilty about Juliet’s death, and that he just wants to be alone. Now I’m looking forward to what happens next with his character and it’ll be interesting to see what happens when he encounters pseudo-Locke next week.
Jin now knows for sure that the Ajira flight landed somewhere and it’s likely that he can find a way to reunite with Sun. His query to Kate, “Who do you care about?” was a great question. If we believe her true intentions are to reunite Aaron and Claire then stop running after Jack and/or James Ford and just clearly tell everyone what your intentions are. All this “romantic” tension makes me sick to my stomach. She doesn’t deserve either one of these guys and I certainly don’t believe she’ll ever end up with James Ford.
One more island comment…I really enjoyed the brief conversation that our “I See/Speak To Dead People” friends, Miles and Hurley, had with Sayid. “Are you a zombie” was a truly classic line.
Okay, the off-island Timeline-X story highlight with Kate and Claire was seeing Doctor Ethan Rom in the hospital. The best line was when he said, “I don’t want to stick you with any needles if I don’t have to.” After knowing what he did to Claire on the island in the original timeline, it just made me laugh. The thing is, his life in timeline-X seems completely different and probably is that way because he never went to the island because it’s underwater. So many other things have changed, not just the fact that Flight 815 never crashed.
I’m glad that Kate went back for and helped Claire, even though I found the storyline to be a bit forced. I’m left wondering if the psychic who put Claire on the plane still though it was going to crash so that she’d be forced to raise Aaron on her own. In timeline-X, Mrs. Baskin, the potential adoptive mother, really does exist, but decides to not go through with the adoption. Perhaps the psychic saw that happening instead of the plane crash in this timeline. Either way, Aaron has to be important. I say this knowing full well that we all thought Walt was important too and he’s nowhere to be seen, but Aaron is different. Wouldn’t it be crazy if he turned out to be Jacob’s son or something? I mean, we know who the supposed daddy was, but she claimed to the “father” that she didn’t know how she got pregnant when he confronted her about it. I’m just stretching here, but I can’t help thinking that he’s still going to play a big role somehow.
Last thing…I wonder if Kate really believes she is innocent in timeline-X. Anything is possible.
Next week…”The Substitute”