Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Lost - Abandoned



So Shannon saw Walt, all soak and wet, telling her, “Shhh.” Getting anyone to believe her, including Sayid, is another matter altogether. Of course, Charlie probably would just call her nuts as he does Hurley whenever the lotto millions are mentioned. Charlie’s secret involving the Virgin Mary statuette is now revealed to Locke as Claire wonders if he is some “religious freak” while balking about how they appear as if they are a married couple. Charlie’s jealousy regarding the baby also reveals itself when Claire allows Locke to cradle it in his arms. Locke shows Claire that to cure the consistent crying so the baby will sleep is to tighten the blanket, swaddling while so young. The desire to “feel free” comes later, Locke proclaims. Locke doesn’t change his smile or happy-go-lucky disposition when told about the statuette, but I think it is clear that the light comes on and he’s not at all pleased. O’Quinn can pull that off. But with Shannon, it does look as if Lost Creative wanted to give her a parting focal episode, with back story included. Shannon was undermined by her stepmother after her father died and Boone tried to help her out, being rejected in the process. Boone’s death still continues to haunt her and Sayid considers this the reason she sees Walt. But Shannon refuses to conclude that. And it is when Sayid sees Walt (stunned to silence as the rain just pours and drenches them) that he’s convinced. But Shannon has to go to him, touch him, so there’s proof of her claims. Then the gun goes off and a bullet wound right in the stomach could very well be the kiss goodbye. That Ana was the person with the gun sure does complicate things! Sayid’s look of near rage could spell trouble for Ana and her “plane tail gang”. Mike and Jin’s expressions say it all. “Oh, shit.” 


I do wonder just what Locke will say to Charlie when he is alone with him. When Charlie inserts himself into a sweet moment between Claire and Locke, more or less demanding the baby comes to him, that obvious tension seems to resemble a gradually turning screw…it is only going to worsen, I presume. Charlie will have to answer for the statuette, and I can only imagine Locke will go about it in a manner that isn’t aggressive or confrontational. But this is an issue that will need to be addressed. I must admit, that sweet nature and good will built up after kicking the habit, Charlie has started to become a bit of a cipher. The conclusion of Everybody Hates Hugo where there were actual smiles already feels like a season ago. With Sawyer’s shoulder injury taking its toll until he can’t even walk, collapsing eventually after traveling much distance, it is up to Mike and Jin to make sure he isn’t left behind. Sawyer even tells Mike he’d have left him behind, but Mike tells Ana’s bunch that the bullet wound was because he tried to stop the others from taking Walt. Carrying him the rest of the way isn’t easy at all, especially up rough terrain. Even worse is Ana shooting Shannon. Mr. Eko shows some serious character in his willingness to take them all into the jungle in order to get Sawyer back to camp. When they lose Cindy, though, Ana questions Eko’s decision to do this. What blew me away about Cindy’s sudden disappearance is that it makes the others look absolutely frightening. Like Ana said (Michelle Rodriguez kicks ass during this revelation, too!), the others came and took from them and there was nothing they could do about it. It is like the island has the boogeyman, and no one seems safe. This is a truly scary threat…what you can’t see could very well take you as a thief in the night looking to pillage lives. Where is Walt? Why does he appear as if an apparition that seems to come and go at certain times? Libby was a shrink in her former life much to Sawyer’s surprise and his animosity with Ana who is always demanding them to “move, move, move” couldn’t be more volatile. Ana’s eagerness to get out of the jungle is understandable! Cindy can vouch for that! As far as Shannon goes: her life before the island, never quite able to find the success and love she seemed to be searching for, doesn’t quite come to fruition on the island either. That is tragedy, folks. Sayid had already lost one love and the island just won’t let him have Shannon. And Shannon’s life before and on the island ends in disappointment.


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