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‘Lost’ recap: We obsess over ‘Whatever Happened, Happened’

April
2

Bravo, Evangeline Lilly!

Lots of Lost-philes groan when they hear the words “Kate-centric” episode. (Think Season One’s obsession with that dopey toy airplane Kate got from her childhood sweetheart.)

But this Freckles installment obliterated any of those concerns: Hats off to the writers and Ms. Lilly!

I mean, I defy you to tell me you didn’t get just a wee bit weepy at Kate’s farewell line to Aaron.

“Bye-bye, baby.” Sob!!!

Last night, Sawyer was the one who said that he did a lot of growing up in the last three years – but the sentiment could surely apply to Miss Austen, too. Before, Kate was known for running away from her problems; now, she’s racing to try and solve them.

So what changed her? Motherhood. Even if Aaron isn’t her son, raising him has given her a fierce protective quality. She’ll defy anyone – even Sawyer – to do what she thinks is right. Especially when it comes to a child.

Even if that means saving the life of a kid who grows up to be Benjamin Linus, a man who’ll ruin the lives of many dwelling both on island and off.

So hop in my DeLorean, “Lost fans,” and check to see if you’re disappearing! We’re about to dive into the details…

MOMMY KATE

We learned two things involving Kate that had been left unresolved: what Sawyer said to her in the helicopter and why she returned to the island.

Sure, lots of us had figured out those answers awhile ago, but the show still did a nice job of tying together those loose ends. And in true “Lost” fashion, it raised some more questions.

First off, as we’d suspected, Sawyer asked Kate to look up his daughter, Clementine, whose mom is Cassidy,(who’d once helped Kate talk to her mother when she was a fugitive).

So post-rescue, Kate shows up with an envelope of cash for Cassidy (which also begs the question of what happened to Sawyer’s trust fund for Lil’ Clemmy – but maybe he didn’t have enough time to bark out an account number before he jumped from the chopper.)

Kate confesses the truth about the plane crash and why Sawyer stayed behind. But instead of seeing Sawyer as a hero – as Kate and the rest of us have – Cassidy calls Sawyer a coward who couldn’t face a future with Kate.

After Kate briefly loses Aaron at a grocery store – and didn’t that blonde woman who found him look an awful lot like Claire from the back? – Cassidy helps Kate see that she kept Aaron for selfish reasons. He helped heal her broken heart after losing Sawyer.

That leads to Kate’s Confession No. 2 to Carole Littleton, Claire’s mother.

Kate again tells the truth about the island and Claire’s disappearance. She leaves Aaron with his grandmother and reveals her reason for going back: to find Claire and bring her back to her son. (That made me extra sad, since I suspect that reunion won’t happen: I subscribe to the theory that Claire’s actually dead and has been floating around Jacob’s creepy cabin for the last three years.)

Once back on the island, Kate’s maternal instinct kicks in again, except this time, she’s determined to save a dying young Ben.

With the help of Juliet – and aren’t these two being mature about the Sawyer situation?!? – Kate is the one who saves his life by bringing him to Richard and the Others.

THE KATE LOVE QUADRANGLE

Are we finally through with the romantic musical chairs game played by Jack, Kate, Sawyer and Juliet?

Skaters and Jaters might hate this idea, but I think last night’s episode effectively killed the notion that Kate will end up with either Jack or Sawyer in the end.

Sawyer was pretty blunt with his reason for helping Kate bring Ben to the Others. He didn’t do it for Kate; he did it for Juliet, who doesn’t want a child to die either.  Plus, he kinda confirms Cassidy’s speculation about why he jumped from the chopper: “We wouldn’t have worked out, Kate.”

Then again, I could be wrong: He did call her “Freckles.”

As for Kate and Jack, she’s pretty irate about his refusal to save Ben’s life. She (and Juliet) don’t seem to think much of his reason for coming back to the island. “Because I was supposed to” isn’t cutting it at the moment.

But props to Jack for handing Kate a zinger: When she says she doesn’t like the new Jack, he tells her, “You didn’t like the old me, Kate.”

Yowch!

THE TRANSFORMATION OF BENJAMIN LINUS

So let’s move on to this crazy ceremony that’s going to save young Ben and wipe out his memory.

That scene with Richard was killer, no?  He made sure we all understand (well, sort of) the trade-off that’s involved with saving Ben’s life.

In return, Ben won’t remember anything, he’ll “lose his innocence” and, hell no, he can’t go back to Daddy and the Dharma Inititiative. “He’ll always be one of us,” says Richard.

Then Richard disappears with Ben behind a stone door ino the Temple, where presumably some wacky smoke-monster summoning, brainwashing rite will be performed to set Ben on the road to becoming the leader of the Others.

(Side note: Just like last week’s episode, this one gave another hint that Ben needed Kate, Jack, Sayid and the rest of the gang to return to the island so he could fulfill his destiny. He needed Sayid there to shoot him, and Kate to help save him, so he could be delivered to the Others and make the future happen.)

Okay, so here’s the problem with Richard’s scenario. It doesn’t go according to plan, does it?

Sure, Ben eventually does become the Others’ head honcho, and though we’re still sketchy on exactly when that innocence is lost, this is obviously the turning point of when Ben turns semi-evil. (I say “semi” because I hypothesize that, in the end, Ben turns out to be doing bad things to achieve what he believes is a greater good.)

But – and isn’t there always too many “buts” in “Lost”?!? – how does all this explain Ben’s return to Dharma?

We know he’s back there in 1992; that’s when he murders his father and helps orchestrate the Purge. Has the future now been altered, despite the supposed time travel rules?

As for Ben’s memory, his pre-shooting recollections are still there – or parts of them, at least.

We know from previous flashbacks that Ben recalls his father’s cruelty towards him, including how he always forgot his birthday and blamed him for his mother’s death. He remembers coming to the island. He remembers his childhood friend, Annie (and we still don’t know if she survived the Purge), because as an adult, he’s still carrying around the wooden doll she made him.

So what could explain why – as Hurley pointed out – Ben doesn’t remember Sayid in the future as the guy who shot him in the past?

Well, who says Ben doesn’t remember Sayid? Remember: Ben is a very, very good actor.

There was another “wow” moment in this scene with Richard, too, even if it was only a few lines of dialogue.

When Richard takes Ben in his arms, an Other steps forward to ask if he should run it by Ellie. He then adds, “And if Charles finds out…”

Richard seems annoyed by the comment, pointing out that he doesn’t answer to either of them.

So does that mean Ellie (who we know now is the future Mrs. Eloise Hawking, Daniel Faraday’s mother) and Charles (Widmore) are the Hostiles’ leaders back in 1977?

Are they a couple? Does that mean Charles is Daniel’s father? (Which would make Daniel and Penny either full or half-siblings, depending on the identity of Penny’s mother, and raises the question of whether Penny spent time on the island as a kid, too.)

And if they are a couple, when did Eloise Hawking turn against Widmore, if that’s what she’s doing by helping Ben and the rest go back to the island?

Then again, given Desmond’s conversation with Widmore about Daniel’s mom, he’s clearly kept tabs – or continued some sort of relationship – with ol’ Ellie.

And why would Ben ask for help from the ex of his mortal enemy?

Okay, here is where my head starts hurting again, so you get the picture. Still lots and lots of questions to be answered.

HURLEY IS AWESOME

We haven’t seen much of the big guy lately, but Hurley rocks as the audience stand-in, doesn’t he?

How funny was his conversation with Miles about the time travel situation, which few of us truly understand?

From the “Back to the Future” references to his victory smirk at stumping Miles on the big question – how come future Ben doesn’t remember past Sayid? – Hurley was simply fan-freakin’-tastic.

WELCOME BACK, BEN

We can’t leave the episode without mentioning those final moments, where we were back in present-day and watching big Ben wake up in the makeshift infirmary on Hydra Island.

I didn’t think it was possible for those bug eyes to bug out any more, but they were beyond bulging when Ben saw who was at his bedside: John Locke, who welcomes Ben back “to the land of the living.”

GULP!!!

That’s it for now, Lost-philes. Tune in here next week for our discussion of episode No. 12, “Dead is Dead.”

Here’s a little taste for you: We’ll see more of the smoke monster, Penny and someone who was killed last season…

(Photos courtesy of ABC)

This entry was posted on Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 at 8:52 am by Heather Salerno. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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