Tuesday, May 11, 2010
"Lost" recap: The mother of all sibling rivalries.
A thoughts of tonight's revelatory "Lost" after the break. Spoilers are below, so don't click through if you don't want to know.
I mean, whoa.
Tonight's episode of "Lost" was a literal mother lode of answers. We learned the relationship between Jacob and the Man in Black (they're twin brothers). We learned the origin of the Frozen Donkey Wheel (the MIB designed it as a way to leave the island). We learned who Adam and Eve were (the MIB and his adopted "mom"). We learned the origins of the Smoke Monster. We learned what the chosen "candidate" would be protecting once he or she is selected (yes, "she." Though Sun is dead, many believe it's possible that neither she nor Jin are the "Kwon" mentioned on the cave wall, and that the true Kwon candidate is Ji Yeon). We learned so much about the roots of this island, including why Jacob feels responsible for the evil actions of the Man in Black. After all, he's the one who turned his restless -- but seemingly harmless -- brother into a soulless, shapeless monster.
Talk about a dysfunctional sibling relationship.
Of course, unless I missed it, there's one thing we didn't learn tonight: the MIB's name. Did he not have one? If he did have one, is it really realistic to expect that NO ONE would utter it? Actually, is it realistic for me to expect "Lost" to obey the laws of reality? I mean, there's a FREAKIN' SMOKE MONSTER! I guess not saying someone's name is kind of a minor suspension of disbelief.
But, overall, tonight's episode was a solid, and necessary, episode as we head into the home stretch of "Lost." True, it wasn't the emotional roller coaster of last week's "The Candidate," but it gave us a fairly thorough explanation of exactly what is at stake here. The island is, apparently, home not only to electromagnetic energy, but to a sort of spiritual energy. That's why strange things happen there. That, presumably, is the force that keeps drawing people into the island's orbit.
OK. I can buy that.
Anyway, here are some more thoughts on tonight's episode, "Across the Sea."
* First off, let's give it up for Allison Janney, making a memorable guest appearance as Jacob and MIB's adoptive mom. When I first heard Janney was guesting on the show, I actually didn't believe it. She seemed like too big name for the show to just plop in at the home stretch. But she was indeed on the episode. And really, who else could have played that role? Though she was barely recognizable in that scraggly wig and those rags, her inner grace and elegance shone through, making her ideal to play mom not just to Jacob and MIB, but to the entire island. Her character was complicated, creepy, yet weirdly compelling. Very "Lost," and very well-played by Janney.
* Um, does anybody else think the show is going a little overboard with the black/white imagery with the two brothers? I mean, we get it: one is perceived as a bringer of light, and the other is supposed to be the personification of darkness. We aren't thick, "Lost!" We don't need you to keep hitting us over the head with things like color-coded outfits and baby blankets!
* So, I'm almost certain that the kid on the island is Jacob. I mean, the young Jacob we saw tonight sure looked like the young boy that Locke Mess keeps seeing on the island. So why does he appear like that to MIB? And why can Sawyer see him?
* On a related note, did MIB have the power to see the dead before he went all smoke-like? He can see his late bio-mom, and Jacob can't. How did he get that power? Did his adopted mother give it to him? Did he have it naturally?
* While we're on the topic, what was up with adopted mom? Was she a witch? A goddess? How did she have the power to make Jacob ageless, and to keep the brothers from killing each other? And why did that rule still apply after MIB was relieved of his body?
* Note adopted mom's description of the people on the island.: "They come. They fight. They destroy. They corrupt." That's the exact exchange Jacob and MIB have in "The Incident."
* By the way, the game played by the two brothers is an ancient Egyptian game called Senet, believed by some to be the ancestor of backgammon.
* We also got some insight tonight into MIB's quest to go "home." In true, sad "Lost" fashion, MIB has never actually known his home. All he knows is the island. But he hasn't felt like he belongs there since he was 13 (and God knows how long ago THAT was). He feels betrayed by his adopted mom, even though she did truly love him. As an adult smoke monster, he denounces her as crazy, because of her obsession with protecting him from the world. But was she right? Would he be happy in the real world? Probably not. This is "Lost" after all. Happiness almost never comes. And when it does, it's fleeting.
* So what does this episode tell us about Jacob? Last week's episode pretty much proved to me that MIB is evil, what with him setting up the Lost-ies to die on the sub and all. But is Jacob really that good? I mean, he seems a little whiny and easily manipulated, does he not? I'm sure he matured over time, but this episode didn't firmly put me on Team Jacob.