Now that's more like it.
I enjoyed last week's episode, but I thought it was a pretty typical second episode of a season, setting things up and doing the legwork it'll take for us to really have fun with the rest of the season. The more I thought about it, though, the more I liked an element of the episode that I initially dismissed as too coincidental, and that's the relationship between Kate and Claire in the off-island "Timeline A" storyline. My first thought was that I didn't really buy the way they interacted, or the way Kate kept making choices that helped Claire but that put herself harm's way. But what if what we're seeing off-island right now is all about the way these people find themselves drawn together by forces they don't understand, and what if Kate stayed with Claire because she was compelled to, without even understanding why?
One of the things that started me thinking on that was the scene in the two-hour premiere where Jack gave John Locke his card in the airport and told him to call for a free consult. And it gave me real pause to see Ethan show up as Claire's OB/GYN. I think the "Timeline A" stuff is throwing viewers because they don't have a handle on it yet, but I think when the game becomes clear and we realize what we're watching, all those little things like the cut on Jack's neck or the date on Claire's sonogram being a month off from when flight 815 crashed in the first go-round will add up in a way that will take off the back of our heads.