It's all Kate this week as secrets get shattered
As soon as I finished watching tonight's episode, I walked through the house and kissed both my sleeping boys. Good god, what an emotional rollercoaster this one was.
This is one of those episodes that is remarkably simple, and most of what it does is stuff that we probably already at least suspected, but seeing it play out makes all the difference, and Kate suddenly became a hero again, a character whose drive for returning to the island is so clear and so decent that she's given licence now to do whatever she wants. She's not in this for herself, and that makes her right in every conversation. So many of the characters on "Lost" have motives that are either (A) inscrutable (B) intentionally obfuscated or (C) entirely self-serving that to see someone make a whole series of choices that were the right choices for the right reasons is sort of refreshing. And it brings her a loooooong way from where she started the series, something I really love about the way the show has evolved over the years.
Is it just me, or have the opening "Previously on 'Lost'" segments become absolutely indispensible this season? Five years in, there's so much dense detail to keep track of that it really does serve as a crash course every week now. "Hey, remember that woman who got totally hosed by Sawyer and then she had his baby and also Kate met her at one point? Yeah? Well, she's back." I'm not surprised that the next clip they show is Sawyer whispering to Kate just before he jumped off the helicopter. His "Just do it, Freckles" has been hanging out there ever since, and I sort of suspected it had to do with the woman and the daughter. Whaqt other loose end was there for Sawyer at this point? We also saw a bit of Kate when she decided to lie and claim Aaron as her own son, and again... I figured this was something that had to get resolved fairly soon. And I suspected it would work like this. She had to get back in touch with Claire's mother. What I didn't anticipate is the way that story resolved with Kate's promise to Claire's mother. And of course the scenes from earlier episodes ended with last week's cliffhanger, Sayid dropping the hammer on young Ben Linus.
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