Episode Title: Adrift
Brian’s Deeper Meaning Guess: This week’s preview promises “we learn the fate of all the castaways” – meaning we’ll get the confirmation we all are wanting that Michael, Jin, and Sawyer (the Rafters) are alive and well, albeit five miles off the coast. But this is also a Michael episode, and our boy Mikey is now adrift in life. His son, his reason for being lately has been stolen away. I’d bet his flashbacks show how his life was kinda “adrift” as well, prior to Walt entering it.
TV Guide Description: “With the abduction of Walt fresh on their minds and their raft destroyed, Michael, Sawyer and Jin fight for their lives and discover a new predator in the roiling ocean. Meanwhile on land, Locke must descend into the hatch when one castaway goes missing inside.”
TV Guide Breakdown: Here’s what I’m interested to see: how they keep an entire episode focused on three characters floating on pieces of driftwood in the middle of the ocean. There must be something strange or fantastic that happens to them for a two reasons:
How else are they going to get back to the mainland?
After last week’s cliffhanger, if the show’s writers are going to move away from that storyline for a week, there better be something else good going on or we’ll all be very disappointed.
So what could it be? Another boat comes to save them? They come upon another smaller Island? A whale leads them back to land, a la Tom Hanks in Castaway?
No, based on the description, a new “predator” is in the rolling ocean. Could it be sharks, or perhaps “The Monster”? How about a different “Monster”, a water version of its land brother, the kind that could make a boat wreck (see: CFL) or could drag them back to the land? Either way, with Sawyer shot and bleeding and the Rafters with a few floating pieces of wood and no food or water, it’s pretty unrealistic to think they’re just going to make it back to the land by doggie-paddling.
I also think this might be one of those “TV Guide” lies weeks (as they are prone to do). Locke descended the Hatch last week. Does he climb out and then climb back in? I doubt it. Look for the Hatch (and the rest of the “land stories”) to take a break this week.
Now let's get on to the insane analysis of last week!