Rutkowski's Several Word Review: Full of nuggety goodness.
I didn't really know what to expect for this episode. I enjoy the flashbacks involving Sun and Jin because I'm that rare breed of person that likes to read subtitles while hearing languages that I don't understand, but I wasn't sure how much story they had left to tell. As it turns out, it appears that there is quite a bit more left. I'm going to break my instant analysis down into two parts, first reflecting on the flashback, and then on the action taking place on the Island.
Sun and Jin's awesome flashback: Intrigue aplenty! As if the honorability of Jin's father wasn't in question enough to the Paiks, it turns out that his mom is even shadier. Not only does she have some things in common with the neighborhood bicycle (oh snap!), she's even shameless enough to use this fact to blackmail Sun. I particularly enjoyed the Trashy-Moms-Blackmails-Sun-Sun-Blackmails-Questionable-Father bit during this episode, and found it quite revealing that Mr. Paik for at least a little while was willing to allow Jin to work in the family business, without working in the family business. Upon finding the money, Jin also had the wisdom to foreshadow the consequences of being in debt to Sun's father, but the ending also made it clear that Sun is a crime boss's daughter and that crossing her has consequences as well.
Awesome Island action: There's a leadership void on the beach, and maybe Jack doesn't have the chops anymore. Havng an identifiable leader around is great when you need people to fall into line, but when you want answers like Sun does, it's time for action and that's what we got when Sun chose to confront Juliette directly. The result, of course, was that she was given answers, and hopefully we can expect similar occurences in future episodes as our Lostaways force the action. I wasn't entirely surprised that there was more to the medical hatch than previously discovered, but it was downright chilling when Juliette explained how the room they went to was a place where pregnant women prepared to die. The hospice hatch? Creepy. Juliette seemed to genuinely enjoy working with Sun, deepening the mystery surrounding her motives.
Meanwhile, back in the jungle, events with the campers took more twists than a Chubby Checker record. Our parachutist we soon discover suffered some ugly injuries during her descent, and it appears as though she's speaking multiple languages. I've never been delirious, but I find it interesting that she was trying to communicate something multilingually. After Hurley fires a flare, we find out that Patchy (?!?!) is alive and well, and also got to witness Jin's Chuck Norris impression. Patchy saves the parachutist in gruesome fashion, and then attempts to make off with the satellite phone. I can't quite figure him out - living through the fence is weird enough, but Ben's reaction to him, and with the cloudiness of his motives... we just don't have very many pieces to his puzzle. The action on the Island ends with Patchy leaving the campers behind, and the parachutist telling Hurley that to the outside world, flight 815 was found and that there were no survivors.
Things to chew on:
-Jack was wearing red. For some reason, my gut is trying to tell me something about this that my head hasn't figured out. Any ideas?
-Jin was in the military, meaning the count of military connections continues to grow. It strikes me that there's more to the story of Jin's service and why military service is such a prevalent theme on the show.
-So, the medical hatch was built with a secret passage. What does this tell us about its construction and the original purposes behind its usage? Also, the recorder - is that just for Juliette, or are other Others communicating in this way at various points on the Island?
-We're definitely going to need some translations for this episode. It sure seemed like some interesting things might be uncovered from this episode with the help of some Chinese/Italian/Korean speakers.
-Juliette said that in her 3 years on the Island, she lost 9 patients. The Others have been sustaining some serious casualties since our Lostaways arrived, and it looks like previous to that they were having some big time population issues as well. This has to be of some concern.
-Patchy acknowldged to the campers that the Island does indeed have healing properties, and it looks like we can add Jin's fertility to the list of miracle healings.
-Is it just me, or is something about Desmond reminiscent of Locke and his interactions with the Island and the Others?
-It appears as though Juliette's mission is to get "samples" from the women on the beach. Well, that's weird. Looks like Kate's up next. Whatever that means.
That's all for now. I'll go into things in much greater detail for the complete analysis, and I'm already formulating ideas regarding Juliette's actions and our mysterious parachutist. If you have any ideas, don't hesitate to leave comments or visit the message board.