Brian's One Word Review: Shepherd-tastic
From Jack's "is it a dream (something nice back home?)" flashforwardy future to Christian Shepherd's multiple shocking appearances, this episode was chock full of Shepherdly goodness. Another week of incredibly strong storytelling with few easter eggs / hidden references for the hardcore fans, but plenty of mystery, twists, and turns. I think it's safe to say that no one has any clue where this storyline is going at this point, and I absolutely love it.
Here are some thoughts to ponder as you count the minutes until next week's episode...
1. Claire and Jack are going to find out they are related. Jack mentions to Kate that she "isn't even related to Aaron", meaning that he knows he is. Coupled with Christian's appearance to Claire in the jungle, it looks like we're due for a Claire-Jack-Christian meeting at some point in the future. Of course, the only problem with this is that Christian is dead... right? (although those who watched the preview for next week that immediately followed this week's Lost will argue maybe that's not such a big deal...)
2. Sawyer chose to stay on the Island, meaning that the other Survivors probably made a similar choice. This is a big deal, since it hints that our Oceanic Six didn't leave mid-battle, or by accident - but rather made the conscientious choice to leave or stay. Perhaps Claire is MIA, explaining how Aaron ends up getting rescued without her, but it's also likely that both Claire and Jin die before the rescue, explaining why they would let their loved ones go without them.
3. Who wants to bet that the thing Kate had to do for Sawyer involved his daughter Clementine, or possibly Cassidy - with Kate telling them that Sawyer was a hero, and helped rescue everyone else? Jack would be upset that this would blow the cover of the Oceanic 6 Story - but if Kate made a promise to Sawyer, she would most certainly keep it.
4. This episode seemed to serve as the turning point for Jack... going from perfect life with Kate to alcoholic miserable person obsessed with returning to the Island. It's interesting that he is once again paranoid about his lover cheating on him (just like he was with Sarah), and more than likely that Christian Shepherd's image will continue to haunt him, just like Charlie haunts Hurley. (PS - was the smoke detector going off before Christian's appearance really a terrible pun that he might be the Smoke Monster?)
5. It's official - CFL and Karl are dead. Sorry conspiracy theorists... although again, maybe this isn't such a big deal based on the episode preview for next week.
6. I loved the logical reasoning in this episode. From Kate, asking exactly what I was thinking "why can't we just take him to the medical station" to Rose, asking what many thought before the episode aired "why is Jack getting sick on the Island when everyone else gets better?", it's nice to see the writers proving that they have asked themselves these same questions, and they do have answers to all of them. Rose's point in particular is interesting - was this really the Island's weak attempt to prevent Jack from leaving the Island? Why not sick Smokey on him?
7. So if Jack really isn't supposed to be raising Aaron, as Charlie told Hurley told Jack, does that confirm the fraudulent psychic's message from Season One? Does this mean that Claire is actually alive and well on the Island, and the whole reason the Island is calling for the Oceanic Six to return is to bring Aaron back to her to complete some sort of prophecy? Didn't the creators hint that Aaron would be a "very important character to the mythology of the show" way back during Season One? Intrigue!
8. You better believe there will be some screen shots of Kate in a button down shirt and underwear from this episode in my full analysis. Wow.
9. This is now two consecutive weeks with scar mysteries. If you recall, last week the Freighter Doctor washed up on shore with a fresh cut - even though we had previously seen him with a scar where that cut used to be. Then this week's episode opened with Jack half naked, with a scar-less body, even though the episode showed he went through a pretty rough appendix surgery on the Island that would definitely leave a scar. What is going on? It's like time is all backwards.
My brain hurts.
Okay, that's all I've got for now. But let me just say right now that next week's episode has the potential to be the best episode of the whole season, the kind of "game changing" episode that blows our minds.
Next Thursday can't get here fast enough.