This might be the shortest Blog of all-time thanks to the good folks at Time Warner Cable.
Conveniently, my internet has been periodically dropping for 6-8 hours at a time for the past few days. It's honestly a Christmas Miracle that I was able to get my "Ab Aeterno" Analysis up during one of the "up times" over the weekend. So now that my Internet is finally back up (for who knows how long), I'm finally able to grab the press release for "The Package" and start thinking about it.
Here we go, quick and dirty...
Episode Title: “The Package”
Brian’s Deeper Meaning Guess: As is the tradition this season, the "package" will refer to two things - the "package" that Jin has to deliver in the Flash Sideways (which will either be the watch he had in his bag, the money, or both), and the "package" that Charles Widmore has brought back to the Island in the locked room of his submarine… and I'm betting that "package" is Desmond. Both storylines will involve delivering this package to an awaiting party - which makes me fear what is about to happen to Desmond on the Island, why Widmore brought him there, and who might be wanting him. We know that "The Island" isn't done with him - but does that mean Richard, SmokeLocke, or some other entity on the Island?
Guest Stars: Alan Dale as Charles Widmore, Kevin Durand as Keamy, Anthony Azizi as Omar, Andrew Divoff as Mikhail Bakunin, Sheila Kelley as Zoe, Fred Koehler as Seamus, Chad Donella as desk clerk, Natalie Garcia Fryman as Ms. Kendall, and Larry Joshua as Burditt.
Guest Star Breakdown: We're going to see the other side of the Sayid Flash Sideways, so it's logical to include Keamy, Omar, and the rest of the guest stars from his episode. We've also got Charles Widmore which means we'll see a little more of his storyline. The only new guest star that jumps out is good ol' Patchy - "Mikhail Bakunin" (now you see why we call him Patchy?)… but I'm guessing he shows up in a non-critical Flash Sideways manner in the episode, since the last time we saw him he was blowing himself up outside The Looking Glass.
Episode Description: Sun and Jin desperately continue their search for one another, and Locke confronts his enemy.
Episode Breakdown: When we last saw Sun, she was sitting around the campfire on the beach with Jack, Ilana, Ben, Alpert, and Frank. When we last saw Jin, he was following SmokeLocke into the Jungle, after Sawyer had promised him that he wouldn't leave the Island without Sun. It seems to me that an interaction between Sun and Jin would likely coincide with a meeting of Team Jacob and Team SmokeLocke, but it feels a little too soon for that big confrontation, doesn't it? With Jin still nursing an injured ankle, I have a hard time believing he would go trekking off into the Jungle to find Sun - so I'm going to guess that it's Sun that leaves to find Jin… probably as a result of being tricked / convinced by SmokeLocke. Sun and Jin represent one of the few chances any of our characters have for a truly happy ending, so I would be surprised if anything tragic happened to prevent that from coming true - but this is Lost we're talking about, and based on my latest theory (see below), I'm gearing up for the most depressing finale of all time.
The Sun and Jin reunion is all well and good - but it's the second half of the episode preview that has me excited for this week. Locke (SmokeLocke) confronts his enemy! This means we'll get confirmation about who his enemy actually is! Is it Charles Widmore? Ilana? Desmond? This is a fairly big reveal, since it may help us understand which side Team Widmore is on in this "battle for the Island" and if SmokeLocke truly has anyone to fear or if there is anyone who can stop him, seeing as how he's been pretty invincible thus far this season.
That's it - I'm posting it before the Internet drops again. Here's hoping it's back for Instant Reactions tomorrow night or I might be posting them from my Blackberry. Hello terrible formatting and misspelled words galore.
Tuesday Night Viewing Schedule:
7:00 pm (ESPN2) - Dayton Flyers vs. Ole Miss
9:00 pm (ABC) - Lost