Say what you will about his past, he's been rock-solid hunk of good guy since we first met him on Sept. 22, 2004. Yes, he was involved in a lot of unsavory business back in Seoul while working for his ruthless father-in-law. But he's grown and changed in many ways since the crash. And you get the sense that his still had an inner moral compass -- certainly we've learned through the flashbacks that Jin's job was getting to him, big-time, just before the crash.
Jin is a man of many skills (
didn't he snap that really mean Other's neck with just his feet while tied up in the season three finale? As many readers have pointed out, that was Sayid, sorry...), and he's endowed with patience and generosity. His skill as a fisherman helped keep the survivors alive in the early days. He's quick to volunteer for the toughest duties (he was on ill-fated raft launched at the end of season one), and he's loyal to a fault. Back in season two, when Michael first split off from the group (led by Ana Lucia at the time) in his mania to search for his son Walt, who was it that insisted on going after him? Jin.
More than anything else, Jin loves and cherishes his wife, Sun. They've had their marital ups and downs, of course, before and during their stay on the island. But nobody, least of all Sun, has a shred of doubt that he loves her truly, madly and deeply, and that she feels the same about this extraordinary fisherman's son (even if she was intending to leave him if the plane had made it to LAX). "Lost" fans know this like they know the flight number of the plane; the credit for that goes to the writers for fantastic character development over the years, and of course to actors Daniel Dae Kim and Yunjin Kim. I bought them as husband and wife from the beginning. When they fight, you can feel the tension.
Jin and Sun showed us all of this and more in rapprochement scene between him and Sun in the tent at the end of this seventh seg of season four, "Ji Yeon," penned by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz and helmed by Stephen Semel.
Sun's secret about having the affair back in Korea has been revealed. Juliet busts her in a desperate attempt to stop the pregnant Sun and Jin from leaving the beach, out of fear of Faraday and Charlotte's motives given that they don't seem to be in much of a hurry to rescue the Oceanic 815 survivors.
The revelation slows Jin down just enough so that Juliet can remind Sun if how vital it is she get off the island (she recounts the horrible death cycle for women who get pregnant on the island). Jin seeks solace as he always does, fishing pole in hand, but when they meet back in their tent, he has some powerful things to say to his wife.
"I know the man I used to be," Jin tells Sun. "Whatever you did...you did to that man." Now that's introspection. Also, no woman watching this seg will miss the fact that in this scene, Jin vows to do whatever it takes to protect Sun and the baby BEFORE he asks her if the baby is his. How do you say "my hero" in Korean?
Earlier in the seg, Sun has her own heroic moment when she demands an answer from Faraday on whether he and Charlotte are actually there to rescue them. Faraday, as is his habit, dances all around the question. Sun cuts him off with that don't-B.S.-me tonal quality that only pregnant women have.
"It's a simple question," she tells Faraday, who looks like he's praying for his conscious mind to start taking one of those time-travel vacations, immediately so as to escape her withering stare. My theory is that this moment is going to start eating away at Faraday -- who I think is basically a decent sort.
Now, backtracking a little bit, we learn early on in this seg (at least we think we learn) that Sun makes it into the future, and her third trimester. That indicates that Sun and Jin complete the list of Oceanic Six survivors, along with Jack, Kate, Hurley and Sayid. (These are the folks we've seen in the flash-forwards, right? I'm not missing anyone? We've also seen Ben but he doesn't count as a survivor of the flight, right?)
Yes, I realized that we learned that Jin is dead at the end of this seg, and no, I haven't forgotten about baby Aaron who's shacking up with Kate in Los Angeles. (Here's another question that occurred to me not too long ago: If Kate's major crimes took place in Iowa and surroundings, how come she was on trial in L.A. a few segs back?) Don't ask me why but my hunch is that Jin is one of the Six and that his death (?) is supposed to have come after the survivors' miraculous return to civilization. And I'm thinking that Aaron is seen more as an appendage to Kate (though we know better) than a full-bodied survivor on his own.
Once again, I'm guessing most of us were snookered at first by the flashback scene involving Jin racing through the streets of (presumably) Seoul looking for a stuffed panda. Of course we thought it was in the future, just as Sun went into her difficult labor. But no...
Nice scene of Jin and Bernard out on the water fishing, talking guy-talk about their wives. I love Sam Anderson, the actor who plays Bernard. He's so naturalistic. When Bernard realizes he's barging in on the tail end of a big emotional scene between Sun and Jin, his feeling of let-me-outta-here awkwardness is palpable. When Jin asks him to join him on the fishing jaunt, the look on Bernard's face makes it clear that he knows he'd better not say no, for his friend's sake.
"It's all about karma, Jin," Bernard lectures.
The toughest part of following this seg was the stuff on the mysterious freighter, where Sayid and Des are being held in a series of increasingly filthy rooms. The shot of the woman wearing thick iron-link chains (not the "Saturday Night Fever" kind) jumping into the ocean is bugging me to know end. I feel like it's a literary or film reference that I'm just not getting. (Brecht? Sartre? Ionesco? Homer?)
Meanwhile, the creepy doctor (who looks like he could've been a stand-in on "The X-Files" for Mitch Peleggi's Skinner) feeds keeps harping about how Sayid and Desmond, who aren't exactly vacationing there, need to meet with Captain Gault. (I think the woman who jumped into ocean was the Regina who was guarding Sayid and Desmond's room while reading an upside-down book, but not positive.)
When Sayid and Desmond finally do meet the captain, we learn that he's Australian; he's grappling with a "saboteur" on the boat who's busted up the engines; undersea "wreckage" of Flight 815 has been faked, right down to the black box and 324 waterlogged dead bodies; and that he takes his orders from one Charles Widmore, wealthy industrialist. Except that we also saw Sayid and Des get a secret note that said very clearly: "Don't Trust the Captain."
So as is often the case with this show, I don't know who or what to believe but I'm enjoying the heck out of the ride. And oh look, who's pushing a mop and bucket around the freighter? It's a somewhat clean-cut version of Michael, who we haven't seen in 28 (or so) episodes. There's no time for tearful reunions, however. "Ji Yeon" is running out of time, and Sayid and Des have obviously decided to play it cool and give no hint that they know Michael. I suspect the boat people already know that they know Michael, who's now calling himself Kevin, but that's a story for down the road. (Here's a link to a good AP interview with Harold Perrineau.)