'Lost' Episode 7: Labor Pain
Well, certainly, when your wife tells you at 8:45 p.m. she might be going into labor, this is the episode of "Lost" you want to be watching, isn't it?
Suffice it to say, for all the tension you might have felt during tonight's latest segment, there was a double dose in the Weisman household. We seem to be in a holding pattern, but forgive me if I suddenly have to make this evening's post short (but hopefully at least half as sweet as little Ji Yeon).
"Lost" has a way of making you (or should I say, me) feel stupid, but most of the time, it does it in a good way. Tonight, by the time I realized that Jin's Korea events were a flashback even though Sun's were a flash-forward, I felt dumb for taking so long to clue in. But I think that speaks to how well-executed the scenes were. Though "Lost" has had few kookier moments than Jin's headlong pursuit of a stuffed panda, there was enough of an eerie vibe to make them feel natural. And certainly, the creepy OB and nurse attending to Sun in the hospital had me and my couchridden wife on our figurative toes that some baby swap or abduction was in the works.
Ultimately, it came together in a payoff that made the enterprise – further accessorized by Juliet's jaw-dropping spilling of Sun's big affair – seem well worth it. The way Jin makes peace with Sun's betrayal – "I know the man I used to be. ... His actions caused this" – was not only touching, it resonated for the entire series thematically. And the graveside scene, though straightforward, was truly melancholy.
Additionally, considering how big a story this was, it's impressive that so much other stuff was jammed in.
Highlights: Yunjin Kim and Daniel Dae Kim's performances were exceptional in capturing practically the entire gamut of a marriage - the love, the anger, the sorrow, the friendship and, in the end, the parting. In extraordinary circumstances, they remained very real to me.
The way Bernard stumbled into Sun and Jin's lowest moment was pretty priceless as well. And where many writers would have had him slink away, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz not only had Bernard press on, he actually quietly delivered a turning point speech.
And I still love every moment Frank has had onscreen. I mean, I never really had an opinion on Jeff Fahey before, but I am really just digging him.
Lowlights: The story of the sixth episode of the season was revisited tonight, with Kate explaining why Charlotte popped her one, and it made no more sense to me the second time around than it did the first time. If Charlotte and Daniel were trying to do something that everyone would support – deactivate a poison gas station – why did they have to be so secretive and antagonistic about it? Even if there's some nefarious scheme behind it, it just seemed like a false conflict for the moment it was in.
The character of Jack – at least the on-island Jack – is suffering right now. You can tell this because even when he has a completely innocuous moment, such as when he's checking in on Sun's condition, he still seems vaguely annoying. Almost like Kate has become.
Truths I'm willing to wait to find out, that you're probably on your way to figuring out: 1) Jin gets the September 22, 2004 deathdate on his tombstone, but that doesn't begin to confirm what really happened to him.
2) Hi Regina. Bye, Regina. See you again in flashback, Regina?
3) We meet the Captain (Grant Bowler). We're told we can't trust the Captain. Of course not, why would we trust him? Well, turns out, he tells you just about everything you'd want to know, so you really want to trust him. Bummer, huh? Anyway, he implies that Ben is to blame for the 324 dead bodies that were used to forge the Oceanic crash coverup? Seems plausible – Ben's capable of just about anything. So do we ignore that? Or should we really not trust ... Michael? Yep, there he is, finally – undercover with an alias. Kevin Johnson's his name, and fake janitorizing is his game. The problem with Michael as an agent, double-agent or triple-agent is that I still have an emotional pull toward trusting everything Augustus Hill says or does. But let's face it – we can't be sure what to believe.
4) For all the complications Sun was having, how the heck did she push that baby out so quickly? She wasn't even doing her breathing right! Let me assure you, for yours truly and his best gal, that's truly the big question from tonight's "Lost."
– Jon Weisman