recon: a bunch of SOBs

Son of a bitch.

That’s how last Tuesday’s episode “Recon” began– BTW  is Josh Holloway contractually obligated to say that at least once an episode?– and the theme of sons and daughters of “bitches” was touched upon. All the best cowboys may have daddy issues, but all the best island deities apparently have mommy issues. Whether or not you want to believe a word the serpent-tongued Man in Black utters, he did give us a juicy bit of information when he revealed to Kate that his mommy wasn’t so dearest.

LOCKE: Sure, but then I wouldn’t have gotten to talk to you. You referred to me as a dead man. I am not a dead man. I know what you’re feeling, Kate. I know what you’re going through.

KATE: And how do you know that?

LOCKE: Because… my mother was crazy. Long time ago, before I… looked like this… I had a mother, just like everyone. She was a very disturbed woman. And, as a result of that, I had some growing pains. Problems that I’m still trying to work my way through. Problems that could have been avoided had things been different.

KATE: Why are you telling me this?

LOCKE: Because now Aaron has a crazy mother too.

Those are some juicy details for sure, building upon the MiB’s assertion that he was once a human and he lost things he loved. Personally, I think his speeches are full of half-truths, mingled with convenient lies that will convince others to join his party. The fact that Flocke told Kate about his mommy issues is significant — Kate, after all, has had a fractured relationship with her mother. He is using this, along with her desire to be a good mother to Aaron, the kind of supportive parent her mother could never be, to rope Kate into his diabolical plan to leave the island… for evil?

I still haven’t decided in MiB is as evil as he appears or if he is supposed to be the better alternative to jacob? I’m thinking that both are about equal on the good/bad scale but one person or the other grativtates towards the light or the dark depending on the status of their soul. Regardless, MiB is definitely a master manipulator of the Ben Linus School of Trickery. Yeah, I know, no comments on Dr. Linus… yet! Stay tuned…

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Moving on– can I just take this moment to say what a hot couple Charlotte and Sawyer are? I mean, I am Team Suliet all the way, but Ginger looked all slinky in her gold dress and all that whip talk — woohee! I don’t think Dr. McSkinnyTie Faraday could compete. But then again, it’s Sawyer, so who could?

PS: Sawyer’s a COP?!?!? Indiana Lewis sits Detective Ford down for some straight talk and he says, “I got to a point in my life when I was going to become a criminal or a cop. I chose cop.” I suppose we can assume that Island Sawyer also came to a point where this choice was made — and went in the other direction? Was it Jacob’s influence that caused James to turn himself into Sawyer? This is presuming that Jacob wasn’t involved in their lives in the Sideways world. Looking at Lostpedia, I see that Sawyer was born in 1968, and that he was about 8-9 years old when his parents were killed. That leaves us at 1976, making it plausible that Jacob visited him in 1977, the critical year when the “bomb went off.” Yet, I’m thinking more and more that it wasn’t Juliet’s banging on the bomb that caused the Sideways branch of reality to occur but something else, something that we’re not aware of yet. Something that hasn’t even happened yet. Maybe this something will occur around episode 16, chaning the entire perspective on the Sideways world flashes. Time will tell…

If course the choice between “criminal” or “cop” mirrors the choice that the characters on the Island are currently making: go with the bad boy (Flocke) or the golden boy (Jacob)? Of course, television has taught us that are shades of gray to cops and criminals alike, making that line particularly apt. Throughout the series, people have asserted that they are “the good guys”, a dangerous label that is based all on perspective. Ostensibly, criminals and policemen are opposites — good guys and bad guys, cops and robbers. But it seems no one is all “good” or “bad” and the cops we rely on to protect us, may actually be the robbers who are stealing from us behind our backs.

Speaking of criminals — KATE! This episode really drove it home that Sawyer and Kate are going to end up together. Numbers in 15 and 51 will always keep running into each other. CAN I ALSO SAY THAT WHEN COP SAWYER CATCHES KATE IN THE ALLEY HE SAYS, “SON OF A BITCH”?! I’M TELLING YOU! (Also: significant. Kate and Sawyer are both SOBs, kindred spirits, needing each other. Blech. I miss Juliet. Other people with Mommy Issues: Ben, Locke, Jack, Claire. Locke is the most intriguing as it seems MiB and Locke have a lot of things in common. During Flocke’s speech, in fact, I actually thought for a second that maybe Flocke is really Locke. Not sure how that’s possible, but I kind of dig it).

With Sawyer and Miles as the new Starsky and Hutch, LOST has given us another great spinoff possibility — along with DHARMA Daze (time travellers stuck in a hippie commune in 1977!) and the Unnamed Ben and Locke and Arzt high school show (like Glee, but with more creepy Ben glares). I love that they carried over the burgeoning friendship between timelines. It seems that relationships are the most CONSTANT between these two worlds — people are meant to be together, are drawn together. It is their destiny to relate to one another.

But, of course, Sawyer is built Ford tough: “I don’t need saving.” He is cealrly back to his old ways, playing Widmore, MiB and Kate. He’s playing them all in his final bid to escape. But what will Sawyer’s life be like after this fo crazy experience? What does he hope to get off of leaving the island? I suppose it would be an easy way to escape his grief over Juliet. I’m thinking he kind of has a bit of a death wish and hopes some God awful Armageddon will happen when the various sides clash. Or maybe he loves Kate? Bleeechhhhh. Just threw up in my mouth a little.

One last thought, regarding Widmore: what side is he really on? When Locke turned the wheel to stop the time flashes and landed in the arms of the British magnate, Widmore told him that it was his destiny to go back to the island; that a war was brewing and if Locke didn’t get the rest of them to go back, the wrong side would win. But what team does Widmore play for, Team Jacob or Team MiB? Ben, who usurped Widmore’s role as the leader of the others, seemed to be entirely ignorant of the existence of MiB. But Widmore seems to be completely in the know. With the erection of the sonic fence on Hydra Island, it seems like Widmroe is trying to keep Smokey out? But why was it so important for him to send Locke back in the first place? To get them all to go back? It seems Locke’s going back to the island served the purpose of giving MiB a vessel to inhabit. And not just any vessel — a CANDIDATE. If Widmore is Jacob’s man, then what does he hope to get out of this confrontation? Is the end goal merely keeping MiB in his place, or does CW have other motives as well?

FINAL QUESTION: WHO OR WHAT IS LOCKED UP IN THE SUB?

MY THOUGHTS: DESMOND. Eloise Hawking told the Hot Scot that the island wasn’t done with him yet. And you know the only way he was going back there was if someone tied him up, drugged him and dragged him there. Which is precisely what I think happened.

Next week’s episode is the long-awaited Richard Alpert-centric tale and it is entitled “Ab Aeterno.” In Latin, this translates to”since the beginning of time” or “since a long time ago.”

A teaser screencap is below (AHHHHH!). Sneak peeks and guest stars on Monday.

Until then, namaste LOST fans.

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