There is no Sayid
I had to wonder if that phrase had double meaning – both that Sayid had died, and that perhaps he had been long gone anyway. Either way, it seemed that the real Sayid was definitvely back last night as he gave his life for his friends, a moment almost erased for me as it was way overshadowed by Jin and Sun’s tragic end. We’ve had a number of references to Season 3’s “Through the Looking Glass” this season, but this felt by far the most obvious. An underwater situation with a bomb, but this time we’re left with 3 dead out of loyalty and love, not just 1. And we had a reverse of “There’s No Place Like Home” as a bomb threatening to blow up a boat forces Jin to decide whether or not leave Sun as she was forced to leave him in a similar situation. Jin of course stays. If there sad good-byes didn’t already get me – which they did – it was our friends on the beach mourning that really brought me down. We’ve had so many deaths on this island – many of which have been very sad. But even Charlie’s death didn’t come close to last night – both for me as viewer and for the characters themselves. All three, Kate, Hurley and Jack, simply sob on the beach, and I was reminded how much these guys have been through together.
We don’t often think about the level of trauma these characters have been put through – most people would have snapped by now (perhaps we can explain Sayid’s weird behaviour in a much more psychological way rather than by spiritual possession!). And the community bonding such devastation creates is immeasurable. Lost spends so much time showing folks jockeying for power and falling in love all over again, it often forgets to show the depth of friendship that also would develop in an unbelievable situation like this. That moment on the beach last night as each grieved was one of the more powerful moments of the whole show for me, as it finally showed that love is more than romantic; that deep love comes in many forms, one of the greatest of which is both self-sacrificial and communal and is created simply through time together and shared experiences, no matter what those experiences may be.
Oh, didn’t we all know that Jack was right about the bomb! It was so painful to watch the smugness on Sawyer’s face as he thought he had done right. There has been much commentary on how Jack has become the man of faith on the show, but in a playful sense, he’s also become a man of reason. Jack used to act without thinking, running off to play hero instinctively without considering the consequences. By opening up his faith, he’s learned to slow down his reaction time and really think things through more. And it’s paid off, even if folks won’t listen to him now. Sawyer and Jack have always traded back and forth on this characteristic – in season 5 in Dharmaville, Sawyer makes a point of telling Jack to imitate his way of slowing down and thinking things through. And then Jack’s actions lead to Juliet’s death. But here in season 6, we’ve got a reverse, as Sawyer’s acts impulsively, leading to the death of three friends. I’m glad he got knocked out, because I don’t think we were ready to see what his reaction to his actions will be.
Jack’s hypothesis – that Flocke tried to get them to kill each other (because he couldn’t kill them himself) – is confirmed then when we see Flocke figure out that they aren’t all dead. Obviously something should have happened in response to all their deaths that would have been a signal to Flocke – but what? What didn’t happen that would let Flocke know for certain that they were all gone?
Back in Alterna-world we had a bunch of lovely connections again – Jack giving Claire the Apollo bar from the candy machine in the same way Jacob had given it to him; Jin passing Locke in the hall with flowers only seconds after we had lost him on the island; Jack starting to twig at how weird it is that he’s encountering everyone from his flight when he realizes that his new sister was also there; Bernard being the dentist for Locke’s surgery and then getting all weird when Jack questions him (did Bernard seem weird to anyone else?). But besides allowing Jack and Claire to appear in a mirror together, playing further with one of the key images of this season, I’m not sure what that music box is all about. Anyone?
But perhaps the most important things that happened in Alterna-world relate to finally learning how Locke is in the wheelchair – his dad didn’t incapacitate him; he incapacitated his dad – and hearing him outright refuse to be a “candidate”. The previews for next week indicate that Locke’s creepy backgammon game from season 1 really was a set-up for the whole series, as Jacob and the MiB return, but perhaps in different bodily forms. MiB has claimed his vessel, Flocke. Will Jacob take his next week?