Well at long f*cking last. I thought we were going to get this Jin/Sun interlude about a month ago when we saw Jin locked in a freezer in the alterverse, but a bunch of much more interesting episodes cropped up and pushed it back until now.
A Jin/Sun episode poses the challenge of making Jin and Sun seem relevant, and although I like their characters, I can’t really say that’s something they’ve ever been. The focus this week was that one or both of them are necessary to Not-Locke’s escape as they’re both possible candidates since Jacob doesn’t feel the need to write first initials on his giant wall/compass name list.
Not-Locke tells Jin that he’s very important, and he’s going to reunite him with Sun so he can get everyone off the island. He reveals that all the remaining candidates need to leave with him, which we assume is so no one is left to step up into Jacob’s shoes and keep him constrained there with magic angel powers.
Badass? Yes. Future island demi-god? Unlikely.
Meanwhile in the alterverse, we get to see the long and kind of boring lead-up story to Jin’s freezer escapades, which involves him and Sun being detained at customs and hunted by Keamy who reveals that Sun’s father paid him $25K to kill Jin because he found out the two of them were doing it. The inexplicable “otherverse” change here is that for reasons that will probably remain unclear forever, though the two of them are intimate, they aren’t married, and are instead carrying on a secret affair.
Back on the island, a Widmore raiding party attacks Not-Locke’s camps with tranq darts, and they take Jin prisoner. It’s revealed that since he was a Dharma expert in the 70s, he’s now useful to show Widmore exactly where pockets of energy on the island are that he can use with his “package” (holding all jokes on that one) which is not a package, but rather a mysterious person (who I totally guessed right). In return, Widmore promises to get him and his wife off the island and back to his daughter, who he conveniently (and a bit creepily) has pictures of offhand to show him.
Flash back to the otherverse where Sayid kills Keamy and his crew and helps Jin get out of his duct tape restraints. Sun and Mikhail (naturally we needed that cameo to fulfill our weekly quota) show up, and Jin gets into a struggle with the two-eyed man that eventually leaves him with one. Fate! Oh also, Sun gets shot. And she’s pregnant. Oops!
“Damn you alterverse!”
Not-Locke sails over the island because he’s inexplicably stuck in not-smoke form for whatever reason. Are we clear on what the hell cause him to be stuck in Locke’s body and no longer able to transform into smoke? I swear I’ve seen him be smoke in the past few episodes. Remember that one with the first person smoke-cam a few weeks ago? I assume Jacob’s death has something to do with it, but it’s all very unclear, and it’s weird that evil incarnate’s ultimate plan is to pilot a jumbo jet to freedom.
Not-Locke has a chat with Widmore behind his anti-evil pylons and nothing comes of it so he heads back to camp where Sawyer and Kate are pacing around being angsty. The ace up Not-Locke’s sleeve is Sayid, who is conducting underwater covert ops near the sub where he sees “the package” being hauled out of the sub in a drugged state. It’s Desmond! Hallelujah, I knew he was coming back.
There are some interesting bits to note in this episode that aren’t necessarily attached to the main plotline. One is a brief convo between more-sane-than-usual Claire and Not-Locke, where she learns she’s not a candidate, and Locke tells her that Kate was, but is no longer. I sort of assumed all the survivors were candidates at one point, or else why would they be there, and it’s even more strange to note that Kate got crossed off while she was still alive. What exactly did she do to get DQ’ed?
The lonely convict, pouting with her candidate status revoked.
I also don’t really understand what anyone’s motivation is for staying on the island, and the only people truly on Jacob’s team these days are Illana and the newly reformed Richard. Why would any of the candidates A) believe that they’re seriously going to take Jacob’s job to keep evil in the wine bottle or B) accept the job, becoming some sort of lonely god who never sees their friends and family again and passes their days making planes and boats crash. Sun had the right idea flipping out on Richard for his plan to blow up the jet. Is he planning on hanging out in the jungle for another 150 years?
The alterverse poses new questions yet again. We’ve seen characters like Jack and Dogen have children where previously they had none or lost them, but this time, things end up much more tragic for Jin and Sun. Sure, they’re more in love than they were when heading back from Australia in the original timeline, but now Sun is shot in the stomach and is probably going to lose her baby. Not really the best tradeoff. If one of these universes is supposed to show what life is like when “evil escapes,” I’m not really sure which timeline is making people better or worse off overall.
Island life is probably better for Jin and Sun in the end it seems.
Lastly, it’s been fairly obvious that Desmond has been a pretty big key to the island for a long time now and it’s nice to see him back. He failed to push the button, he blew up the hatch, his mind travelled through time, and his past was altered by Daniel Faraday. He’s an important part of almost everything that’s happened so far, and I’m glad to see he might be the key to it all, even if his time-transcending abilities are never quite explained.
This week was a bit of a clusterf*ck compared to last week’s Richard adventure with a singular plotline, but I suppose it was necessary to move things forward. Are we halfway through the season now? Wait, more than halfway? Six left? Man, it’s really ending…