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Lost Season 5 Episode 11: Whatever Happened, Happened

I’ve never been a Kate-hater, but the more I’ve gotten involved with the online Lostie community, the more I see just how many people really don’t like her.  I’m still not a hater, but I’ll admit this episode definitely wasn’t on part with the previous three installments.  Kate-hate aside, there were some great reveals this week, so let’s get to the spoiler zone for some recap and analysis.

We open in ’77 with Jin regaining consciousness after his beatdown from Sayid.  He talks to Creepy Phil on the radio then retrieves Young Ben, who whispers, “Please help.”  Jin loads him in the van and heads back to Dharmaville.  Cut to Horace organizing the search and security force and — what’s this?  Workman Jack has the audacity to question Horace about the prisoner escape?  Guess who just went to the top of Horace’s suspected traitors list?  Pan to Roger Workman who notices Kate standing around being useless and enlists her for winch duty.  After they extract the burned-out Dharma van from the house, Roger has just enough time to tell Kate his last name and see her flinch before Jin pulls up and takes Young Ben straight past them toward the infirmary.  Cue Flashback…

2004 Kate is traveling with Baby Aaron.  We find out she’s visiting Cassidy, who you may remember is the woman Sawyer screwed over and Kate also saved from a run in with the police in their pre-island days.  Cassidy is surprised to see Kate, but not as surprised as she is when Kate says, “Sawyer sent me.”  So the mystery of Sawyer’s helicopter whisper in Kate’s ear is that he asked her to make sure his daughter Clementine was taken care of.  In the process of explaining, Kate apparently spills the beans about the Oceanic 6’s lies.  Cassidy has a theory about why Sawyer jumped out of the copter–classic fear of commitment. Then she calls bullshit on Kate’s lie about being Aaron’s mom–she asks why Kate would tell almost all the truth and try to keep lying about this–Kate says, “Because I have to.”

In ’77 Kate is talking to Sawyer at the Dharma Security Bunker when Horace, Jin, Miles, & Phil show up.  Sawyer spins a quick lie about questioning Kate, then sends her away.  The guys examine the cell and find a set of “janitor keys” hanging from the lock.  (I guess they could tell because the keys had the cool retractable belt loop attachment that janitors always have.)  Cut to Sawyer arriving at the infirmary and quickly pinpointing that Roger is missing his keys.  Inside, Juliet informs Sawyer that Young Ben needs a real surgeon if he’s going to live.  She didn’t specify that the surgeon should also be wrestling with his faith and have a substance abuse problem, but I’m still pretty sure she was talking about Jack.

In my favorite moment of the episode, we are in a Dharma house with Jack, Kate, Hurley, and Miles.  Hurley is acting weird and when Miles asks why, Hurley explains he is trying to see if he’s disappearing.  “You know, like Back to the Future!”  I love it when Hurley acts as the stand-in for all of us geeks who the creators know are in the audience.  Sawyer ends the comedy by bursting in looking for Jack, who promptly refuses to save Ben again, regardless of his age.  Sawyer leaves and Kate pleads with Jack not to let Young Ben die.  Jack tells Kate to get stuffed in so many words.  He also manages to remind us that he is starting to believe in the island, thinking that his previous actions were just getting in the way of the island fixing things on its own.  Kate says she doesn’t like the new Jack, to which he reminds her that ultimately she didn’t like the old Jack either.  Ouch.

Kate goes to the infirmary and has an exchange with Roger that I think was supposed to make us actually feel sorry for him.  It didn’t work.  Roger has been too big of an asshole for me to forgive him after four lines of remorseful dialogue.  Thankfully we cut back to the house where Hurley is trying to disprove the ‘circular time’ theory that Miles is explaining.  Some hardcore fans might not like this blatant explanation for more casual fans, but I find it hilarious.  It was particularly welcome in tonight’s episode with all the downers courtesy of Sad Kate.

Kate decides to play mother to Young Ben and gets Juliet to help her load him in a van so she can take him to The Others.  Juliet wanted to go, but Kate tells her not to risk her life with Sawyer.

Back to the dock scene in ’07.  Now we follow Kate after the group breaks up.  She takes Aaron to the grocery store and promptly loses him.  For a moment she thinks Ghost Claire has appeared to take him, but it’s just a random blonde woman.

’77 Kate pulls up to the sonic fence and hops out as Sawyer pulls up in another van.  He calls her Freckles (for the first time in ’77) and says he’s there to help.

We jump back to Cassidy’s house in ’07 and Kate admits she has been expecting Aaron to be taken all along.  Cassidy gets Kate to admit that she only took Aaron because she wanted to fill the void left by her breakup with Sawyer.

Back to the sonic fence and Sawyer reveals it’s actually Juliet who got him to come.  Back in Dharmaville, Juliet is confronting a naked post-shower Jack, letting him know it’s his fault that Sawyer and Kate have left.  Jack takes offense and says he came back to save everyone.  Juliet doesn’t buy it, telling Jack he came back for himself and no one else.  Jack changes course and says he came back because he was “supposed to”.  In the jungle, Sawyer gets a Clementine update from Kate, then tells her they never would have worked out.  She points out that he seems to have settled down with Juliet nicely–he admits he’s grown up a lot in three years.  The Others appear and Sawyer demands to be taken to Richard Alpert unless they want a war.

In ’07, Kate shows up at the motel and confesses to Claire’s mom.  She tells her she’s leaving for a while and that Aaron is waiting for her in another room.  Kate has a tearful goodbye with sleeping Aaron and we go back to ’77.

Sawyer (carrying Young Ben) and Kate meet Richard in the jungle.  Richard immediately asks if this is Benjamin Linus, revealing that he knows the boy.  Kate asks if Richard can save Ben.  Apparently it’s not that simple–Richard explains that he can, but Ben will not remember anything.  He also warns that Ben will lose his innocence and be “one of us forever.”  Another Other whispers in Richard’s ear that he shouldn’t do this without asking Ellie, and what if Charles finds out?  Richard blows this guy off saying he doesn’t answer to them.  Richard takes Young Ben away and we cut to an exterior of the ruins where the Smoke Monster lives.  Richard approaches with the boy in his arms and enters the structure.

Cut to ’07 on the island and adult Ben awakens to a smiling John Locke who says, “Welcome back to the land of the living.”

LOST

The last two scenes really made up for an extremely sluggish episode.  While I’m not a Kate-hater, I wouldn’t try for a second to convince anyone that this wasn’t a much slower and less exciting episode than any other one this season.  Thankfully we got the answer to how Ben became an Other, as well as an explanation for how he became such a dark and sinister bastard.  For a moment after the episode, I thought they were trying to tell us that when Richard healed Ben it caused Ben to immediately jump forward to ’07.  Once I thought about it for a minute, I decided this just wouldn’t work.  The one huge question I have is this–Is Richard Alpert also the Smoke Monster?  There has been a lot of speculation about Richard being a god-like figure (Egyptian god Ra has been a popular choice) so perhaps the Smoke Monster is just another form he can assume and the ruins are his sacred ground?  I really don’t know, but I’m feeling more and more confident that Richard is definitely not human.

The big payoff at the end of this episode was the teaser for next week–It’s a Ben episode!  That means we should finally find out how he got his ass kicked before the Ajira flight, and I’m sure we’ll see more about the resurrection of Young Ben as well.  While tonight’s episode may not have been the best, at least it provided some answers and allows us to move on to a much more exciting chapter.

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April 1, 2009 - Posted by | Drama, Scifi, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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