Key Points from "Sundown"
Season 6, Episode 6
Episode Air Date: 03/02/10
Geesh! The last 10 minutes were among the darkest we've ever seen. Maybe the darkest. Fire, massive death, and a glint of pure evil in Sayid's dead eyes.
And what's really interesting -- and perhaps hints at the future of the flash-sideways segments -- is that unlike the last two weeks, when Alt Jack and Alt Locke found a measure of redemption, Alt Sayid finds no such thing. He tries to reject violence. He even goes so far as to physically remove himself from a violent situation. But the violence still tracks him down. It drags him back in. So does that mean the "fallen" characters are beyond saving, even in the alternate universe?
But I'm getting ahead of myself. I'll loop back to the alt timeline in Key Point 2 because, really, we've got to lead with the big stuff. And the big stuff happens on the island in the 2007 timeline.
Let's break it down by character.
Sayid -- After an epic fight with Dogen -- easily the biggest, baddest throwdown in series history -- Sayid appears to accept an attempt at redemption. But that attempt involves plunging a dagger into the seemingly immortal chest of Flocke. You know, the shape-shifting smoke pillar that deflects bullets. That guy.
One interesting thing about all this Flocke stabbing business: Dogen clearly instructs Sayid to stab Flocke before he speaks. But when the moment comes, Flocke successfully utters a word before stabbing commences. Was Sayid intentionally late, or was he just too slow?
Flocke quickly forgives Sayid for the dagger thing. It's only a flesh wound ... and a temporary one at that. Bygones.
Instead of retribution, Flocke tempts Sayid with the possibility of "seeing" the departed love of his life, Nadia, once again. He's a little fuzzy on the details, though. Does this mean Sayid could actually reunite with Nadia? Or is this a mere glimpse? Also unclear is whether Flocke's proposal is the catalyst for Sayid's slide into full-fledged evil. I'm thinking it may have been a little push, but Sayid was already well on his way.
Claire -- Claire spends most of the episode reenacting the "lotion in the basket" scene from "Silence of the Lambs." But she's reasonably content down in her Other hole ... until Kate shows up and confirms that, yes, she's been raising Aaron for the last three years.
Kate -- After inadvertently admitting the one thing she should have kept to herself, I'm surprised Kate made it through the episode intact. But now that she appears to be part of team Flocke -- by default if nothing else -- it's going to be very interesting to see how the Claire-Kate dynamic plays out. Maybe Kate can babysit Claire's squirrel baby as restitution.
Dogen -- He tells Sayid a sad story about the crap bargain he made to save his son -- providing further evidence of Jacob's douchiness in the process. And what's he get for all that openness and honesty? Death in a dirty Jacuzzi, courtesy Sayid. It's a shame. Dogen was shaping up to be an interesting character. Maybe he'll stage his own resurrection and make Evil Sayid swallow that baseball in the finale.
Lennon -- So Lennon tosses Claire in the Other hole, then he gets pushed and choked by Kate, then he whines as a significant percentage of the Temple Others enlist in Flocke's Army, and in the final moments he gawks at his dead boss and then gets his throat slashed by Sayid. His most productive episode turned out to be his last.
Flocke -- Dagger be damned! Once Dogen is out of the way, Flocke transforms into Smokey and redecorates the Temple. And in the final moments, he leads Sayid, Claire, a very confused Kate, and a whole bunch of turncoat Others into the jungle.
Ilana, Frank, Sun -- Can someone please explain to me how Ilana et al got into the Temple? They just appear as Smokey lays waste to the place? And now they're ... what exactly? The anti-Flockes? If this is the cavalry, my money's on Flocke.
Ben -- Ben is technically part of Ilana's group, but the moment he shares with Sayid deserves special notice. It was the first time Ben has ever looked genuinely scared. Think about that. This is the guy who endured interrogation at the hands of Sayid but never flinched. And now, with one look from Sayid's evil, evil eyes, Ben squirms away? That's a huge shift.
Cindy -- Cindy is the only Oceanic castaway who's going to survive. You know why? Because she's opportunistic. Years ago, she joined the Others because they had a higher standard of living a decent health plan. But she knows there's no such thing as loyalty on a supernatural island, so now she's on Team Flocke. If Jacob reappears with a superior retirement plan and more vacation time, I have no doubt she'll switch allegiances again. And good for her! She's been deprived of scarves and saddled with tweens! Get yours, Cindy!
As I mentioned up top, the most intriguing aspect of this episode's alt timeline is that Sayid doesn't find happiness or clarity or personal fulfillment. He doesn't ride off with Nadia (even though she's married to Sayid's brother in the Happyverse, I'm sure she'd be up for a divorce if Sayid forced the issue). He doesn't forgive himself for past sins (he's actually got a wicked martyr complex). And when push comes to shove, he can't help but shove back. This almost makes me want to see how Alt Claire plays out. Is there a connection between a character's state in 2007 and their alternate timeline? If you go evil on the island, are you doomed in the Happyverse? We'll see, I suppose.
This episode's alt timeline also featured two bits of stunt casting and one intriguing character cross-over. Our old friends from the freighter, Martin Keamy and his good buddy Omar (not to be confused with Sayid's brother, Omer), play gangster types in the alt universe. Sayid kills both. I'm not sure if that's relevant to any future developments -- I tend to think not -- but there you go.
The character cross-over could certainly be relevant, however. Sayid finds Jin, bound and gagged, in a restaurant used by Keamy and his henchmen. The last time we saw Alt Jin was at the Los Angeles airport when he was being questioned about that large pile of cash in is carry-on bag. When Sayid stumbles upon Jin, the alt timeline has progressed a few days -- maybe three or four -- so Jin hasn't been in L.A. very long. We don't know how he gets mixed up with Keamy or where Sun is.
What I'm interested in seeing is how the castaways come together in the alt timeline. I'm assuming Alt Sayid will release Alt Jin, and perhaps they'll tag team in some way. Combine the "knowing mirror looks" we've seen from the likes of Jack and Kate with all the path-crossing (Claire and Kate, Jack and Locke, Hurley and Locke, Locke and Rose, Sayid and Jin, etc.), and I get the sense the Alt Timeline is driven by some sort of gravitational pull.
A few closing questions and observations:
- Best Line: "Apparently, I'm evil now." -- Sayid.
- Second Line: "She just strolled in here a couple hours ago, acting all weird. Still hot, though." -- Miles to Kate (about Claire). --
- Third Best Line: "Now why'd you go and do that?" -- Flocke to Sayid, post-dagger.
- Temple security leaves much to be desired. Claire -- the same wingnut who spent the last three years picking off Others -- knocked on the front door unimpeded. And Kate walked right in as well. Next week, Rose and Bernard will pop by for mojitos and backgammon ( ... I'm thinking that'll be cancelled, though).
- Speaking of the Temple ... Dogen's death allowed Flocke to enter, right? So what's the point of the ash? We saw Bram use ash alone to keep smokey at bay (temporarily), but I'm not getting the Dogen connection. Does the temple elder carry some sort of anti-smokey mojo?
- ANJATH? -- Anyone Notice Jack At The Hospital? Figured I'd get that out of the way.
That's all I've got!
"Dr. Linus" -- I can't wait to hear Alt-Ben's articulate defense of the Reign of Terror. Airs Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 9 p.m. on ABC.
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