Thursday, November 15, 2007

Archive Post: S3E12 - "Par Avion"

Episode: Par Avion

Character: Claire (aka Jack’s half-sister)

Well, LOST is officially back to its roots. We are exploring the island (not just sitting around in a hatch pushing a button). Not to mention, last night’s ending was up there with some of the best LOST endings ever. The expression on Kate’s face was priceless. Anyway… I’m getting ahead of myself. On with the recap…

More Daddy Issues: Another “daddy issue” to add to the list tonight, as we find out that Claire’s father is, in fact, Christian Shephard (aka Jack’s dad). So this means that Jack and Claire are half-brother and sister. Claire’s mom told Claire that her dad had died when she was two, but looks like Claire’s mom is (or was?) a liar. They still haven’t made it 100% clear whether or not Claire’s mom is still alive. I would assume so, because we did see a pregnant Claire talking to her mom, who was in a coma. Another important question is, will Jack and Claire ever find out that they are related? Being that neither of them is aware of the other existing and that Claire doesn’t know Christian’s name, the only way they can find out is if someone tells them. Hey, maybe Ben will tell them. The others do seem to know everything about the losties.

Catch a Falling Star: Christian told Claire that he spent time with her when she was really young. He even admitted to having sang to her. Could this be the infamous “Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket” song that Claire talked about in her previous episodes? And maybe Christian is actually alive and is working with the others, and that’s how they knew to put that song on the mobile that was built for Aaron’s crib when the others had kidnapped Claire.

Lying Locke: I think that it’s safe to say at this point that, not only can you not trust Locke with a computer, but you also can’t believe anything he says. After blowing up the flame station, he blames the fact that Sayid never told him that it was rigged with C4. And later, Sayid finds a block of C4 in Locke’s backpack. So, obviously he was aware what he was doing. The big questions are… why did he do it? And more importantly, what else did he salvage while he was in the basement? Dharma Initiative manuals perhaps?

Charlie’s Fate: After his ride in the Dharma-brand VW bus, it seemed Charlie had a new outlook on life—picnics with Claire, mornings with baby Aaron (aka “Midget”), no more worrying about his life being in danger. But Desmond has been even more persistent in this episode. He still insists that Charlie is going to die. But if you think about all the situations in which Charlie “dies” that Desmond described, they all involve Claire. So maybe the only way Charlie can live is if Claire dies.

“The List” returns (sorry… this one’s gonna be a long one): Mikhail was talking to Kate about how he arrived on the island, being brought by submarine. Then he tells her about how their underwater beacon stopped emitting its sonar signal when the electromagnetic pulse occurred. (It is important to notice that while Kate is talking to Mikhail and he mentions the submarine, the camera is clearly focused on Locke, even while Kate is talking). Kate asked him about their ability to leave the island and come back, to which he replied that since the EMP, people are inable to come back. “Why would you want to come back?,” she asked. He said that she wouldn’t understand, but quickly corrected himself to say that she is “not capable of understanding” because she is not on the list. He goes on to explain that the man who brought him (and all of his people) to the island is a magnificent man. Now wait a minute, didn’t Ben say that he’s been on the island his whole life? He must’ve been brought there when he was a baby (unless he’s lying). Kate even brings up Ben (thinking that Patchy is speaking about him), to which he replies that he’s not speaking of Ben. Here is Patchy’s description of the list:

(to Kate) “You are not on the list because you are flawed…”

(to Locke) “…cause you are angry…”

(to Sayid (and Rousseau?)) “…cause you are weak… and frightened”

Sayid tells him not to speak to him like he knows him.

“Of course I don’t know you, Sayid Jarrah. How could I? You, Kate Austen, are a complete stranger to me. But you, John Locke—you, I might have a fleeting memory of. But I must be confused, because the John Locke I know was para—“ Mikhail is quickly interrupted by Rousseau before finishing his comment about Locke being para….lyzed. I made this entry extra long and detailed because I think it is a VERY important scene. I can’t help but wonder if Rousseau interrupted Mikhail because she didn’t want him to say anything about her. I am still convinced that she is a huge liar!

And how does Mikhail know everyone? Are they being fed this information through an earpiece? I’ve seen “Alias” and “24”. I know how this sorta thing works! Even Colleen knew who Sun was when she bumped into her on the sailboat. It would be practically impossible for all the others to know all the losties.

Shocking Scene: Sayid and Co. arrived at a security perimeter that surrounds the barracks. There were pillars that wouldn’t allow them to cross without being electrocuted with a sonic pulse. Mikhail said that they haven’t functioned in years, but they weren’t gonna cross it without a little proof first. So Locke took it upon himself to hurl Mikhail into the sonic fence, killing him. Well, I guess it works. Kate concludes that the only way to cross the fence without dying is to climb over it. When Sayid goes into Locke’s bag to get the axe so that they can build a makeshift ladder to cross over the fence, he finds the C4 that Locke stole from the Flame. So what is Locke’s agenda? Why the C4? What is he going to blow up? The submarine? Ben? The barracks? It might sound stupid to blow up the barracks, but if he does, then that might force the others to bring everyone back to the “real world” and finally off the island.

Message to the Outside World: Desmond was able to catch a Seagull for Claire, so that they can attach a message to its foot so in hopes that the outside world would receive it and would send rescue. It was a very touching note and read as follows:

“To whom it may concern: We are survivors of Oceanic Flight 815. We have survived on this island for 80 days. Six hours into the flight, the pilot said we were off course and turned back toward Fiji. We hit turbulence and crashed. We’ve been waiting here all this time—waiting for rescue that has not come. We do not know where we are. We only know you have not found us. We’ve done our best to live on this island. Some of us have come to accept we may never leave it. Not all of us have survived since the crash. There is new life too. And with it, there is hope. We are alive. Please don’t give up on us.”

So can we expect this note to reach the outside world? As long as the seagull doesn’t go in the water and get that note all wet, it’s very possible.

Big Man On Campus: Sayid, Rousseau, Locke, and Kate finally reach the barracks, only to find a community of people living their everyday lives. Suddenly, Jack is seen running toward the group. He looks over his shoulder reaches up and catches a football being thrown by Tom. WHAT? Jack is comfortably living among the others in Othersville? And what about all the other people in the background—kids on bikes, teenagers with backpacks, etc? Is there a school on the island? And exactly how big is Othersville? But more importantly, what the hell is Jack doing? One of three things is plausible:

1. Jack has been brainwashed to become an “other”.

2. Jack has realized that the others are actually friendly people and is willing to live among them.

3. Jack is pretending to go along with the Others, which is all just a part of his diabolical scheme! Muahahahahah!

I like the idea that it is all part of Jack’s plan. What that plan is, though, we’ll have to wait and see.

Next Week: Because Locke is probably my favorite character, I couldn’t be any more excited about next week’s episode. We are even supposed to find out what put him in the wheelchair. And can I just say, it’s about time we found that out. And apparently, Ben already knows the truth about why Locke was paralyzed. I am also really looking forward to seeing how Rousseau interacts with the Others. I hope she doesn’t wuss out and scurry away into the thick jungle brush. Then again, if she does, she’d have to find a new way over the sonic perimeter. And will Rousseau finally come face-to-face with her daughter? And what are the repercussions from that? Will she seek revenge on the Others for having taken her? But most importantly, will the truth about Rousseau finally come out? We can hope.


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