Posted by: lost42chap | 2009, 6 July (Monday)

Lost Rewatch, LOST 1×17, . . . In Translation

WARNING: The content of this blog is based entirely on Seasons 1-5 of ABC’s LOST. If you have not watched all 103 episodes and don’t want your fun spoiled,then please do not read this blog until you’ve caught up!

As I stated a couple of posts ago – I fell behind by quite a bit on the re-watch due to family vacation – so the next couple of posts will be kinda quick.  Which is a shame because the next stretch of episodes is really, really good.  Quintessential LOST in my opinion.  Starting with this episode primarily about Jin and Sun, but including so much more.  I think this is one of my favorite episodes from Season 1 – It’s got intriguing backstory, building tension on-Island and ominous foreshadowing.

Sun prepares a big meal for Jin who is called away on important business for her father

Sun prepares a big meal for Jin who is called away on important business for her father

Here’s a quick overview of the highlights from my perspective:

  • In flashbacks, we see for the first time pre-island events repeated for the second time from another character’s perspective.  In these Jin centric flashbacks we see the other side of the flashbacks that we saw from Sun’s persepective before.  We learn exactly what he does for her father, where the dog came from, how he got blood on his shirt and the fact that while Sun was planning to leave him by going to America, Jin’s father advised him to go to America to save his marriage.
  • So what’s up with Mr. Paik, Sun’s father?  He’s seems much to sinister to just be a random character.  And having Jin deliver watches to colleagues in LA and Sydney.  I bet he’s a major underwriter for Hanso or Dharma.  Or at least has been on the island.
  • In the flashback where Jin enters Byung Han’s house to deliver a message from Mr. Paik we see Hurley on the TV winning the lottery.  At this point, of course, we have no idea what’s going on.  I never caught this on my own the first time around, but a friend had pointed it out to me.  Interesting foreshadowing, but it also brings up a question about the nature of the flashbacks.  Is Hurley on the TV part of Jin’s subconcious?  Or is it just something intriguing for the writer’s to throw at us?
  • Tension develops about how decisions are made effecting the whole group when Jack finds out Sawyer bought one of the four spots on Michael’s raft.  Jack obviously doesn’t think much of Michael’s way of choosing who’s going on the expedition.
  • The first raft is burned. And Jin is blamed due to his burnt hands.  This is the 2nd time he’s imprisoned due to a conflict with Michael.  In the end Sun defends him by yelling at the other Losties in English revealing for the first time to everybody (including Jin) that she knows a second language.
  • Locke has three interesting encounters:
    • With Shannon- he confronts her about her relationship with Boone in the jungle and tells her that everyone on the Island has a chance to start over.
    • With the Losties – While they are all accusing Jin of burning the raft Locke walks out of the Jungle and pins the blame on the other inhabitants of the island.  Here’s the quote, “but why take it out on our best chance of getting off the island? Why would any one of us block an attempt to get home? We’re so intent on pointing the finger at one another that we’re ignoring the simple undeniable truth that the problem isn’t here, it’s there. [pointing to the jungle] They’ve attacked us, sabotaged us, abducted us, murdered us. Maybe it’s time we stop blaming us and start worrying about them. We’re not the only people on this island and we all know it.”
    • With Walt – (full transcript below) Towards the end of the episode Locke finds Walt playing blackgammon and asks if he has an opponent.  Walt mentions that Hurley now owes him $83,000.  As Locke sits down to play he asks Walt why he burned the raft.  I remember this being such a cool “OMG” moment the first time around.  This time, though I was curious about something else.  Walt indicates that he’s sick of moving around and likes it on the Island.  Locke agrees with this.  But just a little while before he was defending Jin by asking why anyone would want to sabotage their chance to get off the Island.  Let that sink in for a moment – because John Locke has already done so once when he knocked out Sayid when he was trying to put up the transmitter (this won’t be officially revealed until Season 3 I think).  So Locke has tried to sabotage their attempts to get off yet defends Jin by asking why anyone would want to do so.  And he knows Walt set the fire on the raft, but points the blame towards the “other” inhabitants of the Island.  Very curious Mr. Locke, Very curious indeed.
Just another friendly game of backgammon between Locke and Walt

Just another friendly game of backgammon between Locke and Walt

Here’s the transcript of that convo with Walt:

[Shot of Walt and Vincent. Walt setting up a backgammon game.]

LOCKE: [entering] Got yourself an opponent?

WALT: Hurley owes me 83,000 dollars. I told him I’d give him a chance to win it back.

LOCKE: It’s been awhile since you and I played. I don’t have 83,000 dollars.

WALT: That’s okay.

[Locke pets Vincent.]

LOCKE: Where’s your pop?

WALT: Down at the beach, I think. I’m not allowed to leave the caves after dark. You have a dad?

LOCKE: Everyone’s got a dad.

WALT: Is he cool?

LOCKE: No, no, he’s not.

WALT: [rolling the dice] Yes!

LOCKE: Good for you. Hey, you mind if I ask you something?

WALT: Sure.

LOCKE: Why did you burn the raft, Walt? Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell. You must’ve had a really good reason.

WALT: I don’t want to move anymore. I’ve been moving places my whole life. I like it here.

LOCKE: I like it here, too.

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