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Lost: Tabula Rasa, revisited

I started to reply to eponine119's very insightful post about this episode and then it got so long I decided to just post it here.

At the time this was considered one of the weakest episodes -- probably because they stiffed us on finding out what Kate's crime was -- but in terms of Jack, Kate, and Sawyer, it's one of the best.

Ok, I'm tired and not really capable of being eloquent, but here's my thoughts.

Seeing it again tonight was great. It's much richer, knowing what we know now about all of them. Jack's twisted hero complex and the fact that his father has just died, Sawyer's haunted past and the fact that he's just botched *another* killing. And Kate -- well what else do we know about her at this point? Not her original crime, but that she's torn between a life of deceit and manipulation and her urge to do the right thing. JKS gold!

I appreciate Michael and Walt more now too, knowing their full arc. And Harold Perrineau's face when it stops raining and he has to go look for Vincent is priceless. And the run-in with Sun, also another great moment for him.

In retrospect, a much better episode than it originally appeared. Although I was onboard from the pilot and got hooked by the polar bear shooting and the French transmission, I think the marshall shooting scene is what really convinced me this was a show to be reckoned with. It didn't play out as I'd expected at all and was just so dark and unexpected. A magnificent showcase of Jack, Kate, and Sawyer and how they dealt with the situation. And Hurley standing by, adding commentary. And of course, that destroyed look on Sawyer's face when he realizes he's completely fucked up the mercy killing. I know for a lot of people this was the moment they first decided there was more to Sawyer than just an arrogant asshole.

I can get the Jack dislike here. He is on the annoying shade of indignant about his looting mission vs. Sawyer's. But watching these two interact with a fresh, slashy eye is almost like getting new episodes.

(Afterthought: Just how big is Sawyer's stash? I'd assumed it was quite large, but here we see him toting away only a backpack full of "smokes, some Playboys." We know he got the airplane booze. And the manifest. So did he make several trips?)

And I laughed out loud when Charlie - ever self-absorbed - mentions to Locke (who is whittling a dog whistle) that he once used tribal flutes in a recording session. Ah!

Man, I can't wait for the DVDs, with deleted scenes and commentary and all. I can't recall ever being into a show this much that I wanted to pore over every detail and just enjoy episodes over and over again. Not even X-Files or Buffy or Angel.

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inthekeyofd
Jun. 16th, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you for saying this!! Really, knowing what we now know about all of them does make you watch this episode differently, from Sawyer's angsty look at the end, to Jack's annoyingness in the first half of the season and why he was like that (that statement to Kate during the finales about being the leader spoke volumes) all the way to Michael, Walt, Jin and Sun, and amazingly even Boone.

And the end, knowing what we know about Locke now, I knew he creeped me out for a reason, (and not just because he's that creepy "Stepfather" actor) I swear that island is talking to him or something
halfdutch
Jun. 16th, 2005 05:56 pm (UTC)
Glad you agree with me. Maybe even "Special," my least favorite ep, will get better in retrospect. I've seen "Confidence Men" and "Outlaws" the most. Gee, I wonder why that is. ;-D

I was always on the "Locke is creepy" bandwagon. The scary thing is he's convinced he's doing the right thing. (rubs hands for season 2: Jack vs. Locke)
inthekeyofd
Jun. 16th, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC)
That showdown between Jack and Locke, that power struggle, oh that is going to be good..can't wait to see that..and even though Jack may be the reluctant leader, he knows that Locke is off his freakin' rocker!!! *smile*
blue_orchidea
Jun. 17th, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC)
I don't get the Kate hate. Sure she's not the best penned character and the actress is no (insert actress name you like) but she's not the worse character of the bunch. well, for me anyways. *shrugs*

*holds jack hate*

*breathes heavily*

hee!!

actually, i figured i should let you know i'll be moving out tomorrow and i didn't finish the header. i know you said no rush so i'm not too worried but still ya know.

i hope to get online once a week and i'll be praying for K/S *only* fics. (let the french girl dream.

A bientôt. ;)
halfdutch
Jun. 19th, 2005 07:24 am (UTC)
I don't really blame Kate for bad writing but when they make her stick her nose in all the time and say things like, "Jack, Boone died!" it's easy to get annoyed with her.

The current fic is JKS, sadly, although there's a no-Jack section. I'll try to get to a Sawyer/Kate fic soon.
foxxcub
Jun. 18th, 2005 05:35 am (UTC)
I'm too tired to give an intelligent, insightful comment (two days of flist, WTF?!?), but I know we'll discuss this later ;D And yeah, I totally agree. The J/S in the fuselage? Priceless.
halfdutch
Jun. 19th, 2005 07:25 am (UTC)
:-D You around Sunday? I should be - save a few errands I need to run.

ttyl!
foxxcub
Jun. 19th, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
Yup! I've missed you this weekend!!

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