Clever title for this episode, but apt. While I may have slammed the show two weeks ago for delving too much into over-the-top explanations of character, the subsequent installments have proved without a doubt that the creative team behind “Lost” still know exactly what they are doing.
What continues to amaze about this program is that, just when you think you have something figured out, another little tidbit of information is tossed out that changes your whole outlook. We saw the extreme example of this with an early episode that revealed John Locke’s shocking secret, but the quieter, more subtle shifts, such as tonight’s, are equally impactful.
The story of Jin and Sun had been laid out very carefully and explicitly for viewers. We knew that Jin agreed to work for Sun’s father into order to gain permission to marry her, and that his growing emotional distance had caused Sun to make the decision to learn English and escape to America. But it was easy to forget that everything we had seen had been only from Sun’s perspective, a viewpoint that made Jin look like quite a nasty guy.
Tonight, we got Jin’s side of the story, and it’s hard to imagine that any viewers who have been following the show since the beginning didn’t have to alter their perceptions quite a bit. Somewhere, the writers are cackling with glee, knowing that, just as tonight’s piece of the puzzle made us think we’d finally figured something out, they’re planning to throw another wrench straight into our preconceptions next week.
But what continues to make “Lost” so consistently good is that it is not all just smoke and mirrors. There actually is a method to the madness, but, more importantly, there is an emotional underpinning to everything that happens, both on the island, and in the flashbacks. The most touching moment tonight came in Jin’s reunion with his father, which subsequently set up his reconciliation with Michael and the plan to rebuild the raft. The most heart-rending came with Jin’s final words to Sun, a moment that appeared to finally fracture their already fraying relationship.
Lastly, it seems that young Walt is finally developing into as interesting a character as the rest of the cast. His confession to Locke, while not necessarily surprising, certainly complicates his relationship with his father.
For everything that happened on tonight’s show, there’s one question now that overshadows all others: What, exactly, was Hurley doing on Korean TV?
If the rumors are to be believed, we could find out next week.