Lamest line of the season:
"She's under my protection."
So of course Juliet is bad. The question is, why did Sayid and Sawyer back down so quickly after she called them out on their previous misdeeds? And why did Sayid say he "doesn't do that anymore" in regards to torture? Didn't he do a number on Benry?
I'm betting they're going after Sun next.
Sayid is incredibly conflicted when it comes to his "gift" of interrogation. He knows that sometimes it is necessary, but he knows that it changes him and affects him, so he tries to seperate himself from it as much as possible. But I think deep down inside of him he knows it will always be a part of him, he just outwardly denies it.
Good point about Sun. Once Juliet finds out she's preggers (assuming she doesn't already know), it's on.
i'm not convinced that Juliet is bad. she could be double-crossing Ben, though i don't know yet to what end.
"I just met a kid who's going to be president someday." - Duke associate athletic director Chris Kennedy after his first meeting with Shane Battier.
I think the sub was never operational, and that Juliet did not arrive on the island by sub; she just "woke up" on the sub...
Jack was never leaving on the sub. Ben knew it and that's why Locke was allowed to blow it up...
What further bothered me is Jack's explanation as to why he trusts Juliette. Did it ever occur to him that the reason she wants to get off the island so bad is the same reason she would be willing to deceive him - I mean, couldn't Jack consider the likelihood that she wants to leave so bad that she has agreed to a plan devised by Ben that has ulterior motives? Jack is a lot smarter than that (I think).
I also don't buy why Sawyer and Sayid care so much about their reputations that they would let Juliette carry on with her activities without so much as an interrogation as to what is going on with the Others and why Claire needs these drugs.
I thought this episode might have had two subtle messages for loyal viewers but I may be reading too much into things (which is what Lost causes you to do sometimes -(1) the whole episode sets up as the question of whether Juliette is going along for the ride without any master plan, or was the whole thing set-up / planned from the beginning - the same question that viewers have been asking about Lost; and (2) when Sayid says "what makes you think I won't kill you if you don't?", it's almost like the producers saying, viewers, you can't have it both ways, "if we tell you everything about the Others and what's going on on the island, it kills the show (nothing left to find out, why watch?), but if we tell you nothing, you say it kills the show (not enough being revealed each week)." You can't have it both ways. And Jack says at one point - she'll tell you when she's ready ... as the producers will and we have to trust them. Maybe that's too deep of an analysis, but it crossed my mind as I was watching the show.
I did like the backstory because I like when we see the puzzle pieces in terms of timing being filled in. And I think we now know that whatever Juliette is doing is not because she is "in" with the others, it is because she wants to go home. I also thought it gave more color to why Ben is intrigued by Locke and the whole "because I'm in a wheelchair" discussion a few weeks ago. Clearly, it is being driven by the "how did I get cancer HERE?" question.
I hope we are left with more details (but still mystery) surrounding who Jacob is and what the Others are really doing there by the time the season ends. We need to have some info on Locke and the Others in the next episode.
And I wouldn't be very disappointed at this point if Desmond couldn't save Charlie from his apparent fate. He does nothing for the show and is more of an annoyance to me.
Quick question for someone who remembers details better than me. Wasn't Rousseau pregnant with Alex when she came to the island? How did she manage to give birth without dying?
It seems like they already know about Sun's pregnancy. Kate obviously knows and avoided spilling the beans directly to Juliet, but when Jack first appears on the beach, Sun hugs him and we see them talking and Sun touching her belly. Also, considering how Sun might be pregnant from her affair, and that the Others know pretty much everything from their lives, they might already know she's knocked up.
I like the analysis of re: telling us everything about the others vs. telling us nothing. Honestly, I was pretty disappointed to find out they were just testing fertility treatments. Although it was intriguing to hear Ben claim he can cure cancer (and can do so off of the island)... this might fit in with Rose somehow?
Re: Juliet's sister... how do we know Benry wasn't lying in the first place about her cancer's return and the test results?
I'm also not sure why everyone continues to trust Jack. Granted, I still think he hasn't crossed over to the dark side, but there's no reason for the Beachies to think that. Plus, he's kinda developing a serious case of the crazy eyes.
By the way, what a great, great episode!!!
I have not read all of this thread, but did anyone else notice Ben's room? I looked hard at the walls to see what he decorated with. I saw a ton of pictures of his "daughter" Alex. I wonder, how did Ben get these pictures taken and blown up and the such?
-Jason "is there a Fox photo booth on the island?" Evans
Wait-- revision. According to Wikipedia, Rousseau was pregnant and had Alex on the island. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danielle_Rousseau
And according to Lostpedia, she was 7 months pregnant when she arrived on the island. http://www.lostpedia.com/wiki/Danielle_Rousseau
I think we may have found a place where the Lost mythology does not hold up to scruitiny. This adds to my belief that The Others (ie: the group Ben heads) were not part of the original mythology of the island as created by JJ and Damon. They are a new invention that the producers came up with in an effort to extend the show's life. As a result, some of what they are and what they are doing may not be consistent with what was originally the Bible of the show.
-Jason "not that I mind the invention of the Others-- they are a ton of fun!" Evans
Point is, they wanted the baby. They don't give a damn about Claire.
On another note, what about Ben possibly lying to Juliette when he told her that her sister's cancer had relapsed? I was surprised Juliette never thought of it that way. She assumed he lied about the fact they could cure it (until he proved otherwise), but I think he lied about the fact she had it again at all.
I'm really enjoying how they are connecting dots. And if they are backfilling at all (e.g. Ethan's shots in Claire while she slept, Ethan's "improvising"), they are doing a pretty good job of it. However --- I will be VERY pissed if they don't explain Ben's rationale for being so conniving all the time.
Incidentally, this spells trouble for Kate if her little bear-cage tryst with Sawyer happens to result in a pregnancy.
These are the muddy waters I'm swimming in to make a living.