*Spoiler alert! If you don't want to know what happens, don't read any further!*
In the wake of an incredibly intense season of Lost, tonight's episode ("Namaste") felt a little like a breather. Sure, there were answers (and the wildly creepy misty cabin scene with Sun and Christian--more on that later), but overall, this episode seemed like a place to catch our collective breath and wrap up some loose ends. And, of course, unravel a few more, because it is Lost, after all.
Before we go a step further, I have to ask: who is the woman who was sitting next to Sayid on the plane? Did he know her, and I missed the story?
Speaking of the plane, tonight we learned that Sun did not "flash" onto the 1977 with the rest of the Oceanic Six. Several people suggested on the message boards that it's because she is actually Pierre Chang's daughter and cannot "flash" to the same place where she exists as a child. I disagree with this theory on the grounds that she was not even born until 1980. I think a more likely explanation might be that she was pregnant on the original flight and was not pregnant this time around. I'm not sure what that would explain, exactly, but at least it's something. (By the way, does anyone else think that Pierre Chang's baby is most likely Miles?)
*UPDATED: Thank you for reminding me that Sun was not, in fact, pregnant on the original Oceanic flight, so never mind.
We also learned that Amy's baby is the super-creepy Ethan Rom (the look on Juliet's face when she realized that was just classic--I thought she was going to slam-dunk that baby right back into the cradle). By the way, how is that Amy was able to give birth on the Island? I thought pregnant women couldn't survive? Or is that a post-1977 issue on the Island?
We were able to see the resurrection of the Kate/Sawyer/Juliet/Jack love quadrangle, proving that this particular story line will never, ever die. Dear Lost Producers: When I want a love story, I rent The Notebook. On Lost, let me suggest that you devote your creative energy to telling me who the dang Smoke Monster is. Thank you.
Sawyer figures out a clever way to integrate Jack, Kate and Hurley into Dharma (the best line of the night was from Hurley: "I vote for not camping.") He arranges for Jack to be a "Work Man", because "based on your aptitude tests, you'll be doing janitorial work." So much for all that medical school. It would appear that a serious Sawyer/Jack throw-down is very surely in the works.
(Speaking of the Dharma people, where was Daniel Faraday tonight?)
Sayid is imprisoned as a Hostile. I'm eager to learn more about this "treaty" between the Hostiles (Others?) and the Dharma crew. Creepily, Sayid meets a pre-teen Ben at the end of the episode. Perhaps we understand now why Ben has been so obsessed with Jack, Kate, and Co.--he's known about them for decades.
Speaking of creepy, let's talk about that scene with Sun and Christian. I watched it before Hubs got home, and I was nearly jumping out of my skin when that door blew open. On the message boards, several people are insisting that there was a ghostly, blonde figure that appeared over Sun's shoulder. I have watched it three times now and cannot, for the life of me, find it. (Interestingly, another theory floating on the message boards is the idea that the strange Island "whispers" actually indicate that different people are occupying the same space at DIFFERENT times. A clever thought.)
*UPDATED: Click here for a screen shot of the cabin scene in which the ghostly figure is visible. Scroll down to the section entitled "Easter Eggs"--it's the first photo.
One last thing: the scene in which Sun whacked Ben over the head is one of the very best moments in Lost history.
No, here's the last thing: How are Sawyer's teeth so white, and where can I get some of that Dharma toothpaste?"
That's all I have, Losties, but I can't wait to hear what you have to say. If you're blogging the show over at your blog, feel free to leave a link in the comments section.