okay, so i blew it on the DVR front yet again, and my viewing of LOST has been delayed… however, thanks to the miracle of technology, it’s only a short delay… this episode is called “RECON” and deals with Sawyer… So, presumably, we’ll find out what happened to Sawyer after he left the cave with smokeLocke vowing to leave the island forever… what i’m watching for are answers to the following questions… Where has Sawyer been? Is he really in cahoots with smokeLocke or is he running a con? Is he an honest man in the _X timeline? these and many more… off we go…

QUICK NOTE: there ARE actual thoughts and reactions at the bottom of this, so, if you skip over this post you miss that, too…

RECON-NECTING WITH SAWYER
now playing: Recon – LOST Season 6, Episode

no flashbacks… we’re instantly in the story… Sawyer is at Claire’s flat, making tea… he’s caring for Jin.. wakes Jin up and Jin wants to get away… Sawyer says he’s with Locke… he wants to get off the island… Sawyer promises to help Jin reunite with Sun… they’re back from storming the temple… Sayid, Claire, smokeLocke, and, oh, yeah, Kate… Hi yourself…

[_x}Sawyer, a.k.a. Jimmy, doing Sawyer things in bed with a gal… he’s late for an important meeting… ah, it’s the con where he grabs the briefcase and money falls out… but she pulls a gun… she’s married to a con… he calms her down… he wants her to believe that he’s working with the police trying to catch her husband… magic word: LaFluer… Awesome… it’s MILES… Jim and Miles are cop partners… “You’re a cop?!” “Surprise”…

L-O-S-T…

back at Claire’s… she’s fondly looking at the squirrel baby… Kate approaches and asks about the flat and the baby… “It’s all I had”… smokeLocke calls the meeting to order… we have to take advantage of the daylight… he tells them that the black smoke killed whoever stayed at the temple… Claire holds Kate’s hand… smokeLocke promises to take care of everyone…

Sawyer approaches Kate for conversation… asks about Jack, Hurley, and the rest of them… Miles?… Kate doesn’t know… she asks Sawyer if he’s with Locke now… “I ain’t with anybody, Kate”…

[_x}Det. James Ford, tracking down suspects… looking for Anthony Cooper… Miles brings coffee and seems to be unaware of this “assignment”… Miles has gotten him a date for tonight… “Do you wanna die alone?”… Jim tells Miles it’s about Laker’s tickets… Miles sees through Jim… asks if he’s lying… “Why would I lie”…

smokeLocke leading his peeps through the jungle… tells them to set up camp for a couple days… Sawyer wants to know when they’re getting off this rock… smokeLocke takes him aside and wishes that he hadn’t interrupted… Sawyer asks how smokeLocke saved everyone from “that smoke thing”… “I’m the smoke thing”… stare down… Sawyer asks why he killed the others… smokeLocke says they had a chance to come with him, but they think they’re protecting the island from him… “It’s either kill or be killed and I don’t wanna be killed”…

smokeLocke takes Sawyer to the canoe… tells him to go to Hydra island and check out the plane… Sawyer is cantankerous… do some recon… Sawyer asks about safety… smokeLocke tells him that he’s the best liar he’s ever met… here’s the mission: go to Hydra, infiltrate the people, gain their trust, get on the plane, fly away and never look back…

[_x]blind date… Jim is looking for a red head… by golly it’s Charlotte… fantastic… too bad it wasn’t Juliet… she’s an archaeologist… he asks if she has a whip… she asks why he became a cop… he references Bullitt and i’m pretty sure that’s not the first time… she hasn’t seen it… i haven’t either… she cuts to the chase… asks for the truth… he realized that he could’ve become a criminal or a cop and he chose cop… she’s clearly turned on by that…

[_x]they bed… he gets her some water… she wants to borrow a tee shirt… she rifles through his drawers… (dresser drawers this time)… three books… Watership Down is on top… she finds a family photo and a file labeled “Sawyer”… newspaper clipping about his father’s murder/suicide when he was nine… he catches her… i don’t think she’s gonna get that water… he’s angry and throws her out… she tries to explain that she didn’t see anything… she leaves…

Sawyer makes it to the Hydra island… sees the cages… looks in on Kate’s captivity dress and relives the past… as if the dress is what he remembers…

Kate approaches Sayid… asks if he believes smokeLocke… he does… she asks if he’s okay… “no”… woah! Claire jumps Kate with a knife… we knew it was coming… she tries to kill Kate… smokeLocke breaks it up and smacks Claire before sending her to the fire… asks Kate if she’s alright… “no”…

zee plane, zee plane!… Sawyer sees the Ajira plane, fully in tact… he’s checking it out as if he knows what to look for in a plane… checks the firepit… finds a trail leading away… follows said trail… finds death and all her friends… hears someone running around… someone with long hair who isn’t quite as fast as him… he tackles her… she’s the only one left…

[_x]Liam is looking for Charlie but keeps getting turned away… Jim doesn’t help him… Miles confronts Jim in the locker room… Jim thinks it’s about Charlotte… it’s really about his trip to Australia… he’s been lying to Miles… and now that he’s confronted, he tells Miles it’s none of his business… Miles agrees and de-partners him… Sawyer stares into a mirror and fury rises within him… rage! punches the mirror… mirrors are important, by the way…

Sawyer offers her some water… her name is Zoe… she thought she knew everyone on the plane, but she doesn’t know him… he tells her he didn’t come on the plane… “long story”… he asks what killed everyone?… she explains that she was getting wood while everyone was waiting to be rescued… she heard screaming… when she came back, they were all dead… she dragged them all to that pile that Sawyer found… he offers to take her back to the other island and his group of people… “thank God”… “Trust me, God’s got nothing to do with it”…

Kate is off crying in the trees… she really isn’t alright… here comes smokeLocke… he apologizes and takes responsibility for Claire’s attack… he told her that the others had taken Aaron to give her an enemy that would “keep her going”… he gave her something to hate… then Kate ruined it by telling her the truth… “very insightful, coming from a dead man”… “nobody’s perfect”… smokeLocke extends his promise of safety to Kate… she asks where Sawyer went and he says that he’ll show her…

Zoe and Sawyer are walking along the beach back to the canoe… talking about the plane… Zoe asks a lot of questions… i suspect her of foul play… Sawyer seems to suspect her as well… has asks her where the plane was headed and why she was going to Guam… he pulls a gun… she’s not that good… sure enough, she’s not what she appears to be… she whistles and the crew appears from the tree line with rifles and all… Sawyer is captured…

smokeLocke walks Kate to the canoe beach… he sits down… looking out at the Hydra island… she complains that he could’ve just told her where he sent Sawyer… but then they wouldn’t have been able to chat… “I am not a dead man”… he tells her that he understands how she’s feeling… his mother was crazy… she was a very disturbed woman… he had some growing pains and problems that he needs to work through… they could’ve been avoided if things were different… “why are you telling me this?”… “Aaron has a crazy mother, too”…

Sawyer is marched away to… WHAT? Widmore’s submarine!!! Sawyer gets in…

[_x]Jim comes home from a long day at work… grabs a beer and a TV dinner and sits down to a good old episode of Little House on the Prarie Michael Landon drops some knowledge about enjoying life and realizing that people aren’t really gone when they die… Jim doesn’t seem to approve… he gets up and leaves only to darken the doorstep of one Charlette Lewis… he has a sunflower and a six-pack (talk about classy), but she’s not having it… she tells him that he blew it… he leaves the flower and keeps the beer…

back in the sub… Sawyer is being led to “him”… he stops and asks about a locked room… Zoe takes him all the way to Widmore, who makes her leave before introducing himself… Sawyer says he knows Widmore is the man who sent the freighter to the island to kill everyone… “It’s sad how little you really do know”… Widmore asks Sawyer why he came to Hydra… Locke. Locke’s dead… “We both know that’s not Locke”… Sawyer lobbies for a deal… he promises to tell smokeLocke that the coast is clear and bring him to Widmore like a lamb to the slaughter… Widmore asks the price… 1. the people on Sawyer’s boat don’t get killed…. 2. Safe passage off the island… this is Sawyer at his finest… they strike a deal…

Kate is suddenly by herself again… approached by Claire… kind of a moment, but Kate is still distrusting… Claire apologizes, thanks Kate for taking care of Aaron, apologizes again with a long hug…

Sawyer comes back… greeted by smokeLocke… they’re all dead over there… what happened? he doesn’t know… “What do you know, James?”… okay, so he’s telling smokeLocke about Widmore… what?… smokeLocke doesn’t look happy… Sawyer tells smokeLocke everything… then strikes another deal…

[_x]Jim honks at Miles… waves him into his car… hands him the binder… tells him the whole story… he’s been hunting Sawyer down since he went to the police academy… Anthony Cooper is the name… Jim’s planning on finding the right one and killing him… looks like Zoe just smashed Jim’s car… oh, no… it’s Kate… he caught her…

Kate poking the fire… Sawyer is back, looking for dinner… maybe rabbit… (maybe a white rabbit)… Kate asks why he’s “running errands” for smokeLocke… he’s not… he tells her about Widmore and smokeLocke and that he’s stoking the fires of a feud between them… then, while they’re fighting it out, he’s going to stage a getaway in the sub with Kate…

L-O-S-T

THOUGHTS ON THE TOPIC…

okay, so this is where i would typically say thanks for playing, i’ll get back to you with more thoughts later, but since i’m so very fear behind and not catching up anytime soon, i’m going to talk a little bit about my first impressions… a few things that stood out, made sense, or whatever…

by the way, if you want a more straight-laced summary, you know, without the snarkiness here and there, don’t forget to read what Robin had to say about this episode at LOST Explained… I haven’t read it yet, but i know it’s good because it’s always good…

okay, i’ll limit myself to three things and try to tackle them briefly… first, the questions… Yes, Sawyer is still Sawyer… Yes, he’s a good guy in _x – sort of – at least in the same way that he’s a bad guy in the island story… sure he’s a con man / cop, but he has a tender heart / raging desire for revenge… anyway, as for who’s team he’s on, he remains loyal to the few who have cared at all about him… still focused on being in control and accomplishing what needs to be done and still patient in his pursuit… and never, NEVER tipping his hand… who else would play both sides of the coin like he did with Widmore and smokeLocke? it will be some kind of spectacular to see that all play out…

Second, other character notes… Kate is still not won over to smokeLocke… she knows he’s not Locke, she wasn’t sold on Locke to begin with, she probably doesn’t know the full extent of his identity, but she doesn’t really trust him… that he’s allowing her to stick around is a little odd, but i suppose the others all just think he’ll keep them safe and maybe he is underestimating her as well… Sayid and Claire are under his voodoo magic… Jin seems impenetrable, as he’s solely focused on finding Sun, but Sawyer at least kept him at bay…

Third, i think there are officially three sides to this war now… Widmore’s side, smokeLocke’s side, and Ilana’s side… i know a lot of people are trying to put Widmore on one side or the other, and last week’s mention of the Hydra station made it seem that he was on smokeLocke’s “team”… but the pile-ons make that seem less likely… and perhaps he’s on Ilana’s side, but perhaps not… if so, we know that Ben’s redemption will become an issue once he and Charles are aware of each other on the island… X-factors in this whole conflict are Lipidus and Desmond… both i’m sure play a key role in the conclusion of this series…

and that’s all i have time for right now… i have some serious thoughts brewing about how the island relates to the Gospel of John (which is interesting because Henry Ian Cusick was in a film adaptation of John)… thoughts on how everyone’s got it all backwards as far as protection is concerned… the importance of Lipidus… the replacement theory… and more… in due time…

peace… love… bdg…