Lost: The Glass Ballerina
(S03E02) Someone want to tell me why they had to call this episode "The Glass Ballerina?" It referred to one tiny thing at the very beginning! I don't know, I guess I just like my episode titles to actually tell me what's going on and not give me some vague reference to something that's ultimately not all that important. Alias used to be notorious for this. But in the end, what did we learn from the glass ballerina? We learned that Sun is a big ol' cheating liar.
Seriously though. Why not call this episode something significant like, "I Want That Boat?" Because that's pretty much all this episode was about. Ben (The Artist Formerly Known as Henry Gale) and the rest of his merry islanders found out that Sun, Jin, and Sayid were sailing around the island. So naturally Ben wants the boat and so far, Ben gets what he wants. Maybe it's just me, but is anyone else having a hard time buying Ben as the leader? Granted, there were probably about half a dozen big, husky men with shotguns and tazers waiting in case anything should happen, but why didn't Jack go all ninja on Ben's ass at the end of the ep? He could take him. I just don't find the guy all that intimidating. Whatever. I'll get back to that.
This was a Jin/Sun flashback episode (and those are generally my least favorite ones), but this one wasn't so bad. As I said, Sun is a big ol' cheater. Who was she sleeping with? We all remember Jae, the hotelier's son? Baldie? It was him. Poses an interesting question with a likely answer though. Her little fling with Jae couldn't have happened too soon before Australia, right? So it seems likely that Jae is the father of Sun's baby then.
To understand the next line I want to talk about, we have to touch on Sayid first. He rightly suspected that The Others have Jack, Kate, and Sawyer and he planned to ambush them by building a giant fire to lure them out. But he kept telling Sun and Jin that the fire and smoke was a signal for Jack. Sun figured out he was lying but she kept her mouth shut. Jin caught on too and he called Sun on it. He said something along the lines of "I know you betrayed me" and it seems two-fold. I think he knew Sun slept with Jae but he just doesn't care enough. Jae did, after all, jump off his balcony after Jin put the hurt on him in the flashback. But does Jin realize the baby likely isn't his?
Moving on... Sawyer and Kate were stuck doing manual labor for The Others. They were breaking up rocks and moving them. Seems like kind of a pointless exercise when you're on an island covered in them. Kate did have a conversation with that brunette, the rebel. She's the one who helped Claire escape last season right? Not sure why they've re-introduced her. Regardless, after that it got interesting. Sawyer said screw it and kissed Kate. She kissed back. Oooohhhh! But his motives only became clear after he talked to Kate later. He kissed her because he wanted to but also to test his captors abilities. He got his ass kicked after the smooch but now he knows what Zeke's buddies are capable of. Too bad Ben hears all of Sawyer's plans over a closed-circuit TV security feed.
Speaking of Zeke (did we learn his real name?), he was part of the group sent out to get the boat. Sun was on it and she shot one of The Others. Colleen? I think that was her name but it's the actress that plays Trixie on Deadwood. After she fired, Sun got off the boat safely... but The Others have it now. Not good.
Then there was Jack. Ben went to see him at the end of the ep. Introduced himself properly. "Hi. My name is Benjamin Linus and I've lived on this island all my life." This was the part I was talking about earlier. Why no brawling Jack?
I was disappointed with the ending though. It's now November 29, 2004 in the world of Lost and Ben proves to Jack that he has contact with the rest of the world. That makes sense though right? Penelope was able to find the island in the finale last spring. So it should work both ways. To back himself up, Ben plays footage from the '04 World Series and Jack can't believe that the Red Sox won after being down 3-0 to the Yankees in the ALCS. But he's got proof now. Ben claims he can get Jack home but only if Jack cooperates. The question is cooperate with what?
So that was it. A so-so episode. We didn't really find out too much about the island and what we did get was very stretched out to accommodate an hour. Knowing what we now know about Sun and Jin, was all that information that important? I suppose it is but as I said earlier, Sun's and Jin's flashbacks are generally lousy in my opinion. Next week deals with Locke. Now his stories I like.