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Lost: The Glass Ballerina

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 11th 2006 10:55PM

Yoon-jin Kim and Daniel Dae Kim in Lost.

(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.

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Hey, just getting around to joining you all at tvsquad this year.

I liked the episode, though I agree it's starting off slow as a season. To that point, considering we're getting two mini-seasons this year instead of all those repeats, I expect this first story arc to take a small buildup to a moderate climax until they return in 2007.

Just wanted to address a few comments.

#13: I missed the second Stephen King reference. What was it?

#18: I love the good guys vs. bad guys debate here. Keep in mind the theory about all the lost-ies having killed someone in their pasts. Keep watching...

#22: You couldn't be more right. The commercial breaks are ridiculous this year. It seems like there is a break every 6 minutes. I have one word for you. TIVO.

#32: You called it. I don't understand how people could not realize the significance the Sox winning the series has on this show. I'm just dumbfounded.

#38: Good point. I didn't understand the comment (#6) at first, but I agree. The confluence of events (the Sox win, Fever Pitch) COULD have been used to further the plot here. Good point.

#43: Interesting. At least your thinking, where other people are just complaining...

#49: You too, J-Mo.

#55 & #56: Good points. I until now hadn't thought of Sayid as a bad guy. But then again, he has some tight connections with the Island (Kelvin) and it might explain his odd behavior and strategies. I'll continue to watch him closely.

#59: Thank god for TIVO, huh? I'll go back to check...

#63: What we have here is failure to communicate, huh? Great catch on a great play on a great movie.

#70: Thank you. Succinct.

And generally, I agree with the consensus that...

...Sayid's military strategies and a bit of a stretch on the writer's part. They've established him as a very competent soldier, and then seem to want to disregard that when it doesn't suit their storyline.

...TVSquad.com seems to have someone writing that hasn't paid attention. Not knowing Alex's significance, not comprehending the meaning behind the title, the glass ballerina, and how it DOES relate to the whole show--its kind of embarrassing. I used to think this was the best blog on the web. Did everyone go somewhere else? Can you tell me where the hot spot on the web is now?

...we are being set up for a Who My Baby Daddy? with Sun and Jin. Maybe Maury Povich can crash a blimp on the Island and help with the paternity test. Seriously, the story behind Jin and Sun just got way more interesting. The body through the windshield was a nice touch. What did Jin know? And its kind of a good outcome for him, isn't it? I mean, he made the morally correct choice, and the guy still ended up dead as a doornail, and that's got to look good to the father in-law. But wouldn't the police automatically suspect foul play over suicide? That apartment was tore up. Maybe that's why Jin was skipping town...

...the whole utopian society thing has been played out by Hollywood so many times that...well...I guess I am interested, and I guess I'll be putting up with (at least) one more iteration.

Finally, I'm not sure how the others have all this information, and I'm not convinced that they really do know a whole lot. I'm completely in the dark, and I'll keep watching to find out. I'm also a little confused about the "others." Why do they want the boat so bad? It was originally Kelvin's, right? Was Kelvin an "other" or a guinea pig? Why do they want a boat when they gave away a boat to Michael and Walt. Must be something on or about that boat. I think this show (obviously) will come down to who is the Experiment and who are the Experimenters.

October 21 2006 at 4:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think that the "others" are all "experiments" or "hybrids", born on the island, by the Dharma Organization, and I think they steal children because the can't have any of their own, being "hybrids" and therefore sterile. I think they feel the children will continue their race, and they are taking Jack, Kate, Sawyer, etc, prisoner because of their intelligence, and to inter-mingle with the "other's" continue their race...let's see if any of this is right.....I'm still going to watch!!!!!

October 18 2006 at 10:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I read the comments here regularly but I've never posted until today.Just a few words of support to the guy who reviewed this week's episode.You don't need to pander to the masses if you didn't like the episode, dude.Most of the Lost-snobs on here want your job so bad it is killing them.I happen to agree with you that alex has not been a factor yet. She may be in future episodes but that remains to be seen. Go easy on the reviewer guys. This forum is supposed to be a place to swap theories, not crucify the poor guy doing the recap.Get out of your mother's basements, look at the sun and give the working class a break.

October 16 2006 at 2:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How far did Jae fall?

Jin got off the elevator on floor 2 then went into room 1516 to beat up Jae...suggesting he was on floor 15. (most hotels in the world have room numbers that start with the floor number).

It sure looked like he fell from pretty high up (body position was horizontal).

Not sure if they made a mistake in the filming or if we should pick up a clue here.

October 16 2006 at 7:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

you guys are all ignorant. the reason why this episode is called the glass ballerina is because the episode is all about lies and deceit. In the beginning Jin lies as a little girl about breaking the glass ballerina, then lies about doing the horizontal tango with the hotel boy, and Sayid lies about why he's building a fire.

October 16 2006 at 6:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This was a great episode. I agree that we need the flashbacks to understand all we can about the characters. Ben flashbacks would be awesome! I'm really happy getting one answer and three questions; just means Lost will be going on for awhile. Sayid's planning definitely was off. I guess we have to remember that he was a torturer not a strategist in the guard! Next week's episode looks really exciting.

October 13 2006 at 2:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

yes lost has jumped the shark tank (the one Jack is in)the others know all about the survivors backstory but to what purpose,if Mr.Bug Eyes (you know who) continues to be featured so much just blow the volcano now(you know that's coming too)...I'm polar bearly hanging on here!

October 13 2006 at 11:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oops - my bad - actually he "smashed" through the "glass" on JIN's windshield! Hahaha - and there are no tie ins???

October 13 2006 at 10:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well it took me a moment, but let's think here. The show's opening shot. A beautiful, fragile glass ballerina, the symbol of everything good and perfect, falling, falling, falling and finally and horribly shattering to the ground in a thousand tiny irreparable shards.

Can you say Sun? Isn't that what you're all saying? I can't believe that she'd...and so on and so on. Hellllooo - that's the point of the whole episode. The beautiful, protected, innocent Sun, fallen from grace. To what extent? Is she a killer, an adulter, a liar? Maybe all, maybe none.

Plus, don't forget the tie in with her "lover" falling through the glass and dying on the ground below. Did she do it, did her father, or someone else? Either way, her world - as fragile as it was - was shattered by all of those events as well.

October 13 2006 at 9:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
scott mclendon

Yeah,it was funny how Jae landed on Jin's car.
Loved Sawyer's "Cool Hand Luke" routine("yezzir,boss!").The writers had obviously seen that movie(i.e.,the "you will be shot"litany)
And next week,the return of Locke and Mr. Eko.Hoorah!!!

October 13 2006 at 9:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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