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Lost: Left Behind

by Erin Martell, posted Apr 5th 2007 12:58AM

Yunjin Kim and Daniel Dae Kim

(S03E15) Some Lost episodes are stand-alone pieces of the show's mythology. Others are pieces of a larger puzzle, filling in gaps from past episodes and setting the stage for future episodes. "Left Behind" definitely falls into the second category. More of Kate's past was revealed, and new island loyalties were formed in what I am sure is a build-up to an Others-Survivors showdown (fingers crossed).

The Flashback

Kate's flashback was full of familiar songs, familiar faces, and familiar cons. "Walkin' After Midnight" was playing as Kate's car was being towed. Fresh off her escape from the marshal, she was headed back to confront her mother about turning her in. As Lost fate would have it, Cassidy (Sawyer's long con) was outside of the gas station pulling the jewelry scam. It's interesting that Cassidy, a crime victim, became a temporary criminal mentor for Kate.

Both women were at a point in their lives where they felt wronged, and both wanted an explanation. Cassidy helped Kate learn the truth behind her mother's betrayal. In a brutal confrontation with Diane at a diner, Kate finally got answers, and Diane's later behavior at the hospital was explained ("Born to Run"). I am surprised that Kate didn't permanently write her mother off after she made that threat, but there must be some good left in her.

Kate has a habit of helping people against their wishes and, ultimately, hurting them. She thought that she was saving her mother by killing Wayne, but Diane made it clear that Kate simply murdered the man she loved. It's a good thing that Kate did not wait around to get thanked for her good deeds. Kate ended up helping a pregnant Cassidy by advising her to put Sawyer in jail. Cassidy would eventually get an explanation of her own ("Every Man For Himself"), and Sawyer would learn about his daughter. For Kate's sake, I hope Sawyer never finds out that throwing him in jail was her idea.

The Beach

Speaking of Sawyer, the nickname-free loner spent most of this episode conducting a PR campaign of sorts. I thought that Hurley's banishment warning was fishy, and it turned out to be a trick after all. Without a real leader, the survivors don't strike me as being motivated enough to organize a banishment vote. Hurley had Sawyer making the rounds among the beach survivors, from kissing babies to hosting a boar BBQ. Sawyer's efforts failed to impress Sun, however. Women can be stubborn about those fake kidnappings!

It's hilarious that Hurley went to the trouble of grooming Sawyer for beach leadership, making him jump through all of those hoops. I'd like to see Hurley step up and take more of a leadership role among the survivors. At the very least, he would make a great Vice President. With Jack and the gang returning to the beach, how long will Sawyer's leadership be necessary?

The Barracks/The Jungle

Kate was betrayed quite a few times during this episode. Locke turned up in Kate's game room prison cell to say goodbye and ditch her to go off with the Others. After blowing up multiple DHARMA stations and the submarine, I am losing my patience with Locke's antics. Locke's lame apology seemed more like a way of emphasizing Kate's relative unworthiness on the island. I wonder if anyone else will find out what Kate did, now that Juliet is part of the beach group?

I'm not sure if the Others' departure from The Barracks had anything to do with the destroyed sub, but they left in a major hurry. After being gassed, Kate awoke in the jungle, handcuffed to her least favorite Other: Juliet. As advertised, there was a catfight between the women that left Juliet with a dislocated shoulder. Juliet has apparently learned from Ben's example, and lied to Kate for as long as she could.

I genuinely believed that Juliet knew nothing about the monster when it first appeared. Either way, I was glad to see the Black Smoke Monster again, and we learned a little more about it. The Monster cannot get through the sonic fence, and it was not created by the Others (Juliet said that they did not know much about it). Is there some reason the Monster could not go over the fence, like Kate and the rescue party did? Also, if Juliet had to activate the fence, how long had it been shut off? What does this mean for Mikhail's death? I suppose that the fence could have been shut off after he died, but these questions still need to be answered at some point (for my own sanity).

Once again, Kate figured out that her loved ones don't always want (or need) her help. Juliet made it clear that Jack refused Kate's help because of a broken heart, not out of concern for her safety. Jack has never confirmed Juliet's claims, but his actions this week were not very encouraging. Kate and Juliet made it back to the Barracks to rescue Jack and Sayid, and Jack immediately asked Kate about Juliet's whereabouts. He also forced Sayid and Kate to bring Juliet back to the beach. This was so not Kate's week.

A few thoughts:

  • Where are the Others going? Back to the Hydra station? Another secret location?
  • Sawyer was reading Watership Down again. Has he run out of books, or is he reading several books at once?
  • "You sir, Hugo, are rotund." Priceless.
  • Kate has a system for her aliases: saints' names. She's used Anne, Monica, Margaret, Joan, and Lucy.
  • Stick a fork in Nikki and Paulo. They didn't dig their way out of their graves, and Vincent didn't save them.

See you next week for "One of Us"!

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Forget about Juliet and Ban are working together, even the others hinted that they had a past and yet not long ago they were working together to kidnap jack to perform surgery. Juliet and Ben are together, it's all a plan.

April 10 2007 at 7:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The best thing about Lost for me is that it always leaves me wating more. I find this story completely compelling and have enjoyed every minute of it. This was yet another fantastic chapter in the ongoing Island mystery. Loved it! Good recap!!

April 10 2007 at 5:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't buy the whole Juliet as a spy thing. The survivors all know who she is - they are not going to trust her and certainly aren't going to say anything of significance in front of her. If the Others wanted her to infiltrate the camp and "become one of them" they would have set her up as a saviour - like Alex. Instead of having her become the face that Jack sees everyday bringing him food and interogating him, they would have made her look like a prisoner (like Karl) and gained their trust - not identified her as one of the leaders then try to have her infiltrate them.

Also, when Kate challenged her and said "you don't know anything about him" (Jack) Juliet rattled off just about every significant event and even knew his height and weight by memory. So what exactly is she going to learn from them that she doesn't already know? I don't think she's there to spy on them I think she's there to see how the group reacts and treats a "known enemy".

Ben got some harsh treatment when he was pretending to be Henry Gale, maybe this is psychological experiment the Others are running on the remaining survivors. There's no question that Juliet is involved in this and not just a victim of being left ... unless she found Kate after everyone had left and dragged her to the jungle. Otherwise there's no way she would that she had a key on her and exactly where it was and isn't it lucky for her that it was in the pocket f her free hand and not the cuffed hand? Also how did she know that Jack hadn't left with the others? Or where Kate would find Sayid when they got back to the village? Clearly she's involved in that part of it.

I also want to know why the Others are willing to take Locke with them. He just killed one of their people the very day they captured him. It was deliberate and premediated so Locke is certainly not "good". The only explanation that makes sense is that Ben wants to study Locke's relationship with the island. I can't wait to see the missing piece involving Locke - clearly something happened between the time we last saw him (staring at his tied up Father) and first seeig him last night (telling Kate he was going with the Others.) That should be an interesting episode.

April 10 2007 at 8:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm thinking that since a lot of us were thinking after last week that Locke didn't blow up the sub, and then he saw his dad, he turned (or let them think that)into an Other, and let them in on the fact that he didn't blow the sub. Then he made a deal to get the Others he didn't think were worthy off the island.

April 07 2007 at 6:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

im thinking that the others have run out of things to observe about the survivors' behavior so they have left to see how the survivors will react
maybe they are observing from somewhere else..
or perhaps a trap is set for them in 'downtown' if they decide to move there..
the showdown..
just thoughts

April 06 2007 at 3:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

WHere is this Multiple Monster Theory coming from? I heard or saw nothing to suggest that Juliett and Kate encounter two different monsters in the past episode.

Please, someone, tell me what you are relying on as evidence for two (or even three) unique and individual monsters.

April 06 2007 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

re: #57

My guess would be that Juliet could learn about Desmond, because I don't think the Others can see the future. Also, I remember something about Claire's baby destroying the world, so maybe that would be motivation as well. She could also be spying on Vincent. Otherwise, the Losties camp is just a bunch of typical dumbass plane crash survivors.

As for naming the 3 different monsters, here is my suggestion:

Good Monster - Prince Adam
Bad Smoke Monster - Skeletor
Bad Mechanical Monster - Beast Man

April 06 2007 at 8:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why would the Others plant Juliet with the Losties? What would that gain? They already know everything about them. They have Jack on a short leash. They have Locke (using his dad) to do their bidding. What could she possible learn?

April 06 2007 at 7:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think Nick's post #6 touched on something interesting about Locke.

Nick questioned whether or not Juliet and Locke could now be considered to be moles in their current positions.

BUT! What if Locke was a mole all along? What if he was an Other, like that "Jacob" character that was mentioned earlier this season?

Could the writers deliberately mislead the viewers to assume that Locke was really on the flight, and later reveal that he was actually a plant for the Others? Could he have been hypnotized to not remember his involvement AS an Other, but to assume that he was simply "one of the other passengers?"

This could be one way for the writers to really throw a wrench into what the viewers have accepted from the beginning. What a season finale that would be, as it would "change the show's direction" as some people/spoilers have claimed.

Thoughts? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

(p.s. Hm... Perhaps I should be a Lost writer? The first thing I'd do is quit Lost and go work for Battlestar Galactica's writing team. Just kidding...)

April 05 2007 at 8:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Seems to me that there are 3 monsters. There's the "beautiful" monster John saw.The smoke monster which is the most famous, and the mechanical monster that Juliet and Kate saw. Unless of course the mechanical and the "beautiful" monsters are one and the same.

The next episode sound a lot like Jacks tattoo. "He walks amogst us,but is not one of us".

I think that tvsquad members should actually name the monsters, it would be much easier for members, but not so much for new members.In any case,it was a good episode and I hope to see more of the monster.

April 05 2007 at 7:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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