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'Lost' - 'What Kate Does' Recap

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 10th 2010 12:46AM
Evangeline Lilly as Kate Austen on ABC's 'Lost.'
(S06E03) "It's the Others, dude. They caught us ... again." - Hurley

As 'What Kate Does' unfolded, I couldn't help but shake the feeling that everything we're witnessing in the "post-Jughead worked" 2004 time-line is going to end up being very important. Of course, that could have been due to the fact that in this past week's Official 'Lost' Audio Podcast, Cuse and Lindelof essentially laid it bare for us -- there is no alternate reality happening here. What's going on in LA in 2004 and what's going on in 2007 on the island are both very real.

The question to ask is what effect actions in one time-line will have on the events in the other. As far as 'Lost' mindf#%ks go, this one is a doozie, because it's forced us to reevaluate everything we remember about these characters, right back to the pilot episode.

In that sense, last week's scenes on Oceanic 815 served as one giant "one of these things is not like the other" segments from 'Sesame Street.' There were endless differences between the first time we saw that flight and this second incarnation. But now, they're off the flight, let loose in LA, and 'What Kate Does' (a clever play on the season two ep 'What Kate Did') was our first true glimpse into what these characters do after getting off the plane (remember, not alt-reality, but actually happening).

Last week, we saw Kate ditch Eddie Mars and commandeer a cab with David H. Lawrence behind the wheel and a very pregnant Claire in the back seat. What followed here wasn't entirely surprising, as we saw the same compassionate side of Kate that we've known for five seasons. In the same way that we saw Kate develop a sort of sisterly bond with Cassidy in her flashbacks ('Left Behind' comes to mind), Kate attempted to atone for her sins by taking Claire to see the woman who was supposed to adopt Aaron. Once we learned that the woman's husband left her and no longer had plans to adopt (perhaps evidence that Malkin's original advice to Claire to never give up Aaron was accurate), Claire started having contractions and again, Kate was there for her.

A few thoughts on the flash-sideways:

  • We know the island is underwater and that DHARMA ceases to exist, but it was still a nice surprise to see the lovechild of Amy and Horace Goodspeed, Ethan Goodspeed a.k.a. Ethan Rom (an anagram for Other Man - breakin' out all the oldies) on the mainland. He seemed like such a nice guy, too, but I suppose that's what happens when your entire life heads down a different path. That and not being shot by a washed-up British rock star.
  • Claire claims that the name Aaron just came to her. Well, it seems pretty obvious that the shared "past" Claire and Kate have is what triggered that. The same goes for the "where the hell have I seen that guy" look that Kate gave Jack while the cab sped away. Regarding that, many people argued that last week when Jack gave Desmond one of those quizzical looks on the plane, it was simply because they had met in the stadium years before. However, considering the bigger changes that Jughead may have created, it's possible that Jack and Desmond never had met and Jack's moment of deja-vu did transcend the two realities.
  • When Kate dug through Claire's bag and found the stuffed whale, it made me wonder -- does Kate still have the toy airplane in this time-line?
  • The whoosh sounds leading in to the flash-sideways were much more defined here than they were in last week's season premiere -- they distinctly sound like an airplane's engine or turbine heating up.

Meanwhile, at the Temple in 2007, reactions to Sayid's sudden awakening had everyone on edge. After performing a series of tests on Sayid (throwing ash on him, electrocution, and burns from a glowing hot poker), Dogen (the Japanese leader, we finally got his name) confirmed what we already knew from Richard and Ben -- people don't come back to life on the island. So just like Locke is now actually the Man in Black, it appears that Sayid has also been "claimed." Considering that they barricaded the Temple and got out all the guns to keep "Locke" out, it makes sense that Dogen tried to poison Sayid -- he's already inside. We just don't know how long before the darkness within him reaches his heart and Sayid truly ceases to be Sayid.

One of the highlights of this whole mess (and I say mess because it was a little drawn out to arrive at an answer that most people figured out immediately) was Jack's reaction to it. Over the years, we've seen Jack's self-esteem shoot up and down like a roller-coaster. This, I suppose, would be rock bottom. Jughead failed and he openly admitted to Dogen that he doesn't trust himself and then he popped the pill. Ballsy move, even for Jack. Too bad he can't read a poker face worth crap. But, if I've learned one thing from green poison pills, there's always some fresh brewed tea to save the day.

Um... questions? Yes, please:

  • How did the Man in Black even get in the Temple so that he could claim Sayid in the first place? Was that the significance of the dirty, brown water? What color was the water when young Ben was brought there after Sayid shot him?
  • Dogen said Jack's sister also became infected. Well, last we saw Claire with Christian, she definitely seemed a little ... off. But we never saw her die. So does that mean the Man in Black can just take over whomever he wants? Or are we missing a part of Claire's backstory right now?
  • Dogen said he was brought to the island. Betcha he was on The Black Rock...
  • Hurley, as always, the voice of reason: "You're not a zombie, right?" Unfortunately, it seems like Sayid is. It's a time-release Zombie illness. And how did Lennon (John Hawkes, still haven't heard that's his name for sure, but it's what Lostpedia says) know that Sayid failed the test?

Now, while all this was going on, Kate, Sawyer, and Jin got away from the Temple. Aldo (Rob McElhenney from 'Always Sunny,' last seen in 'Not in Portland') was sent to keep them under watchful eye. Not sure why Aldo was brought back; never really wondered what happened to him after he got knocked out at The Hydra. Regardless, Jin went after Sun and Kate and Sawyer ended up at LaFleur's place in DHARMAville. It was awfully sad when we found out that Sawyer had planned on popping the question to Juliet, but if left us feeling worse for Kate because she never found love like Sawyer had. Reuniting Claire with Aaron is all Kate has now.

Final thoughts:

  • If Claire came down with the "I'm the Man in Black" sickness, why was she trotting around the island with a shotgun doing her best Rousseau impersonation? Or, is it all a ruse to fool Jin and everyone else? Whatever her plan, we know Dogen is on to her. Can't wait to find out what she's been up to.
  • Sawyer ripped up those floorboards to find the diamond ring he planned on giving to Juliet in a shoebox. Could there be anything else hidden in DHARMAville since the '70s that may prove useful in '07?

Well, that's all I got. Try and wrap your head around that, but if you get a headache, don't take the green pill. Next week's episode is called 'The Substitute.' One guess as to what that means should be all you need...

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Danielle

So, let me get this straight, these flashsideways that we are seeing is what wouldve happen if the plane didnt crash on the island?

February 15 2010 at 12:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dubyajay

I wasn't a big fan of this episode either. I kind of felt like I spent the last 5 years watching a really long zombie movie but didn't find out it was a zombie movie til the end. Not happy about that at all.

February 13 2010 at 4:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lado

I have read every comment here and have come to some conclusions.

1) It is very interesting that MIB has constantly inhabited a man called 'Christian', very interesting indeed.
2) "I am very disappointed in all of you". He is constantly doing things to liberate these people, but they constantly allow themselves to be tricked into coming back by Jacob.

Basically, Jacob represents the plight of humanity and our obsession with order and higher power and free will. This is very endemic of this shows commentary about religion. (Cf All the various borrowed religious symbols) Remember, all the characters are named after mathematicians, philosophers and scientists. I believe that the show is a social commentary about the evils of established ecclisiology. This is evidenced by the awful acts the others have committed for the 'greater good'. Ben represents the blind leader who is willing to blindly follow the orders of his 'god'.

I cant say anything else for sure as i dont think we've been given enough detail yet. MIB represents the fate argument. Him and Jacob have been having an eternal discussion about the nature of man.

The whole point of this show is that it is an exploration of right and wrong, good and bad and ultimately free will and fate. Jacob believes that people have the capacity to be good all we need to do is to be directed to make the right choices. MIB disagrees, he believes once differing societies clash we ultimately show ourselves to be evil. HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF.

Alpert is the messenger ignorant of who is instructing him. As such MIB and Jacob instruct him in a manor that keeps their disparate identity secret.

EVERYONE IS A PAWN. They take it in turns to influence the actions of the LOST people. I emphasize this word because the only people who they bring to the island are people who arent set in their ways.

As such they experiment and make a wager. A slave ship filled with LOST souls is brought to the island. Jacob (wearing white) takes the first turn. What will men given their freedom do, and religion do? I cannot say whether he liberates the slaves or not, but ultimately Alpert does something which acts to prove Jacobs point about man and he is rewarded. Jacob wins round one. As such as part of the wager he can do as he sees fit without interference from MIB and he establishes the temple society we see who are all rewarded with eternal life. MIBs turn (after all white moves before black). This takes place quite a considerable time late. The Dharma scientists arrive and as it is not Jacobs turn he cannot interfere. Lets see what the established society will do when they are met by their polar opposites. Subsequently Ben is enticed into the others camp by the whispers (MIB) and he kills of the entire Dharma crew and subsequently rousseaus team. MIB wins this round. Jacobs punishment is his imprisonment in the cabin. (Notice how he only starts to appear when the line is broken).

As with when it was Jacobs go, MIB is now allowed a period of time to influence the people. They form a hardline religious sect of people who are the others we know today.

Final round. Are science and religion reconcilable?

You will notice that all the things that happened in Jacobs turn were firmly routed in mysticism and religion (Smoke judgment monster, baptism pool that heals, immortality in eden). All the things that happen in MIBs turn are more science fiction (the ability to move the island, time travel etc). This goes back to my earlier point about scientific and religious discussion about free will and destiny.

Final round. Are science and religion reconcilable?

Its winner takes all this time. I am not sure at this point if they take turns anymore. They draw various people to the island who all have very different outlooks on the world. Particularly interesting is the juxtaposition of Locke, the naturist, and Jack, the scientist. They are fate and free will personified.

The game of chess is about to come to its conclusion. This obviously is not representative of the entire show there are loads of things i havent even touched on, but i believe this is close to the general themes of the show and the motives of Jacob and MIB. Neither are good or bad, they just have different outlooks on life.

Let me know if you think at the very least what ive said is interesting or if its complete nonsense!

February 12 2010 at 7:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Takayo

Holy crap dude! I just watched this episode on DVR like, 2 hours ago, but I'm glad I cam back to read the review and the comments here because yours is definitely a winner. The only thing that doesn't necessarily fit with me is the MiB's goal? If he really wants to go home, then what home is he speaking of?

I'm in agreement with neither being good or bad most especially, they just each have different goals- Jacob seems to want to stay on the island for eternity, and MiB wants to leave and return to wherever he's from.

Also, does anyone else find it hilarious that the actor that plays Jacob also plays Lucifer in Supernatural?

February 13 2010 at 12:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cret

So here's a theory... what if we are watching a linear story that is flashing between act 1 and act 2 of the final season?
That is, the island story will culminate in the eventual sinking of the island which suddenly puts them back on the plane, bruised Jack and all. Then we see what everybody does next (including Kate)

February 11 2010 at 9:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordon Werner

When Kate and Jun were tracking Sawyer with the two temple guards and they found the trip wire ... what was up with the comment that Rousseau (the french lady) had been dead for years. One of the guards interrupted the other and prevented him from finishing his statement ... but what was up with that?

February 11 2010 at 3:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Kim

I think he was referring to Claire. With the comments comparing "dark" Claire to Rousseau, I think that he was referring to Claire as the one who had set those traps.

February 11 2010 at 9:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dogen

@Locke_hunts_destiny: "Are we supposed to idly stand by as the writers shamelessly introduce new characters who have been on the island since the beginning? THE TEMPLE? What a literary cop out."

well, yes, actually.

i think new characters being introduced at this point with a bonafied connection to the island is cool. the introduction of newbies if you will is what keeps the show fresh. in the past, we got the others, then then widmore's agents, then the dharma initiative, then jacob's disciples, then jacob and MiB. now the templars. so there's precedent for introducing a new group in every season.

but we've never been in the inside of the temple before. so now we get to see what goes on there.

how is that a cop-out?

is that less of a cop-out than two parallel timelines? thuink about it.

February 10 2010 at 10:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dogen

@chuba: "Now that we know that people can be claimed I suppose when Richard Alpert tested young John Locke at the orphanage, he was actually looking for signs that John had been claimed by the enemy."

interesting theory. but for that to be true, why would Richard go ahead and make Locke the Leader of the Others if there was even a remote chance he'd be claimed? Richard even got a clue, when he chose the wrong item, yet still welcomed him.

@mbane: "Who is the leader of the Others? They say it is Jacob, but nobody of the besides Alpert didn't see him (so far the only character which is confirmed as non aging - possibly dead and/or claimed). But he is the enemy of the MIB. Maybe MiB is Jacob to Others. Their actions were mostly evil so far. Or the Jacob is evil and can transform to smoke also. There is to much inconsistency, I would like to see how the writers will explain them."

the Temple Others have been referred to in earlier seasons. if you think of them as an inner circle of acolytes compared to the other Others led by Ben, with richard as go-between, there's more conssitancy than you realize. i dont think they're any less antagonistic than the Others were at first. Furthermore Smoke-ness Lockester has been hinted at a few times, but there's nothing really to connect Jacob with Smokey (sound FX, foreshadowing, etc.) thus, smokey is smokey and jacob is jacob. er, was jacob. i dont really think the Templars are evil--otherwise they would have shot everyone on sight--but they do have an agenda. Unless Jacob is evil and has been all along, and MiB is good and has been all along. but that's somewhat unlikely. i do think we'll see some ambiguity in both archetypal characters before its over, but i think its more dark/light or black/white (with gray in the middle) than absolute moralism. only Hurley so far out of all the main characters has been morally pure with no ulterior motive.

February 10 2010 at 10:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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chuba

@Dogen: "interesting theory. but for that to be true, why would Richard go ahead and make Locke the Leader of the Others if there was even a remote chance he'd be claimed? Richard even got a clue, when he chose the wrong item, yet still welcomed him."

He did pass the test because he did not pick the right item and therefore was not claimed. But you're right, Alpert had put alot of energy in John and he seemed very disappointed that John didn't pick the correct item.

Regardless, the whole test thing only makes sense when an entity could potentially have entered his body otherwise how could he possibly recognize any of the items. So I turn my thesis around: Richard was not looking for the enemy but for a friend in John. Both sides can claim people while they are unborn, explaining the various events happening to pregnant women on the island.

Watching that test scene again, John could have also chosen a baseball glove. Dogen was playing with a baseball in this episode. Coincidence? I know, Baseball is big in Japan too : )

February 10 2010 at 11:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mayraa

love lost!! ... i love coming to read these recaps and especially love all the comments.. its half the fun.. so are the flashsideways suposed to be alt reality or before they get to the island? or after evrything happens?

February 10 2010 at 9:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mbane

As I remember the Temple is a home of the smoke. The french team was attacked in front of the temple and the Daniel boyfriend was pulled to the Temple by the smoke. All the people connected you refer as connected to MIB (smoke) as Danielle, Alex, Kristian, Klaire have been seen in the temple. Why the Others in the temple didn't intervene in such cases. Who is the leader of the Others? They say it is Jacob, but nobody of the besides Alpert didn't see him (so far the only character which is confirmed as non aging - possibly dead and/or claimed). But he is the enemy of the MIB. Maybe MiB is Jacob to Others. Their actions were mostly evil so far. Or the Jacob is evil and can transform to smoke also. There is to much inconsistency, I would like to see how the writers will explain them. Or they simply made some serious mistakes.

February 10 2010 at 9:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Erin C

The temple is the home of the smoke ... I think that people are missing the fact that the "Jacob" that visits Hurley may not have been Jacob. What happens if MiB inhabits "Jacob" and tells Hurley to take Sayid to the temple. The Others have always been the "bad guys" - so why are we so easily thinking they are finally good? I don't get it either - but the thought that Jacob going to Hurley was a ruse just popped into my mind.

February 11 2010 at 1:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chuba

Now that we know that people can be claimed I suppose when Richard Alpert tested young John Locke at the orphanage, he was actually looking for signs that John had been claimed by the enemy. I dare say he did this not to find out if John was their designated leader but wanted to investigate if John was to become the ultimate threat. He also visits him right after his birth (he's had infections too, btw.) and I wonder if there is more significance to that early visit.

Maybe there is a way to 'be claimed' before being born, which could also be the reason why women can't receive children on the island (not allowed by higher powers) and also, why pregnant Claire received so much attention from the Others - and finally, why the Others were so interested in killing Rousseau's baby girl but not her.

Counter-loophole measures all along?

February 10 2010 at 8:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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