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'Lost' - 'Recon' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 17th 2010 4:41AM
'Lost' - 'Recon'
(S06E08)
Mr. Ford was back at the center of 'Lost' for this week's installment. The flash-sideways started us off in familiar territory before veering sharply into the unexpected. Pieces and characters are starting to come together a little more in the beta-verse, with lots of interesting potential.

Back in the alpha-verse, we spent the entire episode with MiB-Locke and his motley crew of temple survivors. That meant Kate got to spend some quality time with Claire and the new and subdued Sayid. All in all, it was one of the most uncomfortable scenes I've ever seen on the show. Imagine being surrounded by familiar faces and yet none of them are who they are; it was like some horrible mirror universe sequence.

Sawyer wasn't there for Kate's awkward moment, because he was off on some secret mission for MiB-Locke. A mission that raised even more questions, while setting the stage for what will likely be the ultimate conflict for the season.

ALPHA-VERSE (2007)

Methinks our friend Sawyer may be in a bit over his head with this one. If he truly thinks he can just waltz away with a submarine while Widmore and MiB-Locke fight it out, he's underestimating the both of them. Or perhaps overestimating himself and Kate. It was interesting that even though Sayid and Claire are there, Sawyer is only interested in escaping with Kate. He hasn't even had time to realize that Sayid isn't ... right.

How harrowing was that scene when Claire attacked Kate, and Sayid sat by doing nothing. Both Naveen Andrews (Sayid) and Emilie de Ravin (Claire) turned in top-notch performances this week. Particularly, de Ravin, who was perhaps even more creepy when she broke down in tears hugging Kate. This is still the same woman who vanished on the island only to reappear later with Christian Shepherd in the cabin. What the hell happened to her? How much of the old Claire is still in there.

I imagine it's a lot of fun for Andrews, de Ravin and Terry O'Quinn (Locke) to get the chance to play these entirely different characters this season. Rarely does a television series actor get to stretch beyond one well-established personality.

Sawyer's trip to Hydra Island had me guessing. I'll admit to being a little naive, and fully buying Zoe's story about being the last survivor. I should have remembered Ethan's subterfuge from the first season. Luckily, a lifelong con-man like Sawyer isn't so easily tricked. I'm guessing that means the other survivors of the second plane were killed by MiB-Locke as the Smoke Monster? He didn't seem surprised they were dead, which begs the question of what he expected Sawyer to find over there. Did he suspect Widmore was there?

It looks like Widmore's people were going to send Zoe to the main island for the same reason Sawyer was sent to Hydra: recon. Instead, Sawyer got to make his offer to bring MiB-Locke right to Widmore's doorstep. He told Widmore he'd tell MiB-Locke that Hydra Island was empty of life. He then told Locke what he'd told Widmore, thinking that a fight between the two forces was the best thing. That would mean that MiB-Locke would have to completely lure Widmore and his goons out of the sub. And unless Sawyer or Kate know how to work a submarine, they'd have to commandeer its crew as well.

For the revelation of Sawyer's plan to be the big dramatic ending scene of the episode, I was a little disappointed. A half-baked scheme is your climax? You can do better than that. End it on that creepy hug Claire gave Kate.

BETA-VERSE (2004)

Anthony Cooper still "killed" James Ford's parents. Only beta-Sawyer isn't Sawyer at all. Instead of taking on the name of the con-man who led to his parents' deaths, James joined the police force and rose to the ranks of Detective, partnering with beta-Miles, of all people. I wonder if beta-Miles can talk to dead people the way alpha-Miles can?

In 'The Substitute,' when Locke and Helen discussed eloping, she suggested that they would have to invite Locke's father. This inferred that Locke and his father, Anthony Cooper, were on good terms. Now alpha-Locke met Helen after his father had conned him a few times, and now we have confirmation that beta-Cooper conned the Fords as well. Was Helen referring to Cooper as Locke's father, or some other figure? Maybe he's made amends for his wicked ways and become a better person. It's certainly an interesting dangling thread, that I suspect we'll get back to.

Events in this flash-sideways occurred two days after Ford returned from Australia. As such, I suspect Kate was fleeing the hospital when she slammed into Ford's car, leading to yet another encounter with familiar faces.

But before we could get to that, Miles set him up with Charlotte, of all the familiar faces. Apparently, our James Ford is a lonely, lonely boy, despite getting to sleep around -- and I do mean that sexually -- on the job. It was when Charlotte stumbled across Ford's "Sawyer" folder, tracking his efforts to find the man who conned his parents, that Ford lost his mind and the half-crazed Sawyer we've come to know and love made an appearance.

It was smart writing to have Charlotte reject him completely and totally when he tried to puppy-dog-eye his way back into her arms by way of an apology; that's something Kate's never been able to do. It established beta-Charlotte as a very strong person in her own right, which fits very well with the intensely alpha personality she displayed in her alpha's brief time on the island. Rebecca Mader was spot-on with her performance, reminding us once again how many great characters we've lost along the way. The island is practically barren now.

We were also treated to a quick peek at Charlie's brother, trying to track down where he might have gone off to after his arrest on Oceanic 815 in 'LA X.'

This was a very solid building episode for both the alpha-verse and the beta-verse, while offering a James Ford who definitely made better choices in his life, even while consumed with the same driving rage that alpha-Sawyer had. I'd like to believe that all the beta-verse storylines are going to connect in some grand 'Lost'-mosaic way that we can only scarcely imagine now, and then somehow connect with the alpha-verse in a way that blows my mind so much I'm eating through a tube in my stomach for the rest of my days.

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Pamela

Loved the Sawyer alternate 'verse. Was an excellent episode and Sawyer being a cop was such a good move.

March 22 2010 at 1:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MrWeen

I'm pretty sure that it's too late in the comments for anyone to respond but I didn't think that the dead bodies were from the plane. I thought that Hurley had bought all the plane tickets so that the only people on the flight were Jacob's followers, Lapidus and our 815's. My asumption was that they were the dead bodies from the temple and Flocke brought them over there. Remember when Ben was digging his grave and Flocke told him about the gun and I thought he told Ben to meet him on Hydra island to join him. Does this sound right?

March 19 2010 at 1:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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adhonus

Can the smoke monster carry physical objects over long distances? If so, then I like this idea. It's not like he eats the bodies.

March 20 2010 at 1:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tcinvb

I think Hurley bought all the remaining tickets in first class. There were plenty of people in the back of the plane.

March 23 2010 at 9:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Echy

I'm not sure this is true. Some of the happenings in the beta-verse seem to precede contact with Jacob. For instance Hurley met Jacob just before getting on the plane. So he should have believed he had bad luck. Another problem is that Jack had a 15 year old kid which would have preceded his meeting with Jacob in the hospital.

March 18 2010 at 3:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
salflyer

Fear that when the end comes, the same questions will be on the minds of the fans. Every episode leaves me feeling the end will "copy" the "Sopranos" and leave everyone wanting more. What is next? A titanic of a movie?

March 18 2010 at 9:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tri

My guess is that rabbit references are the standard nod to Lewis Carroll. Alice follows rabbit down the rabbit hole, and perhaps that's how the 2 universes will connect.

March 18 2010 at 3:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Picviewer

Next weeks Richard centered episode will be interesting. The more I've thought about it everyone assumes he was a slave at the time. I'm beginning to wonder if he was the Captain of the Black Rock and his crew mutinied or something so he'd be thrown into the brig in chains. Just looking at it from another angle.
But then thats assuming he was on the Black Rock and just wasn't thrown in there after it landed on the island again being used as a prison or such once people found him on the island.

March 18 2010 at 2:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Anthony

If the smoke monster took the form of Locke this season, WHO was the smoke monster in seasons 1 thru 5?

March 17 2010 at 9:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Gordy

@40

Christian Shepard. The last dead man to come to the island.

March 18 2010 at 8:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Guy

@41

False. Smokey took the form of John Locke, but not his body. Christain Shepard's body, on the other hand, was missing. Plus, Claire knows John isn't "John" but didn't comment on her father not being her father. He might actually still be him, since he doesn't appear to leave the island and his body in the beta-verse has disappeared. Maybe he's the protector of the island (Shepard could mean a lot of people - Jack could have just been the messanger, getting his father's body back to the island so Jacob can resurrect him. In season 4, Christain told Locke "I'm not Jacob, but i'm at liberty to speak in his behalf").

Now there's something to think about...

March 18 2010 at 8:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shamon

Great episode a little slow but then it started to build toward more stuff and desmond in the lock room .

March 17 2010 at 9:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jon

So have we confirmed/decided that the flash sideways stuff is what the people would be doing if Jacob had never interfered in their lives? It seems fairly obvious that's what's going on there (to me anyway).

March 17 2010 at 4:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jimmy

Not necessarily, since it was established that DHARMA came to the island and built the barracks before the island was submerged.

Maybe the shift in 1977 had to do with the dynamite on the Black Rock and not the explosion of Jughead...

March 17 2010 at 6:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hugeliver

The minute I SAW Zoe I thought "Man, Tina Fey is in EVERYTHING these days!"

March 17 2010 at 4:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Xolus

Zoey (Sheila Kelley) with glasses = Teh Hawtness.

March 17 2010 at 8:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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