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'Lost' - 'The Package' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 31st 2010 2:03AM
Yunjin Kim, 'Lost' - 'The Package'(S06E10) Sun and Jin. Star-crossed lovers no matter what reality you're in. But their relationship certainly isn't at the same point on Oceanic 815 in the beta-verse as it was in the alpha-verse; despite things looking rather similar when Jin was yelling at Sun to button up her blouse. How dare she show her sternum! It is rather titillating, isn't it?

Korean was flying everywhere in both realities this week, as alpha-Sun and alpha-Jin continued their molasses-paced efforts to reunite on the island. Meanwhile, we got a hint as to what it's like to be inside alpha-Sayid right now, and it doesn't seem like a place I want to go anytime soon.

As expected, the beta-verse adventures of Sun and Jin coincided nicely with Sayid's beta-adventure, meaning that we got to see the other side of the story that led to Jin being tied to a chair in that restaurant storage room.

BETA-VERSE (2004)

I'm actually starting to hope that Lindelof and Cuse have a plan to pull our entire core cast of characters together by the end of these flash-sideways stories. They're already criss-crossing into one another's lives, as we saw in Sayid's story a few weeks back. Now we just need them to all join forces to defeat Sylar -- wait -- no, that's the wrong show. Sorry about that.

How cold-hearted a bastard is Mr. Paik? I gather he'd hired Keamy to kill only Jin, leaving Sun heart-broken, but perhaps shattered enough that he can reel her back in. If only he knew the "damage" was already done and Sun was preggers with Jin's baby. Actually, alpha-Sun cheated on Jin, but we've been given no reason to believe beta-Sun has done the same thing.

It's interesting that Jin is still working for Sun's father, and yet their entire relationship was a secret from him; though we don't know if it ever really was. How did Jin come to be working for Mr. Paik if he never attempted to formally get involved with Sun? Or perhaps he was rebuked in his efforts to woo Sun, but hired anyway. I'm guessing this is one of those question that is irrelevant enough that no one cares.

The whole way in which Mr. Paik coordinated Sun and Jin's downfall was orchestrated masterfully, except that perhaps he didn't anticipate the money getting confiscated by customs. Certainly, Keamy probably wouldn't kill Jin without getting paid for it; though he may be more open to the idea now. I thought for sure he was dead after Sayid had killed him, but he clearly survived. And when Jin ran off with a shot Sun, he was more than likely still alive lying over there.

Perhaps this is how we'll connect with Jack, though as a spinal specialist, I'm not sure why he'd need to be involved unless the bullet is lodged close to her spinal cord. Look at that, just answered my own question.

ALPHA-VERSE (2007)

Sun and Jin have made absolutely zero progress in reuniting in the beta-verse, though it seems everything is conspiring to keep them apart here. If Sun even considers for a nanosecond going with Locke to see Jin at Locke's camp, we'd better have Widmore's people swoop in and tranq everyone so they can kidnap Jin. I don't remember Jin having anything to do with the grid maps during his time with the Dharma Initiative in the 1970s, but as a part of the security detail, he could have had reason to sign off on them.

Other than that, he seemed to be there so Widmore could tease him with pictures of Ji Yeon, Jin's daughter, from Sun's camera left behind at the plane landing sight. Widmore indicated that he is there to ensure that MiB-Locke doesn't get off the island, reaffirming the consensus opinion that to allow him free in the world would be catastrophic for all living life.

Maybe that's how they're going to end this saga: MiB-Locke gets out and the entire world is destroyed ... or maybe Sam and Dean Winchester show up in the nick of time with the Colt and blow his smokey brains out!

It's still not clear what's going on with Sayid, but he seems as confused by it as the rest of us. He revealed to MiB-Locke that he feels no emotional responses of any kind, which sounds rather horrifying (though I guess I wouldn't feel that way if I, you know, felt that way). MiB-Locke telling him that might be best for what's to come didn't set my mind at ease. Nor did his telling Claire that once Kate had been used to help get everyone necessary on the plane, what happened after that didn't really matter.

But what about that oh-so-genuine hug you gave Kate, Claire-bear? Do you mean to tell me that crazy doesn't mean sincerity? I'm really learning a lot this week.

There wasn't a great deal of forward progress this episode, as it was mostly about building up the tension and securing the players in their positions for the battle to come. Richard, back on track after talking with his dead wife through Hurley, is leading Jacob's people to the plane. Widmore is there, and MiB-Locke is ready to take the war to him. It looks like Hydra Island may be the battlefield, which is interesting considering that leaves the main island potentially untarnished.

The return of Desmond was inevitable, though I'm not sure at this point what his role will be, or its significance. Also, if Widmore took Desmond by force, as appears to be the case, then where's Penny during all of this, other than over on 'FlashForward.' Is she back to scouring the seas for her lost love, or is she set to be a fourth player in this impending showdown?

[Relive the experience with clips and full episodes of 'Lost' over at SlashControl.]

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Dan H

Faraday explained why Desmond is so special. With everybody else, whatever happened happened. You cannot go back in time and change things. You will do what you always did, and it will always end the same. However, Desmond is unique in that he can undo the past. He can change things in different times. He will be very important in defeating the MiB.

April 02 2010 at 10:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
patiodaddy

"Unfortunately they'd probably mistakenly kill Jacob, seeing as how Mark Pellegrino plays Nick, Lucifer's vessel, in "Supernatural"."

Don't laugh because I believe there is a connection somehow. Not only is Jacob on Supernatural but so is MIB/UnLocke. Supernatural is going through the start of the Apocalypse.......could this be because MIB/UnLocke escapes the Island? It is something to think about.

April 01 2010 at 12:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pats

Is it Jin's baby in the beta-verse? Jin was sterile before coming to the island. If the only reason Sun got pregnant was because of the island...if they never got there....wouldn't he still be?

April 01 2010 at 12:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rick

Enjoyed this episode. The package certainly had many different connotations. The package Jin had for Kemmy. The package the Sun was carrying. Desmond the package on the sub. I was glad to see Jack with that tomato. Hopefully, that will mean the Jin and Sun's love is strong enough for them to survive despite the death around them.

March 31 2010 at 4:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BradSmokie

Just thinking of the last episode "Ab Aeterno" when the glass held the "evil" inside the bottle, along with the cork or "island". Could the glass be the water surrounding the island??

March 31 2010 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BradSmokie

Just thinking of the last episode "Ab Aeterno" when the glass held the "evil" inside the bottle, along with the cork or "island". Could the glass be the water surrounding the island??

March 31 2010 at 2:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Says

"...to allow him free in the world would be catastrophic for all living life."

Wow! that is some real Hemingway wordplay there. LOL... At least all the non-living life will survive.

March 31 2010 at 2:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Takayo

"or maybe Sam and Dean Winchester show up in the nick of time with the Colt and blow his smokey brains out!"

Unfortunately they'd probably mistakenly kill Jacob, seeing as how Mark Pellegrino plays Nick, Lucifer's vessel, in "Supernatural".

Sorry, couldn't resist!

And Zoe certainly does look like she's the triplet of Tina Fey and Sarah Palin.

Other than that and Sun going crazy Asian (henceforth to be denoted as "CrAsian") on Richard, this episode doesn't stand out to me, at least in terms of new theories or revelations. Though it's quite possible that I'm just too burnt out to think of anything new.

March 31 2010 at 2:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dapete

No mention of the 2 funniest lines in Lost history?

"Why don't you just turn to smoke and float over there."
"James, I can't do that."
"Oh right, that would be ridiculous."

Followed by,

"Are we supposed to believe that she's suddenly lost her ability to speak English?"

"...says the man that communicates with the dead."

March 31 2010 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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breliedtke

I loved the "that would be ridiculous" line. Naturally, it came from Sawyer.

To the poster who thinks Zoe looks like Sarah Palin: I keep saying Tina Fey, so I am in agreement. I do not like the Zoe character at all, nothing to do with what she looks like. She just bugs.

March 31 2010 at 1:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Patrick

there is a typo at the begining of the alpha verse part when you say that they are making no progress in reuniting in the beta verse...you mean alpha...

March 31 2010 at 12:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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