1. There she is. She’s dangerous.
Okay, so Kate was a bad-ass in her pre-island life. That mugshot.
But as we take our first major character flashback – we see she’s not all bad. She goes back to save the farmer which ultimately leads to her being caught. This man who turned her in for reward money – she wasn’t about to let him die on the side of the road. And that favor that she was going to ask the Air Marshall right before Oceanic 815 explodes mid-air? The he makes sure the farmer gets the reward money.
I remember feeling really conflicted at the time about WHAT she could’ve done to be transported by an Air Marshall – but how she could be so kind to the farmer and seemingly so nice to everyone on the island. The two people didn’t match up.
2. Jack can’t make up his mind.
At first when Hurley sees the mugshot of Kate, Jack tells them it’s not their business.
Then Jack gets mad when she doesn’t tell him about her past after returning from the hike. She fills him in on the receiver but he could care less. “There’s nothing else?”
I was so disgusted with Jack when he said he saw her mugshot and HE wasn’t a murderer. He wouldn’t kill the Air Marshall. What’s with the accusation, Jack? He doesn’t know what she was in trouble for (although it was in fact murder).
So at the end of the episode – she says she wants to tell him what she did. But now he doesn’t want to know. It doesn’t matter. Who they were, what they did before this. Everyone deserves a second chance.
So why were you such a jerk the ENTIRE EPISODE?
And I seem to recall he brings this up in another episode, although I can’t remember which one. But I remember he specifically calls her out for her not telling him what she did. You told her not to! This was the start of my not liking Jack. I know a lot of fans of the show do and he’s meant to be the hero of the series. And I absolutely get that. But like every character on this series, he was flawed. And believe me – there are things I don’t like about Kate, Locke and some of the other castaways that I’ll get to in other episodes.
3. Jack can’t stop trying to save people.
When Sawyer first questions how many pills Jack is going to use to save the Air Marshall, it’s a relatively muted question. But in the larger scheme of things – why are they wasting so much time and effort to save him? Is it to find out the truth about Kate? Of course we realize later this is just a part of who Jack is. Even when people seem so far beyond saving (the Marshall, Boone, Charlie) – he will keep going, and going, and going. Even though Kate wants the Air Marshall dead for her own reasons, I do think she didn’t want him to suffer. And Sawyer was spot on that they shouldn’t be wasting medication on a man that was going to die anyways.
Kate gives the gun back to Sawyer and he shoots the guy. But of course instead of hitting him in the heart (or head) he hits him in the lungs. Which means Jack now has to kill the guy or it’s going to be an even more agonizing death than he was already looking at. Thus marking the beginning of the Jack/Sawyer hate each other relationship.
I love that Locke found Vincent and instead of giving him to Walt, he told Michael where he was so that he could give him to his son. Why doesn’t this carry weight with Michael? This was a big deal.
5. Sayid the leader.
This episode really shows Sayid in a leadership role. He was deciding that they wouldn’t say anything when they return. He was selecting people to take on roles (rationing food, etc.) around camp. And he was the one who came to Jack to tell him what “the others” (ha!) were saying about the marshall and his screams. Interesting how soon the group feels they don’t have a leader and Jack becomes the designated leader of the group.
- Who else thought the thing chasing Michael was another polar bear the first time?
- This episode was the first time I really began to dislike several characters: Jin and Jack chief among them. But watching this episode is a reminder of how much this changes for me later on. I was devastated by what happened to Jin. And although Jack was never my favorite – I did grow to understand why he was the way he was.
- Sawyer and the nicknames. First time we heard freckles! This was always such a joy each episode – to see what new nicknames he’d come up with, when he’d scream “son of a bitch!” or what he’d be reading. Even though in these early episodes he’s such a jerk – he was still a favorite for me.
- Love the ending with Hurley listening to his CD player and watching what’s going on around camp. After such a stress filled episode, it’s a nice relief. (PS – love Sayid throwing fruit to Sawyer!)
- But the ominous look of Locke at the end! I had no idea what to make of it. Is he a bad guy? Was that whole thing with Vincent a ploy? I think the writers just wanted you to believe he was this mysterious bad guy (hello knives coming soon) and I think it was a set-up for what was coming up next … Walkabout. The episode that hooked me on LOST.
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