TV Review: Lost Episode 2.02

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

This week's episode of Lost titled "Adrift" was said to have answers to all of our questions. However, if this episode did anything at all it added more questions. When last we left Jack and Locke, Jack was in a stand-off with Desmond with Locke's life at stake. Instead of going back there, we go back in time to see how Locke got to where he was. Locke goes down the hatch when he loses Kate down it. He does en up finding her, but Desmond finds them. At first, Desmond thinks Locke is some man he is looking for, and Locke plays along until he doesn't pick up on some kind of message Desmond has for him. Locke fails the test, and Desmond then takes him and Kate prisoner.

At first, Desmond wants Kate to tie up Locke, but Locke convinces Desmond that Kate is the dangerous here because she is a fugitive. While Locke is tying her up, he slips her a knife just before Desmond puts her into a dark room. Kate does manage to free herself and turn the light on in the room only to discover she has been placed in some kind of storage room with a whole stock of food. Definitely enough food to last for a good long time for one person or a good number of them. After a candy break, Kate makes her way up into the air shafts and crawls through the system of ducks there. She makes it to one of the openings in time to hear the music to begin playing and for Jack's arrival. However, we stop at the same scene we did last week here. With Jack going, "You."

At the end of last season, four had gone to sea on a raft built by Michael and the others. Walt was taken hostage by some men on a boat, and the raft exploded. On this episode, we learn their fate. Michael and Sawyer are in the water with no sign of Jin, Walt or the other boat. Sawyer pulls Michael out of the water and revives him. Michael is determined to find his son, and he keeps yelling for the boy in hopes that Walt will hear him.

While staying on a piece of a raft, Michael and Sawyer don't get along at all. Sawyer also has been shot, and he digs out the bullet with his bare hands. Ouch! Sawyer eventually finds his own piece of raft, but the two aren't alone. There is a shark joining the party, and we all know three's a crowd. With a bit of drifting and time, the two find one an even bigger piece of the raft, and with the current they drift back to the island where they began. Just as they reach land, Jin finds them, but Jin seems to be on the run, tied up and screaming one word over and over: Others. As the episode fades to black, we get our first look at what the others look like. A brief look, but they don't look friendly.

The flashbacks in the episode are Michael and Walt centered. We see Michael fighting for custody of Walt when he was younger. There is a minor court battle here, and in the end his ex-wife Susan pleads with Michael to give up on his son, which he ends up doing. Michael signs all his parental rights to Walt away.

Some things I noticed during this episode:

  • Charlie has one of the evil Virgin Mary's filled with heroin bags from the airplane Boone and Locke found. We see this in a short scene back at the camp when Jack leaves to go in search of Kate and Locke.

  • When Michael is saying good-bye to young Walt, he gives him a bear - what appears to be a polar bear. Don't we all remember what happened with the polar bear on the island last season. Nice little connection here.

  • The food. Why have a underground home with all this food? How long has Desmond been underground. The markings on the walls of the hatch just seemed to be a lot. Months? Years? Why is he down there? It seems he thinks he is the only person left on the planet because of his reaction to Kate and Locke talking about the plane crash. I loved how the first thing Kate goes for in the food stash is the candy. Hey, a girl has to have her candy! Also what is the symbol on the food and what about that same symbol appearing on the shark?

  • When Michael and Sawyer first find the piece of raft, they hear someone else screaming. It sounded like Jin to me, but then we find out Jin was taken by the others. This means they were still around when Michael and Sawyer dragged themselves out of the water. Why did the others leave them behind? Why just take Walt and Jin?

  • What is the purpose of typing in the sequence of numbers into the computer? What does that do? Does it protect the island and the world from some horrible thing? What will happen if the numbers aren't inputted? What about Walt's warning? "Don't push the button. The button is bad." If the clock does reach zero will it set them all free from whatever loop they are in on this island?

  • How about the one? Who is it? It wasn't Locke. Could it be Jack? How about Sawyer? Or Hurley? Since Hurley knows about the numbers and their cursed nature could he be the one Desmond is waiting for?
I really loved this episode, but I don't think it answered many questions. It only created more for me. Questions about the hatch, Desmond, the others? So many questions here, and only so few answers. With each week that passes with this show we're left wanting to know more of its story. I can't wait for next week's episode. We'll see a new character introduced when Michelle Rodriguez joins the show. Another survivor of the plane crash that spent some time talking to Jack in the airport bar before take off. Nice addition to the cast. We'll see what her character adds to this never ending puzzle of a show next week.


Scott said...

I totally missed hearing anyone screaming other than Mike and Sawyer but I'm not entirely sure that Jin was picked up by the Others. I'm pretty sure the boat high-tailed it out of their after they blew up the raft. Plus I'm not sure the people who caught Jin in the end were the Others like Jin suggested. I think it's the people in the back of the plane who went all Lord of the Flies because all the food and supplies landed with the front half.

Personally I found the whole episode uneventful and the only part of it I found entertaining was the previews for next week.

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