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Born to Run

January 27, 2010

So this is the Kate episode that calls back to the bank robbery one earlier this season. Funny that I thought this didn’t happen until the next season. Not a lot to say.

Island mythology: 3.5 out of 10. The hatch is discussed a bit more, but more pertinent was Walt’s foreseeing something bad happening if the hatch is opened. At this point, it was most likely meant by the writers to add some mystery to the hatch, and to again exemplify Walt’s ability to “see” things. Whether or not Walt was able to see all the way to endgame, which started its progression by the opening of the hatch is up for debate, as there is no way of knowing exactly what the creators had come up with at this point. But taken at face value, Walt’s warning has a bearing on everything else that happens after this point.

Philosophical concepts/ongoing themes: 0 out of 10. No major themes or concepts are explored here.

Character development: 6.75 out of 10. I had posted earlier that this is probably my favorite Kate flashback. As I watched again, it just didn’t grab me this time. Sawyer’s comment that Kate doesn’t care about anything but herself (that’s akin to the pot calling the kettle black) plays off well against the flashback with her high school sweetheart. And the jockeying for authority and the leadership position between Jack and Locke (the discretion conversation) is nicely done as well. With one line of dialogue, Locke brushes Jack’s accusations and insistence away, and with the look on Jack’s face, it’s clear that Locke has the upper hand. That’s what is so great about a lot of the dialogue and character reactions in LOST. The ones with the most meaning are always understated. Of course, there are always going to be moments of shouting, of loud conflict. But the moments that seem to matter the most are always the quiet ones.

Importance of episode to series: 3.5 out of 10. Locke’s continued successes in his power struggle with Jack, one of which is shown here, are not vitally important overall, but they do add up and have an impact on the overall story. Other than that, the first explicit reference to the possible dangers of opening the hatch (from Walt, which he seems to have come across psychically) is contained in this episode.

Personal enjoyment of episode: 5.75 out of 10. This is another solid bridge episode, the last of the season. It’s not quite as strong as the last episode, but in finalizing the main plot points before the finale (getting ready to launch the raft, getting ready to open the hatch), it does what it sets out to do. The poison plotline does seem a bit contrived, as it’s mainly there to pad the episode to give some bearing to Kate’s flashback. It also seems to be there to test everyone’s loyalties before the finale. This plotline seems forced, and is a bit conventional (and when I say conventional, I’m mainly referring to it seeming paint-by-the-numbers…too “screenwriterly”). Because some episodes just flow so smoothly and naturally, Shannon’s subplot in stealing the gun in the last episode and the whodunnit poison subplot in this one, while not bad, just seem flat by comparison.

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