Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Review: Lost 1.22: Born To Run

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Whachu doing, Kate?
Lost - Season One, Episode Twenty-Two - Born To Run
Written 11/6/13

Kate's character in the first few seasons is a great deal more complex than later seasons would end up portraying, and this fourth centric episode for the character, despite revealing slightly how over-exposed we've been to her, adds another huge dollop of complexity upon her backstory as well as sorting out a few more threads to be left hanging for next week's finale.
     In her flashback, we saw Kate visit childhood sweetheart Tom Brennan, the owner of the Toy Plane. She wants him to arrange a meeting with her dying estranged mother, and, his family out of town, he accepts. While they wait, they go and dig up a time capsule they buried fifteen years prior, and both of them look back on the way things went wrong. Tom arranges the meeting but Diane isn't as pleased to see Kate as she hopes, and Tom is still in the car when Kate runs from the police. In a shootout, Kate walks away unscathed while Tom is killed in the crossfire, leading Kate to blame herself for his death and hold so much value on the plane later in life.
     On the Island, and as Locke showed the Hatch to Jack and Sayid, Kate was spurned by led by Charlie's dreams of post-Island fame to try and earn a place on the Raft, reasoning that she has more boating experience than Sawyer. The hillbilly is understandably pissed, especially as crazy Dr. Arzt has said that they have to set sail by the next day or they've got no chance. Sun, not wanting Jin to go, accidentally poisons Michael, and when suspicions fall to Sawyer he outs her to the group as the Marshall's criminal. Everything continues on as normal, with the raft due to set sail the next day.
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Kate bonds with childhood sweetheart Tom.
     The scenes in the past revealed a new side to the character. I get the feeling that when she's with Tom we actually get to see the real Kate - someone a little more compassionate and vulnerable than her criminal past would have us believe. Her relationship with Tom felt very believable, especially in the Time-capsule scene, but there was a problem in the manner of his dispatch that made it feel very rushed - it lacked a certain momentum that robbed it of the empathy it so sorely needed.
     The main island storyline felt very much like a quick cleanup operation, trying to shove in some light character dysfunction after the past few weeks of intense.stuff. It didn't take away from Born To Run's better moments, but it certainly felt as though in the long run very little was acheived. Of course, that wasn't really the point. This week set the targets and the stakes for the three-part finale, and it worked very well in fitting in some character development as it did that. We're in for a kerazy ride, readers. Just you wait.

Thanks.

NEXT WEEK: Danielle says that The Others are coming, The Raft sets off on its journey and Jack and the gang prepare to blow up The Hatch.

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