Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Review: Lost 2.16: The Whole Truth

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Jin gets to be a complete arse in the first five minutes.
From Wikia
Lost - Season Two, Episode Sixteen - The Whole Truth
Written 14/8/13

Yep, guilt. Thought I'd hitched on a theme there. Just as all of the episodes since Collision have hinged their character progressions on guilt in one form or another, The Whole Truth gets out a big basket of guilt for Sun as she struggles with having to tell the truth. The Whole Truth, in fact. Hehe. Whereas, in something that I hadn't realised was pretty much unique in Lost up until a few weeks ago, a fair chunk of the character plot is shoved aside to deal with progressing the season's arc, with Henry Gale getting to be manipulative again and deliver another great speech and basically be such a terriffic actor that it's hard to put into words.
     In her flashback, Sun and Jin are trying to do the do and have been failing to get preggers for about a year. Jin gets her to go to a fertility doctor with him, who tells her that she has blocked Fallopian tubes. Meanwhile, she's been learning English from her former not-suitor Jae Lee (whom we met back in ...And Found) and begins an affair with him. The doctor who told her the news catches up with her and reveals that, scared of Jin's connections with the underworld, he lied because it is he, not Sun, who is really infertile. In her main island story, Sun gets morning sickness and has to barter with Sawyer for a pregnancy test. She is scared of telling Jin because she believes that since he is infertile off the island, that Jae Lee must be the father - not talking about the affair, she tells Jin about the baby anyway, hoping it'll all wash over. (Hint: it won't.)
     In the Hatch, Locke gets the upper hand on Jack and convinces Ana-Lucia to interrogate Henry Gale. She actually manages, despite her track record, to use the nicley-nicely approach, affording her with a map to the supposed site where his balloon crashed. Along with Sayid and a recovering Charlie, they go off along the path set out and find all the landmarks - but don't find the balloon. Yet. In the Hatch, Jack allows Henry to eat some serial in the main room of the Swan for "good behaviour," and in a very creepy scene he implies that the search party has been led into an ambush - all the while still denying his involvement, cheerfully.
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Beautiful cheeky manipulative bastard. From Wikia
     Like I think I said last time, I don't realistically see Jin and Sun as a couple - they're two people with very different needs, and while the star-crossed lovers thing is all well and good, I don't see anything in their personalities which would be complementary - to the point where I wonder why they got together in the first place. The genius of writing a relationship through its highs and lows is to see how changing characterisations over time hit and miss with the other persons' - but the personality changes in this relationship come out of nowhere, with this episode supposedly set very soon before Sun's first centric flashback, in which she is a weak and very downtrodden wife almost scared of leaving her husband. Here she's more fierce willed and she's having an affair with her English teacher and it's all howdy doody.
     I'm enjoying the continuing plot with Henry Gale a lot more than I am the rest of the plot, although this episode did add in some more development for Ana-Lucia over in that department. I really do think that while this episode did manage to capitalise on a lot of cool ideas surrounding Jin and Sun's relationship, that the core of their interactions still feels somewhat empty to me overall, and that really for me is part of the reason why Jin and Sun episodes just don't grab me at all with their centric characters. The Whole Truth, however, was saved from its watery boring fate by a strong script which incorporated well the season's ongoing arc.

Thanks.

NEXT WEEK: We find out about whether Henry Gale is telling the truth (guess) and Locke gets a bit trapped in the process. It's Lockdown.

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