Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Review: Lost 3.2: The Glass Ballerina

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Seriously, don't mess with the pregnant daughter of
a Korean mob boss. From Wikia
Lost - Season Three, Episode Two - The Glass Ballerina
Written 22/2/14

Choo choo choo, chattanooga. This week we follow what will be a slow and deliberate trend for this arc of slowly widening the net on all of our characters, this time allowing our our intrepid Love Triangle peeps to share the limelight with the blazing lantern of mediocrity that is a Sun and Jin episode. This is, however, a Sun and Jin episode which is bolstered by cool Others action, some half-decent character moments for Sun in the past and the introduction of two minor characters, both of whom will be dead by this arc's end. It actually feels quite weird that Lost's usual standalone masterpieces have (however temporarily) given way to this narratively clandestine arc, but I think I'm rather liking it.
     Over with The Others, Sawyer and Kate were put to work breaking rocks in a quarry by angry shouty man Danny Pickett, whose wife Colleen headed off with a group of Others to confront Jin, Sun and Sayid near their ferry dock. While Sawyer kissed Kate to cause a ruckus that would allow him to assess the Others' level of fighting capability, Sun was forced to kill Colleen as The Others sailed away on the Elizabeth. Benjamin Linus explained himself to Jack and promised him that he would go home if he co-operated, proving he meant what he said by showing Jack a clip of the Boston Red Sox winning the 2004 World Series. In Sun's flashbacks, we saw her super-powerful dad employing Jin to take out Sun's secret lover, Jae Lee. Jin, not told what Jae Lee has done, can't go through with it and simply threatens him, but Jae Lee commits suicide anyway in order to avoid Mr. Paik's rage.
     I get the feeling quite often that the storyline with The Others takes itself a little too seriously, and there's always that repeating niggling doubt that beyond Ben's fetish for psychological manipulation, there's no reason for The Others to be so... villainous, if you get my meaning. All of The Others' goals and beliefs are ultimately their own business, and whatever they want from The Survivors could have just been talked over. The Others are perfectly correct when they say that they're not fundamentally bad people - it just feels like the writing is forcing them to be so for the sake of the plot. (Where have I heard that happening before?) In the end, the Picketts (the most blandly evil of our villains) are quite fun to see backhanded, especially as Colleen is stupid enough to try to and approach an armed Sun when she knows all about the Paik family business.
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I'm a bad boy for breakin' her heart/
And I'm free, I'm free fallin' From Wikia
     The flashback business was a little off-centre. The two Jin/Sun episodes in Season One provided what felt like a very much simplified rundown of their relationship, and trying to fit everything else in around that often stretches credibility. While the presence of Jae Lee was useful last season to explain why Sun speaks English, the idea that Sun was having an affair with him comes out of the blue. While it comes as something of a non-sequitur given what we've seen before, it does lead into a number of different things - a concern over the identity of the father of Sun's baby, an insight into Sun's later vendetta against her father, and yet another sign that the asshole Jin we saw in House of the Rising Sun still hadn't lost his moral compass.
     This week had its missteps, and I'm still not as invested into this arc business as I'd like to be, but the rolling precedings are intriguing enough to make me want to carry on, as well as opening up yet another side of some of the show's less interesting characters. Only three of the six episodes in this arc manage to do that well - and the flunkers begin next week, where we see what happened to Locke as he miraculously survived an implosion.

Thanks.

NEXT WEEK: Desmond is naked in the jungle! Bernard did a funny run! Eko got kidnapped by a bear! And Locke awaits Further Instructions.

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