Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Review: Lost 3.6: I Do

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Kate and Jack are reunited. From Wikia
Lost - Season Three, Episode Six - I Do
Written 27/2/14

Our six-episode arc comes to a close with a Kate episode - one which so mangles together the conclusion of this story with the show's resident Love Triangle that it's often difficult to tell the difference. I don't know whether I've said this before (although I probably have), but I find Lost's love triangle completely and utterly tedious. Either choice has major problems, and the end solution to the plotline involves Kate settling down with Jack, finding out that he's a spousal abuser and then staying with him all the way to Generic Religion Heaven. And yeah, this review will contain spoilers for the later seasons, because that's unavoidable when talking about the frustrating antics of Kate, Jack and Sawyer.
     Jack admits that he can do the surgery, but he says he'd much rather watch Ben die slowly than help him on the offchance that he's started telling the truth. Taking drastic action, Ben has Juliet bring Kate to Jack's cell, wherein she tells Jack that Juliet threatened to kill Sawyer if he doesn't do the op. This only makes him angrier, until Ben deliberately allows him out of his cell to show him a post-coitus Sawyer and Kate on the security camera. Having now agreed to do the surgery, he goes ahead as normal but takes the opportunity to wound Ben internally and use his life as leverage to allow Kate and Sawyer's escape. On the main Island, Locke buries Eko in the jungle and finds a message on his Prayer Stick which spurs him forward. In Kate's flashback, she marries policeman Kevin (Nathan Fillion) but, after a periodic heart-to-heart with chasing US Marshall Edward Mars, she drugs him and leaves him.
     A lot of this episode's theme and characterisation revolved around Kate and her inability to "stay put," contrasting her restlessness in married life to Kevin with her decision to stay behind with Sawyer in this episode. Good in theory, but I think that most of the relationshippy stuff that goes on this episode is just for the spectacle, and characterisation wasn't much consulted. Jack too, actually. I'm never quite sure what his investment is in any of thing he does in this episode - he's spiteful towards Ben when he was true to his word with Michael and Walt, and saving someone's life is a pretty massive thing that might buy him some kudos. And when he finds out that the woman he's cultivated an obsession with in time at all is in fact having sex with his arch-rival (who romantically is actually far more compatible with in about every possible way), he goes out of his way to jeapardise all of their lives. One thing that I kept wondering was why Ben's life is such a big bargaining chip - he keeps making The Others do weird shit that gets them nowhere, and at least one of them wants him dead.
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Kate and Sawyer do the do. From Wikia
     I think the problem with this six-episode arc was that, while it was perfectly enjoyable, it just didn't feel necessary. The seperation of these six episodes from the rest of the season gives the plot of this arc more significance than it can really handle, and episodes of Lost's pacing do not a good mini-series make; British TV is much better in that regard. And, to drive a nail in the coffin for me, this highlighted main plot was to do with a love triangle storyline which is quite frankly unnecessary to the story. Jack's attachment to Kate and her eventual concession to his advances add nothing to the show, and the attempts to develop Jack's psych issues just turn him into a dangerous obsessive - a man whose behaviour has barely changed from his pre-island flashbacks. Strange how it always comes back to that, really.
      I Do finished off this arc in both expected and unexpected ways. We all knew what had to go down - at least one or two of the captives would a way to escape, Jack would end up doing Ben's surgery and holding him hostage for it. But it also focused on the triangle a hell of a lot more than I thought it would, especially with the other plotlines rubling on over on the main island which, when they're given some stimulation, fuse together to form some quite captivating stuff in the season proper. I enjoyed I Do a lot, as I've enjoyed getting back to Lost, but I will admit that I see why so many people were turned off the show by this arc and, considering the one or two stinkers yet to come in this season, I don't blame them.

Thanks.

NEXT WEEK: Richard Alpert arrives and we find out Juliet's backstory as we find out that the survivors are definitely Not In Portland.

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