And this is what we waited months for? All summer we've speculated. Theories. Clues. Endless clues. And then last night we learned ... what again? Oh yeah, now I remember ... diddly squat.
Don't get me wrong, the first five minutes were amazing. The Others have home stereo systems? They bake muffins? They have a freakin book club? Well, that seemed mundane ... and, frankly, a little depressing. But a neat little subdivision in the middle of a "deserted" island? Damn ... I didn't see that coming.
But aside from those first five minutes, how did this episode advance the storyline? Benry (Ben/Henry) is the leader of the others? Nope ... already knew that. Jack's a control freak with trust issues? God, who doesn't know that? There's a guy somewhere in South America living on the equator in a cave, wearing a loin cloth, and eating bugs by campfire light ... and he knows Jack is a control freak with trust issues.
I just wasn't impressed. No ... worse than that. I was disappointed. This is their fall premiere episode? All I'm saying is that it better grab my attention soon. I love Charlie ... I love Hurley ... I love Locke. Conversely, I don't give two shits about Juliet, Benry, or Chachi ... who was obviously a plant, by the way.
But since we're already talking about it ...
I think that whole "Jack opens the escape door while Benry runs, abandoning Juliet" thing was all one big mind-fuck on Jack. Think about it ... if Benry hadn't left Juliet there, Jack would've drowned ... because he wouldn't have known to push that emergency button. The whole situation was designed to bond Jack and Juliet and help her gain his trust.
While we're discussing the whole dolphin/shark tank issue ... why, oh why, would a dolphin tank have an electrical intercom system in it?
Chachi/Carl was obviously a plant ... and I'm surprised our favorite con-artist fell for the "You run that way!" scam. Wonder what Sawyer would've found if he followed him into the jungle instead?
And that dossier of Jack's life? Isn't it more likely that they put a little truth serum into the drip that went into his elbow ... instead of the Others having an advanced telecom system that allows them to get a detailed report of someone's entire life and their family's lives from a remote tropical island? Juliet told him what he wanted to hear. She broke him down. It's Guantanamo Bay ... Dharma style.
Oh ... one more thing ... a word of advice to all you future television writers out there. If your character isn't sleeping with someone's wife, all you have to do is have them say, "I'm not sleeping with your wife" ... do not have them say ... "You need to let this go."
That is what we are
No one in-between
How can we be wrong
Sail away with me to another world
And we rely on each other, ah-ah
From one lover to another, ah-ah
Kenny Rogers - Islands In The Stream