by Sarah Carbiener
“Wait, when did that plane crash?”
“It was like two days ago because the second half of last season was all one day, and the temple stuff was just the day after that.”
“No, it’s been at least a week.”
“What about Jack’s ugly scar thing on his face?”
“It doesn’t tell time; it’s just inconsistent make-up.”
This is a snippet from the confused, hilarious conversation that ensued at my weekly Lost viewing party once the credits rolled on this week’s episode, “Recon.” While I was thrilled that this was an episode about Sawyer, another of my favorite characters, this conversation points out everything that was wrong with this week’s show. If it had been a genuinely good Sawyer story, my friends and I would have been babbling somewhat incoherently about how amazing and brilliant he was, and wasn’t “Locke’s” new nickname hysterical?
Although the first fifteen minutes were great, seriously great, as in the off-island scene **SPOILER ALERT** where Sawyer starts to run his usual con on a woman he’s just bedded and when she pulls a gun on him, he reveals that he’s an undercover cop! And his partner is Miles! Sheer brilliance!
But then this whole reveal off-island is wasted as it just drags out Sawyer telling Miles something we’ve all known for years: Daddy shot Mommy and then killed himself and Sawyer will murder the man responsible. All the off-island scenes were literally Miles telling Sawyer that he could tell him anything, or demanding Sawyer tell him the truth and then Sawyer being a damaged, obsessed guy hunting down the actual, um, Sawyer. (No wonder Lost fans sound insane to people who don’t watch the show.) **END SPOILER ALERT** While the off-island scenes run on auto pilot, the home viewers have time to worry about the convoluted timeline of the past few seasons.
The island scenes weren’t much better. Unlike last week’s episode, where I had no idea what Ben was going to do in his incredibly life-threatening, life-changing situation, I could foresee all of Sawyer’s moves this week. He’s a con man. He’s done with the others and Jacob and the Dharma Initiative so he’s looking out for number one and the select few he still gives a damn about. And that’s exactly what he does in the most predictable manner ever, and he doesn’t even coin any awesome new nicknames doing it!
The only surprise this week, other than the previously mentioned spoiler, was that I didn’t hate Kate. She was the closest to being outright murdered that she’s ever been and, though I was initially disappointed that she didn’t bleed out, I actually enjoyed the rest of her scenes. Go figure.