The 'Lost' 5: What to look for in 'The Package'
Before I get to our weekly preview of yet another destined-to-polarize episode of "Lost," I feel compelled to issue an apology for an error I made in last week's dueling analysis, one that ignited a firestorm of criticism in the comments section.
In what Janine1 rightly characterized as a brain fart, I accidentally said that Jin and Sun got married in Tokyo instead of Korea. Why Tokyo? No idea. All I can say is that Liz and I are routinely working on the analysis after midnight, at the end of a 12-hour-plus work day, and sometimes, my mind sputters. Which is not an excuse for a dumb error, but at least an explanation. My sincere apologies to anyone I may have unintentionally offended.
Now that we've got that out of the way, let's talk more about Jin and Sun since tonight's episode -- entitled "The Package" -- is a Kwon-centric installment. Here are five things to ponder before tonight's episode unfolds. Beware of semi-spoilers.
1. Will Jin and Sun finally reunite?: The official description of tonight's episode says: "Sun and Jin desperately continue their search for one another." The question is whether they will actually find each other on the island in tonight's episode. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say: yes. For two reasons, neither of which is backed by particularly strong reasoning. But when has that stopped me before? The first: Yunjin Kim, who plays Sun, got married over the weekend. Which is clearly a coincidence, but I like to believe that reality and fantasy sometimes share the same time and space, and that a real-life union for Kim might mean a fictional reunion for her character. My second reason leads me to point No. 2...
2. "The Package": So what's that mean? I think the episode's title has multiple meanings. It undoubtedly has something to do with that package o' cash Jin brought with him to L.A., the same one that landed him in a freezer in Keamy's, and now, technically, Sayid's custody. Our fearless showrunners -- known and loved by you as the dynamic duo we abbreviatingly call LindeCuse -- suggest in this week's podcast that the title also may refer to something in Charles Widmore's possession. I'll also put forth a third option: Jin and Sun are a package deal. As Jin once said, "Wherever Sun goes, I go." Which means that either both Kwons must be considered candidates, or no Kwon is a candidate. Perhaps man and wife will have to make a choice about that issue tonight.
3. The grim reaper: Oh, he's coming: I raised this in a previous "Lost" 5 post, but it's worth raising again -- some of these characters, sadly, are going to start keeling over as we race toward finale time. According to Kristen dos Santos of E!, the demises will come later. But something "very disturbing" regarding a main character's well-being will shock us in tonight's episode. Could she mean Claire's sanity (or lack thereof)? Sayid's mental alertness (or lack thereof)? Or is it possible that Desmond really is stuck in that itty-bitty room on Widmore's sub as some have speculated? Hmmm...
4. Who built the statue of Tawaret?: Forget all that jazz about what lies in the shadow of the statue. That's soooo last season. The question of the moment, at least according to Dark UFO, is who built the statue that got destroyed by the Black Rock? In a poll on the site, a majority of readers believe we will learn more about the statue and who erected it. Personally, I'm not so sure. I think that could be one of those details that the writers leave to our fertile imaginations in favor of resolving other matters.
5. More old friends dropping by: In recent weeks, we've gotten to see old pals Liam Pace, the original Man in Black and Charlotte Lewis. Tonight we'll reconnect with another beloved figure. I won't spoil it by revealing who, but I'll say this: we have a nickname for him in the Dueling Analysis. And that nickname makes him sound Irish even though he's totally not.
That should keep you 'til tonight, right? No? Fine. Then watch yet another awesome, laugh-out-loud Sawyer montage, this time courtesy of Jezebel. And we'll see you in the analysis tomorrow morning.
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