This is going to be a relatively quick Quick Hits, as I’m swamped with work and it’s late, but I wanted to get some of my thoughts down on paper… err… keyboard and pixels. Anyways, this was the type of episode that I gather a bunch of the action starved folk were hoping for. A lot happened and there wasn’t really a whole lot of tangential bits; provided, however, there was a distinct focus on bringing Claire back into the fold.
As I’ve noted in the past, I’m not a big fan of the rejuvenated, Rousseauian Claire. Emilie de Raven may be one heck of a looker, but she’s no Charlize Theron and she can’t pull off acting while not being attractive. It didn’t help that her character has been in limbo more than Michael, et al. They at least gave her something to work with in this episode, putting a concerted focus on her relationship with Jack. Both in the sideways universe and on Island, we see Jack and Claire meeting for the first time as knowing-brother and sister.
This character rehabilitation did some good, making her slightly more useful than Zombie Sayid; however, they’re still stretching and trying to make the Kate-Claire tension work. Unless they end up wrestling in baby-oil, it’s just not going to be all that great a television. In fact, the best part of the Kate-Claire interaction was Sawyer emphatically insisting that Claire be left behind and explaining that she isn’t the same woman they left on the Island. Again, this was a bit of the producers speaking the minds of the audience, but it also served an important part of the plot line… at least I hope. I do hold out some belief that the producers have good reason to keep Claire and Sayid in tow.
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