Quick Hits: LOST S6, E6 — “Sundown”
I wasn’t really wild about last night’s episode. It was a Sayid based episode that focused on themes of evils (with minor contrasts to goodness); however, the story was somewhat dragging at times. In the Island timeline, we have the confrontation between Not-John (as I have decided to call him, the homage should be self evident) and the Temple people, with Sayid as a pawn of each side. In the alternate universe, we see a more placid Sayid as he tries to accept his past and the fact that he pushed his Nadia into marrying his brother.
The one interesting element of the episode that I caught was an allusion (though I admit this may be imagined on my part) to the idea of a creation egg. First, why I think there’s some legitimacy here: we have two pretty decent references to eggs. Martin Keamy is eating eggs and offers them to Sayid. Additionally, we see Sayid trying to piece back together a broken vase, implying a Humpty Dumpty type of concept. Yeah, I know I might be stretching, but hear me out. But ultimately my idea is based on the fact that I keep coming back to the Dogon religion each time I hear Dogen’s name.
Egg creation or “world egg” theory exists in many cultures; however, a couple of the most prominent include the Dogon myth in which the creator begins creation by placing two embryonic sets of twins in an egg. The two male twins represent good and evil, with Yurugu serving as the sinner and temptor and Nommo as the undefiled brother. As a side note, the creation myth includes the concept of escaping the egg too early (as Yurugu did) and trying to return to roll back the effects of that escape. Other religions such as the Pangu involve the breaking of the egg with the Yin and the Yang of good and evil separated by the hemispheres of the egg.
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So what of eggs here? We see in the episode two instances of rebirth or, if you will, creation of Sayid’s path. In it, Sayid makes a distinct choice to take the path of justifiable evil. In the alternate universe, he kills usurer Keamy in cold blood after disarming him. On the Island, he enacts revenge on Dogen and the Temple people after they twice attempted to convince others to kill him. And each case involved eggs of some form. With Keamy, the egg was quite literal; however, with the Island we have Dogen’s tale of his son and the dropping of the baseball orb.
Sayid is asked to make direct choices between good and evil in the episode, though I readily admit that good and evil are especially murky now on the Island.
I know my thought process needs a little more depth and working out, but I do think there might be something there. In any regard it is late and I need to throw out the rest of the quick hits:
- Keamy may be more disliked (relative to Nicki and Paolo, who were downright hated), but I was happy his return was limited to just 5 minutes. His capped teeth, if nothing else, are enough to make one yearn for Matt Dillon’s dental wares in There’s Something About Mary.
- I continue to have a hard time dealing with ratty, crazy Claire. Her “it puts the lotion on its skin” moment was actually pretty decent, though her lack of a reaction to Kate explaining what happened to Aaron was downright odd. She should have flipped.
- The bizarre showing up of Ilana, Frank and Ben was a bit off. They happen to show up just when Not-John breaches the compound? And why was Dogen all that kept out the MIB? If the son’s death timeline is in any way consistent with the alternate universe (in which Dogen’s son was approximately the same age as David Sheppard), Dogen has not been on the Island long enough to truly represent the only reason the MIB cannot penetrate the Temple — note that this role really ought to be filled by someone truly timeless like Ricardo Alpert.
- The showdown between Sayid and Dogen felt a bit oddly placed. Where the battle between Sayid and Hurley’s assassins seemed appropriate in Season 5, here it was overchoreographed and involved a somewhat bizarre act of mercy tied to Dogen’s son’s baseball getting knocked over. I’m not sure why Damon and Carleton decided to go this route.
- The temptation offered to Claire and Sayid seems far more pricey than that which tempted Sawyer… which leads me to ask where on Island is Sawyer? He appeared to hop on the Not-John train in an event that should have preceded the attack, so where is he? I also found it intriguing that Jacob offered Dogen a similar deal (returning a loved one) to come to the Island. Juliet was drawn by the same sort of savior promise, as well (this time from Ben and Richard).
- I don’t really know why Sayid told Ben that it was too late for him to be saved at the pool after he killed Dogen and the translator. Sayid has made his bed, following a long tradition of him putting aside his best efforts to be good, choosing instead to do what comes most natural to him. He readily has joined Not-John, which leads one to believe that he thinks he has chosen evil, finally. This might tie through to him not be able to show Keamy mercy.
- What happened to Ben after he left Sayid? I don’t think he made it to the passageway with Ilana and crew. Also, how did Ilana, Frank, Sun and Ben make it into the Temple?
- I’m quite intrigued to see why Jin was in the freezer.