Due to how ridiculously long my last blog post was and how seemingly useless this episode was, my post for “The Package” will be much shorter.
Let’s hit the flash-sideways first. We see that Sun and Jin have a functional relationship in this timeline and this time around Sun wants to run away to America with Jin. We find out that the money that Jin lost at customs was to pay for Keamy to kill him. (Sounds a little poetic) Jin is taken to the restaurant that we saw him at in Sayid’s flash-sideways.
Sun’s father apparently found out about her secret bank account and closed it, thus keeping Sun and Jin from paying Keamy. Jin gets free thanks to Sayid helping him. Once Jin is free he shoots Mikhail Bakunin in his right eye (the same one in the original timeline…Karma, close to the word DHARMA…like the DI…snap!). In this shootout Sun is shot in the stomach and then tells Jin that she is pregnant. That is where this flash-sideways ended; only some closure, but adding a new twist. I bet they get to the hospital and Juliet treats them.
Moving to the original timeline, Jin is kidnapped and taken to Hydra Island to help Widmore and his people. During this time Jin is kept in the infamous Room 23. (This was the same place the Others kept Walt. As seen in a flashback, Walt exhibits a connection with birds and while being kept in Room 23 he shows this ability again. Watch this video; it is part of the “Lost: Missing Pieces.” collection.)
Back to the real, current plot, apparently Widmore and his people want to know where pockets of electromagnetism are on the Island. They know Jin can help them because they see that he made the maps back in the 70s. Widmore basically tells Jin that the world would be doomed if the Smoke Monster ever got off the Island and that is why he is there, to stop him from leaving.
Locke tries to get Sun to join him so he can take her to Jin. Sun does not trust him (good call) and begins to run from him. She smacks her dome right into a tree branch and thus looses the ability to speak English; she can still understand it and write it, but she can only speak Korean.
Locke returns to find his people tranquilize-ed. He revives Sayid and takes him to Hydra Island. Before they leave, Locke tells Claire that the reason Kate is with them is that she can get the last three people he needs in order to leave the Island. After that, “whatever happens, happens,” thus implying Claire can kill Kate. (So much for true forgiveness.) Locke gets to Hydra Island and talks to Widmore with Widmore’s portable sonar fence between them. Widmore says all he knows about “Locke” is “a combination of myths, ghost stories and noises in the jungle at night.” (A very cool thought and way to write that. Touché writers) The sonar fences would suggest otherwise. Smoke Locke then tells him that war is now upon the Island. (Finally, we have been hearing about this war for a long time and it’s between two sides we didn’t even know it could be between. When war was first suggested in season 4 we assumed it would be between Jacob’s people, the Others, and Widmore. Now it might appear that Widmore and Jacob are on the same side, but certainly the other side is the Smoke Monster. Didn’t see that coming until this season, or for those of us who assumed the Smoke Monster was the Man in Black last season.)
Richard returns to the camp and tells Jack and followers that they must destroy the plane. Sun is not happy about this and rants; however, no one can understand her. The last scene of the night was Sayid seeing Widmore’s people pull out “the Package,” Desmond, from the submarine. (Boom, twist!) Desmond is back on the Island!
A few quick thoughts. Is Jin fertile in the flash-sideways? He wasn’t fertile off-island in the original timeline. Or, is the baby someone else’s? Has Sun been having an affair in this timeline? Probably not since her relationship with Jin is good here, but who knows. I know Jin said they were not married, but are they really? Was that just to throw people off the scent of them having a relationship?
Between this episode and the previous one (Richard’s episode) I can now work out a theory I had for a long time. If you remember from season one and maybe even two, there was a lot of sexual tension between Michael and Sun. He walked up on her bathing; he connected with her well because he was one of the first, if not the first, to know she speaks English. They had a couple of awkward moments so until Ji Yeon was born I thought that Michael might have been the father. If you still do not believe that there was tension between them watch this video that ABC put out right before season 4 aired. It was part of a set entitle “Lost: Missing Pieces.”
Continuing on with my point, we learned in “Ab Aeterno” that one of the functions of the Island is for people to have a chance to redeem themselves, their pasts do not matter. So I was wrong about Sun and Michael ever actually being anything more than co-survivors (deep down I’m glad I was wrong, but it’s Lost so you have to expect a crazy twist) but what I failed to see at the time was that this was Sun’s chance at redemption. She had cheated on her husband before she came to the Island. On the Island she had another chance to be unfaithful, but she did not take it. She is good at heart, score one for Jacob.
It is interesting that Sun can only speak Korean now. This season is mirroring season one in many ways, this is another. When her and Jin get back together only one of them will be able to speak English, just like season 1. Speaking of which, when are they going to get back together? Please say before the finale. I was hoping they would have gotten back together in this episode. I just don’t want this to be hyped up too much and made into too much of a big deal.
Smoke Locke told Claire he needed three more people in order to leave the Island. I guess we are to assume he is talking about Jack, Hurley, and Sun, the other three potential candidates that are not in his group yet. Can he really physically not leave if they are still on the Island or is he covering his tracks to make sure that if he leaves the Island they will not become the new Jacob and have power over him?
Finally, a quick thought about the final scene. Was Desmond the thing Widmore had locked away in the Submarine? I guess so, but I’m not sure we can fully make that assumption. Unless when they told Sawyer about it if they used the word “Package” we could safely assume Desmond was what was locked up.
Now I’m going to make a few predictions about tonight. It appears that tonight’s episode is going to be a Desmond centric episode. I say we should expect to see Daniel Faraday, after all, “If anything goes wrong, Desmond Hume will be my constant.” Are we going to see some crossover or connections between the flash-sideways and original timeline tonight; I think there will be something. Remember, the rules of time/time travel do not apply to Desmond. Did Widmore take Desmond out of the hospital and straight to the Island? Maybe. What if the Desmond we saw was actually flash-sideways Desmond?! I doubt it, but who is to say. However, seeing as how Desmond became time travel important by imploding the Swan Hatch, exposing him to electromagnetism, this would help explain why Zoe, Widmore’s geophysicist, needs to know where pockets of electromagnetism are. Is Widmore or anyone aware of the flash-sideways? At the very least I would not be surprised at all if Desmond’s conscious jumped between his two bodies like it did between his present and 1996 self when he arrived on the freighter. I am hoping for great things from tonight’s episode.
By the way, please feel free to leave comments below. I would love to hear what you have to say about the show, theories or reactions to anything I say.
In the words of Smoke-Locke “You are so close; it would be such a shame to turn back now.”
Until next week when we have seen a little bit more Lost, Namaste.
Here are the sneak peeks ABC has put out for this week’s episode. Watch at your own risk!