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Lost is a drama about a group of plane crash survivors. They land on an unknown Pacific island and have to learn to live together. ABC 2004-2010

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Episode 11 - The Hunting Party

5 April 2017

Present: Michael locks Jack and Locke in the gun room and heads off after Walt. Kate and Sawyer arrive in time to press the button and let them out. They head off after Michael but Jack orders Kate to stay behind. Kate gets Hurley to push the button so that she can go after them. When Jin hears about Michael he wants to go after him but Sun asks him not to. On the way Locke, Jack and Sawyer bicker and then they hear gun shots. Once it goes dark, the man who destroyed the raft (125) appears and tells them not to come any further across the island. Jack challenges him and he shows him that the Others have a lot of people and have captured Kate. Jack backs down and they hand over all their guns and head back to the beach. Jack asks Ana Lucia how long she thinks it would take to train an army.

Flashback: An Italian man and his daughter come to see Jack. He has a tumour on his spine and wants Jack to remove it. Christian says it can’t be done but Jack agrees to try. Relations seem strained at home between him and Sarah. He begins to get closer to Gabriella too. Sadly her father dies and Jack ends up kissing her while trying to comfort her. He tells Sarah who says she was already leaving him and has been seeing someone else.

The Good: Jack’s character is given a thorough examination in this episode and it is pretty involved and enjoyable stuff. In flashback Jack is trying to live up to the tag of miracle worker which he earned by fixing Sarah (201). He can’t live up to it though and can’t keep his marriage working either. Sarah’s conclusion about him is that he “will always need something to fix.” This need seems to come from his desire to prove himself to his father (105). Christian once more looks like a better father than he originally appeared (111) and he too, sees Jack for who he is. He warns him off adultery and when Jack implies that he would know about that, Christian throws it back at him by saying “it may be ok for some people Jack, but not for you.” He knows that Jack holds himself to a higher standard than most people.

On the island Jack’s need to fix something means he ignores Locke’s logical questions and insists that they not only chase after Michael but that he is sure he can persuade Michael to come back. Jack begins lashing out at everyone, almost furious that he can’t fix this problem. He questions why both Sawyer and Locke are trying to help (despite both being on obvious good terms with Michael) and when Locke loses the trail he accuses him of lying. Then once “Zeke” confronts him he refuses to believe him either, arguing with him about the Others’ true strength. And even when faced with overwhelming odds he refuses to back down until “Zeke” puts a gun to Kate’s neck.

It’s enjoyable to see Jack presented as a well rounded character. His greatest strengths are also his biggest flaws and the determination which make him a good surgeon have made him a bad leader (at least here) and husband. The end of the episode seems to point to the future for Jack. Having been humiliated by the Others he is determined to build an army and go back and get Michael and Walt back. Here is a problem he can try and fix.

Jack’s decision to either protect or punish Kate is an interesting one. The love triangle continues as it seems her teasing kiss (109) and the sight of her and Sawyer getting friendly has pissed him off. Locke comes across as logical and reasonable when he points out that Michael clearly won’t come back. His poking of Sawyer over his name is interesting. It seems like Locke is continuing his work of trying to get inside the heads of the survivors and help them make the right decisions. Jin and Sun seem to be getting their marriage back on an equal footing and their argument is handled in a logical way. Hurley adds the comedy as ever by telling Charlie that he likes Libby.

The confrontation with the Others is a big development. They seem to be one group, as the man who took Walt is also dressed in the brown dirty clothing which the people who terrorised the tail section survivors did. The Others seem as threatening as they have done before when many of them light torches simultaneously and use a sniper rifle to shoot Sawyer. “Zeke’s” claim that the survivors only live at their pleasure seems true enough. And they seem to know all about the survivors (even more than Ethan could have told them). Despite this further humanisation of the Others they still seem very much a threat to the survivors, taking their guns is a further blow. This scene also seems to set up the rest of the series with Jack trying to put together a force capable of fighting them.

The Bad: I suppose I am the only one who thinks they should have asked “Zeke” how they can get off the island. I know it may sound silly to ask that of a man who represents a group known only to you for kidnap and terror. But once more I ask you what you would do if you were trapped on an island and couldn’t get home. How poignant would it have been for someone to ask “Zeke” if he could tell them how they could get off “his” island?

Speaking of “Zeke” it seems almost unnecessary to hold a gun to Kate’s head. After a demonstration of crack marksmanship couldn’t he have just told Jack that if he crossed the line they would shoot them all? Sawyer’s arm seems to have healed far too quickly.

It doesn’t look like Charlie has mentioned the black smoke monster to anyone. You would think that’s something you might want to share.

The Unknown: Why didn’t the Others terrorise our group of survivors? Is there something to what Jack says about their lack of numbers? “Zeke” seems to reference the hatch when he looks at Locke. He also refers everything to Jack, knowing that he is their leader and will make the key decisions. How do they know all this about the survivors? Ethan died well before the hatch was uncovered. Do they have another spy in the camp? Do they watch them from close by? Why do they wear such dirty clothing? “Zeke’s” chatter about houses shows he knows all about Western civilisation, so they clearly aren’t savages who live in the wild. Is it simply for camouflage? “Zeke” references a fictional speech by Alvar Hanso who is one of the founders of the Dharma Initiative. What is the connection between them and the Others?

Best Moment: The confrontation between “Zeke” and Locke, Jack and Sawyer. Tense, fascinating and full of interesting information and implications.

The Bottom Line: Jack is a good character to focus on. He is so driven and can become so blind that he is a really enjoyable grey character. He acts well throughout too. The confrontation with the Others and the implication that war is coming are big developments for the show.

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  • I really enjoyed it, I thought it followed up well on the build-up around Michael and had an awesome climax with that tense confrontation. I honestly have no idea how this episode didn't get above a 70 with you because that alone is excellent.

    I understand your complaints about the meeting with Zeke, but I feel like they don't affect the scene a whole lot.

    It was a nice touch that the Others seem to be aware of the hatch. And it's an answered question as well since we know that they regularly used the Pearl station.

    This was Alex's first appearance as an arm.

    Viewer score: 73 / 100

    Posted by Aaronic, 04/04/2017 6:23pm (6 months ago)

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