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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Lost - Michael's Back

(Episode: Meet Kevin Johnson. Spoilers Ahead.)

The "previously on Lost" opener does a nice job of summarizing Michael's storyline: Walt's kidnapping by the Others, Michael's bothched rescue attempt, the killing of Ana-Lucia and Libby, his departure from the island.

Now we find out what he did when he got back to civilization. He is living under an assumed identity. The only off-island person who knows about his "rescue" is his mother; the Others have her forced into silence. Walt is staying with her; Michael confessed to his son about the murder/homicide, and Walt won't have anything to do with him.

Tom of the Others recruited Michael to infiltrate the Kahana, Widmore's ship, under the name Kevin Johnson. He carries out orders to set off a bomb, which proved to be a fake - it pops out a note reading "NOT YET". Later, Minkowski tells "Kevin" there's someone named Walt calling on the ship's phone. Michael gets some privacy and finds out it's really Ben, who has orders for Michael to compile a crew list and to sabotage communications and the engine room. He also says that the fake bomb was his demonstration that Ben, unlike Widmore, will not kill innocents - his twisted way of identifying himself as part of the "good guys."

Before this mission Michael tried twice to kill himself. Tom knows of this, and tells Michael that "the island" is preventing his suicide attempts from working. The island powers are not confined to the island itself - if Widmore knows this, it's a powerful motive for his quest. But can he, or anybody, gain control over the island's mysterious powers?

Tom told Michael that Widmore staged the fake Oceanic 815 wreckage. This may or may not be true. Widmore has the motive and resources, but so does Ben.

For the first time in the series, Sayid does something completely idiotic. He hastily reveals Michael's true identity to the captain. Sayid doesn't stop to consider the possibility of using Michael to learn more about both Widmore and the Others.

Back on the island, Alex's boyfriend is confirmed dead, and Danielle Rousseau is wounded. How did someone who managed to avoid the Others for over a decade and a half managed to drop her alertness enough to get taken out by a sniper? I doubt (and hope) she isn't dead - there's a lot of yet-revealed mystery about her.

I am weary of the body count.

The preview for next week's episode says the Oceanix Six identities are all revealed; Lostpedia says this confirms that Aaron Littleton is one of them.

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