Season 2, Episode 16
Date of airing: March 22, 2006 (ABC)
Nielsen ratings information: 16.06 million viewers, 9.7/14 in Households, 6.6/15 with Adults 18-49
This is the second episode in a row during which Henry made it clear that he is one of them. He may talk a great game of being innocent, but his final words and his continuing ways of manipulating and playing Jack and Locke against each other make for a wonderful sociopath, although the question still remains what the endgame of Henry’s presence is or whether this might be the Others’ final blow to get the island for themselves again after an unfortunate plane crash sent competition of habitable space to them — have the survivors fight and kill each other (something that worked beautifully when Ana Lucia put a bullet into Shannon) and then create enough paranoia to off the surviving survivors one by one. Henry’s plan is especially helpful because he is dealing with two of the Alpha personalities of the survivors’ group, and it’s easier to destruct a group when the leaders can’t even deal with each other any longer.
It’s about time though that something is happening inside the Swan station that makes things a little more interesting for the prisoner and his two main wardens. Henry can’t be locked up forever and always (although there is a good chance this might turn out to be part of the season finale’s playbook), and his ways of manipulating the two Alpha males must start to bear fruits, or else the story is coming to be a drag and the writers’ decision to keep the story on a tense hold until the season finale would have killed the patience of the audience and may have broken the show’s neck before it even aired its third season premiere (something similar happened anyway, which is why the deal between the producers, studio and network to end the show after season six while it was on a hiatus after six episodes of season three were aired). It’s also noticeable how the story inside the station seemed more important for the narrative than the two starring people of the flashback stories, with Jin and Sun becoming rather less important in their own spotlight episode.
Not that I did not care about them during this hour, but their wish of becoming parents, and Sun’s first thoughts of running away from her husband to live a more peaceful life, seemed rather pale in hindsight when compared to how Ana Lucia was brought into the secret of “a man in the hatch.” I did not expect to care less about Jin wanting to become a father in the hope of getting a less dangerous job, all while Sun is already planning her exit move, and I realized I was shrugging my shoulders a little bit after the island story made it obvious where Sun’s story was going when she started to feel a little dizzy in front of Rose and Bernard. And now the writers even made the attempt at making us all question whether or not Jin is the father of his own baby, all while we do the math to figure out if it’s even logical that Sun would be on the island this long and not notice way before that she might be pregnant. I know that women usually don’t know they’re pregnant until more than six weeks in (and we’re probably about eight, nine weeks into island life since the crash), but if Sun really didn’t know she was pregnant all this time, then she probably never really checked on herself and her health, which I think is inconsistent with her character arc. She always took care of her garden, she is always the perfect wife, she always controlled her behavior. It almost seems illogical that she would not panic just a little the first day after she misses her period. Then again, I am no woman and I really have no idea how long it takes for a woman to realize she is pregnant, and if the first signs of sickness are always the first indicator of a pregnancy.
It would make a whole lot more sense for Jin to be the father of his child, because then at least the child was conceived on the island — and that would create an intriguing plot for the future, just in case Sun will hang around on the island for the time it takes to bear her child, which means the Others will be interested in Sun the way they were interested in Claire during the first season. Well, they probably will be interested no matter what, but with all the weirdness happening on this rock, maybe something can be gotten out of the notion that a child has been made on the island. A Jesus figure who will be fought about like this is yet another season of the Syfy show LEGION.
Meanwhile, there is another trek into the jungle happening, and once more there are three people involved in the journey. I have no idea why the writers chose Charlie for this trip (he always is ready for the next adventure), but it’s a good way to let the audience forget that he was guilty of the attack against Sun. That Sayid and Ana Lucia took the time to have a conversation was even better, although the taste was a little sour when Sayid spoke of how the Others killed Shannon. It’s certainly one way to free Ana Lucia from all the guilt and have her open up a little more from here on, but the writers just killed a conflict. Still, with Ana Lucia getting that redemption arc and driving it like a mad woman, she can start training an army to fight against the Others (ever since that story was born, the writers never made use of it), she can start feeling less alone, and she can stop talking about how no one likes her. And that means she will have time to start thinking about smootching with Jack.