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Lost, Season 2, Episode 5: … And Found

November 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Welcome to the Lost Re-Re-Rewatch Project. In case you’re wondering, the answer is yes. This is my fourth round-trip to the Island, but my first time attempting to chronicle my thoughts on the show on an episode-by-episode basis. The mission: A post per episode. Nothing so epic and theory-heavy as Doc Jensen’s great stuff at EW.com, which I highly suggest you read (the theory game is a bit moot at this point anyway), but hopefully it will help scratch both my writing itch and my Lost itch at the same time.

Episode Title: “… And Found

Overall Episode Grade: C

This is some Lost fiddling and frippery at its finest. There are a number of episodes during seasons 2 and 3 that offer nothing much more than characters moving from one place to another and an only slightly necessary flashback. That “… And Found” is about Sun and Jin and not, say, Kate or Charlie, saves it from a D grade.

As such, I won’t spend a lot of time on this one. Most of the actual action takes place across the Island, as Sawyer, Jin and Michael get to know their captors, whom they now know are fellow survivors of Oceanic 815. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean they like most of them. Early in the episode Ana Lucia informs them that they will be going back to their original camp. She does this in the way that a cop might tell a drunk after-bar patron to head home and sleep it off. (Of course Ana Lucia’s backstory might make her attitudes more palatable… nah.)

As they prepare to leave, we get a scene with Sawyer and Mr. Eko, who will become one of the most intriguing and polarizing characters in the show’s run. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje‘s thick Nigerian accent and dazzling smile (as well as his first cold-eyed stare) make their first appearances. Unlike the rest of the Tailies (hooray Lost jargon!), he’s unforgettable from the start.

The main plot detail here happens when Michael bolts into what Libby terms “their” territory. We know he’s looking for Walt. Jin and Mr. Eko give chase. Do they find him? Yes. Is it anticlimactic? Yes. They rejoin the rest of the group, but not before having to hide from a band of “Others” as they go traipsing through the jungle (it’s a very well-shot scene, see below). Along the way they stumble upon the impaled body of a man Eko calls “Goodwin”. He is an Other.

Also in this group, Sawyer is in trouble. We knew he was shot on the raft, and removed the bullet with his own hands in the season’s most badass scene. But something’s wrong, we can tell, and at the end of the episode he collapses.

If the Tailie plot is fresh, Island-grade ahi tuna, the main-camp plot is a dented can of Dharma Herring. In an early scene, Sun realizes she’s lost her wedding ring, which necessitates a visit with each of the Island’s A-team figures to find where it might have fallen. Most of these are trite (Jack: “Where did you see it last?” ON MY FINGER, EINSTEIN.), blatant comic relief (Hurley and Sun wait to watch Vincent poop) or contrived to build another character (Locke: “You know how I found what I needed? I stopped looking.” OH SHUT UP.). Eventually Sun finds the ring where the last episode ended: In the sand next to the buried bottle of notes that swept in on the tide from the raft.

It’s a ridiculously corny premise. Like all good Sun and Jin episodes, however, it handles the flashbacks in dual fashion. It’s really the only way to handle these two. Here we see their original meet cute, which turns out to be far more random than we could have guessed. Jin is a newly hired doorman at a fine Seoul hotel. His elitist boss tells the poor Jin (he doesn’t remove the tag from his new tie, so he can take it back, which leads to an embarrassing scene) “don’t let in people like you.” Ouch. The wealthy Sun, on the other hand, is being set up with Jae Lee, the young heir of the family who owns the hotel. They seem to hit it off, meeting for multiple dates. Sun is smitten. Until, that is, the Harvard graduate tells her he’s met a woman in America and plans to meet her there. Sun is heartbroken, though Lostophiles know we’ll see young, bald Mr. Jae Lee again under ever less cutesy circumstances.

Anyway, needless to say, Jin eventually does let the wrong sort into the hotel and loses his job. As a brooding Jin and a lovelorn Sun walk along the river, they bump into one another. Their cute has been met.

Episode: “… And Found”

Director: Stephen Williams

What the title means: Like Season 1’s “… In Translation” it’s an antecedent to the word “Lost”. It also refers to Sun’s ring and, possibly, Michael’s mission to find Walt (and Jin and Eko’s hunt for Michael).

Best Scene: There are a number of nice spots here; the conversation between Locke and Sun after she rips apart her garden is top-notch. So, too, the flashback scene where Jin allows a homeless man and his son to use the hotel restroom, is upbraided, and quits. But the best scene is the one that moves the Island mystery forward (visually, at least), as Jin and Eko group from a line of Others in the jungle, with someone dragging a teddy bear at the end of the line.

Worst Scene: Most of Sun’s on-island story is a little exasperating, but the most cringe-worthy moments belong to Ana Lucia. No one I know who loves lost loves the character, or Michelle Rodriguez (it’s a case of chicken and egg, perhaps). And her continued insults to Jin and abrasive behavior are uncomfortable at best, actively enraging at worst. No matter how damaged and mean, who would act like this on a deserted Island where you only have the company of a dozen or so other humans. *smdh*

Best Line: “So, Seoul. Is that like the good Korea or the bad Korea?” Hurley making small talk while he and sun wait for Vincent to deuce to see if he swallowed Sun’s ring.

Honorable mention goes to anything Mr. Eko says or does. I couldn’t find a video so I posted his theme music. Enjoy. We’ll learn how it earns its tragic lilt and African shuffle later in the season.

Best Throwaway Moment: When Jin shuts Ana Lucia up by effortlessly pulling in a net full of fish. It’s like he’s saying “Why don’t you go drink and drive or something?” Oh, wait…

Revelations: How Sun and Jin met; the Others appear to be wild and dirty; Mr. Eko is a handy guy to have in a fight; Sawyer is sick; Jack lost his wedding ring and never told his wife, just had another made (ISSUES ALERT).

Next Episode: “Abandoned”

(All images and ep-title links are courtesy Lostpedia.com)

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