Here's the rewatch blog for episode 6 of Season 1, House of the Rising Sun, Sun's first centric. Interestingly enough, I noticed that this episode had no guest stars. This honestly isn't one of my favorite episodes of Season 1, because not a lot really happens in terms of character development (except for Sun and Jin) and the plot doesn't move a whole lot. Throughout this blog, I will attempt to make connections of themes, plotlines, and issues to later parts of the show.
The opening sequence of the episode shows Jin attacking Michael, because of the watch. The Jin and Michael dynamic would be an interesting one throughout the show. There would be some awkward sexual tension between Sun and Michael (including the mobisode, Buried Secrets, where they almost kiss.) Michael would also blame Jin for the burning of the first raft. However, Michael would form a bond with Jin building the second raft, and they also worked together to save the Oceanic Six on the Kahana by freezing the bomb.
It was interesting to see in this episode how broken and weak Sun and Jin's relationship was before they got to the Island, compared to how whole and complete it was when they were reunited in Season 6. In this episode, we see that Sun planned on leaving Jin, but backed out at the last second. Then hours later, they were pretty much forced to be together when they both crashed on the Island. Throughout a lot of Season 1, Jin was portrayed as a bad guy, and Sun never really looked happy with him. By the time of their death, their relationship seemed complete however. Jin had changed, and had successfully integrated himself into the group, and wasn't the bad guy anymore. The only thing that bothered me was that Jin would never get to see his daughter, and that is truly sad.
Charlie's statement, "I don't like bees. I have an irrational fear of bees," spoke to me because I too have an irrational fear of bees, and the situation he was in would terrify me like no other.
We get the first glimpse of Adam and Eve, aka Mother and the Man in Black, in this episode. I noticed that there is a bit of a continuity error in how the bodies are placed...in this episode they're not lying together while in "Lighthouse" and "Across the Sea" they were lying together. So did the identities of Adam and Eve prove that the writers knew what they were doing all along? Looking back on this episode, it seems hard to believe this early in the show that they knew who the skeletons would end up being. It's not a problem for me however. I always thought that the identities of Adam and Eve would be a couple that we were more familiar with. I was in the Rose and Bernard camp for Adam and Eve. I assumed that they would get the black and white stones from Jack and die in the caves. I thought that the stones would become another object in an endless loop, kind of like the compass.
Jack's decision to move to the caves was a pivotal part of Season 1. It shifted the main focus of the show from getting rescued, to surviving and living on the Island. As we know now, rescue on this Island is almost futile. The Island is fairly well hidden from the outside world, and almost impossible to leave unless you leave on a certain heading or turn a certain frozen wheel. In all of Jacob's time as protector of the Island, it doesn't seem like people ever left the Island for good. Richard and Widmore left on occasions, but they always came back. Jacob's rules seemed to prevent leaving the Island. I suppose he wanted to keep his experimental subjects, the pawns in his game against the Man in Black, on the Island as much as possible. So it was probably a pretty big deal that the Oceanic Six left the Island in the first place. It can be argued that the Oceanic Six leaving was orchestrated by the Man in Black, but that theory doesn't have a whole lot of place in a blog about this episode, so I will talk about in a later blog.
On that same scene, the splitting up of the survivors has been a common plot device for Damon and Carlton in the series. It makes for great dramatic tension. The survivors would split in the beginning of Season 4, and would also split up into camps led by the Man in Black and Ilana in Season 6.
To end, I thought the montage at the end that juxtaposed Jack and Kate staring into the fire at the respective locations was very cheesy and forced. I suppose it shows their relationship progressing, but I felt like I was going to vomit during this scene. It foreshadowed that in the end, it seems like Kate finally picked Jack, after love triangle-ing with Jack and Sawyer throughout much of the series.
Again thanks for reading. Sorry for this one not being as long or detailed as previous posts, I just couldn't pull out as much from it as previous episodes. Previous reviews can be found on my user page. Stay tuned for "The Moth," which should be posted in 2-3 days. Namaste.