I love Coca Cola. And I love milk. But if I'm sitting at an outdoor restaurant enjoying an ice-cold Coca-Cola and the breeze on my face, and I accidentally reach down and pick up my son's glass of milk and send it down the hatch - in that moment, I hate milk. I am so surprised at getting something so different than I expected that I briefly hate something that I love.
We all love mysteries and we all love resolution. Each is great in the right moment, but if you fully expect one and get slapped in the face with the other - you may find yourself momentarily hating something you love.
I think that is why many people disliked Across the Sea so much. I think we all expected answers. We sat down thinking, "Ok. Finally. The answer to Jacob, MiB, and the Island."
But Across the Sea was not about answers. It was about back story and more mystery. And drinking down that episode while expecting answers made it something difficult to swallow.
We may have expected Coca-Cola, but don't forget, we love milk! We love an ice-cold glass of milk after a plate full of gooey, homemade chocolate-chip cookies.
Across the Sea was the milk of mystery. Once I stared at my glass and realized I had a different drink than I expected, I began to enjoy the episode so much more. It left me with mysteries in my head. Mysteries like...
- Was Mother really the protector of The Source and the island? Or was she lying?
- Did Mother induce Claudia's labor with whatever she gave her to eat?
- Was the entire episode the story of Mother in her elaborate plot to find a substitute to accomplish her own mysterious plan? Did she manipulate both of those boys so that Brother would kill her (she did say "Thank you,") and Jacob would throw him into The Source? She had to know that is exactly what would happen.
- Is the Black Smoke really Jacob's brother or the devil himself, released when some long-needed requirement was met by Mother's elaborate scheme?
- Was the point of revealing Adam & Eve really the most important part of showing the flashback of when Jack first discovered the bodies? Or was the real point to make us subtly remember the last time Jack saw Adam & Eve? In the episodeThe Lighthouse, Jack and Hurley stumble across the caves. Once they enter, Hurley's focus is on the two bodies. He stares at them, wondering who they are. He suggests that maybe the bodies are one of them - after they traveled back into "dinosaur times." But Jack does not care about Adam & Eve. He is staring at the empty coffin of Christian Shephard. When Hurley asks Jack why he smashed his father's coffin to pieces he said, "Because he wasn't in it." Jack wants to know where the body of Christian Shephard is. And so do I.
I'm not sure which drink we'll get tonight with What they Died For, but given the title, I'm hoping that when I pop the top on this episode I hear a little fizz.
42 minutes and counting... --Mystimus 00:19, May 19, 2010 (UTC)