Finally, Sawyer! Sawyer is the one parallel life I want to see, but not because I think the story will have more integrity or be more interesting. I just like seeing Sawyer as much as possible.
In the beginning, we see Sawyer running the same con he ran in the beginning of the first season: a pile of money spills out and he’s ready to swindle some unsuspecting damsel. But, in keeping with this season’s on-island=bad/off-island=good dichotomy, this Sawyer is a detective who’s trying to get the target to turn over her conman husband. While, in another life, Sawyer took his childhood pain, assumed the identify of the man responsible for his parents death and turned into a bad guy, who used the drive in this world to root out injustice. He even says as much to new-Charlotte, “I got to a point in my life where I was either going to be a criminal or a cop. So I chose cop.” That might be taking it a little far, though. Not that the rest of the season has been subtle.
On-island, Sawyer is busy performing busy-work for not-Locke. Locke wants him to go to the other island — Is it the same one where he and Kate shacked up as captives? I thin that was the dress she wore. — and find the people we know are at the temple. Of course, Sawyer finds Widmore instead (finally) and makes him a promise that looks as though he’s screwing not-Locke and crew over. Then, he goes back to not-Locke and tells him the whole plan, and it looks like he’s screwing over Widmore. We know, of course, that Sawyer’s trying to screw over them both so they can screw each other. Also, cause Sawyer ain’t with anybody, Freckles! So now, we see the final island battles shaping up. I just hope we get to see Desmond again.
Off-island, we see that Sawyer still has a plan to murder the real Sawyer, and that he screws over new-Charlotte because he has issues. In the end, he’s also surprised to run into Kate. I can’t tell if the look on his face when he pulled off her hood was expressing shock because she was a woman, or because he recognized her from the airport. Time will tell. Also, Miles is his partner. I suspect that who we see the Losties running into in their parallel lives is going to mean something, but I’m not sure what. Sawyer knows the researchers now, Jack runs into Dogen and Locke, Sayid runs into Jin, etc. Also, has anyone else noticed that there hasn’t been a Michael or a Walt? We haven’t seen them in so long it’s easy to forget, but they were really important characters in the first two seasons. I suspect Walt’s entirely grown now, so working him in just might be impossible. But it would be nice if Michael could have been on the flight or something.
There’s not much else to say except, 1) What’s wrong with Sayid? and 2) Is Claire really crazy, or just island crazy? I’ll let you guys have the rest of it below.