So, many apologies for the late post on this. I had a crazy-busy week. Also, I was sad. If you don’t want to know why I’m sad, quit reading this post.
Not only was I really sad to see Sun and Jin go, but I’m really sad Jin never got to meet his daughter, the daughter who is now parentless because Jin wouldn’t leave Sun even when Sun begged him to. For reasons I don’t quite understand, I’ve always been really fond of that couple. While their portrayal — an overbearing husband and his meek housewife — was problematic, there was something refreshing about their steadiness throughout a series that had people changing their alliances pretty frequently. I’m also pretty sad about the cheesiness of the demise. The Titanic-like scene in which we saw them holding hands in their watery grave was way too much.
Sun and Jin died, of course, in the on-island reality in which Smokey-Locke schemed to kill the Losties by getting them all in one place, the submarine they thought would be their means of escape, and throwing a bomb on board. Jack surmises, probably rightly, that Locke can’t kill them for some reason, and he has to inspire others to do it. But Sawyer doesn’t buy it, and he pulls the wires that lead to the bomb’s detonation. Sayid runs off with the bomb to save the others, the submarine starts to sink, and Sun gets trapped. Jin stays with her. Everyone else escapes back to the island, but not before Kate is shot. On island, Smokey-Locke and Claire were watching the festivities.
In the parallel world, real Locke is recovering after Desmond’s hit and run, and Jack tries to convince Locke to let him fix his back. We learn that in this reality, Locke had gotten his pilot’s license, taken his dad, Anthony Cooper, up for a spin and crashed, leaving his dad a vegetable and himself in a wheelchair. Locke’s reluctance to get his spine fixed, which we’ve seen before, is related to his guilt.
By now, we’ve also seen almost all the Losties come into contact with one another in this alternate universe. If someone would just tell them how crappy their lives are in the timeline that was meant to be, I think they’ll stop pining for a new reality.
That’s about all I remember from the episode, so you guys can feel me in on what I’ve forgotten in the comments section and look forward to a more timely post on tomorrow’s episode. In general, I was hoping the show would have rescued itself by now, and that I would really be looking forward to the finish. Sadly, I’m not. Well, I am ready for it to be over.