Welcome back to LOST Observations! Now that you’ve all had time to process the information found in The Other 48 Days, it’s time to return to the major cliffhanger that was the killing of Shannon. Collision is – as far as LOST episodes go – a pretty straightforward hour of the show. It details the aftermath of the shocking death of an old survivor, and explains the motivations of a new one. Let’s take a shot at figuring out the clues and easter eggs found in this Ana-Lucia centric!
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Beware – major plot spoilers for Seasons 1-6 ahead.
“Ana-Lucia made a mistake.”
- We open the episode with a familiar image: Ana-Lucia pointing a gun at something. We learn that Ana-Lucia has quite the triggerfinger – pulling her weapon at every given opportunity and never losing sight of it. I didn’t actually keep track while watching the episode, but I’m fairly certain that she doesn’t let go of Sayid’s gun until she drops it at his feet near the end of the hour. It’s the only thing that separates her from… well, everyone else.
- In her flashbacks, Ana-Lucia mentions ”the family with the screaming baby” to her therapist. Judging from his reaction, that’s something that has come up a lot during their sessions.
- Apparently, Ana wasn’t happy with the baby at first, but misses it now that it’s gone. She is not, and will never be, satisfied; there’s a void inside her that can’t be filled after what’s happened to her and her own unborn child.
- When Ana-Lucia later encounters another family with a screaming baby while on the job, she grabs her gun yet again to ”take care” of the situation.
- Ana and her therapist also talk about a certain Danny. Not counting the various ”Daniel”s, there’s only one ”Danny” on the show: Danny Pickett, one of the Others on the island. It’s unlikely that this is the man Ana-Lucia used to date.
- Ana-Lucia tells her therapist that she thinks she’s better off alone. We’ll get back to that later.
- Like Jack – the other leader figure on the island – Ana-Lucia works for her parent. For the first time since her introduction, we see her having to answer to someone else. Clearly, she doesn’t feel comfortable being in that position at all. She bargains her way to a job she wants (and the gun that comes with it) until her mother reluctantly agrees to give it to her.
- The big twist in Ana-Lucia’s flashbacks is that her ”officer involved shooting” didn’t involve her shooting someone: Ana-Lucia was shot herself, and she lost her unborn baby in the process. Ana takes revenge on Jason McCormack – the man who shot her – by putting six bullets into him. In Two For The Road, we find out Ana quit the force after her mother confronted her about Jason’s death.
- The great tragedy of Ana-Lucia’s life is that Michael would eventually shoot her in cold blood to save his own lost child… after she had vowed never to touch a gun again (Two For The Road).
Next: “Big Mike…”