Welcome back to LOST Observations! For some reason I always get stuck on Kate episodes. This one is rare in the fact that I quite enjoy it. Besides being a Kate-centric, “What Kate Did” is a big mythology episode, featuring many neat bits of hatch mystery and strange island apparitions. Hold your horse and enjoy the rewatch.
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Beware – major plot spoilers for Seasons 1-6 ahead
“It’s like… transference.”
HUGO REYES LIKES THIS
- Things have cooled down after the violent Collision of the two camps, and everything is finally starting to return to normality; Sun and Jin are back together, the people from the tail-section of the plane have returned to their fellow passengers, and the Others haven’t tried to kidnap anyone in a while. Hurley’s friendly gesture to Jin is a sign that all is well. For now.
- Jin returns the favor and gives Hurley a thumbs up when he sees him together with Libby in Two For The Road.
- As we see Sayid dig a grave for Shannon, we hear Jack say ”Sorry man, I know this hurts” right before the scene cuts to him and Sawyer in the hatch. A clever bit of editing, as it could have applied to both Sawyer and Sayid.
BRING A LITTLE LIFE TO THE DEAD
- An unconscious Sawyer starts babbling about a certain female person. Jack assumes it’s Kate, and – at this point – we assume Sawyer is Sawyer. During the episode, Kate seems convinced that Sawyer is ”possessed” by Wayne, who she had killed in her younger years. The question is, which one of them told Jack that he loves Kate?
- When Jack references this moment to Sawyer in The Hunting Party, he doesn’t seem to know what Jack’s talking about.
- Another important question one might ask is how Wayne was able to possess Sawyer’s body in the first place (if at all). Over the course of the show, we’ve seen dead people appear as Whispers, ghosts, spirits and flashsideways experiences. We’ve also seen a dead person (the Man In Black) inhabiting the bodies of other dead people. The Wayne case is unique, because the dead person seems to have inhabited a living, breathing body.
- In Outlaws, Sawyer suspected that Frank Duckett had returned as a boar to haunt him.
- Ben’s off-island van has the words “Canton Ranier” on it. It’s an anagram for “reincarnation”; the transfer of one’s soul into a new body after death. It’s not technically the same thing as what MIB did with Locke in seasons 5 and 6. That would be reanimation… Sort of.
- All these various types, shapes and forms of dead people confirm what Mother once told Jacob and his brother: that the island is the Source of Life and Death. Wayne’s must be the soul of a man who’s not able to move on; he was a drunk and an abuser, who had one important question on his mind after his death: why did [Kate] kill me?
- Another mystery the episode brings up is whether or not Wayne ever abused Kate. While he seemed very touchy and creepy moments before Kate blew him up, Kate tells Edward Mars that Wayne never touched her. We’ll never know for sure, but, frankly, a history of abuse doesn’t seem to suit Kate’s character. She was appalled by the fact that Wayne beat Diane, and upset when she learned he was her father. She wanted to get rid of the connection to Wayne and decided to blow him up. It makes sense!
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