While I was down with the flu last week, I watched some of my Firefly
DVDs. Watching them, I was reminded again of just how much I loved that show and how stupid FOX is for cancelling it when they did.
In watching the episodes, I was struck by the character of Jayne. Every time you came close to liking Jayne, he'd always go and do something that struck you as to just how selfish the character was. And I loved how unapologetically Adam Baldwin played Jayne. It was all about Jayne, pure and simple, no matter what. (In a lot of ways, very similar to the character of Rygel on Farscape
So, as I was watching Lost
this week, I was struck by the similiarities between Jayne and Sawyer. Both characters are unapologetically who they are...and while there are times when they could gain some points or get a bit of redemption, they will, more often than not, pass those up. Both of them have their own self-interest firmly at heart. And why reveal information or give something away for free when you can use it later to your own advantage?
Like Sawyer does here. We've found out over the course of this season that Sawyer is a collector...from bits and pieces he's found in the wreckage to now he's collecting information. Sawyer had a chance to give Jack something--a bit of peace of mind about his father, but instead he passes it up. Why? I think Sawyer is saving the information for later. Also, looking at Sawyer's past, he's not really one who seems like he builts lots of male freindships. I strongly suspect that Robert Patrick's character set him up as a "free" hit man. Sending Sawyer out to kill the man he's hunted for years was interesting and it's fascinating how Sawyer never questions the information until after he's shot the guy in question. The fact that the guy was hiding out in the Outback makes you wonder a bit. Also, did we get an explanation of why Sawyer was in the police station in Boone's flashback--was it because of his having the gun?
Sawyer's obsession with the boar was interesting as well. Again, the question comes up about what the agenda is for each person is on the island. Also, why would a boar torment Sawyer so? Was it an innocent and Sawyer couldn't bear to kill it because of what happened in Australia? Or is there something more going on here? And I don't think it was coincidental that on this journey that Locke suddenly shows up out of nowhere. Locke seems to be in on everyone's journey somehow, showing up at key moments to push them in the right direction. Just look as the big grin on his face as he, Sawyer and Kate are talking. I can only think that Locke's agenda will come out eventually and it's not going to be a good scene.
Meanwhile, things continue to be interesting of the island. Charlie is dealing with the after-effects of killing Ethan. One question I had--was Charlie being the one who had to bury Ethan his idea or was it the groups? Was it some kind of punishment for killing Ethan before they could get any information out of him?
More and more, Hurley is becoming the conscience of the island. We see him go with Charlie and help him bury Ethan, despite Charlie's insistance that he (Charlie) can do it alone. Then we see Hurley ask Sayid for help in helping Charlie deal with the ramifications of what he's done. I like Sayid's conversation with Charlie about how what he's done will be with him for the rest of his life. A nice, quiet, well done scene that goes to one of the strengths of this show.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 2/17/2005 08:56:00 AM