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Date Posted: 06:30:48 01/23/06 Mon
Author: Rufus
Subject: I come in Peace spoilers for Lost 2.11 "The Hunting Party"

The Hunting Party is an episode that I haven't really gotten energetic about. I know it sets up some character development for Jack but it was hard to watch as I find Jack irritating. It's all about crossing the line like...

CHRISTIAN: Careful. There's a line, son. You know it's there. And pretending it's not -- that would be a mistake.
JACK: Guess you would know.
CHRISTIAN: It may be okay for some people, Jack. But not for you.

Jack is a fixer, I've mentioned it before and it's more clear here what the downside to that can be. for Jack being a fixer means that he feels alive when he's fixing things, like he has purpose. Once the project is fixed he moves onto the next one. thing is he can't see that he does this. His marriage is doomed before the vows are read and maybe Jack would have done Sarah a favor by letting her go before he wasted any of her time. Both characters cheat, Sarah in the literal finding another guy way, and Jack in the I'm married to my job way. I'm thinking the fixer needs some fixing himself.

Michael steals some guns and is off looking for Walt, and nothing could have stopped him. Jack in his usual fixer mode thinks the answer is to run off with a few, leaving the rest of the islanders vunerable. Sayid in his morose way pointed it out...

SAYID: I'm afraid not. Where's Jack and Locke?
HURLEY: Oh, they went after Michael.
SAYID: Michael?
CHARLIE: Yeah, he's run after Walt again. Everyone's gone to bring him back.
SAYID: Who's everyone?
HURLEY: Everyone -- Jack, Sawyer, Locke. Oh, and Kate.

Said may not have meant to say anything profound but he does point out something...who's everyone? You have 2 of the trackers and a doctor out trying to find someone who won't come back...is that smart planning? Talk about smart planning and we get to Mr. Friendly aka Guy who took Walt.

MR. FRIENDLY: Just sit down, Jack. Nobody's going to hurt you. I come in peace.

Hmmmmm why to I start to check my back when someone who has been involved in the kidnap of many of my former passengers?

MR. FRIENDLY: Let me ask you something. How long you been here on the island?
JACK: 50 days.
MR. FRIENDLY: Oooo, 50 days. That's what -- almost 2 whole months, huh? Tell me, you go over a man's house for the first time, do you take off your shoes? Do you put your feet up on his coffee table? Do you walk in the kitchen, eat food that doesn't belong to you? [he looks at Locke] Open the door to rooms you got no business opening? You know, somebody a whole lot smarter than anybody here once said: "Since the dawn of our species man's been blessed with curiosity. You know the other one about curiosity don't you, Jack? This is not your island. This is our island. And the only reason you're living on it is because we let you live on it.
JACK [smiling broadly]: I don't believe you.
MR. FRIENDLY: You don't believe what?
JACK: I think you've got one guy up there with a gun. I think there's more of us than there are of you. I think if you had any real strength, you wouldn't have had to send a spy -- Ethan.
MR. FRIENDLY: That's an interesting theory. [suddenly yelling and raising his arms] Light 'em up!
[Torches are suddenly lit and the group is surrounded by people just out of sight.]
MR. FRIENDLY: We've got a misunderstanding, Jack -- you're people, my people. So listen carefully. Right here there's a line. You cross that line, we go from misunderstanding to something else. Now give me your weapons, turn around, go home.

Mr. Friendly is certainly theatrical in how he makes a point. He is able to follow a tracker without anyone knowing he/they are there. He is able to capture another tracker (one who has gotten away from the law many times). When Jack doubts his power he simply spreads his arms wide and gets a synchronized light show. He then is able to drive his point home with a little proof that he has and has always had the upper hand. He brings out Kate and this is where the crossing lines stuff is paid off...Jack has to choose between doing things the way his is used to HIS WAY, or know when to step back from the line and live another day.

The award for the best unanswered question of the night goes to Locke.

LOCKE: How do you know our names?

Simple question isn't it. Mr. Friendly knows all of their names and they know squat about him. He is able to take people,with the exception of Eko, as their number comes up on a list. A few more questions worth asking could be:

If Mr. Friendly is or was part of the Dharma group, why aren't his people at the stations?

Why does he think Walt is a very special boy?

Is he part of that incident mentioned in that film?

Is he in charge of the black smoke?

Did he send Ethan?

So, this week we get more questions and less answers. Jack now has a new thing to do and that is start an army and he goes to Ana Lucia (another fixer upper if you ask me) to start this new project. I'm thinking Sayid was right, who is everyone?


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