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Lost 3.04 - "Every Man For Himself"

The theme for "Every Man For Himself" is how Sawyer deals with being trapped: physically, by circumstance and emotionally. But there were some problems with the execution, the biggest one with the con the Others played on him. While the idea of "the only way of getting the respect of a con man is to con him" is a good one, the con itself - and some of the resulting character beats - was near on laughable.

I didn't believe for a second that the Others really put a pacemaker in Sawyer's body, even before Juliet admitted that they had no one skilled in surgery among them. I'm no doctor, but I know that heart surgery isn't the simple procedure that this episode ostensibly made it out to be, over in hours (if that) and requiring absolutely no recovery time. And if I didn't believe it, I can't believe that the cynical James Ford would.

I also thought that the question Colleen's husband asked Kate while he was beating Sawyer up - "Do you love him?" - seemed aimed more at resolving the issue in mind of the audience rather than growing naturally out of the circumstances. Perhaps it would have made story sense if he tried to kill Sawyer after Kate admitted it, ie for him to exact revenge by ensuring that he killed someone who was loved as much as his wife had been. But the way it was played, it seemed more about taking the Sawyer/Kate relationship to another level, if it wasn't already obvious from "The Glass Ballerina" that that's where they were going.

It was also bloody convenient that Kate was - all of a sudden - able to so easily get out of the cage, and even more so that she would choose to go back voluntarily (all under the all-seeing eye of Henry/Benjamin of course). Again, story sense being twisted to suit the progression of the relationship.

Finally, I'm dubious - though not totally sceptical - that Sawyer would fold as easily as he did after being told about the pacemaker. Somehow I thought he had more fight in him.

Other notes:

The fact that Sawyer was playing a con on the prisoner in the flashback was painfully obvious. What wasn't was that he was working for the warden, a nice reversal. Of course he makes the moral choice and uses the money to secure the welfare of his daughter: a way of addressing the feeling of being trapped by his fatherhood - but one that's both noble and cowardly. That he does so - while satisfying - isn't surprising, because we've yet to seen a truly immoral person among the central cast. Even Michael was driven by an understandable impulse to protect his son.

Sawyer's reaction to Kate undressing was predictable, but funny because it was played so straight.

Desmond is looking less like Ian Thorpe this season than he used to.

I liked this exchange between Jack and Juliet: "Are you just saying that to make me feel better?" "I don't care about making you feel better."

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