Written by: ERIN CARLSON (Associated Press Writer)
Lost” fans, this was a good one. Last week’s premiere was a downer, focusing on moody Jack (Matthew Fox) and his troubled past. Wednesday’s episode, however, brought back the intrigue that hooked viewers during the ABC drama’s debut season and deepened the mystery once again.
(It also brought the sexy back. More on that later. And don’t read further unless you want to know what happened.)
The focus Wednesday was mainly on the epic love story â€” past and present-day â€” between Korean married parents-to-be, Sun (Yunjin Kim) and Jin (Daniel Dae Kim). In flashbacks, it was revealed that Sun had an affair with Jae (Tony Lee), who was giving her secret English lessons as she planned her escape to America.
Sun’s father busted the lovers in bed, but didn’t tell Jin. Instead, the a ruthless and powerful businessman ordered Jin to kill Jae and “restore our family’s honor.” Jin spared Jae’s life and told him to leave the country â€” and then Jae landed with a thud atop Jin’s car, apparently committing suicide by jumping from a balcony.
Back in “Lost” land, Sun betrayed Jin again â€” this time, with Sayid (Naveen Andrews). The trio had been waiting aboard a sailboat for Jack’s return, but Jin got a hunch that he was “not coming.” Sun sided with Sayid to dock the boat and set another fire to alert Jack of their whereabouts.
Sayid, of course, had a hunch of his own â€” that his comrades had been captured â€” and was using the smoke signal to trap the Others. “I’ll take two of them hostage, and I’ll kill the rest,” he said, telling Sun to keep quiet about his plan.
Jin caught on, though, and demanded that Sun remain on the boat. That was not a safe place, after all: A team of Others, ordered by leader Ben (Michael Emerson) to seize the boat, hopped aboard. Sun shot one of them â€” a steely woman named Colleen â€” and fled, joining Jin and Sayid on the beach.
Meanwhile, Kate (Evangeline Lilly) and Sawyer (Josh Holloway) worked at a labor camp overseen by Others who threatened to shock them with taser-like weapons if they misbehaved.
Sawyer, overcome by how hot Kate looked “swinging that pick-ax,” embraced her in a passionate kiss. The Others pounded (such buzzkills, really). Sawyer got his hands on a gun, but dropped it when Kate’s life was threatened.
Back in their separate cages, Sawyer told Kate he planned to circumvent their captors when “they let their guard down.” The all-knowing Ben was observing the whole thing elsewhere on a wall of ancient TV screens.
Ben also attempted to reach out to Jack, who was still imprisoned in a gloomy cell. “Hi, my name is Benjamin Lyons and I’ve lived on this island all my life,” Ben said, extending a hand. Jack didn’t budge.
“If you cooperate, we’ll send you home,” said Ben, cryptically. Jack, surly and half-delirious, accused him of lying: “You’re stuck here, just like us.”
Ben said “we have contact with the outside world,” and that the exact date was Nov. 29, 2004 â€” 69 days after Oceanic Flight 815 crash-landed.
“That’s how we know…your fellow Americans re-elected George W. Bush,” he said. “Christopher Reeve has passed away. The Boston Red Sox won the World Series.”
Jack laughed at the Sox news, but his eyes flashed with sadness and wonder when Ben showed him a tape of the winning game.
“I will take you there,” Ben said, adding that If Jack does what he’s told, “I will take you home.”
But will Jack be forced to sell out his friends to get there?