Follow along! The episode guide for “Adrift” is in Finding Lost, pp. 171-175.
Michael has always been a difficult figure on Lost. Many, many fans hated him after his betrayal at the end of season 2. Harold Perrineau was upset about the treatment of Michael in the fan community, and said publicly that in season 4, he blew up because fans wanted revenge against him (I actually thought his character redeems himself by dying, but anyway…). But there was something about the desperation of this man that kept me from hating him. I didn’t like what he did at the end of season 2, but I understood the length a father would go to for his son, especially after he’s lost Walt before. However, for me, this episode really tested Michael’s likeability for me. Sawyer attempts to save Walt, gets shot in the shoulder, then he pulls Michael out of the water saving him from drowning, and performs mouth-to-mouth on him, saving his life. And Michael is cold and arrogant and rude. I wanted Sawyer to throw him to the Dharma shark. Ahem…
Fun things I noticed:
• Poor Jin… this is the first of two times he’ll be floating in the water, only to wash ashore on the island once again. I felt so bad as we heard him call out, “Soya!” but Sawyer had to save Michael instead.
• I still wonder who drew that mural. Was it Desmond?
• Have I mentioned how much I HATE Susan? I have? Well, you have to listen to it again. I HATE SUSAN. This woman keeps claiming that she’s doing the best thing for Walt, and tells Michael that he has to stop thinking about himself, and she, on the other hand, says that Walt will have a wonderful life because of her new job as senior partner in a law firm in Rome. You will A) put Walt into a country where he doesn’t speak the language, surrounded by people who don’t speak his language, B) wrench him from his father so he’ll never have that relationship again, and C) allow him to be raised full-time by a nanny, so he really doesn’t have a mother, either. And THAT is the best thing for him? “Oh, don’t worry, Walt, are you homesick? Do you wish you had a real father? Do you miss having a mother? No worries… this $400 toy will make you feel better.” ARGH. Hate her and her attempts to buy her child’s happiness. She tells Michael that he doesn’t think about Walt’s best interests – was she thinking of his best interests when she dumped Michael’s ass and moved away? OK. End of rant.
• I love that Kate is distracted by the chocolate bars. I’ve always thought it was odd that in S5 when Sun gets that surveillance package, she immediately lifts up that layer of chocolates to grab the gun underneath. She’s not tempted to grab a chocolate or two?!
Things that have new meaning:
• I’ve said this before in this rewatch, but while much was made of Sawyer the Hero in seasons 4 and 5, he certainly shows all the signs here already. It’s sad seeing Sawyer go to such lengths to save Michael, knowing what Michael will do to him at the end of the season.
• Michael’s lawyer tells him that he’s looking at a David and Goliath situation, which could be said of just about everything on the island. Widmore is Goliath; Dharma is Goliath, and all these little Davids are running around trying to change things and save themselves.
• I always feel for Locke in this episode. When Desmond comes up with him, gun pointing at his head and says, “Ah yoo hem?” Locke says “Yes, I am.” He’s not lying – he thinks that Desmond thinks he’s his savior, and Locke believes that’s exactly what he is. So it comes as a surprise when Desmond uses the snowman riddle on him. That’s the first thing that begins to erode Locke’s hope. Jack's comments echo the ones he'll later say in "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham," when he mocks Locke's destiny talk and tells him he's delusional.
• Sawyer calls the island “home,” which signals the shift in season 2. In season 1, everyone was desperate to get off the island; in S2, they’re trying to figure out how to make the island their home.