- Jan 2, 2000
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- Josh Dial
Originally Posted by Tim Gerdes
I didn't have a problem with the way they structured that Sun/Jin episode, and I was generally very happy with the finale. But that shot of the island in the season opener really bugs me in retrospect. It is one of the few instances where the show deliberately misleads us, simply to keep us from figuring out a big reveal.
It certainly wasn't for the characters' benefit since they didn't discover it, and while I guess it was part of their manufactured reality, "life" without the Island, showing us sunken Dharma barracks and the statue seemed necessary only to keep the audience from figuring out what the sideways reality was.
And yet, if the scene had just faded to white, out Jack's window, without the elaborate pan-down, it certainly wouldn't have impacted the sideways arc, or given anything away. It was just a deliberate cheat in an otherwise excellent season, and show.
It was definitely a cheat of sorts. Though, to be fair, we were shown ruins of things that were there before the 815 crash, so we were shown the island literally without the LOSTies; in the end, the sideways purgatory really was the LOSTies without the island.