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It was an uneventful Wednesday, full of teaching and coffee and a little Lost in the evening. Mini-spoilers within.
And in Lost they finally got around to confirming a plot point that was made rather obvious but not 100% explicit at the end of season 2, in the same episode in which Michael killed Ana-Lucia and Libby, for that was all about about Ana-Lucia's trip to Australia with Jack's father. Along the way we get the (or rather: another) connection to Sawyer by way of a car door, but the important point was the drunken, late-night, during-the-rain trip to a working or lower-middle class house, and when Jack's father pounds on the door, argues with the blonde woman in the door, and demands to (be able to) talk to his daughter, you would have been blind not to conclude that, “Hey, we're in Australia, Claire's Australian ... Jack's father is her father, so we've got unsuspecting (half) siblings on the island!”
Yes, it was that obvious, but that plot thread was dropped as quickly as Ana-Lucia and Libby after a night of drunk driving in Hawaii, and with all the emphasis in the first part of season 3 on the Others and those in their custody it took a while to return to the other others, those regular Joes (and Janes) back on the main island. So tonight we got Claire flashbacks, even further back than the earlier ones—that's the thing with most of the flashbacks, they often go even further and further back in a character's history as the series progresses, casting previous flashbacks in a new light—and we see her mother's injury, Claire with black hair, Claire pre-pregnancy, and Claire with daddy-issues. Enter Jack's dad ... make that Claire's dad.
I find it easy to be sympathetic to Claire's plight, but since Charlie is such an annoying f**k and so much of what Claire deals with revolves around Charlie, her stories are, by extension, likewise annoying. I am not advocating killing off or otherwise getting rid of Charlie; the series needs someone everyone wants to hurt and pound, at whom we want to scream, “You stupid, stupid Hobbit!”
From Salon: “Chris Rock thinks the country may be ready for Barack Obama to move into the Oval Office, telling Life magazine, ‘It's ready for a retarded president, why wouldn't it be ready for an African American president?’ (Life via Drudge)”
That about sums it up, doesn't it?
—March 14 2007