Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Lost Rewatch: 1x10 "Raised By Another"

Since the new format has taken off really well, I'll be continuing with this format for the rest of the rewatch. Today for the rewatch, we'll be taking a look at the tenth episode of the series and the season, "Raised By Another," the first Claire centric episode. Though it's not as relevant to the show now as "Solitary" was, there's still plenty to discuss. So let's get started, shall we?

  • The episode opens up with Claire's dream, which includes Locke with black and white eyes. It's quite an interesting visual, though some people have taken it to mean a little more than I think it does, indicating that it hints that Locke will be possessed by Jacob's nemesis, something I think isn't really true. What do you think?

  • Claire's boyfriend in her flashbacks, Thomas, is played by Keir O'Donnell. I interviewed Keir last year, and you can read that interview here.

  • Claire says that her mom would disown her for being pregnant. However, we know that at that point, Carole Littleton was catatonic in the hospital after suffering a severe car crash with Claire at the wheel. Whether or not this is a continuity error is debatable; it could always be argue that Claire's way of coping with grief is pretending that her mother is still conscious and part of her life.

  • Thomas mentions his paintings, which are similar to the mural in the hatch. That's because they're both done by Jack Bender, a director on Lost.

  • Then we've got Richard Malkin, the fortune teller who we'll later see as part of Eko's flashback in the episode "?." He was also slated to appear in "The Brig" as a character held captive with Anthony Cooper, but that idea was scrapped in the early writing process.

  • Thomas tells Claire that she has "Daddy abandonment crap," a reference Christian Shephard's abandonment of her, as we saw in "Par Avion." However, Claire is no longer abandoned by her daddy, as we last saw her in Jacob's cabin with Christian himself (or someone who appeared to be Christian).

  • Ethan tells Hurley his last name is Rom. How he came to get the surname Rom is completely unknown, as it most likely should be Goodspeed. Either Amy's last name is Rom, or he's using that as a surname just to screw with the survivors, because "Ethan Rom" is an anagram for "Other man."

  • Why does Malkin want Claire to get on the plane? Is he paid off by Widmore, or by someone who knows she's going to the Island? Did Jacob tell him to do it, since Jacob seems so interested in getting people to the Island?
And that's it for episode 1x10, "Raised By Another." You can discuss the episode in this forum thread, read others' posts about it at the rewatch hub, and edit the episode's article.
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