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Ji Yeon, where’s you’re daddy?

March 14, 2008

So, what did everyone think of last night’s Lost? I liked it, but then I feel like they ripped me off by playing a dirty trick with Jin’s “flashback”. I’m glad they finally revealed Michael as Ben’s man on the boat. Hurley was rockin’ that suit pretty good and Jin is dead….what the crap man?!!

So, once again, here is some trivia and other stuff from Lostpedia.com.

Trivia

General

  • Several hints are given to underline the fact that Jin’s flashes are actually flashbacks:
  • The shopkeeper implies that the year in question is the year of the Dragon, and according to the Chinese calendar was 2000. This may suggest that Jin and Sun were married in that year.
  • Jin uses an old cellphone.
  • Nikki’s death scene in her show, “Expose,” appears briefly on television in Sun’s flashforward.
  • Jin’s tombstone has the date September 22, 2004 on it, the day of the crash. This implies that the Oceanic 6 have told the world that he died in the crash.

    Jin’s Tombstone

  • Sun claims early in the episode that it’s been 3 days since Sayid and Desmond left the Island (The scene at night when they are discussing baby names). The next morning, Sayid says the same thing to Desmond, suggesting that Sayid and Desmond lost a day during their trip from the island to the freighter.

Production notes

  • Ben, Claire, Locke, Miles, and Sawyer do not appear in this episode.
  • Michael reappears in the series for the first time since “Live Together, Die Alone“, a span of 28 episodes.
  • This episode is unique in that it features for the first time both flashbacks (from Jin’s perspective) and flashforwards (from Sun’s perspective).
  • This is Jin and Sun’s only centric episode where they do not appear together in any off island scenes.
  • The scene at the Korean toystore was shot at the “Toys N Joys” store on Waialae Ave in Kaimuki.

Bloopers and continuity errors

  • The first scene of Jin in the toy store shows items on the back shelf from the shows Ben 10 & Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive. Ben 10 did not begin airing until 2007. Operation Overdrive did not begin airing until 2007.
  • When Sun wakes Jin to tell him that Jack and Kate have returned, he is wearing a light blue shirt. In the next scene when the two confront Kate, the shirt is red.
  • In Jin’s flashback, the establishing shot of the korean city disappears in later scenes.

Recurring themes

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Cultural references

  • Captain Gault: is a fictional sea captain created by English writer William Hope Hodgson. A captain for hire – Gault is a morally ambiguous and mysterious character. A collection of his stories can be found in the book Captain Gault, Being the Exceedingly Private Log of a Sea-Captain, published in 1917. (Literary works)
  • Atlas Shrugged: Alternately the name of the Kahana’s captain may be a reference to a character in Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel, which is a story about the producers, the movers and shakers in society who decide go on strike because they are not appreciated by the masses, and create a separate utopian world, a “village” hidden from view from people, planes and the world. (Literary works)
  • Survivors of the Chancellor: Regina was reading this novel by Jules Verne. The story is about the final voyage of a British sailing vessel, the Chancellor, told from the perspective of one of its passengers (in the form of a diary). (Literary works)
  • Dragon (zodiac): The shopkeeper claims that a child born in the Year of the Dragon brings good luck. (Religions and ideologies)

Literary techniques

  • This is the first episode where we see both flashbacks (Jin) and flashforwards (Sun). (Flashbacks) (Flashforwards)
  • The audience is led to believe that they are seeing flashforwards of both Jin and Sun, only to find out that Jin’s is a flashback, and in that in the future, he is in fact dead. (Mindf*ck)

Storyline analysis

Episode references

Unanswered questions

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For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: Ji Yeon/Theories

General

  • Exactly who are the Oceanic Six?
  • Who funded the fake Oceanic 815 crash?

On the Freighter

  • Where did Frank go with the helicopter?
  • What was the nature of Regina’s condition?
  • Whose blood was on the wall of Desmond and Sayid’s new room?
  • How did Michael come to be part of the ships crew, less than a month after he left the island?
    • Where is Walt?
    • Why is Michael going by the name Kevin Johnson?
  • Why were Sayid and Desmond warned not to trust the captain?
    • Is the captain telling the truth about the ship?
  • How will the rescue of the Oceanic 6 be explained since the world believes all 324 passengers of 815 are dead?

Flashforward

  • Why does the tombstone indicate that Jin died on the date of the crash, September 22, 2004?
  • Is Jin actually dead, and if so what are the circumstances of Jin’s death?
  • Why is Hurley so glad to hear no one else would be joining he and Sun?


Unanswered questions
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  2. Keep the questions open-ended and neutral: do not suggest an answer.
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