*If you haven't seen Lost, don't read further, go out and watch Lost. Major spoilers ahead for the newbies*
I am one of the few that always really liked Kate. She was always struggling with the angel and devil on her shoulder and I always thought that made her a more interesting character. You never knew what she was thinking or what she was going to pull next.
Thoughts / Tabula Rasa
"Tensions begin to rise among the signal party as they return from the mountains. At the beach, Jack becomes increasingly suspicious of Kate, the fugitive being escorted back to America by the marshal. Flashbacks center on Kate's time in Australia prior to the crash, where she lived with a farmer named Ray Mullen." - Lostpedia
In this episode we get our first ever off island flashback. Kate is sleeping in a barn and is woken up by a farmer named Ray Mullen. Kate explains that she just needed a place to sleep and eventually Ray offers her a job working on his farm. I'm glad Ray mentions how strange of a coincidence it is that she just happens to arrive at his farm, and he's in need of someone to help him work it. Lost is full of moments such as this. People thrown into odd circumstances at different times in their lives, which all inevitably lead down the path to the island.
Kate states that she has "trust issues" when Ray catches her in the pantry ready to sneak out and disappear. Trust issues was a theme of the episode actually, and I'll go into each moment in detail as I go through the episode.
Ray offers to drive Kate to the train station and the marshal meets them on the road in his truck. Ray is turning her in for the reward money. Trust issues indeed. He tries to get them to pull over but Kate takes control of the vehicle and they crash. She saves Ray from the burning truck, which helps give Kate a case as perhaps being arrested under false accusations, but eventually gets caught by Edward the marshal, and thus ends the flashback sequences.
Lots of short scenes happen on the island, which further help develop these characters. Sayid, Shannon, Boone, Kate, and Charlie all discuss what they heard on the transceiver the day before. "Hope is a dangerous thing to lose" says Sayid as they all decide to keep the french message a secret for the time being. Later that night, Boone decides to steal the gun off Sawyer and the ammo clip from Sayid but gets caught in the process. He tries to explain that he was going to keep guard but I really wonder. First of all, both of these scenes are the first of our Losties serious trust issues. Sayid and the group are keeping the french transmission a secret, and Boone tries stealing a gun? Interesting. Perhaps a set-up for his water stealing escapade later on this season.
Michael and Walt have a conversation as the rain starts. He wants to know all about this strange new friend of his son's, Mr. Locke. John Locke told Walt a secret and obviously this concerns Michael. "A miracle happened to him." says Walt after Michael pushes about Locke's secret. "A miracle happened to all of us." replies Michael. Michael then heads out to find his son's dog, Vincent. He gets chased by a boar, or at least I'm assuming that it was a boar, especially considering how the next episode introduces boars to the show. Michael runs through the jungle and stumbles upon a half-naked Sun. Which also sets up a future episode where Jin attacks Michael, further promoting theorizing in the show for the fans. Lost has to be the most re-watched show ever created. They make it so easy to go back to and find new things to theorize about.
Jack and Hurley are having a chat and Jack mentions that Kate is in the hut with the marshal. Hurley begins to freak out and explain to Jack that earlier he saw her with a gun. I absolutely love this scene because the writers pull something over on us. At first you're thinking that Kate's going to shoot the marshal, then Kate walks out of the hut. Jack breathes a sigh of relief, but then you hear the gun shot. You assume that she gave the marshal the gun, but then out walks Sawyer! You really see the guilt on Sawyer's face when the marshal begins coughing up blood, Sawyer missed the shot. Last bullet too. Definitely a hint that he seriously needs to find himself a pair of glasses or something.
"Three days ago we all died, we should all be able to start over." Says Jack near the end of the episode. I just like this quote personally. Sometimes there are immensely important events that happen in our lives, good and bad. These events could be the start of you taking a completely new direction in your life and that's exactly what happened to these 48 survivors. You just survived a plane crash, time to think a little differently about life.
During this re-watch I'm definitely seeing John Locke in a different light. He's always been my favorite character but I think during this time through, I'll be cheering more for Jack, knowing how things turn out in the end. We'll see though. Thinking about it some more I think maybe John Locke was always selfish. He was always preventing anybody from doing anything they thought was right, and truly believing that he could do not wrong. No wonder he gets so frustrated during the second half of this season and forward into season 2. He must truly believe that because his legs were healed, which we'll see next episode, he is the most important person on the planet. I'm actually a little afraid that I won't like John as much as I used to as I go forward.