Episode Re-watch: Season 1, Episode 5: “White Rabbit”

14 05 2008

We continue our re-watch of the series of LOST, leading up to the Season 5 premiere in January 2009…

Re-watching “White Rabbit” after a couple of years was quite a treat, especially after having just seen the Season 4 episode “Something Nice Back Home”.  It dovetails nicely, with Jack, Christian Shepard, and the island all interacting in strange ways.

The first thing that I noticed in this episode was the start of multiple concurrent plot threads.  In White Rabbit, Jack chases his dad into the jungle, the last of the remaining fresh water gets stolen, and Claire passes out.  They’re actually all part of the same over-arching theme or plot thread of the episode, but it’s played out in such a way that it doesn’t all come together until the end.

Speaking of the end, this episode marks the first time we hear the “Live Together, Die Alone” speech from Jack.  I think we hear it again, what, thirty more times before the end of the season?  (That’s a joke, folks.)  Seriously, it shows the reluctance of Jack to become the leader of the survivors, which can explain why it’s so easy for him to give it up at times throughout the series.

But this episode was the first in which we have a question that is yet unanswered (other than what the heck is the smoke monster).  It involves Christian Shepard, and it’s probably not the first question about him that popped into your mind.  After all, the obvious question about Christian is, “How the heck did he get on the island?”  But while that question has still not been answered definitively by the show, I think Christian himself (to borrow from “Cabin Fever”) would say something like, “Why don’t you ask the one question worth asking?”  And for me, that would be, “Why did he lead Jack to the caves?”  Or perhaps, “How did he know that he needed to lead Jack to the caves?”  There certainly seems to be some pre-cognitive abilities here, as Christian knew that the survivors would run out of water, and that they needed the caves (at least temporarily) to survive.  I think answering that question would probably tell us a whole lot more about what’s going on with the island.  When questions about Christian’s appearance on and off the island, and in Jacob’s cabin become more clear, it’ll be interesting to go back to this episode and see how his behavior fits in.

That’s about it for the recap on this episode.  Overall, another fun trip back to Season 1, especially with the events currently happening in Season 4.

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