“Lost”: Episode 7, “Ji Yeon”

Lost7jinBefore we parse tonight’s episode, let’s take a moment to salute one of “Lost’s” under-appreciated heroes: Jin.

Say what you will about his past, he’s been rock-solid hunk of good guy since we first met him on Sept. 22, 2004. Yes, he was involved in a lot of unsavory business back in Seoul while working for his ruthless father-in-law. But he’s grown and changed in many ways since the crash. And you get the sense that his still had an inner moral compass — certainly we’ve learned through the flashbacks that Jin’s job was getting to him, big-time, just before the crash.

Jin is a man of many skills (didn’t he snap that really mean Other’s neck with just his feet while tied up in the season three finale? As many readers have pointed out, that was Sayid, sorry…), and he’s endowed with patience and generosity. His skill as a fisherman helped keep the survivors alive in the early days. He’s quick to volunteer for the toughest duties (he was on ill-fated raft launched at the end of season one), and he’s loyal to a fault. Back in season two, when Michael first split off from the group (led by Ana Lucia at the time) in his mania to search for his son Walt, who was it that insisted on going after him? Jin.

More than anything else, Jin loves and cherishes his wife, Sun. They’ve had their marital ups and downs, of course, before and during their stay on the island. But nobody, least of all Sun, has a shred of doubt that he loves her truly, madly and deeply, and that she feels the same about this extraordinary fisherman’s son (even if she was intending to leave him if the plane had made it to LAX). “Lost” fans know this like they know the flight number of the plane; the credit for that goes to the writers for fantastic character development over the years, and of course to actors Daniel Dae Kim and Yunjin Kim. I bought them as husband and wife from the beginning. When they fight, you can feel the tension.

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  1. It does seem as though people who have brushes with death change their behavior in significant ways. Really truth.

  2. When love has already become “chicken ribs”, when it is tasteless to eat but waste to throw away, what will we be supposed to choose?

  3. You may remenber the three proverbs:
    Misfortune tests the sincerity of friends.
    No cross, no crown.
    Nobody’s enemy but his own.
    One man’s fault is another man’s lesson.

  4. Jose says:

    Check your facts
    “Jin is a man of many skills (didn’t he snap that really mean Other’s neck with just his feet while tied up in the season three finale?)”
    It was Sayid not Jin who snapped the “Other’s neck”

  5. Phil says:

    Actually Cuse and Lindelof mentioned on their last podcast that the Oceanic 6 would (should) be confirmed.
    Jin = not off the Island. Aaron = member of the Oceanic 6.
    Also, I agree – poor Miles! I think I may be one of the minority that likes his character!
    And, finally I don’t think that Michael is affected by the “cabin fever.” It seems to me that the characters that were not in the vacinity of the hatch implosion will not be affected by the sickness.
    To clarify who those people are, it is the varous memebrs of the Others, Jin, Sun, Sayid (the team that tried to ambush the Others during Michael’s excursion), Michael, Jack, Kate, Hurley and Sawyer (5 of the Oceanic 6?!).

  6. Joe says:

    We will know by the end of the March 20 episode who the oceanic 6 are that is what Cuse & Lindelof have said. Jack,Kate,Jin,Sun,Hurley and Sayid are the 6.

  7. step says:

    (didn’t he snap that really mean Other’s neck with just his feet while tied up in the season three finale?)
    That was Sayid, not Jin.

  8. Hassan says:

    Agreed that this, along with the Desmond time-traveling seg, was one of the more creatively laid out episodes/storylines in quite some time. There were definitely some “WTF” moments in this one (especially when Hurley’s at Sun’s door, and it looks like they’re about to go on a date or something…)
    Glad to see a departure from focusing on the freighter-folk on the island, i.e. Faraday and Charlotte (poor Miles; his peeps have totally forgotten about him!)
    I’m hoping some of the original Losties get some more screen time in the next episodes.
    I wonder if Michael has the ship sickness, that “cabin fever,” as the skipper referred to it. He seemed pretty despondent, even for an aware spy. Oh, surprises!

  9. Steven Esse says:

    Think again, Jin’s tombstone read as the day of his ill fated demise in the year 2004, the 22nd of September the day of the crash of flight 815…6!

  10. Phil says:

    First thing first, this Oceanic 6 thing will be debated until a few weeks after Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof clarify it on their next podcast, but I think many people are overthinking it.
    Personally I believe the six are Jack, Kate, Hurley, Sayid, Sun and Aaron.
    In question for a lot of people seems to be Jin and his status in the six. Ben is also in debate, but he just logically would not be as he would never want to have his name and face so widely recognized. Ben like to keep things on the down-low!
    As for Jin, he can’t be one of the Oceanic 6 as the date of death in his tombstone was the date of the crash of Oceanic Flight 815. The world and the media did not see him alive (if even at all) when the six survivors of the crash were recovered.
    Two possibilities off the top of my head remain:
    1. Jin is still on the Island fishing with Bernard or fighting a war or whatever.
    2. Jin is one of the 8 initial survivors Jack alluded to when he testified at Kate’s trial in the episode “Eggtown.” Jin died on the Island (most likely in an attempt to make sure Sun gets off the Island, or maybe I’m just hopefully romanticising). Jin’s body may have been brought back and buried.
    The latter seems much more plausible to me, and that all hangs on the final scenes of “Ji Yeon.” Sun was so sullen and serious when she spoke at Jin’s gravestone. I seriously doubt she went to it as a symbolic gesture. There was such a tone of finality.
    If indeed the latter is true, it serves as an incredibly creative way to give a death sentence to a character, much in the same way the scribes did Charlie in season 3.
    To make a case for Aaron, he was indeed technically on the plane. He was not assigned a seat as he was in utero, but he was on the plane (the right to lifers will back me up on this).
    Considering that the tag “Oceanic 6” was given to the survivors by the media, and considering how much the media (and almost everyone) loves babies, I doubt the media would withhold Aaron as one of the Oceanic 6. You can almost see all the news specials playing on the networks about the miraculous survival of little baby Aaron! Somehow I doubt Kate was able to hide a whole child upon rescue.
    Anyway, all logos aside, the (potentially volatile) narrative used in the episode was absolutely beautiful! The way both the flash back and the flash forward was used was incredibly effective in maximizing the emotional stakes of the episode. While the flash forward moved the show along and tied up some loose ends (or at least tried!), the flashback gave us the basis and the backbone for the finale to stand on. The tears would simply not have come in such massive amount were the redemption of Jin, the contrast of old Jin and new Jin not realized.
    Well, I’ve gone on long enough with. To confirm – it was Regina that jumped overboard. Thanks for the recap! Cheers :)

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