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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Kate's an Other?

(This post deals with the ABC show LOST. Above: Kate is pretty, but remember "The Mole"?)

At the beginning of the reality show boom, like a year after Survivor introduced America to the wonder of Game Shows Where Losers are Voted Off, there was a show on ABC called The Mole. It was hosted by the phony earnestness that is Anderson Cooper, and it went like this: Every week, the contestants were involved in some sort of group activity where if they completed a certain assignment, they would add to the eventual winner's money total. As an added bonus, there was one contestant who really wasn't a contestant at all -- he/she was "The Mole," and was secretly working to stop the real players from completing their assignments, and therefore keeping them from the money. At the end of every show, the contestants would fill out a questionaire asking them questions about "The Mole" (where they were born, were they male or female, etc.). The person who got the worst score on the test was voted off. They whittled down the numbers until there were only three people left -- the final two contestants and the accursed "Mole." It was some hot reality action, let me tell you.

On the very first season of the American version of this show, the final three were two brash young guys and a cute little brunette woman with curly hair and a winning smile. America was shocked to find that this girl, seemingly next in the line of America's Reality Sweethearts after Coleen from Survivor I and Elizabeth from Survivor II, had been plotting against the other contestants from day one. They showed her purposefully blow missions without anyone knowing. They showed her nodding her head in agreement when people told her that they trusted her. They showed her having a breakdown because she just couldn't take the lying anymore. She was The Mole. Her name?


Keep that in mind as you watch that dangerous island minx stick her nose in everybody's business on LOST. Had I not seen that first season of The Mole, I'm not sure I would have ever caught on. She's a wily one, this Kate. Here is the compiled evidence for her being another one of LOST's "moles":

1) She is the only survivor who claims to remember the plane crash itself. She said she was awake for the whole thing. It's been fairly well established that this wasn't a plane crash, or at least wasn't your typical one. How come she's the only one who remembers it? Is she lying, and if so, why?

2) Her desire to be involved with every single thing that every single one of the LOSTies do is well-documented and lamented by LOST nerds. "Why does she have to be involved in everything?" they ask. Because she needs to stop them if they go near the wrong place, silly. Case in point: Jack, Swayer, and Locke form a search party to find Michael, and Jack forbids Kate to go. Well, who should show up with an Other's gun to her pretty elfin head? That's right, Kate. She just couldn't stay home. How convenient that the Others were able to use her as a bargaining chip, eh?

3) Claire decides to go to the "Other" place where she was being held in Season I, and who forces her way into that trip? That's right, Kate. When they get to the (recently and hastily abandoned...hmm) medical center, Claire and Danielle try to find their daughters, and Kate does some inspecting. She finds the fake beards and beard glue that the Sea Captain uses! Arr! That scum put a gun to her head! She calmly puts them away, and doesn't tell anyone about her discovery until a few episodes later (last night) when she uses the information as a way to complain about not being in the Jack-Locke "inner circle" anymore. Why does she need to be in the "inner circle" anyway?

4) What does the Marshall say about her early in Season One? Oh, yeah --
"No matter what she does, no matter how she makes you feel, don't trust a word she says."
Also, what does Kate say when The Marshall tells her she would have gotten away if not for her stopping to remove the farmer's artificial arm (long story)? Oh, yeah --
"In case you haven't noticed, I did get away." Perhaps she was talking about her secret deal to take part in an island experiment...

Just about everything Kate does can be explained if she's working with The Others. Keep an eye on this in the coming weeks (well, when Lost comes back from re-run hell, that is). We thought Kate was an Enigma -- as it turns out, she may just be a Mole.

There are problems with this theory, I admit, the main one being Kate telling Jack about the fake beards last night. That, even with her complaining, doesn't seem like an "Other" move. She hasn't told anyone else, that we know of. Part of the problem is LOST's infuriating delay in following up on important plot points in order to extend the story. Another problem is we never know what the characters have told each other, and they all seem to be keeping secrets these days. This is another way in which LOST is exactly like Twin Peaks. Let's hope these writers know what they're doing, and can at least end this season with a bang.


  • At 10:42 AM, Blogger Dan said…

    It won't really be rerun hell. Next week we get a 2 hour return to Alias, and week after that will be a rerun with a new Alias following. Certainly better than the other 65 breaks they've taken so far this season.


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