A Fresh Start: Tabula Rasa

Episode: Tabula Rasa
Date Re-Watched: 5/24/11

Tabula Rasa is the theory that individuals are born without built-in mental content and that their knowledge comes from experience and perception. Generally proponents of the tabula rasa thesis favor the “nurture” side of the nature versus nurture debate. The term in Latin equates to the English “blank slate” or more accurately, “erased slate.”

This perfectly represents what Kate is trying to have in this episode.  Or should I say the newly dubbed “Freckles.’

Jack in this episode is not worried.  He’s not trying to fix the Kate situation.  A far stretch from episodes to come when he’s micromanaging every little event.  Not sure why I forgot how much of a coward he is in this first part of the season.  It’s really not until the “Live Together, Die Alone” speech in a few episodes that he grows some balls and becomes the leader he needs to be.

The beginning of the Charlie and Claire romance!  I forgot how sugary sweet cute they are together.

First instance of creepy Walt.  Stopping the rain to make his dad go look for his lost dog.   Which leads Michael to stumble on a very topless Sun.  Thank goodness the chemistry wasn’t right for this to develop into a love triangle.  I think you can tell though that she wants to tell him something in English.

True manipulation by both Kate and Sawyer.  Sawyer thinks he’s pulling one over on Kate so he can be the “hero” and put the Marshall out of his misery, but Kate is also tricking him into killing the Marshall before anymore ill words can be said against her and her “fresh start.”

Fav Shots:
Jack’s face after Sawyer  comes out of the tent
“Wash Away” playing through Hurley’s CD player as the Losties be sweet to each other at the end of the episode.  I forgot how they incorporated modern music in Season 1 on the island
Fate to Late on Charlie’s hands
Vincent reuniting with Walt
The 180 camera spin on creepy Locke… must be his episode next…

Fav Quotes:
“He looks kinda… dying” – Hurley
“We should all be able to start over.” – Jack to Kate on the beach

3 down… 118 to go.

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