I apologize for the long wait until a new post. Life has been very busy and chaotic for me recently and I haven't been able to spare much time to watch an episode and write a review. I will be going on a temporary hiatus for now until I can work up some spare time to write a review. At the latest regular posts should return in July. Expect Lost reviews to continue but more likely at a slower rate, as I plan to introduce The Walking Dead reviews in the summer. I'll hope to be back soon for more reviews. For now check out my weekly Better Call Saul Season 3 reviews on thetvcritic.org as that's about all I have time for.
I thought this was a fast-paced, climactic, satisfying and overall excellent finale to the season. There were a number of great moments in this episode.
First of all I will address the answers that many people would have been craving in this episode. And thankfully we get some in this episode. Desmond's role is great as he lets us see the hatch through fresh eyes once more and he asks a lot of questions which leads to many answers for us about the hatch. It's really great to get all of the answers about the hatch in this episode since it makes the ride through this season with all the mystery worth it. There was a light at the end of the tunnel, and yet the episode still manages to create a bunch of exciting questions which can presumably take focus in the next season.
Additionally, there was a great story here. I'll start with Desmond, whose arc rounds off very nicely in this episode, instantly making him one of the more likeable characters on the show. It was great to watch him suffering in the hatch while wanting to leave very badly. It makes the reveal that Kelvin wanted to leave very impactful and it's easy to understand how Desmond would lose control and ultimately contemplate suicide in the hatch. But it was equally fantastic to see Penny give him a reason to stay alive and motivate him throughout the end of the episode.
The story in the hatch meanwhile, was tense, exciting and very well told. We got the important reveal that Desmond crashed Flight 815, which was a major moment and was very well done to make us realize that the button was real. Better yet though was Locke refusing to listen. His anger, sadness and overall disappointment has made him blind to logic and reason; in his mind he is sure that he has been betrayed again and isn't going to listen to the island anymore. Eko's attempts to get through the door were tense due to the dynamite but didn't lead to very much overall. Though I did enjoy his interactions with Charlie who was suitably skeptical about the button anyways.
The timer running out in the hatch really delivered a huge spectacle. It was amazingly shot as the low hum building up and objects flying around as Desmond desperately tried to reach the keyhole was really tense and exciting to watch. Locke and Eko's reactions were great and Desmond turning the key left for a great cliff-hanger. The real question now is what exactly happened to the hatch after that and everyone inside?
I seemed that we were going to get that answer when Charlie came out of the jungle, but unfortunately it led into one of the very few terrible scenes we have gotten from Lost. Charlie answers nothing and shows little to no care for Locke, Eko and Desmond which is ridiculous. Even worse is that Claire somehow falls in love with him after he refuses to tell anybody what happened, even though he clearly saw it. Ridiculous writing created in an attempt to properly redeem Charlie after his train-wreck of an arc this season.
Thankfully though the Charlie scene was the only miss of the episode as the other stories were very good. The capture of Jack and the others was shot well and it felt suitably horrifying to see them get shot down by darts. The rest of the scenes were very good as we get some closure for Michael for now as he is reunited with Walt at long last. His goodbye to the Others was handled very well in a very mysterious way when Henry responds saying that they are "the good guys". It is a major development to see Jack, Sawyer and Kate captured and I presume that we can finally learn about the Others now, which is a real reason to be excited about season 3.
-I'm sure we aren't through with Michael and Walt yet and I expect them to return eventually.
-Henry appears to be the leader of the Others which is a huge reveal. It makes sense too as he would have no real reason to share that information to Jack and Locke anyways.
-It was odd that Hurley was specifically picked by the Others only to be let go after they got him. It seems like that detail as only added to create more drama and suspicion around Michael in the survivors' camp.
-We finally get to see the real world at the end of the episode! It confirms that time does continue outside of the island which takes out some big theories.
-It was interesting to see that the camp Sayid ambushed was a fake. It isn't made clear how Michael and the Others communicated about that, but I think that the communication in the Swan was used for Michael to get instructions.
-The people in the Pearl station seem to have been the ones who were watched when in their station not the people in the Swan. This was all but confirmed when all the journals appeared in a pile in the middle of nowhere.
-I wonder where Locke's character goes from here as his next arc should be most interesting. Who would have expected him to be so against the island just 24 episodes after he eagerly opened the hatch? I wonder if he will restore his faith or something else entirely. Either way I'm sure his story will be as captivating as ever.
Best Moment: Desmond finding Penny's letter in his book. It made perfect sense and gave the small detail of the book a major role in Desmond's story. His anger an sadness while shouting "it's all gone" was very relatable and sad. Even better was that the scene tied together with Locke's story as we hear him pounding on the hatch soon after.
Conclusion: A very strong episode with many excellent moments that delivered a satisfying concluding act to this season. I a very excited to see more in season 3 as the story has been set up really well. As for season 2, it's been a pretty up and down ride but the last stretch of episodes were very good, which leaves a good taste in my mouth. While a far cry from season 1's excellence, I still think season 2 was very good television. I will go into more detail in my season 2 review. As for this episode, I don't think it was quite as good as Exodus, but it definitely still delivered big.
Final Score: 83 out of 100.
For the most part this was a strong first half of the finale with enough great moments to stand as more than just a set-up episode.
First of all the flashbacks with Desmond was a very bold and unique choice. Desmond was only present in the first 3 episodes this season so it's quite an ambitious move to end the season with his story. However, thankfully, it works very well and we are instantly drawn into his story be seeing some of his past life and values. We can relate to him as he has clearly been screwed out of a relationship with the woman he loves. It allows us to relate to him just as well as all other previous first flashbacks have for the other characters, showing that Lost still hasn't lost its touch with telling character stories.
There are lots of neat details in the flashbacks too. We see Kelvin in the hatch and he is surprisingly the Army officer from Sayid's flashback in "One of Them" which is another neat connection. it's possible that there is a greater story there, but it seems unlikely considering that Kelvin is dead now. Furthermore we see Libby again as she meets Desmond, and we learn more about her than ever before as she talks about her previous husband. A nice touch in that scene is seeing Libby understand and figure out Desmond right away, which made perfect sense considering that she is a psychiatrist.
On the island the story is excellent as well. The Michael story remains very strong and continues to be the driving force of the back half of this season. There were a number of nice and tense scenes especially the last one when Michael is forced to reveal what he did to everybody after Jack confronts him. It's such an emotional scene that is written to perfection with excellent acting and dialogue from all involved. With Michael now let in on Jack's plan, I'm curious to see if he will side with them to help in the ambush or if he will betray them again and hand them over to the Others anyways.
The grouping of Sayid, Jin and Sun is interesting and it should lead to some fresh interactions between them. It also functions well to give Jin and Sun something important to do since they have done very little in this season. Their discovery of the four-toed statue is very intriguing and hints heavily at the island's past which I am getting more and more excited to learn about.
Lastly, the hatch story gets more and more interesting and it appears that we will find out what happens when the button isn't pushed in the next half of the finale. There are some nice moments in this story, like Locke's attempt to smash the computer. We can really see how betrayed he feels by the island and it's easy to understand his frustration after his story in "?". It was quite unique to see Locke's frustration outside of the hatch. Eko on the other hand is still awesome as he shows his resolve to pressing the button. Locke and Desmond's alliance is very welcome and they have some nice scenes talking about the hatch. I'm excited to see what happens next inside the hatch.
-Charlie is pretty mean towards Locke and Desmond in this episode, which is quite strange considering we had seen his apparent redemption in the last episode. Charlie's character has been handled poorly and continues to be as he is becoming more and more unlikeable as the series goes on.
-It was interesting to see that Desmond left on a boat after episode 3, which definitely explains his disappearance. However, it also raises the question of why he couldn't leave the island and ended up sailing back. It really calls into question what exactly is happening in the real world, if it even exists anymore as Desmond put it in his "snow globe" analogy.
-I am fine that we aren't getting many answers and that we are getting more questions, but I wish hat characters could ask more questions to each other or tell each other more. Kate's talk about the fake beards is a prime example as we have no idea who knows about this since we have almost never seen Kate mention it. I would expect more people to be asking questions if they knew about it, but they aren't and it just makes no sense that Kate wouldn't tell them. It's small things like this that kind of alienate me a little bit.
Best Moment: Jack forcing Michael to reveal he truth. It's impactful storytelling and Harold Perrineau plays the role perfectly showing Michael's guilt and desperation excellently to the point that the only thing he can say is "it's my son." Hurley's sadness, Jack's anger and both Kate and Sawyer's disbelief are well done too, but it's not on the same level as Perrineau's performance.
Conclusion: An exciting set-up episode that builds up the plot well for an explosive second half. I really look forward to seeing these storylines conclude and I'm curious to see what the season's cliff-hanger will be.
Final Score: 75 out of 100.
One episode away from the finale and Lost is amping up the pace and building up for a big conclusion. Though this episode wasn't very memorable it did get me excited for the finale and also let me sympathize with Michael after what he did which means it served its purpose.
First of all I enjoyed the different approach to Michael's flashbacks. An off-island flashback wouldn't have been useful at getting me to sympathize with Michael for his murders, so it was a welcome addition to show his time with the Others, even if it didn't reveal a whole lot about the Others aside from these "tests" they seem to be doing to Walt. However, it provided us with an amazing scene between Michael and Walt where we can really see how the Others broke Michael and got him to do their bidding. His tears feel very real and it made me completely understand why he would choose to murder; he just wants his son back that badly.
The rest of the episode was solid too. It was good to see Michael trying his best to get only the people he needs to go with him, and I loved that Sayid did figure out that Michael had been "compromised". It was pretty intense and sad to see Michael provoking Hurley, who had a hell of an episode as he mourned for Libby and gave an emotional final speech. Lost has always specialized in getting out raw emotion and the funerals served that purpose very well as expected.
I was glad to see Eko going straight to the hatch while Locke waited out on the beach. It was some good continuation after they took the centre sage in the last episode. Eko's choice to abandon the church was logical and it's good to see him taking it onto himself to start pressing the button. He also gave an excellent and chilling speech to Michael regarding hell, which was quite interesting. Speaking of that, it was nice to see more scenes of Michael feeling guilty, traumatized and upset after murdering Ana and Libby. It's logical that you can't just walk off doing something like that.
Charlie throwing the statues was a nice moment but it felt totally unearned. After all the horrible things Charlie did, surely he needed a bigger redemption arc than just that? It was sloppy and forgotten which was unlike the writing team that has paid so much attention to character thee past 2 seasons.
-The boat is a very exciting cliff-hanger going into the finale. Could it be the Others coming back for more? I'm very intrigued and excited by this development.
-The Others' list is very interesting. Why do they want those specific survivors only? It's a very interesting development to watch.
-The Jack/Kate/Sawyer love triangle continues with some misunderstandings of the phrase "caught in a net" which I found to be quite funny. However I am worried about this tory since love triangles tend to be weak plot points, so the writers need to be extra careful here.
-Michael's return was another one of those nice emotional moments that Lost enjoys showing. It served its purpose even if it wasn't particularly great.
Best Moment: Michael and Walt's meeting at the mercy of the Others. So many little interesting details were revealed, but most importantly it provided the motivations and emotions for Michael to do what he did, allowing us to sympathize with him and to truly understand how gut-wrenching it was to be so close to getting Walt back.
Conclusion: This was a fine, if unspectacular episode aside from the great Michael/Walt scene. It was a good setup for the finale which I expect to be an excellent conclusion to a rather up and down season which has now finally gotten into its stride.
Final Score: 68 out of 100.
Lost is delivering huge episodes now and this one was the best episode since "Orientation". Character, theme, plot, mystery and excitement was explored deeply in this episode which made it come together very well and I felt very satisfied once it was over.
First of all, this episode drew heavily from the excellent "Deus Ex Machina" from season 1 and felt familiar because of that. It goes further than that though. Both episodes were about the core character receiving dreams from the island, going on a quest in the jungle and having their faith confirmed by the end of the episode. However, the episode isn't weaker for this. Quite the opposite in fact. This episode is strengthened because it parallels "Deus Ex Machina" perfectly in showing that while Lost may have lost his faith, Mr Eko has now become a believer and he will keep believing.
And what great character journeys they were. I'll start with Eko, who was as excellent as ever. In the flashbacks we get to understand how big of a moment it was for him to find the plane after he receives a message from a girl claiming to have received from Yemi. Realizing that it was true is a huge moment for him and began his turn which ultimately led up to his final speech to Locke, revealing why he believes in the island. It was an excellent catharsis and showcased everything Mr Eko was all about. The little details were very well done too. I enjoyed seeing Eko's excitement being similar to Locke's previous excitement as he eagerly awaits finding out more about why he is on the island. A particularly nice touch was Eko asking Locke if he wants to see the orientation film again. It was written in very well and easily reminded me of "Deus Ex Machina".
On the other hand, this episode makes Locke lose all faith. It brilliantly builds up Locke's excitement by having him initially reluctant to go with Eko, but after his dream we see the change as Locke begins to get faith once more. This is showcased in a few excellent scenes, particularly when we see Locke standing up as Eko climbs and also when Locke insists on helping Eko open the hatch doors. It's excellent stuff which makes Locke's final decision all the more heartbreaking. I'll delve more into the Pearl later in the review, but the simple idea that the entire hatch and button was an experiment completely drives Locke off the edge and it's easy to see and understand his frustration after everything. To him, the island built up his hopes and crushed them just like with his father and the walkabout.
Regarding the Pearl itself, it offers a lot of intrigue. We see a lot of interesting connections to the Dharma Initiative as expected but we also get loads of questions raised about the hatch. Is the button actually fake? It's hard to tell especially since we have seen evidence of electromagnetic activity which Sayid investigated earlier in this season. But this seems like pretty concrete evidence, so I am genuinely unsure as to what te answer will be. I'm more than curious to find out what happens when the button isn't pressed and I'm excited for the moment when we finally find out.
Lastly, I enjoyed the scenes in the hatch. Libby provides some tense moments before she dies and it is sad as expected with Hurley blaming himself right next to her. Michael is awesome as he feels guilty for his actions and Jack, as usual, is excellent as he desperately does anything to save Libby. His plan to get the guns back is also well done. It's clever that Sawyer hid them in his tent, but it doesn't make the most sense since surely somebody would have seen him coming out of his tent with guns at some point o at the very least seen him taking the guns into his tent when he first took them. It's a little too much of a stretch for me.
-Eko's dream where he learns that Ana has died was very interesting and unique. I really enjoy seeing these supernatural dreams as they are always very gripping.
-I think we will learn more about what happened to Michael in the next episode considering that finalshot of him.
-Seeing the psychic again was interesting. He claims that he is a fake, but we know that he had a legitimate vision with Claire. I hope that we can see more from him to learn the truth about him and what actually happened.
-This episode was a fantastic character transformation. The flashbacks may seem insignificant, but they were effective at showing that Eko never believed in faith before the island, and it makes his transformation by the end all the more believable and engaging.
-It was nice to see another orientation video. They are produced really well and offer many enjoyable tidbits of information that keep us guessing throughout.
Best Moment: I loved Eko's final speech to Locke. It effectively demonstrated his entire journey and it fit his character really well. He was trying to help Locke find his way and while it may not have worked, it helped cement that Eko will not be giving in easily like Locke did.
Conclusion: This was an amazing episode that continued to explore significant themes and offered 2 very strong character transformations. Lost has struggled to balance character and plot this season, but this episode does it seamlessly and makes me extremely excited for the final 3 episodes.
Final Score: 82 out of 100.
This is more like it. This episode had a frantic pace, tension and excellent character development which made it feel like a major episode. Add on that truly stunning ending and this is the episode I was expecting to get the climax of season 2 into motion.
I'm going to start with the big talking point of this episode. Holy cow what an ending. There was tension in that scene but I never in a million years expected Michael to outright murder Ana in cold blood and free Henry. This massive shock provides an incredible cliff-hanger and I'm eager to find out what happens next. There is a big mystery regarding Michael's motivations as it's unclear if he was brainwashed or doing this in an attempt to get Walt back. It seems clear that his words about the Others being savages are lies, so I'm curious to see what his plans are.
The episode itself is centred around Ana though and she does an excellent job of carrying the episode. There is real emotion as we see her regrets about the revenge she took back in "Collision" and it's great to see her unable to do the same to Henry. it' easy to understand her thought process and it's always effective to see the tough female's softer side as she opens up to Michael towards the end of the episode. Her flashback scenes with Christian are also excellent at showing that she isn't going to just give up and be pathetic like he is.
I enjoyed seeing Ana turn the situation around on Sawyer as well. It was a clever and logical way to have Sawyer give Ana a gun. I also liked that jack and the others properly confronted Sawyer to get the guns back. It makes sense that Jack would want to pressure Sawyer into getting what he wants. I just wish that the Sawyer story had been handled better so the moment could feel more significant.
Libby's death is also very surprising and hits hard. I really feel bad for Hurley now and it seems clear that Michael's actions will have him feeling guilty because nobody wants to see Hurley sad. Though I do question the choice to kill off Libby since we hardly learned anything about her and her history. Perhaps she will survive, but that seems very unlikely.
Lastly, Henry is spectacular as always and he raises many questions about the Others through conversations with Locke and Ana. First of all his claims of being on a "mission" to Locke are very interesting. He says he is there for him which could be an interesting development, but it seems just as likely that Henry is lying. He has enjoyed manipulating Locke and it seems that he's still doing that. Locke is excellent as he reacts to this as well as he clearly wants to believe henry so desperately. it's no secret that Locke has been disappointed with the island thus far and he's hoping that this is his destiny finally coming to him. But with Henry's escape at the end, I wonder how Locke will feel now? Regarding his conversations with Ana, it's very interesting that Henry believes that his people did not antagonize them. Kidnapping seems pretty bad but Henry acts like it was perfectly acceptable which further excites me to find out what the motivations are for the Others.
-Christian's return is welcome and builds some very interesting mysteries. It appears that Christian has a daughter who would be Jack's half-sister which is very interesting. I'm curious to find out who that will be. Also we get a nice segue to Christian's talk with Sawyer after Ana drops him off at the Cocktail Bar.
-Hurley getting lost on the way to the beach was a nice callback to Shannon thinking Sayid was lost earlier in the season and it also made for a good laugh when we realize that Hurley actually was lost.
-Ana and Sawyer's bickering is fun as usual. Ana seems to be the only one who can appropriately combat Sawyer's one-liners which was fun while it lasted.
Best Moment: Undoubtedly the ending. The lack of music made the moment all the more impactful and shocking.
Conclusion: This is the episode we needed to get the story into the next gear. Fantastic plot and character development anchored by an epic ending makes this one of season 2's best efforts.
Final Score: 78 out of 100.
Lost is taking a very different approach in these final episodes which isn't building quite as well to the climax, but thankfully the character work remains extremely strong, making these episodes still perfectly enjoyable.
Here we have an episode based around 2 side characters, and it works much better than most other episodes this season. This is because Rose and Bernard's story is so well told that it reveals a lot about them to us and also gives us an emotional story for us to get behind and enjoy. Add on the excellent pay-off when Rose tells Bernard about her cancer being cured and Bernard deciding to stay, and we have a very strong story from start to finish. Furthermore, this story is lifted up b the fact that it's the first time we have seen characters other than Locke appear to be perfectly happy with life on the island. With the montage showing Jin, Sun, Hurley and Claire just as happy as Rose and Bernard, Lost is making it clear that over time everyone will find their peace on the island.
Other than the thematic exploration, the story for Bernard and Rose individually is very engaging and emotional. It's easy to relate to both of their situations as Rose just wants to enjoy the rest of her lie with Bernard and Bernard just doesn't want to lose the woman he loves. It gives the characters drive and motivation which influences their decisions on the island and even in the flashback, which makes for gripping storytelling and impactful moments. Even if these 2 are unimportant side characters, their story still becomes must-see for Lost fans because they are given the time and dedication that the other main cast characters received.
On the other hand, Jack and Kate have a very strong story when they go to offer a trade with the Others. Seeing them get caught in Rousseau's trap provided an excellent way to show where their relationship is currently at and made for a very fun and unique scene. It served its purpose well and delivered a lot of nice, little character bits throughout the scene. Seeing Jack scream for the trade fit in well with his character too and the last cliff-hanger with Michael returning was very interesting and could be the turning point in this season.
The one thing I didn't like about this storyline was Kate keeping the information about the Others a secret. It makes no sense that she would do so, since it is important that the survivors know what they are up against and it just seems stupid to keep some key information like the true nature of the Others to yourself. Furthermore her justification for keeping it secret was absolutely ridiculous. Her little petty disagreement with Jack is not worth withholding important from.
-It was good to see somebody finally try to find a way to get rescued again. Surely not everyone has resigned themselves to life on the island, and it was good to see Bernard finally do something about it. However it was a little ridiculous that nobody was willing to help Bernard out with the SOS sign.
-Locke's increased frustration as good to see as well and it's definitely leading him towards something big at the end of this season.
-On the topic of Locke, I really enjoyed the flashback showing Locke in the wheelchair. It so clearly displays his misery and unhappiness off of the island through some excellent acting by Terry O'Quinn.
Best Moment: I will go for Rose and Bernard's final embrace, despite how good the scene between Kate and Jack in the net was. The raw emotion and satisfying payoff made it feel extremely enjoyable.
Conclusion: This episode wasn't really necessary in the long run, but I'm glad that we got it, since it told a very important and enjoyable story. While this episode has some flaws, I still think that it was amongst the best written episodes in this season.
Final Score: 72 out of 100.
This season has been big step down in terms of character episodes, but now Lost has produced one of the best character stories in its entire run, and that really makes this episode overcome its flaws.
First of all, Hurley's story is incredibly bold and is all the better for it. It was a big move to focus on why Hurley is overweight and it works very well because the writers don't hold back at all in telling the story. Hurley's reliance on food has been shown, and by explaining that food is how he punished and comforted himself after killing the people, it really gave the story depth and an emotional edge that most character stories have been missing this season. It was also nice to learn about Hurley's history in the mental asylum.
I think the most daring choice in this episode was to address the "it's all a dream" fan theory that always goes around. It's unique and makes this episode unique and memorable. I really appreciated that the writers would go so far with this episode, as it really showed how fragile Hurley's mind can be as well, giving the plot that extra character leverage as well. However, it's painfully obvious that the show isn't taking place in Hurley's mind which takes away from the episode's overall impact. I never once bought Dave's claims of everything being a dream.
Dave had a similar problem because I never stopped believing that he was imaginary. The writers did the absolute best they could with the Dave twist and provided all the right hints to make Dave seem real, bu it wasn't enough for me which hurt some of the episode. It took away the surprise element from when Dave's true identity is revealed and made it only a key character moment for Hurley. It would have been more effective if we got to experience the surprise that Hurley did ad would have given this episode that next level of engagement, but it wasn't meant to be.
Additionally, the story in the hatch was strong as always. I loved seeing Henry continue to attempt to lie his way out of his predicament and having it backfire in his face. Sayid was excellent as he broke into Henry's lies once more and his silent rage continued from "One of Them", which I really enjoyed. I bought that he would make the irrational decision to try to kill Henry and it felt very tense and reminiscent of Charlie shooting Ethan, only executed much better. Locke's confrontation with Henry was also very interesting and continued the slow process of Locke losing his faith in the hatch.
If you compare this season to season one, they both have a similar pace and seem to be picking up at the same time. However, I thought that "Lockdown" would have been similar to "Numbers" where it picks up the story and throws it into full gear leading into the finale. However, this episode unfortunately slowed down all of that momentum, which is poor, considering how close to the end of the season we are.
-Libby was good in this episode as Hurley's love interest and they shared some nice scenes together. The final twist with Libby in the mental hospital was very interesting and makes me curious to learn more about her backstory.
-Henry's claims about the button are very intriguing. I have no idea where these claims could lead the story so I'm genuinely interested to find out if he is telling the truth or lying, as both seem plausible. I hope that Henry will stick around at least until the finale since he has been a very exciting part of this season.
-Henry references a "he" amongst the Others which is very intriguing and excites me once more to learn about them.
-Hurley beating up Sawyer was good fun and a nice way to show Hurley's pent up frustration.
Best Moment: Hurley eating the peanut butter of a leaf was pretty disgusting and drove home the sheer awfulness of his current situation. Of the many Hurley scenes in this episode, this one had the most impact for me.
Conclusion: This episode delivered a spectacular character story, but didn't do too great of a job on the other elements. However, I do think the character work does earn this a 70. All the show needs to do now is pick up the pace for the climax.
Final Score: 70 out of 100.
Lost finally delivered something above average here as it delivered the most gripping episode since "Orientation" several episodes back.
First of all, the island plot is more engaging than it has ever been. Seeing the main focus return to the hatch is refreshing and continued to build up mystery of just what is going on down there. Henry's claims about the button as well as the blast doors and the map all keep building up the mysteries. There is a ton of information to digest and it's fascinating to learn more and more and it kept me constantly at the edge of my seat.
Character-wise the hatch story is excellent as well. It allows Locke to begin to build some trust for Henry and allows them to bond. It's easy to buy that Locke would begin to believe that Henry is righteous after what they went through, which makes it all the more tragic when Henry's cover is blown at the end of the episode. With the inclusion of Sayid and the others discovering the balloon at the beginning of the episode, it also gives us the idea that maybe Henry isn't an Other, and manages to make the final reveal a good surprise even though I had really expected it not to be after the previous episodes.
Locke's own story is excellent too. The flashback once more shows Anthony ruining his life, which is still sad to see even if it has been seen before. Seeing Locke lose Helen in such a pathetic way is disheartening and continues to make Anthony easily detestable, even more so than he was before. This adds on to the impact he has had on Locke's life. Locke's biggest strength on the island is his commitment to the island, and it's really sad to see that same trait ruin his life off the island in almost every way. Furthermore, it's essential to show this as it makes Locke's growing doubt in the island feel more realistic. His commitment seems to be wavering and this episode adds all the proper details to make it feel logistic, with Henry's talk about the button and the flashbacks story.
The side story in this episode is alright as it shifts Sawyer's control back to Jack. However, the problem is that Sawyer hardly did anything while in control so it doesn't feel at all satisfying to see Jack retake the medicine, which is a shame. With more focus Sawyer's story could have been really good but it's unfortunately been shifted to the background.
-The food drop is interesting and it raises many questions about how Dharma is operating currently. It's also interesting that I happened during the lockdown. Could it be that the lockdown was initiated to hide whatever it was that brought the food there?
-I like the new focus on Henry in these past few episodes. It gives the season more drive than before and has made for more consistent entertainment. Now that there are only a handful of episodes left, I expect the story to be excellent.
-The criminals in the flashback felt very typecast and bland. They were far too stereotypical to be a proper threat in my eyes.
Best Moment: The blast door map appearing was excellent and gripping and continued to build the enticing mystery of the hatch.
Conclusion: This episode brought together plot progression and character very well in a similar way to "Orientation" and "Man of Science, Man of Faith" from earlier in the season, making it share a similar success to those episodes. While it isn't quite as good from a writing standpoint, it is still better than most of everything else this season.
Final Score: 74 out of 100.
Lost had a fairly solid episode this time, but some poor writing decisions took away from what could have been a splendid episode.
For starters, Sun's story is strong on paper and is pretty interesting. The details were all placed in previous episodes to hint at how Sun and Jin always had a soft spot for kids, even in the previous episode when Sun told Claire that a mother should never leave her child. The writing was strong there but it was less strong in this episode. There were some moments that felt a little awkward, particularly Jin telling Sun that her father makes him do terrible things. That felt out of character and didn't fit in with Jin's story of doing terrible things so that Sun wouldn't hate her father, which was a little sloppy. Other than that and a few other things, the story was strong and consistent and I enjoyed it. The added intrigue of wondering if Sun actually had a proper affair with Jae Lee is interesting. It raises the question of if the baby is Jin's or his. Considering Sun's reaction to the doctor in the final flashback scene, it's entirely possible that he had told her of Jin's infertility after she already slept with Jae, but it's still a big mystery.
On the other hand, Ana Lucia has an excellent storyline where she gets to question Henry and comes to terms with Sayid. Sayid has moved on well from his grieving period and seems tougher and colder than ever which is nice. Ana's apology to him was a great moment and it was wonderful to see her come to terms with the fact that others don't like her through the use of Charlie. It was a smart use of characters to get the desired development out of Ana Lucia. Furthermore, her questioning of Henry was great. She asked all of the logical questions that Sayid did which was excellent and felt satisfying after Sayid's rather unimpressive interrogation.
However, this storyline led to a major problem which bothered me. Ana never shows the map to Jack and Locke for no apparent reason just for plot's sake. She was asked to get information so it feels inconsistent and unrealistic for her to take it into her own hands to find the balloon. In case it was a trap, like Henry suggested at the end of the episode, Ana surely should have let others know where she was going. Furthermore, it seems like a lot of people already know about Henry, so why keep it a secret? Wouldn't the reveal of his identity help Jack create the army he wants as well? These flaws really stick out and take away from this episode.
-Jin and Sun's island story is the usual fine story of love between them with a satisfying ending that leaves you feeling happy. There's also a nice comedy scene between Sun and Hurley as well. But unfortunately, aside from Sun's pregnancy reveal there isn't much substance here so it feels kind of like filler.
-It was nice to see Rose and Bernard again. Rose is keeping track of what day it is which is a nice touch that feels consistent to her character.
-The cliffhanger is very exciting and leaves the door open for many possibilities in the next episode. What will Ana and the others find at the end of Henry's map?
-The island healed Locke's back, so is it possible that it fixed Jin's infertility as well? That makes it really tough to figure out who the father of Sun's child is, and it really makes it a compelling mystery.
Best Moment: Ana apologizing to Sayid for killing Shannon. It's a wonderful character moment for her and Sayid turns the scene into something more by stating that the Others are to blame for her death, adding a more sinister tone to the scene by bringing Henry back into the focus.
Conclusion: This episode could have easily been a high 60s episode, but there were enough flaws that it really took away from the experience. The writing needs to be more ironed out than this to make these episodes more satisfying. This episode is still decent, but it isn't at the level that Lost should be aiming for.
Final Score: 61 out of 100.