Summary: Jimmy takes Kim on a surprise trip to an open house where they smooth things over between them for the moment. Jimmy begins working as Saul Goodman and tackles countless cases quickly, going as far as to break down an elevator to stage a meeting with Suzanne to discuss clients. Nacho's threatened by Gus who orders him to gain Lalo's trust to learn his intentions. After an unfortunate drug bust which ends with Domingo arrested, Nacho sneaks into the stash house to get rid of the cocaine before the DEA can find it, earning Lalo's respect. Mike has started drinking again and lashes out at Kaylee after being reminded of his guilt. After Jimmy leaves court, he's picked up by Nacho.
The Good: This was probably one of the funniest episodes of the show. The opening sequence was hilarious, and it was edited to perfection. It's goofy fun that we don't normally see from "Better Call Saul", but it fit right in with the changing dynamics of the show. The rest of this episode had plenty of moments that continued the comedic tone, whether it was the comical way that Domingo was busted by the cops or Jimmy's overly dramatic acting as he stages an elevator breakdown to finish up some cases with Suzanne. It was a refreshing change of pace, and made this episode pretty memorable. The infusion of comedy and drama has become less frequent with this show as it has gone on due to the show's darker tone in the past few seasons. However, it's telling of how good these writers are that they are able to squeeze in these laughs without taking away from the serious tone that permeates much of this episode.
But that's not to say that this episode can't be serious. Instead, it seems to take pleasure in mixing the serious with the comedic. Take the ending cliffhanger as an example. This is a huge moment for the show as Jimmy and Nacho have reunited for the first time in almost 40 episodes, finally beginning Jimmy's journey into the criminal underworld. The show understands the significance of this moment - the entire 50% off opening sequence provides a direct link from Jimmy to the Nacho storyline as a wonderful piece of foreshadowing - and the scene is shot in a dramatic way. Yet we still have the joke with Nacho refusing to allow Jimmy to enter his car with an ice cream cone. It's a brilliant case of humour mixed with a serious tone, and somehow it doesn't feel jarring since my emotional reaction flowed naturally throughout the scene.
Jimmy's storyline was terrific in this episode. There is a wonderful open house sequence that may seem like a complete waste of time on paper. But in execution, it turns into a wonderful exploration of the Jimmy/Kim relationship, giving the characters some time to get past the troubles that came from Jimmy's change into Saul Goodman. I thought that it was telling how Kim refused to work with Jimmy when he was trying to sell her an apology, only coming around on their trip to the open house when they start messing around and ignoring their day-to-day life. It's clear that these two love each other and that there are still plenty of reasons for Kim to stick with Jimmy. But there's still conflict bubbling under the surface that needs to be explored.
The remainder of Jimmy's story focuses on him enjoying his new life as Saul Goodman. He's a force in the courtroom, going from person to person and concluding cases as casually and flippantly as he possibly can. And how wonderful was that single shot of him in the courtroom? This show never stops with its innovative cinematography to add a little bit of extra flavour to the scenes. What's evident from the two Saul Goodman sequences is that Jimmy loves this new life. He's free to be himself like never before, scheming and conning his way to success while still serving his clients. This is the lifestyle he's dreamed of and it tastes just as sweet as he imagined. But it's going to be short-lived. Saul Goodman is destined to be drawn into life as a criminal, despite what Jimmy may want. The dropped ice cream cone at the end of the episode is symbolic of this. Before Jimmy is able to fully enjoy the wonders of his new lifestyle, he's going to be thrown out of his depth, and once that happens there is no going back. And it looks like that time is now.
This episode spent a lot of time on Nacho's storyline, which was done very well. Gus' chilling threat early in the episode set the tone very well for Nacho. He wants nothing more than to go on living quietly, but with Gus' veiled threat on his father, he has no choice but to do some of the riskiest and most reckless stuff in order to gain Lalo's trust. Nacho isn't given very many lines of dialogue, yet it's always clear what his intentions are and what the inner conflict is that he's dealing with. The emphasis on visual storytelling is "Better Call Saul" playing to its strengths. Furthermore, what makes Nacho so engaging to watch is that we don't have to be told to sympathize with him. He's such a morally grey character and it would be easy for the show to try to force us to like him. But the show never does that. Instead we choose to care about his internal struggles without there being any telegraphed attempts to get us to like him, and that makes this story all the more satisfying. On top of that, we get an outstanding sequence where Nacho tries to sneak the cocaine out of the stash house. We understand why he's doing it (to gain Lalo's trust) but it still seems like a stupid and scary idea. This scene mixes the nail biting tension of Nacho getting caught with some wonderful levity as Lalo commentates the whole escapade, resulting in a unique and immensely enjoyable sequence that sticks to this episode's theme of blending in humour with drama.
The last storyline to dive into is Mike's. Mike had a quiet episode, but still a very effective one. We get to see Mike fall back into his drinking habits, and the guilt over what he did to Werner is evidently eating him alive. Jonathan Banks communicates this all so perfectly, and the tragic scene where he lashes out at Kaylee is hard to watch. The poor girl is only wanting to learn more about her father, but her attempts to do so bring Mike's guilt over what happened to both Werner and Matty to the surface, and that has dire consequences. I'm not sure where Mike goes after this, but it should be interesting to see what he has to do to resolve his inner dilemma.
The Bad: I don't think there was any problem with the content we got in this episode. It was all very good stuff. But when put together, something about this episode felt off. There are so many storylines going on, and everything didn't quite flow in this episode. Things felt disjointed, without a focused story pushing things forwards. It's here where the episode's biggest strength (its humour) becomes its weakness, as the humour ends up only adding to what already feels like a pretty cluttered episode. Every individual scene worked, though the overall package felt like it was missing the focus it needed to really deliver.
The Unknown: What is Lalo planning to do about Gus? Hector told him to go after Gus' money. How does he plan to do this?
I liked that we got to learn how Domingo got his nickname. It was a harmless bit of fanservice that did actually fit in the episode. I wonder if this arrest is what leads to Domingo becoming a DEA informant. I really appreciate that the show has been quietly developing Domingo in the background. Will we actually see him become the Krazy 8 that we know from "Breaking Bad"?
What does Nacho want with Jimmy? Does this have to do with Lalo's plans for Domingo? I suspect that Nacho will want to recruit Jimmy to get him out of custody.
Best Moment: Nacho getting the cocaine out of the stash house. A wonderfully original sequence that was shot perfectly and blended humour and drama in a tremendously fun way.
Character of the Episode: Nacho.
Conclusion: This ended up being a great episode that finally merged Jimmy's story to the cartel story. The use of humour was a highlight of the episode, and there was plenty of interesting character exploration to set up the remainder of the season.
Summary: Gene escapes from Omaha for a few days, unsure if his cover is blown. After a while, he returns safely but is discovered by Jeff, the taxi driver who recognizes him. Jeff plans to stay in touch with Gene who panics and calls Ed looking to vanish again. But at the last moment, Gene changes his mind. In the present, Kim is shaken by Jimmy's change to Saul but she accepts it. Jimmy runs a promotional stunt with his final cell phones and gets in touch with a lot of new potential clients. Kim runs into Jimmy while working a PD case and Jimmy gets Kim to run a con to get her client to make the right choice, unnerving her. Meanwhile, Lalo enlists Nacho's help and discovers that the cocaine being sold is stepped on. Lalo meets with Bolsa and Gus, and Gus explains that Werner stole his cocaine and he had him quietly killed, diluting the cocaine with meth in an attempt to keep things unnoticed. Gus also explains that Werner was working on an innocuous construction project but Lalo doesn't buy it. Mike dismisses the Germans back to Germany and quits working for Gus.
The Good: Like most season premieres of this show, this was a slow episode that patiently explored a change in character dynamics while wrapping up loose ends from last season and setting up the plot for this season. It certainly won't be the best episode of the season, but it's still an enjoyable watch.
I'll start with the opening Gene sequence, a staple of the season premieres. As usual, the sequence was a terrific self-contained watch, furthering Gene's story and highlighting his paranoia. We see Gene on-the-run after his tense encounter last season, and he's ready to leave at a moment's notice. This is the first Gene scene we have seen that doesn't open with a musical score. The music represents Gene's monotonous Cinnabon lifestyle, and with Gene starting off in such a place of bother, the music isn't there. At least not until Jimmy returns to his normal lifestyle, but even then the music only lasts a short while, symbolic of the increasing pressure on Gene and how the Jimmy/Saul hiding beneath him is eager to emerge. Gene is living under constant threat now, and the confrontation with Jeff was exemplary of that. The scene was frighteningly tense giving Gene a good reason to want to disappear once again. He calls Ed (R.I.P. Robert Forster) looking to leave. But he changes his mind and decides to solve the problem himself. This is such a great way to end the Gene sequence, suggesting to us that the Gene lifestyle is no longer viable for Saul/Jimmy. He's going to try to come back, and it should be a blast to see what he does next. But unfortunately, we'll have to wait until next season to find out.
Jimmy's transformation into Saul Goodman went forward in full force. This episode sees Saul in his element, dressed in colourful suits, making sleazy business deals and spitting out charismatic lines of dialogue. There isn't a hint of Jimmy in this episode, as Saul rapidly spirals out of control with his questionable marketing schemes and complete disregard for ethics. It's as much of a shock for Kim as it is for us to see Jimmy instantly become this colourful new character and break through every one of the restraints that held him back in his last stint as a lawyer. Perhaps the best example of this is Jimmy's new 50% off deal. It's evident to everyone watching that this deal sounds like a horrible idea since it sounds like Jimmy is encouraging felonies, and Kim points this out, concerned about Jimmy's reputation. But Jimmy completely misinterprets her meaning, thinking that Kim is referring to his financial situation rather than his reputation. As Saul Goodman, he's unable to comprehend the idea of ethical behaviour and that creates a divide between Jimmy and Kim throughout the episode.
The relationship between Kim and Jimmy has always been codependent. Kim would keep Jimmy in check whenever he toed the line between legal and illegal, while Jimmy would provide Kim with an escape from her lawful lifestyle by teaching her how to toe the line by pulling small-scale cons. Jimmy would lean too far towards the illegal side of things, while Kim goes too heavily on the legal side. But together, they struck a perfect balance in between both. What this episode establishes is the destruction of that balance. Kim could handle Jimmy, but Saul Goodman is something else entirely. We see the scales tip in this episode as Kim fails to reign in Saul like she ordinarily would. Kim can no longer reign in Jimmy, as shown when he goes through with the 50% off deal anyways after being faced with the loss of a few potential clients. And Jimmy is able to pull Kim to morally gray territory with ease, getting her to actually con her own client (see: Best Moment).
In the other half of the episode, we see Lalo continue his investigation on Gus. This story remains a lot of fun, mostly due to Tony Dalton's charismatic performance as Lalo, portraying him as this suave and consistently unpredictable maniac that isn't afraid of anything. Lalo's presence puts immediate pressure on Nacho. Nacho, similar to Kim, is feeling the pressure of his position. With his split loyalties, Nacho finds it increasingly difficult to prevent a war and escape from his current life. Even though we don't see him very much in the episode, his dilemma is clear as day as he tries to cooperate with Lalo without betraying Gus. Offending either of these two could be a fatal mistake for Nacho.
We get to see the consequences of Werner's escape in full detail in this episode, and I'm pleased by that. Instead of rushing past to the next big scene, "Better Call Saul" takes its time to explore consequences, as it always does. To contend with Lalo, Gus comes up with an elaborate lie, one that is well thought-out and consistent with the carefulness we have come to expect from Gus. Though a small oversight (the lack of a south wall) is enough to keep Lalo on Gus' scent, and it should be interesting to see where Lalo's investigation will take him, and how Gus plans to deal with him.
Mike on the other hand is really feeling the guilt from killing Werner. Kai tries to sympathize with what Mike does, and for his troubles he gets a hard punch. But when Casper angrily insults Mike, he doesn't get punched. Mike knows full well that Werner did not deserve to die, and he's not at all comfortable with what he had to do. Jonathan Banks does a superb job in this episode portraying Mike's unease, and that makes Mike's decision to leave Gus at the end of the episode feel like a realistic choice.
The montage of Jimmy giving phones away was terrific. This show always impresses with its editing, and this was another prime example of clever film-making. I particularly enjoyed the details of Jimmy exaggerating Huell's sentence, and also of Jimmy ringing a bell, signifying that he'll be getting involved with the cartel very soon. As a final point, the return of Bill and the film crew were two very welcome cameos, and Jimmy's publicity stunt was a joy to watch.
The Bad: The cartel half of the story is bogged down by the prequel problem. Lalo's investigation would be much more engaging and exciting if Mike and Gus' futures were uncertain. There would be more drama and excitement if there was a possibility that Gus' plans could get out to the cartel. But since that possibility doesn't exist, the story isn't as dramatic as it could be. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy the story and find it skillfully put together. But I can't help but feel that this should be better than it is.
Being a season premiere, this episode is very slow and not a whole lot happens in terms of character, and there aren't even as many chances as usual for the show to wow us with its directing, cinematography and editing. Granted, there's nothing wrong with the content we were given, but there isn't anything particularly special about it either.
The Unknown: What is Gene planning to do to deal with Jeff? Will he be channeling his inner Saul Goodman or his inner Jimmy McGill?
What's with the stepped on drugs? Did Gus somehow plant these to help make his alibi of Werner's escape make more sense?
Lalo mentions that Hector killed Gus' boyfriend. Has it just been confirmed that Gus is gay? Also, what happened in Santiago? I wonder if we will actually learn about Gus' backstory.
The 50% off deal sounds like a horrible idea, and I imagine we'll be seeing repercussions from this very soon. The question is, what's going to go wrong?
Best Moment: The end of the episode sees Kim trying to convince Bobby to take a deal for 5 months in jail time, which is the obvious best choice. But Bobby refuses to accept this, convinced that going to trial and risking 2-4 years in jail is the smarter idea. When Kim vents to Jimmy about this, Jimmy's immediate instinct is to con Bobby into making the right decision. Kim is horrified, unwilling to let Jimmy's cons interfere with the job that she loves doing. She finally sends him away and returns to Bobby... and ends up conning him anyways. Kim loves it too much, and finds herself unable to resist giving in. Afterwards we see Kim escape into a quiet, monotonous staircase, away from the colourful hallway and takes a moment to catch her breath, horrified by what she has done. Dealing with Saul isn't the same as dealing with Jimmy, and Kim is most certainly feeling the pressure.
Character of the Episode: Saul. It's a blast to see this crooked lawyer back on the screen.
Conclusion: Another season of "Better Call Saul" starts with a strong yet unspectacular premiere. This was everything it needed to be and I enjoyed watching it. The foundations have been laid for season 5 and I can't wait to see what comes next.
Summary: In flashbacks, Claire is in a car accident that leaves her mom in a coma where she may never wake up. She meets her father, Christian, who had been paying all of the medical bills. Claire sends him away but Christian tells her not to keep her mom alive out of guilt. Many years later, Claire's mom is still in a coma and Claire apologizes for everything. On the island, Claire sees birds that are tagged and plans to catch one to send an SOS message. Desmond, having seen Charlie dying because of these birds, prevents this. Claire follows Desmond and forces him to explain everything to her and he does. Claire sends out a message with a bird caught by Desmond. Meanwhile, Locke, Kate, Sayid, Rousseau and Mikhail reach a sonar fence encircling the barracks. After Mikhail threatens to reveal Locke's paralysis, Locke sends him into the sonar fence, killing him. Sayid discovers that Locke smuggled C4 out of The Flame. The group climbs over the fence and reach the barracks where they see Jack playing football with Tom.
The Good: Everything surrounding Locke and co. was the strongest stuff in the episode. The drama was engaging, and it was more than enough to overcome the fact that there wasn't very much character exploration done in the storyline. Mikhail's presence added a lot, particularly during the scene where Kate started quizzing him. Just like last episode, it was fascinating hearing what Mikhail has to say, and he offered us some very interesting insight about the others. Additionally, it was very interesting to see Locke's behaviour. Evidently, he seems to be following his own agenda and I have no idea what that is. I'm excited to find out what he's up to, and I think there's a lot of potential for strong character conflict if Locke continues to work on his own, away from Sayid and Kate's attempt to save Jack.
Claire's story was fine. I was pretty happy to see somebody making a conscious effort to find a way off of the island, and I wish that the show explored the idea of trying to get off the island more often than it does. It was good to have Claire learn that Charlie is destined to die as I think this prevents a lot of more melodramatic stuff later in the season.
The flashback story was good as well. Claire has always been the least interesting of the main cast, mainly because her character has hardly been explored. Here we finally delve into her backstory and we're given a nice story of Claire learning to come to terms with her own mistakes. Furthermore, we're actually given a good reason for Claire's poor treatment of Charlie last season. We learn that her father abandoned her, and adding on how Thomas abandoned her back in "Raised by Another", it's easy to determine that Claire has trust issues and likely finds it easy to believe that the men in her life would betray her, even if they haven't actually done so.
The Christian twist works very well. We now know who Christian was visiting back in "Two for the Road", and we also know that Jack and Claire are half-siblings. This is an interesting twist as I'm uncertain about its significance to the story. It seems like more of a character detail for both Jack and Claire, knowing that they are connected through Christian. I imagine that this connection could be explored in an interesting way, particularly for Jack who would be forced to deal with even more turmoil from his father's messy life.
The cliffhanger was pretty effective. It should be interesting to catch up with Jack and see how his feelings for the others have changed since we last saw him.
The Bad: Did Desmond have to be so needlessly vague and ominous throughout the episode? He should have just told Charlie not to go bird hunting or he would die, and that could have solved so many of the episode's conflicts. Instead Desmond loses the ability to communicate normally so that the episode could have drama. No scene encapsulates this more than when Desmond explains to Claire that Charlie died after falling and breaking his neck. Why on earth would he tell her about his visions like this? This is so much more likely to cause her to panic, and it's done exclusively so that the episode could be more dramatic. Dialing the drama up to 11 and sacrificing any sense of immersion is a common problem of this episode.
It's obvious that the birds won't lead to a rescue, so any drama centering around them doesn't work. The reading of the letter is another scene that didn't work for me because it didn't sound real and was overly dramatic in an attempt to make the episode more powerful. The letter should have been much shorter than it was, and surely there was more important information to write about instead of talking about what life is like on the island.
Mikhail being interrupted right when he was about to reveal Locke's paralysis was very cliched. Furthermore, it made no sense that Sayid wouldn't inquire more about what Mikhail was saying, regardless of what Rousseau wanted to show them.
The Unknown: Why isn't Kate capable of understanding why the others want to stay on the island? Why isn't she on the list? Is this the same list that Danny mentioned?
Who is the magnificent man? Is it Jacob, who has been mentioned a few times before?
Apparently the others can't return to the island now because the beacon has been shut down. Do they have any way of fixing this? How badly have they been impacted by being isolated from the outside world?
What is Locke planning to do with the C4?
Will Kate and Jack find out that they are half-siblings? What impact will this have on the story?
Best Moment: Mikhail answering Kate's questions was a wonderful way to spoon-feed us more mystery, while also setting up conflict for the characters.
Character of the Episode: Claire.
Conclusion: This was a solid episode. There isn't anything particularly special and the excessive drama makes this feel like a pretty generic episode, but it's an easy watch.
Summary: In flashbacks, Sayid is apprehended by a man named Sami, who claims that he tortured his wife Amira. Sayid denies it out of self preservation and is beaten for it. Amira speaks with him alone and asks him to admit what he did. Sayid does and Amira chooses to forgive him and lets him go. On the island, Sayid, Locke, Kate and Rousseau follow the bearing and find a Dharma station called The Flame. They see the eyepatch man and head in to investigate. His name is Mikhail and he claims to be the last member of the Dharma Initiative. Sayid interrogates him and quickly determines that he's lying and is an other. He also determines that he's not alone. Kate and Sayid knock him out and investigate the station. Locke gets really interested in a computer chess game and Mikhail takes control of the situation while he's distracted. Sayid and Kate find and capture Bea in the station. In a confrontation with Mikhail, Bea convinces him to kill her which he does. Mikhail is taken captive. Sayid finds an electrical diagram showing a place called the barracks and decides to head there. Locke beats the chess game and accidentally causes The Flame to self-destruct. Meanwhile, Hurley beats Sawyer at ping pong, banning him from using nicknames for a week.
The Good: Finally, plot movement! I normally stand by the fact that character and story is more important than plot movement. But for "Lost", the show's best character work and storytelling always comes when there is interesting plot movement. So the return to relevant storytelling after two dull episodes is a breath of fresh air, and it gives the story some momentum again.
The scenes in The Flame were fantastic to watch. This show does a wonderful job of getting the watcher intrigued and invested whenever there is some mystery to explore. I had my eyes peeled when Sayid, Kate and Locke were poking around The Flame, and I was analyzing every word said by Mikhail in an effort to get some answers and discover who this mysterious guy actually is. Sayid's interrogation was a joy to watch, filled with suspense and mystery. With every conversation, the tension was ramped up as it became clear that Mikhail wasn't who he said he was. The scenes had an almost Tarantino-esque vibe at times and built up towards a tremendous climax as Sayid and Mikhail get into a brutal fight. This episode was certainly the most action-packed of the season thus far, and it used suspense and action perfectly to tell the story.
The character beats were also done really well. Sayid's use of logic was superb and he came off as even more smart and realistic than usual. The writers were at their absolute best with Sayid in this episode. Locke playing the chess game also fit with what we knew about the character and his love for games.
I was also quite pleased by the amount of answers and background info we got in this episode. We learn where the submarine came from, we get hints about a mysterious purge that wiped out the Dharma Initiative (see: The Unknown), and we even find out what the cable going out into the ocean is for. This episode gave out these answers organically without ever giving us heaps of exposition, once again exemplifying how well written this was.
The flashbacks also told a really powerful story. Despite not being essential to Sayid's character (see: The Bad), the flashbacks were a joy to watch. The story of guilt and forgiveness is new territory for "Lost" to explore, and it does a terrific job. The performances were tremendous, and I was particularly moved by Amira's speech about forgiveness towards the end of the episode.
The B-story is good fun and it's the perfect place to put the Hurley/Sawyer comedy stuff.
The Bad: The flashbacks and B-story aren't important at all unfortunately. They exist only to kill time, and while they are fun, they never have as much drive or engagement as the main storyline.
The Unknown: What was the Dharma Initiative purge? What's the full story behind this conflict? Why did the others wipe them out? How did they wipe them out?
Why was Bea so willing to die in order to protect the others' secrets? How important is the others' work? What are they actually doing on the island? Why would Bea go to such extremes in order to protect her community?
Best Moment: I'll go with one of the Sayid/Kate/Mikhail scenes. Sayid just explained to Kate that Mikhail is an other and most certainly isn't alone. The ensuing scene is tense and dramatic as Sayid and Kate play normally, quizzing Mikhail gently to see if he gives anything up. Then things slowly escalate until everything explodes in a great action scene. The sequence delivered some of the best tension-based drama in the entire series.
Character of the Episode: Sayid.
Conclusion: This was a fantastic episode that got "Lost" back on track. This season has been inconsistent, similar to season 2, but thankfully it's still more than capable of creating some superb drama.
Summary: Flashbacks show that Hurley's father left when he was a kid. After Hurley wins the lottery, he returns and Hurley is upset by it. His dad tries to make things right for Hurley but Hurley doesn't give him the chance. On the island, Hurley discovers a Dharma van in the jungle and vows to get it running. Jin goes to help him. Kate and Sawyer return to camp. Sawyer ends up helping Hurley and Jin with the van. Kate goes into the jungle to find Rousseau to plan a way to bring Jack back. Hurley gets the moping Charlie to join him as they try to force the van to start. It works and everybody celebrates.
The Good: The best thing I can say about this episode is that it was entertaining. There is a lot of humour here and most of it is actually really good. Hurley is a really fun character who is almost impossible to dislike. The lightheartedness that results from the focus on Hurley makes this episode a joy to watch across both the island and flashback stories.
The deterioration of Kate and Sawyer's romance continued from last episode and it felt a lot more final in this episode. It was quite sad to see them drift apart, and over practically nothing. The acting from Josh Holloway and Evangeline Lilly was as great as ever and I felt the impact of their split.
The Bad: Unfortunately this was in no way a good episode. Following a filler episode, we get what is essentially another filler episode. Nothing of importance happens here outside of Kate and Sawyer returning to the camp, and that's not even the central focus of the episode. To put it bluntly, this whole episode felt like a waste of time and it didn't tackle any sort of interesting themes, character development, or plot movement.
The deeper exploration of Hurley's character didn't work at all. Now, just like many other characters, Hurley has been given the case of daddy issues. His problems aren't particularly interesting, and they are worse off because it has taken nearly 3 seasons to unveil this detail about Hurley. His relationship with his father has never been important to Hurley and it simply feels tacked on in an attempt to inject some emotion into the episode. Furthermore, the themes about making your own luck are hammered on too hard and are explored with far less subtlety than they were in "Numbers".
Kate and Sawyer's return ended up being a major anticlimax. We got the happy reunion scene which was fine, but nobody asked anything about the others. In what world would Kate and Sawyer not be expected to provide information to everyone? I was stunned at how they were both allowed to simply wander off in the jungle without providing any help. Additionally, I was surprised to see that Locke and Sayid still hadn't followed up on the hint that Locke found back in "I Do". They were both talking about immediately doing something, yet here they are 4 episodes later having done absolutely nothing. It's very odd storytelling, and I find it absurd that Locke agrees with Kate about them having no motivation, despite him making it clear that getting Jack, Kate and Sawyer back would be a top priority back in "Further Instructions". The storytelling is odd and makes no sense.
Another case of the survivors acting strangely is when nobody shows any interest in checking out the Dharma van. Why wouldn't they want to learn more about the island technology? Perhaps there is information that would help them, or something else valuable to find. The fact that nobody showed even the slightest bit of interest is unrealistic.
The scene with Hurley and Charlie in the car as it goes down the hill was shot extremely poorly. It was hard to determine how far the car was from the rocks and there were several moments where it looked like the car was right about to hit the rocks despite it apparently being extremely far away. Additionally, do they have to turn the car on to swerve away from the rocks? Just turn the damn steering wheel.
The Unknown: Who was Roger? Why is there a Dharma van on the island? Were there roads on the island at some point? Are there other Dharma settlements?
Best Moment: The comedy was really the best part of the episode, and the funniest scene was Hurley's mom covering Jesus' ears and telling Hurley "I have needs". As poorly executed as this episode was, I can't deny that it was hilarious.
Character of the Episode: Hurley.
Conclusion: This was another meaningless filler episode. But thankfully, unlike the last episode, this one wasn't boring and it at least had some great comedy going for it. Granted, that's not enough to give this episode a passing score, but it was at least pretty funny. Outside of that, the poor pacing of this season continues and the follow-up to "Flashes Before Your Eyes" has been atrocious so far.
Summary: In flashbacks, Jack meets a woman named Achara in Thailand. He is too insistent on learning more about her and follows her, forcing her to "mark" him which gives him his tattoos. Jack is hated for this and Achara's friends force him to leave Thailand. On the island, Kate, Sawyer and Karl reach the main island. Kate and Sawyer fight as Kate feels guilty for sleeping with him. Karl leaves them to go back to Alex. Meanwhile, Jack is moved to the cages to accommodate Juliet who is being punished for killing Danny. The plan is to execute her but Alex frees Jack who goes to Ben and cuts a deal to spare Juliet. The others pack up and leave for the main island since their position is now compromised.
The Good: Jack has some pretty solid moments here. Matthew Fox has been consistently great as Jack and that continues here. Jack gets some very good moments expressing his frustrations to everyone. His back-talk to Tom is very good, and it's nice to see somebody calling out the others for having the gall to act like good people after what they have done. Another great scene was when Cindy arrived and asked Jack about Ana Lucia. Fittingly, Jack flips out and snaps at everyone, frustrated by the gall of the others.
It was nice to get more information from Karl about the others. I do wish that he had spent more time with the survivors to give us more insight on how the others operate, but if we learn this stuff later then there is no problem here.
The Bad: This episode is an incredible waste of time. Hardly anything of importance happens here, and the whole episode is both slow and boring. There really isn't much to talk about because not much even happens.
The flashbacks are also a waste of time. We learn nothing new about Jack here. We already know that he's a stubborn prick sometimes, so getting yet another case of him acting like this is underwhelming. Furthermore, the characters aren't interesting at all and there is no drama produced int he flashbacks. Learning about Jack's tattoos is hardly essential to the story and it feels similarly superfluous to Kate's marriage from "I Do".
The island plot is also pretty bad. The investigation on Juliet produces no drama whatsoever, and it's hurt by the fact that we still know next to nothing about how the others operate. We aren't able to understand how serious Juliet's offense is, and it doesn't help that nobody seems to be particularly upset about what happened. We have no stakes or context to get us immersed in the plot, so why should we care? The show tries to draw parallels between Jack and Juliet as both of them get marked, but there isn't anything significant enough to make these comparisons feel worthwhile. The attempted character dynamics of this episode fall horribly flat.
If Ethan was the others' surgeon, why the hell did they risk his life instead of sending somebody more expendable? This makes the others look like morons for risking the life of their only surgeon, especially knowing that Ben had a tumour.
The Unknown: The others have a sheriff apparently. Why? Is this how they solve infighting issues? What else does the sheriff do?
What does it mean to get marked? What's the significance of Juliet's new mark?
Is the home that the others are going to the village that we saw back in "A Tale of Two Cities"?
Best Moment: Cindy and the kids appear to Jack and it's the first time we have seen them in ages. Surprisingly enough, they seem to have been treated well and assimilated amongst the others. Emma asks Cindy to ask about Ana Lucia and she does. Angry, Jack snaps at them and shouts for them to leave him alone. It's a well-acted scene that is the closest to drama that this episode gets.
Character of the Episode: Jack.
Conclusion: This was a failure of an episode. It was slow, boring, and provided very little of interest to think about. A filler episode if I've ever seen one.
Summary: Locke, Sayid and Desmond tell Charlie and Hurley what happened to Eko. Desmond suddenly runs off and saves a drowning Claire. Confused how Desmond knew she was in the water, Charlie and Hurley get Desmond drunk in an attempt to get answers from him. Desmond recalls what happened when he turned the key. He went back in time when he was living with Penny. He relives his life and realizes that he remembers everything that happened and that he has somehow time traveled. Attempting to correct his mistakes, Desmond decides to ask Penny to marry him but a mysterious woman tells him that he is supposed to leave her. Desmond resists but eventually gives in, thinking he is crazy. When he realizes he isn't crazy, Desmond is knocked out and sent back to the present. Desmond tells Charlie that he has continually had flashes of the future since then and that he has been seeing Charlie's death. Desmond can try to hold it off, but eventually Charlie is going to die.
The Good: The format break once again does wonders for "Lost". This episode is a spectacular standalone experience that works both as a piece of the overall story and as its own thing, similar to "The Other 48 Days". It worked extraordinarily well in that episode, and it does so here too.
The plot is the most fantastical and complex that this show has ever been. The introduction of time travel to this story is wholly unexpected, but it works tremendously well since the show doesn't go too far with it and establishes a simple rule (the universe course-corrects) to ensure that things make sense. The mysterious nature of what's happening to Desmond is conveyed excellently throughout the flashbacks as Desmond has bursts of memories from the future which interrupt some fairly important conversations with Penny and Widmore. It's an effective way to keep us in suspense without taking away from the emotional importance of each of these scenes. Then when Desmond meets Charlie in another excellent scene, the story blows up and suddenly we are immersed into a time travel epic. The build up is superb, and I'm impressed at how much care was put into providing the viewers with a logical flow of information to prevent any confusion. Moments like the Charlie scene do this perfectly without ever feeling expository. Despite such a complex story, things always make sense and the stakes are always clear.
Then we get to the emotional core of this episode which surrounds Desmond's decision to leave Penny because of his own cowardice. This story is a really powerful one, and it's a logical continuation of Desmond's character arc after what we learned about him back in "Live Together, Die Alone". Here we focus on the pivotal decision in his life that led to him coming to the island. Desmond's inner conflict is presented in logical fashion, and we can see both sides of the coin. We are given ample reason for him to propose to Penny, but then we also understand his doubts which pop up in outstanding scenes with Widmore and the mysterious exposition lady who shows up in the back half of the episode (see: The Unknown and The Bad). In the end, Desmond chooses for the second time to leave Penny. And by the time he realizes his mistake it's tragically too late for him to make amends (see: Best Moment).
The opening scene with Locke and Sayid was another case of the show giving us some satisfying leadership. I liked that Locke pulled over Hurley and Charlie because he planned to tell everyone what happened to Eko instead of keeping it a secret.
The Bad: The mysterious exposition lady was a wonderful addition to the episode, and provided a wonderful surprise. However, there are some big problems stemming from her introduction. It's going to be very tough for the writers to answer this character's existence and how she knows everything, and I'm not certain that the writers have any intention of answering this. If we never see this lady again, or if the provided answer isn't satisfying, it will make this episode feel weaker.
Claire would have died in the time it would have taken Charlie to notice she's drowning, get in the water and save her. How would he have noticed anyways if she was already unconscious and needed CPR? It's a sloppy bit of writing.
The Unknown: How and why did Desmond get a time traveling experience? Is this somehow linked to the visions he is getting of the future?
How does the universe course-correct? Is this a confirmation that fate does exist in this show?
Who is the mysterious exposition lady? How does she know all of this information? How does she know who Desmond is? Why is she working in a jewelry store? Just, who the hell is she?
Is Charlie destined to die then? What does this mean for his story? How long will it be until he dies? Can it somehow be prevented?
Best Moment: Right after deciding to go back to Penny to fix his mistake, Desmond gets knocked out by Jimmy Lennon. Once he wakes up on the island he realizes that he missed his chance, and upon finding the picture of him and Penny, he begs the world to give him another chance to do things right. It's a really powerful moment that is easy to empathize with, and it provides the strongest emotional beat of the episode.
Character of the Episode: Desmond.
Conclusion: Finally season 3 returns to form with a tremendous effort. This episode was unique, memorable, dramatic and poignant. Everything went together smoothly, resulting in an episode that not only delivers a fantastic experience, but also takes the series in a new direction.
Summary: In flashbacks, Juliet is a researches who is running a secret experiment on her sister in an attempt to get her pregnant. Juliet's horrible ex-husband Ed finds out and forces his way in to reap the rewards. Juliet gets a job opportunity from Mittelos Bioscience (the others) but refuses them because of Ed. Ed is hit by a bus and killed and Juliet takes the job offer. On the island, Juliet sends everyone to bring back Kate and Sawyer, revealing to Jack that they are on a different island. In turn, Jack reveals that Juliet plotted to kill Ben. Kate and Sawyer are attacked by Danny but Alex helps them escape. After a quick stop to save Karl, Alex takes them to a boat. Ben wakes up during surgery and tells Juliet to ensure that Kate and Sawyer escape, promising that she can leave the island in exchange. Jack works to complete the surgery. Kate contacts him and tells him the story from "Pilot Part 1". Jack completes the story and Sawyer, Kate and Karl escape.
The Good: This episode felt refreshing in a lot of ways. From the start, this proved to be a return to form as we were treated to a surprising opening scene that presented a twist similar to the season's opening twist. We see Juliet going about her life on the island (we even see Ethan!) and many questions are raised on what her purpose on the island is. But then we get the shock twist that we were watching Miami all along. It's an effective opening scene that gives us the pleasant reveal that we would be seeing what Juliet's life was before the island, promising a return to the mysterious storytelling that made this show so good.
And that's exactly what we got. Juliet's flashbacks were great television. It's an effective surprise to see this cheerful and openly emotional Juliet in comparison to the cold, stoic and intimidating woman that we met on the island. It's clear that her time with the others has changed her completely and this episode lays the foundation for another episode down the line showcasing Juliet's transformation. But that's not to say that this was exclusively a set-up episode fro Juliet's character. She has been a complete mystery thus far, so learning more of her background is essential for the story. This episode builds up to the reveal that Juliet wants to leave the island just as badly as Jack and we can now see why that is. She left her sister behind to take on this job, so she has something back in the rest of the world that she needs to get back to.
Furthermore, the flashbacks also serve to add more mystery to the others. We see Ethan off the island following and gathering information on Juliet. It's evident that they are far more resourceful and dangerous than what we have seen on the island which is refreshing to see. The portrayal of the others in the flashbacks is much more reminiscent of how they were portrayed back in season 2: intimidating, resourceful and scary. The plot point of Ed getting run over by a bus only for Mr. Alpert and Ethan to extend the offer to Juliet again conveyed all of these traits perfectly.
On the island the story was pretty solid. As expected, this episode served to be a dramatic escape episode following last episode's sudden cliffhanger. There isn't too much to say about it other than the fact that there was some solid drama inserted into the episode. Some highlights included the mysterious brainwashing room (see: The Unknown), the tense chase sequences with Danny, and the emotional high point of Kate telling Jack the story from"Pilot Part 1" as he rushes to stitch up Ben and save his life.
The Bad: The start of the episode continued exactly where we left off in terms of the incompetence of the others. Sawyer and Kate easily overpowered Danny, making me question if Jack's call was even necessary to initiate an escape anyways. Danny and the others come off as absurdly weak after this (though I can't deny that Sawyer giving Danny an electric shock was immensely satisfying).
Most of my gripes come from individual moments that didn't work for me rather than problems with the story as a whole. Kate threatening to shoot Aldo's kneecaps was a weird moment because we hadn't seen this side of Kate ever before on the island. Had the show been more consistent at portraying Kate's role as a fugitive, this would have worked much better. Another weird moment is Ben waking up during the surgery. It's absurd to think that this would happen and it comes off as an unnecessary way to manufacture more drama. Juliet outright murdering Danny is another strange moment. Surely this should be a bigger deal than it was treated as. I mean, she just killed one of her own people for pretty much no reason (just shoot his leg or something!). Lastly, the writers went out of there way to go to unreasonable lengths to portray Ed as an asshole. Having him call his mother insufferable was a step too far for me.
The Unknown: What's the history between Juliet and Ben that Tom alluded to?
What is the brainwashing room? Why was Karl in there? Is this the same room that was referenced back in "Three Minutes"? Who is Jacob? We see his name come up again in the brainwashing room. Is he some sort of deity that the others worship?
Did the others somehow organize Ed's death? How did they do that? How much power do they have off of the island?
Ben has seemingly adopted Alex as his daughter. Does she know that he's not her real father? What is their relationship like?
Best Moment: The opening scene was wonderful.
Character of the Episode: Juliet.
Conclusion: This was really good stuff. Juliet is an interesting new character, and centering an episode around her led to a compelling story in the flashbacks mixed with a dramatic on-island story. This isn't yet "Lost" at its best, but with Kate and Sawyer out of captivity, hopefully the story can move in an interesting new direction.
Summary: In flashbacks, Kate falls in love with a man named Kevin and marries him, hiding her identity as a criminal. She tries to make the relationship work, but she realizes it's doomed and ends up leaving him. On the island, Locke sees a message as he buries Eko and plans the group's next move. At the Hydra, Danny lets Kate know that Sawyer is going to die. The others take Kate to visit Jack and she tells him to do the procedure or else they will kill Sawyer. Jack still stubbornly refuses. Upset that Sawyer is on borrowed time, Kate goes over to him and they have sex. Jack manages to escape his imprisonment and sees Kate and Sawyer on the TVs. He decides to do the operation on Ben. As Jack starts the operation, Danny goes to the cages to kill Sawyer.
The Good: On the surface, this is a very good story. The emotions that stem from our investment in the Jack/Kate/Sawyer relationships carry the episode. After two full seasons, we understand the relationships between these three characters, and it is easy to root for them to escape and find a way out of captivity. Furthermore, the acting from all three is superb. The performances are very strong, and a number of scenes are really brought to life because I'm able to connect to the emotions that are being expressed. Some highlights include Kate's conversation with Jack, Kate and Sawyer arguing and ultimately having sex, and also Jack's reaction to seeing Kate and Sawyer together. These moments were done very well, and made the episode quite enjoyable.
The climax of the episode is very engaging. The tension amps up naturally throughout the episode until Jack actually starts the surgery. What makes this so good is the sheer amount of things that are going on. Ben's life has been put into Jack's hands, and he has the motivation to do a lot of different things (save Ben, kill Ben, do something else entirely). The unpredictability gives this episode a lot of extra drama, making up for the fact that Ben is unlikely to die. Also adding to the drama is the situation between Danny and Sawyer. With this episode serving as a midseason finale of sorts, there is a nagging sense that Sawyer may die which adds even more drama to an already exciting climax. Things heat up to an extreme amount by the episode's end, and then we are left with a stunning cliffhanger in the middle of the surgery. Ordinarily, I would be appalled by cliffhangers like this, but I think this one works. The story of this episode does feel completed, and I get the sense that there is a lot more to Ben's surgery that is being saved for the next episode. Furthermore, instead of feeling cheated by the sudden end to the episode, I felt satisfied. Jack has essentially secured an escape for Kate and Sawyer, so the next episode will likely focus on their actual escape. And hopefully that can be just as exciting to watch.
Some other things were very good. I loved Sayid and Locke's conversation. It makes perfect sense that Sayid wouldn't easily submit to Locke's lies, and it was also refreshing to hear Locke openly tell his plan to Sayid instead of keeping meaningless secrets. I wish that more time could be spent with Locke and Sayid this season since there has been some interesting developments on the main island. The flashbacks saw the return of Edward Mars, which is always welcome. Fredric Lehne is a joy to watch in the role.
The Bad: Unfortunately two big problems heavily detract from this episode, and they are the same two problems that have hurt this season the most so far. The first is that the flashbacks are hugely underwhelming. We finally learn about Kate's marriage that was hinted at back in "Outlaws", and unfortunately it doesn't do a whole lot. Once again we see that Kate has a penchant for running away, but we knew that already. There really isn't anything special about these flashbacks and the story is really dull. Furthermore, the romance between Kate and Kevin isn't fleshed out at all and I don't understand why they love each other. The most important part of these flashbacks should be to explore Kate being in love, so it could tie in to her love for Jack and Sawyer on the island, but the episode doesn't even attempt to explore this.
The other major issue is the portrayal of the others who continue to look woefully incompetent. All they have done so far in this season is senseless mind games, which have now become utterly pointless since Jack discovered the plan anyways. Furthermore, Ben is on extremely borrowed time so it seems absurd that he would waste his precious time on playing mind games when he could simply put a gun to Kate's head and get Jack to do the surgery. Outside of this worrying plot hole, there's Alex's unexplained role in the others' society. What is her purpose there and why is she allowed to do whatever she wants when she is seemingly just a loose cannon? It screams disorganization and it diminishes the threat of the others. Furthermore, Alex's escape attempt in this episode would have fit in with any typical bland drama. Additionally, Ben looks horribly incompetent as a leader since Juliet is openly plotting against him, and now Danny goes strictly against his orders to kill Sawyer. Why is Danny in such a powerful position if he is capable of flying off the handle so suddenly? He doesn't fit with the strict organization of the others at all.
This episode does feel more melodramatic than the usual from "Lost". This show has made its mark by being unpredictable and different. With an episode that conforms more to your average TV show, "Lost" is no longer playing to its strengths and that hurts the show's ability to reach the heights that it has reached before.
The Unknown: What's Alex's role as part of the others? What is her relationship to Ben? Why did they kill her boyfriend?
What does the John 3:05 message mean? Where is Locke being led now?
Who is Jacob and what is his list? Why wasn't Jack on it? Is Danny referring to the lists from "The Other 48 Days"?
Will Kate and Sawyer somehow get away? How will they get off the island? What happens to Jack now that he's acted out? Will he still be allowed to leave the island afterwards? Were they going to allow him to leave anyways?
Best Moment: The Jack and Kate scene resonated the most with me. They both haven't interacted at all this season, so their reunion is an emotional moment. They are both evidently concerned for each other, and extremely happy to see each other. The performances from both are outstanding. Kate is clearly hurting because she doesn't want anybody to die, while Jack is as frustrated as ever when he realizes that the others have broken Kate. It's unforgivable for him and the anger is evident on his face. This scene helps make Jack's decision to hijack the surgery (ordinarily an out-of-character moment) make total sense.
Character of the Episode: Kate. Evangeline Lilly gave her best performance of the show here.
Conclusion: This episode did a lot of things right, and on the surface this is great stuff with an emotional core to it. But when you look under the surface towards the poor handling of the others and the underwhelming flashbacks, this episode doesn't hold up nearly as well. It's an effective episode but it's still far from "Lost" at its best.
Summary: Flashbacks show Eko returning to Yemi's village to take up his job as a priest. Eko doesn't fit in and comes face to face with a group of people who take 80% of the vaccine shipments from the village in exchange for "protection". Eko kills these men to secure the vaccines for the village but he is shunned by the villagers who are angry at him for sinning. On the island, Eko wakes up to a vision of Yemi who tells him to find him in order to confess. Eko goes after him alone. Locke, Sayid and a few others decide to go to The Pearl in an attempt to find a way to communicate with the others to get Jack, Kate and Sawyer back. They find Eko on the way. Eko stays outside while the others go in and sees Yemi. He reveals that he is unrepentent and Yemi reveals that he isn't actually Yemi. The monster then appears and kills Eko. Locke, Sayid and the others manage to get a glimpse of a man in a different Dharma station. At the Hydra, Jack asks Ben about his tumour. The others hold a funeral for Colleen. Juliet secretly asks Jack to kill Ben during the surgery and to make it look like an accident.
The Good: This episode tells a really strong story for Eko as he makes his exit from the show. The flashbacks are very nicely done and they complete Eko's story in a very satisfying way. In previous flashbacks we had seen Eko as both a crime lord and as a priest in training, and now we get to see Eko trying to make the transition from one to the other, and how the person he was has influenced the person he became. We get to see that despite being a religious man, Eko isn't somebody that regrets the crime he has committed. He's a very pragmatic man who became religious to pay respect to his brother. He isn't a priest at heart, and that shows when he mercilessly slaughters people in a church for the betterment of the village. Eko has always done horrible things with good intentions, and he's never shown to care at all about what the morally correct thing is.
The flashbacks do a wonderful job of building up the story for a big climax with Eko's confession. While the tension doesn't build as superbly as some of the best episodes of the show, Eko's emotional state is developed perfectly to set up for a big moment of redemption at the end. The tone of the entire episode is quite dark, be it in the flashbacks, or with Eko on the island. It becomes clear that there is a nagging memory that Eko must atone for, and the episode builds its drama by slowly unveiling what it is, and whether Eko actually feels any guilt for what he has done.
Everything culminates in a fantastic scene where Eko pours his heart out for "Yemi" (see: Best Moment). It's a powerful scene, but perhaps more importantly, it develops into a truly stunning character death that raises many questions, and promises that the show will soon start delving into what's really going on with the island.
A few little things were done very well with the Locke storyline. The interesting visual of a man with an eyepatch is immediately memorable and excites me with the possibilities of what's to come this season. I was also a big fan of Locke inviting everyone to come with them to the Pearl. It never made sense why Jack only invited a few people on every mission, so it's nice to see Locke making a logical decision by following the principle of strength in numbers. I was also very happy to see that Locke immediately starting working towards finding a way to save Jack, Kate and Sawyer. Seeing how nobody did anything when Claire and Michael were missing, it feels refreshing that something is actually being done now. Lastly, I'm enjoying Nikki and Paulo so far as some random side characters. I always liked it when "Lost" gave some attention to the random other survivors instead of shifting them to the background and ignoring them.
The Bad: Unfortunately, Eko's story isn't entirely consistent with what we have been shown about him, and it's clear that the writers invented the concept of this episode after introducing his character. The unrepentant Eko that we are treated to in this episode would never have taken a 40 day vow of silence like he did in "The Other 48 Days". It's common knowledge that "Lost" wasn't a planned TV show, and things like this continually prove that point.
Furthermore, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje leaving the show did not make things easier for the writers to conclude Eko's character arc. His death was always going to feel anticlimactic considering the circumstances, and it's unfortunate that the actor didn't want to stay on the show. Still, I feel the writers did an impressive job giving Eko a fitting send-off, but I am left feeling like there was still more that could have been done with the character. Furthermore, 3 of the 4 tailies have been killed off now which makes me question what their role in the overall story was if they were all just going to die.
The storyline with the others isn't very interesting in this episode. The mind games all amounted to nothing since Jack figured out the truth anyways, which is pretty frustrating. Also, the others continue to look pretty incompetent. Now we learn that there is infighting between Ben and Juliet, which is a boring development that made me roll my eyes. The show has taken the least interesting route with its handling of the others.
The Unknown: What's with Colleen's funeral procession? What kind of religion do the others follow?
Why did the others see it as necessary to break Jack? Was it just because Ben wanted to recruit him as their doctor, or is it something else?
What happened to Yemi's body? My mind immediately goes back to Christian's body being missing back in "White Rabbit". Is this somehow connected? It can't be a coincidence that Christian has also appeared on the island, just like Yemi has.
Who is the eyepatch guy? Where is he located and what is he doing there?
Eko's death has raised so many questions. If Yemi isn't Yemi, then who is he? Has he always been a fake? Does this have something to do with how Yemi's body disappeared? Also, the monster killed Eko immediately after this reveal. Why? Was Eko deemed a bad person for not repenting his sins? How is the monster connected to "Yemi"? Does the monster serve whatever being "Yemi" was? I'm very confused, but also extremely interested to learn more about what happened here.
Best Moment: Eko follows Yemi out into the jungle to make his confession. Then Eko hits us with a big twist by revealing that he does not believe he has sinned. The whole episode had seemingly built up Eko's guilt for having murdered so many people, so it is a surprise when his character takes this turn. It's a very welcome surprise wince it provides us a very unique take on morality, and it allows Eko to deliver another wonderful speech about the hardships he has endured. But then in another massive surprise, "Yemi" hatefully tells Eko that he isn't his brother at all. The tension immediately ramps up and we get hit with the shocking spectacle of the monster brutally murdering Eko. This sequence of events was outstanding, developing the mystery of the show in a huge way while also sticking to an emotional core. Brilliant television.
Character of the Episode: Eko. He will be missed.
Conclusion: This was easily the best episode of the season so far. It still had its flaws, but this was the first time this season that it felt like we had watched a story that was worth telling. And boy did Eko's final story deliver, as it developed the mystery in a big way while showing us a strong character journey. This had the classic twists and turns that we've come to expect from "Lost", and this episode did more to set up for the rest of the season than any of the previous 4 episodes.
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