Summary: The friends go to Monica's apartment for Thanksgiving. Phoebe is watching a dog for a friend which becomes a problem when Chandler reveals that he hates dogs. Rachel invites Tag over for to Monica's for the gathering. Ross tries to name all 50 states.
The Good: There are some good jokes in this episode. Rachel's interactions with Tag are consistently funny and I did laugh at Joey accidentally giving everything away and promptly leaving. Ross trying to name all 50 states is a fun and relatable C-plot, and his complete anguish as he repeatedly fails is funny. The "moo point" joke is also a very clever joke.
The Bad: Chandler's fear of dogs is so hard to believe. He doesn't offer any kind of valid reason for his dislike of dogs and that makes it impossible for me to buy into this story. It's too silly and unrealistic for the relatable humour that "Friends" specializes in to work. What's worse is how everyone else refuses to acknowledge Chandler's fear and care for his emotions. Instead they just abuse him, proving themselves to be awful friends. Rachel and Tag's story has some stupid moments too. Joey's reveal, while funny, is bogged down by its unoriginality (the show has used similar jokes several times already). Also, Tag's car getting stolen seems like a random and stupid way to get Tag out of the story so that Rachel can have some scenes where she freaks out about what happened.
Best Moment: The moo point.
Character of the Episode: Joey.
Conclusion: This had its funny moments, but overall it is quite stupid and is easily the worst Thanksgivings episode so far, which is a shame because the Thanksgiving episodes have typically been quite good.
Summary: In flashbacks, Eko is sent by the church to investigate a miracle he doesn't believe. A girl, Charlotte has apparently come back to life, but her father, Richard Malkin, denies that it happened. Charlotte reaches out to Eko and tells him that Yemi left a message for him and that they will see each other soon. On the island, Eko dreams of Ana Lucia who tells him to get Locke to take him to the question mark. Eko arrives at the hatch and leaves with Locke to track Henry. Michael tells a story that Henry escaped and shot them all. However, Libby is still alive and Jack tries to treat her. Hurley learns what happened to Libby and comes to the hatch. Libby eventually dies. Meanwhile, Locke has a dream showing him where to go next. He and Eko find the question mark underneath the Beechcraft. They find a hatch and discover another Dharma station, The Pearl. They watch an orientation video explaining that the button is apparently a psychological experiment. This shatters Locke's faith and he angrily lashes out, but Eko decides that he is going to start pushing the button now.
The Good: This was a true return to form for "Lost". This season has had its moments and I've been entertained during most episodes, but it never seemed to threaten the consistently jawdropping storytelling of season 1 until now. Now we've had a stretch of strong episodes which have built up to this one, which develops the mythology and advances characters in a brilliant and organic way, making me feel the same sense of wonder that I felt while watching season 1.
Dreams have been badly misused this season, becoming meaningless (like in "Everybody Hates Hugo" and "Fire + Water"). Thankfully, that changed in this episode and the mystique of dreams has returned as the island seemingly guides Eko and Locke throughout this episode by sending dreams, just like in "Deus Ex Machina", one of the best episodes of the show. This episode takes a lot of inspiration from "Deus Ex Machina" and I think that's one of the reasons that it is so fantastic. It's so refreshing to see an episode that feels so important, and the narrative is given a driving force through the use of dreams.
The character arcs of Eko and Locke become intercut in this episode, and seeing the contrast between them makes for incredible television. Eko is now in the position Locke was in back in season 1. He's the optimistic believer while Locke is the disappointed skeptic. I greatly enjoyed their interactions, and I thought that the advancement of their journey was a joy to watch. I especially liked their wildly different reactions to the orientation video, showcasing how each character is on a different journey, taking different meanings from what the island shows them.
Eko's arc is the main focus of the episode, and it's a joy to behold. In the flashbacks we learn that while Eko has taken over Yemi's line of work out of guilt, he isn't truly a believer. He doesn't have the faith nor the passion to be a priest. But Charlotte delivers him a message from Yemi which evidently sways Eko a little bit. And so when Eko lands on the island and actually finds Yemi in the plane (this plot also brilliantly explains why Eko seemed so unhinged when Claire showed him the Virgin Mary statue), he truly starts to believe. And so Eko takes instructions from the island without question, and his faith holds strong throughout the episode as he forces Locke to come with him in an attempt to get him to find his way again.
Locke on the other hand, has a completely different story. Fresh off of yet another failure which resulted in the deaths of two people, Locke is bitter, upset and completely unwilling to go anywhere with Eko. He is more shaken and lost than he has ever been. But when the possibility of his faith being rewarded presents itself, Locke begins to believe again and it's wonderful to see. From Locke standing eagerly while Eko climbed to him wanting to open the hatch himself, it's easy to see that Locke is beginning to feel that he can believe again. But that all get snuffed out when he watches that orientation video which seems to confirm that everything he had been doing so far was pointless. It's sad to see Locke slowly realize that everything was for nothing, and his disappointment and anger following that is completely understandable. I've been critical about Locke's character arc earlier in the season and my complaints still stand strong, but I have to admit that the show has recovered his story in an outstanding way. Once again, Locke has become one of the show's most compelling characters.
It was lovely to get some answers in this episode. The ? was brought up a few episodes ago, and now we get to see what it is. Like in "Maternity Leave", it was very fun to explore a brand new Dharma station just because of the possibilities of what could be found in there. The orientation video was a lovely surprise that deepened the mystery of the island. (see: The Unknown).
The story in the hatch was pretty solid as well. Libby's death was suitably sad, as was Hurley's guilt over forgetting the blankets. I was pleased with Jack finding a way to determine the location of the guns by sending Kate with Sawyer to get the heroin. Sawyer hiding the guns in his own tent was a fittingly clever move from him and I liked the reveal.
The Bad: Unfortunately, the storyline of Sawyer getting the guns led absolutely nowhere. There were a few filler B-plots showing Sawyer being an asshole, but that's all the pay-off we got from that exciting ending to "The Long Con". That's quite disappointing.
Libby waking up and having some dramatic final words felt needlessly melodramatic. Showing some restraint and having her die quietly while unconscious would have been a much more powerful moment.
It seems strange that Jack wouldn't question Eko's choice to take a man on crutches to go after Henry.
The Unknown: So Richard Malkin is apparently a fraud. Should we believe him? If the show is simply confirming that Malkin was a fake all along, that is quite a disappointing answer especially seeing how desperate he was to get Claire to raise her baby. Could it be that he was a fraud that unexpectedly had a legitimate vision which promptly scared him? I do hope that we get to see more of Malkin so we can learn more about what happened.
Where are the Dharma headquarters that the notebooks were being sent to? Is anybody still there to receive Locke's note? The Pearl is apparently a psychological station. What are all of the TVs for? Do they all show various parts of The Swan? Is the button actually real or is it all just a psychological experiment? Could it be that Dharma simply created a psychological experiment out of a job they actually needed to do? Does the button actually do anything?
Why does Marvin Candle have a different name in this orientation video?
Best Moment: Eko and Locke's differing reactions to the orientation video were amazing. Locke is angry and lets out his rage in an incredible way. Whereas Eko takes the video as reaffirmation of his faith and he tells Locke his entire story. Eko's speech is such a wonderful moment for the character, and his decision to push the button himself was great.
Character of the Episode: Eko, though Locke is a very close second.
Conclusion: What an episode. I've been very critical of this season so far despite it still offering very good television regularly because it feels like a big step down from season 1. But this episode makes it feel like going through the rough patches of the season was well worth it. There are still brilliant stories to be told, and this episode makes it clear that "Lost" hasn't forgotten what made it so good to begin with.
Summary: Ross notices people having sex in the library where his book is and tries to prevent it from happening. Monica encounters Janice who inserts herself into Monica and Chandler's life despite being unwanted. Rachel and Phoebe try to convince Joey to get in a serious relationship with a girl.
The Good: There is a lot to like here. The Joey plot is surprisingly good and it tells a fresh story that hasn't been done before. There are solid laughs here, and a relatable story is told as Joey finally desires a serious relationship only for the girl he was dating to not be looking for something serious. Rachel and Phoebe are also subtle in most of their pushes and they have some pretty funny moments. Janice remains a fun character and she has some funny moments in the episode. Ross' story is good for the odd laugh and he gets a lot of the episode's funniest moments. The conclusion with Ross ironically getting busted after all of his preventive measures was genuinely funny. As was the joke of Chandler and Monica showing up at the library.
The Bad: Some things didn't work here. Chandler and Monica's actions aren't particularly organic and that hurts the comedy significantly. Janice is also quite the caricature here and isn't as funny as she used to be.
Best Moment: The man at the front desk assuming that Ross wanted to have sex at the fifth floor spot was very funny. Even 7 seasons in, "Friends" is still very good at creating funny one-off characters.
Character of the Episode: Ross.
Conclusion: This was a very funny episode with three solid storylines. There were a few flaws, but this was pleasingly consistent.
Summary: In flashbacks, Ana goes to Australia after her mother figures out that she murdered Jason. Ana meets Christian who is in a pathetic state. Ana initially agrees to be his bodyguard, but leaves him after realizing how toxic his behaviour is. She decides to go back home. On the island, Ana tries to get more answers from Henry who attacks her. Locke knocks him out. Ana goes to Sawyer in an attempt to get a gun. Sawyer refuses but Ana has sex with him and steals his gun. Jack and Kate bring Michael back to the hatch. He wakes up and tells them that the others are extremely unprepared and that they need to fight. Jack, Locke and Kate go to Sawyer to get back the guns, leaving Ana and Michael in the hatch alone with Henry. Ana tries to kill Henry but realizes that she's unable to do it. She gives the gun to Michael who kills her and Libby before freeing Henry and shooting himself in the shoulder. Hurley had set up a picnic with Libby who had gone to the hatch to get blankets.
The Good: What a fantastic ending. The show just delivered an incredible cliffhanger that left me speechless. I was legitimately stunned when Michael shot Ana Lucia, and then Libby's death immediately afterwards was even more shocking. I think that this was the biggest scene of the show so far that completely changed the direction that the show was heading in. A sense of grandeur doesn't necessarily guarantee an awesome scene however. The execution of the scene is half of the battle, and I'm pleased to say that this was done perfectly. Harold Perrineau did a spectacular job of conveying Michael's emotions as he worked up the courage to kill Ana Lucia, and then afterwards when he started feeling the guilt of what he just did. The directing was also top-notch. The shots and camera angles were done perfectly, and the lack of music made the scene carry much more weight.
Before that ending, this episode was all about Ana Lucia, and it told two very compelling stories in the past and present that see Ana grow as a character and change her behaviour for the better. It's quite sad that she dies immediately after we see her resolve her inner conflict. On the island, her storyline mirrors the flashbacks we saw in "Collision". Courtesy of the flashbacks in this episode, we see the negative consequences that revenge murder had on Ana Lucia's life. Her murder of Jason, and also her murder of Shannon on the island, drove a wedge between her and everyone else she knew. She became distant and lost herself by denying any help. Now when she's given a chance to kill again, she doesn't make the same mistake twice and overcomes one of her biggest character flaws. It's a lovely bit of storytelling, and it's so easy to sympathize with Ana here when she realizes that she isn't the person she thought she was.
In the flashbacks we get a similarly effective story. After killing Jason, Ana runs away from her problems by going to Australia and drinking. When she's there, we get another surprise appearance as she meets Christian who gives her a reason not to stay in Australia, lest she become as miserable and pathetic as he is. Seeing his sorry state, Ana decides to go back and fix her life, calling her mother and righting the wrongs she had done. The phone call with her mother was a very powerful scene, and the fact that this scene precedes Ana's emotional speech to Michael gives the episode a perfect emotional climax.
There were some small things I liked. Hurley and Libby's relationship was suitably sweet throughout the episode, and I liked Hurley asking Sayid for the radio. Jack burning the end of Sawyer's book was pretty funny and fit with Jack's character. Ana having sex with Sawyer just to get his gun was pretty clever.
The Bad: The only thing preventing this from being top-tier television is the lack of urgency. The story is well told throughout, but there is never any drive or excitement until the final few minutes when you realize that Ana Lucia has a gun and is alone in the hatch with Henry. Had I began to grow uneasy with tension earlier in the episode, this would have been much better.
The Unknown: Henry's claim that the two dead others were good people who were leaving Ana alone is very interesting. Why would he think this? Does this imply that the others wouldn't have done anything aside from kidnapping some of the people? Does Henry think that the others are in the right with their actions? I like what that implies since the best villains are always the ones with good intentions and sympathetic motives.
Who is Christian's daughter? Does Jack know that he has a half-sister running around somewhere? How old is she? Is she going to play a role in the story, whoever she is?
Is Michael's story about the others accurate? Seeing that he just freed Henry, I have my doubts about it. Speaking of which, why did Michael agree to kill the survivors and free Henry? Was he brainwashed? Did he make some sort of deal with the others? Has he joined with the others?
Christian bumps into Sawyer on the way to the bar, adding on to the many coincidental character meetings that we have seen in the flashbacks.
Best Moment: The ending of course.
Character of the Episode: Ana Lucia.
Conclusion: This was a really strong character piece which became a fantastic episode in the final 5 minutes with an emotional conclusion for Ana Lucia's character and a stunning cliffhanger that promises an exciting final act in the season.
Summary: Gideon gives Mando, Cara and Greef until nightfall to lay down their weapons. IG-11 saves Baby Yoda and attacks the town. Mando's group emerges and tries to fight out but everyone ends up trapped in the building again. They escape into the sewers with IG-11's help as flame troopers burn down the building. Mando finds that the group of Mandalorians have all been killed, save the armourer. The armourer tells Mando that he is in charge of fathering Baby Yoda now, and gives him a jet pack and the mud horn insignia. The group goes to escape, only to find storm troopers blocking the exit. IG-11 self-destructs to ensure that everyone else can escape. Gideon arrives in his TIE fighter and Mando uses his newly acquired jet pack to take it out. Mando leaves the planet with Baby Yoda, while Cara and Greef stay on Nevarro. Gideon emerges from the wreckage wielding the Darksaber.
The Good: This was an action-packed and wildly entertaining finale to a strong first season. There's a lot to like about this episode as it brings the season to a memorable and emotionally satisfying close while also laying down the foundation for season 2.
Surprisingly, there was a lot of humour in this episode and it worked very well. Unlike the new trilogy, the humour here is organic and clever, and I found myself laughing out loud a number of times. Greef was given loads of excellent lines in this episode, and I especially liked the joke when he tried to get the baby to do the "magic hand thing". The opening moments were also incredibly well done. The conversation between the two scout troopers was funny and filled with personality. It added some depth to the world by developing the foot soldiers while also giving us an idea of the kind of relationship the soldiers have with the higher-ups. Plus I got a big laugh when the scout troopers proved to be inept at aiming their shots, poking fun at a common trope of "Star Wars" movies and TV shows.
The main plot was pretty exciting. The heroes were left in quite a pickle at the end of the last episode, so we got to follow them attempt to escape. The action sequences early in the episode were a lot of fun and managed to include plenty of brilliant moments. I liked IG-11 blasting its way through town, Mando turning the tables by grabbing the E-Web Cannon, and Gideon making the smart move to take out Mando. The sequence was well done and allowed the heroes to do a lot of damage without ever making the villains look like chumps, which is actually quite impressive. It felt like the heroes were lucky to escape alive, without it feeling cheap. I really appreciate the extra thought that was put into this sequence, and I thought that it opened the episode on a great note.
Mando's story is what carried this episode, and there were so many brilliant moments with him. I'm very impressed by how much the show has invested me into this character across just 8 episodes. Mando had several strong moments here. His near-death experience was very well done, and for a couple of moments I was left wondering if the main character would actually be killed of at the end of the first season. These scenes had a defined impact however. For the first time we got to see the face underneath the mask, and that really helped humanize the character and let us fully realize that Mando is just an ordinary man in fancy armour. I can't fully explain why this moment is what did it for me, but after that I fully accepted Mando as a human character with emotions regardless of how he had been portrayed earlier in the season. There were more strong moments with Mando. I really loved the moment when he decided to play the father to Baby Yoda and raise him. It was a long time coming, but it felt like a suitable next step for the relationship the two had been developing. I also really liked Mando's interactions with IG-11. It was nice to see Mando gradually begin to trust the droid as the episode went on, and Mando's obvious unwillingness to part with the droid at the end of the episode felt like an earned moment. I really like how Mando has evolved as a person as this series has went on, showing more and more of his softer side in every passing episode.
IG-11's sacrifice was an excellent moment. The scene was executed really well, and I did feel for the droid after seeing it do everything it could to save Baby Yoda. The kicker of course was Mando finally coming around to the droid as it died. The story was simple, yet effective, and is exactly the kind of thing I want to see in a "Star Wars" TV show.
I was pleased to get a little more background on Cara. In just a single line from Gideon, we know exactly why she rebelled against the empire. We learn she is from Alderaan, and I imagine that she lost her family when the empire destroyed the planet. Furthermore, Cara got a little more characterization in this episode which is welcome. We see her attempt to solve almost every problem she faces by shooting something, which tells us all that we need to know about her.
The climax sequence was very good. The TIE fighter attack was scary and I thought that Mando got to defeat it in a way that managed to both provide an effective climax and take out Gideon in a way that feels earned but doesn't diminish how much of a threat he is.
The Bad: What I didn't like was mostly just little inconsistencies that bothered me throughout the episode. What would Gideon have done if he accidentally killed Baby Yoda when burning down the building? That seemed careless on his part. Why did he keep Baby Yoda so far away from him with so few guards? That didn't make much sense either.
The Unknown: The reveal that Gideon has the Darksaber was a big surprise. For those who don't know, the Darksaber is a Mandalorian relic that was a major part of "The Clone Wars". How did Gideon obtain the Darksaber? Did he kill the previous owner?
Best Moment: IG-11's sacrifice was the moment that resonated most with me.
Character of the Episode: IG-11.
Conclusion: This was an excellent finale. It was extremely fun with great action and some strong character moments. It didn't quite engage me in the way that a lot of the best TV shows do, but then again, I never expected this show to do that. This was everything I wanted it to be, and I'm very glad I watched it.
This ended up being a really good first season. It had some rough parts in the middle when there were some episodes that weren't entirely necessary, but overall I enjoyed myself. The characters were well done, there was strong world-building, good casting choices, superb direction and fun pacing. This show doesn't threaten to be anything particularly special, but it's a lot of fun to watch and I appreciate that. Something fresh like this is exactly what "Star Wars" needed to continue to be successful as a franchise. This show will be considered a gift for many "Star Wars" fans, and I think that casual fans can even get a lot of enjoyment out of this show as well. Is it flawless? No, of course not. But is it a harmless, easy-to-watch show? Absolutely. I will be eagerly awaiting season 2.
Summary: In flashbacks, Rose and Bernard meet and immediately take a liking to each other. Bernard proposes to Rose and they marry, but Rose reveals she is dying of cancer and only has a year left. Bernard takes Rose to see Isaac, a healer. Isaac can't heal Rose, but Rose decides to tell Bernard he healed her. On the island, Bernard tries to get the survivors to help him make an SOS sign out of rocks to get rescued. Rose is opposed to the idea and in the end, the plan falls through. Rose reveals to Bernard that Isaac didn't heal her but the island did, and the two of them decide that they are staying on the island. Meanwhile, Locke leaves the hatch in frustration but has his faith restored in a conversation with Rose. Jack takes Kate to make a trade with the others. They make it to the line and Michael suddenly appears.
The Good: Bernard and Rose's relationship is explored in a beautiful way. Their romance is sweet and they have fantastic chemistry with each other throughout the episode. I can easily buy into the fact that these two love each other. What's more impressive is that the writers manage to weave a serious conflict into this episode without ever damaging the credibility of their relationship. Both of them are understandable in how they differ. Rose is frustrated by how Bernard seems more interested in doing things instead of spending time with her. Whereas Bernard is earnest and noble in what he's trying to do, and you can sympathize with the motivations behind his actions. I love how their conflict ends up being the same in past and present just with a slightly different spin to it.
What made this episode work so well was how it felt like a standalone episode. The episode started with Bernard and Rose first meeting and ends with them deciding to spend the rest of their day son the island. This episode doesn't feel like part of a story because the writers told a complete character story with an emotional conclusion at the end. The episode is not quite a formula break like "The Other 48 Days" was, but it's similar in the reasons that it was successful.
The themes of this episode are another highlight. The way this show explored its characters suggested that everyone was ultimately meant to find fulfillment on the island. This is the first time that we have seen some characters address that the island is where they are meant to be. This is a very important moment for the show, and it is nice to get confirmation that most, if not all, characters are likely to find closure on the island. Furthermore, we also get to see the island's magical properties in action for the first time since "Walkabout". Now we learn that the island has also cured Rose's cancer, which is a surprising reveal that makes perfect sense. I love seeing the mythology of the island developed more, and that makes this episode much more significant than a small scale love story for minor side characters.
Everything else in the episode was very good. I really enjoyed the inclusion of Isaac, a healer who uses some kind of energy to cure people. This is such a fascinating inclusion that raises important questions about the island (see: The Unknown). Isaac's mysterious nature reminds me of Richard Malkin, and I'm always pleased to learn more lore.
Locke's character arc continues in wonderful fashion. We get to see Locke's frustrations early in the episode, and for the first time in a long while, we see Locke completely lose faith. He leaves the hatch and sits on the beach, looking aimless and confused. But then a stellar conversation with Rose (see: Best Moment) restores his faith, and by the end of the episode he is back to working on solving the blast door map.
Kate and Jack's story was also very good. The scene of them getting caught in Rousseau's trap was surprisingly fun. Kate and Jack have always had pretty unspectacular chemistry, so I didn't expect much from the scene. But this time something clicked, and the scene held the same kind of flirtatious fun that we typically only get from Kate and Sawyer's scenes. Then of course there's that great cliffhanger as Michael suddenly returns (see: The Unknown). I'm hoping that this is the catalyst that can kick the story into motion for the final few episodes of the season.
The Bad: Unfortunately, this episode feels out of place. I didn't get to say it in my last review, but I feel similarly about "Dave" as I do with this episode. With about 5 episodes left in the season, it feels like we should be kicking the plot into action for an exciting conclusion. Instead, we have gotten two slow-paced character-driven episodes that haven't advanced the plot at all. Now I'm all for character episodes, but it certainly feels like these episodes should have happened earlier in the season, not right at the end. In season 1, we had two outstanding episodes in "Numbers" and "Deus Ex Machina" as episodes 18 and 19, and it should be pretty easy to see why the latest two episodes aren't as satisfying for me near the end of the season.
I could see other people being very unsatisfied with this episode. Focusing on two very minor characters makes this episode feel unimportant, and I wouldn't blame anybody who was unsatisfied with this episode because they just didn't get invested in the story being told.
It was odd that nobody seemed willing to help Bernard. Surely most people still want to get off this island! I understand that the writers want us to believe that Bernard's "management problems" forced everyone away, but instead everyone comes off as selfish and stupid for not wanting to bring rocks to the beach to help get off of the island.
Of course Kate wouldn't have told anybody about the medical facility she found back in "Maternity Leave". It isn't "Lost" if characters don't frustratingly keep secrets all the time.
The Unknown: What is the energy that Isaac was talking about? Does this energy fuel the island's powers? How does it work? Does this energy have something to do with why the Dharma Initiative went to the island? Could it have something to do with the hatch?
Where has Michael been this entire time? Did the others get him? Did he escape from them? Or was he sent to Jack and Kate as a response to the trade?
Why is Eko building a church?
Why is Henry trying to manipulate Locke? Does he have a goal in mind?
Best Moment: I really loved Locke and Rose's conversation. Their light-hearted banter was a lot of fun, and I appreciate that Rose did to Locke what he has tried to do for so many of the other survivors: help him resolve his inner conflict. Locke was broken as he sat on the beach, and Rose gave him the clarity he needed to get back to his feet and return to the hatch. Plus, there was also that fantastic line from Rose where she said that they both know that things heal faster on the island. It was a fascinating moment, and I loved seeing the two people with the most faith having a brief talk about the powers of the island.
Character of the Episode: Rose.
Conclusion: This was terrific stuff. The character work was great, and the exploration into the nature of the island's powers was fascinating. The only issues come from the episode's placement in the season, and that prevents the episode from scoring higher than it otherwise would have.
Summary: In flashbacks, Hurley is at a mental hospital with a friend Dave. It's revealed that Hurley has been obsessively eating to cope with how he indirectly killed two people when he caused a deck to collapse. Hurley's doctor lets him know that Dave is imaginary and personifies Hurley's negative behaviour. Hurley is able to rid himself of Dave. Libby is revealed to be in the mental hospital with Hurley. In the present, Hurley destroys his secret stash with Libby's help but immediately stumbles upon more food. He encounters Dave again, who tells him that everything isn't real and that he has been asleep this entire time. Dave tries to get Hurley to jump off a cliff but Libby stops him and they kiss. Meanwhile, Sayid continues interrogating Henry but Henry doesn't reveal anything. Locke speaks with Henry who tells him that the button doesn't do anything.
The Good: Hurley gets some of the best character work of the season in this episode. We learn a truckload of things about him in this episode, and for once it feels like an episode this season is completely dedicated towards telling a singular, focused story about the struggles of a character. It works very well and leads to one of the more emotionally powerful episodes of the season. This episode surprisingly focuses on why Hurley is so fat. Hurley's size is something that needs to be acknowledged, and I'm very happy that that writers had the courage to tackle this subject. The background we get on Hurley is very sad and it brings his story full circle in a brilliant way. We finally learn that Hurley's past in a mental hospital was due to a traumatic experience he had when he accidentally killed two people. As a result, he picked up the habit of eating as a way to both cope with guilt and punish himself for what he did. This story is really easy to relate to, and it humanizes Hurley even more, revealing a surprisingly tragic past that Hurley carries around with him.
The Dave aspect of the episode is also very well done. Dave is cast very well and he plays Hurley's subconscious very well. Dave clearly represents that part of Hurley that hates himself for what he did, and across both the island and the flashbacks plots, the story is that Hurley needs to free himself of his self-hating qualities (Dave) and move on with his life in a positive way. It's a very satisfying story to tell, and both of the cathartic moments in the episode work well. Hurley letting Dave leave in the past is a good moment, but even better is Hurley choosing not to jump and going back with Libby to move past his baggage and get on with his life. It's surprisingly heartwarming stuff that is very well executed.
I really love that the show acknowledges the "dream theory" that everything is taking place in somebody's head, a joke theory that always seems to be suggested as an answer to complicated plots. Furthermore, the writers fully went through with the idea of dream theory, basing an entire episode around it rather than just poking fun of the idea. It made for a surprisingly effective story, and Hurley seemed suitably crazy for suggesting that nothing is real. The story is also helped by Dave giving surprisingly good reasons for everything being in Hurley's head.
Sayid's interrogation of Henry was stellar stuff for the most part. I liked the way that he caught Henry in yet another lie, and Sayid's growing frustrations were very understandable. The Locke/Henry scene was also terrific, and one of the episode's best scenes. It's so unclear if Henry is lying or not, and that makes it fascinating for us to be given this "reveal" that the button does nothing. It's also a great move for the show because it forces Locke to face the idea that all of his faith may have been for nothing, which is the next step towards advancing Locke's character arc this season.
There were a lot of little things I appreciated. Locke refusing to be put back in a wheelchair was a nice tough. Hurley beating up Sawyer is probably one of the best scenes of the entire show from a comedy/entertainment point of view. I'll always enjoy that scene. Lastly, Hurley eating peanut butter off of a leaf was suitably disgusting, and it demonstrated how horrible Hurley's eating habits are in an unexpectedly effective way.
The Bad: The Dave twist is unfortunately quite easy to predict. Being predictable doesn't necessarily hurt the story too much, but it does diminish the emotional impact of Hurley realizing that Dave doesn't exist because we already know that fact and aren't experiencing the same emotions as him.
Sayid attempting to murder Henry was completely idiotic. How do you plan to get information out of him if he's dead?
The Unknown: Was the island testing Hurley by giving him more food immediately after he destroyed his stash? It doesn't seem like a coincidence that Hurley was given more food immediately. Could Dave have been sent by the island somehow as another test?
Who is this leader that Henry mentions? How does the others' hierarchy work?
What is Eko building?
Was Henry telling the truth about the clock resetting on his own? We really can't trust anything he says now that he's been exposed as a liar.
Why was Libby in the mental hospital? Does this have something to do with why she is getting closer to Hurley?
Best Moment: Hurley revealing what happened in the accident to Dr. Brooks was fantastic stuff. It's really powerful, and all of Hurley's self-destructive behaviour is explained wonderfully in this scene, from his eating habits to the existence of Dave.
Character of the Episode: Hurley.
Conclusion: This was a fantastic character episode for Hurley. Sure, it was predictable and there wasn't much plot advancement, but the character work here was some of the season's absolute best.
Summary: Ross and Joey accidentally nap together and find that they enjoy it. Monica wants Chandler to apologize to his ex-girlfriend who he broke up with because she got fat. Rachel and Phoebe try to decide who gets to be Monica's maid of honour.
The Good: This is a really fun episode with three good stories with a lot of laughs. The napping partners story is suitably awkward and is a rare case where an attempt by "Friends" to parody a real-life conflict works spectacularly well. The final scene of them being seen by everyone else is very funny. I also greatly enjoyed the talk about "Die Hard". Monica and Chandler get a great storyline. Instead of bickering stupidly, they work through a conflict in a reasonable way and both of them are charming. Chandler is funnier than he has been in a long time, and the episode is peppered with plenty of hilarious one-liners that reminded me of the Chandler we had back in the first few seasons.
The Bad: There are some silly bits, but none of them detract too much from the episode. The idea of Ross and Joey napping together is pretty dumb. As is the idea that Chandler's ex-girlfriend didn't realize that Chandler dumped her because she got fat.
Best Moment: There are plenty of great jokes and one-liners. My favourite jokes came from Chandler talking to Monica about his ex-girlfriend and how he dumped her because she was fat.
Character of the Episode: Chandler.
Conclusion: This was a very strong and consistently funny episode. I had a lot of fun watching this, and I think this was the best episode in a long time.
Summary: In flashbacks, Locke learns that his father has died. He goes with Helen to the funeral and ends up running into Anthony alive and well. He has faked his death and asks Locke to bring him money. Locke does it but lies to Helen and says he hasn't seen him. When Locke brings Anthony the money, Helen follows him and leaves him for lying. On the island, Locke is trapped with Henry inside the hatch when a lockdown occurs and the blast doors suddenly come down. Locke tries to lift the doors and squeeze under but the door crushes his legs, trapping him. Henry goes through the vents and presses the button. The doors come up and Henry helps nurse Locke back to health. Meanwhile, Jack and Kate find a supply drop in the jungle. There they meet with the returning Sayid, Charlie and Ana Lucia. The group goes to the hatch and apprehends Henry. They found the balloon and the grave, but the man buried in the grave was the real Henry Gale.
The Good: The plot here was refreshingly strong. The lockdown was a big surprise since I had completely forgotten about the blast doors. Having Locke and Henry trapped together allowed for some solid character development while providing some tension with the timer counting down on the other side of the blast doors. The plot was engrossing and it built up organically to a wonderful climax where a mysterious map was revealed (see: Best Moment). The episode didn't stop there though. Sayid, Charlie and Ana Lucia's returns allowed for a wonderful twist at the end: Henry Gale is an other. Had this happened in any previous episode, it wouldn't have been a surprise. But this episode did an astonishing job of making Henry seem innocent through his growing bond with Locke. The shift in tone in this episode made the ending reveal a genuine surprise, proving once more that "Lost" is still capable of producing compelling twists.
Locke's story is also quite good. His island and flashback stories don't correlate very much but they are both excellent stories in their own right. On the island, Locke has been succumbing to his frustrations more and more often this season. So naturally, the island tests his faith once again by taking out his legs. Locke's frustrations are prevalent once again, but then things turn around with the reveal of a surprise blast door map and Henry's decision to stand by Locke and help him. Locke's faith may have been building up once again, but now it seems that Henry was manipulating him all along. I can't imagine that Locke will have a particularly positive response to this reveal, and I'm excited to see where the character goes after this.
In the flashbacks, Locke once again finds himself dragged down by his relationship with his father. In "Orientation" we see Locke leave his father behind and make his choice to stay with Helen. But when Anthony seeks him out, Locke finds it too difficult to simply leave behind an opportunity to get that fatherly love he so badly desires. Locke's response to Anthony is so understandable, and that makes it much more painful when this one unfortunate decision costs Locke everything as Helen leaves him for lying. Once again, Locke's desire for a father in his life has led to him making a very bad decision that ruined his life.
I was pretty happy with Hurley commenting on how he's not in the loop and isn't allowed to know all of the secret information. At least the show is self-aware with how unrealistic it is to have all of these absurd secrets.
The Bad: The poker story is a boring B-story that feels like filler. It only serves as an explanation for why Jack doesn't come back to the hatch during the lockdown. Furthermore, we get to see Jack completely own Sawyer in poker which feels like needless fanservice to show that Jack is still higher up on the island hierarchy than Sawyer is.
The gangsters that showed up in Locke's flashback could not have been more generic. The leather jackets, the voice, the name "Jimmy Bane"? Come on now.
The Unknown: Why was the lockdown triggered? Does it have anything to do with the supply drop that Jack and Kate found? Who dropped the supply drop anyways? Is the Dharma Initiative still operational?
Who is Henry actually? It seems that he is an other. What is his position in the others' society?
What was that blast door map? What is the "?" in the middle? Why did black lights come on anyways?
Best Moment: The appearance of the blast door map was perfect. The episode built and built to the moment that the timer reached zero, and the tension had never been higher. And right at the moment of peak tension, the blast door map appeared and offered us a tantalizing glimpse at what this island has to offer us. And just like that, it was gone.
Character of the Episode: Locke.
Conclusion: This was an excellent episode. We had an engaging plot filled with mystery, and two fantastic stories for Locke. This is everything that I want from a "Lost" episode.
Summary: In flashbacks, Jin and Sun try to have a baby but a fertility doctor says that Sun is infertile. Sun visits Jae Lee regularly to learn English and reveals that she is planning to leave Jin. The fertility doctor hunts down Sun and reveals that Jin is sterile and she is fine. On the island, Sun and Jin have an argument. Sun gets a pregnancy test and learns she is pregnant. She is afraid to tell the truth to Jin, but after talking with Jack she tells him she is pregnant and they reconcile. Meanwhile, Locke invites Ana Lucia to interrogate Henry. Ana Lucia gets him to draw a map to his balloon and she goes to find it with Sayid and Charlie.
The Good: The Ana Lucia storyline was the best part of this episode. Her interrogation of Henry was terrific and she asked some pleasingly logical questions that I'm surprised Sayid didn't ask. She gets Henry to draw a map to the balloon which is a really significant development. Her mission with Charlie and Sayid is pretty entertaining and it leads to a fantastic character moment as Ana Lucia accepts that she isn't well liked and finally apologizes to Sayid for what she did. That scene felt very real, and Sayid's reaction where he redirects his anger onto the others was tremendous.
Sun and Jin's story was fairly enjoyable as well. The writers have done a spectacular job of hinting at Sun and Jin's history of being unable to have a child by showing us their gentler behaviour around babies. This has happened countless times in previous episodes, as recent as "Maternity Leave" which sees Sun telling Claire that a mother shouldn't leave her child. As for character development, Sun gets a decent look here as she makes the decision to tell Jin the truth instead of keeping more secrets, proving that she is unwilling to make the same mistakes that ruined their relationship in the past. Jin on the other hand, goes through a similar arc as he forces himself to give Sun the freedom she craves so that she can be happy, unlike before when Jin was cruel and condescending.
There were some little things I really liked. The Jin POV sequence where we get to see how confusing it is for him when he can't understand anyone was very good. I really liked Sun refusing to get in the car with the doctor in the flashbacks. It was a small moment of humanity that added to the realism of the show. Lastly, I love that the show went the extra mile to provide multiple reasons that Sun didn't tell Jin she was learning English. Not only was it because she planned to leave, but also because she was secretly meeting with Jae Lee which Jin certainly wouldn't have approved of.
The final scene of Henry goading Jack and Locke was a bit generic, but it was still a very fun way to end the episode. Michael Emerson did a great job, and the cliffhanger builds up a lot of excitement for the next episode.
The Bad: The many secrets that characters hold are getting more frustrating by the episode. Ana Lucia not telling Jack and Locke about the map is simply absurd. Why wouldn't she let them know so they can plan their next move accordingly? The writers don't even provide a reason for her to not tell them, instead we just get yet another one-liner about how Locke and Jack are fighting. Add this secret on top of Locke not telling Jack he invited Ana Lucia in, Jack wanting nobody to know about Henry, Hurley hiding his food stash and Sun trying to hide her pregnancy. And that's only from this episode. Plus Eko and Charlie still haven't told anyone about the monster so there's that too! With all of these secrets floating around, this episode feels like it came straight out of season 2 of "The Walking Dead".
This season doesn't seem to be capable of hitting the highs of season 1 with any kind of consistency. The character work isn't what it used to be. This episode tells a passable story for Sun and Jin but it is nothing special. The island story is also quite bland. Even with a plot focus this season, the island storylines aren't as consistently entertaining as they were in season 1. This episode has practically no stakes and even in the most interesting story (Ana, Sayid and Charlie's trek), literally nothing exciting happens outside of Ana's apology.
Some small things bugged me too. Sayid's confusion at how Ana Lucia got Henry to cooperate was baffling to me. Surely the torturer would know the most efficient methods to get somebody to give information. Charlie is still a complete asshole and it feels so out of character. His constant smirk and rude behaviour to Ana Lucia just felt awkward.
The Unknown: Did Sun have an affair with Jae Lee? If she did, then the baby would likely be his. But I won't disregard the possibility of the island curing Jin's sterility like it did Locke's legs.
Is there actually a balloon or has Henry set up an ambush somehow?
Best Moment: Ana Lucia apologizing for killing Shannon was a lovely moment.
Character of the Episode: Ana Lucia.
Conclusion: This was a decent episode with some good moments. Unfortunately there is nothing special about this and the many secrets are becoming frustrating.
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