Summary: In flashbacks, Jack prepares to get married to Sarah, a woman who he miraculously saved in a surgery. Christian helps him subdue his doubts by telling him he will commit easily but won't be able to let go. They get married. In the present, Jack works hard to save Boone whose condition continues deteriorating. Jack prepares to amputate Boone's leg but Sun points out he is bleeding internally. Jack eventually gives up on Boone after an internal struggle and Boone dies. Meanwhile, Claire goes into labour and Kate, Jin and Charlie work together to ensure the birth is successful. Sayid and Shannon go on a date, and upon returning they learn of Boone's death. Jack angrily goes after Locke who he suspects to have killed Boone.
The Good: This is a really strong episode. Hospital drama episodes usually don't do a whole lot for me, but this one felt special. A combination of Jack's desperation, my emotional investment in the story, and the frenetic pacing made me enjoy this a whole lot, creating an extremely tense and emotional episode. I really enjoyed everything Jack did, as Matthew Fox brilliantly portrayed his emotional instability, adding another layer of tension to an already tense plot. The episode consistently gives us scenes with high drama. So many moments stood out, like Jack putting Boone's leg back in place, and the dramatic ending as Jack goes after Locke. I was also surprised by the ending where Boone actually dies. Most shows would only dedicate an entire episode to this if the victim survives, so it is quite a surprise when it sinks in that Boone is going to die. The episode does a terrific job of making this death mean something and feel like a massive moment in the story.
Despite Boone's death being such a pivotal moment of the show, the episode is all about Jack. Though it may seem awkward to put the focus away from Boone in his final episode, this actually works stunningly well. This is actually the first time that we have seen Jack in a high-stress position where he is attempting to save a life. Just like in "All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues", this episode does a fantastic job of showing the rougher parts of Jack's character, putting the spotlight on the flaws in Jack's character. We get to see first-hand that Jack has huge issues with letting go, as he tries to save Boone's life far past the point where he should have decided that Boone was too far gone. Without Sun there to keep Jack in line, who knows how much damage Jack could have done trying to save Boone's life? In particular, Jack's attempt to amputate Boone's leg was particularly horrific, especially after there was sufficient proof that Boone would die anyways.
This story rhymes with the flashback story too. We see a pattern of Jack refusing to give up on things that have already gone past the point of no return. On the island it's Boone, and in the flashbacks it's his relationship with Sarah, which we know is doomed due to the fact that Jack isn't married anymore in the present. The flashbacks have some great scenes to highlight this. The best example is Jack's conversation with Christian, who accurately pinpoints the big flaw in Jack's character: he can easily commit to things, but when it comes to letting go of things, he is completely hopeless. We have seen Jack's inability to let go time and time again (his desperation to catch Ethan, his decision to turn in his father, his inability to get over the fact that he left Joanna die, etc.), and this episode focuses completely on that character trait.
The other half of the episode is pretty strong too. Claire's labour is handled well, plus it gives Kate, Charlie and Jin some important things to do. I really appreciated that the episode spliced Boone's death with Claire's baby's birth, giving the episode a wonderful emotional climax that concludes both of the episode's main storylines in spectacular fashion.
Some other small things pleased me. The side characters were given a lot to do, leading to tons of great character interactions. Sun was a standout as she acts like the voice of reason to Jack who continuously gives in to his worst impulses. I also really liked the brief encounter between Sun and Jin who continued their conflict in a nice way. Sayid and Shannon had decent scenes together which culminated nicely in Shannon learning about Boone's death. Sawyer, Hurley and Michael all had small roles as well which I appreciated. Lastly, I enjoyed the cameo of Marc Silverman (from "White Rabbit") at the beginning of the episode. That scene also had a classic "Lost" twist with the surprise reveal that is was Jack getting married not Marc.
The Bad: This episode could have easily scored an 80 on paper. The episode is intense and exciting featuring some tremendous character work for Jack, as well as a major character death that has a huge impact on the show. But there is one issue that hangs over the episode that prevents it from getting an 80. The issue is that of tone. The tone on the island is scary as intense as we have Jack scrambling to save Boone's life while Claire is forced to give birth alone in the jungle. But off the island we have... Jack getting happily married? The tonal shift is extremely noticeable and it takes me out of the episode quite a bit. Had this episode been more consistent with its tone, it would have been a lot better.
The Unknown: What happened with Jack's marriage? Why is he no longer married?
I was intrigued by some recurring lines of dialogue. Jack uses Locke's signature line, while Boone lets Jack off the hook just like Rose did back in "Walkabout". I'm not sure if there is significance to this, but there does seem like there should be a reason for some lines to be noticeably reused.
What is Claire's baby going to be named? I hope he gets a name soon since calling him "Claire's baby" is going to get old quick.
What did Boone want to tell Shannon for his last words. Was there something he actually wanted to tell her, or was it just to give him a dramatic final line?
Boone mentions some vague things about the hatch to Jack. How much did Jack correctly interpret from Boone's words? What does he think Locke has been up to? Does he actually think Locke killed Boone to silence him, or is it just another case of Jack having a bad emotional reaction?
Best Moment: Boone's death mixed with Claire's baby being born is an excellent sequence that delivers on emotion.
Character of the Episode: Jack.
Conclusion: This episode does so much right, and it produces some of the best drama of the show so far. Furthermore, we get a fantastic character death to close things out, making this episode important and memorable. The only flaw is in the tone, but aside from that this is more outstanding storytelling.
Summary: Flashbacks show Locke's mother finding him at his job. After meeting her, Locke hunts down his father Anthony and they get to know each other and grow close. However, Anthony needs a kidney transplant or he will die, so Locke gives him his kidney. But it turns out that Anthony orchestrated everything to get Locke to donate his kidney and he abandons Locke immediately afterwards. On the island, Locke fails to get into the hatch and notices that he is losing feeling in his legs. Locke has a dream of a Beechcraft crashing on the island, so he takes Boone and they go looking for it. Locke continues to lose motion in his legs but they find the plane. Boone goes into it but doesn't find anything of note. The plane falls while Boone is attempting to make a transmission and he is seriously injured. Locke lugs him back to Jack before angrily banging on the hatch, betrayed. A light turns on in the hatch. Meanwhile, Sawyer deals with headaches so Jack goes to check him out. Sawyer has myopia and now needs glasses to read.
The Good: Once again, "Lost" knocks it out of the park with an amazing episode. Like "Numbers" before it, this episode increases the emphasis on the mythology of the show while simultaneously telling a meaningful story that sticks with you after watching the episode.
Throughout the episode, tension is built beautifully. The episode starts with the huge surprise of Locke losing feeling in his legs. Whatever the island did to him is going away, and that is a fascinating mystery to center the episode around. It raises so many questions and got me invested in the episode immediately. Furthermore, my interest in the mystery of this show has never been higher coming off of the outstanding "Numbers". Instead of putting in a slow transition episode, the show capitalized on its momentum and delivered another huge episode that develops its mythology in an excellent way. The show continues to explore its mystery with a spectacularly edited dream sequence as Locke has a cryptic dream that sets up the plot in an intriguing way. The scene is done superbly well and it is extremely creepy with the jarring cuts, sudden flashes of information and Boone's increasingly creepy voice. It's a damn good scene which ensures that anybody watching the episode will be unable to leave their seats.
Boone and Locke's mission is tremendously enjoyable and it gives us some very important moments. The discovery of the Beechcraft is huge as it confirms that Locke does have a legitimate connection to the island somehow, while also adding another mythological mystery to the show (who were the people on this plane). This is also a great episode for Boone who gets to experience the reality of the island's supernatural properties firsthand as Locke tells him about Theresa and also reveals that he used to be paralyzed. Boone becomes a believer and it's exciting to see him and Locke eagerly trying to discover what was hidden in the plane. Locke gets confused when he finds nothing, but Boone is proactive. He sees a chance for rescue, and true to the instinct we have seen from him in episode 1, he selflessly takes the risk of staying in the plane in hopes of rescue. And true to form with how Boone has behaved since the start of the show, his attempts go down in vain and he doesn't end up accomplishing anything, ending up in a critical condition which sets up the story for the next episode.
The flashback story is superb. It ends up being unexpectedly emotional once Anthony's con is revealed and it is impossible not to feel bad for Locke who finally got to have a father who cares for him for a short amount of time, only for it to be ripped away yet again. It's no wonder that Locke is so happy to have a meaningful connection with the island, since it seems that he has never had any kind of emotional attachment with anybody or anything before the crash. It's very sad storytelling, but it is consistent with the character of Locke. As a last note, I think the ending twist is set up really well. When rewatching the episode, it's extremely obvious that Anthony is conning Locke. It's very impressive that the writers make this seem so obvious without giving it away in the first watch of the episode.
Locke's character journey in this episode is something really special. The storytelling in this episode is incredible. Like all of the best "Lost" episodes so far, this episode had a brilliant connection between past and present. Both stories are about Locke putting his faith into a greater entity, one that he feels he can trust in more than anything else. But both times he feels betrayed. The end of the episode is so heartbreaking because it's a case of history repeating itself. Locke is utterly shattered in the flashbacks when he is conned, paralleled by Locke feeling betrayed by the island when it gave him nothing in exchange for Boone's grievous injuries. But the episode is careful not to end off on a depressing note. The final moments of the episode are beautiful as the island seemingly reaches out to Locke, giving him a sign that his faith is rightfully placed this time and that Locke was simply being tested; there is a greater purpose to what he is doing, and Locke isn't being made a chump this time.
The side story was pretty good as well. There was a nice amount of character development given for Sawyer in this episode. Nobody seemed to be particularly mad at Sawyer in this episode, and it seems that people are getting used to him. Sawyer is starting to soften up a bit and it seems like his shtick of trying to make people hate him is starting to wear off. Plus we get some really funny moments from this story like Jack questioning Sawyer on a number of embarrassing things.
As an aside, I really loved the subtle foreshadowing in the first flashback scene with the Mouse Trap game. It's clever scene editing to end off the scene with a mouse being caught in a cage directly after Locke interacts with Emily for the first time.
The Bad: Nothing I can think of.
The Unknown: Why was Locke losing feeling in his legs? Was it just a test of faith? Or could it be something else?
What was with that dream? Why did Locke get that dream? Why did the island direct him to the Beechcraft? Boone was shown to be hurt in the dream, so was Boone's fall supposed to happen? What will it lead to? Why was it necessary for the island to push Boone to getting this injury?
Why is the Beechcraft on the island? What's the story behind the Nigerian drug smugglers? Were they more than drug smugglers?
Who was that communicating with Boone? What were they saying on the broadcast? It was difficult to hear.
What is the light that turned on in the hatch? Was it a message from the island? Why did the island send a message to Locke? Can it really just turn lights on at will?
Will Boone survive his injuries?
Best Moment: The final few minutes were some of the best television you can see. The con reveal is absolutely heartbreaking and it brilliantly parallels the story on the island. The final moments of Locke banging on the hatch and screaming are very powerful, and they end off the episode on a memorable, emotional note.
Character of the Episode: Locke.
Conclusion: That's two in two for outstanding episodes. This episode had the exact same impact as "Numbers" only it managed to be even better with its emphasis on tension coupled with a much more powerful story for Locke. This is spectacular television on every level.
Summary: In flashbacks, Hurley wins the lottery of over 100 million dollars. After winning he is faced with bad luck; his grandpa dies, his mom's new house burns down, Hurley is falsely arrested and more. Hurley thinks he is cursed and realizes his winning numbers were the cause. He investigates the origin of the numbers from his friend from a mental hospital but finds no answers. On the island, Hurley notices those same numbers in Rousseau's notes. He goes to hunt her down under the guise of getting batteries for Michael so they can detect ships from the raft. Charlie, Sayid and Jack go after Hurley who pushes on. Hurley eventually meets Rousseau who reveal a transmission of those numbers are what sent her to the island. She agrees they are cursed. Hurley, satisfied, heads back with the batteries. It's revealed that the numbers are written on the side of the hatch. Meanwhile, Locke builds a crib for Claire as a birthday present.
The Good: This was a huge episode for the show. Hurley has been such an innocuous side character that I don't think anybody was particularly excited to get his backstory. But to my absolute surprise, Hurley's backstory is proven to be essential for the story, and it changes my view of the entire show as a whole. Once I realized how significant these numbers could be for the show, I was immediately engrossed by the episode. There was a sense of importance to everything that was happening once I realized how key Hurley's backstory was, and that added a lot to the suspense of the episode. I was fully immersed into everything that was going on.
And this episode rewards you for getting fully invested. For pure entertainment value, this is about as good as it gets. It's so rare to see an episode of television that balances tension and comedy so elegantly, and with such purpose. Every laugh is meticulously inserted into the episode, and somehow the many jokes in this episode don't take away at all from the tension. There are moments in this episode that switch from goofy to serious extremely quickly, but it's all done so masterfully that it only adds to the experience.
And on top of this wonderfully entertaining, game-changing plotline, we get a fantastic character journey for Hurley to give the episode an emotional core. Both on and off the island Hurley is going through the same journey: he's looking to prove that he isn't crazy and that this curse exists. But nobody ever seems to believe him, and he is left desperate for somebody - anybody - to just agree with him and not question his sanity. Furthermore, this desire to prove his sanity does stem from deep inside Hurley's character, evidenced by his apparent connection to a mental hospital (see: The Unknown), suggesting that there is still a lot more to Hurley than what we have been shown.
Anyhow, Hurley's desire to prove himself leads to a number of great conversations throughout the episode. In the flashbacks, Hurley goes hunting to find an explanation for the curse which takes him to Leonard and Martha Toomey in 2 fantastic scenes. The first scene with Leonard is awesome because of how brilliantly it reveals information. Hurley talks and slowly feeds the audience information in an organic way. But then the scene really takes off when Leonard actually starts speaking. He completely panics and throws out tons of surprising information. The moment is outstanding because it confirms to us that there is something supernatural going on, immediately getting me invested in the numbers. The ensuing scene with Martha is just as well done as the Leonard scene, only it's even better. Once again, a ton of new information is slowly revealed to us through Martha's story. It seems clear that there is a curse. But impressively, the show offers up an alternative perspective as Martha says that she doesn't believe that numbers are cursed at all. It opens up our mind to the possibility that the curse may not be real. Since we are watching a TV show, we immediately assume that there is a curse, but what if there isn't? Nothing is made explicitly clear, and that makes for some fascinating television.
On the island, Hurley's still looking for the same thing: confirmation that this curse is real. This takes him to Rousseau where he finally snaps in a terrific scene. Hurley's frustration is easy to understand, and his demand for answers is very well-acted. Rousseau agrees that there is a curse, but considering her mental state, it really shouldn't mean anything to Hurley. But Hurley has been so desperate for somebody to believe him that even the tiniest victory means the world to him. Hurley's hug to Rousseau is such an awkward moment, yet it's a powerful one; a wonderful climax for Hurley's character arc in this episode.
The Locke/Claire side story was fine television. It's nice to get some character interactions between two people who I don't think have ever actually talked. Plus we get to see Locke helping out a fellow survivor yet again, which is always fun to watch. Locke certainly comes off as the most endearing and likeable of the survivors so far.
Lastly, I'll draw some attention to the humour in this episode. "Lost" is a fairly funny show, but this episode has some of the best comedy so far. Moments like Hurley telling the man on the ladder not to put the light bulb in while he's there, and Hurley's terrible lies to Charlie were standouts.
The Bad: Charlie is a bit out of character in this episode. He's pretty mean to Hurley in a lot of scenes which doesn't seem like the Charlie we know.
I had a couple of extremely nitpicks that I might as well put in here. For one, you can't actually make glue out of animal fat, so Locke's glue doesn't make any sense. You can make glue out of animal hide though, so an easy fix could have made this make more sense. Additionally, there is an odd moment at the end of the episode where Sayid hands Michael the battery after returning from Rousseau. It's an odd moment because Michael can't do anything with the battery. Sayid is the one who needs to use the battery to create a device, so why would he give it to Michael?
The Unknown: What is the significance of the numbers? Is there actually a curse? Is there a way to break the curse? What created this curse? Why was it playing from the radio tower? Who made that transmission? Why did they make that transmission? What did Leonard mean when he said that Hurley opened the box?
Where is the radio tower? Who built a radio tower on the island? Why was it built?
Why was Hurley in a mental hospital in his past? What was wrong with him? Does he still have mental issues to some degree?
In the flashbacks, it's mentioned that Hurley has become majority shareholder for a box company in Tustin. Is that the same box company that Locke worked at?
Best Moment: The Hurley and Martha conversation was the highlight of the episode for me.
Character of the Episode: Hurley.
Conclusion: What a spectacular episode. I don't think anybody expected Hurley of all people to have such a compelling and important backstory. This episode completely changes the way that we have to watch this show and it pushes the supernatural elements of the show to the forefront. But what is most impressive is that the character-based storytelling somehow doesn't get lost in the shuffle like it did in "Raised By Another". This was a brilliantly put together episode in every way.
Summary: Flashbacks reveal that Jin's job for Mr. Paik started tame, but when he was promoted, he was forced to kill people that displeased Mr. Paik. Unable to tell Sun about her monstrous father, Jin grew distant from her. He visits his father and plans to escape to America with Sun. On the island, Michael's raft catches fire and Jin is the prime suspect. Sawyer forcefully brings Jin over and Michael beats him up until Sun intervenes by revealing she speaks English. Jin is repulsed by this and gives Sun the cold shoulder. Sun proposes that they restart but Jin says it is too late. Meanwhile, Sayid and Shannon grow closer and start a relationship. Locke confronts Walt about why he burned the raft.
The Good: Yet another character gets a spotlight episode, and as usual, "Lost" knocks it out of the park. This is a terrific episode for Jin, who prior to this episode has been portrayed as a 2-dimensional abusive husband. But this episode gives him an incredible amount of depth, giving us a brilliant story about Jin's slow descent into darkness as he works for Mr. Paik. The flashbacks in this episode show us how Jin only did terrible things at request of Mr. Paik, and he only did these things so that he could stay with Sun. But of course the irony is that the actions Jin was taking to stay with Sun ended up driving them apart, as Jin was unwilling to tell her how monstrous her father was. The story is really well done, and the wonderful bathroom scene from "House of the Rising Sun" is shown again, only this time it has a completely different meaning as it is seen from Jin's POV. It's little touches like that which allow "Lost" to tell such compelling stories.
Pleasingly, this episode didn't suffer from the main flaw of "Outlaws"; the on-island story felt really important and it built up tension in a compelling way. The burning of the raft is a surprising moment, and it makes perfect sense that the event would stir up inner conflict throughout the camp. The mystery of who burned the raft gets a lot of interest in the episode, and the drama ratchets up as the episode goes on. The climax of the episode fittingly blows off this tension as Michael and Jin get into a fight, blowing off their big issues, and then we finally get the big scene of Sun revealing that she can speak English to everyone. That reveal is terrific and everyone is fittingly shocked, particularly Jin who just looks hurt and stunned by the reveal. Lastly, we get to that awesome Locke speech as he finally gets people to open their eyes to the thought of other people being on the island, while also dispersing the inter-community conflict.
Following the climax, the story still continues in heartbreaking fashion with a brilliant Sun/Jin confrontation. While living in Korea, Sun and Jin were never given the chance to enjoy each other's company the way they had wanted to before they were wed. But now, there is nobody stopping them from repairing their relationship and moving on together. There is nothing stopping this relationship from moving forward -- except Jin and Sun themselves. Tragically, the sympathetic mistakes that both of them made in the past are still haunting each other on the island, and now they are unable to stay together on the island. Despite getting the perfect opportunity to be together, they have grown further apart, which is a very sad conclusion to a relationship that seems like it was just not meant to be.
As always, I was pleased by a few other things. The reveal that Walt burned the raft is a good one, it's both unexpected and logical. It also makes Walt feel like more of a character by giving him motivations, relevance and desires. The Sayid and Shannon subplot is fine and it has some great moments, including a nice scene between Locke and Shannon. Lastly, I enjoyed the ending montage quite a bit. After such a depressing end to the Sun/Jin story, it was definitely necessary to end things off on a more positive note. I like the idea of Jin helping Michael with the raft to mend some fences. Plus there's the brilliant moment of Hurley's batteries dying at the end.
The Bad: The show remains inconsistent with its community reactions. The raft gets burned followed up by a Jin/Michael fight, and everyone gets involved. But when Claire gets kidnapped or when Ethan starts killing people, everyone is completely nonchalant. It's very inconsistent.
I didn't like that Sayid decided not to get involved with Shannon based off of Boone's word. It seems out of character for him to actually listen to Boone, and the drama feels manufactured to give the Shannon/Sayid subplot an actual story. It's a shame that this was the story that the writers chose, since I think a story of Sayid struggling to move on from Nadia would have been much more compelling. Instead, the writers continue to conveniently ignore Nadia's existence so that this Sayid/Shannon romance can continue.
The Unknown: That was Hurley on the TV during Jin's flashback. Why was he on the news?
Was Jin planning to escape with Sun into America? Based off of his conversation with his father, I would say it's likely.
Apparently Locke's dad isn't a cool guy. Why?
Best Moment: The Sun and Jin scene at the end of the episode is really powerful. Jin silently decides to move back to the beach with Sun begging him to stop. Finally having had enough, Sun switches to English and lets out all of her frustrations. Following her outburst she practically begs Jin to start fresh like they always wanted. Sadly, Jin decides it's too late.
Character of the Episode: Jin.
Conclusion: This was another awesome episode. The flashbacks and island stories are both very compelling, and while this episode doesn't hit the highs of "Outlaws", it's more consistently entertaining. "Lost" is two for two for great episodes now and it seems like the season is picking back up again.
Summary: In flashbacks, Sawyer is approached by Hibbs who says he has found the real Sawyer in Australia under the name Frank. Sawyer goes to kill Frank but finds that he can't do it. He goes to a bar where he meets Christian who encourages him to go through with it. Sawyer kills Frank only to realize that he had been duped by Hibbs into killing the wrong person. On the island, a boar attacks Sawyer over and over again so Sawyer angrily goes after it. Kate joins in with him, trying to get Sawyer to give his gun back to Jack. They bond while they camp out together. Sawyer eventually finds the boar but decides against killing it. Sawyer gives his gun back to Jack and realizes that Christian was his father. Meanwhile, Sayid helps Charlie deal with the fact that he killed Ethan.
The Good: This episode is much better than it has any right to be. On paper this is a stupid plot and it seems like this is going to be another dull episode. But the show stepped up and we got a tremendous character episode with high quality dialogue, powerful themes and some stellar acting.
The island story is pretty simple. A boar pisses Sawyer off so he decides to enact some petty revenge. The story is consistently funny and there are plenty of moments where I genuinely laughed, like Sayid harassing Sawyer, Kate amusingly watching Sawyer track everything but the boar, and of course the boar's apparent vendetta for Sawyer.
But where this episode stands out is in its character development. The island story is chock-full of brilliant character interactions. The Kate and Sawyer relationship is still a highlight of the show, and they were terrific in this episode. The I Never scene was a piece of art that brilliantly revealed details about these characters while also allowing them to bond in an interesting and well-written way. Sawyer got the best arc of the episode though. On the island we can see his thirst for revenge as he goes after the boar, but he's obviously haunted by something. The vague line of "it'll come back around" is repeated frequently, and Sawyer's connection to Locke's story add a lot of intrigue to what is nagging Sawyer about the boar. By the end of the episode, it's clear that the boar symbolizes Sawyer's guilt over killing Frank in cold blood. Sawyer wants to get back at the boar, but he has this sinking feeling that the boar embodies Frank who is coming after him in death for revenge. At the end of the episode Sawyer gets a chance to cut out his guilt and also get vengeance on the boar, but he doesn't take the opportunity. Sawyer is still unable to get over what he has done, so he realizes that he isn't ready to kill again. The story is told very well, and Sawyer deciding not to kill the boar is a surprisingly good moment.
Everything that happens on the island brilliantly ties into the flashbacks too. The flashbacks are used to bring clarity into Sawyer's inner struggles on the island, making them a wonderful way to provide exposition for the main story. "Lost" has used this technique before in other great episodes ("Walkabout" for example), but I think this is the best use of it. Without the flashbacks, we would have no way of understanding what was in Sawyer's mind as he chased the boar. The flashbacks aren't only used to propel the island story though; they stand on their own as an individual story of a man who struggles to take his first kill. There are so many fantastic scenes in the flashback storyline including a tense sequence when Sawyer first confronts Frank, and a beautifully written conversation between Sawyer and Christian. Not only does Christian push Sawyer towards his eventual killing of Frank, but he also gives us a new viewpoint of his relationship with Jack, suggesting that Jack's massive backlog of guilt may actually be a little redundant since Christian died feeling proud of his son. Finally, we got the outstanding twist as Sawyer, the con man, gets conned into killing the wrong person, giving him none of the inner peace he had desired and instead leaving him with a healthy dose of guilt to deal with. Sawyer went for the kill with intentions to rid himself of his baggage, but he walked away having added on to the immense weight on his shoulders.
Charlie's storyline fit the theme of this episode nicely. While Sawyer deals with the grief of killing somebody for the first time in the A-story, Charlie does the same thing in the B-story. It's nice to get some follow-up on the events of the last episode (it would have been nice if the same was done with Charlie's withdrawal!). Charlie killing Ethan is a very significant moment, and I'm glad that the character has had a reaction to it, allowing him to grow and change. Furthermore, the episode nicely utilizes Sayid as he is the perfect guy to sympathize with Charlie over killing people.
There were a few other moments I liked. I enjoyed Hurley's remark on Ethan rising from the grave to kill them all. It's nice to see that the survivors have implanted a supernatural vibe on the mysterious other people, and I really wish we could get more scenes of characters conversing about Ethan and whoever else could be on the island. Also I think this is the first time we learn what Sawyer's real name is: James.
The Bad: This episode is a fine character piece, but it is severely lacking in drama. There is literally no suspense or drama in the island storyline and that does hurt the episode a little bit. It's certainly not a major problem (I've given slow, character-based episodes of shows like "Better Call Saul" really glowing reviews), but it does prevent this episode from reaching the high heights of some of this season's best episodes.
I didn't like Kate freaking out when Sawyer picked up the baby boar. Her childish whining does not mesh at all with her character of being a hardened criminal. Kate remains the most inconsistent and worst written character on the show.
The Unknown: Why did Sawyer hear "it'll come back around" from the whispering in the jungle? Was it just his imagination or was it actually there?
Who is Hibbs to Sawyer? What did he do that made Sawyer despise him? What is the Tampa job?
Kate was married? When? To who? Presumably this was before she became a criminal. Kate said it was a very short marriage. What happened that ended it so quickly?
Was Frank's spirit actually inside that boar? I doubt it, but you never know when this show may take off into supernatural territory.
Best Moment: There are plenty of fantastic scenes, but I'll go with Kate and Sawyer's game of I Never.
Character of the Episode: Sawyer.
Conclusion: This was a surprisingly excellent episode. The character work is top-notch and it more than overcomes a lame island plot.
Summary: Flashbacks show Charlie deciding to steal and sell a woman's valuable heirloom in order to buy more heroin. He befriends the girl and ends up falling in love with her, wanting to be respectable. He takes a new job, but after dealing with withdrawal, he goes through with the con anyways. In the present, Claire wakes up with amnesia. Ethan appears to Charlie and threatens to kill somebody at nightfall if Claire isn't returned. Jack and Locke debate defenses to protect Claire. Their plans fail and somebody is killed. Jack brings out the guns and takes four others to fight Ethan, using Claire as bait. Jack fights Ethan and captures him but Charlie kills him before he reveals anything.
The Good: Charlie is a good character. He is very flawed, but he comes off as earnest and passionate in everything he does, making it easy to root for him. In both the flashbacks and the present, it is easy to root for him to succeed and prove that he is capable enough to protect the people around him. The story told surrounding his character is pretty good, and it is nice to see him becoming capable enough to help Claire on the island whereas he failed to take care of Lucy in the past.
Ethan was the highlight of this episode though. He's threatening and scary, and his presence adds a huge deal of tension. The entire episode is centered around his impending threat, and it is gripping to see Jack, Locke, Sayid and the others all preparing strategies in an attempt to prevent Ethan from killing people. The stakes are high in this episode, so I was very invested. The plot moves nicely and it builds to a good climax featuring another really intense fight between Jack and Ethan.
As usual, a few small details impressed me. I was pleased by Sayid thinking logically and wondering if Ethan had somehow caused Claire to become amnesiac and returned her to the camp. I also liked that Claire wa sable to figure out that something was happening based off of how people kept looking at her. Lastly, I really laughed at Charlie's Monday selling copiers.
The Bad: Unfortunately this episode is by far the most frustrating so far. Ethan's death is a massive disappointment, and it is very annoying that we learned literally nothing about these other people from the whole Claire abduction storyline. It feels like the writers wanted to introduce others on the island but were opposed to explore what that would mean for the survivors. So they crafted a meaningless storyline that had such little impact on the plot of the show as a whole. Furthermore, the writers were evidently uninterested in exploring how the presence of other people on the island would impact the community of survivors. Inner conflict is never shown, not even in this episode when Ethan literally kills somebody in cold blood. It's very disappointing and it's a far cry from episodes like "White Rabbit" that beautifully conveyed conflict within the survivors camp.
Another piece of lazy writing is Claire's convenient amnesia. It becomes apparent that Claire actually did escape, making Ethan look bad, but also she somehow forgot everything so that she is unable to give us any important details about the other people. This was such a clichéd moment in the episode, and it's annoying to see "Lost" taking after every other generic TV drama in this episode, especially after the show worked so hard to stand out in its first ten episodes.
I was not a fan of Ethan dying either. Ethan was such a big threat, but somehow he is taken out in such an easy way. Jack and all of the others bring out guns, acknowledging that they had to do something extreme to take down Ethan. But not a single shot is fired, and Jack simply takes down Ethan by just beating him up. If Ethan could be beaten down so easily, then why was he such a big threat? This is an example of very generic villain writing, where the villain is depowered whenever it is convenient for the plot. Then we get to Charlie actually killing Ethan. Charlie is a character I like, but by having him kill Ethan for no reason whatsoever, viewers will start to turn on him. Charlie has just taken away the possibility of getting answers, and also the possibility of an interesting new plot development of Ethan in captivity. That's a very poor use of a sympathetic character. Lastly, it's annoying that nobody got frustrated with Charlie for killing Ethan. Ethan could have told the survivors some useful things, and he was also their best chance of getting off the island. Surely people would be angry with Charlie for taking away their best chance of escape. But the writers don't punish Charlie for his actions, but they frustratingly reward him by having Claire come back to him after he kills Ethan.
The Unknown: Who was Ethan anyways? What did he do to Claire? How did she escape? Why did he want her back?
Best Moment: Ethan threatening Charlie was a chilling moment that set the tone for the rest of the episode.
Character of the Episode: Ethan.
Conclusion: The Claire abduction story has been the show's biggest failure so far. The plot didn't go anywhere and it got a very poor resolution here. Charlie's character story is good however and it, as well as William Mapother's performance as Ethan, prevent this episode from getting too low of a score. Still, this is easily the weakest episode so far, and "Lost" has clearly entered a midseason lull. I really hope that the rest of this season can get the show back on the right track.
Summary: Flashbacks show that Michael was in a relationship with Susan who eventually left him for a job opportunity, taking an infant Walt with her. Susan got involved with another man, Brian, and Michael's dreams of being a father were crushed. 9 years later, Susan dies and Brian goes to Michael to give him custody of Walt. On the island, Michael catches Walt with Locke and angrily blocks him from speaking with Locke. Michael decides to build a raft to escape the island and Walt helps. Walt sneaks away to see Locke but Michael finds out. Michael and Walt verbally fight so Walt leaves with Vincent. Walt is found and cornered by a polar bear. Michael and Locke work together to save him. After, Michael shows Walt some drawings he made for him when he was a baby and they grow closer. Locke goes looking for Vincent and finds Claire instead.
The Good: Michael finally got his centric episode, and what we got was a nice exploration into fatherhood. The flashbacks flesh out how excited Michael was to be a parent to Walt, only for that dream to be snatched away for him. It feels horribly unfair for Michael to finally be given a chance to be a parent after he loses all interest in fathering Walt, forcing him to take care of a kid who doesn't know and doesn't trust him. The story is told very well and it's easy to sympathize with Michael in spite of his poor parenting on the island. What this episode makes clear is that Michael does try to be a good parent but he doesn't know how to approach Walt as a father. It's sad to see him trying and failing to get close to Walt, and it's understandable that he gets angry at Locke who is actually successful at befriending Walt. The episode tells this story nicely and builds to a good conclusion as Michael is able to overcome his flaws. He makes peace with Locke and he earns the respect and friendship of Walt; a hard fought victory for Michael.
The plot is interesting enough to follow. I love the idea of Michael trying to make a raft to get off the island. It's nice to see that people haven't forgotten about getting off the island, and it makes sense that people start coming up with alternate solutions when it is apparent that no help is going to find them. I also think the episode does get some good tension coming from the conflict between Locke and Michael. Then the end of the episode signals a meaningful change in the story as Claire stumbles back into the survivors. It will be interesting to see what happens next.
There are some good things to enjoy from the side stories as well. The diary story is harmless comedy with moments like Charlie punching Sawyer, and later, Charlie trying to restrain from reading Claire's diary. But then things take a darker turn as Charlie discovers some disturbing comments (see: The Unknown). I also enjoyed the follow-up from the last episode as Boone resists the urge to drop everything for Shannon. He has moved on and changed, which is nice to see.
The Bad: This episode comes off as too simple. The plot isn't very interesting and there really aren't any twists and turns, or moments of exciting drama. Though the last two episodes have been weaker than usual, they still have great moments of drama that surprise us and take the story in interesting directions. This episode doesn't seem to take any risks and it is a very straightforward story. That's not a bad thing, but it does mean that this episode does very little to stand out. I also had issues with how Michael was portrayed in the flashbacks. Rather than the flashbacks turning Michael into a gray character, like flashbacks have elegantly done for other characters, Michael is portrayed as a pure good guy. In contrast, Susan comes off as a pure bad guy. The story is surprisingly black and white, which doesn't quite fit with what "Lost" has presented to us so far.
I thought the climax of the episode was very underwhelming. The polar bear threat isn't very dramatic since it's fairly obvious that nobody important is about to get eaten by the bear. I honestly felt more tension in the Michael/Locke scenes earlier in the episode than I did in the polar bear attack. Furthermore, the effects did not look very good, and the shaky cam that is used to dodge a good look at the polar bear made the climactic scene pretty disorienting, and less pleasing to watch.
Did Michael seriously steal Brian's dog when he took Walt?
The Unknown: Walt's apparent special abilities are very interesting. We see him throw the knife with stunning accuracy early in the episode. And later we see him seemingly summon a bronze cuckoo, the bird he was studying about, when he got angry. Finally, a polar bear attacks Walt after he looks at pictures of a polar bear in the spanish comic. These are very interesting tidbits that make me curious about what's so special about Walt.
What is this mystery location on the island that Rousseau's maps point to?
What's with the dreams Claire was having? What is the significance of the black rock that she was dreaming about?
What happened to Claire after she was taken? How did she escape from Ethan? Did she escape or was she allowed to go back? What will she tell the survivors? What did Ethan do to her while she was gone?
Best Moment: The Walt flashback was very well done. When the bronze cuckoo appears suddenly, the tone becomes very ominous and it's clear that Walt isn't just a normal kid.
Character of the Episode: Michael.
Conclusion: This was a good episode that told a simple story, but this certainly feels like a step down from the great character-centric episodes we got earlier in the season. Halfway through the season, "Lost" seems to have gotten into a somewhat disappointing stretch of episodes. Let's hope that Claire's return can give this season the momentum it needs to return to its best.
Summary: In flashbacks, Boone goes to Australia to save Shannon from an abusive boyfriend. Boone pays the boyfriend to get him to leave but he eventually realizes that it was a trap from Shannon to get more money. Shannon's boyfriend takes the money and leaves her. Shannon goes to Boone and they have sex. On the island, Locke and Boone have found a hatch in the ground but can't get it open. Boone wants to tell Shannon but Locke doesn't want him to. Locke knocks him out and ties up Boone in the jungle. Boone is given a hallucinogen and has a vision of Shannon dying. He returns to Locke who tells him he needs to let go. Meanwhile, Sayid and Shannon grow closer and Kate discovers that Sun can speak English while helping her with her garden. Hurley tries to catch a fish to help with his stomach issues.
The Good: Boone's story here is really strong. His unhealthy relationship with Shannon is explored very nicely in the past and present as he needlessly involves himself in Shannon's life over and over again due to his awkward infatuation with her. I applaud the writers for taking the risk and putting in a very icky step-sibling romance into the show, using it to nicely deepen Boone's character and give him a creepier side. I like the episode's focus on getting Boone to let go of his love for Shannon. Him abandoning his dependence on her reminds me of Charlie ditching his drugs back in "The Moth", and the main story of this episode is impactful in a similar way to that one.
But despite this being Boone's episode, it's Locke who is the standout. Locke gets plenty of scenes with various characters and his charisma and personality shines through in every scene. Some highlights include his Michelangelo speech to Boone early in the episode, his Webelos backstory to Sayid and his conversation with Jack on the state of his hunting. Locke seems to have seriously grown into a wise sage character as we see him offering assistance to just about everyone, and his decision to help Boone let go was pretty noble.
The side stories were fantastic in this episode. Not only were they a lot of fun, but they also allowed the episode to touch on a lot of little details which I really appreciated. The Jin/Hurley story is consistently hilarious and I found myself laughing at Hurley's antics every time he came on screen. I also really love the idea of a rumour spreading around that Jin actually speaks English. That rumour, along with Kate's rumour that Locke has decided to keep the boar to himself, feels so realistic, since rumours would come up like crazy in a small community that has nothing better to do.
There were some other little details I liked. Sun's garden is nice and it works as a hobby for her to help her kill the time. I also really loved the way that Kate discovered that Sun speaks English. Furthermore, I think it's really interesting that Kate was still lying to Sun despite thinking she doesn't understand what she is saying. Is she practicing her ability to lie to manipulate people? That's very interesting characterization. Lastly, I was very pleased to see Charlie's withdrawal being addressed, even if it was very brief.
The Bad: It's a bit hard to believe that Locke can just make a strong hallucinogen just like that. Additionally, how could Locke know that the vision that Boone had would help him let go of Shannon? The show seems to be making Locke far more supernatural than he actually is with this poor writing.
While the monster escape sequence was exciting, it's hurt by the fact that something just doesn't seem right the entire time. I ended up predicting the hallucination reveal early on and that took away from a lot of the drama. I also never bought into Shannon's supposed death since the moment felt way too flippant and out-of-nowhere to be real.
I thought that Boone's story got totally overshadowed by the rest of the episode. It didn't stand out as much as it should have, and I was much more interested by Locke's scenes.
Did Sayid really get over Nadia that quickly? Having him go after Shannon is a bit odd.
The Unknown: What's in the hatch? How are Locke and Boone going to get it open?
Why was Kate practicing lies on Sun?
Why doesn't Locke's compass point north? That was a very interesting development, and it raises several questions. Also why did Locke say he didn't need the compass anymore? Is it because he knew it was faulty or something else?
What's in that box that Michael was looking at?
Best Moment: Locke's Michelangelo speech is really well done. It's always fascinating to listen to Locke speak and there is a sense of mystery throughout the scene as we try to figure out where Locke is heading with the story
Character of the Episode: Locke.
Conclusion: This was a very strong episode that told a solid character story with some very strong side stories and character interactions as well. Though Boone's story was somewhat overshadowed by everything else, this was still an easy to enjoy episode.
Summary: Flashbacks show Kate robbing a bank with the help of some guys she manipulated. She turns on them when they threaten to kill the bank manager. Kate is only there for a mysterious green envelope. In the present, Kate and Sawyer find a pond in the woods and swim in it together. They find bodies from the plane in the pond and Sawyer finds a briefcase that Kate claims in hers. Sawyer keeps it but can't get it open. Kate attempts to take it from him but she is unsuccessful so she goes to Jack, telling him that the key is buried with the Marshall. Jack agrees to get the key for her but only if he opens the case with her. The case has several guns and the green envelope from the flashbacks. The envelope contains a toy plane that belonged to the man Kate killed.
The Good: The briefcase makes for a good central plot. There is a lot of mystery surrounding what is in there, and that curiosity invests us into the episode. It's also pretty fun watching Sawyer's barbaric attempts to open the case combined with Kate sneakily trying to steal it from him.
Kate and Sawyer are really good together. Their chemistry is much better than Kate and Jack's, and the scene at the pond feels so natural. It's just two people having fun for a couple minutes after making a neat little discovery. Furthermore, there is a spark between them whenever they speak which makes their relationship more meaningful than Jack and Kate who just don't produce that spark at all when they talk. I also really like how the fun opening scene got more serious as the bodies appear at the bottom of the pond and the case is introduced to the story.
The flashbacks are pretty enjoyable. Much like the case story, there is a lot of mystery surrounding the flashbacks. Kate is obviously involved in the bank robbery somehow but it isn't immediately clear how she is involved and why she would want to rob a bank. Watching the mystery unfold to get our answers is satisfying and things are wrapped up nicely by the end with the reveal of the toy plane.
There's one other thing I really want to mention that I've been meaning to bring up for a while now: the setting. The island setting has actually been extremely effective at creating drama and tension which has been a big part as to why this show is so good. The jungle is so mysterious and it creates drama because there are so many possibilities for what could be lurking behind the trees. We have seen that idea come into play in nearly every episode as we are frequently presented with the unexpected emerging from the leaves. In this episode, the unexpected was Sawyer who was apparently following Kate.
There were some other small moments that worked well. The character interactions remain a highlight of the show. The side stories with Charlie/Rose and Sayid/Shannon are pretty unspectacular, but they are still a joy to watch due to pleasingly logical continuations of prior storylines (Charlie's near-death experience, Sayid taking Rousseau's notes), and also because of the very well-written dialogue. I also really liked the Jack/Kate scene with the buried Marshall. I absolutely love the connection of Jack burying the Marshall to him wanting to bury his father, and I also enjoyed Kate's attempted trick to hide the key. Lastly, I liked the cut from Sawyer looking for the axe to Boone having swiped the axe to help Locke. The transition was clever, plus it led to a funny piece of dialogue from Locke.
The Bad: Unfortunately Kate's story falls totally flat. After 2 centric episode, it feels like we still hardly know the character and my interest in her has been falling rapidly since "Tabula Rasa". Kate's two episodes have been based more around the mystery behind her instead of giving us high quality character work and it hasn't worked for her.
In this episode Kate isn't really given much outside of the scene with the toy airplane, but even that scene disappoints. The airplane is such an underwhelming reveal and it's hard to imagine any reason for Kate to take such risks just to recover that toy plane. Due to that, this feels like a case where we needed to understand the significance of the plane to fully connect with Kate emotionally. The problem is that the plane clearly means something to Kate and she is crying, but we don't understand why she is crying. It disconnects us from the character, preventing us from feeling anything toward Kate.
I'm also not a fan of the plane getting all of the focus of the episode. By putting so much emphasis on the plane, the story completely ignores the fact that several guns have been introduced to the plot. Surely this is a big deal! Claire has been taken and these guns give the survivors an opportunity to not only defend themselves, but also to make attempts to bring her back. But for some reason the plane is focused on more and Claire's abduction has somehow been placed firmly in the background. It's very hard to believe that nobody outside of Charlie is affected by Claire's kidnapping.
I think that's enough about the airplane, and it's time to get back to Kate. A big problem I have with Kate is that I'm really struggling to buy into the criminal aspect of Kate's behaviour. We haven't seen Kate do anything even remotely hardcore on the island, and that makes the hardened Kate of the flashbacks so difficult to buy into. It's so hard to believe that the kind, unthreatening girl on the island who flirts with Sawyer is the same person that kills, or almost kills, her 3 fellow bank robbers in cold blood. It's such a sudden shift, and the show hasn't given me enough insight into Kate to make me buy into it.
I think it's really strange that Jack is still so hostile towards Kate. Last episode he was justified because he was under a lot of pressure and he let his negative emotions get a hold of him. But then why is he so rude to Kate here? He is downright awful in parts of the episode as he chastises her for always lying and being manipulative, but we have been given no reasons for him to think this way. Hell Kate actually told him something genuine last episode, so why does he still get mad at her for being dishonest? The writers of this episode seem to have misunderstood Jack's behaviour in the previous episode.
Lastly, even the flashbacks have some dumb moments. The decision for the crooks to kill the bank manager is so absurd and unnecessary and it makes me wonder why they would bother. Why add another criminal charge to their records? Furthermore, shouldn't it be their top priority to just get the money and leave? Why waste time trying to kill people and why change the plan on the fly? They are just asking for things to go wrong. Additionally, the bank manager should be trained to give up all of the money and not risk any lives. There is no reason for him to resist the robbery as much as he does. It sure looks like the writers didn't research bank robberies enough for this storyline.
The Unknown: Is there anything of substance in Rousseau's notes?
What is the significance of the toy plane? Is Kate telling the truth to Jack? Did it belong to the man she loved or the man she killed? Or did she kill the man she loved? If that's the case, then why did she kill him? Also, is the man that she killed the reason that she is a wanted criminal? Or is there more to the story than that?
What does Boone need the axe for? What exactly have Locke and Boone found?
Best Moment: I'll go with Jack's "because I had to bury him" line. It's a wonderful piece of continuity that also allows Jack to reflect on his father.
Character of the Episode: Kate.
Conclusion: This was "Lost"'s first below par episode. There were several things to like and the story is fun to follow, but the writing is a significant step down from what we have gotten before. Kate is also proving to be a pretty disappointing character whose storyline isn't being conveyed in a way that benefits her. Let's hope that this was just a fluke and that we will be back to greatness in the next episode.
Summary: Flashbacks show one of Jack's patients dying in surgery. Christian had been operating on her before but he was under the influence so Jack took over. Christian convinces Jack to claim the death was inevitable, but upon learning that the patient was pregnant, Jack tells the truth and Christian loses his job. In the present, Jack, Kate, Locke and Boone go looking for Claire. Ethan leaves two trails so the group splits up. Jack and Kate go the correct direction. Ethan attacks Jack and threatens to kill one of them if Jack keeps following. Jack presses on and they come across Charlie who has been hanged from a tree. Jack is able to resuscitate him but he doesn't remember anything. Locke and Boone keep searching and they find a mysterious structure in the dirt.
The Good: This episode had the most exciting, suspenseful plot since the pilot episodes. Following Claire and Charlie's kidnapping, there was a huge sense of urgency throughout the episode, and the momentum of chasing after Ethan made the episode work at a faster than usual pace with much more tension than what we usually get. As a result, this episode was very easy to watch and it would certainly be a highlight episode for the more casual viewers.
That's not to say that the character stuff was reduced in favour of the plot, like in "Raised By Another". In fact, it's almost the opposite as this episode ended up having some of the strongest character development of the series this far. Jack's story is amazing to behold, and it's surprising how many new aspects of his character were explored in this episode. "White Rabbit" showed us Jack's most likeable traits: he's a leader, he's strong-willed, and he's heroic. In contrast, this episode shows us the more negative aspects of Jack's character. Throughout the episode he's angry, stubborn, obsessive, overly emotional, and very aggressive. But somehow the writing is so good that Jack never feels inconsistent with what we have seen of him so far, and it comes off that the writers are showing us the deeper aspects of his character. Like everybody else, even Jack has his flaws, and this makes him a much stronger character than he had appeared to be so far.
The flashback story was terrific. One of the biggest mysteries from "White Rabbit" was what had happened between Jack and Christian. We are given the answer here in what ended up being a terrific examination of Jack's character. We get to learn more about why Jack was so anxious to see Christian buried. Not only was it because of their issues, but it was also because Jack himself feels responsible for the events that led to his father's death. Christian tried to get Jack to lie for him, going as far as to manipulate Jack in what was a pretty fantastic scene. But unfortunately Jack's heroic instincts haven't changed since his childhood, and we get to see Jack cave at the idea of lying, showing such integrity and dedication to the work he does by telling the truth. But Jack preserving his morals came at the expense of his relationship with his father, which was already somewhat strained.
The flashback story ties into Jack's struggles on the island as well. We see Jack vehemently dashing through the woods, taking no breaks and refusing to care for himself until Claire and Charlie are found. Just like with Christian, Jack is feeling guilty about his actions which led to Claire storming off alone, and he won't stop until he has done the right thing and saved both Claire and Charlie. Jack's arc on the island is a combination of his willpower to do the right thing and the guilt he feels when his actions have unintended consequences, the two main aspects of his character that were explored in the flashbacks.
Outside of Jack, there is a lot to love about the island story. There are several great moments throughout the episode that service other characters and also provide great drama. I appreciated the scenes with Michael as he gets dismissed by Locke in a lovely bit of continuity (back in "Walkabout", Locke saw for himself that Michael can be a liability). It sets up a nice bit of conflict between them while also making Michael seem more likeable as he decides to head into the jungle anyways. The fight sequence between Ethan and Jack is another highlight. The fight was short but sweet, and it was carried by the menacing threat that Ethan poised. William Mapother was very intimidating in this short scene, and his imposing presence gave me chills. Lastly, I thought the climactic scene where Jack and Kate stumbled upon Charlie was mostly fantastic. The moment was stunning, and it seemed like "Lost" may have actually killed off a key character already which would have been a devastating twist. Though that wasn't the case in the end, the scene still carried a lot of weight and it was really powerful seeing Kate crying while Jack desperately tried to bring Charlie back to life, unable to accept that he had caused Charlie's death.
I liked the scene between Sayid and Sawyer. Their interactions were well written and well acted, giving us an electric scene with a lot of substance. We get to learn what Sayid has seen as a backdrop to the character drama of Sawyer confronting the man who tortured and nearly killed him. It's interesting to see Sawyer forgive Sayid, showing that he does have a human side and that he is well aware that he did deserve everything that he got.
The Bad: Charlie coming back to life was a bit of a cheesy moment, but the scene was so well executed that it didn't bother me much. What did bother me was that Charlie conveniently didn't remember anything and only gave us vague details about what happened. The writers weren't ready for Charlie to give away much information, but they also weren't ready to kill him off. So instead of committing to one of these things, they took the cheap way out, which didn't feel satisfying at all.
I'm disappointed that we didn't get to see more reactions to what happened to Claire. The idea that there are other people on the island and that their community had been infiltrated should be horrifying to everyone. Nobody should be able to trust each other, and there should be fear all around the camp. Yet the episode doesn't explore this at all which feels like a missed opportunity. Panic radiating through the camp would have made the episode even more gripping.
Jack was too confrontational with Kate in this episode. I get that the writers were trying to show Jack's aggression, but the moment where he demands that Kate tells him something real didn't land with me. It was similar to the scene in "The Moth" when Kate raged at Sawyer. The moment wasn't earned and it only happened because the writers needed for it to happen.
Did we really need such cheesy punch sound effects during the Ethan/Jack fight? The poor sound design stood out there.
The Unknown: Why is Hurley known to be a warrior back home?
Why was Jack the only one to hear Claire's screams? I wonder if this will be significant later or if it was just Jack's anxiety-filled brain imagining screams that weren't actually there.
Charlie seems to suggest that more than one person attacked him and Claire. Did Ethan bring friends? Where are these other people anyways? Could it be that they are much closer to the group of survivors than we expect?
Best Moment: Plenty of moments stood out so it's tough to choose. I'll have to go with Jack going with his guts and telling the truth about what happened during the surgery. I'll put that scene slightly above Jack trying to revive Charlie and Christian manipulating Jack. All are fantastic scenes.
Character of the Episode: Jack.
Conclusion: This was a spectacular episode that had rich character development and tons of action and tension. Though I had issues with the episode, there is just so much to love about this that I can't justify a score lower than an 80. Jack's story is simply remarkable and this episode has my favourite flashback and main island storyline so far.
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