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If that was a set up episode then it was the best one ever. I don’t think it was a set up episode, it seemed more like it was part one of the finale. I can barely even count all the things that happened tonight.
First of all the surviving Candidates mobilized and decided to follow the plan to kill “Locke”. Finally they’ve stopped trying to escape.
Secondly Ben is in the position of a lifetime. He’s conning the most powerful being on the Island. This is what he was meant to do. Unfortunately to get to this place Richard probably had to die, and Ben had to kill Widmore (not a big loss). But he’s got himself a front-row seat and a position of pivotal power. I am thrilled about what he managed to do in this episode.
Then Jacob showed up and answered questions, and appointed a replacement. I didn’t see this coming at all. Who knew that would happen before the finale. Jacob had one of my favorite speeches in a very long time. He finally explained to these fools that they belong on the Island, they had nothing left in the real world. I’ve said this forever.
Off the Island things really kicked into high gear. In what was possibly the best choreographed flash-sideways yet, Desmond started two sets of dominoes that resulted in Ben getting matched up with Rousseau, Locke giving into to fate and finally agreeing to Jack’s surgery, and finally Desmond started inviting/coercing people like Hurley, Kate and Sayid into going to the most anticipated concert of the year. This concert looks like it’s going to be the place to be in the finale.
This episode blew me away. If it was Richard’s last episode than that’s unfortunate. Regardless, this episode accomplished a lot. If this is anything like what the finale will be like, I don’t think I’ll have any trouble giving it a perfect ten. As for this episode I think it warrants a 9.0/10.0
The show’s almost over, the clock is ticking. We all have to ask ourselves, who’s going to die? And, more importantly, are we ready for our favorite character’s death?
As you probably know, I was extremely shocked when Ilana blew up. For some reason I thought she was safe. But no one is safe. The show is nearly finished and many people must die before it ends. So I want to look at each of the characters and try to prepare you, and myself, for their possible deaths.
I’m still reeling from everything that happened in this episode. I had to wait a day to write this post in the hopes that I would calm down a little (it didn’t work).
So Ilana’s dead. I didn’t see that coming. In fact seconds before she died I assured my friends that she wouldn’t die. It felt odd having the rug pulled out from under me like that. For the rest of the episode I was paranoid. I think the floodgates are opening, people are going to start dying, and quickly. It’s a scary thought. As I said a few times during the episode, every thing’s changed.
Back to the story. On the Island Hurley was struggling through leadership problems. He has no actual authority or even much of a plan, but he has unwarranted conviction. So far that’s worked for him. Who knows where it’s going to get him.
Desmond had a little fun with Locke on the Island. He was thrown down a well at the end of the episode, but I don’t think many of us believe that he’s actually dead. Vincent will find him and go get help.
Then there’s that final scene. I don’t even know what to say about that. It’ll be up there as one of the most shocking moments in Lost history. It’s one of those endings that causes a room to stay silent for minutes after the shows has ended.
I can see no reason why this episode shouldn’t get a ten. We got a heartfelt apology from Michael, an answer to the Whispers mystery, Hurley and Libby got together, Hurley crossed over between timelines, Ilana died, “Locke” tried to kill Desmond and Desmond tried to kill Locke. I have a feeling that these episodes are just going to get more and more intense. If you were worried that the episodes weren’t feeling “final” enough, well I think that’s changed now. 10.0/10.0
The first time I watched this episode I was half asleep and jet-lagged. I managed to miss most of the extremely obvious Biblical connotations. But when I wrote this post and watched it again it took me almost three hours to finish it. I had to keep on pausing, rewinding and rewatching those crazy scenes with all my favorite characters.
I want to give a big high five to all the Lost community, for once we were almost completely right as a group about a backstory. The Richard backstory has been on our minds for a long time, and looking back we guessed a lot of it right. So kudos to you and me and all your friends for finally getting a theory right.
This episode was about Richard, but when you analyze the episode it was the Jacob/Smokey struggle that really stood out. This episode clearly defined what’s been going on between those two for hundreds of years. That conversation back in the Season 5 finale is now completely understood.
The Biblical parallels are extremely obvious and that shouldn’t shock anyone. In stories with supernatural good vs. evil characters most people think first of the Genesis account and the subsequent struggles between God and the Devil. Of course we’ve all been distracted by the Egyptian overtones, but looking back we should have seen their relative positions coming.
The first part of the episode dealt with Ilana a little. She got a fake little flashback. Then Jack had a little bit of fun, you can see how every time you see him he’s slowly transforming into a willing Candidate. Then at the end of the episode we got a great scene with Hurley and Richard and a ghost. I really believe that Hurley is becoming the prime Candidate. He’s just too good at this stuff.
This episode was just terrific. The only complaint I have is that the wine metaphor was really bad. Besides that it was perfect. You should no by now how much I love it when they depart from the regular Lost format. 10.0/10.0
Well that’s a rarity, a happy Lost episode. I shouldn’t really call it happy. It was probably melancholy at best. But still, at the end I was feeling extremely happy. That hasn’t happened on Lost in years, since The Constant.
We saw some great guest stars, all relating to Ben, of course. We saw Alex, and this time it was actually her; Roger, the nice version; and Widmore, coming to cause trouble, no doubt.
Poor Richard was feeling suicidal, but Jack was there, as usual, to brighten the mood. They had a very interesting talk and in the end Jack managed to share some of his faith with Richard.
That Ben/Ilana face-off scene was one of the most gratifying moments in Lost history. It might have even been worth an Emmy for Michael Emerson. And having Ilana give him another chance was just too great. Ben chose the right side. Who knew the writers would redeem Ben this early into the final season.
The final scene at the beach was very obviously a throw-back to the season 1/2/3 endings. The beach people doing menial duties, the slow motion, the soundlessness, the slowly triumphant music, the reunion on the beach. At least this time there weren’t any awkward hugs with Red-shirts.
I really enjoyed this episode. The Jack and Richard stuff was great, it showed that Jack is actually progressing towards his destiny. But this wasn’t a Jack episode or a Richard episode, it was about Ben. And for once Ben didn’t do what he thought he had to do. He actually changed, I never really believed that this guy was going to change. As Jacob would say “just progress”. For some very surprising progress and a happy ending I’ll give this episode a 8.0/10.0.