Apparently I had very low and narrow expectations for this episode. I expected to get Rousseau’s story, so when I got that before the second commercial break I was a little surprised. This episode had it all. I still can’t even believe it. Smokey, Christian, The Frozen Donkey Wheel, The Temple, Charlotte’s death, Charlotte’s backstory, Mrs. Hawking, Desmond. All I wanted was Rousseau, this is like buying a bag of chips and finding money inside (whoa, that was a weak simile, I really shouldn’t write these things so late.)
So we got to see what happened to Rousseau, it was surprising, and satisfying. I expected to see more, but I can fill all the blanks in. I wouldn’t mind seeing Ben take Alex, but that was hinted at in this episode so I guess that’s enough. Did anyone see Smokey coming? I never factored him (it?) into her story at all. And the Temple! Really shocking and interesting developments.
Charlotte dying was unfortunate. Ironically I am accepting this death well. I don’t even know if it’s definite, but it really felt that way. The recurring guest star thing was way too much of a tip-off. But I’m glad she told us her true backstory. It’s something that we can guess about for a long time now. I doubt we’ll be getting many answers, but it’s fun to have these guessing games. (Why am I so OK with her death, I held out hope that Rousseau was alive for a long time, I even came up with many theories to keep Nikki and Paulo alive. And now Charlotte dies and I don’t even care, I really liked Charlotte too. I’m weird.)
The Sun and Jin jazz was pretty good too. I actually felt bad for Jin, he just got back to the land of the living and he already laid his own life aside to protect Sun’s. Sad.
And suddenly Mrs. Hawking is the last hope for mankind, everyone converges on her at once.
This episode was intense, and I won’t be forgetting it soon. I’d have given it a high score for the first 15 minutes, but it just kept going and going. And a huge improvement from the last episode. 10.0/10.0
(Note: This is one of those prolific episodes that you can base a lot of theories on, not unlike “The Man Behind the Curtain” or “Cabin Fever”. If you have any theories about this episode, or if you know of any good theories about this episode on other sites please tell me about them in the comments.)