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Desmond spent this episode revisiting all the people who affected him in the other timeline. I could write a huge review for each of those reunions, but I don’t want to put all of that in the review, so look at each of the characters for blurbs about that jazz.
Daniel and Desmond are probably my favorite characters in this show. So you can imagine that this was probably one of the best episodes of the season for me.
The Desmond and Penny are the ultimate couple on this show. They’re the Ross and Rachel, the Mulder and Scully, the Gaius and Six of this show. As much as the writers try they can never make us care more about another couple (see: the Kwons or Kate and whoever). So when there’s a Desmond episode the stakes are high. This episode did a great job with those two. It almost reached the same level as the scene in Catch 22 when they originally met. (If you’ve got a spare minute I recommend watching that scene at the end of that episode, it’s worth it. Then again, why not watch all the Desmond episodes, they’re all awesome.)
On the Island it was pretty hectic. Desmond is forced to cooperate at the beginning of the episode. Then at the end he’s a willing follower of Widmore. He seems totally at peace even when he seems to switch sides. It’s going to make for a very exciting end.
Off the Island there was a very interesting ending, for once. I’m fine with all the cute stuff that’s happening off the Island, but I never really care to see the stories continued. For the first time ever I’m dying to see what happens next. Desmond wants to get all our charatcer together so that he can share something, presumably it’s the other timeline. That’s perfect, just what I want to see.
Let’s just count the reasons to love this episode: Daniel coming back, Desmond and Penny reuniting, Desmond finding his purpose on the Island, Eloise spouting electrifying insanity, the Oceanic Manifest reunion party; it was a very exciting episode for me. This season is starting to feel very final to me and I’m loving it. 9.5/10.0. It only just didn’t get 10.0 because of Charlie and because it doesn’t quite compare to Flashes Before Your Eyes or The Constant.
It’s been a while since I did a Good vs. Evil post, and I’ve put this one off for a long time. I mostly want to write this now because it seems like everyone is grasping at straws trying to figure out if we’ve been misled, maybe Jacob isn’t as nice as we like to believe. I think it’s possible that people have lost some perspective about the issues.
And one disclaimer before I continue. I feel very strongly we can discuss whether someone is good or evil. I know many people dislike it when I debate these things, they wants more vagueness, they don’t want their favorite characters pigeon-holed. But I like drawing lines in the sand. I want there to be barriers between good and evil actions. In the end of this show there will be two side, and I don’t think they will both be good and both be evil. I’m pretty sure there will be villains and there will be heroes.
And another thing, I have to write this post about Jacob and “Locke”/Smokey because they are undoubtedly on opposite sides, if I write about one of them then it affects the other one.
I started watching this episode thinking that I was not going to enjoy it. I thought that either we’d have a timeline reset or not, it was one way or another. I would have been unhappy either way. With the Reset I would have been bored with that time period and I would have hated to see all that “progress” disappear. Without the Reset, Juliet and Daniel died for nothing, and frankly with a title like LA X and news that every former cast member was coming back, it wasn’t possible for there not to be a Reset. So I pretty much ignored Lost during the hiatus. If I spent too much time thinking about it I would make myself angry.
At Comic-Con Darlton asked us to trust them. And I’m very glad that I did. They are geniuses. I would never have guessed that they were doing to diverging timelines. I’ve heard a few bloggers suggest it as a possibility, but frankly I rarely believe anything my fellow bloggers say, I wouldn’t say that to their face, but it’s true. Seeing it in action is just glorious. It’s literally the best of both worlds.
As for this episode specifically, it was awesome. The inevitable scene that showed that the plane didn’t crash and then underwater Island reveal was perfectly devastating (not unlike the underwater Oceanic 815 wreckage). At that point I was ready to resign myself to the fact that the writers had chosen the more boring route of starting over.
But that was just the first intro. The second was another slow reveal of another timeline. Too good. Suddenly we were presented with a new format and an amazing new story.
Cut to the beach and we have more insanity. It’s casually revealed that “Locke” is Smokey. Smokey tears up some people with guns and blows our mind (what’s new).
Then Jacob shows up to visit Hurley and it turns out he’s very dead but he isn’t helpless, he seems to have a plan, or at least hope. It’s very comforting to hear Jacob giving orders even from beyond the grave.
All of this is peppered with visits from characters we thought dead. Charlie and Boone were exciting to someone out there, not me. But the return of Juliet was quite wonderful. I still wish that Juliet and Sawyer could have had a happily ever after, but I realize I’m being naive. That’s not the kind of show I signed on for. What we did get was a small amount of closure and at least a new final image of Juliet (If I have to see that scene with Juliet’s slow death again… well I’ll outline my plans below).
My expectations for this episode were at about a 7 maybe an 8, but this is honestly a 10.0, mostly for the introduction of this glorious new format (Smokey=”Locke” didn’t hurt).
Let’s all get our hopes up. Let’s raise our expectations so high that the show will never be able to meet them. Yeah!
What Do You Want?
What do you want from the Season 6 premiere? Do you want a grand reunion episode? Do you want Jughead to reset the past? Or do you want it to simply cause a big explosion? Do you want the past to be ignored? Or do you want the story to pick up where it left off, with our 70s heroes standing around The Swan and our 07 heroes standing around the foot?
What I Want
Here are the changes that I noticed:
- They demoted a few of the girls, Libby and Charlotte seem to have undergone the most shrinkage
- They got rid of the hieroglyphics
- They moved Frank over to the left between Charlotte and Shannon
- A lot of the characters got changed
- And they threw Vincent in at the end, how nice of them
You know who hasn’t been added? Walt. Apparently Vincent ranks higher than Walt.