(Sorry for the confusion everyone, I prematurely published this last night before it was done.)
So I can’t give this episode the same credit I gave the premiere, for the invention of this new and wonderful format, but that still doesn’t make this a bad episode.
This is the episode where we finally get to see the Temple, inside and out. That’s a pretty big accomplishment. With the Temple comes a lot of Others action, always a favorite of mine.
We also get a last word from Juliet, “it worked”. I have a feeling that line will be extremely significant as this season goes on.
Back on the beach there is quite a bit of fun. “Locke” takes control of the situation. First he makes sure Ben feels as bad as possible about what he’s done, then he spouts off some actually logical assessments of the Oceanic survivors, then he takes down Richard and throws him over his shoulder. This guy means business.
In the Islandless timeline we’re left with mostly a Kate story. She escapes from under the Marshall’s care and pretty much gets away. We get our first glimpse of Claire in a long time.
Jack loses Christian and has a run-in in with the strangely positive Locke. They get along and Jack promises to fix Locke. Kind of a great setup for future episodes.
The contrast between the two Lockes, on the Island and off the Island is quite amazing. Terry O’Quinn is angling for another Emmy.
Oh yeah Sayid didn’t die. Yeah, who would have thought he’d survive? Truly shocking (I need to find a way to properly express sarcasm, it never really comes out right).
I think I’m still buzzed from the excitement of this new format so I might not be being totally objective here. I’d say this episode counts at about a 9.0 on my scale of awesomeness