Posts Tagged ‘Sun
Now I’m really glad that I wrote my death list last week. At least I was partly ready for this bloodshed. Four down, and the best part is, they were all people I wanted to die! I didn’t really predict Sun and Jin’s death, but it wasn’t unwelcome.
I was strangely annoyed by Jack and Locke’s conversations in the hospital. Just let Jack to the surgery, everyone wants that, screw your guilt, Locke. Anthony Cooper came back for a few seconds, but it wasn’t the same. This wasn’t the character that we all grew to hate, it was a boring brain-dead version… sigh.
This episode was probably the most stressful episode yet. First the part with Kate almost getting shot (which seems comical now); and then invading the sub, and Kate actually did get shot; then the bomb, then the bomb again and everyone escaping the sub… more like half the people escaping. I was on the edge of my seat, and my hands were literally shaking. Lost isn’t the most stressful show I watch, I get more stressed watching episodes of Damages or Survivor (I’m literally vibrating during almost every tribal council). But this episode really got to me. Maybe preparing myself for the deaths only made me more aware of their inevitability.
Obviously I really enjoyed those deaths, but after the episode one of my friends said this was the best episode, and I found myself disagreeing with that fiercely. I’m having a hard time deciding how I feel about this episode. Off the Island was a drag, we all wanted one thing to happen with Jack and Locke, and Locke dashed our dreams. Not great. It was good that “Locke” finally gave up the charade and tried to kill everyone, that innocent act was getting annoying. I loved the ending with only four people on the beach, that was a great shocking image. I liked four things in this episode, and I really liked them, but I’m not prepared to call this episode perfect. 8.5/10.0
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 feel like I’m classifying this episode wrong, but this episode really felt like the set-up episode for the finale. But there’s still three episodes left and then the finale. Am I wrong or is this going to get crazy fast?
These episodes aren’t my favorites. In Season 4 it was the first part of There’s No Place Like Home, in Season 5 it was Follow the Leader. I get the necessity of the episode, but I find this kind of episode to be unmemorable. No one will ever say this was their favorite episode. It’s as if the writers had a chalkboard with all the characters and where they are in the beginning of this episode and where they need them to be at the end, and then they write an episode where they get everyone where they need to go. This happened in both timelines. I actually find the flashsideways more interesting right now because I have no idea how they’re going to get everyone together. The Island story is fun, but I’m out for blood at the moment, people need to start dropping soon. Without deaths it feels like whatever happens on the Island is just procrastination.
I did enjoy most of this episode, it’s not that I didn’t like it. Ilana’s return was nice. The business with Claire was interesting. On the Island I enjoyed Jack and Locke’s conversation. I like Kate’s talk with Claire. It was all good. But after three awesome episodes almost in a row it’s hard to sit back and watch this kind of episode. 5.0/10.0
By the way, who’s “The Last Recruit”? Jack? Really? The title was a little confusing.
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
Yay! A character that I like is back! Poor Desmond is having a pretty rough life. That’s what he gets for having a happy ending before the show ends. I knew that was a bad idea.
Widmore and “Locke” have their fateful reunion. It was surprisingly early, but that’s forgivable. I’m sure we’ll see a lot more from these two. (I’m also betting that Widmore will be dead sooner than we might expect.)
Meanwhile, on the beach, Richard finally realizes that he’s smart so he comes up with a plan. He decides that they have to destroy the Ajira plane so that “Locke” can’t leave. Of course their plan will change once Widmore gets involves.
It’s possible that this was the most entertaining Jin and Sun flash (be it -back, -forward or -sideways). That’s not saying much though. I was happy to see Mikhail again… heh heh heh.
I’d say a third of this episode was totally useless so I’ve give it a 6.5/10.0 that’s pretty good for a Kwon episode.
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.
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.