In some ways we’ve been waiting for this episode since the Pilot. We all wanted to see the flashback of the beginning. Of course we were wrong, there was no beginning. People have always been on the Island, evidently. Or at least the beginning is too boring to talk about. The point is that there is no grand genesis account. The Island is Special, but not special enough to be defined. As we already knew, it has some crazy energy on it.
We may have wanted an Island flashback of the very beginning for a long time, but we’ve only wanted a Jacob/Esau flashback for one season. But it seems like we’ve been waiting forever. So we got it, and it wasn’t that impressive. Jacob and Esau weren’t Cabbage Patch Kids that sprang out of a plant on the Island. They weren’t Egyptian gods. They weren’t Cain and Abel (specifically, probably there are some references to Cain and Abel). Neither of them are demons (well, probably not). They were just humans with the same origin, but two diverging paths. Jacob got to be the Island’s Guardian and Esau got to have a fate worse than death. He couldn’t die, so now he’s a fancy cloud of smoke.
I can’t pretend that I wasn’t disappointed with this episode. It was kinda like turning left at an intersection when you’re supposed to turn right. But before you even get a chance to do a U-turn you realize it’s a cul-de-sac. You follow the roundabout thinger, and then you’re kinda going in the right direction again. Then you finally get to the intersection where you started and you realized you spend most of your time going nowhere. If you had just turned right in the beginning it would have been a lot easier. This episode made it looks like both Jacob and Esau were headed in strange directions, but then at the end they got back on the paths that we knew they were on. This episode wasn’t a waste of time, but it certainly wasn’t a great use of it, especially when there’s so little time left. 4.0/10.0