Posts Tagged ‘Candidates
If that was a set up episode then it was the best one ever. I don’t think it was a set up episode, it seemed more like it was part one of the finale. I can barely even count all the things that happened tonight.
First of all the surviving Candidates mobilized and decided to follow the plan to kill “Locke”. Finally they’ve stopped trying to escape.
Secondly Ben is in the position of a lifetime. He’s conning the most powerful being on the Island. This is what he was meant to do. Unfortunately to get to this place Richard probably had to die, and Ben had to kill Widmore (not a big loss). But he’s got himself a front-row seat and a position of pivotal power. I am thrilled about what he managed to do in this episode.
Then Jacob showed up and answered questions, and appointed a replacement. I didn’t see this coming at all. Who knew that would happen before the finale. Jacob had one of my favorite speeches in a very long time. He finally explained to these fools that they belong on the Island, they had nothing left in the real world. I’ve said this forever.
Off the Island things really kicked into high gear. In what was possibly the best choreographed flash-sideways yet, Desmond started two sets of dominoes that resulted in Ben getting matched up with Rousseau, Locke giving into to fate and finally agreeing to Jack’s surgery, and finally Desmond started inviting/coercing people like Hurley, Kate and Sayid into going to the most anticipated concert of the year. This concert looks like it’s going to be the place to be in the finale.
This episode blew me away. If it was Richard’s last episode than that’s unfortunate. Regardless, this episode accomplished a lot. If this is anything like what the finale will be like, I don’t think I’ll have any trouble giving it a perfect ten. As for this episode I think it warrants a 9.0/10.0
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.
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.
See, this is why we should always trust the writers. Can you imagine the headache we would have had if this episode was episode 303. Without a Kate episode to bring things back down to Earth the show would have accelerated needlessly fast. We need this alternating pace so our heads don’t explode.
But enough about last week, let’s get on with this review.
Off the Island Locke’s life begins to self-destruct. But this time he’s not alone. Helen, Hurley and Rose are there to catch him and set him back on his feet (not literally). Locke postpones his fated meeting with Jack, but we all know it’s coming, “it’s destiny”. And right at the end we get a fun little reunion with surprising connotations: Ben is off the Island, and more importantly he’s a history teacher DUN DUN DUUUUN!!
Things aren’t as rosy on the Island. It turns out “Locke” didn’t really need Richard, he just wanted to punch him and then try to convince him that he’s really a nice guy. It didn’t work.
So “Locke” moves on to Sawyer, and has more success with him. Or does he? I’m convinced that our favorite con-man isn’t stupid enough to be conned by “Locke” and that he’s wise to his manipulations.
“Locke” does us a favor and tells us, in his very biased way, about Jacob’s scholarship program called Name on the Wall. It turns out Jacob was looking for Candidates, and we have his Master List to prove it. “Locke” thinks it was more of a hit-list and that these people were possible replacements for Jacob. I’m not buying it. I’m sure Jacob was watching these people closely, but I don’t think he was killing them, and I doubt he was hoping to die and get replaced soon.
I see this episode as a journey of discovery. Sure it sounds ridiculous, but that really does sum it up. It wasn’t a big flashy action episode, well besides that stressful ladder scene, it wasn’t an insane finale or a turning point. But we learned a lot and many lines were drawn in the sand. It’s one of those episodes like The Man Behind the Curtain and The Shape of Things to Come that is just a dream come true for theorists and mythologically obsessed fans. 8.5/10.0.
On a side note, I’ve noticed a pattern in the episodes so far. First we get a two part episode about all of our characters with most people getting flashbacks, then we get a Kate episode, then a Locke episode. Sound familiar? It harkens back to Season 1. We’ll see if I’m right next week, according to the pattern it should be a Jack episode next. (Don’t correct me if I’m wrong.)