That’s more like it. It’s much better to raise my expectations before I watch Lost, then my mind isn’t blown on a weekly basis.
Locke took the tour of the off-island world in this episode. It turns out that from his perspective… things suck. No one listened to what he said, and most of them seemed to have quite awful things to say back. Locke did talk to two possibly empathetic people Charles Widmore and Ben Linus. Of course they could both be evil and in the end Ben did kill Locke, but that’s beside the point. The point is that Widmore and Ben had more important things to say than any of the Oceanic 6.
On the island, in ‘modern time’ Locke, Ilana, Caesar and Ben landed the plane on Alcatraz (it turns out that airstrip did have a use). Caesar is collecting guns and info from Dharma and Ilana is being suspicious. Ben is injured and healing, and most importantly Locke is “alive”. Ms. Widmore’s plan worked and Locke was successfully resurrected.
This episode was satisfying. At the last finale we were told all about Jeremy Bentham, almost all the Oceanic 6 characters had something to say about him, mostly bad things. The mystery surrounding Locke off the island was intense. We finally found out what happened. I can’t say that it was thrilling, not a 10. It was definitely satisfying and very necessary but it wasn’t exciting. It might just be that I like new mysteries more than old ones.