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.