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Sunday, September 9, 2012

LOST- season two

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We’re not actually re-watching LOST. Just Gilmore Girls. We don’t need to re-watch LOST to do this. We just need the episode titles. That’s how often we’ve seen LOST/how well we know it.

We want to repeat our DISCLAIMER: The LOST episodes will be graded compared to other LOST episodes. We can’t give them all A+s, or that wouldn’t be any fun. Except for Stranger in a Strange land, which would get a C- when compared to regular TV. That means we will give some episodes Fs and Ds, but know that we think every episode of LOST is better than 99% of the other stuff we’ve seen. We kind of tend to do this with all the shows we watch. We grade them against themselves and the other shows that WE watch, not all shows out there. Assume that we think all the shows we watch are As and Bs compared to other shows, because if they drop below that, we just stop watching them. Just know that nearly every episode of this show deserves an A. 

Man of Science, Man of Faith
In flashbacks, Jack saves Sarah from paralysis and meets a Scottish guy named Desmond while running stadiums. He gets a lesson in hope from his father. On the island, Jack, Kate, and Locke go into the hatch and find Desmond. Shannon sees Walt in the jungle, but everyone else just thinks she’s crazy.

The contents of the hatch really paid off in seasons to come, mostly because we like Desmond so much. The opening! We were obsessed with Make Your Own Kind of Music by Mama Cass after that, and so were our friends. Who knew that song could be creepy? Even creepier: Jack’s hair in the flashback. Wow, that was bad. We love that Jack’s father actually gave him some good advice, for once, and we also like how Jack is always criticized for his horrible bedside manner. We had to see Jack, Kate, and Locke go into the hatch about a thousand more times after this, but the first time was exciting as hell. Plus, we think this is one of the best Jack flashbacks.
Episode grade: A-

In flashbacks, Michael very reluctantly gives his ex-girlfriend custody of Walt so that she can take him out of the country. All we really find out is that Michael gave Walt a stuffed polar bear and a speech a toddler could never understand. AWW. On the island, we get to see what happened to Michael, Sawyer, and Jin after the Others blew up the raft. They all lived, but when they made it to shore, they are grabbed by a hostile-looking, violent group of people. There’s some hatch action where Desmond has Locke enter Hurley’s numbers into a computer. Also, if you are ever asked, “What did one snowman say to the other snowman?” Answer: “Smells like carrots.”

It was a mistake to show us the hatch happenings from Kate’s perspective. We really just could have moved on. Watching Michael and Sawyer bicker and blame each other while sitting on the remains of the raft wasn’t exactly what we wanted to see after the last, awesome episode. Most of the episode featured them sitting on the water, adrift, if you will. We were mildly worried about Jin, but not much. He was never one of our favorites. He’s okay. As for the custody issues, did we really need to see the story behind Michael giving Walt to his ex? We got the message in the season one episode, Special. We know he wanted to be a father, but his ex got custody. There didn’t need to be a whole flashback about it. The end was cool and scary, but it wasn’t worth the whole hour of waiting. Compared to most other LOST episodes, this one was just boring.
Episode grade: F

In flashbacks, Locke has a hard time letting go of his anger after his kidney is stolen, but a new girlfriend, Helen, gives him an ultimatum that helps him make progress. On the island, Desmond shows Jack and Locke a video that explains the hatch was built by scientific research company, The Dharma Initiative, in the 70s in order to control an electromagnetic condition on the island. Michael, Jin, and Sawyer are imprisoned by the passengers from the back of Flight 815.

This is our least-favorite Locke flashback, but that’s not much of a diss because most of his are fan-flippin-tastic. This episode introduced Dharma and lots of the show’s geeky mythology that would change the course of the season. Locke is a believer; Jack thinks it’s crap. Man of science and man of faith. This is also the introduction of Ana Lucia, played by Michelle Rodriguez. Now, we know this is an unpopular opinion, but Ern liked that character and found her sympathetic. Leeard, and the rest of the world, did not.
Episode grade: A-

Everybody Hates Hugo
In flashbacks, Hurley deals with the aftermath of winning the lottery, quits his job, and loses his best friend (an actor we hate, by the way). On the island, Hurley struggles with his new job as food distributor, fearful that everyone will start hating him for not being able to please everyone. He first thinks to blow it all up, and then he decides to just distribute it all at once. Claire and Shannon find the bottle with the messages that washed up to shore after the raft blew up.

It was cute when Hurley shared all the food at the end, but what the heck was with him wanting to dynamite it in the first place? That’s just crazy. We all know Hurley is a little crazy, but that goes beyond believability. There was almost no forward movement on the island. The flashback was fun though. We liked Starla and Hurley quitting. We have always hated DJ Quarth. Is that even his name? So  we weren’t sad when Hurley lost him as a best friend. It wasn’t really clear why his buddy started hating him. Just jealousy? Feeling like Hurley misled him into quitting his job? Couldn’t Hurley set him up with a new job at that box company?
Episode grade: C

…And Found
In flashbacks, we see Sun and Jin, unlucky in life and love, first meet. Jin was a worker bee, but an ambitious one. Sun was educated and modern, and she didn’t want to participate in her mother’s matchmaking. But then Sun started liking her match only to find that he wanted an American woman and was using Sun as a front to please his parents. Jin is treated like a dog at his new job, so he quits. That’s when they literally bump into each other and sparks fly. On the island, the tail- section survivors have decided to go to the main camp and join the A group. Michael leaves them to find Walt, so Jin and Eko go after him. They see some of the Others. Sun loses her wedding ring, but she finds it. She worries that Jin is dead.

The on-island drama of the week was literally Sun looking for her wedding ring. Big, huge snore. Yeah, Michael looked for Walt, but that didn’t go anywhere. It was just bickering and walking around in the jungle. However, the flashback was sweet and an important part of their love story. It was nice to see how they started out before deciding they had to be together. It was sweet, and it made us like Sun more that she went to a university. Seasons two and three tend to stall for time in between bursts of brilliant episodes/scenes.
Episode grade: D

In flashbacks, Shannon’s father dies and leaves everything to her stepmother. Shannon’s stepmother refuses to pay for the ballet internship Shannon gets. On the island, Shannon starts looking for Walt, since she’s been seeing him. Ana Lucia, Sawyer, and the others come across her, and, thinking Shannon is one of the others, Ana Lucia shoots Shannon. Shannon dies.

This is the first of several times LOST takes an unsympathetic character, makes them likeable in their flashback, and then kills them once you like them. That way, their death is sad. This episode gets a lot of criticism since so many people thought Shannon was useless, but it got to us. Shannon sincerely wanted to work hard at the internship, whether she would have been able to keep it up or not. We like that the episode killed Shannon. Her hysterical fighting with Sayid and search for Walt were fruitless and dull though. We think Sayid should never have fallen for Shannon. It cheapens his love story with Nadia. Before the plane crashed, he was looking for Nadia. Sayid is too mature and capable for Shannon. We don’t understand that relationship. It feels forced. Still, it was nice to have this twist and to like Shannon before her sad end. Sayid’s face after the shooting was memorable.
Episode grade: C+

The Other 48 Days
Instead of doing an episode dealing with the aftermath of Shannon’s shooting, LOST gives us the entire last 48 days from the view of the tail-section survivors. The Others kidnapped many of them, putting the remaining survivors on alert. One man, Goodwin, is an Other, like Ethan was. Ana Lucia accuses and imprisons the wrong man at first, but once she realizes who the Other really is, she kills Goodwin. The episode follows them up until the shooting of Shannon.

Yeah, this is information we want to know, but Sayid’s reaction to the shooting and the acceptance of the tail-section survivors into the main group is more pressing. So we were annoyed at first, but then the sheer brilliance of the episode won us over and completely engrossed us in this story. The scene where Goodwin dies is fantastic. The whole episode is creepy and exciting. One-island flashbacks really work. What’s funny is everything revealed in the episode is stuff we either already know or could have guessed, but it’s all so well done that the information feels new. We love the details.
Episode grade: A-

In flashbacks, we find out that Ana Lucia was a cop on leave after being shot. Once reinstated, she seeks vengeance on the thief who shot her, because he killed her unborn child. She shoots and kills him, illegally. On the island, Mr. Eko takes the dying Sawyer to the hatch so that Jack can tend to him. A frightened Ana Lucia ties Sayid up so that he will not plan revenge on her for killing Shannon accidentally. They talk and she releases him. Bernard and Rose reunite. Hurley hilariously remarks that he didn’t see that coming (that Bernard would be white).

It felt like this episode was stalling. Nothing in the flashback was shocking, and we couldn’t care less about Sayid’s grief over Shannon. There’s a debate over whether Ana Lucia is sympathetic. One of us thinks that if the character were a man, she/he would have been. All the actions and lines would have come across as “damaged” and “tough” were Ana Lucia a guy, rather than “bitchy.” If a guy’s unborn child had been killed by a criminal (which could have been done by shooting his wife), it would have been interesting. Maybe it’s the actress’s fault, but Ana Lucia gets a bad rep. We enjoyed her flashback, for the most part, but the on-island action is slow again.
Episode grade: C-

What Kate Did
In flashbacks, Kate blows up her abusive stepfather who turns out to be her biological father. She also meets and speaks with the man she grew up thinking was her real father. On the island, Kate takes care of Sawyer until he is seemingly possessed by the spirit of her stepfather. She runs around in the woods, sees a horse, and runs into Jack, who she kisses. Then she runs away before he has a chance to respond. Ana Lucia does not go to Shannon’s funeral. Michael uses the hatch’s computer to talk with Walt.

As far as Kate episodes go, this is one of the best. We finally find out what she did, and it wasn’t too disappointing. Yeah, it could have been better. She could have actually killed someone who didn’t deserve to be killed. We liked the on-island stuff where Kate seemed to go crazy with guilt and self-hatred over having this guy’s DNA. The Jack/Kate kiss was too long in coming. Jack obviously should have followed up on that, whether she ran away crying or not. This one was action-packed, and it ended with the eerie contact of “Walt.” Yeah, there’s no way that was Walt.
Episode grade: B-

The 23rd Psalm
In flashbacks, we see Mr. Eko’s past as a Nigerian drug lord who poses as a priest and gets his little brother killed. On the island, Charlie leads Mr. Eko to the crashed plane where Eko finds his brother’s body. Claire finds out about Charlie’s heroin stash from the crashed plane, and she isn’t happy at all.

Numbers alert! “23” Yeah, that’s not special. Those numbers are everywhere, and that’s arguably the most popular psalm in the Bible. This is the only Mr. Eko flashback that’s worth anything. The others are dull and stress the viewers’ ability to care. This one even started out great: young Eko’s first murder was a gripping, stellar way to begin the episode. You really can’t top Eko facing the smoke monster though. This is where Charlie went from a little annoying to REALLY annoying. He spent the whole episode following Eko around and whining. But for his presence, this would have been an “A.”
Episode grade: B-

The Hunting Party
In flashbacks, Jack fails to save an Italian patient, and the patient’s daughter kisses Jack. Jack returns home, determined to work on his marriage and spend more time with his wife. But he’s too late. His wife is packed and ready to leave him. On the island, Michael goes off to look for Walt, and Jack, Locke, and Sawyer go after him. Jack, angry at Kate, refuses to let her come, but she follows them without permission. The hunting party runs into a group of the Others who have taken Kate hostage. The hunting party must give up their weapons and agree to stay on their side of the island in order to get Kate back. They have to return to camp without Michael. Jack is furious at Kate, even though she apologizes. Jack asks Ana Lucia about the possibility of raising an army.

This flashback is pretty useless. That Italian woman was in the top ten prettiest women we’ve ever seen in our lives though. Why does she not get more work? Is she too impossibly good looking? The end of the flashback was important, but it’s not like we couldn’t have guessed that a woman left a SURGEON because he was married to his work. That could have been told in two lines in the next Jack flashback. The best part of the episode, by far, was when the Others lit their torches and we met “Zeke” with the beard. It was scary, exciting, and infuriating. Sure, it was another tease that didn’t amount to much, but what a great moment. We don’t like what this episode did to Kate. Earlier, she was a useful tracker and brave A-team member. This episode made her into a dumb, pathetic nuisance who should have stayed in the kitchen. What, did this show need a Shannon replacement? This episode went a lot way in sealing the character as a G-I-R-L. She fouled up, and that erased a season of good behavior on the island. Jack was way too irritated with her (mostly because of the kiss) and should have let her come in the first place. Has he met her? OF COURSE she was coming.
Episode grade: B-

Fire + Water
In flashbacks, DriveShaft tries to make a comeback and fails. On the island, Charlie dreams that Aaron is in danger and becomes obsessed with the idea of baptizing the baby. Claire figures Charlie is using drugs again. Locke steals the heroin and puts it in the hatch. Charlie steals Aaron and takes him down to the beach. Claire cries, Locke takes the baby back, and then Locke punches Charlie a couple of times.

The ONLY good thing about this episode was seeing Locke beat the crap out of Charlie, who we fully hated by this point in the series. Even a flashback that showed him getting royally screwed over by his older brother couldn’t make Charlie sympathetic. This episode was a complete waste of time that drug the season down. Also, the butchering of Catholic doctrine was even apparent to the non-Catholic blogger. It’s such a populous religion that you could pull someone from off the street, have them review your material, and make sure it’s right. That was pure laziness. We guess we liked Charlie walking around in a diaper though. That was a good scene.
Episode grade: F

The Long Con
In flashbacks, Sawyer cons a woman even though he kind of falls in love with her. On the island, Sun is attacked by an unknown assailant and everyone blames the Others. Jack, Locke, Ana Lucia, and Kate fight over the guns. In the end, it’s all a ruse for Charlie to get revenge on Locke (by making Locke look foolish) and for Sawyer to get all the guns. Charlie attacked Sun, at Sawyer’s direction, and no one finds out that it was him.

We’re not sure why Sawyer decided to start being an ass again for almost no reason. Yeah, people took his stuff while he was presumed dead or escaped on the raft. That’s perfectly reasonable. We have to admire Sawyer’s genius plan to turn the other characters against each other. There’s no plot progression except for the introduction of Sawyer’s main off-island love who comes back to waste our time in subsequent episodes. It’s even more messed-up that he conned her after he developed actual feelings for her. We were mostly bored by this one, but it’s still a LOST episode, so we love it more than most episodes on TV.
Episode grade: D-

One of Them
In flashbacks, Sayid tortures a prisoner for the first time at the behest of American soldiers in Iraq. One of the soldiers is the man who raised Kate. On the island, Rousseau captures a man who she thinks is one of the Others and shows him to Sayid. Sayid brings him back to the hatch and uses his past talents to interrogate “Henry Gale.” Sayid is convinced he is an Other. Meanwhile, Sawyer and Hurley search for a tree frog that’s annoying Sawyer.

Oooh PLOT TWIST: Sayid didn’t learn to torture because he was in SADDAM HUSSEIN’s Republican Guard. He learned it from Americans because they are the secret bad guys, and we should judge ourselves, learn to be more liberal, and continue to hate the Bush presidents!! We usually love when LOST shows us something we don’t expect, but here, it felt forced, unlikely, and a little preachy. It just had no place on a show like this. This isn’t a political show. So yeah, other than the Kate connection, the flashback annoyed us. Thank goodness the on-island action more than made up for it. We are finally introduced to Ben, and this is the event that speeds the season up to its action-packed conclusion. The season is mostly meandering and repetitive until Ben shows up to put things in motion. Season two really starts here. We had to see Sayid’s dumb Shannon grief resurface again. Groan. That unbelievably stupid couple? That’s no one’s OTP. Let it die, show. Another thing we didn’t like: Why do we have a repeat of the plotline where Sawyer is looking for an aggravating animal? Didn’t we have that episode in season one?
Episode grade: B-

Maternity Leave
In flashbacks, Claire remembers the time she spent with Ethan. He did a bunch of medical tests on her and injected her with things. Rousseau and her daughter, Alex, help her escape. In real time, Aaron gets sick, so Claire, Kate, and Rousseau go to the abandoned Dharma medical station to look for a cure. Rousseau is looking for Alex, who was raised by the Others and is still with them. Nobody finds anything. It turns out that Aaron had a regular fever. Meanwhile, Jack and Locke disagree about how to treat “Henry.”

Eko cutting off his beard danglings: wtf. We’ll never understand that fully. Nor will we care. We love on-island flashbacks, and this is episode featured the first one. The Ethan scenes were unsettling in a good way. Sometimes babies just get sick. Listen to Doctor Jack, people. All we found out was that the Others use fake beards. Lots of this episode didn’t seem to go anywhere, so a lot of it felt flat in the end. We enjoyed the female-centric episode though. It left the boys behind and still managed to be one of the more serviceable LOST episodes. We also liked seeing Rousseau’s perfectly cast daughter. We’re pretty sure this episode is the time Ern’s all-time favorite book (“The Brothers Karamazov”) was referenced on this show. “Henry” didn’t want to read it. Peasant.
Episode grade: C

The Whole Truth
In flashbacks, Jin is diagnosed as infertile, but only Sun knows about it. On the island, Sun finds out that she’s pregnant. She swears to Jin that she’s never been with another man. Lies. Meanwhile, Ana Lucia, Charlie, and Sayid go looking for Henry’s balloon that will confirm his story.

We’re not fans of the storyline where Sun cheats on Jin and her questioning who the father is (not that we know about that by this episode anyway). It mars the love story a little, and it turns out to be Jin’s anyway. The island makes dudes’ swimmers extra Phelps-like. We also don’t like when Jin turns into a jerk randomly, going back to his old, domineering ways. It’s like when Sawyer stole all the guns. There’s growth and then backsliding. All of these things we’re complaining about are very realistic, but that doesn’t make them fun to watch. The best part of the episode was that last scene where Henry plants doubt as to his intentions and ends it with “Got any milk?”
Episode grade: C+

In flashbacks, Locke’s dad fakes his death and then asks Locke to help him get some money from some scam. Helen wants Locke to stay away from it, but Locke can’t. Locke proposes to Helen, but she turns him down because he is unable to let go of his father. On the island, the hatch goes into some weird emergency drive and traps Locke. Locke asks Henry to help him keep from having his legs crushed. He also asks Henry to enter the numbers. Locke ends up trusting Henry because of this, but then Ana Lucia, Charlie, and Sayid come back and let everyone know that Henry is a liar and an Other. Jack is kept from the hatch by Sawyer. They play cards for the medical supplies Sawyer stole.

This is the third lamest Locke flashback (The lamest being the one where he meets Helen and the second lamest being the commune one). The on-island action between Ben and Locke was good, but it didn’t really lead anywhere in the long run, did it? The question mark Locke saw and all the interaction felt mysterious and important, but it wasn’t. This episode was great the first time around, but it doesn’t hold up as well under multiple viewings. You have to admire Sayid’s investigation skills and obsession level. Oh, hey, remember Sawyer’s thievery and jerkitude? Well, he’s over his bad attitude and good-naturedly gambles the medical supplies for a pittance and then congenially hands them over when he loses. This dude is bipolar. As for the flashback? It all felt unfair. Why couldn’t Helen listen to Locke’s reasoning? Why couldn’t he explain that it was for a) closure and b) to get some of the scam money? Why couldn’t Locke stay away from that guy in the first place? Ugh, frustrating.
Episode grade: C

In flashbacks, Hurley is in a mental institution where he has an imaginary friend, Dave, who is interfering with his recovery. Libby was a patient too. On the island, Dave shows up and runs around the jungle, trying to convince Hurley that the island is all in his head. Libby kisses Hurley and convinces him that it’s all real.

This one you either love or hate. It’s kind of pointless, sure, and people think Dave being imaginary was supposed to be this big twist that MADE the episode. We don’t think that was the intention. This episode wasn’t supposed to blow our minds. It was supposed to show us how mentally unstable Hurley was before he got to the island, how he struggles to understand reality, and how much he needs someone to ground him. We found out why Hurley was in a mental institution in the first place (partly guilt over having been so fat he killed people…wow). We liked seeing Harry from Sex and the City. We were entertained the whole time. The Dave “character” was funny. Libby is the least-shallow person ever. Unrealistically so. But we like this episode. It entertained us.
Episode grade: B-

In flashbacks, Rose and Bernard meet, he proposes, he finds out she has cancer, and he takes her to a faith healer in Australia. The healer doesn’t cure Rose, but she lies to Bernard and says it works so that he will drop his obsession to heal her. On the island, Bernard tries to make an S.O.S. signal out of rocks, but he’s such a douchebag that no one wants to help him. Rose tells him that she wants to stay on the island because she thinks it healed her, not the faith healer. Meanwhile, Jack and Kate try to trade Ben/Henry back to the Others in exchange for Walt. Michael appears instead.

Thank God there was only one Rose and Bernard flashback. One of the things Ern always hated about this couple was that Rose is always shooting Bernard down and nagging him. It’s not just in this episode too. In fact, in this episode, it’s the most tolerable, because at least she’s right in this situation. Re-watch it and pay attention to her naysaying. It will ruin the couple for you. This episode was sweet, we guess, but it didn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know. The island has healing powers? YOU DON’T SAY. Michael’s reappearance nudged the plot forward an inch.
Episode grade: D+

Two for the Road
In flashbacks, Ana Lucia travels Australia with Jack’s father as his bodyguard, but she ditches and calls her mother, asking to return home. On the island, Michael tells everyone that the Others are low-tech, savages with little more than sticks and few numbers. He wants to rally everyone to take the Others on and steal Walt back. Ana Lucia and Sawyer have sex, and she steals a gun off of him. Michael gets a hold of this gun and shoots Ana Lucia and Libby, helping Ben/Henry escape. Then he turns the gun on himself, popping his arm.

This episode is praised and famous for its shocking ending. After attempting to make Ana Lucia sympathetic (which didn’t work for most people), LOST killed her off. Having Michael do it, turning traitor, was even better than just having a regular death. We were kind of relieved that Libby got shot. We like Hurley, but we don’t necessarily want to see him getting action. It was almost as unbelievable as the Sayid/Shannon romance. The picnic thing was cute though. Once again, Ern liked Ana Lucia and the flashback. Almost no one else did though.
Episode grade: C

In flashbacks, Mr. Eko is a priest investigating a miracle in Australia. We find out that Claire’s psychic didn’t consider himself really gifted before meeting her. On the island, Mr. Eko and Locke find another Dharma station. The new station has TV sets watching the other stations. They see Jack walking around in their first hatch. Jack tries to save Libby, but it’s no good. She dies. No one knows Michael shot her.

This is the second best Eko flashback, which isn’t saying much, since we hate most of them. The miracle girl was appropriately creepy though, and it was cool to see Eko actually pretending to be a priest. Watching Locke start to lose his faith in the button was interesting. Any episode with so much Locke is good for us.
Episode grade: C+

Three Minutes
In flashbacks, we see Michael living with the Others, seeing Walt, and making a deal to rescue Henry/Ben. We also see that he’s made a deal to trade Jack, Kate, Sawyer, and Hurley in exchange for his son. On the island, Michael convinces the listed four to help him storm the Others camp and get Walt back. Sayid tells Jack that he fears Michael has been turned. At the end, Sun sees a sailboat heading for the beach. In the next episode, we find out it’s Desmond.

The flashbacks were good, even though we kind of figured that Michael had made some sort of deal to betray the survivors and get his son back. The only new piece of information was that they wanted a specific foursome. We’re glad Sayid figured out that in an INVASION, if someone wasn’t taking him, that meant it wasn’t going to be a real kidnapping plan. Come on. Hurley and not Sayid? Hurley and not Locke? Hurley and not Eko? Michael needed a better story. This episode was mostly set up, but it was gripping and tension-building, not to mention gratifying to see a character have half a brain.
Episode grade: C+

Live Together, Die Alone (parts 1 and 2)
In flashbacks, Desmond is released from prison after fouling up with the army, and he tells his rich sweetheart (whose father does not approve of him) that he is going to become worthy of her. His plan is to win some sailing race, but he crashes on the island where he is found by a man named “Kelvin.” Kelvin lives in the hatch and pushes the button. Desmond assaults him after Kelvin tries to abandon the hatch and accidentally kills him. On the island, Michael leads his foursome to the Others while Sayid follows on Desmond’s sailboat. Sayid’s plan goes awry and the Others grab Jack, Sawyer, and Kate. They let Hurley go. They give Michael and Walt a boat and instructions on how to actually get away from the island. Desmond goes to the hatch and realized that he caused Flight 815 to crash when he failed to enter the numbers promptly Locke stops entering the numbers and the hatch implodes. It might have done worse had Desmond not used a failsafe key or something.

We bet you read that summary and thought, “Wow, that was the crappiest summary of all time. It in no way captured the epic romance between Desmond and Penny, his desperation, his lowest moment, the craziness in the hatch, the fail safe, the Charles Dickens, Ben leading the others, Locke’s meltdown, Eko’s pleas, and the capture of Jack, Sawyer, and Kate.” This episode had a lot to do. It had to introduce Desmond and Penny. It managed to squeeze out our first tears over that couple. It had to wrap up season two. It had to implode the hatch and release electromagnetic activity.  It had to be creepy and exciting. It had to make sense. Well, it might have failed at that. But it was awesome and mostly pulled everything off.
Episode grade: A


  1. I hadn't really thought about it til now, but do you think a chronological viewing of Lost with minimal or no flashbacks would be a worthwhile venture? Assuming that you'd already seen it before and know the characters and their motivations, would just their adventures on the island without rewatching flashbacks be as compelling?

    1. It would depend on the episode. Sometimes the best scenes are in the flashbacks. Like Walkabout (the first Locke flashback). Yeah, hunting the boar is good, but his flashback is the meat. Also, the flashbacks stop eventually, as you know. We always wondered if season 6 would have been better without the flashsideways.

      Now we are wondering whether someone who HASN'T seen the flashbacks would still enjoy the first three seasons. That would be a good experiment. Someone needs to do that.