Brian's Numeric Review: 75%
That's about the best review I can muster without resorting to expletives. This episode had a number of huge, mind-blowing reveals, but only gave away about 75% of each, leaving out just enough out to leave me completely and utterly confused. What do I mean?
1. We learned that John Locke has been "chosen" by the Island since his birth - but we didn't learn why.
2. We saw Richard Alpert (!) administer really weird tests to a five year old John Locke that the episode made no effort to explain, yet it was clear there were mountains of symbolism and hidden meaning in each of the objects presented to him.
3. We learned that there is something really weird going on with Claire - but are no closer to learning if she's still alive or dead.
4. We learned that Christian Shephard isn't Jacob, but is BFFs enough with him to speak for Jacob - but we didn't learn why the dead Christian Shephard is appearing so much on the Island in the first place.
5. Thankfully, we learned that the Horace Goodspeed encounter turned out to be a dream - really the best possible situation to keep Lost from turning into Ghost Island... and that he was stuck in some sort of time loop on the Island, as if his spirit was a prisoner on the Island.
6. We learned that Abaddon planted the seed in John Locke's head to go on the Walkabout in the first place... which is odd considering that Abaddon seems to be working for Widmore - not Ben / Team Island, based on his appearance in earlier episodes. Plus, his comment of "and the next time you see me, you owe me one" really makes it seem like he's bound to pop up on the Island to crown Locke the new leader of the Others, doesn't it? Even though we saw in Hurley's flashforward that he doesn't have any idea of what's going on with the Island anymore? Confusion.
7. We learned that the key to saving the Island is to "move it", even though I haven't the slightest notion of what that actually means.
8. We didn't learn why Hurley was needed to come along for the journey to the Cabin, but that Locke needed him enough to trick him into thinking that he wanted to go.
9. We saw the Freighter Doctor alive and well - but after Omar received the message that the Doctor's body washed up on the Island, he slit his throat, throwing us into such a complicated time loop that I'm going to need my full whiteboard at work tomorrrow to figure it out... and that's not even getting to the cut on his face.
10. Finally, from next week's episode preview, we learned that somehow, with all this madness going on, all these storylines are going to result in the rescue of the Oceanic Six starting with next week's episode. How they're going to pull that off is beyond me.
Like I said, there were a ton of reveals about what is going on that hint at some of the biggest mysteries ever on Lost... but we only received a partial view of each (75% by my estimation) - not enough to make it easy to figure everything out - but enough to get our minds started down the path.
I'm sure to have many more rambling thoughts over the next few days here: http://facethewoods.com/lost/index.php?topic=309.0
...and then will get to the full episode analysis as soon as my brain allows.