Brian's One Word Hyphenated Review: Near-perfection.
That my friends, was one of the greatest two hours of Lost ever. Perhaps the "twist" at the end wasn't as mind-blowing as last season (it wasn't - maybe nothing else you see for the rest of your life will be), but minute for minute, that was a nearly perfect two hours of Lost. Throughout the episodes, I kept thinking to myself how I couldn't come up with any way to improve the storylines from what Damon and Carlton presented (besides for the turning of the dial to "move the Island" - a little weird... and I'd be tempted to put Penny on the Island - but I digress).
Easily the most action packed episode we've ever had, this felt more like an intense action movie than the normal deliberate, thinking-man's pace of a typical Lost episode. Yet it still delivered on all promises laid out from the end of last season all the way through this season.
Charlotte. So she's been to the Island before... and was born there. Is she the love child of hippie Others pre-Ben that could actually leave the Island? Was she a scientist there that accidentally traveled in space and time off the Island and has since been trying to get back? And what happened to Faraday when the Island disappeared? He was somewhere in between the helicopter and the Island - did he get sucked in with it (there were water ripples around afterwards), or is he lost and gone forever?
Locke. After spending the whole episode feeling cocky about calling Ben being in the coffin at the end for the past year, the episode "twist" revealed the coffin dweller to be none other than John Locke. Food for thought - if John Locke has always been seen as a sort of "savior" or "prophet" to the Island... does this mean that he dies but is "reborn" three days later when the Oceanic Six return to the Island? Talk about fulfilling prophecies and proving you are truly a miracle!
Ben. He lives! The past season has seemingly been leading us down the path of a Benjamin Linus death, but I have to admit I was pretty happy to see Ben survive through the finale. It seems as though he will serve as the "leader" in getting everyone grouped back together and back to the Island next season (Sayid seems to be doing some of the work for him already by gathering up Hurley). But how? He mentions that he has "some ideas", which doesn't sound too concrete. And why does the Island require EVERYONE to come back together?
Michael. He dies! But props to Hurley for lying to Walt about his dad still being alive. It's the stand-up thing to do. Walt did mention getting a visit from Jeremy Bentham (Locke) prior to his death, which seems to set the stage for next season to feature the return of Walt, as one of the Survivors required to make the return trip to the Island.
Jin. He dies! Or does he? I was holding out hope that he might have survived the explosion and be floating in the water - but with the Island disappearing, he would have had nowhere to go to find salvation. Sadly, I think he's gone. RIP Jinny.
Sun. Her visit with Widmore was quite intriguing. Is Widmore or Jack the other person that she blames for the death of Jin? If she blames Jack, could she responsible for "setting up" Locke - allowing Widmore to kill him and stage it as a suicide? Much to ponder here - but there is definitely more to Sun than meets the eye.
Desmond. I cannot believe we got a Desmond and Penny reunion! I was seriously freaking out after the helicopter took off from the Freighter right before the explosion because it was almost as if the camera was intentionally not showing him for the next two minutes - but luckily, he survived and made it back to Penny. True love does exist! However, given Ben's comments about "everyone" needing to return to the Island - does that include Desmond, who vowed to "never set foot on the Island again" and to "never leave Penny's side again"? Me thinks so!
Island. Another big question is - with the Island "moved" (which should have protected it), and all the Freightors dead (which is why the Island needed to be moved in the first place - which brings up the question of why Ben went through with the move at all after they were all dead), what is this terrible force that is ruining the Island that forces Locke to come begging for the other Survivors to return? Perhaps Ben was right when he said "moving the Island was dangerous" - did it move back so far back in the past that the Others must fight with the hieroglyphic-making cavemen natives of the Island who first discovered its awesome power? Or way into the future where they are battling robots and aliens? Maybe this is how we're going to finally get our reveal about the "history of the Island"... by living through it!
Okay - I need bed for now. But I'll get some analysis up soon. For now, discuss!
Also - did you catch the commerical for Octogon Global Recruiting? Is this the new Lost ARG? Or just an advertisement for Comic-Con in July?