This Week’s Lost Reviews

April 22, 2010

From Cultural Learnings:

Bringing the characters together is certainly more interesting than when they were apart, and there are brief moments (like Sun, before going into surgery, spotting Locke on the stretcher beside her and shouting “It’s him! It’s him!”) where you start to ask bigger questions…

The best episodes are the ones where all the characters come together.  That makes this week’s episode one of my favorites of the season.

What’s fascinating to me is that they’re the precise opposites of where they stood just a season or two ago: Juliet’s death no longer gave Sawyer a reason to stay on the island, which he had resigned himself to once he fell in love, while Jack’s experience off the island was so defined by his intense desire to “Go Back” that he believes he has to stay in order to stop what is about to happen. One man was once willing to stay forever, and the other was desperate to leave: now, the roles have reversed, and it’s creating a really compelling dynamic heading into the final stretch of episodes….

I have always enjoyed watching the Jack/Sawyer scenes.  They are two very different men, but leaders in their own right.  It was almost heartbreaking to watch Jack apologize for “getting Juliet killed”; he’s realizing that he has been wrong about many things, and now he wants to make things right.  Sawyer is now the man who is just doing, just wanting to get off the island, at any cost.  Role reversals like this one are always an interesting part of characterization.

I’m going to presume that the title refers to Jack, who is now “Locke’s” one and only disciple – while we haven’t really seen this pay off yet, the idea of Jack and Locke (even in this altered form) together on the same side at the end is darn poetic, especially when it’s mirrored in the Sideways (where Locke’s life is in Jack’s hands, as opposed to the opposite on the island).

I thought Jack was the last recruite as well, but I wouldn’t say they were on the same “side”, just on the same island!  Jack wants to stay on the island to fulfill his purpose – which presumably is to keep “Locke” from leaving.  Does this make Jack the last candidate?  I think so.

I didn’t even think of the poetic nature of the episode, however!  Jack and John were always at odds with one another, so to have the show end with them interacting again (on both the island and in the flash-sideways) seems very appropriate.

Of the mysteries still left to be solved and hinted at here: what Sawyer did in Australia (which kept him from arresting Kate in that elevator), and who David’s mother is (who shares a phone call with Jack but remains unseen).

I feel like there are tons more questions than just these!

From What’s Alan Watching?:

For the first time since the premiere, we didn’t focus on any one character or pair, but rather bounced from person to person, story to story as everyone began to come together, both in the real world and the sideways one. We got payoffs to a number of arcs and/or mysteries – Smokey admits he was posing as Christian Shepard all these years, Jin and Sun are finally reunited, Kate makes peace with Claire – and some high-caliber acting from just about everyone in the ensemble. (And if I’ve done my math correctly, the only castmember to not appear was Nestor Carbonell, since Richard is off with Ben and Miles in the real world and has yet to appear in the sideways universe.)

Again, love the episodes where we see more of the characters interacting.  Here’s another (unrelated) thought:  If Smokey was Christian all these seasons, then was Ben actually taking orders from Smokey when he thought he was listening to Jacob?

we seem to be heading towards a point where the sideways characters have to sacrifice their universe so that the real one can survive and Smokey can be defeated.

Why can’t both realities be real?  Can’t the characters in the flash-sideways just do something to save their other selves, instead of being sacrificed?  I guess that is just a vague hope, and it does seem like the two realities will merge somehow in the end.

Lapidus still doesn’t get much to do, but here he was the recipient of two great Sawyer lines, first with James describing him as looking like “he just stepped out of a Burt Reynolds movie,” and then with the nickname “Chesty.”

I’d like to see Lapidus get more of a story.  Probably a bit late now, but maybe he’ll play an important role somehow?  I have to say, whoever was the casting director for LOST did an amazing job all the way through.  There were very few characters that didn’t play their roles well (not any that I can think of, actually).

So ultimately, was Alt-Desmond’s plan in running over Locke to give him a near-death experience akin to the one that clued him into the real world’s existence, or was he just trying to put Locke in a position to meet up with Jack?

Or was he trying to kill him because he had just experienced “Locke” pushing him into a well and he was still so overcome with rage?  Are these questions the ones that will actually be answered?  I doubt it.  Desmond’s actions were necessary to keep the story moving, and that’s all we need to know.

From Televisionary:

However, I’m still not entirely sure how this resolves the mystery of where Christian’s corpse went to after the plane crash–or that Lost Moments webisode from Vincent’s perspective that had Christian appearing to the dog and telling him to wake up his son (“He has work to do”). Nor does it explain Christian’s appearance at the hospital to Jack in Season Four…

I agree!  It does not explain everything, especially as I mentioned in my live-blog, what about the manifestations of Walt?  And I never even thought of Christian appearing to Jack in that hospital.  Was it just Jack’s imagination?  Was it an inconsistency on the writer’s behalf?  Or did the Man in Black really somehow get off the island at one point?

The titular character would therefore appear to be Jack Shephard, who could arguably be described as the central character within Lost’s entire mythology. The Man in Black’s expression at the end of last week’s installment seemed to point towards some major tipping point when he saw Jack enter the camp. While the Nemesis claims that he needs all of the castaways in order to make his escape from the island, he seems to have an especial interest in Jack Shephard. It’s Jack, and not Hurley or anyone else, that the Man in Black wants to catch up with and he immediately begins to spin him a web of (possible but likely) lies about dead fathers, water sources, and providing an unseen assistance to the castaways in their early days on the island.

I think we are all agreed on this point.

So is Jack on the Man in Black’s side now (“You’re with me now”) or is his loyalty still up for grabs? I’m leaning towards the latter as I don’t see him siding with the darkness or the smoke monster in the upcoming battle. Jack knows that his purpose is to safe-guard the island and his lack of wanting to leave would point towards his willingness to take over for Jacob, now that John Locke is dead.

I don’t think “You’re with me now” was more than just geographically (although “Locke” may believe otherwise).  Jack knew he had to stop Locke from leaving the island, so he had to go back.  That’s it.  He wasn’t changing allegiances.

Not only does Sayid issue a bare-faced lie but the Man in Black believes him. It’s an important turning point for Sayid because it’s proof positive that the Man in Black is not omnipotent or infallible….

In doing so, does Sayid take the first step on the long road to redemption? It does appear that way, especially if he didn’t kill Desmond. Which means that there might still be another candidate out there, one that can bring together Jack and Desmond and reunite the entire group for the first time in what seems like a zillion seasons….

Intriguingly, there’s a moment of frisson as Sun seems to recognize John Locke as they’re both being taken inside the hospital. Recognize is putting it lightly; she’s actually terrified of him, saying “It’s him, it’s him” to Jin. I’d posit that Sun has begun to become aware of her memories of the other timeline. Her recognition of John Locke isn’t that he was a passenger on their flight from Sydney but something far worse. In that moment she sees not John Locke but his alternate reality doppelganger, the Man in Black. Sun is therefore tapped into a multi-dimensional awareness; the aphasia and bump on the head transferred her lack of English to mainstream Sun while that Sun sent something back: a memory of Jacob’s Nemesis.

This is another question I asked in my live-blog: What did Sun see in her near-death experience?  Did she realize she was in an alternate reality?  It does appear so, by the way she was so scared of John Locke.

As I said last week, all the articles are interesting enough to read in full.  I just like to quote a few lines from each and add in my own comments.  Have your own comments?  Leave them in Buzz or below!

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