Lost

Season 5 Episode 6

316

7
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 18, 2009 on ABC
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  • Another Lost episode, and once again it is another good one.

    9.5
    With 316, the Oceanic Six return to the island. The episode starts with Jack, Hurley and Kate being there and then flashes back to the moment that ended last weeks episode, and explains how the group ended up returning to the island. Some issues are unresolved, like how Sayid, Kate, and Hurley ended up taking that flight, but this is vintage Lost, and I am sure we will get those questions answered as the season goes on.

    With that said, I liked this episode. We got an explanation of how the Island was discovered without giving too much away. It seems that it was found in 1954 if I saw the date correctly. Faraday's mother, I can't remember her name, seems almost as creepy as Ben, and I have a feeling there is more then meets the eye with the two of them. Ben as usual is as sneaky as ever and still one of the best actors on the series.

    Why did Kate show up at Jack's and decide to go back? Why was Sayid a prisoner and being taken on the flight? How did Hurley find out, and why was he there? THese are all good questions, but the one I'm wondering most about is why was Kate found crying on Jack's bed and where was Aaron? I can't wait to find out.

    The episode ends on a nice cliffhanger with Jin showing up with a weapon and looking at Hurley, Kate, and Jack standing in the water. Sun, Ben, and Sayid are nowhere to be found. More questions, and next week we're going to find out how Locke got off the island and what led to his death. THis season is just as good as last season, and it's looking as if it will be much better, but damn all the questions. THen again, it wouldn't be Lost.
  • 316 Review

    9.5
    Episode six of Lost's season 5 is a excellent episode it is what I have been waiting for, for a while a character driven episode that didn't disappoint. "316" was a Jack centric episode I have to say Jack episodes are always great there is always a lot of character development in them and they are very entertaining to watch, Jack isn't the best character on the show but his episode are always good.

    Some scenes in this episode where awesome, I loved the part where Desmond flipped out and yelled at Mrs Hawking. I loved the scene where Jack was putting the shoes on Locke's corpse and I thought it was really creepy when the Letter somehow got back to Jack, did Jack resurrect Locke who knows? One of the main things about this episode was the question of how all the Oceanic Six manage to change there mind and come back, who told Hurley and Sayid? What happened to Ben? What happened to Aaron? Where is Desmond? Why is Sayid with a US Marshall? Loads of questions that I want answering, I'm also looking forward to seeing everyones reactions to everyone coming back.

    This episode is sure to set up future episodes and it is about time we got character development. I can't wait for more. Next weeks is said to be even better.

    9.5 out of 10.
  • Some character development, and loads of questions...

    10
    After a hectic few episodes, the storyline and twists and turns seemed to take over this show, however this episode gave us some much needed character development for the Oceanic Six and the character of Jack - and let me just say, I haven't respected his character this much in a very long time.

    This episode was also the first this season to hit us with a large array of questions: How did everyone end up on the plane? What happened to Aaron? Why was Ben bloody? Why was Sayid being escorted onto the plane? While I like the answers this season has been given us, the endless questions and mysteries are what makes the show unmissable and completely different from everything else on TV at the moment. I'm hoping that these mysteries were introduced for future flashback material, which will be utilised again now that the O6 are back on the island. Seeing Jin on the island, after what seems like assimilation with the Dharma Initiative, was a great cliffhanger and really gave us an idea of what the rest of the season will be like. The show is heading back to basics, however it is in a completely different place. I'm really impressed.
  • This is LOST at its best. A good mix of questions, answers, and a nice amount of character development!

    10
    Jack episodes have always been the heart and soul of LOST. Last season's "Something Nice Back Home" was primarily a relationship-based episode, disappointing, but tonight's installment had a little bit of everything. I've most enjoyed the on-island storyline and time-jumping all season, but I didn't even miss Sawyer and Daniel in tonight's story.

    316 starts with Kate, Jack, and Hurley back on the island. Seeing Jack wake up in the jungle the same way he did in the Pilot was thrilling and really exciting. It had this unusual sense of nostalgia and repetition, and just confirmed for me that the universe really DOES have a way of course-correcting. Things on this show happen again and again, and this episode was no mistake.

    The episode then jumps back a day and a half, the only time shift in the episode. The scenes in the Looking Glass were great, both because of the obvious Narnia reference and Henry Ian Cusick's wonderful Desmond. Desmond will definitely make it back to the island, but it's cool to see that his character has again been pushed to the edge of his own sanity.

    The pendulum scenes provided several answers, including that there are many pockets of energy around the world. We've suspected this, and Isaac of Uluru mentioned it in "S.O.S." We can probably assume that the Tunisian desert is another one of these pockets. Hawking is a great character, and continues to retain complete ambiguity, even when presented opposite math and science.

    Jack's journey to his grandfather seemed awkward, but was some good character development for Dr. Shephard. No matter where Jack goes, the island will follow him: presenting his father's shoes, returning Locke's suicide note. He has been confronted with odd coincidences for four and a half seasons, so it's nice to finally see him accept the idea of fate and embrace his belief that he will return to the island.

    The romance scenes... eh. Perhaps the character who most exemplifies constant repetition in the series is Kate. Where all the other characters end up in much the same place at the end of their journey, they manage to change. Jack has found faith, and wakes up again on the island. Hurley comes to terms with his sanity, but is still the morally strong, good-hearted Hurley we know and love. Kate is stagnant, though. She abandons Aaron and chooses to run away again. Kate's character is honestly in the same place she was five seasons ago: torn between Jack and Sawyer, the most lost of all the survivors. I'm hoping that the writers have a redemptive story for Kate in the show's fifth or sixth season, but right now she continues to be the same Kate I've never liked.

    The scenes in the airport were absolutely beautifully done. The writing, direction, and music all combined to just create this eerie feeling of mystery, but I couldn't stop laughing. Hurley reading a comic book and buying dozens of plane seats. Sayid's looks of obvious surprise and resignation. Ben's rush to the plane, and Frank's sudden announcement over the intercom. These stories will all obviously be told through flashbacks, and I can't wait for a return to that format.

    Seeing Jin drive up in the Dharma van, along with Daniel's presence in the Orchid earlier this season, suggests that our on-island survivors are left in the 1970s. Can't wait for the rest of the season!
  • The Oceanic 6 make their way back to the island in the same manner they originally got there with Ben and a dead Locke to accompany them.

    10
    While I think this was a great episode filled with a lot of unanswered questions, but the one that is really bugging me is this, it only took 6 episodes for them to return to the island?

    That being said, what a great episode. So Eloise explains how the Dharma Initiative came to find the island and that it is constantly moving. This answers the question that despite all his money and power it took Charles Widmore over 50 years to find the island after he left. Now what I really want to know is how and why Charles left? Eloise did have a special mission for Jack, involving his mysterious father and the now dead John Locke. Desmond, ever the skeptic was not buying that he also needed to return with the Oceanic 6, but Eloise was very firm in saying that the island still had plans for him.

    Jack's task involved getting a personal object from his father and putting it on John's body. So he visited his grandfather and found that the shoes he refused to put on his father's body three years ago had made their way to his grandfather, and Jack politely asked him if he could have them. It was here that I was waiting for Ray to say something to him, if only he knew something if he just said, Jack you shouldn't go back there. This makes me believe that Christian is definitely dead and that he is simply a host for a greater force on the island.

    This episode also teased us with a great romantic scene between Jack and Kate. Kate, after giving Aaron to someone, her mom, his biological grandmother, or her adoptive father, shows up at Jack's apartment and says in what in my opinion was her best line of the series "I'll go back with you, but you have to promise me to never ask where he is" or something like that, it was pretty powerful. So she spends the night, and then agrees to meet him at the airport.

    Ajira, now come on they are flying the same airline that the attackers that attacked Locke, Sawyer, Juliet, Daniel, Miles, and Charlotte had water bottles from, not really sure if they are related, but they were in that spoiler video for a split second, I can't see that this will be the last we will see of this airline. Ajira 316 flies over where and when the island should be so that they can back. So there were some similarities between Oceanic 815 and Ajira 316;
    A fugitive, Kate on 815, Sayid on 316, my guess is Ben turned him in for all the murders he had him committ.

    A guy with a guitar, Charlie on 815, Hurley on 316, this was just touching.

    A dead man who enjoyed a complicated relationship with Jack, Christian on 815, and John on 316.

    Then there was Frank Lapidus, who was supposed to fly 815 is now flying 316, that cannot be a coincidence. Then came the awkward conversation between Jack and Ben, at this point the plane had been flying for awhile and nothing had happened yet. I did some mapping and if you flew from Los Angeles to Hawaii and kept going you would be pretty close to Guam, nothing but ocean, so Jack asked Ben just exactly what was supposed to happen, and Ben with his great wit replied that he did not get to stay after class with Ms. Hawking. There was also the great line and lie;
    Jack: How can you read?
    Ben: My mother taught me.

    Of course Ben's mother did not really have time to teach him anything, since she died about five minutes after he was born. They then continued to talk about John and his dealings after moving the island, and then Jack read the letter and well the plane started shaking and then just like after 815 Jack woke up on the island off shore in a suit. He found Hurley and Kate, but no sign of the plane, and then the infamous van shows up and Jin walks out.

    This was an interesting episode, while I enjoyed the actions of Jack and Kate, and Ben's mysterious butt kicking, and the fact that 5 of the 6 made it on the plane, i am still confused that they returned so early in the season.
  • 316 Deals with many important questions, the most important of which is how the O6 get back to the island. I wish to concentrate on Jack's development.

    9.5
    I have to say that 316 was by far and away my favourite episode this season. Season 5, thus far, has exceeded most of my expectations. The only let down was The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham. I had been waiting for that episode all season, only to find that 316 was the episode I preferred. Everything that made me love this episode is due to Matthew Fox. While a lot of people tend to hate on Jack and to some extent, Matthew Fox himself, I have always been a fan of his. He is a flawed hero, period. It isn't about him being a jerk or a control freak; it's about him finding his redemption. This episode was pivotal in that respect. I am also a huge fan of the show's music. Without it, the emotional impact would be so much less. This episode's music was brilliantly written and left me with a sense of hope and euphoria. After witnessing the opening scene, which mirrored the season one premiere, through to the end, I felt an indescribable feeling of melancholy. Whether it was because the O6 will likely never return to the real world, or because I feel that this episode let Jack truly mourn for Locke, it was a pleasant melancholic feeling. One filled with potential and a look towards a bright future,

    We've seen Jack as the man of science and we've seen him slowly begin to accept certain aspects of faith. In the season 2 premiere, man of science man of faith, we saw how he was both. He was callous in his coldness to his soon to be wife when he explained that she would likely never walk again. Then he did the unthinkable. He promised her that he would fix her. That was a potentially stupid move and yet, a miracle occurred and she regained full control of her legs.

    Jack has always liked to think that he knew what was happening and that he was in control. We as fans are more than capable of realising that Jack is more confused than he is in control. He has daddy issues and is a control freak. This episode outlined some of his major flaws and dealt with them head on.

    The first scene of incredible importance to Jack's character was the one in which Jack discussed Doubting Tom with Ben. Ben explains that Thomas is best known for his denial of Jesus' rebirth; however, he was also the first to jump at the chance to go with Jesus and be killed along side him. This is a rather apt description of Jack. He is always the first to express his desire to go on rescue missions. He jumps at the chance to be a hero. His problem is that he can't reconcile his need to be a hero with the fact that "the island" seems to have some greater plan in store. It's always been about logic and what has to be done for Jack. Now, he is finally coming to the conclusion that he might actually have a destiny. That he might be needed on the island for some greater purpose. Of course, it's possible that he is someone's puppet and he is being used, but let's not get into that.

    Another important scene was the one in which Jack placed his father's shoes on Locke's feet. This is clearly a reference to the anointing of the feet. It's interesting that Jack seems so cynical while he is doing this. He also left Locke's supposed suicide note in the coffin with Locke.

    This leads me to my favourite moment in this episode. This was the one in which Jack finally opened Locke's note. He tried to get rid of it when he placed it in the coffin, and yet someone involved with the airline found and decided to give Jack the letter. Jack slowly begins to realise that the universe may be forcing him to read Locke's note. As Jack slowly opened the letter and read the one simple line: "I wish you had believed me," my heart broke a little. As I heard Locke's final pathetic wish and watched Jack realise how much of a fool he had been, I could almost feel Jack's resolve harden. He believed. This was his destiny. For the time being, the man of faith seems to have been victorious. As soon as Jack read the letter, the plane began to shake. It was as if his reading the letter was the catalyst to the soon to be crash. There were so many other important moments in this episode that need time and attention, but I wanted to focus on Jack's development. There is still a lot to think about though. Why was Sayid arrested? What did Ben do? Why did Hurley arrive with a guitar? Why did he arrive at all? Where are Sayid, Ben, Locke, Sun, and Frank? Can I just give a shout out to the best line of the episode, which spoken by Frank? "We aren't going to Guam, are we?"
  • The Oceanic Six returns to the island.

    10
    This has to be one of my favorite episodes of LOST this season. Even though every episode is absolutely incredible this one was especially great because were finally moving along with this plot. its about time the oceanic six gets back to that island! lol. The Oceanic Six find Faraday's mother who is the key to getting them back to the island. They learn that they will have to take this CERTAIN flight and recreate the circumstances as close as they were the first time they went to the island. and they also learn that they have to bring Locke.
  • This entire episode fits into a section unto itself.

    8.5
    Here is the lowdown on the episode.
    * 05 Return to the Island.
    * We see the Looking Glass, a new station.
    * We get a lot of foreshadowing.

    Aside from the three major events, the ones seen above, the sections in between it read as follows:

    Zzzzzzz. And then some stuff happened with Jack. Zzzzzzz. And then Jack and Kate have breakfast.
    Zzzzzzz. And then Jack's grandfather sees a magic show and doesn't tell us anything important and gives Jack a pair of shoes.
    Zzz.

    I'm sorry. Here is what really happened. The Writers shocked you with Jack on the Island at the start. And then they shocked with Jin in DHARMA at the end.

    And in between? Oh, I forgot that part, sorry. I guess it was because I tried to forget it.

    You see, they gave us two bits of information that every LOST fan has known for months... the 05 on the Island, and our guys in DHARMA.

    To sum up; omfg Jack on the Island (fanboy faints) Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Omfg Jin in Dharma (Fanboy faints... again).
  • The Best so far !

    10
    what an eposide really there is no wrods to describe it ! the " what " face workin in 42 min ! 1- Ben beatin by who ? 2- Lock " i wish you had belived in me " . 3- Hurley with a geauier ! . 4- Sayid what the hell happend to you ! . 5- Kate and Aron story ? !! . 6- what happend to evreyone else in the plane ? Jack performnce os gettin hin an emey one day am tellin u ! Hurley GOD you are really Become more great than ever ! and THE FINLAE minute " Jin " what the huck !! " one of the best EVER ! "
  • One of the best of the season. It's Back to the Island.

    10
    This episode focuses mainly on Jack, Kate, Sayid, Hugo, Sun, Ben and John Locke getting back to the island. In the beginning of the episode it shows Jack waking up in the Jungle hearing screams. He saves Hugo from the lagoon and finds Kate. After this it go through Jacks interaction with Faraday's mother and her telling him he needs to give Locke something of his father's so he can be a proxy for them to get back to the island. A big part of the episode is of the emotions that the people going back to the Island are going through. Jack is battling with his alcohol addiction as a way to cope but does not drink. Kate is emotional about what she has done with Aaron. Ben is tying up loose ends and we don't know what they are yet. We do not see Sun, Hugo, or Sayid again until the airport. Hugo buys a bunch of seats on the plane thinking he will save peoples lives. Sun meets up with Jack in the airport

    Sayid is brought in handcuffed by the authorities.

    After the plane takes off, it is revealed that the pilot is Frank Lapidus. All of the sudden there is turbulence, a flash of light and we are back to the beginning with Jack waking up in the jungle. After he saves Hugo and Kate a van drives up and someone gets out and points a gun at them. It is Jin…….
  • Jack point of view is full of interactions that was interesting, tied with some mysteries, make this episode very good.

    8.0
    Plot Details/Objective -» This episode was written with the simple objective, reunite all the Oceanic six in this episode, and make some of the returners a mystery like Kate, Hurley and Sayid. So you only follow Jack point of View.

    What I Like/Disliked -» This episode surprises me, simple because I expected less in an episode focused in Jack point of View, Overall:

    Presentation -» (8/10). Was nice to see that they already are in the Island. Nice surprise.

    Complication Phase -» (7/10). Was all about Jack interaction with everyone. Can keep you interest, at least it is entertaining.

    Cliffhanger/Ending -» (7/10). Jin appearance was interesting, because he is wearing a dharma suit.

    Time and Scenes Management -» (8/10). The writers managed Jack interaction with everyone very well, that surprised me.

    Dialogues -» (8/10). Good quality.

    Action /Adventure -» Wasn´t a episode for this.

    Drama/Emotions -» (7/10). Jack Usual drama.

    Suspense/Tension -» Wasn´t a episode for this.

    Mystery/Curiosity/Doubts/Hints -» (9/10). Much more secrets that make you curious, but since it is about the characters mysteries, they will be revealed soon.

    Surprise/Twists -» (7/10). The ending provide that and the beginning also.

    Jack point of view is full of interactions that was interesting, tied with some mysteries, make this episode very good.
  • While I'm not convinced that '316' deserves the title of 'best episode ever! OMG!', this is certainly one heck of a forty one minute ride from show runners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.

    9.0
    While I'm not convinced that '316' deserves the title of 'best episode ever! OMG!' as it seems that many believe on TV.com, this is certainly one heck of a forty one minute ride from show runners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. Look, as soon as those names appear at the bottom of the screen, you should instantly feel reassured that you are about to witness something at least moderately excellent. As it happens, they hit another home run with this one, managing to sucker punch their audience with a quick '1,2' by taking the Oceanic Six back to the Island only six (hah!) episodes into the season. So much for all that speculation that they wouldn't return until the end of year five and then we'd spend season six resolving everything. Nice one guys for giving us a delicious story treat this early into the year.

    Of course, it wouldn't be Lost if the return to the Island was completely straightforward. A great deal is left unexplained here: what happens to Aaron? Why is Hurley carrying a guitar case? How did Sayid end up in custody? What happened to Ben? Personally, my speculations are as follows: 1. Claire appeared to Kate again and reiterated the point that the boy must not go back to the Island. 2. The guitar case is Charlie's proxy. 3. This is a sort of proxy for Kate. 4. I reckon he went to murder Penny and got more than he bargained for... i.e. a big old battering from Mr. Hume ("You're gonna die Benjamin!" etc.) But obviously, I could be completely off on all counts. It is a little frustrating that we aren't privy to the answers to these somewhat substantial questions and that we simply have to swallow the fact that the three unwillings have somehow been turned (particularly in relation to Kate's insistence that Aaron's name never be mentioned again... that's a nice way to not have to answer this one for a while!) but then, that's Lost for you. Without the mystery, the anticipation that we'll be given answers in the future, where would we be? Admit it: it's fun to speculate and part of you enjoys the feeling of being made to wait another agonising seven days. You know it's true.

    And importantly, it's not as if we weren't treated to a lorry load of answers here anyway. The first eleven minutes, in fact, act as one big information dump as Elouise talks a few of the Losties through the purpose of the crazy pendulum room. This entire sequence is delectably refreshing as, for once, the dialogue actually gives comprehensive, straightforward answers to a series of questions. We learn the room's purpose, its history, how it has achieved its go0al and how Elouise expects to use it to help the Losties. And crucially, it all makes logical sense: of course the DHARMA Initiative would have to find the Island in order to perform its loopy experiments on it. Science is left behind somewhat by the notion of the 'proxy', however, and how replicating the original conditions of arrival will help them get back but then, this dichotomy between faith and science has always been at the very heart of the show. Plus, I'm sure we'll be treated to some further explanation of how all of this works (however questionable it may be) in the future. For example, what happened to the plane? Presumably, the Oceanic Six were caught in one of the temporal shifts - supported by Jin's appearance in DHARMA Initiative gear - and this is how they ended up on the Island, but did the plane remain in its present time or has it shifted with them? Does the 'proxy' situation (replicating conditions) somehow limit the scope of the temporal shift to those who have been to the Island before? In which case, where is Lapitus? And could I ask any more questions in one single paragraph?

    '316' is a rather unexpected about turn in the ongoing narrative, bringing the Oceanic Six (well, Five... sans Aaron) back to the Island in spectacular fashion a whole hell of a lot earlier than anyone really expected. It's Jack-centric, but it doesn't feel much like it because it is chiefly concerned with progressing the narrative and, particularly in the first quarter of the hour, providing some solid answers to a number of questions that have been lingering for some time. Next week's episode is titled 'The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham' which, presumably, means we're going to see exactly what Locke got up to after he left the Island... and how he committed suicide. And then after that... your guess is as good as mine. Fabulous stuff.
  • The gang finally make it back to the island. I am glad they didn't keep us hanging with this until near the end of the series

    9.0
    The gang finally make it back to the island. I am glad they didn't keep us hanging with this until near the end of the series. This was an excellent episode in true lost style as it explained some parts, left us on a cliff hanger and had us all sitting there wondering "How did that happen?" Namely how did Saeed and Hurley end up on the plane that took them back to the Island. Also where were the others who journeyed back as we only saw three. Also when did Jins hair get so long. Jin I have to say is my favorite character in the whole show. I like him because his motives are simple. He just wants to make his family safe. His wry smile at the end when he found Jack, Kate and Hurley back on the island was brilliant. I didn't think they would kill him off last season and I was happily proved right. I love this programme. I love the twists and turns and the fact when you think you have it all figured out they do something else. I stuck through this programme through a bit of a lull during seasons two and three and I am so glad I did as I feel like I am being rewarded now!! Keep going I cannot wait to see how this show ends even though part of me doesn't want it to.
  • An episode full of revelations that finishes with the best cliffhanger ever!.

    9.0
    Just when you thought LOST would not surprise you to the point of jaw dropping, here it comes the new episode in which we learn so many stuff that we can barely digest it.

    First of all, the magnificent room in which the Dharma Iniciative learns where to find the island, which is one of the best moments of the episode, includes this big pendulum, map on the floor (remember Lex Luthor's headquarters?) and a lot of nonsense formulas al over the place.

    And of course, the way the Island makes everybody be on that plane to crash again there, and the appearance of Lapidus piloting the very plane in which they are supposed to go back to the Island.

    One thing is not very well explained, and under my opinion this is quite risky for the writers, Where is Aaron?, the decision made by Kate to return to the Island is most likely that Ben made her go to save Aaron in some way, but looks like the writers needed to justify Kate going in the plane and they didn't come up with a simple answer that will be explained later, I just hope it will be an interesting one.

    Finally, the best cliffhanger ever seen in the show is presented in the form of Jin dressed as a Dharma Initiative member is just AWESOME!. I cannot wait for the next episode to be on air next Wednesday.
  • It was not bad.

    7.5
    I wasn't too crazy about this episode. The writers, either they are the most brilliant people this world has ever seen or they keep making up crap and hope that we will tune in to watch it. The oceanic six are all on a plane back to the island and incidenatly Sayid,Hurley and Frank are all on it too. Something happened to Araon but we don't know what it is and Jack and Kate sleep together. Many fans have been waiting for something to happen between Jack and Kate but couldn't we have had a sex scene instead of a makeout scene ? That was one thing I disliked about this episode. Another thing I didn't like was the fact the writers keep giving us new questions about what's going on. Jack giving Locke who is dead, something that belonged to his father didn't make sense and added a dash of stupidity to the somewhat " CRAZY " storyline but since I have faith in the writers, I will have to wait and see how things turn out. The episode ended with Jin in a Dharma station suit and a gun in his hand pointed at Kate,Jack and Hurley.
  • Last couple of shows were sub-par but this one was much better. It might be the loopy, twisted timeline.

    9.0
    Starting where the episode ends in going back around in a circle, leaving some blanks to fill in (Kate, Aaron, Sayid, Hurley, Jin, Ben beaten again), these are the unknowns that keep me coming back for more. Now the dumb stuff: the island moving explanation by Faraday's mom (at least that plot hole was filled, but if you were on a island that was always moving wouldn't there be some sensation, visual clues? clouds, waves??) the shoes, Jack's passiveness, the note. I'm curious enough to keep watching to fill in those blanks and the silly techno stuff is part of the fun. Now what did happen to everyone else on the plane??
  • Getting to the island the second time isn't as exciting as the first.

    7.0
    So the episode opened with a very familiar image, and in fact the whole first couple of minutes could've easily been stock footage from the pilot. It was a surprisingly clever way to show that the Oceanic Six (some of them anyway) are back on the island that was handled very well as had the risk of feeling like an unoriginal retread of the first episode. The genius was the small differences, mainly Matthew Fox's subtle way of playing that Jack new exactly where he was. He certainly deserves credit for that one. However unfortunately regardless of MF's high quality as an actor he can't help the fact that Jack's still a bit dull. And this was very much a Jack-centric episode. In fact I can't think of a single scene he wasn't in!

    The main reason Jack's backstory is boring is that we've seen so much of it. Despite the way the timeline works now this was still a factor here. We found out that apparently Jack has a Grandfather who's stuck in a care home and hates it. That's all well and good, but despite Ray's story resonating with Jack's and a convenient way to move forward the plot it seemed a bit unnecessary. Another issue I had was that there were two scenes where the cast were doing relatively mundane things that seemed to be stretched out for a bit too long. For example when the group went down to the Dharma "Lighthouse" station we saw every step they all took, despite the fact we'd seen it all at the end of the second episode. While it could be argued it built up the tension, as we already new what they were going to see it felt like a waste of screentime. Had there been some good dialogue thrown in there it would've significantly improved the scene.

    That said once they eventually got down the stairs things got pretty exciting. Confirmation that the island was always moving was nice and kind of explains the time jumps a bit more. The best thing though was Desmond's reaction, as I would've been hugely disappointed if he'd ended up going back to the island. Also him blaming Mrs Hawking for everything that happened to him was a great way to establish that he recognised her from his time-travelling adventures without bogging down the conversation with exposition.

    So with the details of how to get back to the island sorted out it was a relatively simple case of getting everyone on that plane. Kate coming to Jack was interesting, but a bit annoying. Obviously we'll find out what happened to Aaron (probably sooner than later) in the future but it felt like a quick and easy way to get here on board here. Of the other characters who ended up on the plane, how Hurley got there was the most annoying. Sayid and Ben will likely be explained, but how did Hurley get out of the mental hospital and out of the country so easily. However he was the only one who made a specific attempt to save the other passengers by buying up all the plane tickets he could. It was a great moment and reminded us why Hurley's awesome!

    The last thing that really annoyed me was the specifics as to how they got back to the island. It would appear they flew over it as it was shifting in time and so our characters seemed to get caught up in it the same way those on the island were affected. This would imply the plane itself and everyone else on board is fine, but I kind of doubt that. I guess the thing that really annoys me is the more supernatural lean the show's taken this season is simply lazy. Cleverly using Sci-Fi elements like time travel can make for highly engaging and intelligent television (as it has this season), but I worry that they'll just leave it as the light teleported them or something as enough of a reason for how they got back.

    While the last moment of the episode was brilliant, with them seeing Jin in a Dharma uniform, the frustrating thing is it's unlikely we'll get that particular thread answered next week. Addressed, yes, but my guess would be as this week focussed on those off the island, next week will be those on it. Which at least should make for a more exciting episode!
  • Back to the island

    9.0
    I think the whole episode had very stunning concept - the thing of going back - they know what will happen.. what they have to live trough.. and the way it started - just like on old times, those episodes I adore. And it really had that taste and smell again, but it is little different this time. I like the mystery they build around Kate - what happened with her and Aaron and why she does not want to tell about it? Or was it just written in so that they could get read of the child and go back to island? Who knows.

    And how Sayid and Hurley ended up in the plain.. and Frank flying it. Stunning development I think and very intriguing end.. not that we got in first..
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