Lost

Season 5 Episode 15

Follow the Leader

6
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 06, 2009 on ABC
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  • The doomsday clock ticks down

    8.0
    After the thought-provoking events of the previous episode, it makes sense for the writers to step back a bit and prepare for the finale. This actually feels more like the first hour of the finale than an episode in and of itself, but that's largely the effect of the serialized nature of the series.

    The entire season has been split between the events in the past and the events in 2007. The vast majority of the story has been set in the time of the Dharma Initiative, however, which suggests that the events in 2007 are mostly setting up the situation for the sixth and final season. With all the foreshadowing of a final conflict over custody of the island coming in the final season, it seems reasonable to assume that Daniel's recent theory was wrong and Jack's plan will fail.

    Jack is currently on an interesting journey, one that roughly parallels Locke's journey towards the end of the second season. Jack is trying to find meaning in everything that has happened, because it has defied his season of rational order. Because it appears that Locke was right about his own destiny, Jack has come to the conclusion that they all have a destiny to fulfill, and he's trying to find one that can restore his former certainty.

    The irony is that Jack, like Locke before him, is not truly changing. Just as Locke was still hung up on his own expectations of destiny and self-importance, haunted by the past, when he tried to take control of event in the Swan Station at the end of the second season, Jack is only changing the manner in which he tries to take control over a situation. He talks about destiny, but he's more interested in denying the last three years of his life than learning from them. In terms of the redemptive theme of the series, Jack still hasn't made the turn.

    With regards to the rest of the Oceanic Tribe, the situation at the Dharma Initiative is rapidly spiraling out of control. It's a bit surprising that it took so long for someone to use Juliet against Sawyer, once it was clear he wouldn't talk. It's one of those standard interrogation techniques (hurt a loved one to convince someone with a stiff upper lip to talk), and Horace wasn't above questionable methods with Sayid. It's also surprising that they agreed to let Sawyer and Juliet leave on the sub, and didn't bring up the fact that Sawyer, Juliet, and the rest of their friends just showed up one day, three years earlier!

    Similarly, Pierre Chang's decision to believe Daniel's story was a little convenient, since there was nothing concrete to base that decision on. Questioning Hurley was a smart move, and one of the more amusing moments of the episode, but it still seemed a bit too smooth a process. That said, it does close the loop on the question of when Miles and Charlotte left the island. It's not entirely clear how Kate convinced Radzinsky or Horace to put her on the sub as well, or why Miles, Jin, and Hurley didn't attempt the same, but there wasn't necessarily time to cover those details.

    It's good to see more of the tunnels under the island, dating back to ancient times. One might assume that this is how Cerberus gets around, since it's source is also underground. Richard specifically mentions that there is a way to get Jughead out of the tunnels, but it's not the way they came. It could be that they don't get the bomb anywhere near the site of the Swan Station, and instead, at the time of "the incident", it is closer to a portion of the tunnels close to where the statue once stood. That could, in turn, link to Ilana and Bram's gambit in 2007. (Radzinsky's decision not to take the warnings seriously could, in turn, explain why he chose to man the Swan Station for so long, and what ultimately drove him to suicide.)

    The events in 2007 hint at some possibilities for the direction of the sixth season. Clearly, Locke's attempt to find Jacob and kill him is a big deal. This seems like it comes out of left field, but that's not necessarily the case. In "The Man Behind the Curtain", in the third season, Jacob specifically asks John to "help him". One possible implication is that Jacob serves the will of the island, but no longer willingly. He may do what is necessary for the good of the island, but he may have been doing so for so long that dying and passing that mantle to Locke may be his personal design.

    The fact that Ben never actually spoke to Jacob is therefore an important clue. Ben was never supposed to be the leader of the Others; he took on that mantle because Locke wasn't ready. The island chose Locke, by whatever means it might do so. It's a fair bet that Charles Widmore never spoke to Jacob either, leaving only Richard as someone who has supposedly talked to Jacob or knows Jacob.

    The devotion to Jacob, then, is akin to devotion to a legend. It touches on the various "Wizard of Oz" references associated with the Others. What if there is no Jacob? Or, rather, Jacob is not what he appears to be? The ship in a bottle at the beginning of the episode seems like an intentional reference to the Black Rock. Could Jacob and Richard have arrived on the island on the Black Rock, with Jacob chosen by the island at that time to "interface" with whatever was already there, dating back to ancient times?

    After all, the Others all seem to come from a roughly modern time, which implies that they were absorbed into an existing population. That's not a new observation, but it's been an open question of when the "original" population arrived. It could have been the Black Rock (which would, in turn, provide a connection to Hanso and the Dharma Initiative), and then a series of subsequent arrivals of smaller populations. After all, there's no indication that people didn't come across the island between the late 1800s and 1954.

    Touching back on some early theories (from the reviews for the first season episodes), the island may be inhabited by a non-corporeal entity, and that entity may be acting through Jacob. It may only be able to act through the bodies of the dead. If Jacob died when the Black Rock came to ground on the island, and then was resurrected by some ancient consciousness that is "the island", that could explain why he is so revered. Since Cerberus is already something of a non-corporeal entity, it's not completely off the beaten path. That would explain the "modern" look of the Others, while still preserving the implied ties to the ancient past.

    It may even explain why Richard is worried about Locke's intentions. Richard may not be the leader, but he certainly holds power as one who does appear to know Jacob very well. Richard may not have understood that he was helping to choose Jacob's replacement, and he may be devoted to maintaining the status quo.

    The wild card at the moment is Ilana. Ilana is very likely looking to retrieve Jughead. One possibility, already noted, is that she is working with Eloise Hawking. However, it may not be a matter of controlling the island; instead, based on recent revelations, it may be connected to Hawking's understanding of space/time and her desire to ensure that events unfold in past, present, and future as they must. Ilana's activities might factor into the return of the Oceanic Tribe to 2007.

    Alternatively, Ilana's team might be connected to Richard. As it stands right now, beyond Jack and Sayid, he would be the only other person to know Jughead's location at the time of "the incident". Considering that Ben and Locke were gone, and Richard never expected to see either of them again, he could have wanted to take custody of Jughead to bolster his own control over the fate of the island from threats like Widmore.
  • Radzinsky is the most annoying and horrendous actor to ever grace a television screen.

    8.0
    All in all, this was a very good (even great) episode. The whole Kate being so unbelievably over-dramatic throughout the episode was terribly annoying, but - that is just Kate being Kate. Of course she doesn't want her old life back - she'd be serving numerous life sentences in prison. So of course she (suddenly) objects to what Jack wants to do, rather than follow the idiot around like a lost puppy, which she is famous since day one for.

    But there were a lot of cool things about this episode; and, as always, they involved the scenes in which Locke, Ben, Sawyer, Hurley and Sayid were involved. Granted Hurley didn't have a big part in this episode, but his few lines were flawless and hilarious. Sayid was phenomenal. Sawyer is getting better with almost every episode. But, most importantly, the ending when Locke reveals to Ben that he is going (SPOILER ALERT) to kill Jacob when he meets him makes me give this episode a very good score. Again, I know anyone who reads this, even if they absolutely hated the episode will still rate it a "perfect 10", but, I suppose that will never change. You people should ask yourself how you can ever rank your favorite episodes ever if you consider EVERY episode "perfect". It makes less than zero sense. With that being said, I cannot wait for next week's finale. But this episode gets a 'great' score - definitely nowhere near a PERFECT score.
  • Good riddance!

    8.4
    Since when did Richard Alpert become the star of the show? He was in more scenes than anybody and I think that is the first time such a thing happened with a lower supporting cast member without it being a flashback episode. That is not to say that he is not interesting in his own way, but outside of his rebellion talk with Ben he added little to nothing in all that time.

    I really hope this is the end of the Flight 815 survivors running around in Dharma jumpsuits. This has just been a weak storyline and hopefully the finale changes things so we don't have to see Horace ever again!
  • The penultimate episode of the penultimate season is yet another great one.

    8.5
    The episode begins with the closing moments of last week's one. While I normally don't like this trick, (especially considering the previously sequences) it worked here as it was shown from Jack and Kate's perspective instead of Dan's and their subsequent capture. It should probably be pointed out to someone that we're well aware Widmore is the bad guy, but they keep showing him as a complete villain on the island. He smacked Jack in the face completely unnecessarily as Jack had his hands up, clearly the writer's are making sure we don't like this guy!

    Back at the barracks Sawyer and Juliet were being held for questioning. Seeing a main character badly beaten is never a nice site, but it was only a few cuts and bruises which'll probably have almost healed by next week. Then there's Phil who's making a good case for being more of a bad guy than Widmore! While I'm a bit surprised it took them so long to start on Juliet I think the point was the other Dharma guys (mainly Horace) simply aren't bad guys.

    Elsewhere on the island Hurley, Jin and Miles were getting ready to head to the beach when Dr. Chang found them. It seems that the two hours he's had to think since Daniel ambushed him were enough to convince him the twitchy scientist was telling the truth. Still, like 24, a short timeframe is needed due to the small amount of time each episode covers. Of course it was all validated by the superb way he got Hurley to admit they were from the future. It wasn't too hard to get Hurley to confess, but it was beautifully within character. We know Hurley isn't the quickest thinker under pressure and he doesn't like lying so him blurting out the truth was perfect and hysterical!

    After being captured and very harshly treated by a nameless Other Jack told Eloise what she needed to hear about them being from the future. While Hurley's admittance was done with humour, Jack's was done more tactfully. To keep the show within some semblance of reality it couldn't be easy for Eloise to believe him, nor for Jack to tell her. As usual though the scene was written brilliantly and worked believably. Credit to all involved, especially the woman who plays Eloise. Having only been on the show for one episode and to manage to portray a character that's already been played by two other actors so well can't be an easy thing to pull off, and yet she managed it. Her English accent seemed to have improved a bit from last week too (always need to have a pop at the accents!).

    Then Eloise, Richard, Kate, Jack and the nasty Other go out into the jungle to find the hydrogen bomb, but not before we get confirmation that Ellie and Charles are a couple at this point in time. While not a huge point (I think most Lost viewers could've guessed how they both had a son) it was a nice bit of confirmation to fill in a small blank. As they reach their destination Kate refuses to go any further, acting as the voice of reason. This makes complete sense seeing how far Jack seems to have gone; as Kate points out he's taken over Locke's old role on the show as the believer. Of course the Others don't want her to leave after finding out one of their secrets and threaten to shoot her. The gun sot goes off without seeing exactly where it hit. This is another trick I'm not always a fan of, as it seems like a cheap way to do a reveal, but it actually worked mainly due to how awesome the reveal was!

    I new Kate wasn't going to get killed but she may have been hit in the leg or something, so to then show the Other hit the ground and reveal Sayid arise from the bushes holding his gun was superb! As already mentioned that Other was made particularly unlikeable which gave his death extra impact. Add to that to then see Eloise and Richard's expression of both shock and fear that someone actually got the drop on them was amazing! Having missed a few episodes super-Sayid returns in fantastic style!

    So Kate decides to leave and Jack and Sayid (who know seem to have made up) go with Eloise and Richard into the underwater cavern to find the bomb. The cavern looked very similar to the Monster's lair with more hieroglyphics about and I'm sure I'll need to watch the episode again to take in everything that was seen around the bomb.

    After Dan's warning and Miles and co backing him up, Dr. Chang evacuates all non-essential personnel from the island including his wife and son. Miles seeing his father save him and his mother and that he had to yell at her to get it to happen was well played. It could've worked as an overly emotional moment with Miles crying or something, but considering the pace of the episode a small moment was all that was needed. So the people on the submarine include Kate, Sawyer and Juliet and it appears to be well on its way back to the mainland. However despite seeing the CGI sub submerge I'd wager those three will find a way off of it and back to the island.

    Of course unlike most episodes since the time travelling stopped this one didn't just take place in the 70s. We got to see a fair bit of action from the present day island (or 2007/8 more accurately). There was a nice bit of plot hole filling with Locke telling Richard where to find him from the season premiere. I was a little bit worried this was going to be overlooked, but ended up being played as more of a plot point than just answering a plot hole and so felt integral to the episode. That said I don't think we needed to see as much of the stock footage as we did, even though we can know read more into Nestor Carbonell's performance. Also it would've been nice to actually see Locke disappear from an outside perspective and this seemed the best time to show that. Unfortunately it seems the Lost crew are as against showing teleportation type effects like this or the apparitions appearing as the Supernatural crew are when it comes to Angels vanishing.

    There was also a few smaller points addressed in the present. For example confirmation that from the Other's perspective Locke has been away for three years. While I can't imagine they'll have time to show what has happened in that period on the island next week, hopefully it will be addressed next season. It would also seem that the castaways the Others took haven't been experiencing the time jumps as everyone else did. Again this is something that will hopefully get answered; why only some characters were jumping through time and not all of them.

    While the present day stuff did take up almost as much screentime as the 70s stuff, there were really only two big moments. The second was Locke demanding to be taken to Jacob and having all of his people come with him. This felt like a nice moment for Locke that fully fit in character as he's never been one to keep people out of the loop. Of course it doesn't go over well with Richard or Ben. It also gives us yet another large trek into the jungle for the finale, reminiscent of both season 1 and 3, maybe it's an odd numbers thing! Of course Locke's real reason for visiting Jacob is revealed to Ben in the closing moments: that he wants to kill him. While telling Ben this would seem like a mistake it's necessary for the audience to know it. That said maybe it's a bluff. Maybe he knows what en will do with this information and be able to use that against him, who really knows?

    So the episode managed everything it needed to then. It told a solid story involving almost every main character and set everything up nicely for next week's finale. Hopefully we'll get more information on why Locke wants to kill Jacob as it seems to have come out of nowhere a bit, but I'm sure we'll get a satisfying answer. Add to that the threat of what's happening in the past could well unravel the future, although I seriously doubt it. The writer's would have to be on many different drugs to think that negating the last four years of the show would be a good idea!
  • Even if this episode works more like a setup, it was not only entertaining and interesting, it delivered some surprises in the way.

    8.8
    Plot Details/Objective -» Since the setup is already in play, I was curious who would be the Main character for this episode and what the writes would focus this time. Locke has a mission, but his Richard that is the Main Character here, because all depends in what he would decided to do. Since Richard flashbacks would reveal too much, the writers decide to manage the situation only with the events in the Island from the present and the past, where Jack is trying to change what happened with Flight 815 (past) and Locke, which has two mysterious mission to do.

    What I Like/Disliked -» Jack parts was entertaining, all was a setup for the Main event of the season finale, the present scenes was more interesting, with some shocking scenes and dialogues.

    Overall:

    Presentation -» (9/10). Dark beginning, with a mysterious destiny for our favorites survivors in the past.

    Complication Phase -» (8/10). Nothing really complicated, Jack and Kate had to convince Eloise to help them, while Locke has his own plans.

    Climax -» (9/10). Was difficult to actually notice the climax here. The more high point here is this strange John Locke, even Richard don´t know how John was revived. Was nice to see why Richard said what he have to say to Locke in the Past.

    Cliffhanger/Ending -» (9/10). The ending scene is shocking, but not because someone died, or betrayed or we actually see one thing that we wanted to see in a long time, is just what Locke said is simple shocking.

    Time and Scenes Management -» (9/10). Hard to notice that scenes that was there to buy time.

    Dialogues -» (9/10). The structure of the dialogues was very good. What Locke said in the ending was shocking.

    Action /Adventure -» (9/10). A trek that eventually end with something and make you want to see more-

    Suspense/Tension -» (8/10). There is a scene when you think that Kate was shoot.

    Mystery/Curiosity/Doubts/Hints -» (10/10). There is a powerful hint in the present, Richard only saw Locke disappear in front of his eyes than he only help Locke in the Flashes plot right in this episode. What the Hell? Well, this can mean that the wheel that Ben push could make separates lines of times, since the Richard who help Locke was from the future and not this one, interesting. It also means that what Jack plans to do already happened, so this could means that all the past already happened, but when Ben pushed that magical wheel, all happened again in different context with Jack and Co inside it. However I still have doubts.

    Surprise/Twists -» (8,5/10). Sayid appearance, Locke attitudes a scene that we saw in the first episode is played here again in a different way. What Locke said in the ending is shocking.

    Even if this episode works more like a setup, it was not only entertaining and interesting, it delivered some surprises in the way.
  • Did the writers of Lost just "make it up as they went along?"

    9.0
    This and other Season 5 episodes prove that the writers of Lost did not just "make it up as they went



    The payoffs in this and other recent Season 5 episodes were set up long ago in earlier seasons.



    That proves they could not have merely ad libbed Seasons 4 through 6, as some critics have alleged.



    The only other time I watched Lost was when it was was first broadcast. At the time I too felt as if the writers painted themselves into a corner in the second half of Season 4.



    I no longer feel that way.
  • High stakes game...

    9.0
    So.. it seems to be mainly around two storyline - the aftermath of Variable and the things going on with the bomb. Jack and Kate manage to make them to play after their plan but with their own ideas.. But it never goes easy as Kate has her own ideas and Sayid appears too.. so.. they are now off to find bomb.

    And ofcourse Locke and his people.. and he taking and leading everyone.. And the revelation in the end that he is going to kill Jacob.. like what? But there are great developments on other storyline too - It is the people left in Dharma.. All Sawyer Juliet storyline.. and Miles telling that he is the son..
  • Wow

    9.0
    In the final episode before what is sure to be a spinal - cracking (yet most likely very long) season finale; Follow The Leader sees a massive shake - up in the island pecking orders and the final countdown before the Jughead is detonated begins. Despite being Richard - centric; the episode contains no flashback or forward of everyone's favorite eyeliner - wearing unaging latino. Rather it flipped between the 70's and 00's where Richard is taking part in two catyclismic island activities. Joined by Jack, Eloise, Kate and Sayid who has returned from his long period of absence after shooting Ben; they take a secret entrance to where the Jughead bomb is being kept. It's hard to tell which Jack i hate more: The ultra - man of science with a pig - headed disbelief for anything remotely supernatural or the suddenly enlightened Jack who launches into Locke - style speeches about destiny and talking to the island. The latter is certain that the overall answer is to blow everything up and start over, hopefully his ill - advised plan doesn't go ahead so easily.

    Richard also joins a more go - getting and smug Locke who is pretty much only a beard and suit away from being Ryan in the 4th season of The Office as he leades HIS others to see Jacob only which to tell Ben who has been demoted to middle man that his real plan is to kill Jacob. Even while writing this I am overhwhelemed with disbelief. I could list dozens of questions starting with "how", "what" and "why" that Locke's plan of killing Jacob evokes but as the season final is upon us, let's wait and see what happens. To balance out the onslught of intrigue; a very moving moment occurs where Pierre Chang learns of his relationship with Miles and it is revealed why he made his infant son and mother leave in the first place; to protect them from the ensuing apocalypse. This moment is played out to dramatic perfection; not too understated yet not overly drawn out. This is what Lost is about. I've tried very hard to like Radzinksy, taking into account the whole "he'll kill himself" fact but watching him in this episode repeatedly punching a defenceless Sawyer, undermining the authority of Horace and disobeying the undisobeyable Pierre Chang, it's true that there's nothing likeable about him. There have been many big penultimate episodes in Lost's history: the "we have to leave now" of season 1, the "let's get the Others!" of season 2, the "rescue is coming" of season and 3 and of course the "the bad guys are coming" of season 4. However this is the first season finale where the prospect is looming that everything and everyone that is integral in Lost may soon face its destruction and that the past 4 years could be wiped clean as if they didn't matter. This all - around terrific episode is the biggest drum roll to a season finale in the show's history. Next week cannot come soon enough.
  • This episode really makes you wanna see the season finale!

    9.0
    Great episode, Jack being his confusing self, Kate torn between Jack and Sawyer (or should I say LaFleur), Sawyer taking some good old hits to the face, Locke thinks he's the man, Ben being two-faced, Hurley plundering the food-supply, Daniel not living up to be the genius they make him out to be, Juliet not trusting Sawyer (again and again). Are they gonna blow up the island? And why do they keep saying that the hatch will never be build if the island gets blown up when we saw them put the numbers on the hatchdoor? I'm so confused! What twists can we expect in the season finale?!
  • Awesome episode Like every episode in this show! :D *Warning, do not continue if you haven't seen the episode yet.*

    9.0
    Lost has finally almost come to the end of season 5. After it's great season there is only a 2 hour long season finale next week. This episode ''Follow the Leader'' was involved in a lot of things. Last weeks episode was all about Daniel Faraday. A young man who had a great mind of many talents it showed him growing up at university and how his mum was very annoyed when he wasn't focusing at school. He then became very interested in time travel and studied it. After a while He went with Jack and Kate to visit the ''Hostiles'' and see the Hydra bomb. Eventually he started to threat Richard with a gun but ended up getting shot buy his mother. So the episode then took place with his mother wondering what was going on because he hadn't been born because the Island was still set back in 1978 and she heard him say I'm your son as his last words for gasp. It also showed Sayid returning which was good because we haven't seen him in a while. And Jack, Sayid, Richard and Daniels Mother all swam to the under water station. It was also pretty cool how now Locke is the new leader of the hostiles. And In my opinion it was quite pointless how Juliet and Sawyer are now leaving the island with Kate. And is the thing they said true? That if they destroy the hatch station than that means that the plane will land and all those old characters like Charlie, Libby etc will all be alive? I guess will probably have to wait till season 6 for that one! Overall I thought that was probably one of the best episodes this season. Then again, there has only been about 2 bad episodes this season! But I love Lost, I mean it can get pretty damn confusing at times but it's fair to say that it gets better every season. I hope the season finale will be good!
  • Tick, tock...

    9.0
    Introducing new mysteries was all well and good in the first three seasons. Seasons 4-6 should be spent introducing this funny little thing that other shows use...
    They're called answers.
    In the world of LOST, they are generally avoided, but please don't tell us that seeing Radzinsky and hearing the names of Danielle's science crew was the absolute extent of Season 5s answers...
    We are getting dangerously close to Season 6. Season 5 have given us a good set up for Season 6, but unless they plan on spending every episode of Season 6 with Joop smoking a pipe and rattling off all of LOST's secrets in one breath(which would, in itself, wreck Season 6 anyway), then that means the Season finale is going to have to really deliver.
    With promises of some metal box, a mysterious guitar case, and some very psychopathic Guam bound Ajira passengers, the finale looks better than Follow the Leader.

    Now that we have done away with all of the bad aspects of 5X15, let us review some of the better parts...

    *The Jughead is underneath the Barracks... I actually didn't see that one coming. I thought it was in the Swan or something...
    *Locke organized for his own bullet to be removed in the past... I may have seen this one coming, had I given any thoguht as to how Richard had known where to find Locke.
    *And eloise is preggers! Wow! I mean, who saw that coming? Right out of left field! Not like we've seen her holding her stomach, or looking after a 10 year old piano player or anything.
    *Then there was Jack ranting about 815 never crashing, which I still don't really understand how it works (holes such as "What does Desmond do on the Island? Sit around awkwardly with Kelvin and Radzinsky playing solitaire in the Hatch?)
    *And last, but certainly not least, Locke is psychologically torturing Richard and Ben, which is just plain fun to watch.

    So, with an overwhelmign amount of evidence going FOR Follow the Leader, I'm going to have to say this was a good episode, worth every bit the 9 it recieved from me.
  • This episode felt like seeing a compass pointing south instead of north.

    9.0
    This time John and Ben were back and to tell the truth I really missed their arc. However It's really interesting to see that the writers keep developing the whole John and Jack relationship, man of faith versus man of science. But in some way the recent events managed to blur the lines between these two, making the story even more interesting. For example I specially enjoyed the scenes between Jack and Kate. In fact some of their dialogs astonished because I never expected specific words to ever come out from their mouth. I also really liked John's scenes and one of them should blow you away. In fact we already saw one of that type but involving other characters. But it doesn't make it less impressive. In other productions viewing a scene from different points is common but here time is involved, shifting anything further and preventing us from anticipating things. So most events are unpredictable, making the show even more fascinating. An other element I liked was the mystic side of some scenes, similar to the one with Ben in Dead is Dead. Last but not least do I have to tell about Juliet and Sawyer ? Seriously it's impossible not to care about these two. They're just the perfect match. Moreover I really appreciate the time spent to develop their relationship with Jack and Kate. Connections have never been so important. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if Kate and Juliet were actually twin sisters, just joking.

    So it seems the Island will never stop to amaze us. Everytime we think the characters know what they're doing, some radical event manages to switch polarities.
  • A clue to Jack's success.

    9.0
    Haven't read any reviews or posts on this episode yet, so my following theory may have already been touched upon...

    When Sun shows the photograph to Richard it is 2007. Oceanic 815 crashed in 2004. We know the Others retrieved information on the survivors which means they know who they are. Consequently then, Richard (an Other) should know them as the survivors of flight 815 who crashed on the island 3 years earlier. BUT, Richard does NOT know who they are, except for his memory of them in 1977.

    The logical explanation here is that Jack will successfully erase the crash from ever happening... Which may further translate to: (assuming they don't die in1977) - Jack, Kate, Hurley, Jin, ect... are alive and living their lives in 2007 off the island.
  • 'Follow the Leader' has the unenviable task of cranking the narrative into fifth gear in preparation for the season finale.

    9.0
    'Follow the Leader' has the unenviable task of cranking the narrative into fifth gear in preparation for the season finale, moving the pieces into place to ensure that next week's episode is one hell of a rip-roaring roller-coaster ride (thereby guaranteeing we'll all tune in), while simultaneously making sure that it is a satisfyingly engaging hour of television itself, full of plot movement and interesting character beats. That's no easy feat ladies and gentlemen; all too often, the 'bridge' episodes, as some in the industry call them, fall a little flat because they are too transparent. It can quickly become obvious to the viewer that the story is simply traversing necessary stepping stones and, when one considers how much more sumptuous the ultimate goal will be, it is easy to view these instalments as 'lesser', biding time before the real good stuff kicks in. The objective of set-up pieces, therefore, should be to disguise their function, to ensure that the audience's attention is never allowed to waver. Thankfully, Zbyszewski and Sarnoff manage to do just that, delivering a narrative trifecta that contains enough thoroughly meaty goodness to keep us satisfied.

    On Island in the present, Terry O'Quinn continues to rise to the challenge as a 'changed' John Locke, ably demonstrating his new-found confidence in his role as Leader of the Others and also, a kind of Zen in his personality. His exchanges with both Nestor Carbonell and Michael Emerson are top class, asserting the character's independence while simultaneously avoiding seeming bullish or despotic. He seems to be a man of the people, throwing caution and tradition to the wind by having them all accompany him to visit Jacob. Of course, there is an alternative interpretation of this too: if the assertion he makes to Ben at hour's end is correct, could this be a play for power? Is killing Jacob really in the best interests of the Island, or simply the best interests of John Locke? While this interpretation does seem unlikely, his casual disregard for the wants of Sun does tie in with certain more selfish attributes that we have seen his character display in earlier episodes. But there again, one has to question whether the man who has risen above and beyond the duplicity and shadowplay of an individual like Benjamin Linus would really let him in on a secret that would undoubtedly cause a serious amount of dissent among the Others, and particularly their 'advisor' Richard Alpert. This could be a ruse of some kind, designed to somehow discredit Ben, much as the bespectacled one has done to Locke in the past. Of course, this is all conjecture and we'll undoubtedly find out the truth next week, but the fact that there is enough ambiguity to validate all of these possibilities speaks volumes about the quality of the writing.

    In the Others' camp in 1977, Farraday thankfully remains dead as a doornail, further reinforcing the validity of the whole 'whatever happened, happened' approach to time travel that has already been established in the show's mythology. As much as I adore the character, I'm glad to see this decision taken as not only does it provide the perfect cyclical closure for both him and his story, it's also a very brave step for a programme to ruthlessly kill off one of the most popular members of its cast (and yeah, I will give Farraday that mantle: there's so much love for him on the online forums, it's untrue). It demonstrates a determination of vision, asserting that the writers will remain on course for their end-game, regardless of whether it may upset a few fragile souls along the way. And they clearly don't have a problem with knocking the main cast about either: just look at that delicious head injury that Jack sustains at the hands of Callous Other #43. That s**t is nasty; and while we're on the subject, Sawyer's face ain't too pretty by episode's end either... oh, and what about Juliet and her busted lip? Evil, evil Phil! Still, Jack, Sayid, Richard and Elousie all pals by the time the third act comes around and they're swimming into the tunnels under the temple to retrieve the hydrogen bomb. Now, while I'm suitably engaged by the whole 'we can change everything' plot strand, I have a hard time buying that this is how everything is going to play out. Lindelof and Cuse have placed far too much emphasis on the notion that the Losties in 1977 are unable to change the way the course of events play out in the future, only influence them so that they do play out in this way (Sayid shooting Ben, Farraday telling Chang the truth so that he'll evacuate the women and children off the Island, thereby ensuring Miles and Charlotte's respective histories are as they should be etc. etc.), for a complete about turn to be successfully orchestrated at this stage. Something is inevitably going to go wrong, although of what it is, I cannot be certain. Perhaps the actions of these four will have a bearing on the Incident at the Swan station. Perhaps the electromagnetic release will go some way to contributing to the return of the Losties to 2007. Whatever, if this thread does change the sequence of events that have already been established, it'll be a major, major let-down.

    Our final plot element concentrates on the ever-decreasing fortunes of poor, poor Sawyer and Juliet who get smacked about a bit by the clearly deranged Radzinsky and eventually make a pact to leave the Island in exchange for the location of the hostiles. Well, this was a turn up for the books, wasn't it? They get on the sub? And actually seem to leave? Can't say I saw that one coming; I'm sufficiently intrigued as to how this will play out. Of course, there is the inevitable niggling suspicion that something is going to go wrong and that they won't be able to get away for whatever reason but still, congratulations to the writing staff for at least piquing my interest in this storyline in preparation for the finale. The only criticism I have here is of the convenient late arrival of Ms Austen, which feels more like a forced attempt to manufacture some conflict where it really isn't wanted. Convenience is the cause of the episode's only other weak moment too, as Sayid's sudden miraculous appearance just in the nick of time to save Kate from Callous Other #44 is more than a little unbelievable. These are both minor gripes however, and they have little bearing on the quality of the episode. 'Follow the Leader' sets the wheels in motion for next week's heart-stoppingly grandiose finale in deliciously fulfilling fashion. There's an abundance of points to ponder, some excellently written individual scenes and a whole barrel full of plot progression to boot. Let's hope that all the promise we see here is ultimately realised... and then some.
  • Jack and Kate argue about changing the future; Locke clashes with Richard about the direction of the 'Others'; Sawyer and Juliet get interrogated by the DHARMA Initiative.

    9.0
    Last night's episode was GREAT!! I loved it a lot. Every character had something interesting going on, and the acting was really top notch.

    I'm especially enjoying Jack's current storyline. He's determined to stop Flight 815 from crashing, his friends from dying, his relationship with Kate, etc. from ever happening, by continuing with Faraday's plan to explode 'Jughead' (an H-bomb) outside the Orchid Station. Kate spent most of last night arguing with him, and claiming that 1) their relationship had some good parts, and 2) if he's wrong, he will end up killing the entirety of the DHARMA Initiative. Evangeline Lily DELIVERED. Her acting was incredible last night. Also, Sayid's reappearance -- saving her life, and killing a Hostile -- was actually surprising. I enjoyed that whole storyline a lot!!

    Locke's storyline was somewhat more confusing. The Island keeps 'telling' him what to do, and it's clearly causing friction for both Ben AND Richard. Oh yeah, speaking of Richard -- this was apparently supposed to be a Richard-centric episode, but the flashbacks are more like time skips between Locke's storyline, and Jack's. There's no Richard secrets revealed, at all, which kind of sucked. Anyways, Locke wants to kill Jacob. Why? Maybe he's on a power trip... Who knows? LOL But I have a feeling that something bad will happen!

    Sawyer and Juliet's storyline was a case of both great writing, and great acting. Elizabeth Mitchell, especially, has been stealing scenes lately. Playing a more vulnerable, but still smart, lady is really up her alley -- not that her devious, potential baby-snatcher role in Season 3 wasn't great, as well. I loved their lovey-dovey scenes, and I especially loved Kate's appearance inside the submarine, at the last possible moment. Poor Juliet! She thought she had it made with Sawyer, now!

    Another great performance from last night, I would like to note, was Jorge Garcia. When he told Dr. Chang, finally, that they were from the future, it was really funny. I love what he adds to the show! Unfortunately, his storyline, along with Jin and Miles, was very one-note. I don't think poor Jin even said anything!

    I need to see more Desmond. That's my biggest critique of Season 5; Save for a few minute-long appearances, it has become easy to forget Desmond's existence. Being such an important character, and being SO underused, is kind of a problem. However, I have a feeling that both he AND Claire (!) will be around for the upcoming season finale, so I'm going to be happy!

    Oh, and yeah -- Faraday IS really dead. Seeing his corpse was a touch of tragedy, and very sad. I thought the image of his death was incredibly well played out, despite being sad.

    Ah! I can't wait for the finale!
  • Excellent precursor to the finale.. A balance of every character, including the return of Sayid!

    9.1
    Normally, the episode before the finale is always build-up and nothing more. 24 does this a lot, saving the final episode for all of the twists and turns, and the episode before it ends up existing simply to set up that final hour. Many other shows do this as well, but great shows are the ones that make every episode count and build up the suspense until you can barely tolerate it.

    Tonight, there was a lot of this going on. I don't really know where to begin. From Jack and Kate finally forming a rift, to Radzinsky taking control of the Dharma Initiative.. the return of Sayid was great and came at the most opportune moment. It was also nice to see Chang's little interrogation of Hurley to see if he really was from the future or not. And as for Locke and Ben? They continue to deliver some of the most compelling scenes. Locke's admission that he wants to see Jacob to kill him was chilling and the look on Ben's face shows that this may be more difficult than originally thought.

    The way the writers focused on each and every character a little shows how much they've really invested into making the end of this season a great one. It really seems as if Jack, Richard, Eloise and Sayid are going to have a harder time than they believed blowing up the Orchid. Let's hope that this finale has the same intensity as last years and the year before.
  • There is so much going on in this episode that you really have to watch this to understand. What is the world is happening?

    9.5
    I have no idea of whats going on but I believe Jacob is John Locke. That explains why no one can see him. I guessing that when the incident happen, the was moved. When it was moved everyone went different places. The whole point of this season is the place everyone in their rightful place. Ben is a fraud, Richard (who is he?), Widmore the supposed to be the person under Jacob, and the survivors are the Others. For some reason the Dharma still thinks research is being conducted on the island. I still dont understnad whats is going to happen in season 6. As a faithful follower of Lost, everything seems to already happened. Everthing that has taken place, has already taken place. This is weird, but its interesting.
  • The stage is set.

    9.5
    Was this a Ricardos Alpert episode? Well, technically, yes... but, otherwise, no. I mean, he seemed to be the "man in the middle", and the flashes kept on going off and on on him BUT we didn't learn anything about him, Oh well! Excellent episode, anyway!

    So, this was one of the best adventure episodes of the show. There was lots of moving around... and it was great! I REALLY loved how the writers went back to "Because You Left" and actually cared to explain the compass scene in detail. That was a fantastic touch.

    Also, Jack became Locke - totally. If one still doesn't like Jack, I don't know what to say...
    Speaking of which, Kate might have been somewhat annoying, but she does have good points, so I can't blame her either - I like how she didn't want the past to be erased, it makes sense.

    Sayid rejoining the team was fantastic. I was really missing him, and just when he's needed, he pops up. And, I also am really intrigued by this whole tunnel thing. How will the bomb be taken out? Smokey?

    Sawyer, Juliet and Kate leaving on the sub, WTF. What the hell is going to happen? This is just really mindbogging. I mean they can't just leave the island.. or can they? I have no idea what's gonna happen.

    And finally: Locke's plan. Remember "We have to move the island"? Yeah, the last line spoken by Locke is about as brutal as that one. A huge WTF moment to cap off the episode.
  • As usual, Lost's setups for the season finale have all our castaways moving towards different agendas. The way they can keep it fresh every year is astonishing. With Season 5, we have the most drastic implications to the show's mythology on the line yet!

    9.5
    Follow the leader. I love what this title implies. If you look at this episode, there are many characters this could apply to: Locke and Sawyer have both been in new leadership positions this season. The others have no choice but to follow Locke to see Jacob. Hurley, Juliet and the others at Dharma seem to be behind Sawyer no matter what his decision. But I'm glad to see Jack moving back into a leadership position with a new focus on what he must do to save them all. Even Daniel Faraday, dead as he is, will see his efforts heeded, as both the evacuation of the island, and the Jughead plan seem to be moving forward.

    Picking up right where we left off, Faraday is dead, Eloise is shocked, and she seeks an explanation from the newly captured Jack and Kate. What was interesting was I noticed they re-cut the previous scene where Daniel is explaining his plan to detonate the bomb. Same scene, but this time we get a reaction shot from Jack and you should see the look on his face! This instantly clicked with him, and at that moment, he went from passive "let's see what happens next" Jack to "I now know what I have to do" Jack. "Dan's been right about everything so far," is what Miles realized when Dr. Chang asked if that nutball was telling the truth. (Cut to Faraday dead in the grass, lol) Chang and Hurley had a fun 'what year is it?' moment, but I wish the discovery that Miles is his son played out better. There was basically no reaction. So, per Faraday's orders, the island is being evacuated. And based on Faraday's notes, Jack is going to pick up where Dan left off, and try to prevent this all from happening. "Does he know what he's talking about?" "He thinks he does.."
    Heartbreaking. More on that later.

    Meanwhile Sawyer is interrogated by Radzinski, Horace and Phil, who shockingly punches Juliet. It's so guaranteed that he will pay for that! It's a shame paradise has fallen apart for the lovers, but it was inevitable. Radzinski has become quite interesting. Seeing that he wants the Swan built so bad, (against Chang's orders to cease and desist) sets him and some of Dhamra up as villains- just as bad as The Others or Whidmore's people. And knowing that his fate is to spend the rest of his miserable life in that station is delicious irony. Sawyer was able to negotiate his and Juliet's release on the sub, but did he draw them the map to the Other's location? Either way, that Microstoft plan is a good idea! lol

    As for Jack again, I'm glad to see him back in a proactive role- and one so important as to alter history as we know it! His scenes with Kate were phenomenal. Their history, the subtext, it was all handled perfectly. Jack, ever the hero, can possibly do the biggest fix-it job in TV history, and make it all go away. "Do you know who you sound like?" Sorry, Kate, but the bad out-weighed the good, so I don't blame him. Kate is maybe hurt but they just can't continue down this path. Does she really think she can toy with his feelings forever? Kate, love ya, but Jack is right. You don't want to be with him, so stop pretending like this is some big slap in the face. As soon as Sawyer pops up, you'll go with the goo-goo eyes again. Enough is enough. What might seem as Kate taking the logical road played to me like cowardice and selfishness. She's knows she's on a one-way ticket back to prison.

    Where Kate's loyalty ended, Sayid's continues to honor. I nearly back-flipped off my damn couch when popped up agian, shooting up Others! Sayiiiiiiid! Always by Captain Kirks' side!

    And then there's New Locke. Who I'm not really a fan of at all. I liked John best as the weird dude with the scar on his eye. He had knives and spoke in riddles. He played backgammon and knew when it would rain. He was wise, yet mysterious. Granted, he's probably still all these things. But the big difference is he was never cocky about it. Now he wreaks of arrogance. I guess dying will do that. I still think Mr. Big Shot leader of the Others has no idea what he's doing. Richard's concern of this pleases me. You just don't want Locke as your leader. He'll get you killed. He's already back at lying to his friends, telling them one thing, but with an entirely different agenda all together: He wants to kill Jacob! Seeing Ben still trying to manipulate the situation (his confession of killing Locke to Richard, and then flipping around and ratting out Richard to John) was a trip. I admire his persistence. Some people never change! But in his powerless state it was kind of pathetic. I wonder, it seems like he is disobeying Smokey/Alex, who basically ordered him to follow Locke's every word. I knew Ben wouldn't keep that up for long. "I'm not afraid of anything you can do anymore, Ben." I'd take that as a personal challenge! Once again, Linus is up to something... You know, I hope Locke does kill Jacob, because "Jacob" has been the most annoying mystery on the series. Here's the character that they tease and tease, but never show or explain. We get stuff like "Because Jacob said so" and that ends all conversations. He's mysterious just for the sake of being mysterious. His mystery was also a turn-off for many of my old Lost-watching buddies, so I single-handedly blame Jacob and his dumb 'phantom cabin' for tuning out some viewers of this great show, which had a lot more interesting things to offer. Show yourself! Or die!
  • Excellent builder for the finale !!!!!!!

    9.5
    I must say this week's episode of Lost was absolutely superb. It appears watching this show for five years is really starting to pay off and I feel sorry for those who did not give it a chance. This week we see Locke take his rightful place as the leader of the others/hostiles. The bickering between John and Ben during this episode is well orchestrated and provides a real sense of tension between the two individuals. It won't be long before the two colide and this should make things very interesting. Locke now sees through the lies that Ben is so able to weave and you can tell that this is beginning to frustrate Mr Linus. Another highlight of the episode is Jack becoming a man faith. For seasons it has been Jack versus Locke but it seems that Jack has now come to terms that this is there destiny. It was great to see the temple again bringing the true mythology of Lost to life. Jack teaming up with the 1977 others is a great plot and it consolidates that he is no longer the same character who first arrived on the island. Sawyer and Juliet's scenes were also very impressive especially during the interrogation. You could really feel for the characters and they provided some top notch acting. It was also nice to see Pierre Chang finding out that Miles is his son. The return of Sayid was welcomed after week's of not knowing the fate of our lostie torturer. He will no doubt have a big role to play in the finale. Finally the most fascinating scene of the episode is Locke admitting that he is going to kill Jacob. Considering we don't know who or what Jacob is this will hopefully fill in the gaps. Something tells me a knife is simply not going to cut it. Honestly I think this was an excellent filler before the finale and it has really made the Lost universe more dynamic. This shall be one of the best season finales period and will hopefully do a good job of setting us up for the next and final season of Lost.
  • GREAT episode!

    9.5
    I thought Sayid's moment right after he says 'I killed Ben' and Kate says they saved him, it was priceless, that expression of "WTF guys! wow..." I was dying to put those words in his mouth.

    The one thing that drives me nuts is the amount of circular time-loops this show has to fill up...So we know that the Miles-Chang loop is closed, the adult Ben-influencing-Sayid-to-kill-him-forcing-the-losties to-send-him-to-'otherize'-him-and-cause-him-to-grow-up-to-be-'bad'-in-the-first-place, the whole Eloise sending Daniel to die at her younger self's hand, Locke telling himself his destiny off the island, Charlotte's unavoidable death, etc, is getting out of hand. Not saying filling the gaps/answering questions is bad, but I'm sure we want the linear, present story to continue. We saw only a bit of the 'present' in this episode, with Locke going out on his new purpose, which was fine i guess. I kinda got lost as to where the continuation of the actual timeline is, since the losties got rescued at the end of season 4 (I won't consider the 'present' the time on the island where locke is resurrected until the backbone of the oceanic six's story is finished/filled up).
  • This was a great episode because it really got you anxious to see the finale. What Locke tells Ben at the end of the epidsode was the greatest jawdropper of the season!

    9.5
    One of the best things about the Lost series is its ability to leave you dangling at the end of every episode as if it were the last of the season; this episode brings that characteristic out to the tee.

    As you continue to watch this episode you really realize that elements are beginning to come together and that the show's main vision is about to come to a head. This is done by very good writing for this episode. Even though the most action packed moments were in the "1977" segment for this episode, it was greatly balanced out by the current "30 years later" segment becuase of the great undertone of suspense that John's character is bringing to the show.
    As you watch him during the last couple of weeks you just feel that he knows so much (especially after what he tells Ben he is about to do when they visit Jacob!) and that he will reveal these known secrets in the upcoming episode. If you haven't seen "Follow the Leader" go watch it because it is reminiscient of the great jawdroppers of the first three seasons. If you have seen it, I know you're excited about the next season finale!
  • Great build up to the finale next week.

    9.5
    This was an exciting twisting and turning episode which had me watching open mouthed most of the time. It is a fact that Lost is a show that is so well written that it hooks you in and makes you want to know more. The finale is going to be great. I'm liking Eloise from the past more and more (even if she did shoot her own son). Locke seems to be in the ascendancy but you can never tell with Ben, or Richard for that matter. I simply can't wait for the last 2 episodes which are going to be great, I know!
  • I sure do love me some Richard Alpert as well as the new Jack! Yet another amazing installment of LOST

    10
    Follow the Leader is an epic episode and a fantastic lead in to the Finale of season 5. I absolutely love the new Jack because he doesnt take crap or scrutiny from Kate. I always use to really like Kate but this season she just seems to enjoy puting Jack down and mistreating him although she is part of the reason he's not the same person he use to be. Ben and Richard vs. Locke is setting up and epic finale between two definite power hungry people and Richard who seems to believe he is the true leader. Also, i was so glad to finally see Sayid again and i'm glad to see that he is actually on Jacks side for the time being. I love LOST and although i hate to think that after next week i will have to wait yet another eight months for my next fix, it truly seem as though this finale will be extremely special just like all of the past season finales of LOST.
  • Lets pause at the creators because once again they proved that they can NOT disappoint!!!

    10
    Wow, this was an ass-kicking episode. I love that it involved 3 different story lines so there was definitely no time filler scenes, all the scenes were b*tchin!

    Lets pause at the creators because once again they proved that they can NOT disappoint. This was the perfect set up for a 2 hour finale.

    I'm starting to think that Jack's plan may work? The writers took it this far so they are definitely planning on doing something with Jack's story line. Either they DO erase the past and move on or something crazy and unexpected thing happens like them all dying? This really makes me worried. What if they all do die? Ughh!!

    The most brilliant scene was the scene that revealed to us that Locke was the one who sent Richard to himself to get the bullet out and tell him that he needs to die. Brilliant Lost scene!!!

    How did Kate get on the submarine like that? Looks like they will escape and get back to the island. Oooo looks good. Can't wait for the finale...and than we wait half a year again..NOOOOO!!!! ((
  • John is about to kill Jacob as Kate refuses to forget her son in what's perhaps the most exciting build up towarda a season finale on this show.

    10
    Dharma 1977, Jack & Kate get caugt by Widmore just moments after Daniel Faraday gets shoots, back at Dharma, the facade is starting to fall as Dr. Chang joins his son Miles and his friends Jin and Hurley while the LaFleur experience first hand the full paranoia of one Stuart Radzinski.

    Convinced at last that Faraday's plan is the only change Jack has to save everybody Kate is alienated by the possibility to erase everything she has experienced for the past 3 years including "her son" Aaron, she ends up in the sub with Sawyer and Juliet ready to leave Jack on his own for the very first time since they met.

    However, the big shock of the evening belongs to a 2007 John Locke who has finally figured out how to stop all of this: Kill Jacob. Notice how, as of now, Jack is the only one who remains on the island ever since before this whole mess happened...
  • Perfect Episode!

    10
    WOW!

    So much thing happens in this episode. All the episode go back and forth between 1977 and 2007.

    Like the new Locke, also Younger Eloise. We finally re-meet Sayid and we go under the island where Jughead id buried!

    By the way how awesome is the new Duo Ben/Alpert, and what about the comic trio Miles/Jin/Hurley... to bad the show is leading up to the finale, and we're not going to see all these great characters.

    I Like alot how the writers manage the Time Travelling stuff from "Because you Left".

    Awesome pre-finale... Leading to a stellar Finale. Season finale of lost are always amazing!
  • Great episode. Sayid is back and John takes no crap for Ben and RA, whom both seem bothered by it. Jack starts to believe in destiny but Kate stops believing in Jack but gains Sayid, a much better choice. Faraday is shown to be dead..

    10
    So John is going to kill Jacob. IMO I believe that John is Jacob. It seems that RA is getting bothered by John and took it to lengths in a different time to tie him up, which the open eye of Jacob sees John and asks for help when he goes with Ben. By John killing Jacob he releases his old self to become new, hence being reborn in actual time. Ben's face when John said he's going to kill Jacob seemed like, "you are going to kill yourself??" That also seems reasonable since John is so in touch with the island now that he knows what comes next by previous trial and error in the time skipping. He became Jacob. This is my first post ever on Lost so sorry if I jumped a lot or missed a lot.
  • Without a doubt, the best set-up for a season finale thus far on this show.

    10
    Season 1 we had Exodus (Part 1). Season 2 we had 3 Minutes. Season 3 we had Greatest Hits. Season 4 we had There's No Place Like Home (Part 1). None of these episodes even comes close to the brilliance of this episode. Some highlights include, the reaction of Eloise to Daniel being her son, Jack's complete 180 to becoming Locke, Phil torturing Juliet, Sawyer (thinking) he's leaving the island for good, Hurley's small but humorous role, and Richard and Ben trying to deal with John when he goes off the reservation. A minor thing that bugged me however...Kate is just horribly written. Sure it makes sense that she would not agree with Jacks plan, but then to walk back into the Barracks was just sheer stupidity. Another thing...I'll have to hold back judgement at least until the season finale and I see how this all turns out. Other than that it was an amazing episode. I can't wait for next week.
  • The "Terminator Effect" in full swing! (I've named the idea of the future and past creating each other "The Terminator Effect" even though the sequels seem to have destroyed the concept that made the first one so awesome...

    10
    I gave this a 10, because it was an amazing episode. Another reviewer asked people how they could rank their favorite episodes if they gave every episode a 10, but let's be honest, I think most episodes of LOST are worthy of a 10, and if you lower the ranking of most episodes because you want to only give your personal faves the 10 ranking, then you're really short-changing a series that is superior to most of what is on television. But enough about that and on to my episode review.

    This episode leads off of Faraday's death. A beautifully tragic and tragically necessary death. Allow me to expand on this thought for a moment. Was it tragic that Faraday's mother sent him to the island knowing he would die? Perhaps to the common viewer who can't read beyond what they see infront of them. No the tragedy was that he killed himself when he charged into a camp full of armed "hostiles" with a gun pointed at the head of their "advisor". Daniel Faraday was a brilliant physicist. His actions were not being driven by a sense of logic, however, they were the reaction of his scattered brain, a condition caused by his experiments in a line of work forced upon him by his mother, who knew how he would be effected and where it would ultimately lead him. So yes it was his mother that caused his death double fold, but not by sending him to the island, but rather by starting him on a path that would lead to a condition that would ultimately lead to his death, by her hands at the very time she was pregnant with him, as we learn in this episode, if you have a good eye.

    We learn that Elloise and Widmore have a "complicated love". Jack, going off Faraday's theory feels he can change the future and a conflicted Elloise, desperate to undo the killing of her son decides to aid him. What neither seem to consider is that if they stop Oceanic 815 from crashing on the island then they (Jack and company from 316) will never return to the island in the year 1977 and therefore will not be able to prevent the incident that leads to the building of the hatch and button pressing and their crashing on the island. "Whatever Happened, Happened" Whatever they are going to do, has already been done, which means they are either going to contribute to what happens or they will be riding the wave right along side it, but I think we can all agree that either way, "The Incident" is going to project them back into the future.

    The episode further pushes the past and future causing each other theme with Miles' story. Miles has to watch as his father sends him and his mother away forever, knowing that it is because he and Faraday came back to the past and warned him of what was to come. Which creates the conflict of emotions surrounding his life-long feelings of abandonment and the realization that his father was doing what he had to, to protect him and his mother.

    And yes John goes through a similar thing when he sends Richard to tend to his wounded leg and to inform him that he must die to bring everyone back, which leads to his attempted suicide and actual homicide. The episode is action packed, full of drama and good acting, and many levels of emotions and motivations. I find it funny that now Kate seems to be the voice of reason. I get that most of her motivation has to deal with Aaron, but it is those motivations that are driving her to keep things on track in the timeline. I did not consider the last line about killing Jacob awe inspiring, but it is certain to lead to something interesting, hopefully. It was my prediction that the smoke monster is representative of the malevolent side of the island (the island's satanic force if you will) and that Jacob was the benevolent or "god-like" entity on the island. In any event if Jacob is part of the island, as Richard and the smoke monster seem to be, it begs the questions, how would John even think that "he" could be killable? I also have to wonder, if "Dead is Dead" is John Locke dead? Is he like Christian Shepard now, some sort of representative of the island? I'm sure season 6 will deal with the mythological and mystical aspects of the island.

    This is actually my first review and I'm not sure how I'm doing. Most of the other reviews summarize the episode, I'm simply throwing in my two cents about where I see all of this going.
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