Season 5 Episode 15

Follow the Leader

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 06, 2009 on ABC

Episode Fan Reviews (44)

out of 10
941 votes
  • Good riddance!

    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!
  • Radzinsky is the most annoying and horrendous actor to ever grace a television screen.

    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.
  • The doomsday clock ticks down

    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.
  • Did the writers of Lost just "make it up as they went along?"

    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.
  • The penultimate episode of the penultimate season is yet another great one.

    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!
  • Wow

    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.
  • Great build up to the finale next week.

    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!
  • Can't wait for season finale. Will Locke do what he says?

    Episode starts with a younger Eloise Hawking killing Daniel Faraday. Skips to 30 years later, and the return of John Lock to Richard and the others. Sun and Ben is with him. Sun asks Richard if he had seen the people in the picture from 30 years earlier; Jin, Hurley, Jack, and Kate; and Richard says yes and that he had watched them die.

    Back 30 years to the others and Eloise. She is explaining how Daniel came to her when she was 17 and to bury the H bomb. We find out the others did bury the bomb under where the Dharma Initiative had built their camp. This may solve the mystery as to why the women of the others could not have children after moving into that camp.

    Sawyer is being tortured for information as to where Kate is and where the hostels are. They find out that Jack, Kate, and Hurley were last minute add-on's to the Sub manifest. Dr. Chang figures out that Faraday was telling the truth about them coming from the future. Chang finds out that Miles is his son from the future. Dr. Chang calls for an evacuation of the island.

    Richard helps Locke from the past at Locke's request and tells him he has to bring everyone back to the island and the only way is for him to die.

    Richard and Eloise are taking Jack and Sayid to the H-Bomb.

    The evacuation starts and Sawyer and Juliet are on the Submarine because Sawyer drew a map to the hostiles and where Kate is. Kate joins them on the Submarine after leaving Jack and getting captured by Dharma.

    John Locke, Ben, Richard and their people are on a pilgrimage to Jacob. John tells Ben that he is going to kill Jacob.
  • Even if this episode works more like a setup, it was not only entertaining and interesting, it delivered some surprises in the way.

    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.


    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.
  • High stakes game...

    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..
  • There is so much going on in this episode that you really have to watch this to understand. What is the world is happening?

    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.
  • Now to think this isn`t even the finale!

    Wow Lost! The best thing of TV right now. This is just the set up for the finale and it was so fantastic.
    Will Jack and Sayid succeed in changing the course of history? I hope not! I totally understand Kate`s point. We don`t want everything to be forgotten, hell no.
    Will Locke succeed in his new quest?? And what a quest is it: Killing Jacob. My guess is that he would eventually not because Jacob is a familiar figure.
    And where the hell are Kate, Sawyer and Julliet going? Am sure they`ll be in the party too for the next 2hrs of lost! I cannot wait!
  • Simply epic! So many amazing scenes, dialogues. Emotive, action packed, full of suspense. It will give you big anticipation about the end of the season. Possibly one of the best episodes ever.

    Wow! I'm amazed. This episode simply shows how amazing and rewarding Lost is for those who followed it through all its 5 seasons so far.

    To begin we have Locke back. And every episode with Locke is already a great one. And even better, he is there along with Ben and Richard. Three of the elite, best of the best and more intriguing characters on the show. What I like more is how self confident Locke is now. How he treats Ben like his dog and even is very sarcasting and bossy with Mr. Alpert. It's so cool to see Ben and Richard which always seemed to have extra sensorial perception in the way they anticipate, manipulate and are so secretive. Locke is really the leader now. Seeing Ben's reaction when Locke said him he is going to kill Jacob was priceless. Now more questions for us: Why Locke wants to kill Jacob? Is Richard good or evil? What is really the objective of Ben? Now let's come to 1977 and see how hell is set loose on Dharma village and also on Hostiles territory.

    Radsinsky (however it's spelled) is really a bastard and took control. Poor James and Juliet. We really feel for them in the interrogatory.

    Dr. Chang gets to know that the losties are really time travelers. It was funny that he asks Hurley who is the president of the USA! lol. And he gets to know that Miles is his son. Miles gets to see why his dad "abandoned" him and his mother. These scenes have been short but very emotive. Now Dr. Chang knows he has to evacuate every one from the island!

    Eloise Hawking knows from the losties that Daniel was really her son and has the intention to change future along with Jack. Kate doesn't share the idea and goes back to Dharma.

    Can they really change the future? What consequences will their actions cause? It's so amazing to see everything shaping up so well like pieces of a big puzzle. Big revelations are being made, but we still have lots of questions, but it is great to see the season coming to an epic conclusion. This is probably one of the best episodes ever thanks to every thing that happens in just one episode. It's full of fantastic moments and has a really epic feel to it which shows us why Lost is the best thing on TV and probably in any media!
  • WOW ! the best eposide this seasom so far

    yea really the best eposide this season without a douat ! , it's great in evreyway ! , john story about killing jacob i really can wake up from the souck ! , the kate and jack porblem really really well writen ! , sawyer and julliet love on the air , hurely , jin and miles they are really lost betweeen evreything happend around ! . i really can wait til the next episode to many qustions - will jack fire the bomb ! - will kate , saywer , julliet work throw evreything , will ben KILL jacob !!! . what an epoide really really words can describe it no matter what ! . till now it's the best this saeson ! . a 10/10 epodie for sure ! .
  • 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!

    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!
  • Awesome episode Like every episode in this show! :D *Warning, do not continue if you haven't seen the episode yet.*

    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!
  • A clue to Jack's success.

    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.
  • 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!

    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!
  • Jacob where are you....?

    I really dont know where to start last night episode kept me the whole time on the edge of my seat.
    It was about time Sayid appears to save the day, and Chang to believe that they are all in grave danger.

    That scene in the sub was awesome I KNEW Kate was about to appear, just when Juliett feels that Sawyer is now completely hers She comes and says "Hi" WOW!!!
    Hurley, Miles and Jin are hidden, Charlotte and all the women are getting out of the island. Everything is shaping like its suppose to be. (except Jack who thinks he can change eveerything).

    Now who will exactly make the Losties go back to their time? Locke or Jack? umm...
    Locke has change now, he is more confident and he hears the island. The speech of was great too everyone agrees with him except for Alpert and Ben.
    I think either Jacob doesnt exist and by killing him he is just opening everyone eyes that they have been manipulated by richard or ben OR that BY killing him he is helping him, since we know that a voice was hear in the cabin saying "save me" he has been trap on the cabin or in the island and he wants to be free by "getting killed" I dont know
    cant wait to the season finale!
  • A Richard Alpert-centric episode.

    Let me just start by saying that all things considered, I absolutely loved this episode. I've always been really fascinated with the character Richard Alpert so I'm really glad that they finally did a Richard Alpert-centric episode. All of the storylines were great, especially Richard's which was my favorite storyline of the episode. It was great finally getting to learn some information about Richard. I usually don't like the character Locke very much, but I have to say that I loved him in this episode. I also really liked Sawyer's storyline in this episode. Josh Holloway and Elizabeth Mitchell both gave amazing performances in this episode. I absolutely loved the ending of this episode. It was really exciting! In closing, I thought that this was a very well written, well acted and well made episode of Lost from everyone involved, and I can't wait to see the season five season finale of Lost.
  • Destiny calls for the people on the island, and this episode damn well nails all of their upcoming fates with a chilling opening, a plethora of twists and the inevitable outcome of the enigmatic Jacob's unveiling.

    I'm personally going to point out that no episode of lost has ever made me feel these characters than this episode. The moment Richard told Sun that he watched everyone that lived on the island in 1977 DIE, I immediate felt a lump in my chest cause the fact that the most iconic characters on the show may kick the bucket just sent me in a whirlpool of sadness.

    Follow The Leader really shows so many conflicts that are no doubt going to be resolved in the two part season finale. First off, Ben and Richard are seemingly teaming up to probably kill Locke again after Locke is hellbent on finally meeting Jacob. Next we have the conflict between the Dharma Initiative team from 1977 and Lafleur (sawyer) and the others who are lost in 1977. Last, we have a pretty dynamic conflict between Kate and Jack, with Kate for the first time ever NOT joining Jack on one of his heroic deeds (maybe heroic?). All I can say is that all of these conflict will end with very bad results, results that may shake the very fabric of the Island itself.

    The episode certainly had the best twists i've seen in a while both tragic and shocking. First we have that chilling reminder from Richard being that whoever is in 1977 WILL DIE. Second, Future Locke being the one who told his Past self through richard that he has to die in order to "save" the island. Third being that Kate ran from Jack in order to be with Sawyer again, a fact that Juliet doesn't want anything to do with. Last we have the biggest cliffhanger as Locke fully explains his motives to Ben which detail that he never wanted to save the others from time, but to kill jacob and stop the island for good.

    In the end, Follow The Leader is quite possibly the best Pre-season finale episode Lost has yet. It raises so many questions on what the conflicts mentioned may end, it alludes to what may happen in Season Six, and it does a damn great job for the hour of making sure that this season finale is going to blow everything out of proportion.

    BTW: is it just me, or was it really nessacary to place a Hydrogen Bomb, THAT FAR into the Island?
  • 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..

    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.
  • Season finale is close.

    Curious episode.Finally in one episode we have two times 1977 and 2007. In 2007 when John Locke back to the beach at first time we can see confusion Richard Alpert, now John Locke defienietly think he is new "god" of island. Come on now he want kill Jacob ... nobody in this serial even not see Jacob so why John want kill him, maybe he know something special ... don`t know , but Ben faces when John say "I want kill Jacob" - brilliant :). Richard say about Hugo, Kate, Jack and Jin dead in past on his eyes ...

    After Daniel`s death in 1977 Jack try to blow up the bomb with helping Eloise and of course .... Richard Alpert ... How the others can put the bomb in tunels :o we will see in finale I think ...
    Dr. Chang already know everything about Miles , people from future so he is evacuation the island what next ??

    and stay Juliet and Sawyer... Phil beat Sawyer ( for me this scene was very funny :) ). Sawyer say Dharma where are the others and now he and Juliet are free people , they going to submarine and wait to set sail but when everything look`s good ... Dharma catch Kate and put her in this submarine...

    reaaally curious episode , maybe little too complicated but now we must waiting for BIG finale !! :)

    "The Incident" is coming in 3 days :)

  • This episode really makes you wanna see the season finale!

    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?!
  • 'Follow the Leader' has the unenviable task of cranking the narrative into fifth gear in preparation for the season finale.

    '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.
  • Excellent precursor to the finale.. A balance of every character, including the return of Sayid!

    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.
  • Jack seeks help to get to the bomb, while Sawyer and Juliet are sitting on information Radzinsky wants to know, and Locke makes his debut as the Others/Hostiles leader (hence the name). A non-centric episode, even though Richard was quite prominent.

    Like in every season, the penultimate episode acts as a set-up for the finale, and what a terrific job it did. Really, I think it's the best episode of the season, so far, that is. It just took my hopes right up for the finale.
    I've never been a Jack fan, but I've enjoyed his scenes much more than I ever would have thought. Maybe he just needed a purpose, that's possible. But the fact of the matter is, now he does what he does for a reason. He's looking forward to something (blowing up a hydrogen bomb), while in previous seasons, he had no idea what the hell he was doing. Now, at least he thinks he does. And Sayid in that storyline was as great as Jack. He so tired of this whole Island stuff, he doesn't care about anything anymore, not even killing everyone on the Island.
    Meanwhile, in Dharmaville, Sawyer and Juliet get beat up by Radzinsky, and Hurley, Miles and Jin try to escape. That part of the episode wasn't taking the story forward as much as the rest, but it was really good to watch, like that scene where Hurley tries to convince Pierre Chang that he wasn't from the future. That was funny as hell. And I'm not much a fan of love quadrangles, but I felt really sad for Juliet to see Kate get in the way.
    And finally, in 2007, Locke get his best episode to date. Now, he's going somewhere, like Jack in 1977. He's been going on blind faith for such a long time, but now he knows what he's doing. Now, he's a leader. I watched TNPLH yesterday and there's one thing I noticed. He was really concerned about becoming a leader. He had no idea what to do. Now the Island tells him things and he likes it. And I'm happy for him. He's been the man of faith all along, it's nice to see it come to fruition.

    This episode has kept me on the edge of my seat all along, and I just can't wait to see what comes next. It did its job more than enough.
  • I sure do love me some Richard Alpert as well as the new Jack! Yet another amazing installment of LOST

    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.
  • What will happen next? Lost is so hard to predict.

    OH MY GOD!!! This was a fantastic second to last episode of the season, the show has really picked up again coming towards the end of the season. This was everything I wanted from a Richard episode (leave the back story for the final season). There is loads of great stories happening and they are all set to kick off in the next episode. Jack's character this season has been excellent one of my new favourites that is something I thought I would never say. Locke and Ben are finally seen again and its always great to see them again. So excited for next wek now.
  • This episode felt like seeing a compass pointing south instead of north.

    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.
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