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.
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...
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.
Absolutely awesome episode. What I really enjoy about this season is that everything is fitting together!
- Little Miles and his mother going off the island was caused by Miles himself!
- The little scene where Richard tells Locke that he must die: "How do you know that there is a bullet in my leg?"
"Because you told me"
"No, I didn't!"
"Well, you will"
It's all starting to make sense now!
- The list from season 2 (I am sure that this is said before, but I just relise now :P)with the names of James, Jack, Kate, Hurley,...)
The awesome Locke from the previous episode becomes even more awesome, he knows always exactly what to do and Ben looks really pathedic when you see the all-knowing Locke. Even Richard doesn't understand everything, I think.
Radzinski is really Crazy!!! Kate, Juliet and Sawyer on the sub!!
Finally; Locke is going to kill Jacob
I think this finally will be totally epic whith such a build-up!
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!!!! ((
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.
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.
Lost seems to revel in breaking its characters into seperate tribes around season finale time and this year, it is no exception. The lostaways have different motivations, different wants, and all of them are striving for seperate and increasingly incompatable goals that can only bring them into conflict with each other. The drama is nom-nom-nommy.
It's difficult to really take in what a rich tapestry of characters that this show has woven over the last four years. From the coniving and bitter Ben, to the mysterious Locke, the desperate Jack... all of them seem to be coming together quite nicely for the coming finale.
Even the newer characters like Elouise are quickly becoming favorites as they jockey for their own positions in the Lostiverse.
With tension this high and without an easy way out of the predicament that is brewing, the real question is "where do we go from here?" Given how entertainingly that Lost has gone off the rails this season with the time travel element, the answer is an unequivocal, "Anywhere!" and that is what makes this show so entertaining.
Finally, the Dharma story is starting to culminate. The season's in for another perfect finale. Let's hope Evangeline's "biggest twist interview" comes to life.
I must admit, I was eager to see how the Dharma plot was going to play out. These last few episodes didn't seem to hold my attention very much, even though I liked the story overall. It could have been told in a much more interesting way, but I think they probably didn't want us to find out too much.
Let's talk about 2007 first. "Locke" is a superb character now. Not that he wasn't in the past, but he is a/the leader now. And it suits him perfectly. As for Ben and Richard... I've always considered Alpert to be a positive guy, but now, considering the powerless Ben, I'm pretty scared. Ben was a mastermind, but now, when he has nothing, he frightens me. A lot. The scene from "Because You Left" was really amazing now and I got the chills.
Jacob, Jacob... I tend to think he's just an imaginative leader, but the evidences pro and con exist in the same time.
1977. Kate almost died. Damn it Sayid, why couldn't you be a Hostile?! Never mind. Kate actually (and finally) confessed she doesn't really want to get back to her old days (and ways, seeing she is such a peaceful person now). Dear God Freckles, you figured that out now?! And Jack... you were a pathetic man before. What are you reasons to wanting to "go back"? Stupid. And pathetic. Ridiculous. Hurley and Pierre... priceless. That's really all I want to say. Eloise, Charles, Richard... cool as ever, intriguing more than ever. Poor Daniel. An innocent victim. The tunnels were a bit of a tease. The Juggernaut was haunting. I hate Radzinsky. Really hate. I've never hated anyone on Lost so much before they showed him. Lucky me he blew his head up.
Sawyer and Juliete... Nah. I want a happy ending here, but that really isn't an option. They're sweet, they have chemistry, they have a future. But not as long as they're on the Island.
All in all, the pieces are ready. Let's see who/what Jacob is, what happens with the Juggernaut, how did the Incident happen (and will it happen in the same way, if it didn't) and is WHH really true? Stay tuned to Lost.
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).
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.
Wow !!!!! Another great episode out of the bag. Three different stories in a single episode, and all of them making you sit on the edge of your seat. Every moment in this episode makes you think what is going to happen next.
The episode starts from where the story ended last week with Faraday's death. We come to know that his mother believed in all the time shift thing and agreed to take Jack and Kate to Jughead.
On the other side, Sawyer(or should i say LaFleur) and Juliet come in trouble when they're arrested and questioned. Again we see the stubborn Sawyer who refuses to say a word. He is my personal favorite character of the show. Miles finally tells his father that all they indeed are from the future. This worries him and he agrees to evacuate everyone off the island because he now sensed the impending danger.
Coming back to the future, John Locke again proves that he understands everything better than anyone else by perfectly timing the event when he emerges out of the jungle with a bullet in his leg. Just for a change, Ben has taken a back seat and Locke is in the limelight. Richard is his usual self. Unchanged and unaffected by anything that has happened over the past 30 years. Locke decides to kill Jacob. That is surely going to be exciting.
This episode was the perfect setup for the season finale coming up next week with the double episode. Lets see what incidents happen.
The bits and pieces are slowly but surely coming together. The writers have once again proved their crystal clear understanding of the subject and also their brilliant imagination and creativity.
I just cant wait for the season finale. I am really excited for it, but at the same time, i am sad that it's gonna be a real long time after that before the next episode comes. But for the moment, the stage is all set for the climax. I hope that the finale lives up to its expectations. Keep up the good work guys.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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 !! :)
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.
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!
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?
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!
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.
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!
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!
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