Unusually for Lost, 'Namaste' is a centric-less episode. While there have been a smattering in the show's history, it comes as something of a surprise at this stage, given that 'LeFleur' effectively set the show back on its more traditional course in terms of episodic structure. Still, no matter; this is a fun hour, no two ways about it. The integration of Jack, Kate and Hurley into the DHARMA Initiative is marvellously tongue-in-cheek: Sawyer assigning Jack to 'workman' duties certainly gave this reviewer something to smile about for a good week or so. Comeuppance, much? There are some interesting developments to ponder here too: we meet the fabled Radzinsky for the first time, the man who blew his brains out in The Swan when it all got too much and Desmond ended up having to replace him. He's making plans for something... hmm, wonder what it could be?! *nudge, wink* Sawyer and Jin's efforts to contain the situation with poor wandering Sayid are suitably entertaining, and it's obviously a joy to see young Ben from 'The Man Behind The Curtain' again, in what is a role reversal loaded with meaning (it's not so long ago that Sayid was on the other side of a set of metaphorical bars, talking to our favourite Other). Perhaps the most intriguing plot progression, however, occurs in the 'contemporary' storyline: why, exactly, is Sun in 2007 and not with the rest of the Oceanic Six? What is 'Christian Sheppard' (Jacob?) doing wandering around the Smokie-d Barracks? And just how is the thirty year time disparity going to be resolved? Maddening, isn't it?
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