Lost

Season 2 Episode 19

S.O.S.

7
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 12, 2006 on ABC
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  • What happened?

    6.8
    This episode for me wasn't really all it was cracked up to be.Here was me expecting a great episode with the break coming up till the next episode but i wasn't too impressed.

    The whole Bernard/Rose storyline was fine with me.I didn't expect her to have been cured by the island as was Locke and speaking of locke i didnt expect her to have been the one to see Locke in the wheelchair.That was interesting.

    To be honest though the only part i really enjoyed was the end with the return of michael.It was great to see him back as i heard a little something about him which im eager to see come out.

    So not the best ep for me but still not bad at all.Hope the next ep is alot better.
  • Im writing a review not a summary.

    10
    Listen, stop bad mouthing this episode. Do you honestly think its possible to have an Oh My God episode every week?
    The writers know what theyre doing....this has never been done before and its so unbelievable. There has not been a bad episode of Lost aired yet. Its a quality show from the writers to the cast to the storyline. And you say theyre just dragging it out to make 7 seasons? Who are you to say whats going on? None of us know anything.
  • Good episode, but now I have to wait three weeks for another new episode...is it worth it? Agree or disagree with me here fellow fans...

    7.9
    If you want to see what this episode was about, read the allusions or someone elses review, I\'m here to talk about these in-between waits for new episodes to come on. Now I understand that every show can\'t be like \"24\" where it runs straight from the first episode to the last episode, but I mean come on here. Are they directing new shows as we speak, is there not enough trees and sand on the beach to begin production or are they trying to fluff up the suspense so you can clear your schedule when a new episode actually comes on that you have to be there because if you miss it then your week is ruined. The show has a great storyline, an all star cast out of people you I\'ve never seen before (besides the drug addicted hobbit and Locke from various B movies like the blind swordsman) but I\'m really tired of getting excited and then coming on here to write a review and then seeing the next new episode airs next month!!! I\'m not sure who to blame, the network ABC or whoever, but this episode despite how much I liked it was the lowest watched show in terms of ratings for the season...I\'m no physic, but I\'ll bet that the next episode will hit a new low due to the long wait. Looks like Michael should have stayed in the woods because he picked the wrong episode to make his appearance back in...
  • A episode with flashbacks from Rose and Benard. And micheal returns

    8.5
    This was a very diffrent episode to the norm i think especially with this series it really got back to the rotts of the first series it had something that has been missing from the second series it was about trying to get off of the island and that is one thing we really havent senn this season. I was very shocked when i found out about roses illness and how she had to hide it from benard. I also thought that the hole witch doctor side to the story was very good. I also loved then ending when micheal just ran from the forest i cannot believe they did that and i now have to wait another few weeks to get some more answers. But bring it on.
  • Flashes of brilliance could not disguise that this was the second consecutive lackluster episode of “LOST.”

    8.1
    Flashes of brilliance could not disguise that this was the second consecutive lackluster episode of “LOST.” Overall, this episode was a dramatic improvement on last week’s “Dave,” but did not come anywhere near the overall entertainment value of past episodes. Though enjoyable, this episode added very little to the overall picture, and felt very much like a rehashing of past events.

    If you’re still not convinced, consider the following from the episode: Locke asks Henry Gale if he pushed the button, and it is revealed that the island has healing properties. Tell me something I didn’t know. With three episodes left, unlike Locke, I am not losing faith in the island, and I’m sure the march towards the finale will be every bit as exciting as last years. This week however, “LOST” falls well short of its high standards.

    Go to www.theislandoflost.com to read up on more \\\"LOST\\\" content.
  • More back stories

    9.7
    It was good to see a different back story from the usuall characters, we also discovered that the island has healed another person with an incurable illness, at first it seemed locke was the only one but now it turns out that he isn\\\'t. I think this will help locke come to terms with was at happened to him as he will no longer feel he was `CHOSEN`

    It was also good to see Jack and Kate get the alone time they really needed and to at last give in to what we all know they have wanted for a long long time. as far as sawyer goes, i'm still undecided as whether or not he will help out when he's needed to help, fair enough he did it in season one on the boat/raft, but then again on the boat/raft he had nowhere to run and no way of talking his way out of it, I must admit though that I do enjoy his nicknames for the other losties on the island. All in all i found this episode refreshing, it steared away from the usuall story line and main characters and gave someone else a chance to tell their story and why at least one of them wants to to stay on the island just like locke does.

  • Yawns!

    6.6
    I’m bored!
    The entire season was a snoozer. They throw us a bone with Lockdown and then episode after episode they go back to the slow filler routine.
    And because they really want to keep us wanting more, just before they finish us off with this dull episode (knowing that some of us have lost all interest and patience) they suddenly remembered Michael! Ooooooooh! I am SO excited! So much I can barely sleep at night! (yawns)
    Oh,Oh,Oh and by the way, everything is SO peachy in this island NOBODY wants to go! (yawns)
    Oh and, and, and now that they are building a church they are NOT going to hell anymore because they are going to be SAVED!!!! Yepiiiii Yeiiiiiiii!!!
    But but but! I have a question! Is it going to be a christian church? A muslim church? A buddhist church? A scientology church . . . or what? And what about the jews? Aren’t there any jews in the island?????

    Oh GIVE us a BLEEDING brake!

    Silly, Silly people!


    Well I’ll keep on watching ´cause you know ... Curiosity killed the cat! Until ... Boredom kills the show!
  • Nice back story except for Rose's illness.

    9.9
    Except for Rose’s illness, Rose and Bernard have a nice back story. Most of the survivors do not, and it’s interesting finding out how people wound up in Australia. It wasn’t a surprise why Rose didn’t want to leave the island once we found out she had a terminal illness. We had already seen the miraculous with Locke and Sun. And all this time Rose has known that Locke was wheelchair bound!

    Has Charlie been cured of his heroin addiction? He’s looking clear eyed and alert. I wonder why Sawyer’s eyesight hasn’t been restored; he still needs glasses to read.

    Who would have thought Sawyer would share his food with Vincent? I think when no one’s around to observe him, Sawyer’s not quite the hard hearted person he wants everyone to think he is.

    Every time Vincent shows up, something big happens. This time it was the return of Michael! Isn’t it a little too coincidental that Michael reappears right where Jack and Kate are waiting? How can they trust him any more? Michael may be working for the Others now; probably under duress. They could have threatened him with Walt’s life or well-being. He could be leading them into the trap that failed when the evil Henry Gale sent them to find the balloon in an earlier episode. Do we believe that the Others are not well armed?

    I wanted to smack that smirk right off Henry’s face when he had Locke all riled up about pushing the button!
  • Interesting

    8.2
    This was an interesting episode allthough the flashbacks were long and half of them pointless...i am glad that people on the island have actually finally relised they want to get off the island again (at least bernard wanted to)
    i am also glad that the end of the episode has the cliffhanger and not the beginning/middle like the last few episodes...it actually makes me want to see the next episode


    How do the islanders get there tarpauline from??? im sure planes dont have stashes of them in board.
  • wow

    9.9
    LOST just keeps getting better and better, this episode was great, loved Rose and BErnard Back Story, loved the Rose Locke connection, the set up for Michaels return withJack and KAte roaming around was excellent, so happy we have finally confirmed that the Island does heal at least some people, ecko and Charlie building a church great addition. makes me on pins and needles till the next one
  • This episode was not so hot.

    6.8
    S.O.S. took us into the backstory of the first non-major characters in lost. The episode had a lot of cute moments and helped remind us that old people can be kinda cute. The plot in the show was stalled though except for three developments. The biggest was that Michael came back from his time abroad, so the show sucessfully ended on a cliffhanger once again. The other intresting parts were a shout out to the wierd electromagnetic qualities of the island being able to cure not only locke but rose. The last thing to note is that there is something odd between them as well. The drama and events during the episode other than Michael's return and Gale's evil smile were pretty unmentionable.
  • Michael returns, but what's next for the Islanders?

    8.0
    The episdode was a bit boring, as well as infomative. Many people forget about Rose and Bernard ever being on the show. It was nice to get to know them more, but frankly, I didn\'t really care. I found the flashbacks quite boring, but the parts with the island, as usual, were informative. A bit of info in each one. We notice how \"Henry\" is now on the brink of insanity. If the Others agree on trading, maybe our islanders can get Walt back. And everyone will be happy again...not likely, but I don\'t likr it like that anyway. Though it would be nice to see Walt return, seeing Michael return this episode was good enough for me. I look forward to the next episode to see if the Islanders will trade \"Henry.\" He may be a boatload of information, but he\'s also a potential danger...
  • Each flashback contributes to the main plot.

    8.4
    The slow revelations in individual episodes are starting to become quite frustrating however it's become evident in this episode especially that each episode probably contains some vital information. In this episode it is clear that the writers want us to know about the healing powers the island holds.

    I've read other reviews about this episode which states that the Rose and Bernard flashback is pointless. Well, without it Locke's story wouldn't be reinforced and now we can really understand why Rose said the things she did in this episode and at the beginning when she wouldn't listen to Jack telling her that her husband Bernard is dead for being in the tail section.

    Thoughts:
    Magnetic force in Rose's flashback - Magnetic force in hatch.
    Island's healing powers - Something to do with this illness Rousseau talked about.
    The drug Ethan gave Claire looks like the one Desmond gave himself, the drug also had the numbers on the side of the container backing up the fact that the illness is connnected to the island.
  • Ok sure not much happened but who cares?

    7.5
    Sure this episode could have been heartpounding and pivotal. Sure something truly truly interesting COULD have happened but I just don\'t understand why everyone gets upset when EVERY episode isn't like that.

    I\'m sorry but I don\'t want the show to be over in 3 seasons just because the creators have to do something drastic all the time, I\'d really like to take it slow and enjoy this awesome show.

    As for the episode, apart from being a tad slow it still is cool to think that the island is one big healing station. Or at least for Rose and Locke. She\'s a smart lady and I\'m sorry but I\'ve enjoyed her character from her first scene and on. Bernard can get a bit overly dramatic but hey they are on an island with polar bears and strange cloudy monsters so let the man be upset!

    Kate and Jack are awesome, there\'s something really believable about their characters, you forget they\'re just acting which is very refreshing, and HELLO Michael\'s back!
  • A bit of a wobbly episode.

    7.5
    Yes a bit up and down really, up being Jack and Kate and down being Rose and her old man.

    The episode started well with Bernard questioning the mysterious parachute drop but soon had me drifting off at the onset of his and Rose's story. I'm sorry but I really don't care about those two, the cast is big enough without showing me more peripheral characters backstories. We have Claire, Charlie, Sayid, Ecko and even Kate being criminally underused. Why not just do a Scott or Steve flashback too?, whichever one is still alive.

    It wasn't all bad however, the Jack and Kate romance looks like being on again. There really is something when these 2 actors get together, something I just don't see with Kate and Sawyer. The two of them trapped in the net was a classic Lost moment. Quote of the week: Jack "I'll wait until I get my voice back then I'm gonna yell some more". Top stuff.

    It is also nice to see Locke finally out of the hatch, he really has gone from being Locke the incredible hunter to John the incredibly gullible. This is clearly his major weakness and it shines like a beacon for all to see. Only when he stops pushing that stupid button every 108 minutes will we get the hunter back.

    Just one final thing, I'm starting to get a bit disorientated with the island time. According to Kate the Claire episode was last week and Gale has been locked up for a week. It somehow seems longer to me, hmmm thanks for that ABC. Here's to yet more repeat misery for the next few weeks.
  • its an average episode...

    8.8
    this is the kind of episode that gives no questions and no answers so its average.

    sure you discover that Lock is not the only one that was healed by the island and that michael is back so thats a good ending that will be helpfull for the next episode but that bernard
    makes a s.o.s signal and at the ending says he wont build it realy feels like a waste of time.

    there were some good scenes about Lock where you can see his losing his faith about the hatch
    or when Jack and kate are trapped in one of the traps.

    overall this episode is not good or bad with lots of boring parts and a good ending.

  • So there wasn't all lot of action and violence, big deal!

    10
    I'm tired of people whining that "LOST is crap," and "nothing happened!" As another reviewer pointed out, many questions were answered this week. There does not have to be heart-stopping action and violence every week in order for an episode to be good. Geez.

    What I enjoyed most about this episode was the romance. Rose and Bernard's story tugged at the heart strings and actually brought a few tears to my eyes. And of course, the Jate (Jack and Kate to you non-shippers) moments were adorable, albeit predictable. Who didn't see them getting caught in the trap together, or Jack saying, "I'm not," at the end? :)

    Whether the plots are more character-driven or action-driven, LOST keeps delivering superb episodes. Keep watching and stop complaining!
  • An episode which reveals alot about a character but not much about the main storyline...

    7.1
    A steady episode which reveals more about the characters of Rose and Bernard. This is a welcome addition as up to now we only knew them as a married couple kept apart by the island then re-united.
    The storyline about Rose's terminal illness was touching and showed yet again the power of the island as the energy she needed to heal her was there all along.
    Once again the story of the island only warms up towards the end as in this episode Micheal stumbles into the arms of Jack and Kate as he returns from his search for Walt. What happened on that search? Did he find Walt? Lets hope the writers don't leave it as long as they did with Claire to tell us the answers...
    Oh yeah and lets hope that smirk gets wiped off 'Henry's' face sooner rather than later!
  • Another pointless episode with and development to the main plot. It is obviously clear by now that there is no greater plot and that episodes are being written mostly independently. The goal is clearly the pointless 7 season series...

    3.5
    This is my first review at tv.com and, as expected, there are generally two strong motivations to post. This one will be due to the most obvious reason: depreciation. By now it is obvious that the plot is being written in order to provide the greatest number of episodes possible. Now you may believe that this is the very nature of a TV series but that’s were you’re wrong. The first objective this kind of TV series should be to have the best plot possible. As you can see, this is not the case for Lost. There is really no point in being very thorough as even the most distracted viewer would realize by now that the plot scenario has changed considerably. They seam to have run out of both boars and polar bears and whatever giant creatures may have inhabited the island. The best argument found to perpetuate their absurd condition on the island is to have a hatch to wash clothes and have showers and get food dropped out from airplanes... And for 7 weeks they keep living on the beach and build exactly nothing!
    But the truth is that I’ve watched it so far... so what does this TV series have to offer that will keep you watching? First of all, I’m not watching on TV so I would probably guess that if that was the case, I wouldn’t watch it at all! This means I’m watching it for interactions of the actors. But how long does this keep you watching I wonder... I much rather go watch Prison Break which as a very fine plot. You should learn from them.
  • Bernard, Rose, whatever...

    8.5
    The biggest dissapointment was that nothing happened between Jack and Kate. How long are they gonna drag it? In this useless episode that would have been the piece that would have saved the boring episode.

    Rose was saved by the island. Everybody was saved by the island. It is the best place to be, except for the monsters and saveges who might kill you.

    Hopefully Locke will draw that map and go find some interesting place soon. Michael, I bet you don't remember a thing, do you?

  • Not one of the best episodes of the season.

    6.1
    This episode was not one of the best episodes of the season. It had too many things going on, and no storyline made much progress.

    I was disappointed that Michael's return was dropped in our laps as a cliffhanger in the last scene. Since Michael's turn was foretold in the official ABC episode description and with a 3-week break after this episode, I could have used a more substantial revelation to hold me over until the next new episode.
  • intresting

    9.1
    I really liked the episode I mean who new Rose would lie like that but I totally understand her reasons I mean if you were watching when she looked out the window oh my gosh you could tell he was going to be happy when she told him she was fixed and plus who would want to waste their marriage trying to find away to stay alive I mean come on. Then it was so weird when Jack and Kate went out and crossed the line and Micheal came out, did the others send him or what? ! ?
  • not much happens...

    6.4
    This episode seemed to me like a long winded way of revealing another miraculous "healing" that has took place on the island. This is then filled out with flashbacks of Rose's and Bernards relationship, which dosent really reinforce their characters as the flashbacks were dull and predictable.

    As always, the scenes involving locke and henry gale were the highlight. It still frustrates me why no one will push (the fake) henry gale to his limits, and force answers from him. Im also pleased that the once great character of Locke (the mysterious locke who shot knives into trees and seemed to walk a higher path) has taken a fresh outlook on everything, and i am eagerly anticipating the episode where he tells jack to shut his mouth then batters him (it will come all u locke fans).

    The Kate and Jack flirting scenes seemed abit dumb 2 me, because of the way they both act like little kids. Also, in the 2 months every1s been on the island hav any of theme even had sex? or is that just offscreen..

    I didnt think Micheal stumbling out from the woods was such a great cliffhanger. In season one episode 15 it was so obvious (to me anyway) that it was Claire who was stumbling through the bushes, and in exactly the same way i knew it was micheal who was about to appear. And as is the norm with lost a great exciting ending at the end of one episode is NEVER followed by huge exciting revelations in the next episode. Its my guess that micheal will remain partially concious throughout the next episode, and his story will only be revealed after a couple more episodes (its not a guess actually, i read all the synops's :)

    Id also like to say something about the idiots who whine about people whining about filler episodes (like this one) in lost. Lost would lose its charm if their was guns, persuits and explosions in every episode but it also is grinding to a halt for me cos of its incredibally slow pace. In the same way bernard is frustrated by peoples lack of enthusiam toward being rescued, it frustrates me to see people just accept filler episodes because they add to a bigger picture. This is television, not real life.
  • A Rose and Bernard story...finally.

    9.2
    This episode was long overdue. I, for one, was always wondering about Rose and Bernard. They seemed to be so...normal. There had to be an interesting story in there somewhere. This is Lost!

    Anyways, I believe this episode's strongest point is the foreshadowing. Locke's conversation with Rose is probably the prime example of this. It's just a nice conversation until we realize what it really means in the final flashback.

    Another example of foreshadowing was Rose being opposed to getting off the island. When she first explained her reasons for not building the sign, I thought it was a really bad explanation. But then everything fell together at the end.

    Locke's story was interesting and intertwined nicely with the Rose and Bernard story. She's right, he's been in the Hatch way too long.

    The Jack and Kate storyline was interesting as well. As much as I enjoyed the net scenes, the whole idea just seemed to be a little too contrived. But whatever, the point is that I enjoyed them right?

    Another positive was that there were no more mysteries introduced! Yeah, Michael coming back sort of another mystery, but we've been wondering what he's done for the past eight episodes or so.

    The last three episodes have been good in my opinion. This episode, while NOT a pivotal episode in the series was still a good one. Good entertainment, that's all I need.

  • Rose is surprisingly and vehemently opposed to Bernard's plan to create an S.O.S. signal; romantic sparks are rekindled between Jack and Kate when they trek into the jungle to propose a "trade" with "The Others"; and Locke begins to question his faith in

    10
    Wow what an episode. I am really happy that Michael is back on the show after he was off for a while. I love the Rose/Bernard flashback. I cannot belive that Rose had cancer and was dieing until she crashed on the island. I cannot wait for the rest of the season because it looks really good.
  • The only positive point of the show is that Michael returns...

    7.0
    Rose and Bernard's story wasn't that good. We learned that some places with magnetic power can heal people and that Rose saw Locke in wheel chair, but exept that... Bernard going crazy on the island was boring...
    The smile of Henry Gale when Locke was talking to him was awesome.
    Next episode should be more interesting because we'll probably learn what Michael was doing
  • Another epiosde were the Island brings Miricales to the castaways who are feeling to comfortable.

    8.5
    A great epsiode.

    The greatest scene In Lost history between Jack and Kate we could all feel it. good way to get them close and quite funny to. I was not surprised to see Micheal as I was to see Libby in a mental Institution But none the less Im glad Harold is back in the show. I bet the "others" let Micheal go after hearing Jack.

    Henry is toying with Lockes mind but can someone tell me why Henry looks so evil??

    It seems to me that the Island heals people. I was not happy about a Bernard and Rose Epsiode since they were not a guest stars, but I still enjoyed it. The fact that Rose had faith that she was cured becasue Locke had been healed was a nice touch. Sure Rose did not go to extreme highs like Locke did to stay on The Island (like hitting sayid) I guess this was the place for Rose her "center" are maybe the Darma gives people what they need physicology issuses are physical??

    There has not been a song at the end of a Lost epsiode since "in translation" So I was kinda surprised.

    The next epsiode Looks better and since Ana is a "bad seed that the others seem to want" Like Goodwin tried to kill her and now Henry.
  • Good filler

    8.0
    I think that overall this week's episode of Lost was pretty decent for a filler episode. It had a good ending, and I enjoyed watching it. I can't wait to see how the next episode turns out. It's a shame that there are no new episodes for a few weeks.
  • not amazing

    7.0
    this was not an amazing episode nothing really happened the whole thing between kater and jack was great though i just want them to get togethor( even though i love sawyer i think kate is better with jack) did you see henry's smile when locke was pounding on the door it looked so evil!
  • Overall, this episode is another nice transitional piece, continuing with the exploration of the mysteries of the island by expanding the underlying context. It’s great when the writers focus on the less prominent characters and explore familiar themes i

    7.0
    The tensions continue to rise and the mysteries continue to evolve as the season draws towards a close. Like the previous episode, this is largely transitional in nature, though it does touch on one of the primary mysteries of the island itself. If Hurley’s circumstances brought up questions about the reality of the island and the scope of the Dharma Initiative, this episode brings up some interesting connections to other projects mentioned in “Orientation”.

    In particular, Isaac mentioned to Rose that his “healing ability” was nothing more than the channeling of pre-existing electromagnetic properties in that very part of the world. This immediately brings to mind the comments about the “unique magnetic properties” on the island, as mentioned in the orientation film.

    The implication is that the island’s physical properties can and do bring about miraculous healing, which resonates with Locke’s experience immediately after the crash. Rose understands that being on the island has changed her and Locke, and given her religious background, she must also assume that there is a reason for them to be on the island. That said, it’s certainly not the same kind of faith that Locke struggles with in this installment.

    As expected, Locke is finding it harder to maintain his faith in the island’s promise of destiny, especially in light of the “button” and whether or not it actually has meanng. “Henry” has been very good at playing people, and he has outdone himself with Locke. Locke gets himself really worked up, and there’s a reasonable enough reason for it. The “island” gave him an answer in the form of that mysterious map, and he’s quickly losing his memory of the event. Locke is beginning to suspect that the map’s appearance (via the black light) was related to the possibility that the “button” wasn’t pushed.

    So Locke has a crisis of faith, which could continue to escalate over time. Rose’s comment about the island had an effect that may have been unintended. Rose places her faith in God and has a sense of peace, that things will happen as they are meant to happen and she shouldn’t stand in the way. Locke takes the same information and continues to interpret it as the island’s will. In a way, they might both be “mistaking coincidence with fate”, but it’s not quite as disturbing in Rose’s case.

    That’s not to say that Rose continued to be all goodness and light. In certain scenes, her adamant stance on her circumstance was a bit smug. It was a lot easier to handle, however, than Bernard’s attitude. One can understand Bernard’s desire to act, to do something proactive instead of reactive, but he went about it the wrong way and assumed too much. And Bernard is right to point out that the survivors have become a bit too comfortable with their current existence.

    This makes the combination of Rose/Bernard a lot more complex and interesting. Bernard isn’t really a man of faith. Or rather, if he is, he operates on the concept that “God helps those who help themselves”. Where Rose is resigned and content with her fate, whatever it might be, Bernard needs more. He needs to make things better and fix things that trouble his worldview. It’s actually amazing to think that they have managed to retain any relationship, let alone a short-term marriage!

    If this were simply a commentary on Rose and Bernard, it would be pleasant enough. But it’s quite clear that this is also another commentary on faith and reason, parallel to the struggle between Jack and Locke. Bernard and Jack are on a similar wavelength, especially when it comes to acting instead of reacting, interpersonal relationships be damned. Rose, of course, calls on a strong sense of faith.

    The question thus arises: what would happen if Locke would simply explain his point of view and experience to Jack and see if they could find a common ground? Locke often assumes that Jack is blind to some obvious meaning behind it all, or worse, that he ignores the signals and the signs. Jack, of course, thinks that Locke is allowing his emotional side rule over his ability to think rationally. If Rose and Bernard can find common ground, shouldn’t Jack and Locke have the same ability?

    While Locke is struggling with his faith, Jack feels the need to get a little proactive, since “Henry” has gone on a hunger strike. One gets the sense that the Others might have been waiting for just this kind of opportunity. But that also assumes that Michael was released by the Others, which may not be the case.

    Regardless, the jaunt through the jungle gave Jack and Kate an opportunity to get a little closer and remember why they were attracted to each other. Frankly, the idea of being trapped in a tight net with a sweaty Kate is not particularly unattractive. Certainly Jack felt the same way! That entire scene was brimming with sexual tension, which at least offers some kind of future plot thread involving Kate. That’s a good thing, because thus far this season, her character has been a complete waste of time.

    It is finally confirmed that Eko is building a church, which fits his character and also sets him up as a credible challenge for Locke. Locke’s place as the tribe’s “medicine man” has all but vanished since the hatch was opened, and Eko could be a compelling alternative to those seeking a sense of purpose in their shared experience. This could give some additional meaning to the conversation between Locke and Rose in this episode, since Rose is a natural candidate for Eko’s initial congregation.

    Speaking of which, Charlie’s determination to help Eko continues to suggest that his redemption will be used to generate more tension between Locke and Eko in the future. Locke tried to help Charlie and failed miserably; symbolically, Locke tried to convince Charlie to believe in a “false faith”. Charlie could find Eko’s brand of faith more in line with his past and his needs, and if Charlie’s redemption is gained with Eko’s help, Locke could be quite bitter.

    One thing that would be enormously helpful, for the tribe as well as the audience, is a map of the island. Not Locke’s version, but something scribbled together by the people who have been around the block a few times. Locke probably should have started with that a little while ago, especially after the arrival of the AnaLucia Tribe, but now it’s more important than ever. He could convince people (especially Jack) that such a map is necessary, given that the Others have drawn a line in the sand. Then Locke could begin comparing the map he saw to “master sketch”. (Imagine how useful such a map could be in terms of a storytelling device!)

    So does the island possess specific electromagnetic properties that can facilitate healing? Or is there more to the story? Given how ubiquitous the Dharma Initiative appears to be, there are plenty of possibilities. For that matter, Isaac could have been connected to Dharma (though that could be an association made thanks to the actor’s role as Scorpius on “Farscape”). Could all of the intended survivors be people with specific physical and psychological issues?

    For that matter, since everything has a meaning or purpose when presented, why all the long tracking shots on the obscure code stamped on everything air-dropped by Dharma (“DI9FFTR731”)? For “X-Files” fans, the “731” portion is highly suggestive of a eugenics program, which fits into the Dharma mold rather nicely. The “DI” is obvious enough. It’s telling that the “numbers” don’t seem related at all. It could be a red herring, but much was made of the food and that code, so it probably means something in the overall mythology.

    Michael’s return should help to escalate the impending conflict between the tribe and the Others, and if the plot continues to move in the current direction, both Jack and Locke will have competing reasons to stage some kind of action. It could easily get to the point where the rest of the survivors need to decide who to follow, and it may be neither obvious choice. Even Rose questions Jack’s leadership in this episode, and Locke has sidelined himself completely. The writers could be heading towards another major shift that could force the third season (now official!) to start as slowly as this season, but given how things have been lately for “Lost”, there’s reason to think it will all come together beautifully.
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