Season 2 Episode 19


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 12, 2006 on ABC

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  • Utterly useless filler crap

    What the hell is up with Lost? Its just filler after filler after filler. 2 minutes of interest every hour is NOT on. Commercials are MORE than 20 minutes of each episode, and absolutely nothings happening. Now i have to wait a MONTH for something? What\'s next episode gonna be like? 50 minutes of boredom till the last few minutes something happens to leave you hanging again?

    Writers of Lost- get some bloody DIRECTION back in your writing. You\'re losing your most loyal fans fast...
  • i know some people are getting mad when they see low rates for their favourite show,but hey this is also my favourite show,or why would i bother to write?it was addictive in first season but now it sucks more each week.


    Ok what happened in this episode was : rose was cured by the island just like Locke.Michael was found.

    thats it.The rest is bullcrap.All those silly details,all those things we've seen before.Who's idea was it to make a rose centered episode? we learned nothing new!! we already knew that island heals,so it healed the woman too,big deal!
    There were nothing interesting in flashbacks,nothing we havent seen before,jack + kate cool off and warm up circle keeps on;and it keeps on just because the writers have nothing interesting to write and they dont want to lose the fans of one relationship over another with the kate - sawyer - jack thing.

    basicly;nothing happened.Michael running off from the island;it is probably supposed to make us thing;why did they let him go or whatever but it was just plain lame. Just like every single thing else happening on the island. i am sooo sick of unnecessary chats,locke depressing over something silly,boring backgrounds of unnecessary characters,(they still do tell them just because it's the format of the show,not because they tell us anything or surprise us in anyways anymore.i'm even starting to get sick of sawyer;who is definitelly the most rewarding character of the whole show.(i cant even count how many episodes i didnt quit watching just to see sawyer pick on someone or stuff like that:)))

    let me tell you.there's not much to go down from here.the show will sure get better since it is the last episodes of the season and they will release the good stuff,but if they give a 3rd season anything like that;i'm out.

  • What happened to Lost?

    They are stretching it far too thin. The first season left so many loose ends and more than halfway through the 2nd season but we are still in the dark. Having too many "coincidence" per episode is not gonna make viewers keep watching the show. From being a plot-driven show, it has now become a character-driven show. The only difference is they are all in an island. Big Deal!

    I have to say this episode has been the least in "progress" of all!! Locke, Rose, and Bernard were the basic charecters. The only thing i enjoyed was the scene with Kate and Jack and where Jack is screaming. I won't be able to wait for the next episode, in two weeks (I think) since their basicly hasn't been any attributes to the story. I do think this episode was a basis so the creators could build more about the "Mystical propeties" of the island.
  • What an utterly boring and useless episode.

    IF there was only one part that was worth it, it was when Rose saw Locke in the wheelchair and understood the healing properties of the island. I like that mystical stuff. Also the ending was quiet good, Dieing to find out what happened to everyone\\\'s favorite dad. Other then that! The episode was boring, dead, nothing happened. It was no interesting at all!
  • Another boring and meaningless episode, with an ending I saw coming.

    So Rose, is not the holy woman she appeared to be from season one to now.....she lies just like the rest of us.

    I'm tired of the same old boring trend that Lost has been reduced to. Season one flashbacks were interesting but it seems the writers have no idea what to do anymore.

    I happy to say that I saw the ending coming.....I knew that was Micheal before he appeared. It was about time he came back.
  • 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...

    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.
  • Summary of Every Lost Season2 Episode since episode#4: 35 minutes of dragging and extending, with 5 minutes of a cliffhanger. But when the next episode comes on, the previous episode\\\'s cliffhanger turns out to be another dud.

    Let me start by saying that I love and have always loved Lost, since it is based on a remarkable intriguing storyline. However, the producers and ABC are undoubtedly milking it for all its worth, to the show\\\'s detriment.

    All of Season 1, and the first few episodes of season 2, contained flashbacks, but all the flashbacks were interesting for 2 reasons.

    1) They revealed a previously unknown facet of the episode\\\'s protagonist\\\'s character.
    2) Each character would come upon a current situation on the island which would test whether the protagonist had learnt from their earlier experiences. But here is the critical part, the choice the character made, always had extremely high stakes, including being matters of life and death. Also, the choice directly decided what, and how much more of the island\\\'s mystery the group would learn about.

    The other component of lost is the current, on-island actions, and these used to always have tensions between the fundamental personality of the characters, but they would have to figure out a way to work despite their differences and hatreds, because the island always posed a greater threat. The tensions between Jack, and Sawyer, Jack and Locke, Locke and Charlie, Kate and Jack, Kate and Sawyer, ohh the list goes on, made the show quite remarkable.

    However, in the newer episodes all these facets of the show have been ignored. The main problem is that the Island is no longer a threat. The dangers posed by the island forced people to interact, even if they hated each other. However, now that the island does not do anything, or at least thats what the characters think, if they get frustrated with each other, they can just decide to walk to another part of the island (Hurley in the previous ep decides to break away. In season 1, this would be unthinkable, because the island was too dangerous.) Besides, secondary characters are suddenly being thrown into prominence. I mean a flashback on Rose for heavens sake! I would not mind the elevation of secondary characters if it was not so random. What in earler episodes prompted Rose\\\'s prominence?

    It seems that they are running out of material. Earlier, each plot would last a couple of episodes. Tensions would only be resolved a few episodes later, if they were ever resolved that is. However, the new plot lines are basically tangents from the main story, (interaction with the island, and with each other in the context of the island, ) for plots that struggle to last an episode.

    I hate to say this, but Lost is definitely going the X-Files way. Come on Lost writers, you can still turn this around. Dont sell out.

    On another note, whats up with the ridiculously long breaks?

  • Every single week that passes, my interest in this show decreases at a rapid pace.

    Great.....more reruns coming. But really, I think I might just have to give up on lost next year. I will finish season 2 because I am sure something interesting HAS to happen for the season finale. But for me, I was never a fan of the flashbacks. I am a fan of what's going on with the island. And since they are going to drag that out as long as possible, I am stuck most of the time with my least favorite part of the show. Some episodes with the flashbacks are good, but I need a nice mix of flashback heavy shows, and island heavy shows. Except the island heavy shows has to actually give me some interesting information to keep my interest. None of this showing some map on a wall and not deal with that again till season 4 (at this rate). How about show me the map AND have some explaination of it the next episode from GALE. (I do like that Locke is going crazy though, that is the only thing interesting to me right now character wise, because ITS DIFFERENT) When I watched season one, I had favorite characters and I was interested in watching the interaction between them. Now I can care less. I don't know but the past 10-13 episodes has just killed my interest in Lost. And really, do you think we are going to find out anything interesting or have any concrete answers any time soon? Here is a show that ABC wants to keep for many many years. I would guess at least 7 or 8 seasons if the ratings hold up. So they have to drag the questions on for a long time. And I really get the sense that in Season one they gave questions and some answers and moved the island story arc at a nice pace to get viewers hooked. Once they got the viewers and realized "damn, we need to stretch this 7 more years" they have slowed everything to a crawl. Here is an example of my favorite episode the past few months -- the one about Claires baby, gave some answers, brought up new questions but it at least DEALT with the issues at hand. Perfect mixture in my mind. But since then? We have this Gale guy who is a Other. I am thinking "good, next episode we are going to find out something" Nope. Nothing. (except for the numbers running out and nothing happing...WHICH we are still not sure if thats true or not) Alright, "maybe THIS episode we will find out something concrete"... nothing expect for seeing Michael for a moment and now its another 2 weeks till we find out anything about that. Any guess's that Michael will be still unconsious for the first 59 minutes of the next episode and then will wake up just to say one word and then credits? Sorry ladies and gentlemen, but Lost is just showing it's title is true...the writers of this show are lost on how to drag this thing out and find that right balance of story-telling. I have seen the 24 vs Lost conversations, and really it should be 24 vs. Sopranos. Lost does not belong in the same conversation.
  • 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 is no more concerned about pushi

    It just couldn't get worse. Why can't the Lost writers focus on the main characters only. Why the hell do they have to keep going off track again and again. Wasn't the previous stupid episode on Hurley not enough that they got Rose and Bernard this time ? Who cares what happened in te previous life of these two ? And I think they have finally shown that no one is going to try and get out of that damn island. All seem to have their peace with it. This is just too stupid. And what happened to Kate's role ? Wasn't she supposed to be their hero ? Where has she disappeared all of a sudden ?
  • blueballin' it

    here we go on yet another big lost break where the writers can sit around their lacquered one-piece felled ancient redwood board table and wring the juice out of their already drippin' stress-induced sweat rags onto carefully itemized agendas detailing statistics on demographics, ratios, and sustainability.
    Q: "how'm i gonna pay of my two jags and my summer home on kauaʻi this season j.j.?"
    A: "well, we can bring back michael for starters..."
  • It's time to start axing some of these characters.

    This episode to me epitomized why Lost has been underwhelming in the 2nd season. You've got all these great developments happening with the island map on the door, and they barely take time to examine those mysteries. Instead, they focus on characters we don't even care about. I really don't care about Mr. Eko and his church, Anna Lucia and I especially don't care about Bernard & his wife's pathetic relationship.

    I do care about Kate, Charlie, Claire, Jack, Hugo, Jin & Sun, Sawyer, and especially John Locke. I think "the others" are cool, and the fact that they have one in their prison is riveting. I want to learn more about the others, the island, where the boy was taken to, what the black security system is, and what the code actually does. The writers are just giving us nothing. I expect things to pick up, but why waste time on extraneous characters we don't care about when there is so much better material to explore?
  • Not the best of Subplots.

    The characters in this episode are probably not my favorite. I am all for the backstories to these characters but Rose and Bernard arent the most riveting of characters. The disclosure at the end of the episode as to the healing nature of the island is something we already knew. In all the whole episode seemed like a filler. Jack and Kate\\\'s \\\"talk\\\" was pretty pointless, it seems like they are going in circles.Now onto what I liked abt the episode. I liked how the fact that everybody on the island had accepted their fate was shown. I could feel the desperation in Bernard\\\'s character. Overall the very tight acting and high production values still prevailed. Not LOST\'s best episode.
  • pretty boring episode. nothing was accomplished

    wow. what a bad episode. nothing happened until the very end where michael comes back. now we've got 3 annoying characters back: jack, michael and kate. that SOS sign was completely useless. it just developed the character plot of bernard and rose who are such minor characters that i have no clue why the producers did it.
  • This in my opinion was the worst episode of this great season.

    I didn't enjoy this episode at all. It in my opinion was a kid of filler episode apart from the fact that it showed how Bernard and Rose fell in love. Nothing happened on the island except Michael coming back at the end. Brenard wanted to make an SOS sign and in the end no SOS sign was made.Pointless! Kate and Jack go out to the line they're not supposed to cross and want to discuss an exchange,Henry for Walt. All it showed was there journey out to the woods and then Michael running out at the very end and falling unconsious. This was the worst episode of this great season.
  • Well I guess the writers thought after 2 intense episodes it's time for a filler.

    Well, if you wan't to be up to date, it's very important to watch every episode. Because even fillers have little things that are revelant to the plot.

    Now, not saying you don't have to see S.O.S at all, but the last 15 seconds is all you need.

    S.O.S is a Bernard and Rose centric episode. It's funny, because they are only recurring characters. We learn how they met, and, that, Rose has cancer, and she only has a little time left, but Bernard doesnt matter what, wnats to marry her.

    This was the only remarkable twist. The on island plot is more likely a parody, it's reeally light hearted. Bernard wants to build an S.O.S sign but eventually veryone leaves him alone.
    Jack and Kate decides to go out in the Jungle to force a trade(Henry for Walt).

    We learn that Rose does know that Locke was in wheelchair - this one tiny bit of revelation was good too, I must say.

    Then at the end, finally Michael pops up. About time.
  • Not one of the best episodes of the season.

    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.
  • Hmm..

    Fire+Water is rated 7.9 whereas S.O.S. is on 8.7. Now I know many people are turned off by the really unique style of F+W, but as far the storyline goes, there was more progress in F+W. I hate it when people say Lost is a soap opera, because it isn't. But this episode had soap opera aspects to it, for sure.
    The entire Rose and Bernard flashback was heart warming, and finding out Rose haD a terminal illness(cancer) was surprising at first, but then, not so much. We knew the island has healing powers, it's been proven, so it's proven again. Okay. I'm fine with that as long as we get something new. But no. Nada. Zilch. Blah. The backstory started off well with the revelation, but ended up like a shipwreck, as it contributed nothing to the island story. We already guessed that the island is a special place. Thanks Isaac.

    The island storyline, not much better. The giant SOS sign idea wasn't that bad, I didn't really understand why people laughed at Bernard, I think he was right: they don't want rescue. Well they do, but the writers really messed up because they wanted Bernard to have a stupid idea but a giant SOS sign isn't. Based on the flashback, Rose could've started with telling Bernard what she told him in the end... what I'm trying to say is that the entire episode felt like a unneccessery side dish. The only valuable part was Jack and Kate going to the borderline the others specified to trade Henry for Walt. Predictable as hell, but still, it was nice to see... MICHAEL come back. But since he didn't say a thing, his return was just a huge tease.

    Overall, a very slow, sometimes painful episode that was saved by Jack/Kate scenes, Locke's struggle and the great acting by Sam Anderson(Bernard).
  • For me, this is amongst the worst of the Lost episodes.

    Rose and Bernard are that type of couple that neither bothers you nor interests you on the show. So to have the story be central to their lives on the island and before their time on the island in this episode doesn't really capture your interest the way that lets say Sun and Jin's story may. But it's not even their story that makes this episode so bad. At least one's compassion for Rose will be there when her belief that the island healed her is revealed; or there for Bernard who only wants to protect his wife. What's so bad? The usual really. Forced and contrived Jack/Kate scenes. They're just awful in this episode. Trying to force this couple upon us won't make my interest in them grow - they're bad enough as individuals so putting them together and trying to make it romantic is just as bad as it gets.

    The caught in a net scene is just downright silly and almost painful to have to watch. The writers shouldn't write passion for a passionless couple such as Jack and Kate. The ridiculous caught in a net expression is used in the follow-up episodes and gets to the point of high school when Sawyer takes it as a sexual implication. Dear oh dear, writers.
  • not much happens...

    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.
  • Zzzzzzzzzzz...wah? It's still on?

    Nothing really happened in this episode. It was pretty dull. I was excpeting more but I did not get anything. We find out that Rose was really sick before the crash and she does not want to get rescued because she thinks if she does she will get sick again.

    The only thing that really happened to make this episode worth watching was Jack and Kate got caught in a net and it was funny watching them try to get out of it. Kate says she is sorry that she kissed Jack and Jack tells her that he is not sorry. When you think that they are going to have a little romantic, Michael has to show up with a bag over his head and his hands tied behind his back to mess up the whole moment.

    The episode after this makes up for this dull one.
  • Yawns!

    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!
  • What happened?

    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.
  • This episode was not so hot.

    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.
  • BOOOO!!!

    I cannot express how much I hated this episode, not only did nothing happen, but Rose and Bernard aren't even likable characters, so I'm no gunna give this episode the satisfaction of a good score.

    I really do think that they could have done a much better job on this episode, I hate Bernard so that's kind of hard to deal with and Rose is just annoying, "The cereal goes on the left Bernard," like who the hell cares (please do not report abuse, I trying to be as formal as possible).

    Even in most episodes the cliff-hanger ending saves it from being a mediocre episode, but no matter how cool it was to have Michael back, this episode had dug itself way to deep for anyone to save it.

    Kate: Michael!?

  • Transitional Episode, but it has good Scenes!!!!


    Rose is the only character that did not have the chance to be the Main Character and her own flashbacks. So It was time to do it. Has expected, it could not be something trivial, it was necessary to do something special, like locke healed legs for example.

    Through this mindset, her Storyline was construted with a beginning and a end. Since she is not a strong character, it was best this way.

    Make sense that she is healed too, like Locke, but what was not necessary was for her husband to try to make the signal. This was only to fill the episode.

    Other events, like Jack and Kate is a setup, the hatch too.

    Emotions - » Since Rose is not a Strong Character, it was difficult to create better scenes, since the majority for the Audience would not care. All the Scenes featuring the her flashbacks is about Sadness and Hope. Typical Lost Drama.

    Progression - » Since this is a setup, nothing essential happened, so this can be considered filler. This is all about doing a closure for a character that had not time to be one of the main Cast.

    Ending - » Nothing special or impressive.

    Overall - » Good Material, but not enough to be Great. Still, is a good Setup with some good material and closure.
  • Pivotal Episode to setup the rest of the season.

    I am excited to see Michael is back and has further information involving the Others. It raises questions, however, too. Michael has shown to be desperate to get Walt back on more than one occasion. As revealed in the preview for the next episode, Michael says there are only a handful of Others and they can take them out and get his son back. Is it a suicide mission to get Walt back?

    On another note concerning Michael. "Henry Gale" never revealed how he came to be an Other. Has Michael become one of the Others? He has been gone for quite a while, now. Who knows what they have done to him and what his state of mind is? Could he now be a spy for them? Who would suspect him, otherwise? This would help explain Henry's silence for so long, as he has been waiting for this exchange to take place, and how he just so happened to come into the hands of the survivors. Did anyone else find it strange that the doll Kate picked up looks just like the one seen earlier in the season when the "Others" walked by? It has seemed strange to me since Henry was introduced that he was alone and Danielle just so happened to capture him. Jack and Kate were caught in a similar net of Danielle's. Has Henry's capture been the Others way to get an insider into their camp to have a party sent to them to be trapped and slaughtered as Henry has hinted at doing?

    I do wish last week's episode would have been addressed a little further in this episode. It is as though the last episode never occured. It is getting increasingly frustrating to keep positive about Lost but I am holding out for a fantastic finish to the season.

    One final question. Doesn't it seem strange to anyone else that if the island has a healing power, of sorts, how has Claire's baby gotten sick? What was that which Ethan injected that makes it so the baby gets sick? S.O.S. focused alot about the healing effects of the island but Claire's baby has been ill on two seperate occasions.
  • The only positive point of the show is that Michael returns...

    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
  • not amazing

    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

    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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