Overall, S.O.S. wasn\'t bad, being that it was Lost\'s first episode that centered around guest stars. I gave it full marks for the characters, because Rose and Bernars really came to life. The acting, as always, was superb. Also, we got to see how multidimensional Rose\'s character was, especially in her reactions to her husband\'s idea for rescue.
It wasn\'t Lost\'s usual take on things, though. Instead of being an action-packed thriller, it seemed to me that it was a little more like a chick flick. This is fine for me, but others might be turned away by that. I see it as though it was neccesary to see some Rose/Bernard backstory, but not much of the overall story advanced.
The writing was excellent, with exceptional dialogue from our main characters. The camera angling was also good. S.O.S. was a change of pace for Lost, but I\'m open to change.