Lost

Season 3 Episode 22

Through the Looking Glass (1)

6
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 23, 2007 on ABC
SUBMIT REVIEW

Episode Fan Reviews page 3 of 4

9.6
out of 10
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1,960 votes
  • What a great episode and a perfect teaser for season 4!

    10
    This is Lost at its best, where the plot allows some questions to be answered as well as beckoning a whole lot more! Mainly, why does Jack want to get back so badly after all his efforts to get off that elusive island?? I could only make one conclusion: Ben must have got off too. It's very likely that Jack was reading his obituary in Ep.70.. this would explain why he was so upset about someone who was neither 'friend or family' to him). And who, or WHAT, is Jacob all about???? Anyway, bring on season 4... I can't wait!!
  • Overall, this episode was a powerful season finale, changing the face of “Lost” in a major way while preserving the underlying elements that make the series unique.

    10
    As mentioned previously, this episode represents the 60% completion point for the “Lost” epic. In terms of a novel, this is when the plot usually gets rather complicated. This is when the unexpected twists and revelations begin, when choices and consequences are most important. Since the series is more or less five seasons long (in terms of the number of episodes), there’s an interesting basis for comparison.

    Some might remember the series “Babylon 5”, a science fiction series from the 1990s that had a unique structure. It had a planned beginning, middle, and end, stretched across five seasons, with a measured progression of plot and character arcs along the way. Without getting into details, the third season of “Babylon 5” involved a rising conflict with a mysterious enemy, with the season finale bringing that conflict to an important crossroads. Unexpectedly, early in the fourth season, this conflict (which had been building since the middle of the first season) came to a definitive end, though this led to a series of other important revelations and consequences. (Fans of both shows might see other parallels as well.)

    This was brought to mind by this episode, because the Others have been the mysterious enemy since roughly the middle of the first season, and in this episode, Ben begins to explain his rationale. It’s not particularly new, for those paying attention over the stretch of the third season, but it does point to the possibility (predicted previously) that the JackLocke Tribe and the Others might have a common enemy.

    Ben has insisted for quite some time that contact with the outside world should be limited at best. He’s taken measures to keep people on the island against their will, and he has contact with assets in the outside world to ensure that people learn about the island on his terms. On one level, his association with Jacob give him reason. On another level, it appears that he might have good reason to want the island to be preserved.

    The tale of Desmond and Penelope has suggested an interesting and complex scenario. As previously speculated in the review for “Live Together, Die Alone” (the second season finale), Desmond’s arrival on the island and his effective imprisonment in the Swan Station seems to have its origins with Penny’s father. If so, Charles Widmore might have known the general location of the island, but not its exact location.

    After the end of the second season, Penny’s people had found evidence of the island’s location, and as this episode proves out, her efforts over the subsequent weeks to contact someone on the island to find Desmond had been substantial. Surely, this would have been discovered by her father, who might see an upside to finding Desmond, the island, and taking control before Penny can make her own move.

    This would be in keeping with the producers’ comments regarding the deep importance of the tale of Desmond and Penelope, and how it sits at the heart of the series’ mythology. It also justifies Ben and his draconian measures. All the evidence suggests that the Widmore machine is substantial and destructive, and if anyone would want to find and exploit the island and its properties, it would be Widmore. And Widmore would be able to send someone with a picture of Desmond and a satellite phone along with a small fleet of mercenaries to find and occupy the island.

    This is what Ben is trying to prevent, and with a potential threat on the horizon, his tactics need to change. Previously, he’s seen the JackLocke tribe as grist for the mill, a source of replenishment of his population and further biological tests to solve the fertility problem. Now, he needs them, and oddly enough, the JackLocke tribe may need him, especially if his warnings come true.

    This places the flash-forward in this episode in an interesting context. One might assume that Jack, Kate, and the other rescued survivors in that unknown future time period were rescued by Naomi’s group. However, the evidence suggests something far more complex and deadly. If Ben is correct, the island will be coming under assault by those with little interest in rescuing anyone.

    Jack, in the future, was seen as a hero “twice over” after he saved a woman from a car accident that he, indirectly, brought to pass. The first incidence of heroism, it seems, had been his effort to get the JackLocke tribe rescued. At least some of the main characters survived to that point, and it was an open and positive enough rescue process for the media and public to see him as heroic well after the fact. More than that, Jack was trying to find the island again, suggesting that whatever was profound about the island was still present and unspoiled.

    It is also suggested that Jack had to make some difficult and morally questionable choices to ensure rescue, and nothing that happens on the island in this particular episode meets that level of psychological duress. Had Sayid, Bernard, and Jin died, it might have been another story. But the only major casualty was Charlie, who chose his own fate.

    What this points to is a major arc, perhaps stretching over the entire fourth season, where the island is invaded by Naomi’s group and Jack realizes that it was a massive mistake. The only means of survival might be an alliance with the Others, who have now lost some of their best operatives. Presumably, this would eventually end with effective resistance against the invaders, but would end with Penny and her people rescuing the survivors.

    If true, then Jack’s story in the “future” would represent a fifth or sixth season boundary point, not the end of the series. The full measure of the story may require that the survivors be rescued and then, in some lesser fashion, find their way back to the island to finish what was started. Stepping back into the outside world, as mentioned in the review for “Greatest Hits”, would give the writers a way to explore the various connections to the island and its history beyond the island itself, as Jack and those willing to return with him look into how to do so.

    To keep the story powerful and unusual, this could all happen concurrently, much as this episode accomplishes. The story of what happened leading up to and beyond the flash-forward in this episode, seen from the point of view of several key characters, could weave into the story of how the invaders were repelled and the subsequent rescue took place. And this would allow the writers, at some future point, to spend very little time in the outside world before returning to the island. (At that point, one would expect the narrative to shift again.)

    This is all speculation, of course, and the series could take a completely different path. But this would facilitate the concept of redemption. If the island demands that people change, on some fundamental level, then it’s more than just a shift of psychology on the island. The survivors must follow through on those choices. In essence, the way of the island (taking down those who cannot change and redeem themselves) continues. For example, if Sawyer comes to terms with his past on the island, following “The Brig”, then he must inevitably follow through on the potential for change after leaving the island.

    Speaking of relationships, this is another aspect suggesting a time period between this finale and the actual rescue. The suggestion is that Kate and Sawyer found a life together after the rescue (though this is intentionally vague, and might be completely different than expected). As of this episode, however, Sawyer is pushing Kate away. Jack also has a budding relationship with Juliet, but she’s nowhere to be seen in the flash-forward. (This aspect is, quite possibly, the only redeeming quality of the Polygon of Tortured Love.)

    Taking that and the redemptive concept in mind, Jack’s future trouble is in keeping with the idea that his progression was incomplete. He wasn’t meant to leave yet. Perhaps none of them were, but he certainly wasn’t. It may be that return to the island would be fatal, but it’s also possible that he needs to uncover the truth about the island to complete his journey. His “future” difficulties are indicative of a self-destructive transition from the man of science and reason to a man of faith, not unlike Locke. This episode suggests that Locke’s death, unnoted by everyone but Jack, triggers Jack into taking on that destiny.

    Some might balk at the need for using Jack as the POV character for the future, but for better or worse, he is the central character as seen in the pilot. Jack and Locke represent two important philosophies on the show, and one would expect that Jack’s journey would be a through-line for the series as a whole. The fact that Jack is reviled is not necessarily a reason to avoid his point of view; if anything, it would make his potential redemption upon return to the island more compelling. That said, it would be expected that the “future” time period would be seen again from other perspectives.

    In the “present” on the island, Locke hits yet another crisis of faith, as evidenced by his inability to walk and his decision to commit suicide. Walt’s apparent appearance changes that, restoring his faith. Though some might interpret Walt as a return of the character, this is unlikely. Looking back on “The Cost of Living”, this is more likely a manifestation of the “monster”, taking on a form that Locke would find meaningful. This once again suggests, in light of the speculation above, a link between Jacob, the “monster”, and the central mystery of the island. With the future of the island at stake, Locke is sent to eliminate that threat.

    The flash-forward and Jack’s mission to the radio tower includes the long-awaited reunion between Danielle and Alex. This could lead to the revelation of how Ben came to be Alex’s adoptive father and what happened 16 years earlier. Even without those answers, this plot point pays off some of the lingering questions from the first season.

    The other major subplot of the episode involves Charlie and Desmond. As expected, Desmond’s vision comes true, even if not in the expected manner. Charlie’s choice is just as selfless as ever, with his concern being Desmond’s survival and the salvation of his friends. More than the previous episode, Charlie’s sacrificial choice is an active decision. He could have run out the door, but he understood that Desmond heard Penny’s voice and would happily let himself drown to speak with her.

    Some criticized the notion that this sacrificial moment is a progression for Charlie, but it’s a subtle distinction from his former behavior. While Charlie has nearly died on several occasions, and he’s been willing to toss himself into harm’s way to save Claire and others, that’s a reactive decision. It’s been a matter of personal gain or spur of the moment. In this case, Charlie made the decision to sacrifice himself, took steps towards that end, and mentally prepared himself for his own end. All that matters was the mission. That represents Charlie’s redemption: making a familiar choice, but this time, for the right reasons.

    The subplot on the beach may have been less substantial than the flash-forward, the road to rescue, or Charlie’s sacrifice, but it managed to pull off the most satisfying moment of the finale. Hurley’s unexpected rescue, using the van from “Tricia Tanaka is Dead”, once again proved that the character has depth and purpose. He was also present for one of Sawyer’s less heroic moments.

    For all that Sawyer’s killing of Tom plays off yet another element of the first season, it also speaks to the darkness that is eating at Sawyer’s soul. This is entirely appropriate. Sawyer may have the opportunity to redeem himself and find a life beyond Sawyer and revenge, but that doesn’t mean that finding himself will be a quick and easy process. James Ford has a great deal of potential, but days after killing his nemesis, he’s still Sawyer.

    Beyond that, the episode is full of little moments of near perfection. Juliet’s attitude is spot on, making her survival to this point all the more satisfying. Speaking of satisfying, there’s Sayid and his Bauer-esque dispatch of his captor. There’s Mikhail and his unrelenting habit of surviving just about anything (and he probably survived the damn grenade, too!). There’s Bonnie and Greta, two characters that would have been fun to see again. There’s Ben and his rising panic, completely consistent with his character to date. And there’s the inherent tone of the episode, which makes it feel more like a film than a simple television episode.

    Yet it all comes back to the “game changing” decision to open the narrative into the “future”, widening the scope in a powerful way and generating an entirely new realm of speculation and creativity. Those who read spoilers were probably underwhelmed, but familiarity does breed contempt, and one must have perspective. This gives the writers a means of keeping the series fresh while implementing an interesting and character-rich twist.

    At the beginning of the review, “Babylon 5” was mentioned. As some fans might recall, shortly after the end of the third season, when the major conflict ended earlier than expected, some considered the rest of the series to be a matter of diminishing returns. Some might wonder if “Lost” will suffer the same fate. One must point out that there was a major contributor to the “Babylon 5” downturn (overstated as it is): an incredibly messy conflict over renewal and the likelihood of finishing out the series as intended.

    “Lost”, unlike “Babylon 5”, has been given a clear timetable. The path to the end is in hand. The writers should not have to concern themselves with adjusting the narrative in anticipation of cancellation. As such, the plot and character arcs can unfold as desired. For those willing to let the story be told on the creators’ terms, this episode represents a promise that it will be more than worth the wait.
  • A great season 3 finale the best Lost features are shown again

    10
    WOW, im eager waiting all the next months for Season 4, just like millons of fans all over the world.
    Here in Argentina we love the show and hope that next season will be as good as the last 6 episodes of this season Sorry for Charlie death and congrats to the writers..
    Greetings from Argentina
    See you next Season
  • Three explosions.

    10
    Jack and the rest of the camp make their way to the radio station...they are making actually their way to the radio station while Sayid, Jin and Bernard stay behind to trigger the dynamites and to kill the others. Charlie is tortured by the girls in the Looking glass and he tells them about Juliet's information and each other feels betrayed because Ben lied them about the station.
    Through the series of flashbacks we see Jack in an awful state. He is an acoholic and he wanted to jump off the bridge but ultimately saved mother and son and that made him a hero...
    Walt appeard and told Locke tohat the island needs him.
  • One of the best episodes of Lost EVER!!!!!!!

    9.8
    This Lost had everything in it that we expected from Lost. It had the comedy, the action, the suspsense, a little romance between Jack and Kate it had everything. It also helped to usher in what is going to happen next season with this mysterious boat off the coast, Ben's warning that everything isn't as it seems (like we didn't know from watching the entire series in the first place) to Jack's wierd "forwardback" when he says it was a mistake they left the island. To me that was a told ya so because of what my man Locke said. I will praise the writers everyday forever for making Locke live through being shot by Ben. I was honestly worried there for a little bit when Locke didn't show up at all last episode. On another note I am really sad to see Charlie die. I know all of us who watch the show knew it was coming but I didn't think it was going to be that sudden. Darn Desmond and his flashbacks. And what is with that Russian guy?! He's like immortal or the bad verison of Locke or something, seems nothing can kill this guy. I can't wait for Lost to come back next Feb, in the meantime we got season 3 on DVD coming out hopefully soon, and we always hae 1 & 2 to pass the time with till Lost next returns. LOST RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Ben, Walt, Locke, Charlie know somebody worse than "The Others" are coming if they make the call. Good old Jack and Kate are fooled again.

    10
    Yes, I figured out that the flash was forward right away, that Jack was talking to Kate, that Charlie would die, that Walt was coming back (the intro credits told us that. Yet, I really enjoyed it. It was fun and clever. I laugh at people who expect T.V. to be like a Franz Kafka novel or a Charlie Kaufman movie. Give me a break, this is T.V.! There is no more cleverly written American show than LOST. I love the questions that this brought out. What did Walt see and where did he see it (in what form did he return?)? What does Ben know about the people coming back to the island? What will Jack experience in the time before he gets off of the island? Who is in the coffin (Ben?)? What transformation will continue in Locke? What will we find out about Jacob? Why does the Russian never die? Why does Richard not age? The whole point of the show is to have more questions than answers. Not in the grandest of metaphysical ways, but in a fun escapist way. This is T.V. and it was meant to entertian us! To let us escape from our real problems. To use a horrible pun, to get LOST in the show for 1/2 hours of our lives. I can't wait for next season. This season had some great moments. Much better than season two. Proof that this season was much better than last year is that people really got into the new characters; Ben, Juliet, Jacob, Richard and Desmond (I know he was in season 2, but developed this season). Compare that to the flop that was the other side of the island survivors from season 2(all are gone). With the exception of Eko they all were disasters. Even Eko was never fully developed. This years flops on the beach were buried alive early enough to not ruin the season. This season had some very good moments. Most around Ben, Locke and Jacob. I do feel like Jack (always whimpering), Kate (always getting the Losties in trouble)and Claire (just backdrop) became really boring this year and very static. I feel Sawyer and Hurley are close to becoming cartoon characters. Last, Sayid (my favorite LOSTIE) and Jin were both under used this season.
  • Best Episode Yet!

    10
    I really think this has to be the best episode I've seen... I feel this may not be a "flash forward" as many people are saying, but still a flashback - with the island being the actual flashback for Jack. It was very revealing that Jack was so pained at leaving the island. Whoever it was that died (and we know they were, in Jack's eyes, neither friend or family) it caused Jack great pain. And this may not be because he truly cared about the person. It may just be that this person's death brought up all of the memories of the island and his wish to return to it. Kate obviously did not care to attend, so this could be someone who betrayed the group on the island - Michael? Either way, it is clear that the pivotal moment on the island was Jack's decision not to listen to Ben and to use the satellite phone to contact Naomi's ship. The number of Others on the island are quickly diminishing, so could there be a merging soon of the crash survivors and the Others? It's possible if they find Ben to be telling the truth - and the real enemies are in a ship at this moment waiting to kill everyone on the island. I cannot wait for next season to see the next direction this amazing series will take!
  • !!!!Jack's Father....

    9.5
    Remember when Jack was in the hospital yelling at that doctor in the hallway? And Jack said, "You go upstairs, and if I am more drunk than my FATHER, you can fire me..." Did anyone notice this??? Isn't JACKS FATHER dead????? Why was he saying that then???!!! And Rose can not leave the Island remember? The Island healed her. If she leaves, then she would die. Aldo John Locke. He cannot leave because of his legs. Maybe that is why Jack was saying that e wanted the plane to crash, that he wanted to go back, but they cant find the island again. Maybe people were left behind?? If anyone has any thoughts or ideas, please let me know.
  • Fantastic Finalie to an equal great Season my take on the Lost Season Finalie Keep reading!

    9.6
    Spoilers for those who have not seen the Finalie if you havnt well thiers somthing wrong with you. \

    Okay first of all fantastic episode that made me shiver everytime it went to commercial break.

    I was around a few close of my Lost friends and I perdicted at the very beginning that Jacks Flashback was set in the future It just didint seem Jack like at all are I was thinking this is what would of happened if the Plane never crashed. You can ask my friends and they will tell you I called the flashback. and Im sure some of you already had known about it and guessed it. Rather then Kate meeting Jack (Kate looked Amazing I must say!) It should of been Clarie it would of confirmed that shes safe and Charlie didint die for nothing and thier sibling relationship. Better yet could of been Micheal! that would of been a twist. But as for the huge "twist" is was forseeable I defently saw it coming when Ben told Jack that if he allowed the "bad" people to come things would be worse. As for the actual flashback I did'int enjoy it at all some scenes were pointless. Okay onto the actual episode and I *Clap* for those who read this far. Lets talk about What happened in the looking glass for a miniute. Charlie already accepting his fate and acting as if hes going to get out if it was great and when he died I was sad but I had come to grips with it ever since the "Flashes before your eyes" Penny returns but does'nt see her beloved Desmond and the invincable Mikhail seems too never die I mean in the past 2 weeks hes been thown into an electric fence beat down several times by Jin Sayid and Locke and then has a Harpoon. Just wondering how Des will get out with Mikhail outside. Shes giving me good Vibrations. The Others Battle was awesome I enjoyed it but Hurley completley saved the day and is now my Hero! Sayid kicked but, same with Sawyer. I really thought Jahr, Kwon and Dentist (Couldnt the writers of picked a last name for Bernard or maybe the Others dont know everything?) were dead! Juliet being there is more then what we think and speaking of Juliet what was that kiss towards Jack, Kate should of said somthing to her, I love Juliet for a Character but I really dont like her. Jack loves the Kiss and 5 seconds later tells Kate he loves her. I kind of think Jack meant it in a different way maybe? Dispite hating each other Locke and Ben are on both sides in terms of whats going on with the Island and protecting the Island from getting communication with the enemy. Walt returns much older which I think was better since it gave more of a creepy feel. Locke will always need a push in the right direction. Alex meets her mother and I love the reason for Ben not wanting Karl to be around I plus it would mean Alex would die. Its bittersweet that they have got communication even though by the next scene it results in danger but I was glad still, Its sets up next season on very False Hope. As for Naomi's true intentions will never be known I didint think she was going to dit in the episode but I thought she would since the beginning she rambels onto Jack about if she died. Overall the season was Amazing 5 Stars but this season was defently about the Others but I thought more things were going to be explained Do we know the Orgins? Still plenty of questions But the Others are defently living in the same enviroment now as the Losties and I enjoyed evey seconed of it Its going to be a long time untill 2008 but at least we know most of our survivors are Happy and thinking they will be rescued. Comments Welcome, Please
  • This episode did exactly what every Jackback does... bores me... until the end. When the plot twist is so surprising it makes this episode one for the history books. It will M. Night Shamalan you!

    10
    I'll start with the obvious. Jack has a beard.
    Ok... and his "flashback" has to be one of the most random ones I've seen in a while.
    It's the basic Jack fare... his ex is there... and Jack made a mistake and cries about it... no big deal... it's a bit more confusing than normal... what with the casket thing, and the drugs... but it all leads up to the end where Jack meets up with Kate!!!!! And... dispite my quick thinking as to wether or not they knew each other pre flight... it's not pre flight!!! It's not even a flashback!
    It's a Flash Forward!

    You could have knocked me over with a feather.

    There was so much goodness that was in this episode... Charlie sadly died to save Des, and everyone on the island.

    The island shows it means business by killing off all the new women. Including Naomi. Big surprise.

    Sadly Tom dies too.

    Locke is ok for now... and Walt is huge!!!! Holy crap... I thought he looked older before... but goodness me! He looks older than me now... well not really... but at least 15 or so.

    I just can't say enough good things about this episode. Alex and Danniele are together... the "Bad Guys" are coming... The Hurley/Workman Bus makes a reappearance.

    All in all, I have nothing bad to say here... everything was nicely cleaned up... I feel like LOST can do anything!!!

    I give it 109 out of 108 stars.
  • i cant explain my emotions for it

    10
    throughout the episode may people die including ten of the others
    2 of the others in the looking glass
    naomi dies
    michelle dies
    and my favorite character, charlie dies

    charlie finally manages to turn of the looking glass system, but michele murders him, whilest killing himself

    peneolpy gets ahold of him but manages to say, tht it wasnt her boat before, the room gets flooded

    as soon as charie dies, aaron starts cryin

    walt is bak

    locke gets out of the hole

    and kills naomi

    ben waz rite and says how people are looking for the island and will kill everybody

    hurley becomes a hero

    and to top it off jack has a forward vision, about him and kate being off the island

    a episode of mixed emotions, but the next series is goin to take to long and i will miss lost dearly till it starts again
  • This episode was shocking and enthralling. A rough count of the deaths is about 15 minor characters and one main star...

    10
    In The Episode the looking Glass many things are happining at once but the show seemed to pull it off. The audience is on edge trying to figure out the flash-backs, if charlie will die, if naomi is who she says she is, and why locke came back to life? The action kept audience on edge, in awe and got some yelling at their teles'. The Charcter Charlie is dead now. And probably for good. He drowned because Mikihal blew open a window in the looking glass with a grenade while penny, Desmond's long lost girlfriend, was on the communicater with Charlie. Charlie Locked Desmond out of the room and with his last effort pulled out his permanet marker and wrote "NOT PENNY'S BOAT" on his left hand and held it up to te window for Desmond to see. He gave a slight smile then fell back into death. Overall this episode was one of the bests. they good have, however gotten more out of it by exaggerating several issues that were just mentioned. This episode was also slightly preticable and had a couple cheezy parts.
  • Ben was right, Charlie's dead, Jack's a horrible hero, and they get off the island. Hoo-rah.

    7.6
    That's where this plot came from, at least. Why do the writers associate "shock value" and "excitement" with killing off characters? I was left with nothing but empty feelings from this episode. I've loved Lost ever since it began, and I've been an obsessed fan...up until last night. Everything in it was predictable. I knew Jack was going to say he loved Kate. Then I said, "I bet he's going to kiss Juliet, too." Then I said, "I bet Patchy's not really dead." I predicted that Hurley would bring out the VW, and that it would be Walt that appeared to Locke.

    So the usual complete surprise that Lost usually has was absent, except the ending. Even then, I said, "If that is Kate in that car, I am done with this show."

    And guess who popped out? Yeah. I thought so.

    And Charlie's completly unsurprising death was one thing; sad. We were promised so much more than we got about Claire and Charlie's relationship. Now we have to sit through ANOTHER god-awful season of the island's "Love Triangle" (which has once again turned into a "Love Square"--remember Ana Lucia?), when we had a perfectly good and entrancing couple to watch already!

    Lost has definitly gone downhill with this one. From reverting to the "let's kill off characters for shock value!" plan to the "let's bring back a love square, they'll never be expecting it!", Lost has completly lost my faith. Pun intended.
  • This is the best Episode of Lost ever!! I'm not even sure if anyshow has matched up to this episode. Very action packed and always something important going on, almsot no filler. It will be hard to ever top. (contains spoilers)

    10
    Here we go , we see Jack in an Airplane another Oceanic flight funny enough, and he has a beard, and has had a few drinks but we don't find out till later that this is kind of a flash foward instead of a flash back . Speaking of which can anyone name the song that was playing on Jack's radio in the car when he went to the funeral home. It was a Nirvana tune, from the last album.

    They caught the others by surprise even though Gin missed his shot, they did blow a few of them sky high, killed 7 of them actually. Of course then they were captured and Bernie sang like a freakin' bird. Which is how they found out were Charlie was. That ended up being good because Mikhail then saw desomond and shot at him and it gave Charlie the back up he needed down there underwater with the ladies that are holding him hostage. Charlie was hilarious being a smart ass with those ladies and then.

    The group realized that they should be caught up by now and Sawyer and Juliete end up going back, I thought she was going to betray the group yet she didn't. Before they went here comes Alexis & Ben. Ben says he is going to kill the 3 guys if he Jack doesn't tell him what he wants to know, Jack refuses and for awhile we all think Gin, Sayid, and Bernie are dead. They went back and Hurley wanted to help, but the poor guy wasn't welcomed. They get there and see that Gin, Sayid, and Bernie are in fact alive. They shot in the sand and are questioning Ben's authority. Sawyer was about to make a move and then comes Hurley in one of the Dharma vans, busts through nails one of the others, and of course that leads to Sawyer shooting one, and Sayid, kiling one with some leg choke hold. So now the guys are still alive and about 10 others are dead, and back were the group is, Jack just beat the crap out of Ben. Locke is still in the ditch and Walt was there telling him to get up. Locke gets up and finds their group and holds them up at gunpoint because he doesn't want them to get off of the island. I personally think he probably has a reason or Walt told him something. I'm not sure what that was swith Walt since Walt & Michael left on a boat, he wasn't there when Locke got back with the group. I liked when Rousseau punched Ben in the face it was funny. We also saw Alex & Rousseau meet for the first time. I also wonder how did Rossaeu have a baby on the island when nobody else can, they also said earlier Claire was the only one to have a baby on the island. I'm not sure how good Locke is doing, but he is by Jack now, and if Sawyer could go a summer break with a gun shot wound then so can Locke I guess. that brings us back to the station underground, Mikhail coems up and wonders were Desmond is since he knows he swam up there, as usual this isn't in exact order, but Ben orders that he kill Charlie and the two ladies down there. Mikhail seems to question Ben as well, and shoots the 1st lady and then Desmond spears Mikhail, which by my count is now maybe 12 almost 13 others have been killed in this episode and some are important like Tom, and maybe Mikhail. Now Charlie is free and 13 others are dead because the blonde is dead too. He gets a signal and it's Penny he tells her Desmond is there, and he goes to get Desmond, first he finds out that Namomi is not with her. I'm not sure she ever said she was I thought it was implied so she may not be a bad person, but I think she probably is, especially since so many of the others are now. He also got in touch with someone from her boat and he was going to send someone, so even if they send someone is it someone bad? are they going to have new people to fight now? then come Mikhail with a grenade and he blows the window and Charlie closes the door so he can fufill Desmonds vision, and writes a note on his hand to warn Desmond, so he can tell everyone that Naomi isn't who she says she is. We assume Charlie is dead, but who knows with this show, they never really showed him floating or sinking dead, normally it would be assumed, but this is Lost, so who knows.

    We go back to Jack as we have been flashing foward, even though if you're like me you weren't sure. He calls Kate and he meets her, and tells her it was a mistake to leave the island, and that he keeps flying on planes, because he wants to crash again, and go back on the island. Kate says she has to get back to her husband I think she said, and then she said you know how he is. I take that to mean since they didn't seem like they met alot in social situations, that it was someone from the island. I have heard talk about it and I also agree that it could be Sawyer. People also thought maybe the funeral home was for Sawyer too, I thought it was for his Dad. I don't know. People also metioned his dad being alive because he mentioned him, but he was also on drugs and drunk too. The flash foward was a really cool idea I really liked it.

    I liked the outcome of the episode and I really think it may have been the best 2 hours of TV ever. I just thought it was really that good.
  • I was moved, I held my breath in and I loved it. I love Lost when the going gets good. (spoilers)

    9.5
    I was caught up with lost because my mother wanted me to record it for her and I should probably thank her for it, otherwise I would have missed this. This finale had so many ups and just a few down. The Japanese dude who's name I forgot finally spoke English, and while that doesn't sound like a big deal it does leave you with this weird kind of feeling. It had some pleasing action and I say pleasing because we all loved the other being blown to pieces and being shot at. When Saied is captured along with the two other guys I thought that was needed even though they failed for that moment. Though I never really cared for all the flashbacks, Jack's flashbacks were pretty good and he was easily the most moving character on that episode. Some of the most intense scenes however do bring me to some of the parts of this show that were not so great. Every time in the show when somebody is faced with a decision that would cost somebody's life or something big is about to happen where people will die... it never happens. This show builds up moments like this and then they turn it around so the worst never happens. Stop trying to make these characters look as if they're going to die or be in harms way when we know you won't pull it off. This has happened so many times that I wanted the characters to die.

    Aside from that some things did go as thought. Charlie who was a great character does die in the way it was predicted and that was quite a moving seen as he drowned but ultimately (or so we think) saved everybody else.

    That last thought leads me to the end of this episode. I thought it ended in a great way without anything happen the way they did in season 2 and 1. Charlie died to save the others and that's what it seems but the show isn't over... how are they going to do this. I think it would have been perfect had the show ended this way. With what Ben said and what Locke was doing it seems like Charlie's death was pointless and then I'd really be pissed. I wanted them to get off the island and hope that Ben's warnings were nothing but crap and if the show shall continue, as it seems... then there goes a perfect ending... for me that is. We'll just see and wait.
  • This was the best episode ever made in he hole LOST history.. it had everything i wanted to watch.. Action, Love, Betrayal, Hope, Weird things, Sadness, Jealousy, Happyness.. everything... I like watching ben´s suffer... LOL.

    10
    The episode was completely Awesome.. thats the right word... Awesome... It starts with a great exodus.. a massive exodus to the tower. They have made a master plan to kill "the others" but the plan was not enough to kill them.. jin wasnt able to shot at the dynamite.
    Everything was happening at the sametime.. while they killed 7 of the others.. only 3 of them survived... and they captured Jin, Sajid and bernard. Charlie was being tortured in the mirror station, he told them about juliet.. and they told ben... thats why bens decide to go to the tower and try to convince them to stay in the island.
    The best part i liked.. was when jack finds ben and he tries to manipulate jack telling him he will kill their friends captured at the beach, and then jack begins to kick bens ass...
    They were not all dead at last.... they were not at purge or heaven or hell.. they are alive..
    they were rescued (that wasnt showed) and now we can see their future out of that island...
    Desmonds premonition became truth and now we all miss charlie.
  • Now that was what I call a finale! Some amazing TV moments in that one and another great cliffhanger.

    10
    Wow, that really did change the view on everything. For the first time I felt myself really on Ben's side, especially when Locke turned up shouting the same sort of thing. It is now almost certain that Ben was telling the truth and that getting Naomi's team may not be what's best for everyone. Seeing Jack after being rescued in such a state was painful to watch, in a good way. Now I can only help but wonder what exactly happens to make him this depressed? And will there be more futurebacks? The on Island scenes were what really made this special though. The appearence of Walt after so long was great and raises more questions that I look forward to hearing about. The miniature war that took place was also fantastic, with Hurley saving the day after being told so much that he only gets in the way. The Charlie and Desmond scenes, also great. There were two deaths that made me feel quite down however. After Charlie tried so hard it was a shame that he had to die. I was also majorly pissed at Sawyer for killing Tom who I thought was the best other besides Ben. All in all I can't really fault this episode in any aspect, now just to wait a bloody age for season 4 then.
  • The last episode is about the sudden shock to the survivors of flight oceanic 815 that they will finally get off the island. Well Ben thinks he is going to persuade them otherwise...

    10
    I watched the entire 2 hour season finale of lost on wednesday and loved it. After all, it is my favorite show. Ben's expertise persuading skills failed him along with the mysterious future clip of Jack and Kate. This was a great episode. As a fan of lost, I would rate it a 15, but the ranks only go up to 10. Matthew Fox played an excellent episode. Though I was extremely dissapointed that Charlie(Dominique Monahan) had to die. He was a great character. I just hope that next season, season 4 will be able to reach up again to season 3's standards. Again, excellent show, I will be depressed for awhile when the show is completed after 6 seasons. Kudos!
  • A really ambiguous cliffhanger, I think that the viewers deserves more clues. Nevertheless is the best show ever.

    8.4
    I don't like the finale, sorry I don't like to criticize the show but I was specting something more that what I saw. No surprising deaths, except Tom, but he don't impact to me. A really ambiguous cliffhanger, I think that the viewers deserves more clues to speculate with the next episode, it is a long time to think in Kate's sadness during 8 moths. Nevertheless is the best show ever.
  • When Carlton Cuse said “these characters have a past, a present, and a FUTURE” I didn't take him so literally, but now after the finale, I do.

    10
    Well, the end of three seasons marks the midway point of the series. How apropos to see a “flash forward” as opposed to a flashback. Three seasons of discovering everyone’s past, now for three more discovering everyone’s future.

    They may or may not have plans to change up this format, but it would make for a cool way to see how the present all falls into place. When Carlton Cuse said “these characters have a past, a present, and a future” (on the special “LOST: The Answers”) I did not take him so literally, but after this finale, I now do. The game has changed.

    There are a few drawbacks to this though, like, I still want to see more of some people’s pasts, Rousseau and Ben particularly. Also, if they show a future for everyone, then it’s obvious they will survive the remaining 3 seasons. No more shocking island deaths now, at least not for Jack and Kate. And hey, they can bring Walt back in a flash forward and his growth will appear totally natural. Man he got tall, huh?

    I’m starting to believe Ben when he says that the Others are not the “bad guys”. Naomi and her crew were sent there for some self serving dastardly reason. I believe that they are Dharma operatives from the outside world sent to the island to investigate the loss of communication that has been interrupted by the flame’s destruction. Ben had everything under control to keep the ruse going that all was copasetic, but now events have happened that has caused there to be a “situation” as he says.

    Locke stays true to his pattern of not wanting to get off the island by killing Naomi. In the past he’s foiled Sayid’s plan to triangulate the signal, he’s blown up the Flame and the submarine, and now once again he’s attempted to hinder a rescue, but as we have seen he was too late.

    People are on their way, and it isn’t a good thing. I’m very excited to see where this is all going.
  • What a wonderful ending to a great season!

    10
    It is times like these that I am glad to of started watching this show shortly after the first season ended. Between re-runs and the first season DVD I got caught up in time to start season 2 and have been a superfan ever since. This season's finale was one, if not the best, episode (in my opinion) of the entire series. All I can say is "WOW!". Between all of the reveals and answered questions to deaths of major characters and the bringing on of more questions the finale was AWESOME! Tom and Charlie will be missed (I liked both of their characters). Jack has been pushed a little too far. Sawyer is getting the hang of killing and looks to be going to a very dark place (paging Mr. Smoke Monster). Hurley is great and shows that there is more to him than eating and calling people "dude". Hey, wasn't that kid off the island? Lock is a nut. The Others are running out of people.
  • Some questions answered, numerous others asked and a whole lot of stuff blowing up

    10
    Probably the best season finale i've seen ever, even better than the first seasons finale. Numerous things happened from the thugs of the others getting killed, Mr. Friendly getting shot, Mikial getting show with a spear gun and then blowing himself up (that guy has to be taking his flintstones vitamins ). The flashforward was amazing and i feel like an idiot that i didnt figure it out soon when i was telling my brother that he couldnt have that phone (the Crazer, new version of the Razor) since it just came out. After thinking about it, it has to be Ben that was in that coffin, it makes sense, nobody went to the funeral since he doesnt really know anyone in the "normal world", he was probably "saved" with everyone else, the wake was in the ghetto (i'm guessing the others didnt have a pension plan), when Jack was asked if he was a friend or family he said "neither", if it was anyone on the plane he probably would have said family and ofcourse other people would have been there, also when he showed Kate the newspaper clipping she said "why would i go to the wake?", so obviously it isnt someone they should like very much. All in all its gonna be a great new season, i wonder what the motives are on the ship off the coast, Are they good? Are they Bad? Why did Naomi have that picture if she wasnt sent from Penny? If anyone has any idea's on who's on that ship and why they arent going to be good, please post that. Thats it for me.
  • This episode was totally out of this world!

    10
    This episode was totally out of this world! The flashforward, the upcoming foes, Charlie's death. The plot is thickening, I really love this series.

    But one question though, is Jack's dad actually alive? or is he delusional? More mysteries, who was Naomi with? The dharma initiative back for revenge, to take the island back? Who is looking for the island? And if future Jack wants to get back to the island, why Kate doesn't? what lie are they living? Too many questions, can give anyone a headache.
  • Wow, a note to the writers of HEROES: This is how you do a season finale!!!!!

    10
    My word, what an amazing end to the best series television has ever seen. I don't want to spoil to much so I will keep this short and sweet. Everything about this was phenominal. Absolutely incredible acting, a super tight script with no padding whatsoever. It had action, drama, comedy, tragedy and above all I was hanging off my chair by my fingernails throughout the whole thing. Each time I think I've got a hold on the show they just keep coming up with ways of suprising me. Amazing. It's a shame that heroes couldn't have done this, and for the time being, heroes looks incredibly shallow and immature compared to the behemoth called lost. don't take my word for it, watch it. then watch it again, and again. my hat is off and i'm bowing to all who were involved in this masterpiece.
  • Wow, a note to the writers of HEROES: This is how you do a season finale!!!!!

    10
    My word, what an amazing end to the best series television has ever seen. I don't want to spoil to much so I will keep this short and sweet. Everything about this was phenominal. Absolutely incredible acting, a super tight script with no padding whatsoever. It had action, drama, comedy, tragedy and above all I was hanging off my chair by my fingernails throughout the whole thing. Each time I think I've got a hold on the show they just keep coming up with ways of suprising me. Amazing. It's a shame that heroes couldn't have done this, and for the time being, heroes looks incredibly shallow and immature compared to the behemoth called lost. don't take my word for it, watch it. then watch it again, and again. my hat is off and i'm bowing to all who were involved in this masterpiece.
  • Wow, a note to the writers of HEROES: This is how you do a season finale!!!!!

    10
    My word, what an amazing end to the best series television has ever seen. I don't want to spoil to much so I will keep this short and sweet. Everything about this was phenominal. Absolutely incredible acting, a super tight script with no padding whatsoever. It had action, drama, comedy, tragedy and above all I was hanging off my chair by my fingernails throughout the whole thing. Each time I think I've got a hold on the show they just keep coming up with ways of suprising me. Amazing. It's a shame that heroes couldn't have done this, and for the time being, heroes looks incredibly shallow and immature compared to the behemoth called lost. don't take my word for it, watch it. then watch it again, and again. my hat is off and i'm bowing to all who were involved in this masterpiece.
  • Words can not really sum up what happened on LOST

    10
    I'm going to say it. LOST is still the best show on television. After watching last night's finale, I have several things I would like to review.
    1) Jack's flash forward was very good, I kept thinking that SOMETHING strange has to be going on here. They gave us clues the entire time however, Jack had a RAZR phone, which wouldn't have come out till past the crash of 815. Secondly, Jack makes it a point to tell the new chief of surgery to "get his dad from upstairs", could this be that Jack's dad is still alive?
    2) Benjamin Linus is probably the biggest jerk I have ever seen on television. However, for the first time, I think Jack needs to put a little faith in the bug eyed creep. As much as the thought of Penny coming to the island to save them was awesome, Ben has to be right that Naomi's people are up to no good. I think in Season 4, we will spend most of it duking it out with these new counterparts, possible, alongside the Others.
    3) In the "Looking Glass" I kept looking for the shark to swim by in the window, Does anyone know if it actually did? Secondly, Mikhail is my favorite other, and I want to know what happened to his eye so bad, and then they can FINALLY just let him die! Charlie's death was heroic, noble, and by far the best of the finale. Sacrificing yourself because you Believe that there will be rescue is hard to do, especially only because your crazy Scottish friend said he can see the future. Oh, and Desmond is still pretty sweet.
    4) Jin missed? I thought for sure Bernard would be the one to screw up, but I guess Jin was at a disadvantage with the hand gun. Despite the brief fear that they had all died, I was elated to see Hurley run down the others and Sawyer finally seek revenge on "Zeke" for taking the boy.
    5) The boy, however, appeared to Johnathan Locke whilst Jon decided he was going to go suicidal. Walt is like "John, you got things to do," and Locke can walk again. Is Walt a form of Jacob? What does Locke have to do? Thank god he is alive, since he is my favorite character.

    Pumped for Season 4, and hopefully we'll get some LOST teasers for the summer and fall break.
  • awesome is the word and i knew jack's father would be alive

    10
    awesome awesome awesome it is the only word for this episode they are 2 many good things in this episode so i cannot write everything about the episode the major highlights are that jack's father is still alive {he tells to the other doctor to see if he is more drunk than his father is}and what we all thought that it was a flashback and i am sure none would have guessed it right and a awesome scene involving charlie's death which was a real tearjerker but i still wonder what is walt doing and whose funeral it was and my only complaint is that i cannot wait till next year to watch lost again
  • This 2hour episode of LOST was soooo good. I could barely hang on during each commercial break! I hate commercials...they should make LOST commercial free!

    10
    I love this show anyway...but throughout this season LOST hasn't been as exciting as it was in the first season. This episode brought it back!! And I'm soooo sad to see it go for another season. I'm going to go into LOST withdrawl! So glad that they let me know how Locke was last night. I was worried about Locke as he is my favourite character! I truly didn't know that it was the future that was presenting itself till near the end of the show, when they went to the Jack "Flash-forwards". Now I'm driving myself mad at who was in the casket and who's funeral did no one show up at. Maybe it was Ben? Anyway...such an amazing episode!! Especially when they led you to believe that Jin, Sayid and Bernard were all killed...heart racing, hate commercials excitment!
  • We see the past and future in "Through the Looking Glass" and we are given more to question.

    9.4
    I'd probably rave more about this episode if it wasn't for all the commercials that the network crammed in these two hours. It seemed that Lost was the filler for the constant drivel of car ads and Memorial Day advertisements.

    When we get into the meat of the story, there were a few surprises and a few not so believable moments. First of all, I wonder about Mikhail. The man went through the sonic fence and in this episode is speared through the chest and manages to get back into the water and smile while pulling the pin on the grenade that causes the radio room in the Looking Glass to flood and kill Charlie. Does he and Richard share a common thread? And we wonder - what happened to his eye?

    It also is good to see that the Others are questioning Ben. It is obviously questionable to trust a man who betrayed Dharma. I was relieve that Tom and company didn't kill Sayid, Jin and Bernard (although I wish they had after he told Tom everything). My guess is that Naomi's sponsors have been looking for the island for a while. Whether or not they are Dharma or another interest group remains to be seen. Most likely the Others and the Survivors are going to have to join forces in order to withstand the upcoming assault from this organization. This will probably be the focus of
    season 4.

    It will also be interesting to see how Jacob will fit into this and what 'work' he has for John Locke. Ben has turned a deaf ear to him and no doubt Jason will have his revenge. We must remember what Ben said about Jacob, "He's a great man, a brilliant man, but not a forgiving man." (Two for the Road)

    Hurley came through in a big way when he took the Dharma van and saved the beach group. It would had been easier for him to wallow with Apollo Bars after being rejected by both Charlie and Sawyer in helping them with their mission.

    Next season should be very interesting. I disagree with the network in making us stew for months before they continue Lost. Let's hope their move doesn't further cause the ratings of this fine show to be "Lost."
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