Season 3 Episode 22

Through the Looking Glass (1)

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

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  • 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.

    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.
  • Overall, this was the best finale of Lost's history, crowned with probably the most amazing and mind boggig twist in the history of television.

    When I finished watching, I was just sitting infront of my computer silently for about 5 minutes. I was puzzled. Our favourite show, Lost has done something really big. An era is finished.

    I believe, and I honestly do, that this episode with a few changes could have worked as a series finale. Surely, tragic one, but it would've worked!

    The main message of the episode was, that, rescue means nothing. The survivors are not "LOST" because they are on an island nobody can see, but, rather, they're lost in their life. In fact... they don't even have one waiting for them at home. With Rousseau's words... "I won't go home... I'll stay. This is my home now"

    The flashforwards had a very dark and depressing taste: and, I loved it. The camera angles, perfect. Jack Bender did a real good job.

    And not only in the flashesforwards, on the island scenes too. I liked how the camera panned around the radiotower like in season 1 finale with the raft - both things are the symbols of rescue, so using same camera angles... awesome idea.

    The Looking Glass plot was beyond amazing. I really liked Charlie. And his death...? My god. Most emotional death on television ever. He used his last bit of energy to help his fellow survivors. Some may question his death... Yes, he could've escaped, but then, the "picture in the box" would've altered, and the rescue may have not arrived...

    I'm SO GLAD that the writers didn't bring Bernard bad just to kill him - it's a cheap trick killing guest stars just for the dramatic effect(unfortunately many shows do it). Hurley, as the spoilers stated, DID play a VERY important role in the episode. He saved the day! I was waiting for that van to pop up... well, there it was.

    Character wise, too, the episode was excellent. Jack following his father, Sawyer starting to get serious, Juliet openly admitting her feelings toweards Jack(that kiss was soooo Juliet's, not Jack's), and same for Kate of course... I don't really like triangles, but I've to admit: if they can keep it up like this AND at this rate, then this might just be my favourite(and only) romantic plot on television.

    One of the biggest surprises was Walt. I don't blame the producers, but I've to note.... Walt's voice. LOL. That was SO not the Walt we knew. However, it was GREAT to see him. Hearing the whispers right before he appears implicate that it was definitely Jacob or the "monster" saving John.

    - Who, was completetly badass. The way he downed Naomi was shocking. You don't get much of this on television(woman getting a knife in her behind infront of 10's of people).

    Lastly, Ben. Michael Emerson did his BEST performance as Benjamin Linus in this episode. His conversation with Jack... priceless. Also, interesting to see how he's losing control over his own people, and how everything is falling apart for him. I think in season 4, he'll have a serious "Locke-problem".

    Overall, this was the best finale of Lost's history. The writing was very strong: much stronger than in season 2 finale. It was a really good ride with Lost this year. I give this episoee a 10, and the season a 9.5. Best season - so far.
  • There is so much story in this episode, it's worth a re-watch, particularly with the new perspective gleaned from the shocking ending. Though disticntly different from last season's finale, this one accomplishes so much...

    That ending was amazing. I'm usually good at not being surprised, but that did it. Jack's whole "flashback" was really a "flashforward"...all happening after the events on the island. Will this be the norm for the series going forward, at least semi-regularly? From a storytelling perspective, it makes sense, since this season the flashbacks were generally a little less compelling, with so much of the backstories of the survivors already being told. Now new off-island stories can be told in the future. China Beach did the same thing in their last season, with much success, though Lost has to be a little more careful, and I'll go into that in a little bit. First, the key story and character points...

    Deaths and non-deaths: Charlie dying was no surprise. His temporary reprieve from last week seemed last week like it was only temporary. The two Looking Glass women dying - not a big deal, though I kind of thought they might have more of a role for a stretch (and still may in on-island flashbacks). Naomi dies - again, no huge surprise. Ten Others die at the beach - nine of them were no big deal, but sad to see Tom go. His role had become much less significant this season as Ben was presented as the clear leader, but I'll miss the bearded, cocky Mr. Friendly. Mikhael dies (apparently). It's difficult to imagine that he could have survived the grenade explosion, he was holding it after all. I will miss him a lot. I was disappointed when he died the first time, he's very entertaining (when he was caught trying to steal the phone a few episodes ago, his line "how could you respect me if I hadn't tried" was one of the best of the season). Locke doesn't die - again, definitely not a surprise. It was very clear before that he wasn't dead. He was too big of a character for his death to be so vague, no last breath, etc. And, of course, mystery death in Jack's flashforward. And the body in the casket is...

    Well, I don't know. But we have on big clue. Jack refers to the deceased as neither family nor friend. The not friend part made me think maybe Sawyer, but Kate's line "why would I go to his funeral" makes it seem it couldn't be Sawyer. Then I thought maybe Locke. But my guess is Ben. Kate's line would fit with that, Jack would not think of him as a friend, but Jack's conflicted feelings would draw him to the funeral. We'll find out eventually.

    What's going on with Jack - Last week I speculated whether or not Jack might actually die in this episode (and he came close) because his character hadn't evolved. We knew his conflicts and flaws, but he wasn't learning from them. But what they accomplished here was brilliant. It appears Jack's lack of evolving is the cause of so many probelms. I could write a whole review exploring Jack (and maybe I will in the part II episode section); still his parallels with Locke are once again exposed here. Locke gets that leaving the island is wrong. And based on Jack's flashforward, Jack evenutally feels the same way. The question is is his post traumatic stress disorder a result of no longer being the savior in an extreme situation (the ultimate fix-it) or a realization of some special connection to the island, a concept Locke is already adjusted to.

    Another Jack parallel is with Charlie. Charlie ultimately decides to drown himself because he embraced the faith in Desmond's vision. His actions weren't logical (he had already flipped the switch, why not just run away from Mikhael's grenade); he did what he did because he acquired the faith that fulfilling Desmond's vision still needed to happen to bring rescue, since he realized there was still trouble (Naomi lying). Yet Jack, when faced with having the choice of faith, not so much in what Ben was telling him, since Ben lies a lot, but in what Locke was telling him, Jack was unwilling to embrace faith, and went with logic instead. Jack is still a man of science. Yet, in the future, he seems to want to be wanting to be a man of faith...too little too late? But I'll dicsuss more about Jack in another review, just too much to explore with him.

    So what is up in the future? Kate is reluctant to see Jack, Jack has become a substance abuser (like Charlie...interesting). Odd moment though, when the other doctor asks Jack how much he's had to drink, Jack says he can call his father down there and he guarantees his father will be drunker than he is. But Jack's father is dead in the future (and present). I guess you can write it off to drug-induced rambling. Still odd though. What esle? Oh yeah, the 815 survivors got free passes from Oceanic to fly anywhere in the world any time. Nice.

    Sawyer. Sawyer is different. He's purged himself of Anthony Cooper, the real Sawyer. But in doing so, has shed himself of a core element of who he is. He had adopted the real Sawyer's characteristics as he sought him out in some strange way of dealing with the man he despised. But with Cooper gone, there is no reason to maintain that personality, so no more nicknames, etc. But that perosnality had become so engrained in Sawyer, that he is now "lost" without it, as he tries to redifine himself and figure out who he is. His murder of Cooper was something he was sick about doing. Sawyer had never thought of himself as a killer, but then he mistakenly killed that man in Australia in cold blood, and strangled Cooper to death in blind rage. His willingness to murder an unarmed, albeit "bad", Tom, is his grasping on to a new identity. He had hated the real Sawyer, but had become accustomed to being the person he hated. Now he is being another person he hates, the one capable of murder. So much about what the characters have been struggling with up to this point has been dealing with their past, evolving, and dealing with their issues. But now we are presented here with the next level of challenges - what do you become after you let go of the past. Sawyer is struggling with it now, lacking direction. Locke is embracing it, becoming more fmailair with his specialness and connection to the island. Jack is resisting evolution on the island, instead embracing his biggest flaws more greatly (such as the desire to be the fixer), and he will struggle tremedously with this in the future, when he is forced to give that up.

    So what's next? We can safely assume that the survivors do not get rescued yet. After all, it's revealed that Naomi lied and she is not part of a search party. Ben likely was telling at least a partial truth, that the people on the other end of the phone are bad guys. We can also safely assume Desmond makes it out of the Looking Glass safely. Though I wouldn't be surprised if the Looking Glass becomes the new hatch. Only the room Charlie was in was flooded. Penny knows she's onto finding Desmond, so will hopefully keep trying ever harder. And my guess is Desmond's vision of Claire getting into the helicoper will still come true. He never said that part of the vision would happen in real time right after Charlie's sacrifice.

    Finally, how will the new flashforawrds work (assuming they will do more of them)? China Beach did the same thing, and very well, but that was a very different series. We all knew how the Vietnam War ended. One thing I don't like is having some of the surprises taken away. We now know Jack doesn't die on the island, Kate doesn't die, and the world doesn't end. Unless of course the survivors back in the world are actually clones, and it's all present day action and not a flashforward ;)

    But the writers need to balance intersting future stories without revealing so much that on-island surprises are taken away.

    In the end, though, I really enjoyed this episode. Last season's finale was still better with more focused character exposition and centered storytelling (Desmond's whole flashback), great tie ins, and riveting ending (hatch explosion and Jack/Kate/Sawyer being captured by Henry Gale). But this was a different episode with a different purpose, telling mostly on-island story, and squeezing a lot in. Very enjoyable episode, with a shocking ending. Will be a tough wait till next season.
  • Oh, WOW!!

    This episode was absolutely great, with a series with as many twists and turns than the Missisippi river I was intrigued and Jack's flashbacks were not as boring as I thought! He was suicidal and looked rough which is not what I am used to seeing. Special Guest Star Walt returns even for just two minutes to help Locke, who I thought was deceased looking much older. Charlie was hilarious in this one with his sly remarks and what is Bonnie's problem? Does she hate men? Anyway, the ambush for the Others goes awry and ends with Sayid, Jin, and Bernard getting captured. Why didnt Jin fire the gun accurately? Ben is informed of Charlie's presence in the Looking Glass station and sends Mikhail to "clean up" the situation. He then embarks with Alex to meet the survivors heading for the radio tower. In spite of increasing concern amongst the survivors, Jack resolutely continues on their trek.

    Great first part to the ever-intriguing season finale.
  • SIMPLY AMAZING! That's what I thought of the 2 hour long season finale!

    The first hour was full of suspense as we anticipate what is about to happen and try to understand what we are seeing. In a flash scene we see a seemingly distressed Jack spiraling out of control, even to the point of being suicidal. The story continues on the beach as well, while the events unfold as the group sets out for the radio tower leaving behind Sayid, Bernard and Jin to hatch out the final steps of plan. We also see more of what's going on in The Looking Glass as the two Others capture Charlie and try to find out his motives. Meanwhile things start to unravel for Ben and the Others as they find out Juliet has betrayed them.

    The most suspenseful part of the first hour comes at the end when we finally get to see Locke! At this point we see him right where they left off lying in the pit and apparently dying. We find out his legs cant move and he's given up all hope. As he sees a gun lying in its sling close by he retrieves it and!!!!! He begins to turn the gun on himself! (At this point I'm totally screaming at the television! What the hell is he doing/thinking!?!?!) AND THEN at the peak of my hysteria as he is about to pull the trigger what do we see But WALT! Cutting it short, I was relieved as the scene ends with Walt giving Locke back his hope.

    All together it was a nice lead into the second part of the season finale.

    [Review Continues at the 'Through The Looking Glass (2)']
  • WHAT THE...

    Wow! As much as I saw the ending coming (I knew it was a flashforward), I was still so shocked while watching it! This was in my opinion, the second greatest LOST episode ever! It was very emotional. I was in tears when I thought Bernard, Sayid, and Jin were just killed. Charlie's death was so sad! That ending has to be the best ending of LOST that I've ever seen! It was perfect! Charlie was hilarious while he was singing! That made my night! Hurley's van scene was classic! This episode raised so many questions. Who was in the coffin? Why was Jack about to commit suicide? Who does Kate have to get home to? And what's the deal with Naomi's boat?! Ahh, so many questions, and we have to wait 9 months just to get some answers!!! This will be a very difficult wait!
  • The finale that changes everything. Only read if you've seen part 2.

    The Man Behind the Curtain made us reconsider the mythological plot of the show. This finale on the other hand makes us reconsider the whole god damn SHOW.

    The greatest twist and execution, ever, on television... right here.

    As the war with the Others begin, the losties, apart from the shooters head to the radio tower to get rescued. The episode is basically a giant trek, but unlike Catch 22, this episode manages to make it exciting and surprise filled.

    Let's start with the very ending. Because, the ending of the episode actually makes you want to go back to the beginning and rewatch the thing with the perspective you just gained.

    All of the Jaco "flashbacks" in this episode are actually... flashforwards. Flashforwards of him being off the island. BAM. They actually did it. At the end of the 3rd season they THEY DID! Jack and Kate are guaranteed to be off the island.... which means this episode is the most epic ever. How many of you thought that the series finael would be a trek to the actual rescue? I think many of you did. I did. Well, we didn't have to wait until the series finale.

    As flashbacks, Jack's flashes were not too exciting. But as flashforwards - holy crap. Why is he depressed? Why is he drinking alcohol like his father used to? Why he and Kate are not so friendly anymore? Who Kate has to "go back" to? Why does Jack want to go back to the island? Why do they have to lie about where they were? Holy... crap.................

    Another set of memorable moments:

    -Walt appears to Locke(most likely as Jacob)

    "You have work to do."

    WOW. So the island wants Locke to live!

    -Locke throws a knife into Naomi's back!!!!!!

    WHAT THE FRAK! Did you ever think Locke would do that? I didn't... and he did it..... wow.

    -The takedown of the others

    Hurley and the Dharmavan. 'Nuf said.

    -Jack's and Ben's conversation.

    What a gem of a dialouge. Ben basically KNEW Jack would end up the way he ended up. He had nothing to leave the island for. He had MORE on the island than outside it! He had friends. Love. Leadership. Outside the island? None. Only work.

    -Charlie dying.

    I was crying. That's it. Greatest hit made me tear up, but this... holy **** hell.... Charlie died in the most heroic way possible.... what a scene... I nominate this to be the saddest death of all time. ALL TIME. I think all considered, this episode is pretty much the best thing that has ever happened to Lost. The writers truly proved it finally. They're creative, brave, and definitely know what they are doing.

    We have to go back, Kate!
    We have TO GO BACK!
  • We have the ambush going sort of wrong, we have Ben going to intercept the group heading for the tower. We have Charlie being questioned in the underwater station, trying to meet his destiny head on.

    This episode starts with a heavily bearded Jack, on aplane journey to LA, he gets refused a drink as he has probably had enough and she says they will be landing soon. She gives him a paper instead, where he reads an obit from it. He looks unhappy as it tears it from the paper. The we see him driving his car to a bridge, then calling a number and telling it that he's just read the paper. He gets out of his car, climbs onto a wall, stares down and then asks for forgiven, we hear a crash off screen, he gets down and goes to help the victims.

    Jacks walks the beach, looks at Kate and is getting them all ready for their hike to the radio tower. Rose before leaving Bernhard gets him to say out loud to her that he's a dentist and not Rambo. The survivors leave the beach, with the trio of snipers behind to inflict the damage. A little further on, Naomi asks Jack if she can be trusted, meaning Juliet, as no one is saying anything nice about her, Jack ignores the comments and is told how to operate it, just in case anything happens to her.

    In the meantime, Charlie is being beaten for information and his smart alex comments about an invisible submarine get another punch from Bonny, when asked about how he knew about the station, he says Juliet, the girls decide to call Ben and they leave him tied to a chair as they call him, he sees the room they enter and the flashing light, its where he needs to go.

    Ben wants to know why they are breaking radio silece, they explain that one of the others is down here, he asks who and Charlie shouts his name at them, which Ben hears, he directs Mikhael to the station, he says that its flooded, Bens admits he lied, but Mikhael says if Juliet told them that what else did she tell them.

    A small group of others is near the beach shelters, they have spotted the ones marked, made sure that all walkies are off, just as Ben was trying to get hold of them, small groups of others go towards the marked tents, Sayid shoots the dynamite and then Bernhard does but Jin's not able to shoot his before he is captured and the others are captured too.

    Further up towards the tower the hikers notice the 2 explosions, raise questions about why there wasn't 3, Jack explains that perhaps only 2 was needed, he will ask them when they catch upto them.

    charlie gets asked why is in the station and he explains that he is here to switch off the jammer, she asks him if he has the code, which he doesnt know, then he says he will find out, turn off the jammer and then get his friends saved. If it is flooded then what happens to Charlie, he says he dies. Ben gets a message from Tom saying that 7 of them are dead, they captured 3 of them, names them and asks if he wants them killed, not yet, but only after Bernhard has told them that Karl warned them and that they were heading to the tower.

    Des awakes on the boat, gets shot at, dives in and swims down to where Charlie is, who warns him to hide, which he does, he pretends to the gitls that he was just singing. They go back to the radio but then they hear him again, but this time see Mikhael surface, they get to ask each others questions and he radios Ben for instructions.

    Sawyer and Juliet leave the group but go back towards the beach in order to find the others, or their fate, as they are long overdue to catch up, Jack says there is nothing they can do as they are unarmed, but Juliet says she knows of a stash of guns near the beach they can use. Later she admits to lying, when asked why, she says that Jack would not allow them to come here unarmed.

    Alex talks to Ben half way there, she gets told that he did those things to Karl for her sake as he did not want her to get pregnant whilst on the island, then she asks why he allowed her to come, he says to deliver you to your new family. Lastly Locke wakes to find himself in the pit of bodies, unable to move his legs, but he reaches for one of their weapons and is in the process of shooting himself in the head when Walt appears to him telling him he has work to do.
  • Nerve-Wracking And Shocking!

    Ok, where to start? Great episode. I liked the fact that Walt was mentioned eventhough it was very small it gave us an indication thatthe writers hadn't forgotten about them. I always knew they would have to go back to Locke in that grave. Excellent scene! Jack sort of came back to the leader role this week by literally leading them to the Radio Tower eventhough he kinda lost it for a few episodes. Great episode loved it alot!
  • Three explosions.

    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.
  • Absolutely brilliant! The season finale delivered a ten-fold blow with an amazing Hitchcock like delivery.

    The writing, directing and performances by the cast was phenomenal for this season closer. Breathtaking, heart stopping and mesmerizing, yes the mystery continues and more questions come to light but LOST was on top of the game. This is what makes for great TV! I feel like I was kicked in the pants, I sure as heck didn't see that one (or two, or three) coming! Brilliant!!!!
  • It's a good thing there's still good TV! SOME SPOLIERS!

    I really enjoyed this two hour installment of Lost. Not only was it very entertaining, it had some great twists and huge plot turns. Furthermore, the way the story was written in such a way that we the audience could were not aware that the flash backs we had been seeing the whole episode were actually flash forwards! Very clever. Furthermore, this episode finally connects the crew of the fallen flight with the outside world, a long awaited event! This leads to some very interesting questions about next season. Where will it take place? Who is still alive? Why is Jack so upset? There are so many questions that this episode so beautifully opens up while still moving this very interesting plot forwards.

    This is easily one of the better episodes of Lost yet! It was a great end to this season, and leaves me wondering what will happen next. A MUST!!!!!`
  • season finale...great episode!!!!

    I was going to write this entry tomorrow but for the fact that my mouth is literally still open due to shock, I figured I should write it now. Holy crap. The ending was bascially the best ending I could ever imagine for the show this season. I'll admit I was losing interest and was "tempted" to drop the show but I am so glad I kept watching. So where do I start? Okay, so I use to hate Charlie but after tonight's episode, I love the guy! I can't believe he died. I was actually starting to like him...and the fact that he saved Desmond makes me like him even more. I'm so glad this was a Jack-centic episode but he is my favorite character! There is so much to him we don't know about and I love finding out more and more. I had NO idea they showed a "future" flashback. And seeing Kate at the end? I was pretty much in shock for about 10 minutes after. The thing I want to know is: WHO'S FUNERAL WAS IT!? It's driving me crazy! I don't know why but part of me thinks it was Sawyer's since Jack had thought Kate might have gone. Wow. I also loved the fact that Hurley basically saved all their asses. This episode was so amazing, there's nothing else to say but that. Amazing. Plain and simple. I can't wait for next season!
  • Heroes, take notes, Lost has risen the bar again. That was the best episode of ANY tv show EVER.

    Where do I begin, so much action, so much happens, so much change and craziness. This episode BLEW MY MIND. You will NEVER image what happens in this episode. Twists left and right. Lost has restored my faith in the show with this episode. I just can not stop thinking about it. SPOILER

    We got a FLASH FOWARD! OMG!!! We are introduced to new villains, killed many old ones. It was just unbelievable and really sets a new standard for TV. Lost, thank you for giving me something to look foward to ever Wednesday night. I will continue to come back for more.
  • It was a shocking hour, but in all the expected ways.

    A review of Part One.

    The opening scenes were…interesting. When Jack was on the airplane, I was awfully confused. The first thing that came to mind was, Jack’s gonna see what would have happened had the plane not crashed. Well…I was somewhat close, I suppose. It was pretty obvious that Jack was going to jump. The beard said it all. Which, by the way, strongly reminded of Jack Bauer à la season 6 premier. Oh, and the beard makes Jack being called Moses a lot funnier. But, as usual, there were some obvious facial hair discrepancies between scenes. (Wow, who knew there was so much to talk about when it came to Jack’s beard?)

    I felt so bad for Charlie! Jeez, So much for his “Angels”. (Greta was kind of nice, though). But Charlie was pretty quick, keeping Desmond safe. He always makes me laugh whenever he sings “You All Everybody”.

    Speaking of the Angels, I let out a big laugh when Mikhail said they were supposed to be in Canada. All we need now is an episode where someone on Lost who says they’re from Canada ACTUALLY goes there. That’ll be the series finale for sure.

    The best quote was without a doubt:

    Rose: “If you say ‘live together, die alone’ to us Jack, I’m gonna punch you in the face.”

    The beach explosions were…wow. Powerful, to say the least. SEVEN of the Others killed? I was expecting three or four. I hated when Bernard gave everything up! The poor dentist…he shouldn’t have stayed behind. (Still, his shot was better than Jin’s.)

    I enjoyed the scene between Sawyer, Juliet, and Hurley. Juliet’s reason for returning to the beach: karma. And what does Sawyer turn around and do? Act like a bast**d towards Hurley! Poor Hugo.

    So Ben just keeps getting sketchier and sketchier. Alex asked him why he doesn’t just let the Losties go. His answer: “because I can’t.” Ok, wanna elaborate a bit more?

    So John Locke is still alive. The scene in the ditch was interesting – he lost the use of his legs. I totally flipped out when Locke was turning that gun on himself. It would have made things extremely interesting, but besides that, and besides the fact that he’s still alive, none other than Walt pays Mr. Locke a visit! But Walt has hit puberty! lol and he’s supposed to be 10. Still, where did he come from? At least he wasn’t wet and talking backwards.

    Rating: 9 out of 10. This part remained in true Lost fashion, but wasn’t as crazy as the second part.

    See my review on PART TWO for a detailed and analytical view…and reaction to the most insane thing to happen on Lost yet.
  • A Jack-centric episode.

    Let me just start off by saying that all things considered, I absolutely loved this episode. I absolutely love the fact that the show is doing flash-forwards now. I think that was a really cool idea on the writers' part. I really enjoyed getting to see what happens to Jack after he gets off the island. I really enjoyed Charlie's story line in this episode. Sawyer's story line was great too. I also loved Juliet and Sawyer's interaction with each other in this episode. I was really shocked when Jack and Juliet kissed each other. I didn't see that coming at all. All in all, I thought that this was an incredibly well written, well acted and well made episode of Lost, and I can't wait to watch part two of the season finale so I can find out how the season ends.
  • nerve racking

    In this double-length episode, Jack's plan to kill the Others backfires, and Sayid, Jin, and Bernard are held hostage by the Others at the beach. Led by Rousseau, the castaways travel to the radio tower to turn off Rousseau's transmission. Naomi makes contact with her boat, but is stabbed by Locke, who along with Ben, believes that the survivors are making a mistake. Charlie makes contact with Penny Widmore in the underwater Dharma station, but drowns when the station is flooded by Mikhail. Sawyer, Juliet, and Hurley rescue the castaways at the beach. Instead of flashbacks, flashforwards feature Jack's miserable life after rescue from the island. Brilliant episode with plenty going on, loved the Charlie storyline the best.
  • Emotional.

    Usually I dislike this kind of storyline. I watch this show for the mystery and action, not for the relationship things.
    However, this one was really out of the ordinary. The editors chose the right good flashbacks, and mied them perfectlly with the bad ones. The music was a perfect match, and (not as usual) I wanted to keep watching what's going on with charlie, and leave the mystery salving for some other time.

    This episode is so good I'm writing this review about a year after i saw it, just because i saw its name on the list, and I rememberd.

    Thi is a watchble episode even for those who hadn't watched lost from the beggining.

  • A great end to a great season.

    This was a perfect season finale. I was a little worried, because I have never been a huge Jack fan, but I was pleasently suprised. The title, like many Lost episodes has a brilliant hidden meaning about the structure of the flashbacks. The score was amazing as well.

    The episode left us with two excellent cliffhangers. The first one was whether or not they really get rescued, and the second one is what happened to Jack that made him spiral out of control? Can they change they future?
  • Revelations abound - the slaughter of more than the predicted 5 characters, light shed on rescue or infiltration, and what seemed to be... a flash to the future?

    If I could give this episode a 100-point score, I would jump on it in a heartbeat. This could be possibly one of the most amazing works of dramatic fiction in the history of... dramatic fiction. The writers knew exactly what to put in there to give us renewed hope and joy, and snatch it right away by throwing in sorrow and misery. And of course, the season finale trademark - the cliffhanger. An eight-month wait will surely be the end of me. Character development took a huge leap since past episodes, with Sawyer's new dark attitude, Mikhail's rebellion, Charlie's heroism and snarky attitude, and Juliet's sarcasm. Of course, heroes were born in this episode as well - bravery was instilled in Hurley, who was normally just there for the ride, and it was amplified in Sayid and Jin, and added on to Charlie since 321 Greatest Hits. Naomi was revealed to be a traitor, said Ben (but who trusts that man?), and partially reinforced by Locke, who was informed by a now-mature Walt that he 'had a job to do'. The body count jumped - but it was mostly the corpses of the Hostiles - sort of karma for what they did to the DHARMA initiative way back when. Heartstrings were tugged when the tide turned - Hurley taking down the Others and saving Bernard, Sayid and Jin, and Mikhail's seemingly turn for the better when he single-handedly took down Bonnie and Greta and weaseling the code to turn off the interception from them. Desmond then shot him in the chest with an arrow, leaving Charlie wide open to enter the code into the Looking Glass and stopping the signal, when Desmond's prophecy from 321 Greatest Hits came true - Mikhail used a grenade on the window and let the water flood in, ultimately drowning Charlie. But before he died, he saw Penny and found out that she was in no way associated with Naomi and her so-called rescue boat. He gets the message out to Desmond by writing in sharpie on his palm, "Not Penny's boat". The funeral in Jack's flash did not tell us who it was held in memoriam of, and now, theories are floating around in forums and blogs everywhere. And of course, the "Snake in the Mailbox" bombshell - the flash-forward! Who would've thought that Jack, working so hard to get them OFF the island, wants to desperately get back even more? I don't want to wait another 8 months!
    Until Season 4....
  • The first hour of one of the greatest season finale EVER!

    The first hour of this episode was simply amazing, like the second hour, both deserve a 10, well, after Charlie died... 9.9. Grey's Anatomy, Ugly Betty, Prison Break, Desperate Housewives ALL those shows gave us an example of a BAAAD season finale. And also I'll never forget the episode of my second favorite TV show (Lost first... of course) "How to make a lame season finale" sorry "How to stop an exploding man"... just awful. But LOST instead (as usual) gave us a fine example of a great season finale, even just the first hour alone is great, keep the good work!!! see you next year losties! (I hope the "flashforward thing" keep on going, imaging now how the creators of the show can play with those characters by showing every single week how their lives are in the future) and people will have more interest on the "centric-episodes" 'cause, let's face it, for example, Kate, Sun/Jin, Hurley, JACK, and so on... their flashbacks were getting boring, but now that we (I hope) have flashforwards... just brilliant.
  • 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!

    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.
  • 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)

    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.
  • Wow, a note to the writers of HEROES: This is how you do a season finale!!!!!

    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!!!!!

    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!!!!!

    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.
  • OMG! This is my favorite finale yet.

    This episode was awesome. There were moments when I temporarily forgot to breathe. Such as when Jack confessed he loves Kate. Then there were moments when I just stared in amazement. The explosions had my heart racing. And there were moments where I couldn't help but laugh. It was funny the way Rose told Jack that she would punch him in the face if he said "Live together, die alone". The writers gave me what I wanted, even more reasons to wait for 9 months to see the show again. Flashforwards??? Who doesn't want to know more about what is going to happen. I just hope I can find some way to satisfy my cravings for Lost. I can't wait to watch this episode again and again.
  • The best season finale I ever saw.

    I like lost, but I love it even more now. I was a Star Trek Voyager fan. For those who are not familiar with voyager it's like LOST but in space. Anyway the whole thing about Voyager was you wanted to see them get home to Earth. In the end they did. You were pleased and done. I was always afraid that lost was going to do this, watch them get off the island. After tonights episode I gotta applaud the writers brilliant move it's not just about watching them get off the island anymore, it's bigger.
  • A very good episode.

    So, the ambush fails when Jin(I think) misses his mark on the dynamite, and they end up killing 7 of the Others, probably not important ones though. I really thought they were going to kill Jin, but I guess Bernard isn't the tight-lipped type either. So now they know everything.

    Juliet was pretty cool in this episode even when she didn't get much screen time. I feel so at peace with the Jack and Juliet couple, though. Yay, they kissed. It was really smooth of her to go with Sawyer even when there weren't guns. I also feel bad for Hurley after that scene. I wonder what they're going to do with Juliet, or if she's going to talk her way out of it.

    Jack still leading it is good, but the whole I love you thing to Kate made me belch. Charlie with the little singing thing was cool, the code made it eerie. Can't wait to see the next part... now!
  • Great episode.

    I thought this was a great episode but not a lot really happened. It was almost as though they were dragging some of the story out but it was still very good. The flashback in this episode is very hard to work out nothing sees to make much sense. So Charlie and Desmond continue to find out more about the Looking glass and Jack continues to lead. Meanwhile Ben tries to stop Jack and takes Alex with him. Sayid, Jin and Bennard try to hold off the others at camp but are untimatly unsucessful. This causes Sun and Rose to question what they are doing. Overall this was a good episode but the next one is much better. I have loved this season bring on the final.
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