As irritated as I am that this season is only 13 episodes long, it does mean that they’re packing a lot more shit into them and moving the plot along faster. This was one of those good episodes. As much as I hate Locke as a person and would totally shoot him if I was on that island, he’s a fascinating character.

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"Hey, Ben, I've been meaning to ask... WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU PEOPLE, WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON THIS ISLAND, AND WHY DID YOU MURDER MY FRIEND SCOTT?"

1. Lol, Locke’s life always has and always will be shit.
2. Hurrah! Richard’s back. That’ll teach you to leave Lost for a crummy show with a washed-up Kelsey Grammar – who, incidentally, is going to be typecast as Frasier for the rest of his goddamn life.
3. Gault was such a pussy. Not only did he let Keamy push him around for most of the episode, but when he finally stood up to him his voice was trembling like a dandelion in a hurricane. And as cool as it was to see another Australian character on the show (because of course a plane going between Sydney and LA would be entirely filled with Americans), Grant Bowler is not a great actor. Well, he’s OK, but I’m just so accustomed to hearing his narration on Border Security that I simply can’t associate him with Lost.
4. Jeez, Locke, didn’t you learn your lesson about staring into the mass grave while Ben is standing behind you with a loaded gun?
5. When Ben said, “Not always,” did he mean that he doesn’t always hold the power? Or just that he wasn’t the leader when the Purge happened?
6. “You survived falling eight stories out of a building. That’s a miracle, Mr. Jingles.”
7. As much as I can appreciate Desmond’s decision not to go back to the island, I am now terrified for his safety.
8. Sayid taking off in the Zodiac was a cool scene, but also hilarious because it’s a piddly little inflatable taking on a great big ocean.
9. I was convinced Abbadon was going to hurl Locke down the stairs.
10. Speculation: the thing on Keamy’s arm is a bomb wired to his heart rate that will explode if he dies.
11. Speculation: the assault by the freighter mercenaries will require the survivors and Others to join forces. Which will probably piss me off, because these days they’re just so complacent about Ben and his gang of weirdos, conveniently forgetting that less than three months ago they murdered Scott, kidnapped Claire and terrorised the tail-section survivors.
12. Christian is becoming one of the most intriguing mysteries on the show. There’s a huge split between the real him, back in California, and the mysterious smiling man on the island whom I am almost certain is Smokey taking human form – as he did with Eko’s brother, who was (!) also present as a corpse on the island.
13. Oh, you think you’re supposed to follow them, Jack? You with the fresh appendectomy stitches? Sun with her morning sickness? Kate and Juliet with their vaginas? Bernard with his arthritis? Looks like the fate of everyone on the island rests with Jin. Let’s put those shiny new biceps to use, Hidden Dragon!
14. And, just because 13 is an unlucky number, the scene with Hurley and Ben eating a candy bar was great.

And so I’m looking forward to the next epi… season finale? Oh my, that was fast.

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