Great epi. A little underwhelmed, just because I have to wait 5 answers for more answers. But overall, very well done- flowed great, just the right amount of answers and new questions, played perfect to what this season was all about, anb obvious pre-cursor to an "others" filled season 3. I CANT WAIT.
Desmond better not be dead by the way. Just when I started liking him?! Blasphemy!
Well, Season Two is in the books. What a long, strange trip it has been.
Last night we came full circle with the return of Desmond and the apparent destruction of the season's main set piece. Once again, our castaways must live as unwashed boar-hunters. (Unless they capture another hatch, of course.) More generally, I felt like Season One was about faith, or destiny, if you will, and Season Two was about science. Computers, electromagnetism, vaccinations, surgeries, scientists posing as savages. Now I think the pendulum's swung back the other way. Locke's trust in 8mm VHS was trumped by Eko's necromantic dreams. The crash apparently did happen by accident and Locke was right last year - it was "the island" that brought them here. I expect to see something of a renaissance of mysticism next year.
I gave last night's episode an "above average", though I acknowledge being distracted last night both by an unrelated oppressive mood and by the Yankees-Red Sox game, to which I escaped from the Lost commercials. I will say that I thought last year's finale was somewhat better, but last night kept me thoroughly entertained with what I thought was a good mix of answers and more questions. It was great to see Desmond again. I really like the character and hope he survives as at least a semi-regular. I do think he's vulnerable to overexposure and that his affectations, captivating in small doses, could get old over time. But he and Locke together are magical.
The writers had me on the edge of my seat again and for once the flashbacks were just as gripping, if not more so, than the main island action. Good characterization and a great multiple cliffhanger. I felt so bad for Locke. His "I was wrong" was so pitiful it made me wonder, "Can this poor guy do anything right?" He, too, has come full circle from the nebbish cube drone he was before the crash, to the Great Hunter, back to the "box man", as Desmond calls him. He'll be missed big time if he doesn't survive the hatch implosion, but I highly doubt that, not only because of his popularity but because we still don't know how he ended up in that wheelchair! The revelation that Desmond accidentally crashed the plane by being tardy with the Numbers was the biggest "Whoa!!" moment of the night. Perfect! The only question it raises is: How then did the Others know the plane was going to crash? They must have, right, to be able to infiltrate both groups so quickly?
The four-toed broken statue was way cool. A remnant of a lost civilization that walked the earth millenia ago and left behind some of their technology? Probably too fanciful, but that would be neat. The Others lost a little of their mystique this episode, as well, between Tom/Zeke/Mr. Friendly and Ms. Klugh snapping at each other like siblings on a road trip and the former's sheepish, "They know", sounding like a busted Scooby-Doo villain. With the beard, too, he looks menacing, without it, he looks like a couch potato. This effect was offset somewhat by "Henry", creepy as ever. "We're the good guys, Michael." Probably the best line of the night, certainly the most chilling. I'm still not convinced that he's the big cheese in the Others' hierarchy, although he's clearly above, or at least a peer of, Zeke. One belief I had since midway through Season One - that people come and go from the island - seems to have been borne out.
What would I criticize, then? Mainly the fact that it felt disjoint, and lacked the atmosphere of mystery and impending doom that so permeated last season's finale. You had two or three unrelated stories going on, not even nicely in parallel, since the action on the Others' side had to have taken longer than the 108 minutes at the hatch standoff. I felt that this kept the narrative from 'gelling' completely.
And why didn't Desmond know Locke was mistaken, based on his experience with the countdown reaching zero?
I'm also not sure how I feel about the very end. Others have mentioned, and I noticed it right away too, that this is one of the first times we've seen outside the castaways' point of view, and certainly the first time we've seen civilization. Now, I never really thought that there was no more outside world, but as long as we never saw it, I felt <i>Lost</i> along with Jack, Locke, and co. The show took a big change of direction, or at least focus, in the last two minutes, overstepping the boundaries of its claustrophobic little world, and I'm not sure it won't be the poorer for it. Time (and Season 3) will tell.
Congratulations to the cast and crew for an <b>excellent</b> second season overall.
He did not write poetry,
He lived poetry before it existed.
He did not speak of philosophy,
He cleaned up the dung philosophy left behind.
He had no address,
He lived in a ball of dust, playing with the universe.
--Zen poet Jung Kwung
I thought it was an amazing finale. I really liked the Desmond storyline. I was saying 'OMG' for most of it, specially when they were getting attacked and shot with darts(?). The foot statue is such an interesting new twist. And now we know why the plane crashed.. it wasnt someone shooting it down, it wasnt someone crashing it there on purpose...And above all THERE REALLY WAS A PLANE CRASH! It will be nice to be able to put some of those theories to bed now. Not to mention Kelvin, who was totally creepy. Michael Emerson was perfection.
Awesome. I absolutely loved it! I am going to have to watch it a bunch more times. It was so densely packed that I would look at the clock & be amazed at how little time had flown away. That foot! Four toes! Michael & walt flying (so to speak) off into the sunset (but are they really?). it was just great. Henry creepier than ever! Poor Hurley, fabulous acting there .... KUDOS TO ALL!!!!
I don't know what they do with lighting or whatever to get people's eyes to look like that -- weird spooky glowing orbs, someone mentioned Henry's eyes being like that but I saw others as well last night.
I was on the edge of my seat for most of the half hour, but the last scene totally sucked all the tension out of the episode. More new questions than answers, and most of the answers we got were what we'd already theorized.