Michael still bores me. Let's face it, when Lost
first announced Harold Perrineau
was returning, fans were excited, but only over the theoretical practice of bringing back a cast member who left two seasons ago. Lost fans are continuity gluttons, obsessing over how things fit and how things are connected. So even if you don't like Michael as a character, at least his return serves a purpose.
I'm qualifying here because I wasn't a big fan of “Meet Kevin Johnson,” last night's final pre-strike installment of Lost
. Though I am loathe to invoke this other show, it reminded me a bit of the Heroes
episode “Four Months Ago…” from season 2. The episode fills in a missing period of time and essentially tells us things we already know without telling us much more. We knew Ben somehow had to contact Michael and convince him to get on the boat and pose as Kevin Johnson, so that's what we saw.
How did Michael and Walt get from the boat to the mainland to New York? How did Tom get there? How did Michael and Walt NOT tell anyone about what happened? There are so many intriguing details about how exactly Michael got off the island that were overlooked in exchange for yet another vague mystery: the island won't let Michael die. This episode succeeded in answering questions I didn't really have while raising more questions about the things I'm already interested in.
In addition to all the DHARMA stations, now we have a Sanctuary. The island can influence the physical world outside of itself. Getting off the island is, apparently, very easy. The mysteries keep piling up.
Then we have that entirely tacked on scene at the end which felt so artificial, like I accidentally flipped over to a different show. While I agree Danielle Rousseau being shot with an arrow is shocking, is this really what the show has come to? Arbitrarily putting a recurring character's life in peril to pose as a cliffhanger?
But you're not here to read why this episode wasn't nearly as good as it should've been, you're here for the Lost
Easter Eggs, and here we have music, TV shows, homosexuality, and a timeline.
-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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