There's a reason Michael Emerson
already has an Emmy. In last night's episode of Lost
, Emerson got a huge acting showcase, bigger than any one he's had before, and he nailed it. From the emotion seeing Alex killed to the rage and fury in the now immortal line, “He changed the rules,” it was a fantastic performance.
Before we get into the Easter Eggs from last night, I'd like to discuss what Lost
is about. “The Shape of Things to Come” was an appropriate title, as the entire purpose of the series is beginning to take shape. Yes, I could talk about the shocking revelation that Ben controls Smokey, the Black Smoke Monster (the implications of which are massive) or the alleged fact that Danielle Rousseau is in fact dead (which I still refuse to buy). But what interests me more is what Lost
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In the first season, it seemed as if the show was about these people, the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815, how they would survive on the island and how they would get off. Subsequent seasons revealed there was far more to the island, yet fundamentally, the importance of the survivors was still front and center. That is no longer the case.
Did the B-story matter in this episode? No. Jack and Kate have nothing to do with what this show is really about. The scene between Charles Widmore and Benjamin Linus revealed that, in fact, Lost
is about ownership of the island. It's about the place, not the people. And honestly, I don't know if this is a good thing.
The perfection of season 1 came from the fact that it was a true character study, obsessed with creating these deep, complicated people. Now it's all about mysteries. In the first season and a half, Ben and Widmore were nowhere, and yet their conflict seems to be the whole driving force of the series. I do love the mystery and the science fiction elements the writers are crafting, but really, when you think about it, what did that entire first season have to do with what the show has become?
Just something to ponder. We can discuss this episode by itself, or in relation to this season, all we want. But put it in context. I want you to think about that first season, then think about what you saw last night, and try to connect the dots. It's an impossible task.
The Easter Eggs from this episode include some smaller allusions and one big, glowing neon sign pointing fans in the direction of the truth about how Ben gets off the island.
-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
(Images courtesy of Lost-Media)