That was an insane episode. My favorite part about Lost
is its structural unpredictability. Of course, the story is always unpredictable, but it's not just the “what” that's important. It's the “how.” That's one of the (many) reasons I dislike procedural dramas, like CSI.
Maybe the story will be different every episode, but it's presented in exactly the same manner every week. With Lost
, even when we do know it's a Michael-centric episode and someone will die, how it presents that story is still a complete mystery. Last night's episode turned out to be a unique one, featuring a number of things that we've never seen on Lost
before. Unfortunately, it wasn't a particularly great episode.
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But, I want to talk about the island's off-island effects. The thing that both intrigued and angered me the most is Michael's inability to kill himself. Really? The island won't let Michael shoot himself in the head? I don't even know what that means. I can suspend a lot of disbelief when the Losties are on the island. The island's mystical properties as they exist on the island are fine, but I never thought they'd extend to the mainland. My feeling is that if someone wants to kill themselves, an island thousands of miles away should have no say in the matter.
I liked last night's episode just OK, and the main reason I didn't love it were the major gaps in Michael's flashback. This may have been on purpose to set up a future Michael flashback (or it was left purposely vague because the writers haven't come up with anything). I wanted, very badly, to know how Michael actually got back to the mainland. Who were his rescuers? And, why one earth would Michael keep everything a secret from everybody, especially if it meant that he couldn't see Walt? I'm not sure if these are blatant plot holes or if they'll be cleared up later this season. I'm guessing not, and Michael will probably die before we get another Michael flashback.
On Rousseau: she's not dead. No way. Cuse and Lindelof are smart enough to know how the Lost fan base feels about her. They are also sadistic, and enjoy torturing the fan base. She's not dead.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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