Back at the DI, Miles and Company watch the evacuation, and in the process Miles finally understands why his father abandoned him all those years ago. Hurley apologizes, and Jin prays to the gods that he gets more than one line in the season finale. The three watch
Sawyer and Juliet head onto the pier, where Sawyer hilariously suggests they’ll buy Microsoft stock and pull Biff Tannen’s theory on sports betting to earn millions in the real world. He apologizes for not leaving three years earlier; she replies she’s glad she talked him out of leaving. There’s something about those two and that pier. First the scene in “LaFleur,” and now this. Both gold. Sawyer takes one last look at the Island and says, “Good riddance,” before heading under.

Inside the sub, Sawyer and Juliet muse about the “real world” they are heading to, and how wonderful it will be. The two exchange words of love, and who should come in shackled at that moment? Kate Austen: Moment Killer! Juliet looks at Kate like she just took a dump in her favorite pair of shoes. Kate, I know you’re thing is coming with people wherever they go, but this is straight up ridonkulous. I know you didn’t follow Jack, and that was a major breakthrough for you, but you shouldn’t overcompensate like this! Didn’t you come back for Claire? I totally defended you a few eps ago! Ugh. Moving on, with bad sub CGI sending us into the horizon.

Richard, Jack, Eloise, and Sayid all swim under the pond and end up in, you guessed it, subterranean tunnels filled with hieroglyphics. Is this the Temple? Unclear how big the Temple actually is, so let’s go with “tunnels” for now. They soon come to an enormous room, in the center of which is Jughead itself. Not exactly buried according to Faraday’s specs, but buried all the same. Guess we couldn’t have a two-hour season finale of Sayid and Shepard jackhammering through 15′ of concrete, eh?

15) Present Day

Richard tends to a boat inside a glass bottle that looks an awful lot like a certain slave ship a few miles inland. An exiting Other comes by and says, “He’s here.” When he leaves his tent, he sees John Locke carrying a dead boar over his shoulders. A disbelieving Richard greets him, noting the three years passage of time since last they spoke. Locke notes that they have an errand to run, and that unlike last time they were together, he now has a purpose.

this week, Eloise took Daniel's journal after his death as a sort of home-school kit to learn about space-time, the Dharma Initiative, Desmond Hume's important role in the events to come. Read my full take there, as it holds up well given tonight's events.

Eloise apparently sent more than one person to his/her death! If Richard's right, and the "whatever happened, happened" rule is in effect, then I'm extremely interested to see if the show's going to hold up the promise of Richard's line that all Oceanic 815ers that went to 1977 died there as well. I'm not even going to TRY and explain the permutations laden in such a loaded statement; I'm going to let the show come to me on this one before rendering judgement. And I'm going to wait and see if Des sticks his unique, rule-breaking nose into a place it doesn't belong.

Richard might have a very good reason to keep Jacob a secret! Back in “Dead is Dead,” we watch Richard Alpert lie about Jacob’s role in saving Ben Linus’ life to Charles Widmore. At the time, it seemed a bit suspicious, but now, it seems a whole lot more suspicious. For a few years now, I’ve looked at Richard as not being subservient to the Others’ leader so much as the Island itself, but perhaps he serves no master but himself.

Locke wants to kill God! OK, not literally, but his
final proclamation reeked of such a sentiment. The man who somehow conquered death now possesses the desire to free oneself from the shackles of an all-powerful, unseen entity in order to liberate the self and reinstitute free will and freedom of choice. All this is an episode where Jack Shephard speaks of destiny. The man of science and the man of faith have seemingly had their roles reversed, but it won’t be until Season 6 that what the needed was not a reversal of ideals, but a fusion of the two. Only that fusion will work in harmony with the Island.

Locke is not Locke! We’ve gotten CLANG’ed enough by now with the whole “Locke came back wrong” motifs by now. It’s essentially Locke, but with a few added ingredients. It’s like the New Coke version of Locke, which means trouble. Maybe you buy this sudden reversal from true believer to Island atheist, but I sense some trouble a-brewin’. And it’s the same sort of trouble I sense whenever I stare at Cabin Christian.

42) Random Thoughts

  1. By the time you read this recap, I’ll have printed out a life-sized picture of Phil’s head, attached it to my dart board, and sent approximately 108 darts through his smug face. He’s on that rarified Arzt/Nikki/Paulo plateau of personal hate now.
  2. I cannot, cannot, cannot believe this show is still pushing the love triangle/quadrangle. I prayed that the return of Jack and Kate to 1977 would spawn a few, quiet, adult scenes in which the parties realized who was best for everyone and then get on getting on. Instead, we’re about to get “Grey’s Anatomy” on an Island. Faaaaantastic.
  3. I’ve long proclaimed my desire for a show featuring Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn after “Lost” ends. Honestly, I don’t care what the premise of the show is; if they are paired up, I’ll watch it. And after tonight, I’m welcoming Nestor Carbonell to the cast of that show. That’s my kind of “Three’s Company,” people.

108) In Summary

I’m kind of glad there’s going to be a cataclysmic event in the season finale. Why? Because while each individual story strand this week was strong, there just wasn’t enough time to focus on each individual part on the whole. In fact, that’s been the problem with Season 5 as a whole: you can tease out each character’s arc and end up with a satisfying story, but the way that they’ve been delivered to the audience feels somewhat unfocused. And the show could use a little bang to shake things out and shake things off.

Part of the problem is an embarrassment of riches, to be sure. But the other part of the problem is that the narrative weight inherited by the end of Season 4 necessitated a ton of work gluing the whole piece back together this year. As such, the first third of the season was overweighted on island activity with the off-Island peeps getting the shaft. Overall, characters and storylines would disappear for weeks on end as the narrative focus constantly shifted over an ever-moving playing field. Ask yourself: do you honestly think you’ve seen enough of Sun and Jin? Des and Penny? Lapidus? Hell, Benjamin Freakin’ Linus?

Don’t get me wrong: it’s good that the story, not individual characters, rules the writing roost. But at a time when the seasons have gotten shorter, the story somehow got impossibly bigger. Couple that with the unfortunate writers’ strike in Season 4, and you get stories meant to be told in flashbacks condensed into monologues. You get large swatches of our favorite characters barely featured for achingly long stretches of time. And you get a group of largely unknown people obsessed with whatever the heck lies in the shadow of the statue.

But hopefully, the writers have one last, 2-hour long magic trick up their sleeves in which all these disparate threads somehow tied together and produce a leaner, meaner, more focused Season 6. Because of you look objectively at what’s come so far, you can clearly see how much further they have to go by this time next week.

What did you make of this penultimate episode? Is Locke really Locke? Has Jack gone crazy or reached clarity? And how on earth with Sawyer, Kate, and Juliet get back on the Island? Leave your thoughts below!

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