For those of you who missed last week's episode, this was the best part. Speaking of, there was a definite lack of the Oceanic Six this week, and I can't say I minded. Instead, we were treated to happenings on the island, plus an update on everyone's favorite time-traveling sailor, Desmond.
As far as big reveals go, there were quite a few. One, we learn (as most of us suspected) that the angry, volatile, rude British lad from last week was indeed a young Charles Widmore. His connection to the island remains a tantalizing series of questions (How did he get there? What's his beef with Ben?), but in "Lost" terms it was pretty fast disclosure. I think Curt Holman pointed out in a blog comment last week that Charles Widmore has, until now, remained a pretty standard villain I'm hoping that as more as his past is uncovered that'll change.
As a foil to Widmore's cental casting characterization, we should all hail fearless leader Faraday! Faraday remains one of the best and most entrancing parts of "Lost" these days. For one, nothing about his past has ever fallen the way of "Does Sun's baby belong to Jin?" or "How Jack got his tattoos." Instead, Faraday's past is inextricably linked to the island in a way that only he and his husky, sexy whisper-voice can understand fully at this point. Later, in the Annals of Romance, Faraday finally tells Charlotte indirectly that he loves her, and it seems she's warming up to that skinny tie and the physicist who wears it ... until she passes out possibly dies from Time Travel Sickness, that is.
This whole sickness/hydrogen bomb thing makes me think back to Rousseau and the Black Rock. When everyone got "the sickness," I wonder if it was of the time travel nosebleed variety, or radiation poisoning from the bomb? Moreover, does the hatch end up housing and containing the Jughead?
This week's episode confirmed many fan predictions, but also confounded (as expected) on a grand scale. Mainly I was glad to find out more of what happened on the island during the Oceanic Six flash forwards from last season, and continue to be amazed at how little things from past seasons are making sense now. (Bets on why, when Richard visits young Locke, he's disappointed Locke didn't choose the compass because that's what future Locke gave Richard to know him by? Arrrggghhh!)
Next week: Kate straightens her hair and kisses Jack. In more important news, the Islanders continue to flip flop in time and observe their former selves!
Theories, Musings and Miscellanea:
- From my friend Pete, "I wonder if Charles Widmore starts the Dharma group after he parts ways with Richard?" Possibly, though I can't see Widmore heading up what seems to be a peaceful organization ... although that could all be a ruse.
- Ohh Locke and his darn Messiah complex: "I can't shoot him ... he's one of my people."
- So how old is Richard? "OLD." Thanks Juliet, we figured that. But the real question is ... what kind of moisturizer does he use to keep his skin looking so young?
- ABC seems pretty desperate to lure viewers back to "Lost" even though it attracted "20 million" of us last week. Promos were out the wazoo all week, plus they did another explainer recap before this episode. Gee guys, maybe if you stopped canceling great, fun shows like "Pushing Daisies" and "Eli Stone" then people wouldn't hate you so much and watch other networks. Just a thought.
- One thing that remains constant through time and space: Desmond will never button his shirt or unroll his sleeves! Which is fine. Also of note: Desmond Jr.'s name is Charlie (cue the "awwww's")
- Once again, Sawyer gets all the good lines this week: "Gee, I didn't have time to ask that with Frogurt on fire and everything." And, "Want to stay in crazy town or help me rescue the geek?" Looks like next week Sawyer gets all lovey dovey again over Kate who he sees in a flash on the island. Blah.
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