By Heather O.
He really is, I think. I mean, sometimes I get a little tired of the character when one episode is so centered around one guy, but Terry O’Quinn pulls this episode off nicely. Or maybe it was cool to see angry frustrated Locke flash back to fake Locke (or Flocke, as they say), so we never got into whiny Locke overload.
That said, he’s really the best part of this episode. Let’s see, what did we learn: Jacob brought everybody to this island for a purpose. Well, we sort of already knew that, although we weren’t totally sure what that purpose was. And, um, what else. We learned that the smoke monster dude is stuck inside Locke’s body, which we didn’t know before. Also, there’s a reference to the lottery/hatch numbers, right, with the 8 and the 14 and 43 before people’s names. Those are THE numbers, right? But we still don’t actually know what they mean, or why or how they got on the door of the hatch, or why they had to push those EXACT numbers to keep the island from blowing up. Maybe there’s an answer in there somewhere, but if so, the writers are being awfully pokey about getting there.
All the rest of it fell sorta flat. I’ll admit that it was fun to see Ben Linus in the high school, but isn’t he supposed to be on the island at this point? I mean, he was there when the plane originally crashed. So, did he just skip on back to the mainland to continue his dastardly manipulation of the Losties, or did the bomb change his destiny too? And I’ll admit, I just kept thinking, ‘dude, the guy looks constipated.’ Sorry, just being honest.
And didn’t Locke and Helen break up because he was obsessing over his father too much? And if they are continuing his life from before the plane crash, why in the name of the smoke monster would he want his dad to come his wedding? It all makes me a little crazy.
I do have to give a little shout out for Hurley. He was awesome. I thought I loved him as a big cuddly teddy bear, but he actually kind of rocks as the suave and benevolent millionaire.
And notice–no claire. Toldja it’d be weeks before we saw her again.
Anyway, weigh in, fellow losties. Tell me if this episode moved you.
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