Last night’s episode made us temporarily reconsider yesterday’s reconsideration. At the very least, we must confess to poor timing; our “Lost” defense came before one of this season’s most listless, unsurprising hours. The plot was overstuffed, the focus diffuse. We needed a bigger payoff than the inevitable Sun-Jin reunion (already spoiled in previews) — everyone knew it was coming, eventually, and we really didn’t care. (A Sawyer-Juliet reunion would’ve been another matter.) Nothing in the Sideways story struck us as especially inspired. We knew Jack would eventually operate on Locke (although the moment Jack realizes it, gazing down at the mirror attached to the operating table, was a nice reveal). We knew there would be more coincidences and convergences — Claire and Desmond running into Jack (and, inexplicably, Ilana); Sun and Locke being carted into the hospital side-by-side; cop Sawyer and convict Kate trading witty repartee. The Desmond-Sayid conversation was the most intriguing scene of the night, and we suspect Sayid found a way to free Desmond. (How, who knows.) The sailboat conversation between Jack and Sawyer was the only other moment of real import, and Jack doing a pencil into the ocean reminded us of Sawyer jumping out of the helicopter at the end of season 4.
But that’s about all we have to offer. Last night was all set up: getting people in the right places for the finale.
Recaps from Zap2It and Doc Jensen (we echo his sentiment that Lapidus’s commentary during Sun & Jin’s reunion — “looks like someone got their voice back” — was “the most cornball moment in the history of ‘Lost'”).
We’re off to paint the nursery.