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Posted By Kent Merritt


We Have To Go BAAAACK.........AGAAAIN!!"


"Well.  Here we go."

And with those brief words spoken by the Man In Locke after having his camp rattled by one of Widmore's missiles, the show finally moves into the final story arc.  And with only 4 regular episodes to go before the Big Finale, I say bring it on.


Now that Hurley has managed to unite Team Jack and Team Locke, it seems as though the stage is finally set for the Team Locke vs Team Widmore showdown.  However, in true Lost fashion, a few more misdirections managed to occur throughout this episode.  The main one being the defection of Claire from Team Locke to Team Jack, and the defection of Jack back to Team Locke.  Sheesh!!! If this show really does turn out to be all about discovering one's destiny, it sure has picked some wishy-washy characters to represent it!  After all, over the past five seasons, Jack has managed to change his mind almost as many times as Kate has waffled choosing between Jack or Sawyer, Sayid has waffled between doing the right thing and the wrong thing, and Ben has waffled from being likable one minute to being despicable the next.


And at this point, I'm STILL not sure who the Good Guys or the Bad Guys are.  By the end of this episode, it seemed as though Sawyer, Kate, Hurley etc. have walked into a trap, which may lead to Widmore being the true bad guy (and which might require Jack to actually become the hero he always wanted to be and come to their rescue).    After all, the Man in Locke did have a very reassuring tone at the end of the episode when he told Jack, "Don't worry, it's going to be okay. You're with me, now.  Give your old Smoke Monster a big hug." or words to that effect.


Meanwhile, back in Sideways World, worlds are definitely colliding.  Jack is introduced to Claire, Sayid gets captured by James and Miles, and Jin and Sun are one hospital room away from Jack getting ready to operate on John Locke.  Can somebody just tie a string to all these people and yank them back to the island, please?!  The coincidences are getting on my nerves!


Another thing that kind of bugged me was just exactly how Widmore was able to send missiles over to the main island all the way from Hydra Island?!  And just exactly how many missiles was he able to fit into that submarine, anyway? 


And how did that nice speedboat show up out of nowhere?!  That's supposed to be the Man in Locke's boat?  If he's been so determined to get off the island for all these years, why the heck didn't he just hop on board and head for Tahiti? 


And my final nitpick....who the heck is The Last Recruit, anyway?!  I kept expecting a new character to pop up throughout the episode, but that never happened, did it?!  Or, did I miss something?  And are we ever going to see a Team Jacob, or do we just have to wait until later this Summer for the next Twilight sequel? 


This show can really be confusing and frustrating, even going down to the final few episodes.  And I guess I wouldn't want it any other way.


 P.S. -  A friend comented on my Facebook page that The Last Recruit might be Jack.  Since Locke said to him, 'You're with me now",  that Jack might have some Smoke Monster in him now.  Hmmm...

Posted By Kent Merritt


Happily Ever After
(oops...sorry, wrong episode)


If it takes surviving a plane crash, a nuclear explosion, and a journey into a parallel universe in order for these characters to find true love, then what chance do the rest of us have?!  Personally, I will feel a bit let down if the main goal of this show is to make sure all of these characters find their soulmates and live happily ever after.  I'm at least hoping for a bit more of a finale than seeing Captain Stubing and the rest of the Love Boat crew showing up to rescue these people from the island.


I'm guessing that this latest episode was just the producer's way of bringing some closure to some loose ends before the final story arc kicks in.  Having a chance for Michael to come back to the show and apologize for shooting Libby in the belly, as well as bringing back Libby so that she and Hurley can finally have that picnic on the beach (as well as tie up that loose end of seeing her in the mental hospital way back when) should satisfy a lot of Lost fans, but for me, let's get on with the Final Showdown!


At least Sideways World has now become quite a bit more relevant.  Now that Desmond is operating on all cylinders in Sideways World (and possibly in Island World, since he seems to have that Chesire Cat grin on his face no matter what happens to him - even in next week's preview where he's sitting pretty at the bottom of the well) it now seems inevitable that these worlds will collide at some point very soon.  I'm just wondering if Desmond will have to convince everyone in Sideways World to take another doomed flight over the island of doom in order to get everyone back in the same universe.  At least this time, it doesn't look like they will get any help from Eloise.  I'm still wondering what she meant when she told Desmond that 'he wasn't ready yet'.  I would love to see an Eloise-centric episode before this thing wraps up, but I'm not holding my breath.


This episode did give us some advancement of the Team Locke vs Team Good Guys storyline, though.  Unfortunately, I guess poor Illana won't be part of that final showdown (or maybe parts of her will, "Dude, you've got some Illana on ya").  It did seem a little ridiculous that she would be stuffing those supplies into her backpack on top of that very unstable dynamite.  Didn't she watch Season One?!!


I'm really hoping that Desmond's decision to hit and run down John Locke will knock some sense into the guy, and that he will have his own personal epiphany of his other pathetic life from Island World and will decide to do something about it.  It just seems that his character has really been played for a sap throughout this entire series, and I'm really hoping that he will get some major redemption before this whole thing wraps up.   At this point, I really don't believe that the Man In Locke will be successful with his attempt to escape the island, and nothing would please me more than if the Real John Locke would have something to do with his defeat. 


I'm just glad it's not up to me to figure out how to make that happen, though.


Posted By Kent Merritt



Looking For Love
In All The Wrong Places


Desmond Hume is kidnapped by Charles Widmore and forced back to the island where he is placed inside an electromagnetic box where he passes out and wakes up in Sideways World, where he is now BFF with Sideways Charles Widmore, who hooks him up with Sideways Charlie Pace who convinces Desmond he's not happy because he's not in love, which leads him to Sideways Heloise, who is throwing a birthday party for Sideways Daniel, who convinces Desmond that they're all lovesick (or maybe just....lost). 

It now seems inevitable that the events of Sideways World are destined to intersect at some point with Island World in these final episodes of Lost.  I guess I can accept that.  I haven't been a big fan of Sideways World, for the simple reason that I could never rationalize how NOT crashing on the island would have caused such dramatic character changes for most of these people. 


However, after coming to the conclusion that setting off the bomb in 1977 actually tossed these people into an alternate universe in the year 1977 (which would make more sense as to why Sawyer and Miles grew up to be cops, Locke and Linus grew up to be teachers, Hurley grew up to be lucky and Jack just grew more dense) but what I don't get is how Daniel Faraday got tossed into Sideways World and became musician Daniel Widmore who writes complex physics equations he can't understand which leads him to think he once set off a nuclear bomb!


After all, if the producers can basically make such radical character changes as making pretty much everyone in Sideways World a direct decendent of Charles and Heloise Widmore in order to wrap this thing up, then so be it.  Hoping for a logical conclusion to this show is pretty much out the window at the point, anyway.  Might as well just enjoy sit back and enjoy the ride.


At least Sideways World is a great opportunity to bring back characters like Charlie, Penny, Heloise, Daniel and even George the Chauffeur.  Only now it seems as though all of these people will somehow have to merge with the Island World people in order to make everything right again.  I'm wondering if another big bomb will have to go off in order to merge these two worlds.  Either that, or everybody can just climb into Widmore's electromagnetic box and duke it out.  May the strongest parallel universe character win.


And speaking of that electromagnetic box, how the heck did Charles Widmore get that thing on the island if he showed up in a submarine?!! (Oh, sorry, I forgot; logic went out the window)


As frustrating as this show can be, it is still entertaining as hell.  I still have faith that the resolution to this epic story will be somewhat satisfying.  And as for all of those lingering questions left behind, I'll just set off a nuclear bomb in my brain and send them all off to Fantasy Island.





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