Lost: Flashes Before Your Eyes
Best episode Lost
has done all year, hands down.
From last year's season finale, we knew how Desmond ended up on the island. But with this week's flashback, we see a bit of what drove him to the boat race that put him on the island. I've said it before and I'll say it again--everyone on this show has issues with fathers. If it's not your own father, it's someone's father who is significant in your life. Here we see Desmond has issues with Penny's father, who deems him unworthy of his daughter. The scene between the two where the father drank a swallow of scotch and told Desmond it was worth more than he could make in a month was, on the one hand, predictable, but still very telling.
It was also interesting to see Desmond given a second chance and try to change history. When the woman in the jewelry store told him he was stuck and couldn't make any changes, the show kicked it up to a whole new level. I think this could set up an interesting dynamic within the castaways as the story progresses. Clearly we have some people on the island who don't want to leave such as Locke, Rose, Kate, etc. But there is also a group who have a powerful reason to want to leave the island--especially Desmond. But it does seem as if the island has some hold on him and won't let him go. And it's interesting that Desmond sees himself as trying to avert fate, but that his actions only postpone it.
And how great a twist was the "I am not saving Claire, I'm saving Charlie" part of the story? I loved it. It just knocked my socks off, especially when you recall that Charlie showed up in Desmond's flashback. So, has Desmond been saving Charlie since that point? And how much longer can he continue to save him? And why is Charlie doomed?
It even goes back to season one when Charlie was kidnapped and found hanging in the woods by Jack and Kate.
And this episode was just packed full of Easter Eggs. I'm sure I missed a ton of them, but that's why we have the Internet. But even if I weren't picking up on those clues to the overall pictures, this episode was still a strong, solid, entertaining entry. It's just too bad the audience has eroded so...I think a lot of people missed a really good episode.
Battlestar Galactica: A Day in the Life
A day in the life episode of the fleet that I enjoyed a lot more than I thought I would. I've posted more on it over here.
Labels: battlestar galactica, Lost, tv shows
posted by Michael Hickerson at 2/19/2007 01:21:00 PM