So, the hiatus, when is it?
The hiatus starts now. Next episode is early May, I think.
"The Last Recruit", 6.5/10
This is going to be a bit of a rant. If some of you were annoyed with my "Happily Ever After" review, you might as well skip this entire post. It's funny, but this episode made me appreciate the former episode, and now I don't think Happily Ever After is all that bad. Because this episode was really
, really bad. What makes me go nuts is seeing people on other message boards who liked the episode.
- A lot happened in this episode. Normally this would be cause for celebration, except in this case because too much happened. It felt like three episodes worth of material were crammed into tonights episode. Everything felt abrupt, with scenes being given almost no breathing room.
- So we're given a cool scene involving Jack talking with FLocke. Apparently FLocke visited Jack as his father so that Jack could find....water. Huh. Okay, that's kind of lame. So FLocke was just trying to help. How considerate.
- Claire: Hey Jack! I'm your sister! Crazy, huh? I know this is really abrupt and totally lacking in any emotional weight but I just thought I would get that out of the way. By the way, you belong to Locke now.
- We get an oddly edited scene where Sawyer fills in Hurley on what's happened so far. It's oddly edited as they just jump right into the scene and it's an abrupt shift. We see Sun and Kate talk together in the back ground. Wouldn't it be cool to see these two reunited since they haven't seen each other? Yeah, that would have been cool.....Although I guess they didn't want to have to explain how Sun isn't able to speak English. Still, she can write!
- So Zombie Sayid talks with Desmond. Right away. That well must have been conveniently located within camps reach. Desmond is still alive. And in very little pain despite being thrown down a well. Sayid will later tell FLocke he killed Desmond, but this is likely bullshit.
- After a corny scene involving Alt Saywer and Kate, we get an equally corny scene of Sayid being arrested. Sayid makes a daring get away and is stopped by....a garden hose? Seriously, Lost, what the fuck?!
- Desmond continue to come off super creepy when talking to his Alt buddies.
- We see the return of Illana who just so happens to be a friend of Desmonds. Normally I find these cutesy coincidences annoying but I'll give this one a pass for one reason: Illana cleans up good. Real
good. The highlight of the episode for me.
- I continue to hope for someone to just kill Zoe already. Lost is usually good at introducing new characters. This is not one of those times.
- As predicted most everyone ends up at Jack's hospital. Including his son. After Jack learns Claire is his sister (something which wasn't really given enough time devoted to it) he is seen at the hospital having a laugh with his son. After just finding out that Claire is his half sister. After just finding out that his dad was a bit of a cheat. Remember how emotionally devastated he looked when he found out about it back in season 4?
- As Sawyer and the gang set for sea on Desmond's boat (which I forgot still existed) we get some awkward camera angles of the characters on the boat. Jack has a change of heart. I know he's become a man of faith but I don't like how he has completely given himself over to it. To the point where he is ridiculously jumping off of the boat. I hated everything about this scene.
- By far the worst moment of the night, the one moment that is just inexcusable in my mind, was the reunion between Sun and Jin. Because there was no build up to it. Because some of the characters who were there took away from the scene. And because, right after it our heroes are ambushed. They have been building this scene up for so long that it felt very anticlimactic when it happened. It makes me wonder why the two weren't reunited much sooner? Which leads me to the biggest problem of the episode:
- The episode was a multi centric. And because of that it was all over the place. Somehow "LA X" managed to make an exciting episode despite having no main focus on an individual character. But the storytelling was really hurt by it in this episode. I think most if these scenes would have played better had there been a more focused story for each of them. I really hope this isn't going to be what the final episodes are going to be like.