Meanwhile, Back on the Island

After eight months, Lost is back and the King is content.

My mind is still buzzing from this episode (not to mention the drink or two I had with dinner prior to the clip show) and that’s a good thing. Tonight’s episode of Lost, The Beginning of the End brought multiple storylines together, advanced the occurences on the Island and went back to the future to show us the reprecussions of the choices made during tonight’s events.

The only thing The Beginning of the End didn’t do was answer questions about the mythology of the show, which I didn’t mind too much because of (a) my state of mind and (b) the fact that Lost is back on the air.

A few random thoughts:

-Has there ever been a show with more clip episodes than Lost? The Simpsons had a fair amount in their early seasons (seasons 1-7), but even those were interwoven with original storylines, instead of eating up network time before a new episode.

-Even thought it was totally unnecessary, I’ve never been so happy to hear “Previously, on Lost” as I was at 9:00 tonight.

-Knowing what happens thanks to the flash-forwards, I shouldn’t be happy that rescue is on the way, but I feel a sense of relief for Jack et. al that the boat people are on their way. But this will quickly change by the en of the episode.

-Even though he’s tied up and Rousseau’s laying the smackdown on him, Ben gives the appearance of someone who’s totally in charge. One of many reasons I’m beginning to see him as the strongest character on the show.

-I like Charlie a lot better now that he’s dead.

-Nice callback to the first episode with the meet-up at the cockpit of the plane. Only thing- I thought this was in the monster’s backyard. I’m surprised we didn’t get a visit from ol’ smokey.

-I can’t believe that Jack really would have shot Locke. Could it be that Locke actually outsmarted Jack by unloading the gun? In the previous episode, while lying in the Dharma ditch, Locke checked the chamber of the gun and it was full of bullets, one of which he used to shoot at the phone while Jack was going for it. Yet tonight, the gun was not loaded, meaning Locke knew something fishy would go down.

-In the flash-forward (and I am glad those are part of the convention of the show now), if Hurley said he shoud hav gone with Jack, instead of Locke, why did he say “[it] wants us to go back”? Shouldn’t this mean that Locke was right? Knowing everything we know to this point, if given the choice, I’d be signing up for team Locke.

-At this point, I’m not even going to try and attempt to determine the meaning of the whole Jacob’s cabin scene.

-One final thought: Jack: “I’m thinking of growing a beard.” Join the club of King Tom imitators, my friend.

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