Felt cheesier than normal. Many performances seemed forced, almost melodramatic and I hadn't noticed how fake the whole temple complex looks until tonight. Maybe a lighting issue. Looked like a ride at Disney.
I gave it a 4, first time I've ever given an episode of Lost a rating less than a 7, because i did not like it at all. Slow, boring, disjointed and confusing. So what was keeping Smokey out of the Temple, the ash or Dogen? Was Kate going to look for Claire, or back to the Temple? It's funny that when Claire shows up at the Temple, Kate magically shows up too. I guess her expert tracking skills allowed her to track Claire back to the Temple.
I had a feeling Sayid would turn at sundown (wonder if we won't see Sawyer acting out that last scene in Of Mice and Men after all ). Didn't expect him to kill Dogen though, nor that Dogen was the one keeping Smokey out. What's up with the ash then?
As far as the sideways reality goes, I liked it. Sayid always seems to be the one having to do the dirty work, no matter how much he tries to get away from it. I'd have been worried to Keamy might just find another couple thugs and come kill my family, so I don't blame him for doing what he did. But still, in the world of Karma, he's not exactly building up points. While the other Losties seem to be getting their acts together, looks like Sayid might have to make another go around on the Cosmic Wheel of Life.
I don't know what's going to happen to Claire after all this. I can't see how she'll have a happy reunion with Aaron anytime soon. Doesn't seem there's a cure for this sickness.
I'm kinda sad that my fellow Lost fans are giving this episode such high scores based on a little action from the smoke monster. I expect more discerning reviews from what I consider an intelligent audience that should be expecting more from this final season. The acting was really off this episode and the storyline didn't seem to progress much at all.
I really liked it. The ending was very cool - it reminded me of Star Wars, when Anakin Skywalker killed the younglings.
Sayid is not a bad man, but a good man who has done bad things. His killing of the loan shark, who was basically pleading for his life, reminded me of Claire killing that Other, who was doing the same. I have no idea if that guy could be trusted as I've just started rewatching the show, but I know that loan shark could not be trusted. That said, I do not by any means think Claire is evil or beyond redemption. What would be the story there? The story is that she is driven to find her son and I guess she believes Flocke, who has promised her to take her to him. I see glimpses of old Claire and I believe it can be brought out of her again, but I don't know what it will take. When she first saw Jin, she seemed almost pleasantly surprised; she certainly seemed happy enough to see Kate. I think being around her fellow castaways instead of being in isolation with Flocke will do wonders for the girl. I do wonder if she is just pretending to go along/trust Flocke now. I mean, if she believes Kate, that means Flocke was lying.
I gave it a 10. I had to, because this advanced the plot in some pretty amazing ways. Even though I didn't like how stupid and passive Sayid was being ("If it looks like somebody you used to know, stab him before he says anything"--and just WHY would Sayid follow such instructions from somebody he trusts not a whit?) I hate to see Sayid "infected"--he was the character I most wanted to have a happy ending--but this should be interesting. It was super creepy to see the exact moment when he was "claimed."
I was kind of amazed at how fast the Templars deserted--after all those years when we saw their fanatical loyalty to the cause, even to the point of death. I don't blame Cindy (she had the kids), but it was kind of weird when the others left without even discussing it.