J.J. Abrams and his associates must be trying to establish a new standard for shocking cliffhangers. Tuesdays Fringe finale looked to be the clear winner of the season, ending with a shocking view of the World Trade Center towers still erect in an alternate universe. But then came the season finale of Lost, which may generate the most buzz since the Who Shot J.R. Ewing? uproar of the 1980s.
To be honest, I was a little disappointed in the episode early on. We finally got to see Jacob, who appeared to be just a normal guy. For about the first hour or so the episode played out a bit like Wheres Waldo? meets Lost, with Jacob popping up in peoples lives, not always in the most believable manner.
Some of these scenes were powerful; especially the one where Jacob showed up after Johns fall from the hi-rise building that left him paralyzed. Jacob touched him, and John awoke : very creepy. Some of the other appearances seemed a bit forced: Jacob showing up at a candy machine to talk to Jack after a surgery and also Jacob showing up at Sun and Jins wedding. Still, these scenes were rewarding in the sense that they allowed us to see the depth of Jacobs influence.
Then there was the major storyline of Jack trying to detonate the bomb to change the future. This played out in a very intense and action-filled sequence that included a heavy duty fist fight between Sawyer and Jack that left them both bloodied, but somehow on the same side.
As far as I am concerned though, the biggest shock was the fact that John Lockes body was recovered from its resting place in his coffin in the cargo hold. So who was that guy leading everyone to the statue?
I cant help but feel that the Jacob storyline was rushed, as Ben plunged a knife into Jacob, presumably killing him. It would have been interesting to have been introduced to Jacob over a period of weeks instead of cramming into a two-hour finale.
After a string of mediocre episodes, Lost delivered a powerful finale that has me counting down the days until 2010, when we find out the effects the detonation of the bomb will have, and what the fallout will be.
Bernard and Rose made an appearance in this episode as two people who had accepted their fate and decided that as long as they were together, they were happy. That served as a nice contrast to all the complex, even silly relationships and sense of purpose that filled the likes of Kate, Sawyer, Jack, and Juliet.
The ending, of course, was awesome. It reminded me a little bit of the classic movie Beneath the Planet of the Apes, which ended with a similar shot. Strangely enough, Lost often reminds me of the Planet of the Apes series. The setting is similar and the background music at times is reminiscent of that classic series. It makes me wonder if these parallels are intentional, or just coincidences based on the setting.
What Didnt Work
The Kate, Sawyer, Juliet love triangle got on my nerves a bit, but it was the way everyone kept changing their minds about what they wanted to do that was the Achillesheel of the episode. First they wanted to stop Jack from detonating the bomb. Then they wanted him to detonate the bomb. Then they helped him drop the bomb that doesnt detonate. Then Juliet, who wanted to stop Jack originally, is the one who detonates it. I prefer when characters stay in character and behave consistently. Still, this is a very minor blemish in a spectacular episode.
In perhaps the worst kept secret of the season, Juliet presumably died detonating the bomb. I had heard rumors of this for weeks that her character was doomed and was not at all surprised. Another negative was the omission of Claire, who was not featured this season.
Giving Credit Where Credit is Due
The Incident was written by Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof. It was directed by Jack Bender. Lost stars Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Terry OQuinn, Josh Holloway, Elizabeth Mitchell, and Michael Emerson.