What I Liked:
- Did anyone ever see Sliding Doors? It’s the first thing I thought about when it was clear that this alternate timelines story telling device was going to be the direction this season.
- I like that the alternate universe isn’t simply “What if the plane hadn’t crashed?” but is operating on a larger scale of “What if they detonated that hydrogen bomb?” showing their plan was short-sighted even to being with. (At least, I think it is.)
- We finally have our villain, NotLocke a.k.a. The Man in Black a.k.a. SMOKEY (I knew it!), A recurring theme in this show is “who are the good guys” here. We still don’t know what’s really going on with The Others but now we know who, above all, is the Big Bad
- It was great seeing all those old faces on Oceanic 815: Boone! Arnzt! Frogurt! Charlie! Captain Norris!
- The island in under water in the alternate timeline (with a Dharma shark swimming around)!
- Terry O’ Quinn as Smokey might have his second Emmy all locked up if he’s going to be acting like this all season.
- Hurley taking charge after Jack’s “failed” mission has taken whatever leadership away from him
- The Temple! Finally!
- Cindy, Zack and Emma from the Taillies are back!
- Sawyer looking like he’s already planning a con on Hurley
What I Didn’t Like:
- While I will always prefer seeing Elizabeth Mitchell to not seeing her, I don’t know if we needed another tearful goodbye between Sawyer and Juliet. It takes away the impact of the powerful scene in the season five finale.
- It was annoying that after hearing Juliet’s voice under the hatch, everyone forgot that Sayid was bleeding out.
- It sucked to see certain things back to normal in the alternate timeline, namely Jin being a dick again and Charlie being a junkie
- While I’m glad we’re finally at Temple and as much as I love John Hawkes (credited as “Lennon”), do we really need MORE characters to try to sort through?
- I have no idea what’s going on. I rarely put a theory on record but here’s my first thought: Jack is sorta like Desmond living in this alternate parallel universe and, at some point, he (or all of them) is going to have to choose for everyone which reality. (This post-episode interview with Cuse and Lindelof may have confused me more)
Lines of the Night:
- “This thing goes down, I’m sticking with you.” 2004 Boone to 2004 Locke on the plane
- “If she dies, I’ll kill him.” Sawyer to Kate about Jack
- “I died an hour ago”
“Dude! That sucks!” – Jacob and Hurley
- “I’m sorry you had to see me like that.” – notLocke to Ben after turning into Smokey
- “We should get coffee sometime…we can go dutch.” – a dying Juliet
- “James. Kiss me.”
“You got it, Blondie.” – Juliet and Sawyer
- “You should have let that happen. I was supposed to die.” – 2004 Charlie to 2004 Jack
- “It worked” – Juliet’s posthumous words to Sawyer via Miles
- “The paper says is your friend there dies, we’re all in a lot of trouble” – Lennon to Hurley about the note inside the ankh that was in the guitar case Jacob gave to Hurley
- “I don’t like the way English tastes on my tongue” – The mysterious temple leader
- “You’re the monster.”
“Let’s not resort to name-calling” – Ben and notLocke
- “Do you want to know what he was thinking when you wrapped the cord around his neck? ‘I don’t understand.’ Isn’t that just the saddest thing you ever heard? He was a victim. Weak, pathetic and irreparably broken. But he was the only one of them who didn’t want to leave. He was the only one who realized how pitiful the life he left behind was. I want the one thing that John Locke didn’t. I want to go home.” – notLocke to Ben about John Locke
- “Nothing is irreversible” – 2004 Jack to 2004 Locke regarding his spinal injuries
On the island:
- How did Kate end up in a tree?
- Is it significant that Kate’s eye was the first one we saw (as opposed to Jack’s in season one)?
- Why did they end up in the present when the hydrogen bomb detonated?
- Did Rose and Bernard end up in the present as well?
- Is Hurley the only man on this island to hold a gun and not automatically turn into Jack Bauer?
- Why can Hurley see Jacob?
- Can Miles see Jacob?
- Why did Juliet believe that the bomb worked?
- Why does ash stop Smokey?
- Who’s this leader of the Temple?
- Why are these Temple Others different from the Others we’re used to?
- Why are the Others at the Temple in trouble if Sayid dies?
- Why isn’t the water inside the Temple clear?
- What was supposed to happen when they put Sayid in the water?
- Is this what they did when they brought young Ben to the Temple after Sayid shot him?
- What does shooting the flare mean for the Others?
- Where is “home” for Smokey?
- What chains were Richard in?
- Where is Smokey taking Richard?
- What did Miles sense when he touched Sayid’s body?
- How is Sayid alive again?
- Why was there blood (or some red mark) on Jack’s neck?
- Why is the entire island underwater and when in the timeline did that happen?
- Why is Desmond on the plane?
- Where does Jack remember Desmond from?
- Was Desmond really on the plane since Rose and Bernard didn’t see him and he never returned to his seat when the plane landed? If not, what’s THAT all about?
- What occurred in this timeline that Shannon didn’t go with Boone on the flight?
- Why does Hurley now believe he’s “the luckiest guy alive”?
- Is US Marshal Edward Mars the worst US Marshall in the history of US Marshalls?
- Does Sun really not speak English in this timeline?
- What happened to Christian’s coffin?