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"Lost" Recap: Episode 19, "The Brig"

"Lost" Recap: Episode 19, "The Brig"

Last night's "Lost" was the episode I have been eagerly anticipating for almost a month now, and it was definitely worth the wait. Locke took us on a roller coaster ride of intensity and revelation, while keeping us guessing from start to finish.

To read about all the major happenings of the episode, check out WhiplashGirlchild's recap in the LOST fans group. To read more of my insights about one of the best episodes of the season, just

  • Let's start off with a major theme that's been prominent lately on "Lost" — I have NO idea who is good and who is evil anymore. It seems like everyone has secrets and everyone is out for themselves entirely at this point.
  • Locke is growing to be more and more like Henry Gale with each episode. They both oscillate between trying to keep their cool, eerie exterior and exposing their inner anguish. There's a yin and yang type situation between them (e.g. at the beginning of the episode Henry is in the wheelchair). It's hard to tell who is manipulating whom, and I love how they expose weakness in each other.
  • I'm not believing any of this hell/purgatory stuff. It sounds like a theory the Others want to plant into the minds of the Losties, and I'm wondering if the Others got to Naomi and brainwashed or bribed her before the Losties found her. This would explain why Desmond never saw the actual helicopter she fell from.
  • Why would the Others leave their cozy little community to camp out in tents?
  • I love that Henry tells Locke that the Others need a gesture of "free will," and then promptly demands that Locke kill his father.
  • It makes no sense that Locke's father would egg both Locke and Sawyer on. In Locke's flashbacks, we always see his father begging for Locke's help whenever he needs it. This makes me even more sure that the Others are pulling all the strings, and are behind the purgatory theory.
  • I don't believe a single word Naomi said. I think she's entirely full of crap and not to be trusted.
  • I'd like to know how Locke managed to get his father into the Black Rock, what with his father's razor sharp teeth and all.
  • What is the deal with Rousseau? She used to be super suspicious and paranoid, and now she just strolls into the Black Rock, gets some dynamite, and heads out? What is she going to blow up? I really hope we get some more information about her character before this season is over.
  • Sayid's nails are really long and gross. This has no real bearing on my thoughts of the episode, but since the island seems to have plenty of razors, scissors and other grooming supplies, you'd think he could work on that.
  • I find it interesting that the Others think Locke is "extremely special," and that Richard the doctor wants to spend more time with him. Didn't they also say the same thing about Walt, and then let him leave the island entirely?
  • I really like Kate, but she always fails to use common sense. The scene where she runs and tells Jack that nobody trusts him was a cringe-worthy, desperate attempt to get him to like her again. Also, I hate Juliet. I know that all those manipulative side glances at Jack are designed to make the audience hate her, but it absolutely works on me.
  • When all is said and done, the last few minutes of the episode, paired with the trailers for the rest of the season, gave me the chills and made really excited to check out the rest of the season, which is all I can ask for from a show like "Lost."

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Melissa-Rae Melissa-Rae 9 years
Its DAMON Lindeloff and yes, he and the other powers have said it is NOT purgatory. They said this during season 1. I think its just TPTB messing with peoples' heads at this point since he did write the episode with Cuse. Numerous references to things being said online have been made in the show so I think its just that. Like people were calling the tail survivors the "tailies" and suddenly that word pops up in Hurley's vocab. I didn't know what to think of the "we should tell her" thing. I really don't know. Jack seemed genuinely surprised when he found out that woman had landed on the island. I am going to have to rewatch that.
sanD13 sanD13 9 years
oh i totally missed sayid's nails but i can't wait for sawyer to tell the others about the tape recording juliet left for ben.
princess_eab princess_eab 9 years
I totally HATE Juliet. I love Sayid, but his nails are disgusting! I noticed that too!! I think the Others must have "planted" Naomi there as part of the plan to storm the camp. Juliet has to know about it.
Classy-Amelia Classy-Amelia 9 years
Yesterday's Lost was amazing. I personally believe what Naomi said but nobody can really be trusted. I want to know what's Jack and Juliet's secret. Extremely curious.
burl burl 9 years
I TOTALLY agree about Kate all of a sudden being like a little puppy dog to Jack. I mean this girl is a hardened fugative all of a sudden she wants or cares if Jack thinks she's pretty? Kinda funny here- I like this blog- http://what-sucks.blogspot.com/2007/04/what-sucksthings-that-suck-about-lost-v.html
redsilkshoes redsilkshoes 9 years
hmmmmmmmm, Sawyer......:-)
backfat backfat 9 years
Dear Island, Please conjure up a bus to run over Kate. Thanks, backfat. I'm totally over that love triangle, I watch Lost for all the creepy island and the Others stuff, not for a cheesy love triangle.
humblebee24 humblebee24 9 years
The end was one of those cliffhangers that leave me at the edge of the couch. What's going to happen next week, will the others really attack the camp? What did the beginnings of the dharma initiative look like? And what the heck do Juliet and Jack have up their sleeves that they wouldn't let Kate in on? It does make Kate look a little pathetic running to jack as soon as she finds out about Naomi. She's doing anything she can to get in with jack cause she's felt the door slam behind her. The only reason I think jack and juliet would be allies is the prospect of getting off the island... but how?
mallomar mallomar 9 years
I liked the episode, though I agree on the Kate thing- why do the writers have to make her run and tell Jack? She used to be tougher and more independent, and now she's trying to suck up to Jack to make him like her again and its pathetic.
bhilb bhilb 9 years
What did Juliet think they should tell Kate? Maybe that Kate is pregnant? Juliet would know and she may have told Jack?
katie8 katie8 9 years
David Lindeloff (is the right?, the creator) told Kristen at E! that this is NOT purgatory, the characters are NOT dead. I can't wait for next week, you know Sun is going to throw down pulling out some kung fu action (at least I hope).
7bits 7bits 9 years
jack is a tool - plain and simple.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
You're right, Buzz, it seemed like a pathetic attempt on Kate's part to get Jack to like her again. Ugh, I hate Kate. My friend Dan thinks that Jack and Juliet both seemed to know exactly what Kate was talking about when she told them about Naomi, that they didn't seem surprised at all. I wonder if that's the case...
sashak sashak 9 years
this one was sooo good!
chancleta chancleta 9 years
Naomi seems legit to me. Kate is on my last nerve. Why tell Jack why?
chancleta chancleta 9 years
Loved it loved it loved it
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