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Lost Episode 15, "Follow the Leader"

Lost Episode 15, "Follow the Leader"

Wow, we're already just a week away from the fifth season finale of Lost. I feel like this season has flown by — and I've been pretty much satisfied with it. What about you?

And what did you think of this week's episode? It features Richard quite a bit and I found myself really enjoying that. I hope we find out more about this man that time forgot. Otherwise this episode is a jumble of stuff having to do with a hydrogen bomb, island tunnels and romantic dramas. To chat about it all,


  • Before Faraday is shot, Jack wonders, "What if this is our one chance to put things back the way they're supposed to be?"
  • Richard the Ageless is working on a ship in a bottle when Locke ambles up with a dead boar, jabbering on about errands and his newfound purpose. Ben explains to Sun that Richard is "a kind of . . . adviser. And he's had that job for a very, very long time." So Sun asks Richard if he recognizes Kate, Hurley, etc. and Richard replies, "I remember meeting them, very clearly, because . . . I watched them all die."
  • Locke: "I don't think we went through all this for nothing, Sun." I'm pretty sure the Lost audience is hoping you're right about that one, Locke.
  • This exchange between Kate and Jack made me sad. At Jack's suggestion that they can just wipe away all the misery they've gone through, Kate vehemently insists, "It was not all misery."
    Jack: "Enough of it was."
  • Between Jack getting whacked in the face with Young and Strapping Charles Widmore's gun and Sawyer being beaten by Radzinsky, this is a pretty bloody episode.
  • Ha! Dr. Chang grills Hurley. "So you fought in the Korean war."
    ". . . There's no such thing. . . . Alright, dude, we're from the future. Sorry."
    Miles: "If Faraday said, 'Get people off the island,' I'd do it." So, Dr. Chang takes his son-from-the-future's advice and starts to get people to leave the island.
  • I'm not positive, but I thought I heard Charles murmuring to Eloise something about "her condition," with his hand hovering by her belly. That is crazy if she's pregnant when she shoots her son. . . .
  • Locke asks Richard to bring him to Jacob. "I am the leader now, right?"
  • Locke brings Richard and Ben to the place where the past Locke finds himself on the island, after being shot, and explains to Richard what's going to happen (take out the bullet, tell past Locke that he needs to get the others to come back to the island, etc.). Locke and Ben look on (Ben: "This must be quite the out-of-body experience"), and Ben wonders how Locke knew when to be in that location. Locke: "The island told me. Didn't it ever tell you things?" Then it dawns on Locke that Ben's never seen Jacob.
  • I was just wondering where Sayid was when he comes to Kate and Jack's rescue in the jungle! And in a sexy black tank top, no less.
  • Miles realizes now that his father was mean to his mother so that she would leave with Baby Miles and they'd be safe. Awww.
  • Sawyer strikes a deal with Radzinsky and Co. and draws them a map to the hostiles in exchange for a submarine ride back to the "real world" (as Juliet puts it). Sawyer takes a last look at the island. "Good riddance." And he still gets a surly nickname in this episode, calling the guy handcuffing them on the submarine "Nemo."
  • Richard, Jack, Sayid and Eloise swim to an opening that brings them up to some tunnels and Eloise leads them to the bomb. "Well! Now what?"
  • Haha — Richard: "I'm starting to think John Locke is gonna be trouble."
    Ben: "Why do you think I tried to kill him?"
  • John addresses the group, saying that he'd like to know who this guy is who's giving orders. "I'm gonna go and see Jacob. Right now. And I'd like all of you to come with me."
  • Don't you just hate it when you're sitting handcuffed in a submarine across from your boyfriend, about to leave a weird mystical island and your boyfriend's former love comes down and is handcuffed right next to you? Awk-ward.
  • Ben: "Then why are we going to Jacob?"
    Locke: "So I can kill him." Locke wants to kill Jacob??

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a-million-suns a-million-suns 8 years
Juliet, Sayid, OR Sawyer (or someone else, who knows), I mean. I don't think they'd kill all of them off at once!
a-million-suns a-million-suns 8 years
I love Juliet + Sawyer. I don't want them to be ruined, but of course, they will be one way or another. I also like Jack + Kate. They were so happy together at one point, I'd love to see them get that back. Too bad they're both such idiots sometimes, haha. I fear for Juliet, Sayid, and maybe even Sawyer in the finale (although if they killed off Sawyer they wouldn't have their stupid love quadrangle--back to triangle w/o Juliet-- to mess around with next season) Very interesting about Richard Alpert = Ra. I read on wikipedia that there is a spiritual leader named Richard Alpert (also known as Ram Dass)
syako syako 8 years
I think Kate got caught by Dharma peeps and they said "put her on the sub" so I don't think she was running to catch the sub. RCL, that's a GREAT theory. Hmmm... But with Christian, if he wasn't "really" Christian any longer then why would he have asked Locke to say Hi to his son? :?
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 8 years
Richard Alpert. R.A. Ra. The Sun God, creator of all life. The 4-toed Egyptian looking statue. The heiroglypics everywhere. I'm just sayin'.
Jelly888 Jelly888 8 years
I also agree that I think Locke is dead and not alive in the sense of truly being alive. He is like another Christian character. And how fast did Kate run to get to that sub just when it was leaving?? She got there pretty quickly. And I didn't like that she just went back. I thought she was supposed to be looking for Claire? Hurley part was hilarious. He's had some pretty funny moments this season. I wonder if we are going to find out about that guitar case next week?? And I also hope Rose and Bernard show up!
LesleyP825 LesleyP825 8 years
I wanted to punch Kate in the face when she got on the sub and was like, "Hey!" Ugh!! Her character annoys me. Why does she constantly need a man in her life?? Great episode. I can't wait for next week!
syako syako 8 years
cary and kemma --- I like your theory! That does make sense... I guess I just thought that Locke feels like now all his ideas/beliefs have been confirmed, therefore making him extremely confident/borderline cocky. But being another person, that's a neat idea.
julia_o_connell julia_o_connell 8 years
Seriously I don't know what Sawyers deal is with Kate. They spent 3!!!!!! months together (if I'm not totally wrong here there wasnt much going on the first half of that time) so maybe they were 'dating'/'together' for what 3 weeks? a month? He spent 3 YEARS!!!!! with Juliet who obviously has her stuff more together than con-Kate. So what the what? Anyone else see the inbalance here or am I just not romantic enough?
MargaretMJ MargaretMJ 8 years
Did anybody else think that the other in the tent looked like the mercenary who killed Alex in season 4?
caryatid caryatid 8 years
no, i totally agree kemma - i'm thinking it might be like how the smoke monster possessed rousseau's people! either way, i'm psyched for next week.
kemma kemma 8 years
I'm also wondering if the John Locke we are seeing now is not actually the real Locke. Richard made the comment about him seeming different, and someone a few episodes back made a comment about not knowing people could come back from the dead and I think it was Ben who said, "They can't". So when Locke is reincarnated, maybe someone else took his form (sort of like how Christian was dead and now he's alive on the island). Maybe it's like a Harry Potter Voldemort type of thing where someone needs to take on the form of another's body? I could be totally off base, but just thinking aloud!
caryatid caryatid 8 years
i am sticking by my daniel faraday = jacob theory. and my john locke being NOT john locke at this point - even richard noticed he is different AND he knew the exact moment to help time-traveling locke?? i am very skeptical. also, do you think eloise and widmore could be adam and eve??
emalove emalove 8 years
Oh, and I think there definitely is a Jacob...I have this feeling it's going to be someone we've seen before too.
emalove emalove 8 years
I feel like this season has flown by, as well!!! And I really did enjoy the season, but not as much as seasons past. I think I liked it more in the earlier episodes this season--it got a little slow there in the middle for a bit. Last night's episode had my complete attention though, that's for sure! I've read so many possible scenarios for the finale next week, and I can't wait to see what actually happens. One of the possible spoilers I read made my heart break, so I hope it's not really going to happen... And I have to express just one more time how much I HATE Sawyer and Juliet together. I cannot stand her, never have been able to. I need to see him and Kate together!!
RachLA RachLA 8 years
So bummed the finale is next week! I always want more. The scene with Hurley and Chang was classic. Kate needs to leave Sawyer and Juliet alone. Wonder if Jacob and "the island" voice that Locke hears are two opposing forces? Why or how would he kill Jacob??
Mädchen Mädchen 8 years
The actress playing Eloise, Alice Evans, was in "The Abduction Club". I love that film. :)
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 8 years
ana, I was thinking the exact same thing when he came out of the water!! With the exception of Kate, I thought this was a great episode. We got to see Sayid, lots of Richard Alpert, and some classic Hurley.
356UIK 356UIK 8 years
Yay I hate Juliette too! Woohoo!
ana-isabel ana-isabel 8 years
Buzz I'm with you I was starting to wonder where Sayid was and then he comes out of the jungle in that shirt. When he came out of the water by the tunnel I was expecting him to shake his head in slow motion. YUM!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
syako, yes two of them, Just as there are Two Miles at this point, and Charlotte is alive as a child. if they went back to the present of course there wouldnt be two of them, does that make sense?
meeshee meeshee 8 years
you misspelled "korean," buzz :)
LittleMissVain LittleMissVain 8 years
Now I can't get the song "Follow the Leader" out of my head! LOL
lilprisci lilprisci 8 years
I'm starting to think the seemingly harmless Richard Alpert may not be so harmless after all... I think he's playing them all like puppets and may be more involved than we think in the entire plot... "I'm starting to think John Locke may be trouble"... trouble for whom exactly, Richard? SHADY
sillyho sillyho 8 years
First of all: NO ONE HITS JULIET!!!! well...except for Kate cause thats just pure drama (and a good show for the boys). This episode had so many good parts i dont even know where to start. The exchange between Hugo and Chang was too funny, Season 5 really doesnt have enough Hurley parts. Eloise is like a cannon ball, she'll do whatever she wants wherever she wants. Quite amazing, I like! Even though she killed Faraday. Juliet: I love you. Sawyer: I love you back. Kate: Don't forget meeeee! And yay for the emergence of Sayid.
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