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"Lost" Episode 21: "Greatest Hits"

"Lost" Episode 21: "Greatest Hits"

This week's episode of "Lost", which is centered on Charlie facing his imminent death while another showdown between the Losties and the Others approaches, is high on the sap factor and low in action. That being said, it's still a great lead-in to the finale, and it managed to hit home a bit with the softy inside me.

For a full episode of recap, check out WhiplashGirlchild's recap in the LOST fans group. For more of my thoughts (spoiler warning!) just

  • Whenever we start off with an running-through-the-jungle action sequence, you know a good episode is probably in the works.
  • "Why does everything have to be such a secret? How about some openness for a change?"- Thanks Charlie, I couldn't possibly agree more.
  • Even though Rousseau has cooperated with the Losties in the past, it usually took some convincing. I'm wondering why she's suddenly so willing to go along with with their latest plan of attack on the Others. Maybe it's because some of the Losties have helped Alex and Carl?
  • I might be one of the few people who actually really enjoys Charlie.
  • Something about the way Naomi has been blended into the island dynamic doesn't seem right. Shouldn't they be pumping her for more information of the outside world?
  • I'm intrigued by "The Looking Glass" which is a pretty obvious reference to "Alice In Wonderland." I have a feeling there is going to be a lot of revelation in next week's episode.
  • Charlie's flashbacks weren't particularly revealing, but I have to admit that they made me feel kinda warm and fuzzy inside. As did his moments with Claire - they may not be the most interesting couple, but they're a lot less whiny than Jake and Kate, that's for sure.
  • So Rose and Bernard are back and Bernard is already an important part of the latest plan. Personally, I thought they were somewhat interesting last season but now I'm alright with them being MIA.
  • So Jack says he's been the leader for the past 90 days, but Naomi said that Charlie has become this revered rock star and that DriveShaft's greatest hits CD has become huge. In 3 months? This seems like either a very subtle hint at the possibility of time being slower on the island, or a mistake of the writers.
  • Is it just me, or does it seem like sometimes Jin understands perfect English, and at other times, nothing?
  • The whole DS ring thing was pretty cheesy, but again, the girlie girl inside of me kinda loved it. However, the geek inside me couldn't help but to think about the "The Lord of The Rings."
  • Charlie randomly saves Sayid's girlfriend, Nadia, in London. Gotta love the tangled web of connections between all the characters.
  • I'm glad Sayid stood up to Jack. It's about time someone put him in his place.
  • The Losties have endless amounts of time to kill on the island, but they never once tried to follow that cable to the middle of the ocean?
  • Knocking Desmond out was very heroic of Charlie, if not incredibly dumb. Pretty sure he's going to regret that decision next week.
  • I think I held my breath almost as long as Charlie did, but I was happy to see him survive, even though there was a gun pointed in his face at the end of the episode. Needless to say, I'm on the edge of my seat for the season finale next week.

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bugness bugness 10 years
I haven't liked Juliet a whole lot, but her little line to Carl made me giggle, even if it was a little out of place: "They know already, but thanks anyway." And I too held my breath almost the whole time Charlie did. I didn't realize it until I felt myself gasp for air when he reached the surface.
Phil Phil 10 years
They really laid on the cheese factor this episode, yes. And I was definitely verklemped (and desparately trying to hide it from everyone else in the room). Around the end of season two and the beginning of season three, I seriously disliked Charlie. But, since then I've rewatched seasons one and two and I remembered why he was so great in the beginning - he was a good guy. He saved Jack from the cave-in, he was the only one that reached his hand out to Claire when everyone else seemed uneasy with her, and he was so concerned with people recognizing him as the guitarist from Driveshaft which was just cute! Last ngiht's episode rolled around, and all of a sudden I'm wishing and hoping and praying that he wouldn't die! Maybe that's partly because Charlie is no longer the babie stealing drug addict that he had once become, and maybe it's because I'm tired of the good ones dying. It goes back to Shannon who, despite telling airport security that Sayid is a terrorist and playing around with her step-brother's heart, actually became a likable character come mid-season two. And what happens to her? She gets shot by the one survivor that really deserved to die - Ana-Lucia. Then we had Libby who didn't even get her own flashback episode, and in the short time that she was on the island, managed to help Hurley regain his sanity and find a little self-respect and assurance. Anyway, I loved the episode! I STILL don't trust Juliet. This may be just another elaborate set-up on the part of Juliet. I also found myself wanting an Alex/Karl flashback, particularly to find out why Ben lets Alex run around with seemingly complete and total immunity. And, considering Nestor Carbonell is now on CBS's Cane, what the heck is going to happen to him on the season finale? I don't even want to begin to speculate about the Looking Glass Station (which, by the way, bears the symbol of a white rabbit! ...what is it with this show and bunnies? Watership Down, Ben's bunny. Does it have anything to do with the hippie Dharma researchers?!). From the preview it looks like good 'ol Des will be coming to Charlie's rescue!
grizzbabe grizzbabe 10 years
after all the warm and fuzzy feelings this episode induced, I was totally ready for Charlie to die and was kind of disappointed when it didn't happen. I like Charlie as much as the next person (especially since he is no longer going through his wonky withdrawal period where he's attempting to drown babies), but was pretty ready to see him go after 40 minutes of him going through his "greatest hits" and saying goodbye to everyone. and can i say how relieved i was that Desmond didn't go down there? that too would have ruined the warm and fuzzy atmosphere going on for Charlie (our hero).
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 10 years
1. Charlie has always made me chuckle. He's been one of my faves since S1! I really don't want him to die. 2. Yes, I agree, they should be drilling Naomi about EVERYTHING. There's a serious problem with not asking enough questions on this island, dangit! 3. The Looking Glass...yeah...can't wait to find out what that's about.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
:rotfl: I cant believe you found the single!!!!
chancleta chancleta 10 years
loved loved loved the epy....i teared up allot...i don't think 3 months is too short of time-correct me if i'm wrong but shortly after biggie smalls/big poppa died (15 days later) a cd was released and it went to #1 on the Billboard Chart pretty quickly I think.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
Maybe the Greatest Hits CD came out so fast because Driveshaft only had ONE CRAPTASTIC HIT! :rotfl: Charlie had been one of my favorite characters in the beginning of the series but has progressively gotten more and more annoying. Last night really made me love him again.
calibabi calibabi 10 years
i don't care what anyone says...this episode of lost was my favorite this season! i think i just have a not-so-secret crush on merry...i mean, charlie. :) my favorite quote of the episode... Desmond: "So how long can you really hold your breath for?" Charlie: "Does it matter?"
sashak sashak 10 years
Sawyer & Kate used it to get themselves & Karl back to their island. I LOVE Charlie & will be crushed if they kill him off! Oh, & I cried too. Damn the writers!!!
nimue nimue 10 years
I can't wait for next week!!!!!!!!!!!!! charlie has never been one of my fav characters,but I really liked him this episode, he made me cry :,(
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I was laughing at the weights that Charlie was using- he seemed to handle them pretty lightly but apparently they were heavy enough to keep him down I love Desmond....I need more Desmond story. Where the hell did that outrigger come from? Who brought it or built it?
junebrug junebrug 10 years
It is morally reprehensible to make Junebrug sob for an hour and then tell her NUTHIN'. Now we've got mystery chicks with guns? Grrrr.
bhilb bhilb 10 years
I'm not a sap, but I cried in this episode. The girl in me really came out with the whole Charlie/Claire/Aaron relationship. I kept wanting Claire to go back and see the ring!
daddio49 daddio49 10 years
i agree about the 3 month thing - i thought a greatest hit CD would take much longer to put together. i never thought of time moving slower on the island though, thats an interesting idea...
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