Last Night’s TV – Lost: Dr Linus

I’m reluctant to ever criticise Lost, but I felt last night’s episode dragged somewhat, and was nowhere near exciting…

The acting felt clunky too with lots of panting and almost comedic stumbling from Ben. It lacked The Magic for me, but I guess even greatness needs a day off now and again and as has happened before, following on from one mediocre episode is usually a great one, so fingers crossed for next week’s show, entitled Recon.

But for now, let’s take a look at what we know from Dr Linus…

It was of course Ben centric and showed Ben living an almost diametrically opposite life in the Sidestep reality. On the Island, he’s been powerful and used to running the show, whereas in Sidestep world, he’s powerless and a bit of a dweeb.

However, most notably of course is that on the Island, Ben allowed Keamy and his gang to kill Alex – his daughter on the Island though not in Sidestep it would seem – for the greater good of the Island. But in Sidestep, he sacrificed both his own ambitions and the greater good in order to ensure Alex got into Yale.

It was a pleasure to see Doc Arzt again too wasn’t it? And he doesn’t seem to be a great deal different in Sidestep than he was on the Island.

We also got to see another mirror/opposite with Ben when he changed his Dad’s oxygen tank, because of course on the Island, Ben killed his Dad, courtesy of a canister of gas, so that’s yet more evidence of alternate parallels.

Then back on the Island, after Miles did his thing and found out what Jacob’s last thoughts were and that Ben killed him, Ilana shackled Ben and had him dig his own grave. But he was reprieved by Fake Locke who caused the shackle to fall away and told Ben where he could find a gun to kill Ilana before she killed him…

However, when it came to a gunpoint stand-off, Ben broke down and explained his deep anger at Jacob for making him sacrifice everything that mattered to him, and this softened Ilana so much, she invited him to come and be in her gang instead of Fake Locke’s…

That has me baffled… still; just who is good and who is bad?? Arggggghhhh.

Now onto Jack and Richard who, sitting in the crumbling remains of the Black Rock, had themselves a little game of Russian roulette with a stick of dynamite. Jack was sure that Jacob wouldn’t allow him to die, and he was right. The fuse to the explosive fizzled out and both Jack and Richard remained intact…

So what does this tell us? Is Jack the new I’ll-run-everything guy or is Richard? And how does Jacob still have any influence given he’s dead? Answers on the comment box please!

Then at the end, we got a classic slow-mo beach reunion; there’ve been many over the previous series though again, as I mentioned at the start, if felt awkwardly done and entirely unconvincing. But, that was all forgotten when we saw Charles Widmore approaching in the sub!

He was of course originally sent away from the Island in a sub and told he could never return, so what does he want?? And is he the person that Jacob told Hurley was the ‘someone’ who’s coming to the Island? Please, oh please, that we get some answers next week.

Speaking of which, here are promos from next week’s show, Recon, which is Sawyer centric…

And here’s a little montage clip that I found while trawling the t’interweb…

See you next week!

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.