Lost has had some clever titles in the past. The first Locke-centric episode was called “Walkabout”, when learning about Kate’s criminal past, the episode was dubbed “What Kate Did”, or the Ben-centric episode, “The Man Behind the Curtain,” which played on the reference to Ben’s fake name when he was first discovered by the Oceanic survivors: “Henry Gale” (Dorothy’s uncle in The Wizard of Oz). These are just a few of the many clever names that have been pulled up in the Lost‘s 112 episodes so far.
Now the title for the final episode has been unveiled. For those trying to avoid any and all spoilers about the final season, I’m not sure why you started reading this article. For everyone else who won’t be bothered by the title (or by my thoughts on this week’s episode and the new season thus far), hit the jump.
And the title is…
If you’ve ever watched an interview with executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, then you’re familiar with their sense of humor and that direct little title shouldn’t be that surprising. I would have also expected the titles, “See, We Did Have a Plan” and “Yes, Some People Will Be Disappointed”.
But for those of us who have reached this point, it’s too late to turn back now. I’ve been slightly under-whelmed by the season thus far. It’s had its moments, but it doesn’t have the tight narrative I would expect from a series racing to tie together five seasons of mythology. Instead, we went from the dipshit Dharma hippies to the dipshit Temple hippies. The characters were also too dispersed and only now have finally coalesced into the Jack-group and the Locke-group (although Jack isn’t leading his group, I just put that name on it to acknowledge a nice, if unintended, dichotomy).
The reaction to this past week’s episode, “Ab Aeterno” (which means “From eternity”), has been highly positive, and I would agree with three-quarters of that positivity. It was great to learn Richard’s back story, how the island relates to the Man in Black (Titus Welliver, also giving a great performance), or at least according to Jacob (Mark Pellegrino), Nestor Carbonell gave a great performance, and the cinematography was some of the best in the show’s history.
But they spent almost a quarter of the episode showing us the difficulty in escaping the shackles oboard a 19th century sailing vessel. Way more than necessary. Something that could have taken 90 seconds tops. And when Jacob hired Richard as his proxy, I couldn’t help but feel that the time wasted spent on ship-escape-failure could have focused on how Richard built up the army of Others over the years. Instead, we got another instance of Perfect Dead Wife Shows I’m a Real Person with Love in My Heart.
I liked most of “Ab Aeterno” and the answers it provided, but it was another example of how Lost seems like it’s ambling to the finish line when it should be sprinting.