You’ve got about 12 hours left to purchase this clever t-shirt for Lost from RIPT Apparel. The image of a DHARMA dustbuster picking up the smoke monster seems like such an obvious concept, the you wonder why the organization didn’t stop its goofy experiments and just invent one of these. It would also be great for cleaning up tiny messes and getting between couch cushions. Instead, the DHARMA Initiative wanted to learn about the wonders of science. Dorks.
Hit the jump to check out a larger version of the t-shirt as well as my thoughts on last night’s episode “The Last Recruit”.
“The Last Recruit” was an explosion of plot momentum that had been slowly (I would say too slowly) building for the last twelve episodes. With no particular character in the limelight, the episode rushed characters in both timelines to converge. It’s always frustrating to see how fast Lost could move when it wasn’t dragging its heels. But at least it’s moving and I doubt the pace will let up in the final four episodes.
The show managed to incorporate almost every character still on the show except for Richard, Ben, and Miles, who are still wandering out on the island on their quest to find more dynamite and use it to destroy the plane. But in the sense of the story, it feels like the three are a narrative ace-in-the-whole meant to get other characters out of a jam (like the one Sawyer and his group are in at the end of this episode). Speaking of Miles, I was a bit bummed that Sawyer didn’t include him in the get-off-the-island plan, but it made sense for Sawyer. Sawyer is a character who cares about others but is also a pragmatist. There simply was no way to go and find Miles while saving everyone else in the process.
This episode brought into stark relief that while Jack and Locke may have the show’s most complicated relationship, Jack and Sawyer’s is the most volatile. Last night, we saw Sawyer’s pragmatism at its most brutal. He had to save who he could and leave behind those he couldn’t trust. It was a brilliant moment when Sawyer told Jack to get off the boat because Jack was having doubts about his purpose and what the island wanted. We saw Jack’s idealism once again collide with Sawyer’s pragmatism last night and it ended up with Jack in the water. Jack’s credo may be “Live together, die alone,” but Sawyer’s take is somewhere along the lines of, “We’ll live together, you go die alone.”
Another strong element of last night’s episode was redemption. The writers realized that we can’t have Sayid and Claire wandering around like zombies and still keep them as active characters. We still don’t know if we can 100% trust Sayid and Claire, but we do know there’s good in each of them and that means we can still root for their success.
The episode wasn’t perfect. The rush to converge the plotlines and characters made the narrative a little too contrived at points. It was as cheesy as we all thought it would be when Sun regained her voice upon reuniting with Jin (their coming together was emotional enough already without that silly brain-injury thing). But the pace of the episode gave the season some much-needed energy, gave almost all the characters a chance to shine, and began the exciting sprint to the end of the season.
So of course we won’t see a new episode for two weeks. Thanks, ABC.