After the superb episode last week, Lost returns with an equally powerful, although very different episode. One thing I’ve noticed so far is that the action hasn’t been quite at the forefront of the show like previous seasons, although the dialogue among characters and the development of each person has been superb. Not since Season 1 have we had such great interactions between characters. And I’ll tell you right now, I’m sure we’ll have plenty of action to go around in the upcoming episodes, but for now, I’m really liking this season. Every episode feels as if a twist could occur at any moment.
Although I haven’t been the biggest fan of these sideways universe scenes, this was probably the best one so far. I’ve always thought that Matthew Fox played Jack perfectly and that he was underrated when placed next to Michael Emerson and the other excellent supporting cast. However, he really stole the show in this episode. He had the perfect balance of emotion and anger. And the sideways universe continues to show its odd connections to the stuff going on on the Island, including a surprise appearance by Dogen, and Jack’s appendix scar that he got in the episode “Somewhere Nice Back Home,” back when life was easy in Season 4 and the survivors only had to worry about Widmore’s freighter. Jack’s mother tells him he got it when he was seven, but something tells me Jack suspects otherwise. And as for Jack’s son in the alternate universe? A very interesting twist, which paid off in terms of acting. This allowed us to see the fatherly side of Jack, which was very different from Jack the Leader from earlier seasons. And as for Jack’s scene in the cave? That just might be one of my favorite scenes from the last few seasons. It’s the first time Jack’s mentioned to anyone that he chased his dad around the island since he kind of told Locke in the fifth episode of the show.