“Lost”: Episode 15, “Follow the Leader”

This episode of “Lost” was a study in contrasts. The leadership skills, character styles, motivations and powers of persuasion of the show’s original alpha-male pillars — Jack, Sawyer and Locke — were deftly dissected in an hour that was already so full of action and intrigue it made my head spin more than once.

A lot of it came together for me after I looked up the title of the seg on the ABC press site: “Follow the Leader.” All in all, a hell of an episode from writers Paul Zbyszewski and Elizabeth Sarnoff and director Stephen Williams. It worked on many levels and demands multiple viewings, especially because it involved all of our key main characters. We’re on the runway for next week’s two-hour fantasmic finale fer sure.

Thursday update: A second viewing was incredibly helpful, particularly for all of the Locke stuff.

So what’d we learn tonight?

** Jack can’t get Kate to put her faith in him for nothin’. And really, can you blame her?

** Sawyer has finally grown up enough to be a do-right, all-night man. (Of the many great versions of that song, it’s the Flying Burrito Brothers’ rendition that puts a lump in my throat every time. Thanks Gram.)

** Locke has more faith than sense. (OK, we already knew that.)

** Richard Alpert and Ben are still somehow in cahoots toward some common goal, or common enemy. Of this, I have faith.

It was disconcerting in several scenes in this seg to see the magical, mystical Richard Alpert looking very, very confused. (I’m confused about how his stubble manages to grow in such a perfect line across the bottom half of his face. Radiation side effect?) Ben describes him as an “a kind of advisor.” Yeh, like Rasputin was to the Romanovs.

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  1. Xander Crews says:

    “When Richard tells Sun “I watched them die” back in 1977 when she shows him the group photo, does he mean in the 1992 purge, or what?”
    I’d bet that whatever happens between Jughead, and the soon to be built hatch, next ep., it will appear that Jack, Sayid, Kate, Sawyer, etc., will reunite, and be in the proximity of some sort of energy release or explosion, and disappear leading Alpert to conclude they died.
    The resultant will also be that women can no longer give birth on the island.
    Also how about that preview at the end of the episode? Thanks for showing us Sawyer, Juliet, and Kate running around on the island after apparently escaping the sub. It would’ve been interesting to imagine (at least for a week) that Sawyer might’ve been swinging with both somewhere in ’77, living the high-life as a professional gambler/investor…

  2. step says:

    “Wouldn’t that indicate that they were in 2004, rather than 2007.”
    No – because Locke was shot while the island was jumping around in time. He was shot by Ethan, and then the island jumped – forward. To 2007. Richard then fixed up his leg, and Locke and the island jumped again, leaving Richard, in 2007.

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