A couple of days ago I caught another episode of LOST, 5.03 “Jughead.” While it is definitely too early to review, I figured a few spoiler-lite observations were in order. Cruise on through, but beware of spoilers.
I’ll be publishing a full review of Jughead next monday, and The Little Prince the following monday. In the meantime, here is my general take on how the series performs beyond this Wednesday’s premiere event.
First, you’ve already been given your first spoiler. The title of this post is a bit of dialogue from Jughead. Between who? What are they talking about? That is for you to figure out.
First, my thoughts on episode 2, “The Lie.” I think it’s important to get that out of the way because it helps set the tone for where I’m going on these subseqeunt episodes. A good friend of mine, whose opinion I value, who will remain nameless suggested to me the other day that the reason for a double episode premiere was specifically to hide “The Lie” in the shadow of “Because You Left.” Basically, the gist of the conversation was that “The Lie” had some problems. I liked the episode, and have said that it would benefit from not being so close to “Because You Left,” but the truth is the two are night and day. Is that a statement on Because You Left’s awesomeness, or The Lie’s lack of it? The fact that there are going to be great episodes and less than great episodes is a given, but at its worst LOST is still better than average – “The Lie” is no exception.
That said, I expect many will have a similar experience with “Jughead” in some regards. A Desmond/John Locke centric episode, “Jughead” is in many ways an answers episode. A few of LOST’s bigger questions are answered, and as such the series becomes accountable for those answers. This is the history of the show, every reveal is judged. What did Kate do? What caused the 815 crash? You get the point. I won’t give the reveal, that is too much of a ‘ruiner’ in my opinion, but I will say that what is answered concerns why Mr. Richard Alpert wound up observing the birth of John Locke.
Fans are going to walk away with their own interpretation of whether the reveal was sufficient in magnitude to the mystery – of course – but on a personal note I’ll say that the series wandered into a territory seldom visited – cliche. I accepted the reveal without it rattling my reverence of the overall story too much, and you HAVE to see it with your own eyes, but I was a little surprised.
Overall, though, the episode presented some great advances in the forward movement of the story and certainly is a testament to the fact that LOST is still on track.