Lost 5.15: 'Follow The Leader' Review - Featured

While I expected a little more drama from the pre-finale episode, plenty of interesting things happened which I'm sure are leading to a thrilling Season 5 finale next week!


I hadn't imagined that Kate and Jack's decision to follow Daniel's notebook would include Richard and Eloise, but as soon as I saw Eloise looking at the journal, I realized that interaction had to happen to get Jack and Kate going - besides, as smart as Jack is, could he really figure out the notebook of genius Daniel Faraday without the help of his mother?


So thankfully Eloise realized she had to believe Jack, and proceeded to take them to the bomb, but not without plenty of drama. Before Jack and Kate got to talk with Eloise, they got the chance to discuss what stopping the hatch and everything that happened because of it would mean, which pretty much summed up a lot of questions I had last week. For example, wouldn't it be tragic if all our survivors never knew each other because their flight landed safely in LA? Wouldn't it be heartbreaking for us to see all who fell in love or formed bonds to just walk away from the flight strangers forever?


And yes, it appears this is what Kate thought of as well, along with my other concern after last week's episode that everyone's lives were awful before that flight, and while the island brought a lot of trouble, it also was meant to give them the chance to work through their life issues and get another chance.


But as Kate countered Jack saying it wasn't all misery (hint, hint, I was heading to jail and would never have fallen in love with you if we didn't crash), Jack went ahead and said, "It was misery enough." So, he'd be fine never meeting her if it meant ridding his life of all the troubles the island caused. Ouch.


I was surprised to see Kate so heartbroken over this because, though I know she loves Jack, I've always thought the love who is truly the one for her is Sawyer. But maybe that will be the case as Jack's harsh response led Kate right into the arms of Sawyer... and Juliet... in the sub! And there we saw another heartbroken face from Juliet as she realized all her sudden hope that she and Sawyer could live happily ever after in the 70s was shot down.


But that whole situation was shot anyway in the preview for next week's finale as it showed Juliet, Sawyer, and Kate all back on the island, so somehow the sub didn't take them away at all.


The other most interesting point of the episode was all going on with Locke and Richard! Richard entirely changed in this episode as we saw Locke was the one who led Richard to him when he'd popped into the jungle with a bullet in his leg and Richard magically appeared to help him, and we continued to see Richard surprised, confused, and seeming not at all the mysterious omnipotent one we'd been led to believe he was until this point. Now we just have to wonder if he only was like that when he was in charge, or if his only mysterious feature is the fact that he never ages.


Also a moment of comic relief plus revelation was having Dr. Chang finding Hurley, Miles, and Jin to make them tell him the truth about if they were from the future as Daniel had said. For the fun of the episode, we got Hurley failing to answer when he was born, who was president, etc. making him admit they were from the future. Then we got the revelation of Miles not only getting to tell his dad that yes, he was his son, but also seeing the doctor yell at Miles' mother as the only way to convince her to take Miles and leave the island.


So how will this exciting season wrap up? How will it come to be that the sub doesn't leave the island? What will the gang with the bomb do? Will Locke and his people really get to see Jacob and will we discover more about who/what Jacob is? Share your thoughts on this episode and what you think will go down in the big 2-hour finale!

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May 7, 2009 2:57PM EDT

Wow, i really enjoyed this episode! It's all drawing towards a fulminant season finale. And although the end of season five will leave more questions open than it answers, i am looking forward to seeing what the Jacob situation is going to play out to.

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May 7, 2009 2:58PM EDT

maybe jacob is jack (Lolz) really i dont know it either anymore, this is tooo much for me, its all getting clear now,all the timeloops are now being answered.. thank god.. just cant wait for next weeeek

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May 7, 2009 3:12PM EDT

No, no, I agree with Kendra. Before in past seasons the last three/four episodes have been full of drama and suspense leading to a magnificent explosion in the finale (H-bomb explosion for season 5?!?) but this episode is sort of slow-walking us to the finish. It's almost like a chess game and the writers are just getting everyone into place before check-mate. Once again, Kate 'the Destroyer of happiness' is in place to possible ruin Sawyer and Juliet's happiness. I was wondering maybe if that was them out of it for good after Sawyer takes a look back and just says 'good riddance' but I haven't seen the preview so not sure. Well, obviously not then if they're in the finale.
I was surpised too at Richard being the one asking the questions this time and not knowing the beat of the drum by heart. Loved the finish of the episode of the Others marching down the beach and especially Locke's new quest to 'be' the island, in a matter of speaking, and have a showdown with Jacob. I also reallllly want to know the answer to how long Richard has been the advisor on the island as Ben said "He's had that job a real long time". Is it too much to ask for more knowledge about that and the Temple and what the hell happened to that statue?!?
Well, Doctor Who never needed hydrogen bomb to change time....but it seems Jack Shepherd does!
Great review Kendra.

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May 7, 2009 4:57PM EDT

Haha, I agree kendra that the Hurley exchange was the funniest of the episode!
"What year were you born?" "Uh, 19.. 31." "You're 46? You fought in the Korean war?" "There was no such thing." "Who is the President of the United States?" "All right, dude, we're from the future."
Another random thought - while we do see in the preview for next week's episode that Sawyer, Juliet and Kate do end up back on the island after all, I am really curious to see if this is by choice or by force. Since Sawyer was so willing to jump off of the plane originally for the sake of saving Kate...wasn't it weird how he was ready to pretty much leave her to die (possibly) on the island as he boarded that submarine with Juliet (not knowing of course that he can't seem to get rid of her, haha)? I think that suggests there's more future than we realized previously in the Sawyer/Juliet relationship...

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May 7, 2009 8:38PM EDT

Honestly, I don't find it surprising that Kate has a harder time with the idea of erasing the events of the past 3 years and start over from flight 815. She has stopped running, all charges have been dropped against her, she has had a taste of being a mother... the last 3 years have been comfortable for Kate, with the exception of breaking up with Jack. If all that goes away, she'll be back in the plane, handcuffed next to a US Marshall, flying towards her conviction for murder and several years in prison. If I were her, I wouldn't be excited to go back to the life she had. The way she has treated Jack of late I really don't believe that he is the reason why she doesn't want to go back.Jack on the other hand... he has lost everything good that the plane crash may have brought to him. He failed to get all the people off the island that he felt responsible for, in consequence he lost his position as a leader, he missed out on a relationship with Juliet and the one he had with Kate went all kinds of awry. He has developed a drug addiction and a major drinking problem, and his self-esteem is lower than ever. I can understand that he wants a chance to make his life better, even at the cost of not meeting Kate. What good did that do him anyway?
I don't believe Jack will succeed with his plan though. At least not yet, not with another season still to come, but at this point I can see how undoing the last 3 years could be the ultimate finale of LOST.... and I'm not sure yet how I would like that. Oh well, there's plenty of time to think about that... right now I'm excited about how this season is going to end. Can't wait for next week!

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May 8, 2009 3:32PM EDT

Since youguys pretty much left nothing to breakout im going to ask a simple question!
How come Miles did not desapear if he was on the island in 1977??

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May 11, 2009 8:47PM EDT

why would he disappear?

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