By DAN COMPORA
Source: SyFy Portal
To me, the best episodes of “Lost” are those that utilize a large chunk of the cast while revealing some important points. On the most part, this episode did both. We now know the boat is Charles Widmore’s and that he has a pretty huge obsession with the island, making his purchase of the diary in “The Constant” much more relevant. We also know the depths of Ben’s obsession with Juliette. We finally have found Ben’s Achilles heel, and that is significant revelation.
I’ll be the first to admit that now that we’ve experienced a few flash-forward episodes, I wince every time there’s a flashback episode. After three seasons, and about 60 episodes, of looking back, I can’t help but be intrigued by the future. This was the second retro-focused episode in a row, and while I enjoyed it, I’m looking forward to next week’s episode that reveals the final member of the Oceanic Six.
I liked the double entendre in the title of the episode. Sure, we learn that Juliette was the “other woman” that came between Goodwin and Harper. But to the viewers, Juliette has always been the Other (as in island inhabitant Other) woman.
Nice cat fight between Charlotte and Juliette. The delicate, soft beauties have been marginalized (Claire, Sun) or killed (Shannon). Obviously, tough females (Juliette, Kate, and Charlotte) are all the rage in the ‘Lost” universe.
Locke and Ben had the best character interaction of the episode. What could Locke have possibly been told that would make him release Ben? I am, of course, assuming Ben’s man on the boat is Michael. But is that shocking enough to release a guy as dangerous as Ben?
What Didn’t Work
What really frustrates me about “Lost” is the fact that characters and developments of the previous week’s episode often are ignored. After a superb performance the week before, this episode didn’t show Desmond at all. The only element to carry over from “The Constant” was Charles Widmore.
Could the writers please do something to make Charlotte interesting one of these days?
Giving Credit Where Credit is Due
"The Other Woman" was written by Drew Goddard and Christina M. Kim and was directed by Eric Laneuville. It stars Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Terry O'Quinn, Jorge Garcia, Elizabeth Mitchell and Josh Holloway.
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