By DAN COMPORA
Source: SyFy Portal
The following contains MAJOR SPOILERS for "Meet Kevin Johnson," an episode of the ABC series, "Lost."
They should have titled this episode "Dead Cast Walking" as several of the characters were either destined to die by the end of the hour, already dead, or trying to die.
As far as revelations, I hope you are not here to find some pearls of wisdom about this week’s episode of "Lost." The episode revealed little that we didn’t already know or suspect, but it allowed us to catch up with Michael, that pesky father turned murderer.
I enjoyed seeing Michael’s return and seeing what happened after he left the island. Michael’s inability to die will certainly contribute some circumstantial evidence to the theories that the island is in fact Purgatory. Michael is looking for his shot at redemption by working for Ben to thwart Widmore. Sayid betrays Michael by turning him in to the captain rather than accept that Michael is there to save the survivors of Oceanic 815. Will this be a betrayal of biblical proportions, or did Sayid do the right thing? Time will tell.
Harold Perrineau did a fine job in this episode. It practically was a one man episode and thankfully, as an actor, he was up to the challenge. I am getting accustomed to some high quality acting in this series; a startling statement considering how bad the acting was during the first two seasons. Henry Ian Cusick’s performance in "The Constant" a few weeks earlier was a breakout performance, and while I don’t feel this episode touched as many emotional peaks, Perrineau plays the role of a man burdened by guilt quite well.
As far as revelations, this episode revealed and confirmed a few things we already knew and added little new: Widmore staged the crash, Michael is working for Ben, Danielle dies, and, thanks to an ABC promo, Aaron is being counted as one of the Oceanic 6. The revelation that Tom was gay wasn’t terribly meaningful to the plot, but it does add a little clarity to his quip at Kate last season that she wasn’t his type.
This episode was a fine addition to a strong fourth season. It consisted of one long, unbroken flashback -- I actually like the way the format has been manipulated this year. It adds some depth to a format that got old early in the series. Still, this episode would have been a poor choice for a season finale. I’m glad the writers strike ended so we can see what we really want to see: the rescue of the Oceanic 6.
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