Lost Review – “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham”

“There’s a war coming, John. And if you’re not back on the island when that happens, the wrong side is going to win.”

In reality, tonight’s episode of ABC’s Losticon probably should have been called the “Death and Life of Jeremy Bentham”. It’s unusual, on Losticon, to see someone die and then come back to life (unlike what usually happens on NBC’s Heroes) so when they revealed in the opening of the show that John Locke is not only alive, but on the island with the other survivors of flight 316 (the kind of revelation that’s usually reserved for the end of an episode), I thought that the remainder of the episode would be pretty exciting.

Well, I can’t say that I was blown away by anything else this episode showed, but I am intrigued by the notion that Charles Widmore might not be the bad guy after all. You have to admit, his tactics tonight were much less heavy-handed than Ben’s. Plus, we did see a younger Widmore closely associated with Richard Alpert when Locke, Kate, Sawyer and the others were time jumping, so we know that he did have quite a long history with the island. It’s just so hard to know whom to believe and it’s one of the things that makes Lost something that’s worth returning to every week.

We also got to know a little more about Matthew Abaddon, who was the creepy orderly who guided Locke into taking the Australian walkabout that made him end up on the island. This reveal leads me to wonder if we’re going to see him in everyone else’s back-story at some point in time encouraging them to be on the ill-fated Oceanic flight that brought them to the island in the first place. It would make sense if Eloise Hawking is working for Charles Widmore’s group and would have been able to predict that Oceanic 815 would have brought them into the path of the island. She sure didn’t seem to care enough for Ben to be working for him.

In recent weeks, I had a feeling when Ben showed up with Jin’s ring and used it as a tool to convince Sun to return to the island, that Ben had in reality killed John Locke because of Locke’s desire to be true to the word he gave Jin that he wouldn’t bring Sun back. I knew Ben wouldn’t allow that so I just figured that Ben was the one who killed Locke. Looks like this is one of those rare moments when I was right.

I don’t really have all that much more to say about “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham” other than that it was nice to see Locke’s interactions with the Oceanic 6 that we had only heard them tell of in previous episodes, but I can’t say we learned anything by it.

One more thing I can say is that it’s nice that we’re finally into the stage of this series where there are more questions being answered than asked. The creators of this show have an end date and a plan to get us there, and it’ll be nice when it’s over to look at this series as a completed work and finally understand what it’s all about.

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