Lost Round Table: "The Last Recruit"

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Despite its fast pace and boatload of action (literally!), this week's episode of Lost didn't deliver significant answers or raise any major questions.

As a result, we only gave it three out of five stars, our lowest grade for any season six installment.

But that doesn't mean there wasn't a lot to break down from "The Last Recruit." A trio of TV Fanatic staff members has done just that in this week's edition of the Lost Round Table...

So... the Man in Black admitted he's been Christian each time Jack's father appeared on the island. Were you satisfied with this resolution?
M.L. House: Yes. But I was disappointed in Jack's follow-up, or lackthereof. I know Lost must drag out the suspense and can't just answer every question in one conversation. But the monumental moment of FakeLocke sitting down with Jack, and revealing such a vital piece of information, fell flat we didn't learn anything else aside from this rather obvious tidbit.

LJ Gibbs: Yes, but who was Christian when Ghost Dad visited Jack in the hospital? The answer: Leonard Part 6.

Mr. Probst: It's hard to feel satisfied or unsatisfied when we've been expecting this wrinkle for most of this season so far.  Fortunately, the answer jives with how Christian's role played out on previous seasons, so it works for me.

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Will Claire turn on Kate?
M.L. House: Yes. Kate won't make it to the season finale. That's more of a guarantee than Crystal Bowersox winning American Idol.

LJ Gibbs: She's clearly insane, and even a calm ocean cruise won't calm her nerves. I just hope the only turn she pulls on Kate involves asking her to turn over, as she helps her reapply sunscreen. 

Mr. Probst: We couldn't be so lucky as to have Crazy Claire kill Annoying Kate, could we?

The Jin/Sun reunion: Emotional and sentimental, or anti-climactic  and short-lived?
M.L. House: It came out of nowhere in the moment, so that gave it resonance. But I could have done without Lapidus' cheesy line that Sun "found her voice" once she hugged Jin. Lame and very un-Lost like.

LJ Gibbs: It was very nice, in both realities. For all the Jack/Sawyer/Kate/Juliette drama, Jin and Sun have always been the romantic center of the show.

Mr. Probst: Neither!  It's a prelude to disaster.  This doomed couple will find its happiness short-lived and will be separated again - whether physically or through the death of one, if not both.  There's a reason the show keyed in on Jin saying that he'd never leave her again.  Nothing is ever an accident on this show.

Is Jack really with Locke now?
M.L. House: Which Locke? He's with the real John Locke, the late Man of Faith. Jack has clearly taken on that title. Ironically, Fake Locke is now the Man of Science, or at least the Man of His Own Reality That Opposes Faith in the Island. Jack will soon rebel.

LJ Gibbs: Not until Locke gives him his class ring. But Jack did start calling Sawyer "James," so that's a start.

Mr. Probst: In the literal sense, sure.  Hopefully not in the biblical sense.  That could get awkward.

More forceful order: Harrison Ford telling Gary Oldman to get off his plane in Air Force One, or Sawyer delivering the same message to Jack on the boat last night?
M.L. House: Clearly Ford's President. He didn't give Oldman's villain a chance. He tossed that mother f-cker of his mother f-uckin plane! I may have mixed up movies there.

LJ Gibbs: Alternate question: Lamer exit - Jack's limp, feet-first drop off the bow, or "Exit Wounds?" And God help you if you vote for anything but Jack. I love DMX.

Mr. Probst: Gotta go with Harrison Ford.  Air Force One may have been a bit cheesy, but it's a legendary line that everyone knows.  When Sawyer told Jack to get off his boat, it was just weird.  Not as weird as Jack actually doing so... and swimming that really long distance back to shore in 90 seconds, but weird.

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M.L House, I have to present this argument and I want someone to dispute it but Think back to LAST SEASON you said that Smokey was Christian and Jack saw him on this third day on the island, and he made Locke turn the donkey wheel etc. BUT remember the scene where half the crew ends up in the 70s from that flash on the Ajira flight and Sun, and Lapidus walk into New Otherton looking the other members and Christian is there waiting in the house (night time) and he shows them a picture with the crew in a 70s photo and says "you have quite a journey ahead of you", Christian tells them you have to wait for Locke and Sun looks out the Window and LOCKE is standing right there and waves to them!!!! NOW LOCKE IS OFFICALLY MAN IN BLACK at that moment and TRAPPED in that form and cant take form of no body else. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE...which tells me that he was only Christian for that one time for Jack and STILL CHRISTIAN might exist.

Mr probst

@ME - Definitely saw the irony. So often Fake Locke has been right about whatever assertion he makes, but perhaps he's wrong about the island not having a purpose for people? Based on Jack's actions, I'm guessing he doesn't buy what Fake Locke said about John Locke being stupid enough to think that the island had a purpose for him. Clearly Jack thinks the island has a purpose for him and he probably feels that it is to stop Fake Locke.


Did anyone get the irony of FakeLocke telling Jack at the beginning of the episode that real Locke was "stupid enough to believe that the island had a purpose for him", and in the end Jack turning around and demonstrating that HE believed the island had a purpose for HIM (Jack), or more specifically, "wasn't done with him yet". Did anyone think that Fake Locke's tone when telling this to Jack was a bit too weighted, even perhaps ironic?


I agree with you picazo! from almost every episode guide, or all lost round tables, kate is referenced as "boring". I agree that she doesn't always have the best lines or plot, or that sometimes she may be overshadwoed by other characters, but that doesn't mean she's terrible! I'm not saying that she should "carry" the show, since lost is so wonderful because of its ensemble, and not only because of one character, but without her (or anyone of the characters that have appeared), the show wouldn't be the same.

Mr probst

@Picazo She certainly was better earlier in the series, but has become increasingly harder to watch as the show has gone along. She seems so whiny more recently. I liked her better as the brash outlaw that she portrayed earlier in the show.


I am actually watching Lost from S1 with my cousins who have never seen the show and so far Kate is doing alot.I dont know why you guys dont like her. I always like her, beside is not her falt the writer made her that way.

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