Jeremy Paxman is doing the full Morris, about the spree shootings earlier today, so it seems like as good a time as any to escape into the brighter, sharper world of Lost.
Oh, yeah, I forgotâ€¦ Previously on Lost, three beloved characters got obliterated. One literally, and two disposed of at the bottom of the ocean, where their bodies wonâ€™t ever be retrieved. Sigh.
So, we start on Jackâ€™s eye â€“ this shot is a favourite convention of the show, and if somebody hasnâ€™t already compiled all of them together, somewhere, itâ€™s bound to happen soon enough.
So weâ€™re scant episodes from the end of the line, and Lost decides to take another step out of itâ€™s ongoing story to tell us a tale of the distant past. As with â€œAb Aeternoâ€ a few episodes ago, Iâ€™m guessing itâ€™ll give us some interesting but not vital background, that this late in the day will frustrate those of us eager to see how it all pans out, but that weâ€™ll probably appreciate a lot more on later viewing.
I think if I was writing the final season of a show like this, with the working knowledge that geek love is a painfully co-dependent and resentful sort of love – as likely to exert the full, grumpy weight of thwarted expectation and entitlement as it is to just revel in the exhilaration of being taken on a fun ride for forty minutes of every week – and I knew that weâ€™d managed to get the incredibly versatile and captivating Alison Janney on for an episode, I think Iâ€™d probably be unable to resist the mischevious instinct to use her as a mouthpiece for a fond yet firm assertion that I felt the audience needed to hear, too.
So Jack saved Locke, and he thinks heâ€™s a candidate for a surgery that Jack is developing. John Locke doesnâ€™t want to be a candidate, though. He seems to recognise the phrase. Jack could do with having House MD on his side.
Jack wakes to Sayid telling him that theyâ€™re on Hydra island. Sayid even makes a joke. Actually, I reckon Sayid might be back on the turn again.
Jackâ€™s sweetest moment in ages was last episode, where he deferred to Hurley. Now he asks Hurleyâ€™s permission to go and talk to non-Locke. It is a lovely moment.
And now non-Locke admits what we had already worked out â€“ that he was the vision of Jackâ€™s father from way back in that first or second episode. He says it was because they needed to find water. And that makes a certain amount of logical sense, but itâ€™s difficult not to see that it was a pretty cruel choice to make on non-Lockeâ€™s part.