Lost: Season 2, Episode 21

? (10 May 2006)

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Mr. Eko enlists Locke to help find a secret location he believes houses answers to the island's mysteries. Meanwhile, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate struggle to cope with the horrific situation in the hatch following the escape of "Other" Henry Gale, and of the shooting deaths of Ana-Lucia and Libby, unaware that it was Michael who is responsible.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Locke and Eko set out to find the "?" on the hatch diagram. Mr.Eko-centric Written by Anonymous

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After the scene where Locke and Eko watch the orientation video for the "Pearl" station of the Dharma Initiative, a gag commercial is included in the next actual commercial break. This commercial sings the praises of the Hanzo Corporation, which sharp-eyed viewers would recognize as being the copyright holders from the Dharma Initiative tape. This commercial included a website and a toll-free telephone number at the end (www.sublymonal.com and 1-877-HANSORG, respectively). Viewers who called the phone number were treated to an interactive presentation wherein they could listen to the voice mail messages of senior executives of the Hanzo corporation, and, when the phone call was "hacked" by a mysterious woman called Persephone they could obtain a password. When visiting the website, viewers could play an interactive game which eventually unlocked access to the Hanso Corporation's homepage. If they tried to sign up for the Hanzo newsletter on this site, the site would be "hacked" by Persephone, who would ask for the password from the telephone number. Those with the password were signed up to access "secret" anti-Hanzo news and messages from Persephone. See more »


When Michael is outside the hatch burning the list (that gave him "The Others") the paper is pink/purple, then in his flashback the paper the gave him is white. See more »


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18 October 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

I suppose it's become something of a guarantee that anything written by Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof is going to be excellent (the only exception being "... And Found"). "?" is one of their best efforts, and in general one of the greatest and most surprisingly ignored episodes on "Lost". I'll never understand why this isn't regarded by fans as being on par with the generally accepted 'classics', even if it is very well-regarded in general.

The episode is phenomenally well-written, revisiting, even at its most 'genre', the main themes of the characters, the driving force of "Lost". The dialogue is absolutely brilliant, although it's almost a given since the main plot centers on Locke and Eko's quest to find one of the hatches the blast door map points to. There's a lot of philosophizing here, but it all feels intelligent and on par with its ambition, which is more than can be said for a lot of other film and television. Eko and Locke's conversations are genuinely thought-provoking, and Eko's monologue about Yemi and the importance of the work John has been doing is one of the best monologues on the show.

It's not surprising that Darren Aronofsky was slated to direct the episode but ended up having to cancel at the last minute; the episode is a bit odd and requires a cinematic touch, particularly during the excellent dream sequences. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje carries the episode during the flashback scenes, which show Eko, now an actual priest in Australia, dealing with claims of a miracle. There's an interesting connection featuring the psychic who met with Claire in season one, Richard Malkin (I think that's the name). The rest of the episode, concentrated on the aftermath of Libby and Ana-Lucia being shot, is also excellent, and features the first real dramatic acting Jorge Garcia has had to do as Hurley, and he pulls it off brilliantly.

"?" is a knockout of an episode. It's a stunning script, excelling at drama like few other episodes do, and subtly but strongly developing both the characters and the mythology. It provokes thought about more than just the mysteries of the island and what the hell DHARMA was/is doing (another intriguing orientation film shown here), asking questions about the nature of faith and belief, and showing many sides of human nature, both bad and good.


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