Lost: Season 2, Episode 22

Three Minutes (17 May 2006)

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Michael's whereabouts during his 13 days in captivity in the "Others" camp are detailed while in the present, he tries to convince Jack to help him mount a search party for his son Walt still being held captive. Meanwhile, Locke struggles with a choice whether or not to abandon the hatch.

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Michael requests Jack, Kate, Sawyer and Hurley to go with him to the camp site of "The Others" to bring Walt back. Meanwhile, his experience and captivity during the last 13 days with "The Others" is disclosed, when he saw Walt and made a deal with their leader "Mr. Friendly", and the matron base camp leader "Ms. Clue" to return to his camp, release Henry, and betray Jack, Kate, Sawyer, and Hurley by leading them to their camp. Now completely insane and desperate to be reunited with his son at any cost, Michael willingly agrees to betray his friends. Michael is welcomed back by the survivors, but Sayid advises Jack that he strongly suspects that Michael is a traitor. After the burial of Ana Lucia and Libby, the survivors see a boat sailing near the beach. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The location of The Other's campsite and hatch is on the windward (southeastern) part of the island of Oahu. This can be discerned by the vegetation, a low scrub grass. See more »

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[to Eko]
Charlie Pace: So, you wake up in the middle of the night, you grab your Jesus Stick, and you race off into the jungle. You don't call? You don't write?
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A good set-up for the finale
18 October 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

"Three Minutes" is meant to fill in some gaps, mostly involving Michael's absence for several episodes earlier in the season, and to set up the finale. It succeeds in doing so, and is involving and entertaining enough, but despite being in the top 15 or so episodes from the second season it still feels a bit like a missed opportunity. This could have been truly pulse-pounding and thrilling, but it needs more than a Giacchino score and lots of camera motion to be truly thrilling. There needs to be an emotional connection for the audience, and what we're seeing doesn't show us anything new about Michael. It feels sort of same-old same-old, like stuff we've already seen this season rehashed.

Still, the episode is very good and quite involving, as far as island-based flashbacks for 815'ers go it's better than "Maternity Leave" but not on par with "The Brig". There's a lot of mythology-based fun relating to Walt (and even a hint at Room 23, which we would see in season 3 and a "Missing Pieces" episode), and we get to see a whole lot of the Others, possibly more than we'd seen in one episode up to this point in the series.

All in all there's not much to talk about. Stephen Williams is an erratic but talented director, and this is not one of his finer efforts. The script is very good, but could have packed a bigger punch. Setup episodes for the finales can be magnificent, see season 3's "Greatest Hits" or if you consider them separate from the second parts, "Exodus: Part 1" or "There's No Place Like Home: Part 1". It's a successful episode at getting everything ready for the naturally mind-blowing finale "Live Together, Die Alone", and it's entertaining, so I'll give it:

8/10


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