Lost: Season 3, Episode 3

Further Instructions (18 Oct. 2006)

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Locke experiences visions of Boone, leading him to a new mystery on the island.



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The fates of Locke, Eko and Desmond are revealed after the implosion of the hatch, while Hurley returns to the beach camp to tell the tale of what happened when he, Jack, Kate and Sawyer encountered "The Others". A mute Locke makes a sweat-lodge and talks to the spirit of Boone who persuades him to rescue Mr. Eko from a polar bear cave with Charlie's help. Desmond also survived the implosion, but not quite the same. More of Locke's background is revealed how his life took a turn when he, living with a group of "farmers" picked up a lonely youth who was not who he appeared to be. Meanwhile, Claire is shocked to find fellow survivors, Nikki and Paulo, in Jack's tent. Written by Anonymous

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During John's flashback where Eddie is being introduced at the dinner table, one of John's friends comments on Eddie's 'Geronimo Jackson' T-shirt. 'Geronimo Jackson' was one of the albums found by Hurley when the survivors first gained access to the hatch in Season 2. See more »


In the flashback, when Locke is driving his truck into the camp, there is a brief close-up of the cab in which there is no one in the passenger seat; Eddie is not there. See more »


Charlie Pace: Is that the hatch?
John Locke: What's left of it. Looks like it imploded.
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The producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the people of Hawaii and their Aloha spirit. See more »


References Altered States (1980) See more »


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Written by Michael Giacchino
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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Should have been much better
25 November 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

I really want to like "Further Instructions", especially as it takes us away from the unbelievably awful (and make no mistake, nearly every second of it is worthless) Hydra island storyline, but it simply is not very good. Basically the episode covers what happened to Locke, Eko, and Desmond after the hatch implosion, but doesn't really get to Eko's part of things, instead focusing on mute Locke, annoying Charlie (who insists on reminding us constantly of "Fire + Water", as if "Further Instructions" wasn't mediocre enough already, and naked Desmond.

"Further Instructions" is in many ways indicative of the creative rut "Lost" was in at this point. Without an end date agreed upon, the stalling was becoming noticeable, and "Lost" was very, very close to 'jumping the shark'. This has it all- a rushed, poor script attempting to cover a bunch of things but failing to do so, some half-assed attempts at humor and 'action', crappy dream sequences, and most of all the completely useless and dumb flashback. Granted, all of this was done far worse in "Stranger in a Strange Land", which came very close to putting even me, an avowed enthusiast and defender of the show, off "Lost". Instead of being as aggressively, hilariously bad as "Stranger in a Strange Land" was, "Further Instructions" is kind of banal and bland, and leaves me wishing for it to be over half-way through. It's not absolutely terrible, but it's a frustrating mediocrity, especially because it had the potential to at least feature solid on-island scenes.

The script by Carlton Cuse (?!) and Elizabeth Sarnoff is surprisingly flat, the dream sequences/hallucinations fall flat as well (and aren't even visually interesting, though it's nice to see Boone and Shannon again), the flashback is quite bad (and even the Geronimo Jackson reference/connection/whatever doesn't quite work), and it's all a bland, pointless affair which is far, far from being as good as it should have been. On the bright side it's not set on the Hydra island, so it's not quite as bad as it could have been.


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