Lost: Season 3, Episode 8

Flashes Before Your Eyes (14 Feb. 2007)

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After Desmond saves Claire from drowning, Charlie and Hurley suspect that he can see the future. So they try to get him drunk to get some answers out of him.

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The episode opens with reminders about Desmond's premonitions: Locke's speech, the lightning rod, etc. In the present, as Locke and Sayid inform everyone about Eko's death, Desmond takes off running. He manages to save Claire from drowning in the ocean, but his prescience has now become obvious to Charlie and Hurley. They use some whiskey from Sawyer's raided stash to try and find out what happened to Desmond and get an explanation as to how, as Hurley puts it, "that guy see the future, dude." When Desmond passes out drunk, through his eyes we then begin to (re)experience his past and event leading up to why he did not end up with Penny, though he obviously still loves her and wishes things had been different. Triggered when Desmond "pushed the button," the flashbacks are actually a form of time travel or a replaying of events in an alternate/parallel universe. Desmond struggles with his sense of déjà vu and glimpsed of memories of the future as we see him living with Penny several ... Written by Jeremy Farrance

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The art in Widmore's office has echos of Dharma, and LOST island. The painting behind Desmond has a Polar Bear, an upside down Buddha, and the word Namaste backwards. See more »

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Desmond tells Charlie that he saved Claire from drowning because otherwise it would have been Charlie that died. However, Desmond has his "vision" while he and Charlie are a mile away in the jungle. How could Desmond have a vision of Charlie drowning saving Claire, if Charlie was standing right next to him and couldn't possibly know Claire was in the sea? See more »

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Ms. Hawking: The Universe, unfortunately, has a way of course-correcting. That man was supposed to die, that was his path. Just as it's *your* path to go to the island. You don't do it because you choose to, Desmond; you do it because you're supposed to.
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The genius that was LOST is back
15 February 2007 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This episode, along with the previous one, sees the writers getting back on track. After a dull and tedious six episodes, focused mostly on the Jack, Kate and Sawyer story, it's a relief to have LOST back to it's original greatness. This is actually such a well-crafted and well-played episode, that it definitely ranks up with the all-time greats, along with The Pilot, The White Rabbit, The Other 48 Days etc. It will leave you perplexed and craving for more. One thing that's special about this episode, is how the flashbacks (or flashback) are/is constructed. This certainly makes for a unique episode. You will see what I mean... If you are one of the many who lost hope halfway through season 2, I urge you to see this one. Maybe your interest in LOST will be revived.


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