Tempers flare when Ana Lucia and her group stumble upon Sayid and the other castaways.Tempers flare when Ana Lucia and her group stumble upon Sayid and the other castaways.Tempers flare when Ana Lucia and her group stumble upon Sayid and the other castaways.
The episode is helped by tasteful direction from Stephen Williams, not always a director who gets the most out of an episode, but when not faced with directing action (at which he is rather poor) he is capable of crafting a visually strong episode and does so here, and the cast are also excellent here, particularly Naveen Andrews. The episode is a fine way to bring the tail-enders and the fuselage folk together, and none of it feels contrived or fake. I have problems with scenes like the final one here, especially given how sappy the music is, but it works okay I suppose.
"Collision" deals largely with the aftermath of Shannon's death, but while it easily could have gone for an action movie approach it instead goes for a character-based episode. There is an eventual understanding between Analucia and Sayid that is almost unexpectedly poignant, and the flashbacks are well-structured and if not consistently entertaining then certainly worth it for the final reveal, which really does succeed in making Analucia a more sympathetic character. Excellent episode.
- Sep 14, 2008