When 'Lost' was in its prime, it was must-watch television. Remember first watching it, found it remarkably easy to get into, was hooked from the start and was on Season 3 by the end of one week. The general consensus is that the final season is a disappointment and cannot disagree.
Alongside "Not in Portland" and "Flashes Before Your Eyes", "Enter 77" is one of the best Season 3 episodes up to this point of the season. Also feel that it is one of the best of Season 3 in general, one of the best episodes of 'Lost' up to this point and among the best of the show in general. Every aspect of "Enter 77" is brilliant and along with "Flashes Before Your Eyes" it's as classic as Season 3 got.
The episode has pretty much everything that 'Lost' is all about. It's taut and thought-provoking, even when not having as many answers as other 'Lost' episodes. It has an emotional core in the intriguing and heartfelt flashback that adds a good deal to Sayid rather than going round in circles. It has tense strategic elements, especially with Mikhail.
On top of all that, it advances characters, shows plot progression rather than repeating itself or being filler and there is some nice foreshadowing. The on-island events are indeed enthralling and there are humorous and light-hearted moments to give levity, like with Hurley and Sawyer.
Can't fault the performances, with Naveen Andrews shining more than he has done since Season 2, also some of his best acting in the role of Sayid.
Nor the stylishness and atmosphere of the visuals, nor the effective use of music, taut writing and the tightly controlled direction.
In summary, brilliant and classic 'Lost'. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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