Lost (2004–2010)
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Eloise explains that the Oceanic 6 have a very limited window to return to the island, and leaves Jack instructions to bring one of his father's items to John Locke.

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... Sayid Jarrah
... Desmond Hume
... Dr. Daniel Faraday (credit only)
... Benjamin 'Ben' Linus
... Dr. Jack Shephard
... Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
... James 'Sawyer' Ford (credit only)
... Jin-Soo Kwon
... Sun-Hwa Kwon
... Miles Straume (credit only)
... Katherine 'Kate' Austen
... Dr. Juliet Burke (credit only)
... John Locke
... Ray Shephard
... Frank Lapidus
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Ben takes Jack, Sun, and Desmond to meet with Faraday's mother, scientist Eloise Hawking, (whom Desmond remembers years earlier leading him on the path to the island). Eloise tells them when and where the island will appear in time and the "window" to reach it, as well as the circumstances that brought them there in the first place. Jack decides to return with the corpse of Locke despite his doubts as to what may lie head for them, while Kate, Sayid, and Hurley need more convincing. Jack also visits his grandfather, residing in a nursing home, which leads him to do a little soul searching to seek his path. Written by matt-282

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Jack asks Ben on the plane "How can you read?" Ben says "My mother taught me" Earlier in season 3 we learned that Ben's mother died giving birth to him. See more »

Goofs

On the flight to Guam there is a lighted sign in the aircraft that says "No Smoking / Fasten Seat Belt / Use Seat Bottom Cushion for Flotation". Transoceanic flights are required to have life rafts and life jackets for every passenger. "Seat Botttom Cushion" equipped aircraft are restricted to overland flights and those that stay within just a few miles of the coastline. See more »

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Ben Linus: Thomas the Apostle. When Jesus wanted to return to Judea, knowing that he would probably be murdered there, Thomas said to the others, "Let us also go there and we might die with him." But Thomas was not remembered for this bravery. His claim to fame came later when he refuses to acknowledge the resurrection. He just couldn't wrap his mind around it. The story goes that he needed to touch Jesus wounds to be convinced.
Jack Shephard: So was he?
Ben Linus: Of course he was. We are all convinced sooner or later, Jack.
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Excelsior Lady (Dharma Lady)
Performed by The Donkeys (Geronimo Jackson)
Released 2008
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Searching for soul
10 July 2018 | by See all my reviews

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.

Season 4 was a solid season, with high points such as "The Beginning of the End", the three part finale and particularly "The Constant" and the only disappointments (though they were still decent) being "The Other Woman" and "Eggtown". "Because You Left" couldn't be a better way to start Season 5, definitely among the stronger 'Lost' season openers and one of the most confident and most settled. The episodes between that and this were also good to great, with the weakest "Jughead" still having a lot of great values.

"316" is one of the season's and show's best episodes. It has pretty much everything that 'Lost' is all about. It's taut and thought-provoking, providing new mysteries and questions if not exactly resolutions or answers here, but what could have been a problem in this regard was not annoying at all because everything else was so exceptional. The on-island events are minimal here but what there is is foreboding, tense, emotional and above all gripping.

On top of all that, it advances characters, shows plot progression rather than repeating itself or being filler. There are surprising moments and also illuminating ones, Jack's development here is some of his most intriguing and tells us more than what we already know and doesn't reiterate. As far as Jack-centric episodes go, "316" is a strong contender for the best.

Also found "316" to be a non-stop thrill ride of insane entertainment value, edge of your seat tension, unsettling spookiness and very emotional moments. The more dialogue-driven parts is a case of it being thought-probing, relevant and adding a lot rather than slowing things down and rambling.

Can't fault the performances, particularly from Michael Emerson and Matthew Fox, the latter giving some of his best acting of the show.

Nor the stylishness and atmosphere of the visuals, nor the effectively understated and chilling use of music, taut writing and the tightly controlled direction (one of the best of the season and perhaps of the show).

In summation, exceptional. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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