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The 'Lost' Diary -- The Last Recruit

4/21/2010 7:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Welcome back to another edition of The "Lost" Diary.

Lately, I have been having a difficult time writing this intro paragraph (sometimes I have even skipped it all together). Then today, a friend who doesn't watch "Lost" asked me, "Hey, how has this season been? I've heard mixed things." I struggled to answer him. I wouldn't say I have been disappointed by this final season, but how many truly great episodes have we had? Maybe two? The rest I have felt very ambivalent about. Maybe that's why I can't think of a topic to lead the Diary off with each week.

For all you "Lost" Diary newbies, here's how it goes: I gather with a group of friends watching "Lost," writing what happens on the show as it happens, and throwing in my two cents along the way. Tonight I am watching "Lost" with my co-worker Molly and her weekly crew. I have been warned about excessive pausing and needless chatter. Should be interesting. Let's roll ...

9:00 -- Is it just me or was the Previously on "Lost" segment very flash sideways heavy.

9:01 -- Picking up where we left off at the "Lost" Tribal Counsel, Not Locke tells Jack they have "a lot of catching up to do." Why would Not Locke say that? Is there some part of Locke still inside there?

9:02 -- Not Locke tells Jack that he sometimes like to dress up as Christian Shephard and go haunting Jack in the jungle. OK, he didn't say it in those exact words, but still. By the way -- if we never hear from Christian again, I will be beyond angry.

9:03 -- Not Locke is explaining to Jack that he has been Team Jack from the beginning -- and that it was Jacob's fault he was stuck on the island in the first place. I think Not Locke is gonna need a better sales pitch than that. Then again, Jack is pretty dumb.

9:04 -- "My name is John." -- Locke. Sun is being wheeled into the hospital at the same time as Locke and freaks out.

9:05 -- A Claire/Jack reunion has about as much emotional pull on me as one of those DirecTV commercials.

9:06 -- "You decided the moment you let him talk to you; just like the rest of us. So whether you like it or not, you're with him now." -- Claire

9:10 -- If you had a secret, would you tell Hurley?

9:11 -- When was the last time this many Losties were together at the same time?

9:12 -- "So nice to have everyone back together again." -- Not Locke. Dude, I JUST SAID THAT!

9:13 -- "It would never work, sweetheart. I'm a cop, you're a murderer." -- Sawyer

9:14 -- Zoe has shown up to camp and she wants Desmond back. What would happen if Team Widmore killed all the candidates? Would Not Locke be able to leave? Can they even be killed?

9:15 -- "Well, here we go." -- Not Locke

9:20 -- Claire and Desmond have run into each other as Claire is headed to an adoption agency. Desmond is trying to help Claire with her adoption meeting, but really just comes off like a creepy stalker. But he's got an accent and he's quite handsome, so I am guessing Claire will be all for it.

9:22 -- So instead of being some kind of mercenary, Ilana is a lawyer in the flash sideways universe.

9:23 -- Not Locke is rallying the troops to take on Team Widmore. Not exactly the speech from "Braveheart," but it will do. We also had to watch this scene twice because Molly went through the convoluted process of removing one of her socks so she could use her feet to steal a bag of Thin Mints. These kinds of things don't happen when I watch "Lost" by myself.

9:24 -- Sawyer is letting Jack in on his plan and Not Locke is sending Sayid to kill Desmond. I wish I could combine those sentences and Sayid was headed to kill Jack. Alas ...

9:30 -- Apparently Desmond is chilling in the bottom of a well. Last week they made that well seemed like it was never-ending, this week it was like 20 feet.

9:31 -- "This woman, when she asks you what you did to be with her again, what will you tell her?" -- Desmond

9:32 -- Remember a few weeks back I threw out an idea that how much people changed in their flash sideways was some how indicative of which team they ended up on? And I said that Kate, Sawyer and Sayid all seemed to still sort of be the people they were before the island? Have you noticed who this week's flash sideways seems to be focusing on? Just saying ...

9:33 -- Was Sayid just thwarted by a garden hose?

9:34 -- Sawyer is trying to explain to Kate that since Claire is "drinking Locke's Kool Aid" she's not allowed in their escape plan. I can already see how Kate goes against Sawyer's instructions and screws things up. It's the Kate way.

9:35 -- Seems as if Sayid is running a little late -- perhaps Desmond's little speech worked? What am I saying? Of course it worked! Desmond can't die in the bottom of a well.

9:36 -- Jack is carrying out Sawyer's plan, but Claire has caught wind of it.

9:37 -- Sayid just lied to a man who can turn into a black cloud of smoke and kill everyone. Bad idea.

9:39 -- Kate's speech to Claire has worked... for now. Is it weird I am rooting for Claire to die?

9:40 -- "He finds out we're gone, he's gonna be mad." -- Claire

9:44 -- Jack and his son are the lawyer's office to hear Christian's will being read -- and to meet Claire, I suppose.

9:45 -- "He was my father too." -- Claire. Never a fun sentence to say or hear.

9:46 -- There's been an emergency at the hospital -- probably something to do with a paraplegic being hit by a car.

9:47 -- "Doesn't feel right. ... leaving the island." -- Jack

9:48 -- "Get off my damn boat." -- Sawyer. Man, that was a ridiculous line.

9:49 -- "I'm sorry I got Juliet killed." -- Jack, right before he jumps off the boat. Guess that makes Jack ... the last recruit.

9:55 -- "The baby's fine." -- Jin. I think that's maybe a sign of which side of things they fall on on the island.

9:56 -- I'm actually enjoying Jack and his son and I liked that Jack jumped off the boat. Wait, do I like Jack now?

9:57 -- "I got this." -- Jack

9:58 -- It just hit me: Are we about to get our Jin/Sun reunion?

9:59 -- "Sun?" -- Jin

9:59 -- "Jin?" -- Sun

10:00 -- "Deal's off." -- Zoe

10:01 -- "You're with me now." -- Not Locke

If Kate Hudson was on "Lost," she'd probably say, "It's all happening." Of course, if Kate Hudson was on "Lost," it would suck.

Anyway, I think the point we are supposed to take home from tonight's episode is that everyone is coming together -- both on the island and off. I can't remember the last time we had so many of our main characters together.

But if the point of the episode was simply that the main characters are coming together, then was there really any point?

This is also the second week in a row that we've been given the answer to a long-standing question and that answer just felt "convenient." So the Man in Black took the form of Christian back in episode 3? Do you think the writers knew that at the time they wrote it? And hasn't Christian appeared to people off the island (Michael, right before he died) and we know the MiB can't leave the island?

Although ... it was "Christian" who was the one who told Locke to bring everyone back to the island. So perhaps that works. Still, feels a little forced.

Speaking of Christian -- if there are no further revelations about him before this is all said and done, my head will explode.

Tonight's episode violated a major rule for me: The Sydney Bristow rule. Several episodes of "Alias" would end on a cliffhanger with Sydney facing certain death. Really? You're going to kill the main character now? I don't think so.

"Lost" did it tonight ... twice! There was no way in hell Desmond was being shot at the bottom of a well. And I certainly don't think half the cast is getting mowed down by machine guns on the beach. Faux suspense is the worst thing a show can do.

All in all, tonight's episode did very little for me -- and I didn't even get to the let down I had from the Jin/Sun reunion. I was expecting a little more build-up (like one of them actually deliberately doing something to find the other, rather than "Oh hey, look. There you are." And don't get me started on Sun's reappearing English).

I give tonight's episode a C-. We're getting down to the wire here and I expect a lot from each episode and lately, I feel like they are falling short.

Here's a question -- remember back during season 2 or 3, when something so mind-blowing would happen, that you'd have to pause the show right then and there? Maybe even immediately rewind the scene and watch it again? I called them TiVo Moments (not sponsored).

How many of those have we had in the last, let's say two seasons?

It's not the barometer by which to judge all of "Lost," but I miss those moments.

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I have to disagree with you and question how closely you've been watching the previous episodes. I feel as if the majority of the episodes this season have been superb. Desmond's Locke's, and Ben's episodes have arguably been the best of ALL TIME. And yes there were a lot of underwhelming moments in this episode, toward the end (especially that wack reunion) but there were plenty of OMG moments as the episode progressed (Ilyana's return, Jack and his son etc.)I love how the show is pushing all the character together instead of focusing on one per show. It's making me really, really, really giddy for the finale. I'm just enjoying the ride.

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I agree with you completely Daniel...I had the exact feelings watching last night's episode. It was too obvious that Sayid would not kill Desmond and the Sun/Jin reunion was pathetic! Where was the drama, the emotion, the was all "too Hollywood" and I was disappointed because I know how brilliant it can be!

1646 days ago


I agree with MightyMad. I used to enjoy your recap, but you're just whining and bringing everybody down. Do yourself and everyone else a favor and stop watching now. It's already a given that you won't like the last episodes.

1646 days ago


I have to agree w/ the others here, Daniel. Although this latest episode didn't do a lot for me, you are way overcritical about this season of LOST. The rest have been spectacular.

"Do you think the writers knew that at the time they wrote it?"

I do think the writers knew how this was going to be put together when they wrote it. Remember Desmond telling Jack-"see you in another life, brother." ? They knew.

BTW-They keep Lapidus around, give him a couple lines of dialogue in each episode, but why is he there? Remember Ben mentioning to him "the island got him in the end" or something like that.
I am not sure how it going to play out, but I think Lapidus is key somehow. Perhaps he is the candidate? or is going to fly them out of there?

1646 days ago

coco chanel    

Daniel you haven't even told anyone your name since you wrote about "the substitute". I think you don't like blogging for tmz anymore and have been doing a very poor job. I have also been keeping track of how many people post comments and it has dropped except for last week when it spiked. If you get paid for this you need to step it up a notch, and if not, just let someone else do the blog for you. Enough about Daniel, I thought last nights episode was just filler. I give it a D.

1646 days ago

harvey is an idiot    

Yeah, whiner stop your complaining and go watch a show more suited to you. "Paris Hiltons' BFF" IDIOT You have lost all respect in my book

1646 days ago


As much as I love LOST and consider myself a true fan, I do have to admit I have been a little disappointed this season. I guess I expected the answers to the things we have questioned this whole time to be more mind blowing than they have been. Even though we all knew Jin and Sun would reunite,I was disappointed with the reunion. In my opinion it could never come close the the Desmond/Penny reunion but come on, I thought it would be better than it was. Even with all that said I am still looking forward to watching the remaining episodes !!!

1646 days ago


I mostly agree with Daniel. Flash-sideways has provided new dimension to the characters, but too much of this season feels forced. The revelations of the voices and Christian were flat and dull. For me, this season has been very uneven with some very good episodes mixed with some unsatisfying episodes. I agree that there have been fewer "wow" moments compared to past seasons, but I am guessing much of this is build up to the series finale. I am a devoted Lostee, but this is my least favorite season at this point.

1646 days ago


I am right there with you. Last night's episode was quite disappointing. I understand they need to move people around to master the finale - but it was weak and the writers have done better. The Jin/Sun reunion was awful - I would have preferred the music play-over the reunion as they did when Team Jack arrived at the beach recently.

I look forward to your update every Wednesday morning. If we were friends - I would totally be there watching it with you. Keep up the great blog - only a few weeks left. The bigger question is - what will we do then???

1646 days ago


I was hoping for a more emotional Jin/Sun reuion. I was all prepared to cry and it kind of just died on the vine. I would even have accepted some cheesy music build up to the reunion. Like the Luke and Laura reunion from a million years ago. Rats.

1646 days ago


@9:14 -- Zoe has shown up to camp and she wants.....

Did Zoe show up to camp out with the Losties? Pet Peeve. Zoe showed up IN camp. Ugh. Learn proper grammer if you're going to blog.

1646 days ago


Well I have watched Lost since the very first show. And I am still lost which is expected/frustrating. clues here in this season, clues there in that season, its hard to remember all the seasons, clues, etc after six years. I ALSO FEEL THAT THIS IS FORCED. I really feel like the writeres thought this show wouldnt last that long n they 'jumped the shark'. But I love the characters, will try to tough out the plot til the end. If it has a sopranos ending I'M REALLY GONNA BE PISSED!! GIVE US OUR ANSWERS!!!

1646 days ago


Who is Jack's son's mother? Juilet, maybe?

1646 days ago


So now Locke is the good guy and Widmore (who we thought was bad) is no longer good?


1646 days ago


was anyone else scared Jin and Sun were gonna get fried by the pylons on the beach?? obviously they were set to "Remember English". One setting lower than the one that failed to kill Mikhail :)

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