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The Greater Good

January 26, 2010

A Sayid centric setup episode.

Island mythology: 0 out of 10. Nothing new is shown here. Talk is made of the hatch, but that’s about it.

Philosophical concepts/ongoing themes: 5.75 out of 10. Reference is made to fate and choice on a few occasions, but is really not delved into too deeply.

Character development: 6.5 out of 10. Jack’s impetuous nature is shown once again, and this episode pretty much cements his and Locke’s conflict/difference of opinion for the rest of the series. More insight is shown into Sayid’s relationship with Locke, and they form an uneasy alliance. Sayid’s backstory, aside from setting up his eventual reunion with Nadia, does not really show anything new. The inner conflict Sayid has, choosing between his friend and the woman he loves, is done fairly well, but no major growth is shown. The smaller moments in the subplot with Hurley and Sawyer and Charlie with the baby were not bad, but seemed a bit shoehorned in.

<Importance of episode to series: 4.5 out of 10. Aside from furthering Jack’s conflict with Locke and Sayid’s distrust of Locke, there is not a lot here relevant to the overall storyline.

Personal enjoyment of episode: 6 out of 10. This was a solid bridge to the last few episodes and the season’s last major crisis. Shannon’s stealing the gun and holding Locke at gunpoint felt a bit…contrived is not quite the right word. Conventional? It just didn’t seem to fit, or was not done all that well. It felt a bit tacked-on, as if the writers thought the audience needed more drama involving guns to hold their interest. Overall, though, a solid epsiode that was a bit too conventional.

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