SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't yet seen this episode of Lost, you should avoid reading this article and the user comments, as they will discuss events that happened during the episode.
Season 6, Episode 10: "The Package"
The first episode to give us scenes of Jin and Sun together in quite some time -- albeit in the "flash-sideways" universe, which we abandoned last week -- "The Package" appears to be continuing Season 6's trend of following each high-scoring episode with one of slightly lesser quality. Still, many reviewers found enough to enjoy this week. And if you knew that Desmond would turn out to be the package the title refers to, consider yourself in the majority: it wasn't a surprise ending as much as a confirmation of viewer predictions.
Fortunately, the countdown-clock promo for "V" that appeared at the bottom of the screen throughout "Lost" isn't getting it's own Metascore; if it did, it would be a 0, since many critics singled it out for criticism. In fact, many critics who don't normally write about each episode of "Lost" took time out to complain, and even the show's producer wasn't a fan, as you can see in this tweet from Damon Lindelof.
We'll get to individual critic scores and comments for this week's episode in just a moment, after a quick rundown of this season's scores so far.
|Episode 1/2: LA X||89||Episode 6: Sundown||82|
|Episode 3: What Kate Does||64||Episode 7: Dr. Linus||92|
|Episode 4: The Substitute||88||Episode 8: Recon||76|
|Episode 5: Lighthouse||71||Episode 9: Ab Aeterno||93|
|90||TV Fanatic||Mr. Probst|
|Though "The Package" was primarily focused on the Kwons, the episode did a great job of providing us with a lot of great lines from the other characters, and gave us one very big piece of the puzzle at the end.|
|80||Entertainment Weekly||Jeff Jensen|
|I enjoyed the episode's scope and energy. For the first time since the premiere, every single character was represented and all the major storylines were nurtured. ''The Package'' may not have advanced the plot of season 6 enough for some people, but it was plenty riveting for me.|
|Even a week like this week, where things seem very direct and surprisingly linear, is packed with information and answers and suggestions for where we're going in the next two months.|
|Why I really enjoyed "The Package"--besides its bringing back Desmond as the eponymous cargo--was that the season now feels like it has a definite sense of momentum building toward a climax.|
|Both Team Smokie and Jack's group are sitting around and waiting for something to happen which makes sense from a storyline perspective but doesn't make for great television. Still, there are a few key moments and one surprise reveal that make this another good episode of Lost.|
|75||Television Without Pity||Cindy McLennan|
|[Full recap forthcoming; Grade: B]|
|75||TV Overmind||Sam McPherson|
|There was too much time spent with Sun and Jin talking about how much they wanted to be together and not enough time bringing them back together. [Grade: B]|
|70||Cultural Learnings||Myles McNutt|
|Like the season’s weaker episodes, “The Package” struggles with a flash-sideways that proves completely inconclusive and an island scenario which feels like pieces moving on a chess board, but it ultimately works because it doesn’t feel like those pieces are being moved.|
|70||Los Angeles Times||Todd VanDerWerff|
|This is far from my favorite "Lost" episode ever or even of the season, but it's also not ruined by some decisions that have often dragged "Lost" episodes down in the past.|
|70||St. Petersburg Times||Eric Deggans|
|Tuesday's episode The Package continued a disappointing trend; following an episode with a deluge of revelations and backstory with one that barely budges our scenario forward.|
|While I was never bored, I didn't feel like I was watching an episode focused on character so much as narrative. In an ideal world, they focus on both. So something got a little lost in translation, pun intended, this time around. [Read Ryan's full recap here.]|
|67||The Onion A.V. Club||Noel Murray|
|Mostly though, I didn’t feel like “The Package” rallied as strongly as the similarly wobbly “What Kate Does” or “Lighthouse.” [Grade: B-]|
|60||What's Alan Watching||Alan Sepinwall|
|"The Package" was middle-of-the-pack "Lost" - an episode that's necessary because it moves a lot of story points along but isn't that thrilling in and of itself.|
|50||Chicago Tribune||Maureen Ryan|
|It was middling at best, occasionally frustrating at worst.|
What did you think?
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