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Season 6, Episode 13: "The Last Recruit"
This week's plot-heavy episode of "Lost" did not focus on any one character, but did seem to make some progress in both narrative universes. Reviews for this week's episode are below, following a look at the scores for the previous weeks this season.
Only five hours (four episodes) remain. Note that ABC is not broadcasting a new episode next week (the technical term is "rerun"), so we'll be back in two weeks with reviews from the new episode shown May 4th. The remaining episodes after that air on May 11 and May 18, with the special two-hour finale on Sunday, May 23.
|Episode 1/2: LA X||89||Episode 8: Recon||76|
|Episode 3: What Kate Does||64||Episode 9: Ab Aeterno||93|
|Episode 4: The Substitute||88||Episode 10: The Package||72|
|Episode 5: Lighthouse||71||Episode 11: Happily Ever After||93|
|Episode 6: Sundown||82||Episode 12: Everybody Loves Hugo||83|
|Episode 7: Dr. Linus||92|
|91||The Onion A.V. Club||Noel Murray|
|“The Last Recruit” was, technically, not a character-specific episode, but I tend to think of it as a Jack episode. It’s Jack’s version of leadership and heroism that Lost is ultimately concerned with I believe, and much of the drama of “The Last Recruit” (and I personally thought the episode was highly dramatic, and highly entertaining to boot) had to do with Jack muddling through. [Grade: A-]|
|The alternating storylines this week really seemed to be paying off in interesting ways.|
|83||Television Without Pity||Cindy McLennan|
|[Full recap forthcoming; Grade: B+]|
|83||TV Overmind||Sam McPherson|
|Overall, the episode was transitional yet interesting (though it wasn't without its tiny flaws). [Grade: B+]|
|"The Last Recruit" does an exceptional job of moving the plot forward.|
|80||What's Alan Watching||Alan Sepinwall|
|All in all, a good episode - not mind-blowing, but necessary.|
|70||Chicago Tribune||Maureen Ryan|
|If "The Last Recruit" wasn't particularly graceful in some areas, it was satisfying in a number of respects and it certainly whetted my appetite for what's to come. It was generally pleasing to see all the threads of the tapestries in both timelines being woven together more tightly. Having said that, there were a few places where the story felt rushed or a little sloppy.|
|70||Cultural Learnings||Myles McNutt|
|I think that the Flash Sideways storyline is suffering from a sense of the short-term which seems ill-fitting for a final season. ... I liked a lot of what the episode did, like juxtaposing Sayid pondering an action on island even more reprehensible than the one which he gets arrested for in the Sideways, but it all felt smaller than the story seemed to indicate it was supposed to feel.|
|70||Los Angeles Times||Todd VanDerWerff|
|I can't help but feel just a little let down by "The Last Recruit," which is a pretty good episode but never makes the leap up to great episode. It feels like a collection of awesome moments with a bunch of characters running around in between those moments.|
|While the sideways story was darn near perfect in execution, for the second straight week, getting people in place on the Island was a bit dodgy.|
|60||Entertainment Weekly||Jeff Jensen|
|“The Last Recruit” didn’t blow me away. Some of it really bugged me, actually, but it was a necessary staging episode for the final act of the season. [Full recap forthcoming here]|
|60||TV Fanatic||M.L. House|
|This episode of Lost was the most action-packed, fast-paced of the season. But while it featured a number of memorable, intriguing quotes ... nothing was actually resolved, conversations weren't finished and I was left feeling more frustrated than I've been all season long by a single episode.|
|That's my major complaint with this episode: all the exposition rushed forward so quickly that you needed to be on Lostpedia the whole time to keep up. I can't imagine what casual fans got out of this episode, which was one of the weakest of this season.|
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