Episode Review: Last Night's "Lost"

  • Publish Date: May 5, 2010
  • Comments: ↓ 3 user comments

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.

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Episode 14 Metascore
92

Season 6, Episode 14: "The Candidate"

At the very least, you can't say that nothing happened during "The Candidate." You can tell we are getting close to the end of Lost's six-season run when the writers choose to kill off (possibly, for does anyone really die on Lost except for contractual reasons?) four regulars in a single episode. We're going to miss Lapidus.

For those of you worried that there are only three episodes remaining, ABC announced some slight good news on Tuesday: the May 23rd finale has been expanded by 30 minutes, and will now air that Sunday from 9-11:30pm.

The reviews for this week's episode are below; also note that while Entertainment Weekly's resident Lost expert Jeff Jensen doesn't have his recap posted yet (it will be here eventually), he does have some interesting comments from executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof about "The Candidate."

Previous Episodes This Season
Episode Score   Episode Score
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   Episode 13: The Last Recruit 73
Reviews for This Week's Episode
Score Publication Reviewer
100 Chicago Tribune Maureen Ryan
Not only were the island events compelling, they neatly tied into the Sideways themes of trust and penance. And both timelines did the impossible: I think I kind of like Jack again.
100 Television Without Pity Cindy McLennan
[Full recap forthcoming; Grade: A+]
100 Time James Poniewozik
Lost was amazing last night—and heartbreaking, and horrifying, and breathtaking, and in some ways maddening.
100 TV Overmind Sam McPherson
It was a great episode with great and terrible deaths. [Grade: A]
96 TV Fanatic M.L. House
You've heard of a blood bath, right? This week, Lost - shockingly, dramatically, poignantly - introduced us to a sub bath.
92 IGN Chris Carabott
The Flash-Sideways felt as if it were moving at a snails pace when compared to events occurring on the island.
91 The Onion A.V. Club Noel Murray
The second half of “The Candidate”—from the moment our heroes reach the sub-dock—is edge-of-the-seat suspenseful, and then heartbreaking. ... [But] “The Candidate” was hampered by some weird actorly moments and some awkward lines of dialogue, and though it brought a lot of this season’s main Island action to a head at last, it also revealed just how much of that action has been wheel-spinning. [Grade: A-]
90 Los Angeles Times Todd VanDerWerff
"The Candidate" features some messy storytelling here and there. ... [But] this is one of the greatest episodes of the show ever for pure adrenaline rush, right up there with "Through the Looking Glass" and "Exodus, Parts 1 and 2." 
90 Zap2It Ryan McGee
I'm sure this episode is going to produce a visceral reaction. This episode meant BUSINESS, and started the long, dark path into what hopefully is something approximating light.
80 What's Alan Watching Alan Sepinwall
And much as I loved the disaster movie intensity of the sub sequence ... what's still concerning me is the storytelling with each of these characters leading up to their deaths.
70 Cultural Learnings Myles McNutt
“The Candidate” is not an exemplary hour of television, struggling mightily to set up its eventual conclusion, but that conclusion ends up being such a rollercoaster that it leaves the show in perhaps the best shape its been all year while leaving us emotional wrecks.

Individual critic scores are assigned by Metacritic (on a scale of 0-bad to 100-great) based on the overall impression given by a review. The overall Metascore listed at the top of this page is a simple average of the individual scores.

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Comments (3)

  • Evan B.  

    I am one of the true Lost fans who loved it. Absolutely the best episode of the season. I didn't expect myself to, but I did indeed "cry like a baby" when Sun and Jin died. Maybe it's because I have a wife and a daughter too, and I could relate to the love they share. I'm really looking forward to the remaining episodes! Well done! 10/10

  • Cartman86  

    I guess i'm gonna be that "true" Lost fan who didn't love it. I didn't hate it, but I was underwhelmed (As I have been with everything but the Richard episode). I have loved ever season of Lost to a sickening degree, so thats my background with the show. But I think the issues I had with last nights episode stem from

    1. Flash Sideways existing lessons the impact of a character dieing. Can't they come back? The possibility is there and that would suck.

    2. Couldn't they have just taken the bomb to the end of the sub instead of Sayid having to kill himself? Maybe throw it down the hall? It just seemed like a waste. I'm all for killing characters in a non dramatic "real" way, but there always has to be some sort of message there. Like maybe there episodes in the past (or in a flash sideways in the very same episode) where the character fears dieing for nothing. And then to see them die for nothing has that subtext and impact without the sad music etc.

    3. Jin and Sun have a daughter... them choosing to die together like that was unearned.

    Alone these little things can be really small issues (and the show has had them in the past), but the issues being present all together in one episode really harmed it for me.

    This is just my initital reaction. I still loved the sub sequence as it was really intense, but I cried like a baby when Charlie died and I was hoping I would have the same experience.

  • Jalex  

    Personally, I think you would be hard-pressed to find a true 'Lost' fan who didn't love this episode.
    And while I've loved every episode this season, I can still understand the frustration others have expressed that several episodes dwelled too much on build-up, with only a single major event or sometimes two occuring within.
    But 'The Candidate' was all about the endgame, with everything the characters had discussed in episodes prior finally being put into motion. And the outcome was both tragic and frightening, solidifying it's position as one of the very best 'Lost' episodes.

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