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 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."
|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|
|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+]|
|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.|
|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."|
|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.|
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