Episode Review: Last Night's "Lost"

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  • Publish Date: March 17, 2010

A sentence about the number of hours that have aired so far this season has been corrected.

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Episode 8 Metascore
76

Season 6, Episode 8: "Recon"

"Recon" marked the welcome return of Sawyer after a multi-week absence, although the most-buzzed about moment of the eighth episode was probably the teaser for next week's episode which looks to finally explain the origins of Nestor Carbonell's Richard Alpert character.

We are just about at the halfway point of the final season; eight hours have aired out of a total of 18. Before we get to the reviews for "Recon," let's look at how the season is going so far:

Previous episodes this season
Episode Score Episode Score Episode Score Episode Score Episode Score Episode Score
Ep. 1/2 89 Ep. 3 64 Ep. 4 88 Ep. 5 71 Ep. 6 82 Ep. 7 92

Reviews for this week's episode
Score Publication Reviewer
100 The Onion A.V. Club Noel Murray
I’m a Sawyer man through-and-through, and this was the first episode in weeks that I would’ve been quite happy to have run twice as long. [Grade: A]
90 Entertainment Weekly Jeff Jensen
I was riveted by the return of Sawyer to the narrative mainstage and loved the trickster, long-con storytelling; every line seemed to be possessed with double meanings, every scene seemed to be pregnant with possibilities.
83 TV Overmind Sam McPherson
"Recon" defied expectations, but that doesn't mean it was a stellar episode. It had some flaws (mostly in the disjointedness of the flash-sideways) that had me yawning at times. However, the main Island storyline kept me glued to the television, especially as Sawyer finally returned to doing what he did best: conning. [Grade: B+]
80 Chicago Tribune Maureen Ryan
Season 5's "LaFleur" is one of favorite "Lost" episodes of all time. The solid "Recon" might not be quite at that level for me, but I still liked it quite a bit.
80 IGN Chris Carabott
"Recon" doesn't feature the mind blowing narrative twists of the last few weeks but it does give us a glimpse at Sawyer's true intentions and the Man in Black's plan for getting off the island.
80 Los Angeles Times Todd VanDerWerff
A "Lost" twist on the detective show? I'm down with that.
80 St. Petersburg Times Eric Deggans
This episode also proved the show's writers have hit their stride -- using Lost's two alternate universes to bring new depths to characters viewers already thought we knew well.
80 Time James Poniewozik
Because Josh Holloway plays the troubled rogue so well ... his alt-timeline was, unsurprisingly, a treat.
80 What's Alan Watching Alan Sepinwall
When an episode is as entertaining in both realities as "Recon" was - and, really, as "Lost" has been for the last several weeks - my urge to question, analyze and theorize takes a decided backseat to my desire to relax and enjoy.
75 Television Without Pity Cindy McLennan
[Grade: B; full recap forthcoming]
70 Cultural Learnings Myles McNutt
I don’t think that “Recon” was one of the strongest episodes of the season due to the fact that, unlike Ben and Locke, Sawyer didn’t reach any new resolution to his past problems within the flash sideways or anything of that nature, and the action on the island was more or less assessing the board rather than making a move.
70 TV Squad Jason Hughes
For the revelation of Sawyer's plan to be the big dramatic ending scene of the episode, I was a little disappointed. A half-baked scheme is your climax? You can do better than that.
70 Zap2It Ryan McGee
I found a lot of it very enjoyable, especially in the first half of the hour. But as the show dragged on, it definitely dragged a bit. [Ryan's full recap is here.]
60 TV Fanatic Mr. Probst
All the excitement that once existed in the flashbacks and flash forwards when characters showed up in each other’s lives is missing because of how predictable the flash forwards have become.
40 HitFix Drew McWeeny
There's still something about it as a stand-alone episode that seems disappointing. Slight, even, and when there are only eight episodes after this before the finale, then it's no time for "slight."

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 (8)

  • Ben  

    @Rob M: Your observations are on par with what I've assumed, but I'm pretty sure Roger Linus must've been killed after the bomb exploded, since he's the one that spotted Sayid in Dharmaville (and maybe shot him. I forget). One thing I DON'T understand, and seems like a huge plot hole, is how Ben Linus and his Dad are still alive in the episode "Dr. Linus." When the bomb goes off, they are both on the island--Roger is at Dharmaville, and Ben (little Ben) is being healed at the Others. So a nucleur explosion goes off, somehow doesn't kill them, and they decide to leave the island to go LA? Unlikely.

  • Mattipanni  

    PRatts, it's called ALTERNATE TIMELINE for a reason, isn't it?

  • Rob M  

    @PRatts Roger Linus would also be dead if we are to assume that everything before the plane crash was the same and only after the crash was different. Jack has a 12 year old son. Locke has a relationship with his dad. Locke is still with Helen. So plenty of things are different before the trip.

    I have two guesses. If you were to change anything, even killing a butterfly, from the past it would have atleast some effect on the future. So to blow up a bomb in 1977 it would probably have a ripple effect and not only change the losties lives from the plane crash, 2004, on but also from the time the bomb went off in the 70's on. So Sawyer becoming a cop and meeting Miles makes sense. What doesn't make sense is Roger Linus being alive because Ben killed him before the bomb went off. Which makes my second guess that the bomb isn't what caused the sideways timeline. As for this weeks episode. It was okay but it really doesn't matter because next weeks episode should be at the top of the list for Lost episodes.

  • PRatts  

    This week was horrendous. Here's a question I have though... this week it was revealed that Miles and Sawyer knew each other before the trip... aka before the 'incident'... so when Miles showed up on the island in Season 4 (it was Season 4 right?), technically him and Sawyer would have known each other before hand. Can anyone prove against this? I know I must be wrong but this is the first time characters had met before we thought.

  • Mitch Sloan  

    I was a little bored by this episode, sadly. You'd think a Sawyer-centered hour would be juicy, but it fell flat for me. And the submarine sub-plot? pffft. A snoozer. "We're not taking the Plane... We're taking the sub!" (Wow!!)

  • Marek  

    always love sawyer episodes...but like Ryan said the end dragged a bit...

  • Jason Dietz  

    Mayhew: You are absolutely correct; we have corrected the paragraph.

  • Mayhew  

    That's not true... only 8 hours have aired. You correctly split the premiere into hours 1 and 2, so we just watched hour 8. After next week we're halfway through.

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