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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:
|Ep. 1/2||89||Ep. 3||64||Ep. 4||88||Ep. 5||71||Ep. 6||82||Ep. 7||92|
|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.|
|"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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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."|
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