Episode Review: Last Night's "Lost"

  • Publish Date: February 24, 2010
  • Comments: ↓ 4 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.

Episode 5 Metascore
Episode 4 88
Episode 3: 64
Episode 1/2: 89

Season 6, Episode 5: "Lighthouse"

Ah, there's nothing like taking a break from all of the developments in Lost mythology to catch up with Jack and his piano-playing son. What's that, you say? Jack doesn't have a son? That changed in "Lighthouse," a Jack-centric episode that also gave us relatively big doses of Hurley, Claire and Jin -- not to mention some awfully cryptic (even by Lost standards) coming attractions for next week's episode.

Did this week's installment have what it takes? What did the critics think of the final season's fifth hour? Were they satisfied with the lack of revelations and plot developments? We have their responses below.

As always, remember that the individual critic scores should be considered very approximate, since assigning scores to episode reviews -- which tend to be 99% recap and 1% opinion -- is far from an exact science.

Score Publication Reviewer
100 TV Overmind Sam McPherson
All in all, the episode was a solid one for both character development and mythology, though it didn't pack quite the punch that last week's "The Substitute" did, which is disappointing for a Damon- and Carlton-penned episode. But it left me wanting more (in a good way).
91 The Onion A.V. Club Noel Murray
Like the show itself, Jack and Kate and Hurley seem to be moving with a sense of purpose that they didn’t have when they got sidetracked into Dharma Times, and I love that fact that in any given week now, we have no idea where the characters on The Island are going to go next. [Grade: A-]
88 IGN Chris Carabott
"Lighthouse" isn't filled with the wall-to-wall excitement of last week's Locke-centric story but it still has plenty of great moments and surprising revelations.
86 TV Fanatic M.L. House
Everything about the Claire storyline was fascinating and kudos to Emile de Ravin for playing this wild version of the character so well.
80 HitFix Drew McWeeny
It seems to me like real progress is being made now.
80 Zap2It Ryan McGee
It's hard to contextualize the overall quality of these episodes in the grand scheme of things, but I feel safe saying that the events in both timelines this week were equally compelling, equally eye-opening, and offered up the first note of grace for the long-maligned, long-suffering Jack Shephard.
70 Cultural Learnings Myles McNutt
I’d be annoyed that the [flash-sideways] story was so predictable if it wasn’t the first time in a while that Jack has really seen the world around him clearly, and if Matthew Fox wasn’t so great throughout.
70 Entertainment Weekly Jeff Jensen
Tonight’s episode, “Lighthouse,” was not as awesome as last week’s episode, “The Substitute,” nor was it as mind-melting as the season premiere, “LA X.” But it was certainly better than “What Kate Does" ... [and] the more I sit with this episode, the more I'm digging it. [Full recap here]
70 Los Angeles Times Todd VanDerWerff
"Lighthouse" isn't nearly close to "The Substitute" in terms of "Lost" quality, but it does what it does well enough for me to enjoy it.
70 Time James Poniewozik
"The Lighthouse" moved the endgame forward, but it also reinforced some of my concerns about how this is playing out, and about Jacob and Smokey's godlike roles in the story.
50 Chicago Tribune Maureen Ryan
If I have any recurring complaint this season, it's this: A great episode of "Lost" works as an hour of TV. It may leave you with questions but it doesn't leave you thinking you have to wait three or four or six more weeks to figure out certain basic facts about what's going on.
40 What's Alan Watching Alan Sepinwall
If last week's "The Substitute" evoked great past episodes like "Walkabout," "Orientation" and "The Brig," "Lighthouse" mainly reminded me of those pre-"Through the Looking Glass" episodes of the show where characters would wander around aimlessly for most of the running time and fail to ask any good questions when given the opportunity, only for things to be saved by a really good cliffhanger.
30 St. Petersburg Times Eric Deggans
This is the new rhythm for Lost's final season; one groundbreaking episode filled with revelations and amazing characterizations, followed by an episode so static it feels as if the show is running in place.

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 (4)

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  • Jason Bly  

    it was a good episode. To me, it was a great "redemption" episode. It connected all the father issues Jack faced. I don't understand the point of the flash sideways, but they were useful in this episode for a character driven episode. Yes its nowhere near as good as The Substitute but it certainly deserves a much better than 30s 40s and 50s. Save those scores for the much inferior Heroes. This show was a great mix between character and overall mythology. This final season is shaping up to be good. Im pretty sure these episodes will all have a place in the grander schemes of things, we will just have to wait and see.

  • Marc Doyle  

    Which is the point, right Kyle?

  • Kyle  

    "Did this week’s installment have what it takes? What did the critics think of the final season’s fifth hour? Were they satisfied with the lack of revelations and plot developments? We have their responses below."

    Unlike this article, which tends to be 99% opinion and 1% recap.

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