My dreams of a Ben Linus-centered Lost are being realized. I could not be happier. I hope this continues. It is like when Family Ties said, “Screw it” and turned the focus of the show from the parents to Michael J. Fox. It was a win-win situation for pretty much everyone but Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter.
– The Smoke Monster let Ben off easy. Since when does just seeing the thing that haunts your life make up for the horrible thing you did? I demand more justice – island-style. Can we get a polar bear Supreme Court to rule on this?
– Locke showed great restraint with Ben. If someone murdered me, I might carry a grudge. I am Italian. We take these things personally.
– How come nobody who gets shot in this show dies? Ben nails Desmond at point blank range and he gets up and fights Ben? The title of the episode is “Dead is dead,” yet Ben (shot), Locke (murdered) and Desmond (shot) all survived what should have been death. Death only means something if it sticks (see: The Shield and The Wire), otherwise, the show has no stakes. It becomes Heroes.
Overall, another great episode.