During the first half of last night’s Lost, I was worried that the show was getting stale. The flashes only existed to hurt people. They no longer added new information about the island. I was glad to see Locke take the wheel and, I presume, bring the flashes to a halt. And I was pumped to see that his guide was Jack’s dad. Why? Because Lost – like every great drama on TV such as The Shield and The Wire – is using the whole buffalo. With Jack’s dad and Daniel’s mom now playing increasingly interesting and mysterious roles, the writers are making every character count. It is satisfying to watch. I am starting to get that feeling I had last year – the feeling where I wish I was watching the show on DVD one year from now so I could see them all in order without waiting.