Right off the bat, I don’t think Ben is dead. I think this is just a great swerve. If nothing else, I think the “island isn’t done with him yet” card will be played.
Speaking of Ben, was Ben’s dad always this big of an asshole? We know he was a drunk and “a bad dad,” but I don’t remember him being portrayed as abusive.
We also know that it’s been four years since young Ben met Richard Alpert. Poor kid has been waiting and waiting “to be rescued.” No wonder grown-up Ben is so testy.
Other than Ben’s apparent death, for me, the big story (for this reviewer) was the appearance of the great William Sanderson. Casting such a genre veteran (BLADE RUNNER, DEADWOOD, NEWHART) is the best thing the producers have done since the appearance of Clancy Brown (HIGHLANDER, SUPERMAN cartoon, BUCKAROO BANZAI).
We also learned more about Ilana. She apparently was hired by the family of the guy Sayid killed on the golf course, but he thinks she might work for Ben. Maybe she works for Widmore. Either way, is she a real US Marshal?
I hope that was good editing, or else the producers will be getting heat from the ASPCA.
All in all, apart from the “shocking” ending, this was not the most amazing episode. Let’s just get to next week already.
Posted by Mark Coale