While Lost has always been an ensemble show, Jack Shepard has been what many would call the main protagonist of the show since the first episode. His take-charge attitude and tendency to make everything his responsibility has helped the Losties out of many jams but has also caused them great pain. Let’s not forget that the events that marked the end of last season and caused the death of Juliet were all Jack’s idea. Pride has definitely been Jack’s main flaw as a character, but he has shown considerable growth this season, as he learns to let go a little bit and just let things happen. That is, of course, until the end of this week’s episode, where he splits from the group over a disagreement over whether or not they should leave the island. This decision could very well prove to be his downfall.
“The Last Recruit” offered a lot of plot with very little payoff. It lacked many of the shocking moments that highlighted last week’s episode but did a lot to move the overall story forward. For the first time since the season premiere, this episode’s “flash sideways” did not focus on any one character but rather shows how many of them are reacting to the events in their respective “flash sideways” in previous episodes. The actions of “Mr. Destiny” Desmond bring even more characters together, though it seems to only trigger a vision in one of them so far. We do get one big answer on the island, which comes as no surprise to most of us, and we get two big reunions of long separated characters. The union between Locke’s group and most of “Team Jacob” that was hinted at the end of last week’s episode proves short-lived, as Sawyer orchestrates a mutiny that takes many of the characters to meet Widmore’s team, where they find out that Sawyer’s deal with Widmore may not be as solid as they once thought.
Because this episode didn’t focus on one specific character, it seemed a bit rushed and disjointed at times, but that may only be because we expect the show to be more character-specific and introspective. With just four episodes remaining, we may see less and less of this in the weeks to come, since there’s still a whole lot of plot to resolve. Still, Lost continues to surmount our expectations and will no doubt keep us guessing until the very last moment of the series. This episode gets 4 out of 5 Glasses of Locke’s Kool-Aid.