Jeremy Davies delivers in one of the season's defining episodes, as Faraday takes center stage and explains his plan
In an episode written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, "Lost" reaches the first of the pinnacles of the season, conclusively (to my mind) answering one of the season's biggest questions. They do it in a way that is cruel and sad and absolutely in keeping with the show's history. And it caught me off-guard. And it did it playing fair and square.
What's odd is that this special hundredth episode of this show, this heavily promoted milestone, is really fairly simple, if you're just talking about what happens. Daniel Faraday decided to change things after all. For all of his talk of "constants," Faraday gives in to the idea that he can change things, and from the moment he arrives back on the island, everything he does is toward that one goal... change the future.
Daniel Faraday has always been a sad and sketchy figure on the show. His reaction in "Confirmed Dead" when the plane showed up at the bottom of the ocean was a vintage Jeremy Davies moment. This actor's had the market on twitchy, thoughtful young men sewn up since his debut in "Spanking the Monkey" and his breakout role in "Saving Private Ryan," and for many actors like Davis, having a persona as recognizable as his, as stylized and extreme as his, might be a trap. But Davies continues to wring new life out of what he does, and he came out swinging last night in an episode that seemed to exist primarily to set him up as a prime example of hubris in motion. In order to make his destruction most potent, the episode takes its time setting all of its tragic clockwork into motion.
When Daniel Faraday showed up at the end of the last episode, number ninety-nine for the series, it was a welcome sting to an episode, because it held a promise. Faraday had to have a purpose showing up again, and sure enough, he's on a mission from the moment he steps off that sub at the start of this episode. And considering Sawyer's got his security guy stashed in a closet and it's just a matter of time before the Oceanic survivors are revealed to be infiltrators, Faraday really couldn't pick a worse moment to show up and start spreading the crazy.
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