Richard Alpert takes center stage in the season's biggest episode so far
Who is that handsome devil in that picture?
"Lost" writers Melinda Hsu Taylor and Greggory Nations had one of the most difficult jobs in the entire history of the series tonight, and they more than rose to the occasion. Before I pressed "play" on my DVR this evening, I actually hesitated. This is one of those episodes we've been waiting to see for quite a while, and as much as I was looking forward to it, it also made me sad. This really is the home stretch now. In two months, it will all be over. No matter what we think of the answers we're getting, we are getting answers, and for a "Lost" fan, that's almost disconcerting at this point.
Richard Alpert was first introduced to the series in "Not In Portland," way back in season three of the show, and little by little, he's taken focus as one of the most significant characters of the entire series. Until this episode, though, just how significant was unclear. If you're one of those people who still complains that the show is more question than answer, tonight must have knocked you for a loop, because it was pretty much answer from start to finish. It also broke the formula that this season has followed. Instead of a flash sideways to the alternative timeline we've followed all year, we returned to the simple flashbacks that were such a staple of the series in the first few seasons.