LOST: Brian K Vaughan (of Marvel's Runaways fame) co-wrote this one, and he lets you know when Hurley and Charlie start the episode with the famous Flash v Superman debate. Right there is exactly what is wrong with the guy -- the idea to have them talk superhero comics to signal your work is great; but did you have to go with such a cliche? For the sake of comparison think of how much more spark the Quentin Tarantino scripted Silver Surfer debate is in Crimson Tide (test audiences found the film so dull the studio hired Tarantino to write some additional scenes to spruce the thing up).
The episode is OK, but not great. I enjoyed the flashback quite a bit, but the main story was predictable -- of course the new person is not who Desmond expects (and since we have no idea who it is it is almost meaningless); characters like Charlie only die in stories when the flashback is their own. I am surprised how much of a sympathetic character Sawyer has become. My favorite Sawyer scene was last episode, when Jack returned: the actor did a great job showing how disappointed he was to loose the defacto leader position Hurley had been grooming him for, even though he resisted it.
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