LOST: The show continues to weave its six-degrees-of-separation thing -- now the flashbacks are more dramatically interacting. Every week that goes by the fan-theory that the island is some kind of purgatory -- everyone on the plane died, but these people have to work through their spiritual issues before they can move on -- becomes more plausible. Of course that is not really an answer at all -- as Brad said to me, then why does purgatory involve a monster and a hatch? And a note on casting: the actress playing Juliette played Dr. Carry Weaver's first girlfriend on ER (a social worker psychologist), adding to the sexy girls-handcuffed together tension. Or maybe that was just me being juvenile. Wouldn't be the first time. I have one big technical fan-geek complaint about the episode, but I need to save that for the comments so as not to spoil anything.
This series is basically just a vehicle for good stories -- it is a short story collection wrapped up in a sci-fi frame, just as Chaucer has each pilgrim tell his story as part of their religious pilgrimage.