This week’s episode of “Lost” was entitled “The Substitute” and it was a refreshing break from last week’s Kate-centric episode. It mostly focused on Locke and Pseudo-Locke in both the island’s reality and the alternate timeline. “The Substitute” was a good attempt by the writers to produce an episode with real cliff hanger potential, unfortunately the ending was predictable. The reveal during the final act of last night’s show wasn’t as groundbreaking as I thought it would be, but there were still a few positive moments that compensated for the failed attempt.

The Players:

  • Director: Tucker Gates
  • Writers/Creators: Elizabeth Sarnoff, Melinda Hsu, Damon Lindelof, Jeffrey Lieber, J.J. Abrams
  • Cast: Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Josh Holloway, Jorge Garcia, Daniel Dae Kim, Terry O’Quinn, Michael Emerson, Yunjin Kim, Jeff Fahey, Zuleikha Robinson, Katey Segal

The Shows Plot:

“Lost” centers on the survivors of the ill fated Oceanic Flight 815 who crashed on a mysterious island. They fight the elements, the island’s mysteries, and each other while trying to survive in uncharted territory.

Title of this Week’s Episode: “The Substitute” Season 6: Episode 4

Pseudo-Locke goes in search of help to further his cause and lands in the Others camp with Sawyer. He coaxes him to go with him to find answers as to why he was brought to the island, and the castaway reluctantly follows. In the alternate timeline Locke has issues maintaining a job because of his disability but he still manages to find one with the help of Hugo and Rose.

The Good:

  • James/Sawyer: He’s back in his true form as a wise cracking a-hole who doesn’t care about what’s going on around him. When Pseudo-Locke said he didn’t look surprised to see him, Sawyer replied, “I don’t care if your dead, or time traveling, or the ghost of Christmas past.” Only on “Lost” could a statement like that actually make sense.
  • Rose: The exchange between Rose and John during his job placement interview was straight forward and brutally honest. She spelled out the truth to John and refused to allow him to throw his attitude her way.
  • Alternate Ben: In the other reality we saw Ben as a European History professor who was meticulous and everything I thought he would be if he wasn’t a deranged psycho. The brunette dye job didn’t hurt either.
  • The Numbers: Those fateful numbers have made a return, 4 8 15 16 23 42. They were written next to the survivor’s names on the wall of the cave. Isn’t it interesting that Sun and Jin share the same number? Yes, they’re a couple but still individuals. That will probably come into play down the line.
  • Creepy Little Boy: The young blonde boy scared the sh*t out of Pseudo-Locke when he kept appearing in the woods. It’s not clear who he is, or what power he has but if he can strike fear into the big bad, I’m willing to see what he’s all about.

The Bad:

  • The Ending: The revelation of the numbers and the names could have been a major cliff hanger for this week’s episode, but it felt sub-par. The numbers have appeared so many times in the past, that consistent viewers shouldn’t be shocked by seeing them. They weren’t exactly a deal breaker.


“The Substitute” wasn’t a terrible episode by a long shot, it just wasn’t that intriguing. Its saving grace was Sawyer and his witty and crass dialogue, along with Ben’s shocking announcement that he killed Locke at his funeral. It doesn’t seem like we learned anything this week that we didn’t subconsciously already know.

Rating: 7/10

Show Airs: Tuesdays at 9pm on ABC


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Was there anything new you learned from last night’s episode of “Lost” Is there anything that I’m missing?