So, um, okay. First things first...Penny and Desmond had a baby boy named Charlie! Very cool if he's named after our beloved Charlie, very strange if he's named after Penny's father. In any case, what an adorable and happy thing to have happen!
In fact, we had two love stories going on in this episode and I just loved every Desmond and Penny moment there was! Daniel and Charlotte seem a little strange together to me.
We spent a lot of time on the island with the British soldiers, one of whom was a young Charles Widmore. Just how old is Charles Widmore, by the way? I thought that was a nice little moment when he claimed a bit of ownership of the island ("Do you think he knows this island better than I do?" Does anyone really know the island?? Yet, they all seem to want it) In any case, Charles Widmore is an Other. The Others speak Latin, by the way.
Furthermore, we learn that Daniel Faraday has done some questionable things, like experiment on the mind of Theresa Spencer and then abandon her. Charles Widmore funded all of Daniel's research and continues to take care of Theresa.
Okay, I admit that I read a few forums before writing this and it seems the general idea is that Ellie (somber faced blond on the island) is Mrs. Hawking who is Faraday's mother. (we all think) Which leads me to wonder...is Widmore Faraday's father? Is such a thing possible? And I'm really confused about the role time travel is playing. It seems that indeed their travels through time are having an impact on the course of things. For example, Locke telling Richard to go see him? Faraday telling Ellie what to do with the bomb?
I'm also really interested in how Ben and Widmore end up enemies. It seems Widmore was on the island long before Ben (who showed up during the Dharma Initiative days)
So I'm not sure that this episode actually answered any burning questions. It filled in some holes, it placed Charles Widmore on the island in the past, but I still feel like I have no idea what is going on!
*Charlotte is quite sick from the time travel. While I'm somewhat concerned for her, I don't feel like her character has been developed enough for me to really care.
*I'm rooting for a Sawyer/Juliet hook-up officially now
*Miles makes me laugh
*I really hope Penny doesn't die!!
Overall, I think this episode is a 4/5. The media really hyped it up and I'm not sure it really lived up to that hype. Share your thoughts below, and find out what everyone else thought at the LOST Books Challenge Blog.