Getting Lost: “Meet Kevin Johnson” Review

Posted by Mike and johnnysweeptheleg

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Before we get started, we remind you that, like Michael, we will be going away for a while. But, also like Michael, we’ll be back — the week of April 24, when Lost returns to ABC at its new time, 10pm ET. Unlike Michael, we’ll try not to run around yelling “Walt!” at all times between now and then.

Last week’s teaser trailer promised that someone would die this week. Two people did. The catch is, nobody said anything about it being someone we actually cared about. (Is anyone but Alex really going to miss Karl and Rousseau?) We were told nothing of the forthcoming man-on-man action between Tom and his off-island “indulgence” — so, um, that was merely a bonus. Here’s what else happened …

johnnysweeptheleg’s Lost In A Moment:

Sayid doesn’t beat around the bush. Make no mistake, he enjoys beating you up, but he doesn’t beat around the bush. Sayid kicks off the episode confronting Michael about why he’s here. Michael responds, “I’m here to die.” Well, I guess we all are, Michael, in a Sylvia Plath manner of thinking. Most of the episode consists of how Michael got back to this freighter and became former Phoenix Suns point guard Kevin Johnson. See, it appears after Michael got back to New York, he tried killing himself more times than Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. But the island won’t let it happen, as we learn from Tom.

That’s right. Big Tom provides us with our WTF moment of the week. And I’m not talking about the fact that we just learned why Kate “wasn’t his type” last season. I’m talking about a very much alive Tom standing in a New York alley with Michael. Evidently this flashback takes place prior to his “lead poisoning.” Tom reveals that no matter how many times Michael tries to kill himself, the island won’t let it happen. He still has work to do. This leads us to believe Jack is still island property, too, and that the island created the car accident just as Jack was about to commit suicide in last season’s finale.

Through Big Tom, Michael learns that Widmore staged the wreckage and that he grave-robbed a Thai cemetery for bodies to fill the faux Oceanic plane he also purchased for the ocean bottom. That is, if you choose to believe his explanation. Michael does, and he’s sent back to the freighter to kill everyone aboard before they reach the island. And to swab the deck for minimum wage.

Once at sea, he meets Frank, who freely offers up the mission – to find the real Oceanic flight. But then he tries getting Michael to go to the front of the boat to re-enact the “king of the world” scene from Titanic, right down to Michael dressing up like Kate Winslet, and suddenly Michael feels a little better about his order to destroy the boat. Plans moderately change, though, after he gets a call from Ben posing as Walt. Ben needs a list of names of everyone on the boat, instead, and then he should merely sabotage the boat — not kill the innocent ones. Because Ben’s good people like that. Michael drinks the Kool-Aid and agrees, which brings the episode back to present time.

Sayid pauses for a fraction of a second, then decides he didn’t like Michael’s bedtime story and narcs on him. He gives up “Kevin’s” true identity, that he was an Oceanic passenger, and that he now works for Ben. In a truly childlike tantrum, Sayid stomps the ground and adds that he even thinks Michael cheated off his paper once in school.

Back on the island, it’s all about Ben turning a new leaf. To start the episode, he sent his young Amy Winehouse lookalike daughter Alex, her boy toy Karl, and Rousseau to a sanctuary for safety. If war comes to the island, and they learn Alex is Ben’s daughter, they’re sure to harm her. Between this and his phone chat with Michael earlier, we almost think Ben may be only moderately creepy … until we see Karl take a pseudo-quasi blow dart to the body, dropping him to the jungle floor and causing Lost fans to feel guilty when their gut reaction is to cheer. Then, just as Alex and Rousseau are about to make a break for it, another shot takes out Rousseau, causing an entire generation to fall into the fetal position as they have a Bambi-like flashback. And as Alex jumps up and gives herself up as Ben’s daughter, the show cuts to black and we have to wonder whether Ben is heartless enough to have been behind this entire sequence.

Questions Answered:

Who dies in “Meet Kevin Johnson”? Karl and Rousseau. Are you freakin’ kidding? At least we didn’t have to say goodbye to Claire, who, despite being dispensable when it comes to the overall story arc, is the one character we’d most like to be stranded with on an island.

Assuming Aaron doesn’t count, who is the last member of the Oceanic 6? You know what happens when you assume, right? The teaser trailer after last night’s episode confirms that Aaron does indeed count, so the official Oceanic 6 lineup comprises Jack, Kate, Hurley, Sayid, Sun and Aaron.

Why is Michael working for Ben? Want the short answer? Redemption. Want the long answer? Go watch “Meet Kevin Johnson” again.

Where is Walt? Safely off the island, living with Michael’s mother.

New Questions To Be Asked:

Why is Michael unable to kill himself?

Who shot Karl and Rousseau?

What’s going to happen to Alex?

What’s going to happen to Michael now that Sayid has exposed his secret?

Who really put the fake Oceanic 815 at the bottom of the ocean, Widmore or Ben?

If you’ve got questions of your own, send them in and we’ll add them to the list. Check back the week of April 24 for a preview of the next episode of Lost, “The Shape of Things to Come.”

Photo: Copyright 2008 ABC, Inc./Mario Perez