4. Best Metaphor: As emotionally captivating as Nestor Carbonell’s performance is in Lost‘s mythology-heavy episode, the real highlight is finally getting a clue about the island’s purpose. Using a bottle of wine as his prop, Jacob explains to Ricardo that the wine symbolizes evil (aka, the Man in Black) and that the island is like the cork, keeping it from spreading to the rest of the world. Awesome. Equally impressive: The fact that Ricardo understood the symbolism, given his still-broken English.
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KEN’S TAKE: The final season is taking its shape from not only its much-bruited ”flash-sideways” sequences but also the decision to focus part of each episode on an individual character. So far, the result has been rich storytelling that’s giving up more secrets with every hour, as the series comes to what looks like a triumphant climax.
WHAT’S NEXT: Ding-dong, the Temple’s gone. So now what? Lost‘s castaways will be asking that very question as they decide whether to join Un-Locke/the Monster (Terry O’Quinn) in his quest to flee the Island. Also on tap: a flashback episode for Richard Alpert (Nestor Carbonell), and a Sideways-world episode for Ben Linus (Michael Emerson).