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Lost - The Long Con review



OMG. O__O I am in total awe of how amazing this episode was. There are almost no words.

Sawyer cocking that rifle? Just fucking GUH.

The fact that his backstory actually played into things that were happening on the island, that he played them all so expertly. Dear God, that was so, so well done. So many layers. Didn't see the Charlie involvement coming at all.

And those Jack/Sawyer staredowns. Jesus, God! Charlie and Sawyer getting revenge on Jack and Locke and making them both look like fools. Me, for once, siding with Locke and not Jack? Never saw that coming either.

Someone actually exploiting (and admitting the existence of) mutual mistrust on the island? Fucking brilliant. Just an amazing, amazing payoff.

And dear GOD - that scene where Cassidy pulls Sawyer to her by his towel? *faints*

There'll be some more coherence later but in the meantime, all I can say is this reaffirms my love for Sawyer as the Best Television Character Ever. I was so nervous about this episode, that they would just blow it. But they've kept him dark and complex and it's even better than ever. And oh yeah, the line about Jack finding Kate's horse and getting on it and wearing a white hat. BWAH. Damn. Sawyer, you fucking cowboy. I LOVE YOU.

I need Sawyer + Guns = OTP icons!

(And sorry Charlie fans, but at last there's a point to the Charlie ep. This is the payoff and I love it. Ecstatic. Over the moon. DAMN! Outcasts unite! ;-D)

The Long Con: Six out of four stars.

Comments

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corellianjedi
Feb. 9th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC)
I don't know anyone who didn't absolutely love this episode. Even people who are "meh" over Sawyer (i.e. all of the people I watch it with). There were so many throwbacks to S1 (snarky Sawyer, Scottnsteve, shucking coconuts, etc.) that it just.... LOVE.
halfdutch
Feb. 9th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, your icon! *covets, molests*

GUH!

BEST EPISODE EVER. Ok, if not THE BEST, then top three. Definitely. Nods.
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arabella_hope
Feb. 9th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC)
100 thousand percent. Guns are SEX...as is Sawyer. ;D

halfdutch
Feb. 9th, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC)
FUCK YES!!!!!!

Goddamn.

enigmae
Feb. 9th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC)
I loved it. This was the first ep that inspired me to write fanfic. Less than a page, and just sort of a musing vignette, but it still got the juices in my brain flowing - I had to get out of bed to write it down! My creativity has been blocked for a looong time, so I consider that success.

halfdutch
Feb. 9th, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Very cool. And here I have a fic I wanted to get up yesterday but it didn't happen. And now I'm like -eh, who cares? LOL.

I just to bask in the Sawyer ep. *embraces canon like a longlost lover*
quiet_rebel
Feb. 9th, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)
The Long Con: Six out of four stars.
Hee. Heck yea!

As much as I enjoyed seeing the softer side of Sawyer, it was good to see the return of the badass Sawyer. Totally reminded me of the Sawyer who would rather let others think he was hiding Shannon's asthma medicine than tell the truth.
halfdutch
Feb. 9th, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC)
God yes, the badass back and it's a thing of beauty.

This was such a wonderful culmination of so many storylines, even the boring ones that seemed like they were going nowhere for so long. Wow. Just, wow.
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foxxcub
Feb. 9th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
I am literally in the midst of writing a goddamn thesis paper on this ep. For real. When it was over, I sat and stared at my TV for a good five minutes, because I was literally incoherent. I have never had this kind of reaction to an ep, where the more and more I ponder it, the more I realize how utterly amazing it was (like BBM, BWAHA). It just...oh man. I still have trouble forming thoughts. Sawyer has THE best episodes, bar none, and they all form pieces that come together into one cohesive unit of brilliance, unlike others (*cough*KATE).

Oh, I read teh fic! Loved it!! (*will discuss in detail later* ♥)

And...HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!
halfdutch
Feb. 9th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
I was so surprised to see you hadn't written a review last night. But yeah, it's impossible to say anything really coherent yet. It's still sinking in. WOW. I'm in total awe.

And yes, Sawyer, you prince among characters, you get ALL the good eps. And thank god for that. You even make other characters' backstories make sense in retrospect. ;-D

And awww, I thought you didn't have time to get to teh fic what with it being SAWYER DAY and all. Hee. Everything's changed hasn't it? *is madly in love with canon again*

And YEAH. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, BABE. Wow. Best Week Evah!

*is an insanely happy fangirl*
ficangel
Feb. 9th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
It really was fantastic. I'm, like, I'm warring with my reactions here. They literally do change from one hour and even one minute to the next. Sawyer being fucked up and hot and sad and self-destructive? OMG I LOVE IT. Sawyer of necessity bringing others into his own self-destruction, first through scaring Sun (I'm leery to assign blame for her injury-she fell, but that's a consequence they should have foreseen) and later through the possibility that the Others will show up and there will be a delay in putting up a defense. Brick to Sawyer's head.

I cannot wait for foxxcub's thesis on it.
halfdutch
Feb. 9th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
Damn, damn, DAMN.

Sawyer, you are so spectacularly, beautifully messed-up. To do that to SUN? (He better pray Jin never finds out.) And Charlie! At last we have some payoff to his falling so low. This was just brilliant.

The way he manipulated everyone around him was genius. (Reminds me of Spike in that ep where he sets everyone against each other at Adam's orders - trouble was stir-up-abble. Although Sawyer here just brought his A-game.)

I'm still dying. And yeah, who knows what will happen when The Others really do show up? In their own way, their blind, petty little conflicts and biases and issues are making Locke and Jack and Kate and AL just as vulnerable and likely to fuck things up. I really don't trust anyone, regardless of their intentions, good or bad, to NOT screw things up spectacularly at this point.

I still can't believe the show finally acknowledged the elephant in the living room - these people are all incapable of getting along and trusting each other. How long has it been since they actually admitted that? *smites happy montage of fish giving*

And Libby still has something dastardly up her sleeve too, I'm sure.
zelda_zee
Feb. 9th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
YESANDYESANDYES! Couldn't agree more.
halfdutch
Feb. 9th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
*nods and squees and flails some more*

Damn. I'm still in shock at how good it was. I'd completely lost my faith in this show. I think it's a GOOD thing they brought in a new writer on this ep.
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inthekeyofd
Feb. 9th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
Wasn't this episode just THE BEST, love that he outsmarted and outwitted them, loved that he used Kate, loved that Charlie helped and why Charlie helped.

And Sawyer with that gun...OMG, this episode plus what he said at the end was just, it was just the best, that's all I can say, this season has just been getting better and better and better.

*and I saw back dimples while he had that towel on..oh yes I did. Damn he even looks good brushing his teeth (yes I do notice these things *smile*)

Like I said today: Sawyer is an evil GENIUS and I couldn't love him more if I tried.
halfdutch
Feb. 9th, 2006 09:25 pm (UTC)
This whole season so far has just been a (very long and aggravating) build-up to this. And now, at last, the MAIN COURSE. The feature attraction! Damn. Just DAMN.

Sawyer pwns the island.

_xoheiressxo_
Feb. 9th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
spoil it to me, what happened?!
halfdutch
Feb. 9th, 2006 09:21 pm (UTC)
A recap couldn't possibly do this episode justice. You have to see it unfold yourself. Let's just say: Never underestimate Sawyer.

Get thee to lost_eps for a download! ;D *Assuming that's a possibiity for you*
gobsmackit
Feb. 9th, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC)
The fact that his backstory actually played into things that were happening on the island, that he played them all so expertly. Dear God, that was so, so well done. So many layers. Didn't see the Charlie involvement coming at all.
Yeah, pretty much ditto! :D

And don't say sorry to Charlie fangirls, WE COULD TELL THERE WAS GOING TO BE A POINT. YOU PEOPLE JUST DON'T THINK OF HIM IN THE BIG PICTURE. >.>

Don't even mention the towel - oh god you could see it starting to come unwrapped just as the shot ended, too. Unless, my mind was wishfully thinking.
halfdutch
Feb. 9th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
But .. the writers are the ones sidelining him! Charlie HAS been at the children's table so far this season. I'm thrilled that he's part of the bigger picture finally because his side stories -- Claire and the baby - have bored me silly. I'm glad it's getting some payoff at last because watching people coo over babies is not what I'm in this show for.

And yeah, dear god, the TOWEL. *dies* I need a new header (although I think the Sheriff moment will win out). Bring on the icons then! *claps hands imperiously*
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isis2015
Feb. 9th, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC)
Charlie does more for me as Evil!Charlie then he ever did as Follow-Claire-Around-Like-A-Puppy!Charlie. But still, on principle, I want him to die for hurting Sun. I'm vindictive like that.
halfdutch
Feb. 9th, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC)
Babies = boring. No two ways about it! If Claire and Aaron just disappeared like Michael and Walt, I'd never miss them.

But yes, the fact that Sawyer and Charlie were both able and willing to do that to SUN is deeply wrong. Everyone on the island is guilty of being misguided or selfish or sadistic or quick to anger but this kind of deliberate attack (however mild, ultimately) is really fucked up. I'm sure both of them will suffer some serious consequences.

But as storytelling, it was genius. Sheer genius. As character payoff, it was jawdropping. Stunning. I'm in awe. So much for the island redemption, eh?
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ellel
Feb. 9th, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
And dear GOD - that scene where Cassidy pulls Sawyer to her by his towel? *faints*
I died,not kidding!!!

Charlie and Sawyer were brilliant together,did all that to piss of Jack and Locke-best reason ever:D
halfdutch
Feb. 9th, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
Revenge can be so sweet. Jack and Locke were both deserving of a major comeuppance each.

*goes back to happy place thinking of the towel*
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hkath
Feb. 10th, 2006 01:33 am (UTC)
The Long Con: Six out of four stars.

Couldn't agree more!!!

I've been bouncing around all day, chanting "Sawyer is smarter than you!" over and over.

Well, I've been doing that in my head, anyway.

I can't believe we were actually worried about this episode not being up to scratch! I feel like they've made up for the last 12 episodes of massive Sawyer withdrawal in one big dose. Not that they should stop any time soon, but... you know what I mean.

*eagerly awaits polls* ;)
deej240z
Feb. 10th, 2006 05:35 am (UTC)
My brain is still mush. And it's not congealing yet!

Guh! The towel. The guns! Charlie! All of it was spectacular.

Bad, bad, boy. Oh man, just wait for the ramifications to come from this. And Sun! Oh god. Now, if any one of them were written smart enough, they will figure Sawyer's involvement real fast. But will they go there or drop it like so many other things?

There were several moments when Sawyer scared the shit out of me. Josh just blew that episode sky high. Too bad the direction didn't give him any support. That's the one thing that bothered me last night but I wasn't able to put a finger on it till today. It was soooo pedestrian and lacking umph. *All* of the tension and drama came from Josh's performance. He had no help from the director. Josh = wins!
misse1977
Feb. 10th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)
Im so happy and exited to see this episode. Loved (most) peoples reactions to it.
Sawyer seems terrified of James. Heh. My pretty, bratty bad boy.
I´m so happy his penis have grown out again:-D
(sorry, couldnt help myself. I blame Josh)
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