The Televangelist: 'Lost' season 5 finale

First thing's first: SPOILERS ABOUND. Second thing: What lies in the shadow of the statue?  A whole lotta win. "Lost" certainly delivered another one of its trademark "epic" season finales.  The episode titled "The Incident" should be renamed, in hindsight, "Because of Jacob." Because of Jacob our Losties are all on the island in the first place. Because of Jacob we have a reason for all of this madness and a real chance at a great final season. Most importantly, because of Jacob, Richard "Ricardos" Alpert was made immortal and non-aging in all his attractive glory, and for that we are truly grateful.

The cast list this week was immense, but "The Incident" closed more doors than it opened with former and current cast members.  Another alternate title for the episode might have been "Vincent's Return," a situation pondered by fans since the whole frozen donkey wheel mess began. Never fear, Vincent is living happily with Rose and Bernard (who inhabit what later becomes Jacob's cabin). Wisely, the two want nothing to do with the rest of the Losties, but instead are retired in a cottage living each day as it comes and unconcerned about death. Black-and-white rock/Adam and Eve, anyone?

Pretty much everyone on the original Oceanic 815 flight got a shout-out tonight, mostly in regard to Jacob's role in his/her past, which helped bring them to the island. Plenty of questions answered there, one of the biggest being how Hurley was released from prison and gained access to Charley's guitar.