The Televangelist: 'Lost' Season 6, Episode 16
In "Why They Died" every second counted, the story moved forward visibly and emotionally, and finally, some Questions Were Answered.
I dreamed about "Lost" last night for the second week in a row following an episode. It's clear that even given my critique of the show (and this season's failings in particular), it still resonates in me, and that I still have palpable response to it. Last night's "Why They Died" was a perfect example to me of what "Lost" should have been all along. Let's imagine for a moment that the writers had been contained to 3 seasons total. We wouldn't have gotten all of the time travel stuff, the Freighties or possibly all of the Dharma backstory (as Curt Holman has pointed out, just the rusted old Dharma junk is enough), and it would have lead to tighter storytelling. An episode like "Why They Died" is one where almost every second counted, where the story moved forward visibly and emotionally, and where, finally, some Questions Were Answered.