Maybe it's a mixture of all of those, yet whichever side of the fence you park yourself, Lost is undoubtedly an intriguing, and hugely successful, show. Its blend of past and present narrative continues with these episodes, and it's a loyalist and a half who won't admit that one or two of them are tepid at best. But there's some great stuff in here, with eye-opening character development, fresh discoveries and a superb end of season double episode that, in true Lost fashion, answers some questions and poses many more.
It's going to be a real challenge for the creative minds behind the programme to keep the momentum going, and surely the point will come soon where even more answers need to be forthcoming. But for now, Lost remains compelling viewing, and there's much to watch and rewatch in the episodes contained here. Even if it may drive you nuts trying to figure everything out --Simon Brew