Massive spoilers below about last night's episode of "Lost," so if you haven't watched it, skip to the end.
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So all I seem to read online about last night's episode is that people are disappointed because they aren't getting their answers quickly enough. First, people complained that they wanted the Oceanic Six back on the island. Now, the producers get them back, and the complaints are that we don't have enough backstory as to how they all got back on the plane.
Patience, people. This week was the nuts and bolts of how to get back. We got a good explanation from Faraday's mom as to why the island is so difficult to find and what they need to do to get back. It followed Jack's path back to the island.
Yes, there were a lot of unanswered questions: Why did Locke kill himself? What convinced Hurley to get on that plane? Why was Sayid in cuffs? What happened to Aaron? What happened to Sun's daughter? Why was Ben covered in blood toward the end, and who did he kill?
With next week's highlights indicating a Locke-centric tale, we should get an answer to the first question, and no doubt we will get other answers in the coming weeks.
After spending the first three years building up mysteries, the producers have been revealing a lot of answers. Some of those answers have led to more questions, to be sure, but the producers can hardly reveal the entire enchilada in one episode.
"Lost" has always used the story-telling device of letting the tale unfold through the perspective of a single character, so what the producers did last night was no different than most of the other episodes throughout the run of the series. We'll see what happened to Hurley, Kate, Sayid, et. al. in the coming weeks, I have no doubt.
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"Eleventh Hour" (CBS, 10 p.m.) follows a helicopter who is struck blind while in the air, which is why I won't fly in a helicopter unless it's flown by Frank Lapidas. It follows new episodes of "Survivor" and "CSI."
Bones and Booth (Fox, 8 p.m.) look for a murderer at a sci-fi convention on "Bones" (Fox, 8 p.m.) Do you think Booth will be overwhelmed by a mad rush of "Buffy" fans?
I stopped watch "ER" (NBC, 10 p.m.) when Noah Wyle departed the series. It seemed like a natural break and I haven't missed it since. So I won't be tuning in when Wyle returns to the show tonight, following the NBC sitcoms.
Finally, on cable, "Burn Notice" (USA, 10 p.m.) continues to be one of the most pure fun hours on TV.