Overall, I would say that there are a lot of simultaneous storylines going on in the season, and not all of them work. A few — like looking for Michael — go nowhere. It is almost like the writers sent people out looking, only to change their minds about where the narrative was going to go. Others were just dead ends. The hatch is interesting, but it takes a LONG time for anything with it to really develop. And I find it really hard to believe everyone knows about the hatch and all of them don’t immediately want to go there or move down there? Even during torrential rain? Mind-boggling.
Episodes That I Liked
Two episodes were excellent — E13 where someone tries to take Sun hostage, or at least make it appear so, but Sawyer notes that it is a con, and he shows what a real con looks like in flashbacks. Meanwhile, the season finale is again excellent with the hatch imploding and Jack, Sawyer and Kate getting captured by Ben.
I rated another nine episodes as 4/5 — Jack and John debating what to do about the hatch (E01); the rafters trying to regroup and we meet Desmond again (E02); an abbreviated history of the tail section passengers (E07); revelations of Kate’s REAL backstory (E09); Charlie and Eko fighting over things related to heroin (E10); Barnard trying to build hope (E20); Michael having a really bad day but Ana Lucia and Libby pay the price (E20); and the first part of the season finale with Desmond showing up on a boat (E23).
Episodes That Were Watchable
I rated twelve episodes as 3/5, and that will be the rating for the season too…we see some of how the other passengers fared (E03); Hugo struggling with the secrets (E04); how Jin and Sun met (E05); bringing all the passengers back together (E06); Ana Lucia’s history (E08); a group pointlessly looking for Michael (E11); Benjamin coming for a visit (E14); Claire’s memory returning slowly (E15); Ben and Sun sharing partial truths with people (E16); Hugo and Libby starting to date (E18); Eko finding another observing station (E21); and Michael’s instructions to follow in order to save Walt (E22).
Episodes That I Didn’t Like
Two other episodes were a bit disappointing, and I only rated them 2/5…Charlie worrying about the baby but it’s never quite clear why (E12) and Locke failing to make choices between Helen and his father (E17).
List of Episodes from Season 2
|S02E01||Man of Science, Man of Faith||The hatch is open but Jack and John disagree on a question of faith, brother||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪|
|S02E02||Adrift||The rafters try to regroup, Michael tells his story, and Desmond meets the team in another life, brother||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪|
|S02E03||Orientation||The training video doesn’t cover getting captured by other passengers||🐸🐸🐸⚪⚪|
|S02E04||Everybody Hates Hugo||Hugo carries the weight of the world before the island and after||🐸🐸🐸⚪⚪|
|S02E05||…And Found||Jin and Sun meet by happenstance||🐸🐸🐸⚪⚪|
|S02E06||Abandoned||The sections of the plane reunite, and it doesn’t end well for Shannon||🐸🐸🐸⚪⚪|
|S02E07||The Other 48 Days||The other passengers didn’t fare as well||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪|
|S02E08||Collision||Ana Lucia’s history leads to a key moment||🐸🐸🐸⚪⚪|
|S02E09||What Kate Did||Kate made a decision long ago||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪|
|S02E10||The 23rd Psalm||Charlie and Eko’s life intersects over heroin||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪|
|S02E11||The Hunting Party||A group goes looking for Michael without help||🐸🐸🐸⚪⚪|
|S02E12||Fire + Water||Charlie is worried about the baby||🐸🐸⚪⚪⚪|
|S02E13||The Long Con||Someone tries to take Sun but they get the details wrong||🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸|
|S02E14||One of Them||Benjamin comes for a visit||🐸🐸🐸⚪⚪|
|S02E15||Maternity Leave||Claire remembers her time with the Others and goes looking for medicine||🐸🐸🐸⚪⚪|
|S02E16||The Whole Truth||Ben shares some details with Ana Lucia, and Sun shares some with Jin||🐸🐸🐸⚪⚪|
|S02E17||Lockdown||Locke wouldn’t choose between Helen or his father but Ben chooses to save and help||🐸🐸⚪⚪⚪|
|S02E18||Dave||Hugo and Libby hit it off, but Dave doesn’t want Hugo to get better||🐸🐸🐸⚪⚪|
|S02E19||S.O.S.||Barnard feels the need to build some hope and Jack feels the need to negotiate||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪|
|S02E20||Two for the Road||Ana Lucia has an itch for Sawyer’s gun, but Michael is the one doing the shooting||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪|
|S02E21||?||Eko finds a Pearl observing station||🐸🐸🐸⚪⚪|
|S02E22||Three Minutes||The Others have / had a plan for Michael to save Walt||🐸🐸🐸⚪⚪|
|S02E23||Live Together, Die Alone Pt 1||Desmond’s back on a boat…and Michael has a list||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪|
|S02E24||Live Together, Die Alone Pt 2||The hatch is imploding while Jack, Sawyer and Kate go visit Ben||🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸|
The Bottom Line
A lot of storylines going on and not all of them work