TV Review: Lost 5.3 – Jughead


Lost, ABC, Airs Wednesdays 9/8c

Episode: “Jughead” (Season 5, Episode 3)

Synopsis: Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick) goes to Oxford looking for answers, a new group of foes reveal themselves and Daniel (Jeremy Davies) finds himself in a race against time to save Charlotte’s (Rebecca Mader) life.

Review: Oh, Jughead is a hydrogen bomb! For a second, I thought Archie and friends were going to be revealed as a new group of Others based on the episode’s title. On a side note, I was flipping channels this weekend and saw Castaway on television, and when you think about it, Tom Hanks and his precious little volleyball didn’t have it that bad. Can we have a scene, please, where Locke (Terry O’ Quinn) is surrounded by foes before screaming, “Tom Hanks ain’t got shit on me!” a la Training Day? Maybe not.

Jughead was a hell of an episode and continued the confusion that has set in for Locke, Sawyer (Josh Holloway) and Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell) now that they’re realizing the island travels through time. And we got some juicy answers from the episode, such as the fact the Charles Widmore (Alan Dale) was once a soldier stationed on the island. Whaaaa?

Daniel Faraday’s intentions were further revealed as he seems to be having a seriously bad case of dating deja vu. And am I wrong or did we perhaps meet Daniel’s daughter? Would that mean Daniel is over 70 years old? I gotta admit, the guy ages well. Maybe they can start marketing time travel moisturizer in the near future .. or past … or present. There would be a hell of a market that way.

Lost continues to offer us characters that capture our interest, as evidenced by the fact that Jughead only offered us the original characters of Locke and Sawyer. No Jack (Matthew Fox) or Kate (Evangeline Lilly) used to mean a possible disaster for the show. Now it gives us a chance to forge into new, uncharted territory. Damn, I love Lost.

The beauty of the time travel layer in the story, which may in fact be the most important thread in the fabric of the show, is that it provides limitless options for the writers. Not only that, but it allows the viewer to wrap their head around the progress of the show in a very unlikely way. Now we understand how the passengers of Oceanic Flight 815 were able to solve riddles set before them. They had been there before. The fact that the show is able to offer new revelations and somehow keep us on the radar with what is going on is somewhat of a miracle in itself.

The questions we’re left asking this week are many, as always. How long have there been inhabitants on the island? What danger is Charles Widmore trying to protect Desmond, Penny (Sonya Walger)and Charlie from? Is little Charlie the same Charlie we used to know and love that gave his life to save the others? Is every person on this island somehow related? Have I lost my mind the same way Theresa (Sarah Farooqui) did due to Daniel’s experiments? I can’t wait to find out, and I know you can’t either … about the next episode, at least.

Up Next Week: Kate discovers that someone knows the secret of Aaron’s true parental lineage.

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Did you see the Jughead episode? If so, what did you think about it?

Adam Sweeney has a background in journalism, having spent 4 years on the Lone Star Lutheran as an Opinions and Arts & Entertainment columnist. He graduated in May 2008 from Texas Lutheran University with a Dramatic Media degree and hopes to become a filmmaker/journalist/radio host/actor extraordinaire. He also writes film and play scripts and figures if Good Luck Chuck can make it to the big screen then why can't he? He can also be read at as a feature writer on all things basketball, and his personal blog covers everything from politics to why Keira Knightley is looking more like Jack Skellington every day. (

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