*** / ****
With The Shape of Things to Come, the flash ahead has Ben awakening in the Sahara Desert, bouncing to and fro like some globetrotting adventurer, from Tunisia to Tikrit; meanwhile his "present self" on-island is holed up in a barracks house with Locke, Hurley, and Aaron, while Sawyer avoids machine gun and missile fire to rescue Claire from her exploded home!
In Meet Kevin Johnson, Michael was quite disconcerted at the sight of Keamy and his associates firing machine guns in a type of skeet shooting exercise on the freighter. So put into our minds is their threat to our heroes on the island. Sent to communicate to Ben is Miles, walkie in hand, as Alex was forcibly taken to the barracks protective shield to turn it off. While Danielle and Karl seemed to have been executed, Alex calling out her being Michael's daughter bought herself some time it seems.
|Rare moment where Ben breaks, saying goodbye to Alex|
|Dr. Ray washes ashore, leaving some serious questions.|
|Locke receives a code that tells of trouble ahead.|
* I seriously considered that the alternating pieces on the island weren't "in time" with each other. Ray washing ashore as Jack and his people have questions for Daniel and Charlotte doesn't seem "lock step" with Keamy and his team's raid on the barracks. I could be wrong, but these two pieces on the island felt as if they weren't in communion with each other. As if the body of Dr. Ray washing up on the shore was more than a bit before Keamy and company raid the barracks. The two felt somewhat off from each other. If this isn't so I'll cop to being wrong...it isn't the first time or last I could or will be. Lost has a tendency to toy with time lines and such.
*Ben kissing Alex is a rare moment where he breaks. The levee was eventually going to receive a little flood. But after kissing Alex's head and weeping, Ben went right back into mental beast mode. It was the final straw for Sawyer, though. He's had his fill of Ben...and Locke. If only Hurley could get away as well.
*While I never quite emotionally connected to Alex, probably due to her sporadic inclusion on the show, her frightened face looking up at her father and the subsequent gunshot that tears Ben's soul is gutwrenching. Even if I don't like Ben (he kidnapped her from a crazy mother, he justifies to Keamy, telling him he can still get away unharmed if he lets Alex go), her loss shattered him...he clearly loved her.
*The shotgun hidden in the piano seat and the hidden room behind the bookcase certainly signify that Ben isn't quite the prisoner Locke might consider him. Sawyer's reaction to all of this is priceless.