In which I think of Lucy and the football, after the jump ...
As touching as last night's "Lost" sometimes was, I did feel a growing sense of resentment as the show went along. Charlie got a long goodbye while Locke was given a quick tumble in a ditch. (Then again, I still refuse to believe Locke is dead.)
But that resentment was magnified by the end, when Charlie's episode-long march to noble sacrifice was, at the very least, delayed. Yes, "Lost" is supposed to be about surprises. Yes, it's perfectly logical for the underwater station to be guarded -- whether as a matter of routine, or as part of a larger ambush set by the Others.
Still, it ticked me off. It was Lucy setting the football for Charlie Brown, then pulling it away at the last minute. It was a nasty little trick.