“Like many Season 3 flashbacks, this flashback seems to exist mostly because the formula insists there needs to be one.”

Maybe this is nitpicking because you’re obviously right, but how do you, as a critic, decide which parts of the show are Established Lore and which are just Commerce-Driven Wheel Spinning?

I ask because you made a point of ignoring Authorial Intent, but at the same time these recaps can’t help but acknowledge outside factors like the demands of the flashback format or the number of extra episodes required to due sudden network success.

I’m not trying to be a dick about it -- not just because you ARE obviously right -- but also because you know what you know, and so do your readers/Lost viewers, so I’m not sure if there is a simple answer. But I bet you do have a guiding principle.

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