-The show did indeed bounce back to what seems to me like a pretty strong finish. I did know that the "flash-sideways" things existed but didn't know what they were, so when Kate showed up to talk to Bearded Ben Affleck Looking Jack at the end I was genuinely surprised--"oh, I get it, they're in the future!" Hey, I think they pulled it off, and I've been exposed to spoilers.
-I came to really like the character of Juliet over the course of the season. I'm not always a fan of the "whose side are they on?" back-and-forth type of character--the only one in TV history that I liked that easily comes to mind is Spike from Buffy The Vampire Slayer--so this was a pleasant surprise. I liked when she talked to Jack while showing that video where she was holding up cards saying "ignore everything I say." The show did a good job of keeping you guessing for awhile about her.
-I won't say I didn't find Dominic Monaghan's death scene touching, but I did sort of realize that they hadn't done, like, anything interesting with the character AT ALL for about a season or so, creating a sort of Law of Economy of Characters thing (or whatever Ebert used to call it) where you can tell they're figuring on killing him off because they've run out of things to do with him. Don't tell me--Sayid's next, right? They haven't had him do anything very interesting for awhile either and that was a HUGE character in season 1. I also don't find Monaghan terribly believable as a British rock star of any sort, let alone a drug addict, so his back story is probably the lamest, as far as I can tell. In fact I already looked at some "LOST characters ranked" list and his stupid named band was ranked dead last.
-Could Charlie have, like, swum out the hole created by that grenade? Did people actually debate this crap when it happened or am I just a bleurghtard? I'm just now realizing it's been a freakin' decade, bro.
-Charlie whacks Desmond in the face with the boat paddle. I swear to God I'm getting sick of all the blows to the face. WHAM. WHAM. WHAM. These people should have brain damage by now.
-Deuhhrhrrr, Claire is Jack's half sister, bleurrrgghhh, baaaaaghualbabagulgh. Yeah, this isn't going to be a pointless, retarded plot twist AT ALL.
-Matthew Fox is one freakin' inconsistent actor to play a "central" character an ensemble. When he's normal he's pretty tolerable, but when he had to get all serious and play Bearded Alkie Jack stumbling around that hospital, he was one fart-noise-enhanced rendition of "Afternoon Delight" from being Ron Burgundy.
-I think Rousseau is a sexy woman. DON'T YOU LAUGH AT ME. She's hot. Sue me.
-Locke laying in that pit full of dead people's skeletons from the Dharma Initiative massacre is one of the most disgusting images I've ever seen, but it's probably just me. And I knew there'd be a massacre on this show at some point.
-I thought it was pretty pathetic to have those scenes where everyone tells Hurley to stay out of trouble. Like something out of The Phantom Menace.
-We got to hear Rousseau's distress message again. Nice. I liked it. Iteration. 1. 5. 5. 2. 8. 2. 3.