"Oh boy." I took that quote from Quantum Leap because I felt that it's the most suitable phrase for the best show on television today. That show is Lost and if you think you knew what was going to happen on the final episode of this season, then, boy, were you proven wrong!
I will not spoil anything besides one detail that will be the only amount of comfort you will receive while watching Lost. The one driving the boat who appeared in last week's episode is not an Other, but it is Desmond, the former button-pusher who is first discovered inside the mysterious hatch.
Desmond is the key to a couple important questions that need to be answered. Last week, Locke and Mr. Eko found evidence that the first hatch may only be an experiment for observers in a second hatch. Desmond knows more about what meaning the hatch has and we learn how he came to be in the hatch to begin with through flashbacks. He might be irritating when he's calling everyone "brother" (and sister, the ladies aren't left out), but he has seen quite a lot in his castaway years.
Besides Desmond's return on the good side of the island, Michael takes Jack, Sawyer, Hurley and Kate to the Others' base. Sayeed, ever the observant soldier/torturer/all around good guy, knew from last week that Michael's not being 100% truthful about his intentions in taking a group to the Others' camp. This is where my love of Lost grew even more. Like a dope, I believed what most people believed while watching this: that this season finale was going to have the heroes finally getting the best of the evil that's plagued them for so many days.
All I have to say is that you need to keep the episode "The Long Con" in the back of your mind whenever you watch Lost. The writers are conning us whenever they feel like it, and they have crafted the show well enough to push your buttons and lull you into a false sense of comfort.
If you have not found the time to watch one episode of Lost, I feel sorry for you because the show just keeps getting better. Please, you have a few months before this shocking cliffhanger resumes in the fall: watch previous seasons and catch up, because the next season promises to be the most incredible one yet.