Here’s the message for fans who have been kvetching about the pace of season six, compliments of “Happily Ever After” : S.T.F.U. The game is on, but more importantly the game board is now visible. “Happily Ever After” kicked off the big inter-dimensional struggle we all knew was coming, but brought a few unexpected tones as well. Is it just my imagination, or do there appear to be ‘angel’ characters on both sides of the fence? Can Libby be one? Please?
My good friend and Lostpedia sysop, and TVOvermind contributor, Sam McPherson summed up exactly what I was feeling at the end of this episode: “It’s this year’s ‘The Constant,’ and it’s the strongest episode of the season. Episodes like “Ab Aeterno” were marvelous, but “Happily Ever After” simply blows them out of the water in terms of scope.” (Read his full review here.)
“Happily Ever After” was equal parts crystallization, and catalyst. In one fell swoop it gave the sideways context, and gave the road ahead a full tank of purpose. It’s not that there is no more mystery or suspense, but there is a sense of the psychic territory that lay ahead – and it is on the highest peaks of the continent of imagination. Game. On.
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