These are just some of the elements of Season 3 that I enjoyed. And they mostly happened in the last couple of episodes (re. my memory is poor).
Jack did the wrong thing again. Okay. Whether this was just a device to introduce the new "Bad Bad Guys", I liked it. I loved Jack facing off against Locke. Locke’s walking off. Jack talking to the fellow on the other end. But mostly, I love that Jack stubbornly, and stupidly (because seriously, how much crazy "that can’t be true" stuff has to happen before the characters realise that YES, it can happen?) went ahead with his intent.
They did a Flash-Forward. This was cool. Jack’s zombie-like flash forwards. All the questions it raised. Who was "He"? Who died? What was on the paper? Was it a future that CAN happen, or was that the future, singular?
Charlie Died. Okay. Even though I’ve since found out that Dominic Monaghan (spl) actually wanted to leave the show, I still think this was an awesome event. It would have been extra better if they had planned it all along, because death is a pretty powerful element, and important in a good epic story, but still. See, at the start of this season, I was sure Charlie was an Other .. or at least bad. He was giving greasies all over the place, and the camera focussed on them more than once. I guess either it was some half-baked foreshadowing that never eventuated .. or it was Mr. Monaghan just being grumpy that he wasn’t getting enough story time.
Locke saw Jacob. Okay. Fantastic event. Obviously the writers are gearing up for three more seasons. We got just a glimpse, and bunch of questions with no answers. Jacob seems more prisoner than leader, but then that would mean Ben is bigger and badder. Which is wierd. But possible I guess. Anyway, Locke seeing Jacob, hearing his plea for help, was just fantastic.
Sawyer killed Tom. Okay. Who else was freaked out? Sawyer’s awesome, my favourite character, but now I’m scared. In a good way. Where are they taking him? Are him and Jack gonna go Cain/Abel on us over Freckles? Speaking of which, what the! Jack telling her he loves her, after pashing Juliet. Ahem. Anyway, this reigns at the top because Sawyer is just cool, and seeing him descend into crazy darkness seems very important. I hope it is, in the bigger story.