I asked my wife this morning, after sleeping on this episode, "What kind of assholes think they can get away with writing 'It's the light that's inside every man'?" This episode had such fucking terrible dialogue, as has been said, it made Allison Janney look bad. Could not agree more with what's been said so far.
After reading that article, they are way too fucking defensive of the show. Why is every answer "that was/wasn't our intent"? Why can't they just say, "Yeah we fucked up and we sucked at writing that week"? Some episodes are great, some are terrible. Across the Sea was terrible because, as Devin at CHUD points out
, they just plain wrote a shitty fucking episode. The Hitfix guy should've asked if it was their intent to write a terrible episode. Quality of writing is different from quality of story, and they should learn to differentiate the two. But to be egalitarian, the quality of the story was fucking awful too.
These guys, especially Lindelof, need to realize that the people who are pissed are not just some fringe group of Tea Partiers who think the show is terrible; it's the people who've watched from season 1 or caught up since then that are turning their backs. They're either oblivious or in denial, and it might kill their little show.