Worst episode ever
Wasn't that just the worst episode of Lost last night? The correct answer to Sawyer's oft-repeated question of "Who is Nikki?" is "A minor character with a nice rack who's going to be killed off tonight in a manner that will send Rod Serling's lawyers scrambling." I say that because Nikki (and Paolo's) death was ripped off from a Twilight Zone episode from - what? - fifty years ago?
Laziness has set in hard. It used to be that we would have flashbacks of major characters while some small part of the island puzzle was revealed. Now we have flashbacks of minor characters of their time on the island. Oh, but now we know that Ben and Juliet visited the Pearl to watch Jack in the pre-exploded hatch. Big whoop.