Last night's episode centered around Claire (Emilie de Ravin, who learns in the flashback that Christian (John Terry) is her father. Of course, we know that Christian is also the dysfunctional Dad of Jack (Matthew Fox). One of the central plots revolved arounnd Claire's attempt to put a note on a bird, thereby sending a signal to someone off the island. She also learns of the death sentence hanging over the head of Charlie (Dominic Monaghan).
Claire is one of the more liekable characters on the show; she struggles to raise her son while the gang battles the Others. I think one of the reasons I liked the episode last night was because it dealt with day-to-day life on the island, with the boys-book adventure stuff in the background.
But the boys on the other blog are right, Lost is frustrating. But I try not to judge shows by one episode. I do think the writers know where the show's going, especially now that we know the Dharma Initiative and the Others are two separate factions.
By the way, check out the indie flick Brick. de Ravin has a small but strong cameo as a doomed girl.