As someone who remembers the days before every show felt they had to end a seson with a cliffhanger (who shot J.R.) was the first, I think, I nevertheless found this episode to be amazingly good. It definitely left me eager to see more. I admit I loved seeing three former Losties (Terry O'Quinn, Daniel Dae Kim, and Reiko Aylesworth) together again. ;) I thought they might recruit Terry's character as the new chief, but he's doing the new 666 Park Avenue show, which I plan to see, and which I did not know was from a book series. I'll have to look for the books, too. Sounds like great fun.
I'lll spoiler this next for anyone who hasn't watch it yet, but I really feel thatClick to see Spoiler:Chen made the right choice. I think Kono will survive. She was a champion surfer and can likely hold her breath for a long time while she works her way out of the restraints. Can't tell about Chen's wife; she's a recurring character after all and could be killed off.