Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Lost: Everybody Loves Hugo

I mentioned yesterday that I had a good day and Tuesday’s episode of Lost just topped it all off.  I love it when people explode on Lost, especially people I am not particularly fond of.  Ilana had to go, she just didn’t fit in.  Her role as knight protector of Jacob’s candidates was too controlling, and didn’t give enough room for what needed to happen.  It was great that she exploded in a Hurley-centric episode.  I guess the writers had too much respect for Ilana’s character to have Hurley pick any pieces of her off his shirt.  I think the Mythbusters should do an episode on the effect of three sticks of dynamite on a human body.  Would it be vaporized like that?

Having Desmond back is great.  Having a self-confident Desmond that walks around with a I-know-something-you-don’t-know smirk is pure gold.  We only got to see a little of Desmond in the Island-verse, but enough to know that Not Locke is afraid of him.  Afraid enough to throw him down a well and leave him there.  Why didn’t MIB just kill him outright?  Why take the chance of throwing him down a well and having the possibility of him not dying?  Does he need him alive?  Did MIB fall into the trap of every classic movie and comic book villain by not making sure the “good guy” is dead?  I guess we will find out later.

The LA-verse Desmond seems to playing the role of Mr. Roarke while he travels around with his own list and making everyone’s dreams come true.  This Desmond has a mission to show all of his plane-mates, or “brothers”, what they might be missing out on.  Libby seems to have had this revelation on her own, but Mr. Hume nudges Hurley to follow through and find out if she is really crazy.  Libby and Hurley are finally reunited (a recurring theme this week) and again we see how love is the focal point.

In typical Fantasy Island fashion, the price you pay for what you want isn’t always what you expect.  Especially when you get hit by a car while rolling yourself across a parking lot.  What will Locke see in his visions?  In the LA-verse, he already has his “love”.  What will be enough incentive for Locke to want to switch?  Will it be getting the use of his legs back but paying for it by having a grifter as a father, losing a vital organ in hope of paternal acceptance, losing his true love because of low self esteem, and dying at the hands of Ben?  I think the LA-verse Locke has the most to lose and the least to gain by trying to flip to the Island-verse.

What’s next for the Ricardo Montalbán-in-training, assuming that he succeeds in causing everyone on his list to have visions of their possible other lives?  Is he going to gather them altogether and get on “ze plane”?  (sorry, I am getting a little carried away with my childhood memories of Saturday night television) Or will it involve undoing what Daniel Widmore/Faraday thinks he did in another life?  Whatever happens, I am glad to see that the LA-verse is finally going somewhere.

The last few weeks of Lost had shifted the focus from the spiritual (good versus evil, sin, redemption) aspects of the island back to the scientific (electromagnetism, quantum physics).  Tonight seemed to be a little of both.  Not Locke and Desmond focused on the physical and spoke of energy and power (it could be either scientific or personal influence-type power) and how previous inhabitants of the island dug wells to find the source of this power.  Desmond referenced Widmore’s experiment in the wood shack.

Hurley and Michael’s second conversation focused on the spiritual side.  Their chat seemed a lot like a discussion of Purgatory.  Michael said that he and the other “voices” are souls trapped on the island, unable to move on.  Michael confirmed that he is there for what he had done to Libby and Ana Lucia.  It is interesting how cold blooded murder didn’t earn him a one way ticket to the bad place (not New Jersey, the other bad place).  I guess I have nothing to fear for having eaten meat every Friday during Lent.  Or maybe I shouldn’t take spiritual guidance from a television show.

Did you happen to catch the trailer for next week’s episode too?  There are few movie quotes quite as scary and exciting as Gene Wilder’s wild-eyed crazy portrayal of Willy Wonka and his psychotic rant as they ride the boat down the river of chocolate:  There’s no earthly way of knowing, which direction we are going.  There’s no knowing where we’re rowing.  Or which way the river’s flowing.  Is it raining?  Is it snowing?  Is a hurricane a-blowing?  Not a speck of light is showing.  So the danger must be growing.  Are the fires of hell a-glowing?  Is the grisly reaper mowing?  Yes!  The danger must be growing for the rowers keep on rowing.  And they’re certainly not showing any sign that they are slowing!

NOTE: It is a coincidence that all of my children happened to be named after characters from Lost.  My wife refused to name any of our children after any literary, historical or media-related persons.  I would have not chosen Lost characters if I had been allowed, it would have been more bad ass to have an Albert, Isaac, Lazarus or Alia.

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