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"Lost" Recap: "Everybody Loves Hugo"

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - - 0 Comments

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"Lost" is back on its game, people.  This is a must-see episode.  Great stuff.


WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!!!


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"Lost" just blew my fucking mind.  Again.  Even though it looked like just another "poor Hurley" episode, this week's "Lost" even managed to top last week's spectacular episode.  Hurley starts off the episode by asking Libby at her grave why she never comes to speak to him like the other dead people.  Not long after that, Ilana blows herself up with dynamite from the Black Rock and, at the behest of Michael, Hurley blows up the entire ship so no more dynamite can be used.  In the side-verse, successful entrepreneur Hurley meets up with side-verse Libby who somehow remembers him from the island.  Desmond shows up to prod Hurley into pursuing Libby and, in a weird parallel of their date on the island, Hurley suddenly has memories of the island, too, after Libby kisses him.  Meanwhile, back in the Lost-verse, Sayid delivers Desmond to the Locke-ness monster who promptly throws him down a well.  Back in the side-verse, Desmond runs his car over Locke in the school parking lot and drives away.


It's pretty clear now that the two universes are connected--but how and why are still big questions.  I'm loving the side-verse Desmond now, as he's becoming this all-knowing Jacob sort of figure, meddling with everyone's lives and apparently causing them to remember the island.  Why did he run over Locke, though?  I have a theory and we'll see how it pans out, but I'm guessing that whatever "loophole" the Man in Black used to change himself into Locke's doppelganger, it involves taking possession or switching forms with the Locke in the side-verse.  Therefore, Desmond's attack is an attempt to hurt and/or kill the Locke-ness monster in the Lost-verse.  I could be wrong--there are several holes in that theory--but I'm sticking with that for now.


I have one minor gripe with the episode and it's another example of the characters not acting like they have any common sense.  When Hurley tells the group that Jacob is standing among them and he has told Hurley they must speak with Locke, Richard challenges Hurley to prove it by telling him to ask Jacob what the island is.  Richard says something to the effect of, "A while back, Jacob told me what the island is.  If he's really here, ask him to tell you what it is."  Hurley's lying, of course, so he simply tells Richard that he doesn't have to prove anything to him.  Here's the thing, though--didn't anybody think to then say, "So, uh...Richard, now that that's settled, WHAT EXACTLY IS THE ISLAND ANYWAY?"  Holy Christ--these people's entire lives have been continually ruined by this fucking island for years now and they have a golden opportunity to find out what it is and THEY DON'T ASK?!  That's crazy!


Speaking of "what the fuck is the island", I found it interesting that Michael tells Hurley that the whispers in the forest are the voices of the spirits who are trapped on the island and aren't ready to move on.  What does that mean?  Is the island some kind of limbo between life and death?  This is getting all kinds of interesting...

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