Wednesday, April 14, 2010

LOST 6x12 - Bizarro alt universe

Ilana’s performance blew me (and her) away. Libby and Hurley played the Memory Game. Desmond took defensive driving to a new level. The ship hits the fan and the Black Rock became the largest collection of toothpicks on the planet. The mysterious kid in the jungle got his hands on some Dharma Just For Men hair dye. Desmond doesn’t put up a fight when UnLocke pushed him down a well. Hurley, Jack, Sun, and Lapidus are chilling with the UnLocke Flock. And Sun and Jin STILL did not reunite.

Everybody loves Hugo…and everybody likes cheese.

Lost 6x12: Everybody Loves Hugo

In a world of conflict and strife, there’s but one fact we can all agree upon: everybody loves Everybody Loves Hugo! With the exception one meh moment (great that we got the answer on the whispers…a little disappointed in the explanation), this was all killer, no filler. Our sideways alternates on Lost and at least one of their on-island counterparts are now aware of each others’ existence. It’s only a matter of time before they bump into each other wearing the same outfits (awkward…).

So did you think it was a dy-no-mite episode too? Or do you feel like you got hit by a car? Comment below.

2004, Los Angeles:

At a charity event at the Golden State Natural History Museum, Hurley is being honored in a speech by Pierre Chang for his generosity in building a the paleontology wing that bares his name at the museum.

Nerd alert:
What's up with the "experimental farming"? Doesn't that seem vaguely Dharma Initiative-like?

Hugo’s mom, instead of being proud and thrilled, is kind of disgusted with Hugo for not being in a relationship and has set him up on a blind date. “She’s going to love you. And if she doesn’t, we’ll find someone who does.”

At the restaurant, Hurley’s been stood up when Libby (!) approaches the table. She tells him that they’re soulmates, but Hurley doesn’t recall having met her. Just then Dr. C---blocker Brooks interrupts them to take Libby back to the Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute, where Hurley in the original timeline was a patient.

In a Mr. Cluck’s restaurant, Hurley’s mowing down a bucket of chicken, when Desmond approaches him, confused about how he knows him. Hurley opens up to him about Libby, leading Desmond to ask if he believed that she’d known Hurley. He tells Hurley not to give up on her. Order number 42 is called, and Des replies, “That’s me, brother. It was nice bumping into you.”

At the mental institution, Hurley’s in Dr. Brooks’ office with the big, framed photo of a tropical island on his wall. He convinces Brooks to allow him to see Libby only after donating a large sum to the hospital. As Hurley walks into the rec room of the hospital (a patient is playing Connect Four), he grills her on how she knows him. She explains that she saw a commercial for his restaurant, and suddenly she remembered a life that included him. Sadly, Hurley doesn’t remember living in a “bizarro alternate universe,” but he asks her on a date anyway.

Setting up the picnic on the beach on their date, Libby feels like everything’s similar…but off. She reassures him, though, that she’s there because she wants to be and they kiss. Hurley’s memory comes flooding back and the two of them remember together the other reality, and Libby knows she’s not crazy, and Hurley knows he was loved. And millions of ‘shippers’ hearts melted. For reasons yet unclear, Desmond was sitting in the car just off the beach watching the scene unfold.

Nerd alert: Nice shot, as Dr. Chang referred to him as a "beacon of light".

Question: Was he watching to ensure Hurley’s memory of the other reality has caught up with him?

In the parking lot of the school where the wheelchair-bound Locke, Ben and Arzt work, Desmond is sitting in his car. Ben knocks on the window to ask why he’s parked there and Des answers that he’s doing research on schools. However, he starts the car and guns it toward Locke, hitting him and propelling him up in the air, injuring him badly.

Question: Just me, or does this look like post Oceanic 815 crash-Locke?

Questions: Is this all just an elaborate way to get Locke to the hospital where Jack, Charlie, Claire and Kate are…and perhaps to ensure Jack the spinal surgeon has to work on him? Or was this an effort to give Locke some traumatic experience to have him catch up with those experiencing their memory in stereo? Or, was Desmond just conscious of UnLocke having pushed him into the well and just being a little vindictive?

2007, On the island:

At Libby’s gravesite, Hurley is talking out loud. He tells Ilana their story of unrealized love, as she leaves to prepare to go to the Black Rock for dynamite. The mysterious whispers return, and as they do, so does Michael (“Where’s my boy??!!”) who announces that if Hurley helps them blow up the plane, that he’ll be responsible for everyone who dies.

Question: Why the red flower? Any time we've seen red on LOST, it's been indicative of something, but usually impending death.

Ilana returns from the Black Rock with dynamite saying that blowing up the plane will protect them from UnLocke. “That thing is evil and God help us if it ever leaves this island, becau…” BOOM! She exits, Stage Arzt, and explodes into a million bits. (So much for the life of training to protect the Candidates…)

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Back at the UnLocke flock’s camp, UnLocke is carving a large stick. Sawyer asks if it’s a spear, but even UnLocke seems unclear on what it is.

Question: Didn’t it look as though he was starting to carve Mr. Eko’s Jesus stick?

Sawyer and Kate question what they were waiting for, and UnLocke says that just as they got to the island together, they have to leave together. “That’s the only way we’re getting off this Godforsaken rock.” Speaking of Godforsaken, Sayid returns and pulls UnLocke into the jungle to show him what was in the submarine: Desmond…tied to a tree. They look at each other with surprised, puppy-like, slightly cocked heads.

Hurley is looking through Ilana’s tent. He finds a book and a little pouch. Richard wants to get more dynamite, and Hurley concurs. Jack agrees to go along.

Nerd alert: The bag was likely the satchel Ilana had kept of Jacob’s ash.

Nerd alert:
The book was a Russian copy of "Notes from the Underground" by Dostoyevsky. The book was considered the first existentialist novel. One of the claims in the novel is that "human needs can never be satisfied even through technological progress."

Sayid brings UnLocke to Desmond, who is clearly not a threat in this case, so UnLocke unties him, asking why Widmore brought him to the island. Having been held captive by Widmore, he can’t answer the question, but he does say that he tested severe electromagnetism on him. Asked how he could be sure that’s what it was, Des answers, “experience.” UnLocke asks to show Desmond something and helps him up.

Nerd alert: UnLocke actually gets Desmond’s hand, unlike in previous episodes when no one would take it.

Ben points out that Ilana worked blindly for Jacob, trained to protect them, and then she explodes after the island was done with her. Approaching the Black Rock, Alpert tells them to hang back, when Hurley runs screaming from the ship as it explodes. When asked why he did it, Hurley answers “I’m protecting you.”

He tells Miles that Michael told him to blow up the plane, and then explains that Michael is one of the people who come back from the dead to yell at him.

In the jungle, Desmond’s getting grilled about how long he’s been on the island, when they see a boy in tattered clothing behind them. If he’s the same kid who encountered UnLocke twice earlier in the jungle, why does he have brown hair. Des asks who he is and UnLocke tells him to ignore him. The kid gives an impish smile, seeing how UnLocke is frustrated, and he runs off.

Question: Is the kid Jacob? It’d seem he is with how he smirks at UnLocke. Or is the blonde kid Jacob, and the dark-haired kid Man In Black?

At the Black Rock’s burning remains, Hurley is trying to convince Richard that they need to go talk to UnLocke, explaining that Jacob is telling them to do so. Testing Hurley, he asks him to ask Jacob what the island is. Hurley is indignant, saying he doesn’t need to prove anything, telling him to go blow more crap up if that’s what he wants to do. But Richard is adamant that Jacob never tells people what to do and that they must not let UnLocke leave the island. Ben and Miles join Team Ricardo; Jack, Sun and Lapidus stay with Hurley.

Journeying through the jungle, Hurley tells Jack that he didn’t see Jacob, but Jack knows this already. Jack’s been trying to fix things since Juliet died, but now he’s trying to let other people decide what to do, and he’s trusting in Hurley. Just then the whispers begin, but Hurley has clarity about them and walks to find Michael in the jungle. There, in a matter of seconds, Michael blurts out that the whispers are other people trapped on the island because they can’t move on. (Question answered! (Lamely, unfortunately… So the island isn’t purgatory…except for purgatory?))

Is Michael on Hurley’s side? Working for UnLocke? Or is he a manifestation of Jacob?

UnLocke and Desmond approach the well…well, one of several wells, actually. Locke explains that there’s more than one, and that they’re entries to pockets of magnetic energy. He tells Desmond that Widmore brought him to the island to re-gain his power. Des seems unmoved at this, and UnLocke asks why he’s not afraid. “What is the point of being, afraid?” And at that, UnLocke shows him why he should have been, and pushes him down into the well.

Returning to the camp, Sawyer asks where UnLocke has been, just as Hurley walks into the camp and stumbles through an statement that he just wants to talk, non-violently. UnLocke hands over his knife, saying “you have my word.”

The others – Lapidus, Sun and Jack – walk out, and UnLocke looks at Jack, and gives him the same smirk that the kid gave UnLocke in the jungle…

Do you have sideways knowledge of what’s going on in LOST? If so, drop a comment below.

- Sean Salo


Joe B said...

What is the general thought when it gets down the the bitter end. Do you think all will be revealed, or will the show end with many question left to ponder and debate? I'm so afraid that after all this time it's not going to be a satisfying ending.

steve said...

First of all thanks Sean for creating this blog. I look forward to reading it each week.
Ok, I am almost certain of a few things at this point.
1. Jack is the replacement for Jacob. It has always been about Jack and Locke and all the rest was team players. I believe the last scene is gonna involve MIB and Jack with one killing the other. Either way MIB is "right" and wins per sé.
2. I'm kinda of leaning to the stance that Jacob and MIB could be one in the same entity. Example; Dogen says every man has a scale in his soul. It can tip to good or evil. Your choice. Also when Dogen found out that Jacob had died he started freaking out and locking the temple up. Maybe becuz he realized that entity had his good side destroyed and it is now pure evil. Hell, maybe Jacob/MIB is just a representation of all the caracters, a kind of reflection into their own souls. To somehow be a mirror for them to reflect upon their own manefestations and guide them in their alt life and island life.
It seems as though Desmond is playing the role Locke did back when he tried to get oceanic 6 back to the island.
He is just going about it a little diffrently. Whether or not he is sucsesful remains to be seen.


Sean said...

@ Joe - Damon and Carlton have said there's no way they'll answer every question, and at this point, they're only concentrating on the ones that are relevant to the story. (While I get it, all the other questions were relevant at one point, so it's a bit of a cop out.)

@ steve - you're welcome. :) 1) seems that's likely. It started with Jack, and my guess is it'll end with him. Tho I'd *prefer* if Des or Hurley were the heros in the end. 2) They've certainly not gone our of their way to paint Jacob as all good or MIB as all bad, intentionally confusing the issue a bit. It'd be interesting if they were the same person. The kid in the jungle with blonde then brown hair a manifestation of this. And at the end of the day, like Adam & Eve in the caves with the black and white stones, there will always be this balance, with new "Candidates" taking over where they left off.