Lost Wednesdays: Revving Up the Engine

April 14, 2010
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I was a bit concerned going into this week’s Lost. Given the high satisfaction of last week’s Desmond-centric episode, I was afraid that the pace would slow down this week with a lighter entry focused on Hurley, much like how this season’s Kate and Sun/Jin episodes deflated the excitement from their previous weeks. But while “Everybody Loves Hugo” was no all-time classic like “Happily Ever After,” it definitely kept the gas pedal down on the floor – and not just in Desmond’s final scene.

The on-island story moved forward, offering action, revelations, and key character moments, often at the same time. I quite enjoyed both Hurley and Jack mulling their leadership strategies, and both actors sold that conversation as years in the making. When they finally get to Locke’s camp, I was impressed by Hurley’s confident leadership that felt completely organic and in-character. And Hurley running away from the exploding Black Rock offered a nice variation of the “walking away from an explosion” shot.

Speaking of explosions, I anticipated that Ilana’s casual confidence with the dynamite would yield poor results, but I was shocked by how quickly she turned into a pile of Arzt. We know enough about how Lost tells stories that we should expect to see her again, filling in the gaps in her story about a life of training in service of Jacob, but I’m still impressed by how willing the show is to kill off a character whom we expect to be a major player going forward – I guess like the island, they were done with her.

Libby is another character who was shockingly dispatched before her time. Fans have been clamoring for years to get an explanation of her presence at the mental hospital in Hurley’s flashback – the producers have suggested that Cynthia Watros has been unavailable and/or uninterested in returning to the show, and chalked up the dangling thread as a casualty to the realities of serialized collaborative production. I felt her return in the sideways world completely paid off her character and her relationship with Hurley, making it the most satisfying aspect of the episode. The best returns-to-the-living cameos in the sideways episodes have been when the character’s presence matters emotionally to the main characters, as with Alex in “Dr. Linus” and both Farraday and Charlie in “Happily Ever After” – Libby certainly falls into that category, as her presence transcends her function as a red-pill plot device to awaken Hurley.

A far less successful return was Michael’s ghost communing with Hurley. Everything about those scenes felt forced, a shoehorned attempt to bring back a dead character for a victory lap rather than an organic storytelling moment. While I enjoyed needing to stop and think about when was the last time Michael and Hurley saw one another – at the ferry dock when Michael traded his friends for Walt and a one-way ticket to the mainland at the end of season 2! – the actual conversations between Michael & Hurley seemed to be contrived solely to give Harold Perrineau a little work.

The worst scene in the episode – and possibly the season of a whole – was Hurley’s investigation into the whispers. For fans clamoring for “more answers!”, this should be convincing evidence as to why some mysteries are better left untouched. First off, the highly contrived reappearance of the whispers seemed unmotivated except as to remind us that we cared about them once. Then we got the typically-frustrating Lost maneuver of a character claiming to know an answer but refusing to share it, but instead going off on his own to deal with it.

And then the answer – ghost whispering? really? – was underwhelming and seemingly inconsistent – the last time we heard the whispers was in the temple, and I felt that the mystery was basically answered: the whispers are some cool pseudo-mystical communication system used by The Others. I didn’t need to know much more than that. But now we’re told it’s really ghosts getting ornery, which doesn’t track much with either the reasons the whispers start in moments of suspense/peril, nor their relation to The Others, who’ve yet to display any clairvoyant abilities before. Of course, being Lost and all, this “answer” might not be quite as final as it seems, and we might learn more in the final hours that clarifies these inconsistencies – but this moment confirms to me that not answering a question is much preferred to answering one poorly.

And then there’s the final moment, where sideways Desmond – who’d been poking around at Hurley to get him to question reality & pursue Libby – runs down wheelchair-bound Locke in the school parking lot. So are we to think that Desmond can share consciousness with the on-island world and this act was revenge for being thrown down a well? Why else would Desmond want to hurt Locke, who unlike the other characters seems to have already found true love in sideways-land? Where is he getting his marching orders? These are the type of questions that I definitely do want answered, hopefully in a more satisfying fashion than with the whispers.

Random favorite fanboy moment: in the opening moments over a black screen, I exclaimed to the voiceover, “it’s Pierre Chang!” I wanted more from him in sideways land, but nice to hear him narrate another work of documentary exposition.



22 Responses to “ Lost Wednesdays: Revving Up the Engine ”

  1. Sean C. Duncan on April 14, 2010 at 9:02 AM

    “So are we to think that Desmond can share consciousness with the on-island world and this act was revenge for being thrown down a well?”

    Possibly, but I think it’s much less sinister than this. After “Happily Ever After,” Desmond has been tracking down Oceanic passengers, and after his experiences (and Charlie’s), understands that near-death experiences are allowing for some kind of connection to the prime timeline. Charlie saw Claire, Desmond saw Penny, etc. Perhaps this doesn’t explain Libby/Hurley or Daniel/Charlotte, but it seems plausible that Desmond was trying to knock Locke into some kind of realization by bringing him close to death. Presumably Sun (who is still off bleeding somewhere) will have a similar moment soon?

    It feels to me like Desmond is trying to maneuver characters in the sideways timeline toward something, and the romantic angle seems like it’s where they’re going for many of the characters. I’m not sure that makes a lot of sense to me, to be honest… The “love connection” theory seems to fall apart with Locke — who in the prime timeline would he be yearning to be back with? He’s with Helen in the sideways timeline and she’s dead in the prime timeline. Curious to see how this plays out.

    Good episode, and again we have a character (Ilana) dispatched without getting her backstory or even her last name. Or, hmmmm, maybe this is the answer? — http://twitpic.com/1fftuy

    • Jason Mittell on April 14, 2010 at 9:45 AM

      I think a full-speed hit-and-run on someone in a wheelchair seems pretty extreme and risky if the goal is to get a near-death moment, especially compared to his gentle probe of Hugo. There’s something more there…

      As for Locke’s love interest, remember that in the island timeline, he’s dead, so Desmond must know something’s different about Locke. Another provocative option is that Ben, who wasn’t on the plane and thus isn’t on Desmond’s list(!), now has gotten wrapped up in the drama via Locke’s accident. So perhaps he’ll become a major player in the X timeline in reaction to Desmond’s manipulations.

      • Sean C. Duncan on April 14, 2010 at 10:05 AM

        Perhaps, but if he was truly just trying to bump off Locke, the hit and run seems a pretty imprecise way to do it. I suspect there’s something more going on here, but it seems like revenge for being thrown down a well is a bit … petty? At least at this point of the game? Sideways Desmond is certainly supposed to be “different” after his experiences of last week, and it remains to be seen how different he is, exactly. I’m guessing Sideways Desmond’s connection with Prime Desmond has both enacting Prime Widmore’s plan in both universes… somehow.

        In terms of the mechanics of the storyline, I think you’re exactly right about Ben. Desmond’s hunt for the other Oceanics would presumably need to involve Ben at some point, and this is the most obvious way to do that.

        By the way, I didn’t catch the color of the car Desmond was driving at the end, but if it wasn’t a Golden Pontiac, they really missed a good opportunity for the fans.

        • Neal Grigsby on April 14, 2010 at 4:18 PM

          I figured that Desmond hit Locke with his car not to directly trigger a metaphysical realization, but merely to trigger sending Locke to the hospital, where he would come in contact with Jack. Presumably when a paraplegic suffers some additional trauma and they send him to the hospital, they’re going to call in the expert on spinal surgery.

          • LostnLost on April 15, 2010 at 8:31 PM

            You might be right. Great catch and Idea. Somehow Desmond needs to get to Jack also. Running over Locke he gets a Two-Fer. And Locke was always the one trying to get Jack to believe…

      • Marc on April 14, 2010 at 3:21 PM

        I agree. The hit-and-run was too extreme, and too easy to miscalculate, just to trigger memories. Likewise, revenge is too petty.

        My first though when Desmond did this was that the whole airplane line is a red herring. Just as Desmond is conscious of both realities, Smoky’s ultimate plan of escape is to move his consciousness into Alternate World’s Locke. Killing Locke would deny Smoky a living body in the alternate non-island reality. That would end things a little too soon, which may be why Locke did not die. Other reasons have been suggested. We will know soon enough.

        • LostnLost on April 15, 2010 at 7:22 PM

          I do think Desmond has a concious connection in both worlds. However, running over Locke did not seem extreme or revenge to me in context of this and last weeks episode where Charlie force Desmonds car in the ocean causing both of them to almost drown(which I thought was extreme at the time).

          It seems Clear (lol not that anything is clear on lost) that Sideways Desmond is going to track down all of the Flt 815’er and encourage (Hurley), run over (Locke) etc. to get them to see the that the Sideways world may not be their true timeline or existance.

          In the Matrix is it the world they don’t want you to see. On Lost as Sideways Mrs. Widemore/Farady says “..It is a Violation of the Rules, Desmond is not ready yet…”

          And keep in mind it took Charlie almost dying from and Over Dose on the plane to see the reality that whatever is happening in the sideways world doesn’t matter. As he says what matters is Love and that you Believe. To wake up Desmond, he had to give him a life and death experience.

          Fortunatly for Huge as Jacob said, some people you can tell in the back of a cab to carry a case and they will…Other like Jack you have to let them go psycho break mirrors and pout before they are ready to believe in that which can not always been seenb.

          Anyway, Hugo was Shown the light by a Kiss. My guess is that Love or the possiblity that someone could love Hurley is by far the most powerful emotion and desire he as been scared to dream but always wanted for himself. Libby lit that torch for him and he did not need to be run over. Emotions did there thing.

          And speaking of Libby Wow! Great Acting and she was Way Hotter than I remembered. She and Hurley seem to have very good and believable onscreen chemistry…but I digress…again :–)

          For others, Desmond/Locke, love alone is not enough. They need to be disconnected from the sideway world and near death experiences seems to be what they need to believe and open up to the possiblity that another world and time line exists.

          Now, playing Devils advocate to what I just wrote, It was kinda strange that Locke throwing Desmond down the well and Desmond running Locke over were I think back to back scenes???

          But I remain convinced that Desmond is going to rally all the sideways 815’er for some kind of collision with the Island world and Desmond will be the constant and connector between the two world. Cue the Major Electro Magnetic eruption that only Desmond can survive. Smokey will get trapped and only ONE TIME line will remain. And I think the Sideway’s Candidates will have to play some role in determining which world will be the REAL World.

          But that is just my random spit balling…

  2. Sean C. Duncan on April 14, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    “Random favorite fanboy moment: in the opening moments over a black screen, I exclaimed to the voiceover, “it’s Pierre Chang!” I wanted more from him in sideways land, but nice to hear him narrate another work of documentary exposition.”

    I did the same. 🙂 And when they revealed him, I noted he had both of his arms — so, your theory that this sideways timeline isn’t simply diverging from “The Incident” seems confirmed. Chang lost his arm before they blew up the Jughead core, so something else has to be going on with the sideways timeline.

  3. enrique garcía on April 14, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    Hi Jason

    I did not mind the whispers because these ghosts represent to me a connection to the main aspects of the series. These are people who cannot escape the island even in death and therefore gives the main plot a weird vibe as they are trying to physically escape the island but maybe what they need to do is a metaphysical escape. Michael is stuck there because he did not grow up or mature enough to do actions that would set him free. Which is why even if they escape physically, the characters are drawn back to the island.

    Also, I do not know why you were hating the Jin episode as it was important to show that both realities are converging. I do not think it was as pointless as all the Kate episodes are. I even think it may be one of the most important elements of the story because they are saving the Korean couple’s meeting for something grandiose and they may be the final key to the converging realities. Which is why their last name is in the cave and does not let you know which one is the chosen one. Probably both are the chosen ones.

    • Jason Mittell on April 14, 2010 at 9:48 AM

      I’m less down on the answer to the whispers than the clunky way it was handled and seeming inconsistencies with the past mentions and occurrences. Maybe they’ll make the connections more seamless, but I think I’d prefer moving onto other issues…

      And I didn’t hate the Jin/Sun episode, but feel it felt more like table-setting than this one did. And I do hope that the Kwon reunion is as emotionally rewarding as it’s been built up to be!

      • Sean C. Duncan on April 14, 2010 at 10:09 AM

        Yeah, I wasn’t thrilled with the way it was handled, either. The answer was pretty obvious and also inconsistent with early seasons’ uses of the whispers, but, enh, I figured they were revealing this now because it ultimately didn’t make the list of “island mysteries that really matter” in any significant way, and they just wanted to get the explanation over with.

        • LostnLost on April 15, 2010 at 7:28 PM

          I thought the way the whispers scene was written Sucked. It seemed contived to me. Hurley asking “Dude I think I know what’s going on…are all those voices dead people?…” duh…

          I mean, yeah we now know the voices are trapped spirits but it was Deus Ex Machina…just out of now where lets drop in a scene to say the whispers are dead people who can’t move on…Contrived.

          Now what might be important is that the Island has the Power and some sort of criteria to keep spirits on the island based on people, I’m guessing, On Island behavior??? That was the most important aspect of this scene for me.

  4. Andres Arazoza on April 14, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    For me, it felt like charging up the Prius batteries. The brakes were definitely on, but we’re storing up for the final bit.

    I was interested in the second appearance of “young mute boy in the woods in others clothing”. Now Desmond, Hugo?, and Locke have all openly acknowledged sight of this boy or the blond boy (am I wrong in thinking these were different?). So, it’s clearly not an apparition, but who are these kids? Why does Locke take an extended glance only to say “ignore it.” Wouldn’t he be better served to just ignore it? Or not acknowledge it at all (to create misgivings in the ones that do “see” him).

    I don’t mind the explanations for the many phenomena being clunky or falling flat. It’s fun to speculate in the meantime, and I appreciate the creators getting my mind running in circles. But, with all things LOST, when that fun comes to a skidding halt it somehow becomes cause for airing out a dissatisfaction that our wildest imaginations can’t be culled.

    Really been enjoying this blog and the discourse. Thanks.

    • LostnLost on April 15, 2010 at 9:05 PM

      I don’t remember Hugo seeing the boy but Sawyer and now Desmond did which again lets us Know, the new electro magnatized Desmond has some juice.

      When Richard didn’t see the kid but sawyer could I was thinking maybe only the Candidates could see little Jacob. However Desmond isn’t a candidate unless he turns out to be the 6th candidate if Sayid is really infected and no longer a candidate.

      As for the little boy, he seems to have power to taunt Smokey. ANd he certainly rattles him (…just ignore him…) Did you notice the little boy smiling and openly laughing at Smokey.

      The kid seems to know whatever the Island rules are “…you know you can’t kill him…”. Smokey responding as Locke saying “…you can’t tell me what I can’t do…”.

      But it is frustrating not having a clue how, who I call lil Jacob, fits in.

  5. Lost – Everybody Loves Hugo | Telephonoscope on April 14, 2010 at 2:48 PM

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  6. Nick Bestor on April 14, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    I have to agree that the reveal on the Whispers was ultimately unsatisfying, but I think the producers are stuck with answering some questions that just should be left well enough alone. This seemed like a great episode for wrapping up some loose ends that didn’t really matter. Wanna know what the Whispers are? Mediocre explanation incoming. Still obsessed with Libby? Here’s Cynthia Watros, enjoy! (No complaints about how they handled Libby, I think it was excellent. It just wasn’t something that felt strictly necessary. If the season had ended and we never saw Libby, I wouldn’t have minded). I’m just surprised they didn’t come up with some way to address Walt, for those crazy fans who haven’t figured out that Walt’s not important anymore.

    (They also managed to give an explanation of the Numbers earlier in the season, as they corresponded to the remaining candidates. I don’t buy that that is their ultimate significance, just as I don’t think they really have only one meaning. It’s just the pattern and texture of the Lost universe. But if you needed the Numbers to mean one and only one thing, there ya have it!)

    I think we’re gonna see a lot more characters get Ilana’d as we get closer to the ultimate endgame. Frank seems like he’s in the most danger, as he really doesn’t seem like he has much to do on the Island. I’m hoping before they off him we get some idea of why he’s so significant though, as everyone else in the Science Team was born on-island, I’d like to see what his backstory is. Team Richard also seems like it’s got a big target on its collective chest. I’m thinking the torch has been passed from Richard to Hurley, and I don’t think Richard necessarily knows this. I’d rather be wrong on that count, as Richard, Ben, and Miles are among my favorite characters, but it’s not looking good for them.

    I’m most worried about the inevitable Kwon reunion. This might just be years of watching Joss Whedon speaking, but I have a feeling that one of them is going to die horribly the moment they finally see each other again.

    • ninjaraiden2k on April 15, 2010 at 11:19 AM

      I feel that with the answers, the Lost writers are in a “damned if you, do damned if you don’t” situtation. If they answer a question vaguely (thr reason for polar bears, the numbers), some will complain “It’s not definitive enough”. If the directly answer a question directly (the whispers,what’s the temple), people will say “That’s it?” or “Where’s the subtlety?”.

      Our fertile imagination stewing for six years are no match for producers dealing with the realities of television production. No physical and visual piece of fiction can match imagination in the mind’s eye. I’m not arguing for lowered expectations but for measured expectations.

      The reality is, for a lot of people, Lost will be six years of wasted time. That is definitely is going to happen. The interesting discussion about this show is going to happen months after our initial and collective feelings about the saga dissipate after the finale. Only then can the theories about the show can tranform into real substanative analysis. We need all the pieces for that to happen.

      • LostnLost on April 15, 2010 at 8:03 PM

        I’m not sure I buy Lost is in a Damn if you Damned if you don’t situation.

        And I understand what you mean as they certainly will not be able to satisfy everybody and they can’t possibly or even need to answer every thread or question that has happened over the past 6 years…

        But with that said, Come On. There are only a couple of handful of Major Questions and Threads that I think many of us obessed long time watching, blog writing fans really want to see.

        What I think gets lost in trouble is when they give us contrived answers to things we really don’t care all that much about but hold out the answers and clues to the things we do care about.

        In this episode the whispers are trapped dead people..Wow (sarcasium). I mean I am glad they revealed it but to make it so extra obvious cheapens the knowledge. Just show Hugo talking to a few of them and we would have got the message.

        The writers this season have used Hurely a lot to ask then answer pretty meaning less information. In I think it was the light house when Jacob through Hurley lead Jack to the lighthouse we got the pointless in my opinion Hurley asking what the audience might have been thinking “…How come we never saw the light house before…Ans:…maybe we weren’t ready to see it…”

        Sometimes those fillers are funny as it is a way for the writers to interact with the Blogosphere through Hurley but mostly these attemps do not fit the scene and feel like filler.

        If they were going to give answers, tell us how and why the Island keeps spirits here. Let us know if the Island can create a lighthouse on demand or somehow sheild people from seeing what the island does not want you to see.

        And yet both of my lame examples misses or perhaps illuminates my point. The reveals Lost so far are giving us are not the reveals we want.

        And with so few episodes left and so many large questions to answer I hope they do keep dropping reveals in by having Hurley say “…Dude, this sideways world isn’t really the real world…”

        How about showing us what happened to create whatever facture that split off this thread before the final or last episode.

        And I won’t bore you will all but some of the question we all want to know

        What is the Island?

        What are and who created this Island rules we keep hearing about?

        How/Why did it pick this particular group of people?

        Walt appeared to have some mystical powers & Arron has always been portrayed as important but we have gotten nothing on this story line. Is it dead do we get some fake reveal at the end. In either case more satisfying for me would be to begin tying up that thread way before the last few episodes.

        Anyway I have go on too long but I think there are enough questions and great characters that Lost Could unless a lot more story lines with more answers and yet more clues without ruining whatever the be reveal about Fate vs Destiny and Man’s choices between good and evil etc….

        • ninjaraiden2k on April 16, 2010 at 9:25 AM

          You have some good points, but you also prove my point to an extent. For some people, if they didn’t make it “extra obvious” what the whispers were, they would’ve complained that they didn’t answer what the Whispers were. For casual watchers (they still exist) they don’t do the in depth analysis that some of us do after watchinag an episode, so they would prefer a more direct approach.

          I think we forget sometimes that Lost is throwing an nearly unprecedented amount of info at the viewer for network television. Some guidence would be nice for certain viewers. There is a misconception in the lost internet culture about what is obvious and what is not. What you want out of the show is competely different than what I want and that goes for every individual fan. Walt is a whatever plot point for me. He was too much for the Others and for me I rationalized that He was Matthew Abbadon who came from the future to course correct.

          In my imagination and how I see things (his use of the term “Mr Locke” and that “a miracle has happened to him” and “the next time you see me you’ll owe me one) gave me as an individual viewer to connect enough “vague dots” to rationalize my idea of an answer. It may not work for anyone else but that’s what I decided to use that information for. But you have another way of seeing the Walt issue, feeling though it has not been resolved.

          There is no true uniform opinion on this show. “Your mililage may vary” might as well be the tag line for this show.

          • LostnLost on April 16, 2010 at 9:17 PM

            I certainly agree with you on several points. This show has put an incredible about of story lines, characters, time shifts, story telling devices and has really blazed a trail in communicating a story.

            And certainly Obvious for one person could be a mystery for another.

            And perhaps Walt was not a good example as on the one hand I do think then need to address the Walt/Arron issues (btw I like the Abbadon thought process) on the other had that particular thread is way down the list of things I want answered.

            I want the writers to tell the story they want to tell the way they want to tell it (on the one hand :–).

            Yet, in the Walt/Arron case you purposely build the Mythology around these two up as they are key peices of the puzzle in some shape or and then for all intent and purposes pretend they don’t exist.

            That is a small example of not being damn if you do…it is the writers doing as they do. This isn’t a show for the casual watcher which is a reason they lost a sizable portion of the audience.

            However, they are telling the story. Personally I don’t much Care if Walt/Arron are part of the solution or not. I am just trying to follow the clues.

            I didn’t make Walt/Arron a potentially central point the writers did. Even if they changed course leave a crumb. I like your idea on Abbadon and course correction but based on the crumbs they gave us, other than you just choosing to beleive this based on the Island and different comments about course correcting there is nothing, at least that I know, in the show that would remotely lead us to believe or think Abbadon and walt are the same. A clue would have been nice.

            But my point really is not about the walt/arron story line or what some people might find obvious or less obvious.

            And again, I realize this ia just an opinion, which is sort of your point. Everyone has an opinion on what and how lost should do what they do and it is difficult to satisfy all those opinions.

            My answer to that is that they should not (and I don’t think they are) be worried about satisfying everybodies needs, veiwership or devotee watcher levels.

            They should only focus on telling there story and making that story compelling as they possibly can.

            Within that story they have to stay true to the themes and plots and artifices within the Mythology they built.

            For me when they deviate from their own Mythology (over doing it with Hurley, not addressing key points/plot shifts, throwing in random non-answers (ie. the whispers are trapped souls, but not giving any how way etc..) I think it sets them up to have to artificially start through large contrived answers in the final few episodes when they could have unlocked the keys slowly and more substantially along the way.

            Like a good book how you build and tell the story is almost as good or maybe even better than the satisfying ending.

            Lost seems to be playing “…We will hold enough peices out so you can’t connect the dots in too many areas…” And that is what I think gets them into the damned if you do and damn if you don’t grey areas.

            And I realize this is an exceedingly complex story.

            Yet, while I am once again rambling. Richards Story which I thought was very Very good. However, For Me (and as you can see I am a pain :–), I thought they could have told a much much much better story if they gave Richards backstory with Isabella but then show us Richards 150 year Timeline on the Island.

            That one story line could have answered so many questions without giving up the big reveals. Spending so much time on him becoming a slave on the blackrock when most die hard fans had already figured that out, is a bit unsatisfying and unneeded when you can quickly show he got shipped on the boat…even the casual fan would have got that and then they could have went into some Island Mythology through Richards eyes on the Island.

            Another pet peeve is at the end of that Story Jacob gives us the 60 second big reveal that the Island is a cork that keeps we guess the evil in if we are to believe Jacob.

            Now while this is one of my pet peeves, Lost throwing in big knowledge bombs with no context in the last 5 minutes of episodes at times seems artificial and would have been much more meaningful if they explored and built up to the good nuggets of information. But I accept this is Losts story telling device.

            Anyway, with all my complaining here, I hope they find a way to fool us all and still have a satisfying last however many episodes.

    • LostnLost on April 15, 2010 at 7:37 PM

      I agree with you that the Libby walk down memory lane and her on-screen chemistry with Hugo was rather incredible.

      However, I’m going to disagree abit on it being pointless. I think the important point of Libby being there was She Awakened Hugo’s Knowledge of the Island World while Sideways Hugo is living large in Sideways world.

      My guess is that Desmond is going to try and wake up all the 815’er conciousnes (some by running over (lol), others by making execptionally strong connections.

      But Charlie’s last week episode of him telling Desmond what happens in Sideways world doesn’t really matter etc etc. will drive our Candidates into some collision course with Island world with One Existance probably surviving.

      So Libby getting Hurley to see that every thing he thinks is real may not be real is HUGE!!!

      But I could be wrong…it is Lost afterall.

  7. LostnLost on April 15, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    Jason, Great Review as always!

    While I actually liked this episode even though there were many things as you pointed out that were, Ummm, well, ok Weak!

    For me the all time most Meaningless death on Lost is Illana! It was rather pointless to me other than to highlight that maybe Hurley has so juice with dead people and we already know that.

    I mean, she was never one of my favorite characters and I never understood her real role on the show and it turns out she was there to get blown up in wee lil itty bitty flesh peieces.

    Again for me this is another Lost Unsatisfying moment. I mean, we have already seen Artz get blown up with the same blachrock dynamite so the concept and even scene was not new.

    And yeah, I have to get it to them it was a bit shocking until I thought about it and said…WEAK.

    I have already suffered through not particularly liking her character anyway. But I watched as she showed up with her crew of Jacob protectors, I found out she is protecting the candidates, I saw her all bandaged up in the hospital with Jacob annointing her the protector. Heck, I even saw her cry at Jacob death as he was only father figure she ever had. I mean if I actually emotionally cared about her character I might even be down that she is blown up and now I get to see the Ghost of Illana. But Man, Lost Inserts her near the end as if she has a real role in the coming battle only to Artz her.

    That was Sad, Lame, seems to serve no purpose, other than it did give us the Old Bug Eyed manipulative Linus a chance for some one liners about how Jacobs chosen one can’t protect us I’m certainly not going to meet with Team Smokey.

    Anyway, I just thought this was the dumbest Soprano’s styled Offing that did not fit the script or the character development today (not that they have ever gave us her back story because Lost has to dool that out in smaller drips and drivels :–).

    Anyway, I hope all those post do not all aound like Angry Lost Fan. I have already resolved to myself that it is probably not going to have the Matrix One satisfying ending that makes you think, question and immediately go back and see it again to see what all you missed now that you have the key.

    I do hope that they have an intruiging way to end this that makes us say Wow, I didn’t see that coming.

    And as ninjaraiden2k above noted that is probably going to be very hard to do. They are one of the first shows where having access to a few incredibly insightfull, like you Jason, bloggers is a MUST to sorta understand and try to figure out what is going on.

    And with so many networks and groups of people speculating it does make it harder for lost to find that thing or ending that no one saw coming.

    On the other hand this is still just story telling and down this final stretch I hope they take their game up even another notch.

    And While I am complaining, I think over all this season has been pretty darn good.

    Ok, thanks, I got all these miscellaneous Lost thoughts out of my head :–).