Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Lost - Happily Ever After & Everybody Loves Hugo

The Blot’s gotten so far behind on my Lost episode reviews I’ve decided to combine the last two episodes into a single post…I’ll do my best to not to ramble. First of all, how great was “Happily Ever After?” I don’t know what it is about Desmond and Penny, but Desmond episodes are always the absolute best!

My only complaint of “Happily Ever After” is how much it felt like a FlashForward crossover. With Dominic Monaghan and Sonya Walger guest starring and all of the people blacking out, I could have sworn ABC was trying to do some cross promotions. Besides that, I did love the return of Charlie, Penny and Daniel Widmore (Faraday), even if it was only for one episode. Here’s hoping we see Faraday again in the Flash Sideways, he and Desmond have always made a really great team.

Lost - Happily Ever After - Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond Hume
I could talk about this for hours, but what is the deal with Eloise Hawking!?! Is it me or is she the only character, besides Jacob and MIB, to actually know what’s going on. I can’t figure out why, but no matter what timeline or time period we’re in, she always seems to know more than she’s letting on. Does she have the same ability as Desmond to jump back and forth between the timelines? It’s obvious her goal is to save her son Daniel, but I can’t figure out how that agenda fits into Lost’s larger mythology. Is she working with her one time (or is it current) lover Charles Widmore? I’m not so sure that’s true in both timelines. But if not, is she still an Other following the path laid out by Jacob? Or is there a third option, and is she now a disciple of the Man-in-Locke? Things that make you go hmm…

Lost - Happily Ever After - Alan Dale as Charles Widmore & Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond Hume
With only a few weeks left, I’m really interested in seeing where the writers of Lost take the Flash Sideways storyline. I’m still struggling to understand it all, but I love how it’s starting to center around the power of love. What I really want to know is why does the power of love bring out memories of the island in certain characters (Faraday, Libby, Hurley), while it takes near death experiences to bring out those same memories in other characters (Charlie, Desmond and probably Locke)? Would love work on the other characters too if they found that certain someone? And if that’s true, why haven’t Jin and Sun’s latent island memories bubbled up yet? Wouldn’t we all agree they are each other’s constants? And if love doesn’t activate their memories, I would be willing to be getting shot should have done the trick on Sun.

Lost - Happily Ever After - Dominic Monaghan as Charlie Pace
This brings us to “Everybody Loves Hugo” and Desmond’s new mission of finding the passengers of Oceanic Flight 815. I don’t know about you, but Desmond is starting to look a whole lot like Jacob in the Flash Sideways. He is now secretly guiding the passengers of Oceanic flight 815 down an unknown path, and awakening their memories of life on the island through some questionable means. Wasn’t this exactly what Jacob did to the Oceanic 6 in the show’s original timeline?

Lost - Everbody Loves Hugo - Jorge Garcia as Hugo Hurley Reyes
And if Desmond is the new Jacob in the Flash Sideways, I’m starting to think Jack has finally accepted his fate as the island’s new Jacob. Instead of trying to lead in his usual manner of charging ahead, Jack has finally learned to lead by taking a backseat once in a while and following. I think Jack finally showed some real growth and maturity in the conversation he had with Hurley on the way to Locke’s camp, and I’m interested in seeing how his first conversation with the FLocke goes tonight.

Lost - Everbody Loves Hugo - Jorge Garcia as Hugo Hurley Reyes & Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond Hume
Hands down the most out of left field death of a major character on Lost has to be Ilana’s! If this is truly the end of her story, I have to question what the purpose of her character was (other than informing the Losties that they are candidates). Then again, maybe by dying she fulfilled her mission, protecting the candidates. My guess is when Richard, Ben and Miles reach Widmore’s camp we’ll finally see the match-up we’ve all been waiting for: Widmore vs. Ben Part II. This will probably spur a lot of death and destruction on the Hydra station, and so by blowing up Ilana successfully protected the candidates by keeping them from traveling to the Hydra station. I know that’s a pretty convoluted explanation, but I’m sticking with it! Here’s hoping we at least get to see Ilana’s back story in the next few weeks.

Lost - Everybody Loves Hugo - Zuleikha Robinson as Ilana
I’m sure I’m leaving out a few important issues I wanted to discuss, but that’s what I get for trying to review two episodes of Lost at once. While I have no idea how Desmond’s storyline will play out, I pray it doesn’t involve him dying at the bottom of that well! Part of me thinks being at the bottom of that well is exactly where Desmond needs to be, especially if those wells are truly focal points of the island’s electromagnetism. I’m fairly certain Desmond will end up being the only person who can truly stop FLocke, but I just hope he doesn’t have to sacrifice his life to protect the world.

Lost - Happily Ever After - Sonya Walger as Penelope Widmore & Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond Hume
No matter what happens, Desmond and Penny need to end up together. And this why my new theory is that Desmond makes the ultimate sacrifice to stay on the island as a means of keeping the smoke monster trapped, but Penny ends up on the island with him and they turn out to be the Adam and Eve skeletons we first stumbled upon way back when. Sounds plausible, doesn’t it? We’re just a few hours away until a new episode and The Blot can’t wait! It’s just sad to think about the fact that we’ve only got a handful of new episodes left…until then, Namaste.
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