Late-Blogging Lost: Everybody Loves Hugo.

Sorry for the late Lost blogging guys. Got sucked into life, into better TV shows, and, frankly, there’s not a lot to say.

This episode’s sideways-flashes were devoted to Hurley, the one main character we hadn’t really followed yet. In this episode, Lucky Hurley meets Libby, who’s alive and well and living in a mental institution. She remembers him, and when she sees him in one of the Chicken restaurants he owns, she has to say something. Hurley is intrigued, meets up with her later, goes on a date with her, kisses her, and sees the Desmond flashes. He belongs in another life, and now he knows it.

And Desmond knows it too, because he’s going around stalking all of the Losties and convincing them to do the things that will make them realize the alterna-universe they’re in (the way he convinces Hurley to approach Libby.)

On-island, Desmond’s fate is much worse. Evil-Sayid takes him to Not-Locke, who walks him out to the jungle and throws him in a very deep well. (HINT! I bet Widmore’s plan is for Desmond to be Jacob’s replacement. We’ll see if Jacob agrees.) Meanwhile, on-island Hurley convinces Jack to disregard the plan to blow up the plane and try to talk to Not-Locke instead. The dynamite gets Ilana, another tertiary character who now turns out not to matter much. That’s where we leave the island it at the end; Hurley and Jack approaching Not-Locke in the woods, because nearly every single important encounter on Lost happens with people carrying torches coming out of the woods meeting up with people innocently waiting by a camp fire.

Michael makes a brief appearance to tell Hurley about this meeting up with Not-Locke plan, and one of the island’s mysteries is solved. He tells Hurley he’s stuck, dead, on the island because of what he did. The ghosts of bad island deeds past are the source of the whispery voices we first heard when Sayid met Rousseau in Season 1, which was one of the spookiest moments I’ve ever seen on network television. What Michael says makes sense. It’s a perfectly explanation for the voices we hear. But it also sounds an awful lot like purgatory, and the producers’ refusal to call the island purgatory just feels like stubborness.

It’s also a big source of what makes me so angry about the show now. Someone at work asked today: “Did we ever find out what was up with the polar bears?” No. No we didn’t. Nor did we find out why Walt was special. And no, we never will. Even if we did find out the source of these mysteries, their explanations would likely be disappointing. The series feels so disjointed that the show we’re watching now is an entirely different one from the one we started watching. So I don’t care much about what happens in it. I want to know what happened in that older show.

Anyway, the Jack, Hurley and Not-Locke meeting wasn’t the last scene of the show. That belonged to a parallel universe Desmond running over Locke in the parking lot. Clearly, Desmond’s seen what Locke really is, and it’s a move I’m pretty happy about. Let’s see if they drop this thread, or try to resolve it.

  • This week’s episode title was “Everybody Loves Hugo.” “Happily Ever After” was last week.

    It hadn’t even occurred to me until the end that Jack hasn’t met notLocke yet.

    While I’m not big on answers and just want a satisfying show, one thing that hasn’t been made clear – and I’m getting a feeling that it never really will – is why Jack and company HAD to go back when them going back has created this situation they need to fix. Eloise helped them get back to the island and the only motivation I can think of is it would have created the alternate reality which would have given her Daniel back.

    • Yeah, that’s what I’m wondering, too. Everything is so contrived now. The answers, also, are always ridiculous. The show was better when things were just a mystery.

      • distance88

        I don’t disagree with you about the answers, but isn’t this true in all story-telling? The building up of the mysteries and characters (in Lost’s case, seasons 1-4) is what actively engages our imaginations; the tying up of loose ends and ‘explanations’ are just passively fed to us–in that way, conclusions are always going to be at least a little bittersweet. And yeah, some explanations work better than others.

  • PJ

    Libby ran into Hurley at Spanish Johnny’s. They did kinda explain the polar bears a while back by saying the Dharma Initiative brought them there for experiments. But seeing Michael made me long to find out more about Walt as well. I feel more confused with every show. I’m just waiting on a resolution now.

  • So…my husband was all surprised when Ilana blew up – and I was wondering how it could possibly have been a surprise. Especially when I end up saying “Remember what happened to Arzt?” (Actually, what I usually end up saying is “Remember what happened to that guy who was on the show who used to be in Matlock?” and then my husband and I have a fifteen minute discussion of how he never watched Matlock and he STILL has no idea what guy I’m talking about…and then IMDB has to get involved…) any time they start dealing with the unstable dynamite.

    That said, I wasn’t in any sad to see her go.

    And yes, I agree with you, quadmoniker, the nicely tied up ends are less than satisfying. I thought that I would enjoy seeing everything explained, but I find that I’m still waiting for the twist…Desmond finally meets Penny and…it turns out that she’s been hired by the CIA to kill him! Ahhhh!

    Meh, maybe it’s just me.

  • The Hurley and Desmond focus kind of made this episode for me. They are about the only two that don’t frustrate me at this point.

    Ilana has had “redshirt” written all over her from the beginning. I am surprised she lasted this long.

    But what is the point of silencing Sun for this long?

  • Zesi

    friend o’mine and i talked about walt
    and she mostly convinced me that he’s too old to bring back
    also, does he even want to go back to the show?

    i may be one of the few who is actually kind of enjoying the finale. i took a lost hiatus for a few years, but—i’m kinda glad it’s taking this mystic/scientific turn. it used to be that i was much more invested in the characters than the plot–but since they finally got the ball rolling in this season, i’m about equally intrigued.

  • ReganSahaya

    Have you been watching the show regularly? We did learn what was up with the polar bears. They were brought to the island as a part of Dharma’s research.

  • EMac

    I found the end while entertaining, was less than satisfying. Why are they dead!!! How can they all being in alternate realities and interacting with the regular world and be dead at the same time. How can Kate, Claire, Sayer and Hugo all leave on a plane and still be dead. While it was certainly warm and fuzzy with everyone together I felt no closure to the show. It was a big let down for me