Previously on LOST is a weekly column recapping and analyzing each episode from the final season of Lost. (Warning: May contain spoilers!)
“Everybody Loves Hugo” was a long overdue Hurley-centric episode. For me, Jorge Garcia has been a surprising bright spot this season. In the past two seasons, in particular anything to do with the Oceanic Six, Hugo had become an annoying character. He was whiny and had lost a lot of his laidback charm from the first three seasons. Thankfully, the old Hugo has been back in season six and this episode was his best showing to date.
I thought all of the romance scenes were played to a nice emotional level and while it wasn’t groundbreaking, the Libby / Hugo reunion wasn’t the cheesefest disaster it could have been (aside from Hurley talking to Libby’s grave at the beginning of the episodeâ€¦ weak). The only thing I thought was missing from the alternate reality was Cheech Marin. I mean, if every character possible is going to be included in these sideways flashes, at least get him in there.
On the island, Hurley was calling the shots after being influenced by the ghost of Michael and getting back up from Jack. It was the first time we’ve seen Michael in a long time and with him came a pretty unsatisfactory explanation for the island whispers. They are apparently trapped souls or ghosts that can’t leave the island. However, there may be more to this once the bigger mysteries surrounding the island are resolved. Another notable appearance was the enigmatic adolescent boy on the island. He appears to have aged a little even though he was indeed played by the same actor as his last appearance. Most seem to think that this is some form of Jacob that was born after his death, although there are some crazier theories have him as Aaron or Locke.
Elsewhere on the island, dynamite played a huge part in the episode. Hurley used it to blow up The Black Rock and Ilana dropped some to blow up herself. It was a rather abrupt ending for a character that seemed to be being built up to play a big role in the fate of the island. Finally, since his electromagnetic shock, Desmond has been going with the flow. His cavalier attitude got him into trouble as he got tossed down a well by Flocke.
A common theme this season has been the writers alluding to a lot of the internet theories. They have been playing up the Purgatory / Hell / Heaven angle. One theory that has been thrust back into the limelight after the last episode, is the “all in someone’s head” or “psych ward” theory. This was sparked with the pictures of a similar island inside the mental institution. The bigger contributing factor was the appearance of Dr. Marvin Candle presenting the award to Hurley at the beginning of the episode. It wasn’t his presence, but that fact he looked the same as he did in 1977. Was this merely leveraging an Asian stereotype (see: Reed Farrington), or is it significant? Could Marvin Candle be the virtual administrator of some crazy head trip experiment? I certainly hope this isn’t the case, but considering the lengths the show went to aging Roger Linus, there could be something there. The fact that the island has been shown in a much more historical sense with the Richard Alpert story makes it harder to believe the that island isn’t a physical entity.
As was the case with most episodes this season, the show ended with a shocker. Desmond crushed John Locke out of his wheelchair with his BMW. People tend to fall into two camps as to what Desmond’s intentions were. Some think that he was trying to trigger memories of Locke’s alternate past, while others think Desmond is aware that the Locke in the alternate timeline is actually Fake Locke, which will be revealed later. Could it be that the way that Flocke plans to escape the island is by switching to the alternate timeline permanently?
With only five episodes left in the season, and with time running out, it certainly seems that the writers are setting up for one huge final reveal. This episode got us marginally closer, with noteworthy happenings, but didn’t pack the punch to be one of the best.
- Who is the island child?
- Why did Desmond run over Locke?
- What made Hurley decide that the group needed to talk to Flocke directly?