Roger Makes A Beer Run On the Road To Shambala

“Having hope is never stupid. You gotta believe good things will happen and then they will. In this world, you gotta make your own luck.”

This episode was clearly about hope, but for me it was also about facing your fears instead of worrying about them and making them into a reality. It was a Hurley flashback, but both Hurley and Charlie had fears to face and overcome. Hurley stills feels that he is cursed because of the numbers and Desmond David Hume has told Charlie that he is going to die. What’s the best way to overcome these fears? How about purposely careening down a steep hill in a VW bus (hippie car) toward some big boulders? That would have been my first choice too.

It opens with a young and very thin Hugo Reyes listening to “The Halls of Shambala” by Three Dog Night, while going to work on fixing up a car. His father tries to get him to start up the car without a carburetor and when it doesn’t work, he says it was a stupid idea. His dad then gives him the little hope speech above.

So, why is the song he was listening to significant? Well, it’s the same song that plays on the 8-track when they do get the hippie car started near the end of the episode, but the song itself has meaning too.

Shambala is said to be a mythical kingdom hidden somewhere in the Himalayas and is mentioned in various ancient texts including Tibetan Buddhism. Can someone say, “DHARMA”? Anyway, the lyrics of the song refer to “the road to Shambala”, which may be a metaphor for the spiritual path one might follow to achieve joy. Here are the lyrics:

Wash away my troubles, wash away my pain
With the rain in Shambala
Wash away my sorrow, wash away my shame
With the rain in Shambala

Ah, ooh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeahEveryone is helpful, everyone is kind
On the road to Shambala
Everyone is lucky, everyone is so kind
On the road to Shambala

Ah, ooh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah


So, warm, stale beer helps brings hope to a few of the LOSTies, Roger WorkMan loses his head, and Charlie lives…at least for now. Hope lives on, but for how long? For Charlie, it may be fleeting because Desmond’s hope and faith will undoubtedly be tested again.

What else did we learn? Well, as a guy, I kind of knew this already, but thanks to James Ford for reminding us of the three most important things a man can say to a woman – “I’m sorry. You were right. Those pants don’t make you look fat.”

Quotes of the episode – Hurley, “Shut up, red…neck…man.” And don’t forget Sawyer’s reply, “touché!”


One Response to Roger Makes A Beer Run On the Road To Shambala

  1. Mommie says:

    Okay, Chris. This was really a good one. After our discussion and what you believe might happen “next year”, I will hang in there for the remainder of the season!!

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