Frustrated! That’s the one word I can use to describe how I feel after watching this episode. Like many others, it requires a re-watch, but this time I still think I’ll be frustrated when I’m done. That said, it had me on the edge of my seat throughout and my brain is still racing trying to piece together all that we saw. I could say that it might not be as good as a couple of other episodes this season, BUT I can’t remember looking forward to next week more after any other episode this season.
I’m going to try a little different format this week and put my thoughts/observations under different headings. Here goes…
We knew she’d be back and I’m sure fans out there will still be clamoring to know why she was in Santa Rosa Mental Hospital with Hurley in the original timeline, but I’m more than satisfied with her appearance in the sideways universe. Her scenes with Hurley were romantic, full of hope, and ended with a picnic on the beach that they never got to share. Her memories of Hurley after seeing him in a TV commercial left her half-believing that she was crazy, but also hopeful that what she felt from those memories was real. She believes that they are soul mates and with a little nudge from Desmond to not give up on her, despite her being crazy, Hurley trusts his gut and pursues her. By the way, it was pretty obvious that Desmond “bumping into” Hurley was not a coincidence, especially since we saw him watching them on the beach at the end. And yes, I noticed that Desmond’s order number was 42.
After a slightly awkward conversation where Hurley tells Libby that he accepts her for who she is because, “we all got something”, they finally have their long awaited picnic on the beach and this time Hurley didn’t forget the blankets! It all leads to Libby leaning in for a sweet kiss and Hurley’s memories of the island come flying in. It’s interesting that we’ve only seen people who have died on/near the island as the ones who provide the impetus for the memories. So far, we’ve seen Charlie, Daniel, George Minkowski, and Libby as the triggers. Yes, Desmond is helping now too, but only because his eyes (memories) have already been opened.
He did NOT have a prosthetic arm. This is clear from the way he was clapping after presenting Hurley with the man of the year award and announced the paleontology wing at the museum. What does that mean? Well, assuming that The Incident was the initial cause of his lost arm, it never occurred during the flash-sideways timeline. Just further proof that the flash-sideways timeline started sometime earlier than when Jughead was detonated.
The way she was tossing around the bag containing the dynamite was making me nervous, but the explosion still made me jump, and admittedly laugh a little. I’m a little twisted that way. What I took away from her death the most was what Ben said about it later on. He said that she was hand-picked by Jacob. Once she gets to the island and tells everyone who they are, she blows up. It was like the island was done with her and it makes him wonder what’ll happen to them when it’s done with them. By the way, does anyone else think that the bag Hurley picked up was the bag containing Jacob’s ashes that Ilana was carrying around?
Hey, Hey, Hey, It’s Angry Alpert
Technically no one told Alpert to blow up the plane. He was only told to stop unLocke from leaving the island. Regardless, he seems hell bent on destroying Ajira Flight 316. Even after Hurley blows up the remaining dynamite along with the Black Rock, he still pursues explosives in Dharmaville with Ben and Miles by his side. He’s acting a bit like Jack used to act and it’s annoying. More on Jack later.
They’ve been around since Season One and even though I and others have guessed that they were voices of people who died on the island, it was finally confirmed by Hurley via Michael. A lot of people used to believe they were the voices of The Others, but now I’m sure they were voices of the dead trying to warn people that The Others were near. Michael went on to say that the whispers were others like him who are stuck on the island and can’t move on. That sounds an awful lot like a purgatory to me, but technically it’s only the dead people who are stuck so I guess that the Executive Producer’s promise that the island isn’t purgatory still holds up. I like the way Michael provided some guidance to Hurley about his new found leadership and explained that people are listening to him now and he could possibly get everyone killed unless he makes the right decisions. It was also nice to give Michael a chance to offer an apology to Libby through Hurley. Finally, I love how Hurley said that dead people are more reliable than alive people.
A frustrated James Ford approaches unLocke to find out why the hell they are just sitting around and why they aren’t doing anything to get Jin back. unLocke calmly explains that the only way to get off the island is to leave together. He said that was the only way they were all able to come back and that’s the only way they can leave.
Well, Well, Well
According to unLocke, there are multiple wells on the island and the electromagnetic energy is especially strong in those areas causing compass needles to spin out of control. The well looked an awful lot like the Orchid well before it became the Orchid Station, but I knew it couldn’t be the same one. It made sense that there is more than one. unLocke’s conversation with Desmond was an uneasy one from the start, but Desmond seems completely unfazed by it all. The only time he seemed to react out of sorts at all was when they both saw that young kid standing in the jungle grinning at them with a huge smile. Who is this kid? Anyway, after explaining to Desmond that Widmore is only there for power and doesn’t want to try and understand the island’s power, he asks Desmond why he isn’t afraid. Desmond calmly replies, “What’s the point in being afraid?” unLocke promptly tosses him down the well head first, heads back to camp, and tells Sayid that they don’t have to worry about him anymore. Whoa! Thank goodness for the preview confirming that Desmond is alive, but for how long?
One Good Turn Deserves Another
Back in the sideways timeline, Desmond is waiting outside the school where Locke and Ben teach. Presumably, since he just finished watching Hurley and Libby kiss on the beach, we think he is now headed to speak with another Oceanic passenger to help them see their memories. Well, after Ben knocks on his window and basically accuses Desmond of being a pedophile, Desmond guns the engine and runs down a helpless wheelchair-bound John Locke. Could it be that Desmond can still see or feel both timelines through his consciousness and is trying to get revenge for being pushed down a well? Again, thanks to the previews for confirming that Locke is alive and heading to the hospital.
We started seeing a bit of change in him last season. Anyone who has been following my blogs can probably see that I’m partial to Desmond’s character, but still find a connection with Jack and his struggle to get out of his own way. I’m probably rooting for him as an individual more than any other character on this show because, in my opinion, no one has had a bigger turn-around in their lives than he has. Last season, he put his dead father’s shoes on John Locke’s dead body, but still tried to “fix things” by detonating a bomb. That experience combined with everything else he has struggled through has given him an entirely new perspective on life and he explained this to Hurley when Hurley expressed confusion as to why Jack would still listen to and follow him even if he knew he lied. He expressed how hard it is for him to sit back and let other people lead and make decisions, but he has finally accepted that he can’t fix everything. He knows that he can’t bring Juliet back from the dead and he is trying his best to finally just “let go”. Hurley even tells him that he has no idea where he’s going and isn’t sure what he’s doing, but Jack lets him know that he trusts him. I am so impressed with the change in his character and while he still has his moments, he really does seem to be redeeming himself. He has also made a 180-degree turn from being a man of science to being a man of faith. He doesn’t even question how Hurley can talk to dead people he just accepts it for what it is. Amazing!
Next week’s episode is “The Last Recruit” and I believe it is a Jack-centric episode. I think this because it makes sense that the last candidate unLocke recruits will be Jack. They had always been on opposite ends of the spectrum and everything has come full circle now.
See the comment section below for lyrics to the song that played during the preview.