Hurley-centric episodes are usually pretty full of feel gooded-ness and laughs (like when he set up the island’s inaugural golf course), but seeing as this is the last one we’ll ever see, Lost decided to make it less about fun and more about answers. With only a few hours left, I thank them for that, as the show’s creators clearly know there’s no more time to dick around.
A lot was going on this episode, as we saw every character still on the island outside of Widmore, something that rarely ever happens with the two camps of Not-Locke and Team Jacob split up for the majority of the season. Throw in an alterverse episode, and there was a lot to keep track of.
Team Jacob fractured into pieces this week with Richard dead set on blowing up the Ajira plane so Not-Locke can’t leave. Hurley takes the opposite stance after a visit from ghost Michael who tells him that nuking the plane is a bad idea. But this schism is confusing, because who do you listen to here? Ghost Jacob who apparently told ghost Richard’s wife to stop Not-Locke by any means necessary? Or ghost Michael who says they should avoid such a plan?
Why hello again, my least favorite character ever.
A not-too-important “answer” of this episode was clearing up the long lost mystery of jungle whispers, which we formerly assumed was the Others just being creepsters, but Michael says they’re the spirits of all those who had sinned and died on the island, and presumably this is the pool of dead people the smoke monster can pull his various bodies from.
But this raises a lot of questions. Does everyone who dies on the island become a restless spirit? Are Boone and Shannon and Ana Lucia and the Dharma-ites roaming around still, tainted with too much sin? And if this IS the spirit pool smokey pulls from, what of people like Locke, who died off island and were brought here, or someone like Ben’s daughter Alex, whose body the smoke monster used to scare Ben straight. Had she really done anything so terrible for her soul to roam the island forever? And I do recall Walt showing up once amidst the whispers, and he was far from dead, and far from the island. Sorry, if I’m getting carried away with the details here, but hey, isn’t nitpicking what Lost is all about?
Soon after the Michael encounter, Ilana accidentally Artz-es herself with dynamite, thus ending her character arc in the most anti-climactic way ever. Hurley blows up the rest of the dynamite on the Black Rock (thank god, I was getting sick of endless expeditions to that ship), and the group splits between those who want to find other means to destroy Ajira (Richard, Ben and Miles who all think more explosives are the answer as smashing the controls with a rock just won’t do) and those who want to listen to Hurley, who now thinks it best to go talk to Locke (Jack, Frank and Sun, who SERIOUSLY still can’t speak English? Someone please tell me what the point of this is).
I mean she was pretty useless sure, but she deserved a better sendoff than this.
Hurley’s alterverse episode reveals a man with a much better life than the Hurley we’ve known thus far. It’s unclear if he still won the lottery (would he even know about the numbers in this universe?), but he is rich and does own Mr. Cluck’s Worldwide. But free from any curses and bad luck, he’s maintained his success without incident and done a ton of charity work with his good fortune, hence the episode title, “Everybody Loves Hugo” a mirror of previous episode title from seasons ago.
But his world his shaken when one day he runs into Libby, a mental patient who believes they’ve met and fallen in love in a parallel universe. She sounds crazy, but after a gentle nudge from Desmond, currently on his quest to make all of Oceanic 815 find THEIR Pennys, he goes to the hospital to investigate.
I was under the impression that these “memory flashes” only occurred in moments of near-death, but Libby remembers Hurley while watching a Mr. Cluck’s commercial, and Hurley doesn’t remember her at all until she kisses him. Strange, but OK. Also, with Libby in a mental hospital, does that mean she wasn’t on the plane a week earlier?
She’s less hot in the alterverse, I’ll say that much.
I also have a bit of problem with these memory flashes, besides the inconsistency on how they’re caused. All these alterverse episodes are taking place within a week of Oceanic’s safe landing, but all of the stuff that’s happened between the passengers and island dwellers doesn’t happen until months or even years later. Charlie and Claire’s romance, Desmond and Penny having a child, and Hurley didn’t even meet Libby yet at this point after the plane crash. I understand if your mind is crossing over to memories of a parallel universe, but if these are really PARALLEL, these are things that haven’t happened yet. Or are these universes lined up sequentially in a row? I think I’m putting too much thought into this, kind of like the island spirits from a few paragraphs ago. Whew, it’s just hard to let stuff go when you want everything to add up perfectly.
I also have to wonder as to just which universe we want to survive when this all shakes down in the end. If I’m keeping score, the alterverse has created a much better life for a good many of the Oceanic passengers, and if you add in butterfly effects like Hurley’s charitable donations doing good all across the world, it seems like this is the universe we want to be living in. And if you want the whole “lost romance” angle, fine. It seems like Desmond and Hurley are finding a way to connect to their realverse “soulmates” and guess what? In this world everyone’s alive and not in constant danger of being shot in the gut or eaten by polar bears. I say the alterverse really is the better place to be right now.
Yeah, I’d say that alterverse is working out pretty damn well for Hurley.
In the jungle back on the island, Sayid shows Locke that he’s brought Desmond back with him. Locke takes him out to a well which he says was built by the ancient people who lived here who were trying to figure out why their compasses spun. And to answer your question, yes, ancient people did use magnetic compasses, I looked it up.
Locke tosses a docile Desmond down the well, which I’m pretty sure isn’t that deep and has water at the bottom. Upon returning to camp he tells Sayid “we won’t have to worry about him anymore.” Does he think he’s dead, or was here merely trying to incapacitate him? Either way, clearly Desmond will be back and it seems like kind of a sloppy plan for a demi-god.
The most interesting thing to note about Not-Locke’s adventures this week was his second encounter with a child in the jungle, and one that Desmond could actually see. I believe this kid was different than the one who popped up a few episodes ago (who Sawyer was able to see), as that kid was blond (go here and scroll down for a comparison), so what the hell is the deal here? Was Not-Locke a pedophile in his original life and he’s being haunted by his past sins?
But the most perplexing part of the episode was the very end of the alterverse segment where Desmond absolutely destroys a wheelchair-bound Locke with his BMW, practically grinning while he does it. What the hell? Did he somehow get an electromagnetic flash that in the realverse, Locke’s body is being used as a temple for pure evil? And if so, what the hell does running him over in this universe do? Poor Locke, I think out of everyone in this entire show, this man’s been screwed over the most. He’s dead and a shell of himself in the realverse, and paralyzed and probably dead in the alterverse. The man just can’t win, despite him being the most faithful of all to the island, and I really hope he finds redemption by the finale.
I believe in you John!