OK, so the early reaction to Lost 612, Everybody Loves Hugo, is that, like Dr. Jack Shepherd, I am learning to let go. I just let this one wash over me, basking in the glow of vibes both creepy and sublime, until
Well, OK then.
Yeah, I'm just going to check right out the theory game right now. Can I get my deposit back?
I liked seeing almost all of the remaining surviving members of the original cast all link up for the first time in YEARS! It was only the one scene, but it was electric to see them all (minus Jin and plus Lapidus) giving each other the stink eye over a campfire again. The look that passed between Jack and Smocke was beyond the pale. Smokey had all sorts of confidence it appeared, while Jack looked sort of blissed-out and scared at the same time. ("I am Jack's Medulla Oblongata, and this is me letting go.")
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With everyone Jacob said was special, including Jack, who brought Richard back from the brink even before Hurley, telling Richard to take a deep breath, Richard's still not getting it. Not sure how much I buy into that. Not even Ilana going all Arzt on his ass gave our Maybeline Man even a moment's pause.
Yeah, let's call those three The Stooges
I mean, you want to tell me the sideways world is evil
How about Sun walking into yet another new locale filled with people who aren't her husband? Occasionally her fruitless search for Jin has felt shoehorned into episodes, but tonight it was a quick and quiet moment of crushing resignation to the inevitable for Sun. Broke my heart to see her eyes dart around and then come back to center; with barely a hint of an expression change on her face. It was as if she is becoming resigned to being resigned. Things look bleak for my favorite Island couple.
So, seems to come down to this: do the candidates buy into what Smocke's selling, and then they all fly the friendly skies together, and that is what causes a semi-evil sideways world, and now it's time to play match maker or psycho killer if that is what it takes to set things right, or...
...Or it's that defeating Smocke entails killing him, sinking the Island, rebooting the universe, and at the end of the day you get whatever you can get for yourself in your life as a sideways settler, and maybe what you get for yourself is a chance to die when Desmond goes all Charles Manson on your ass, or maybe what you get is a chance to remember and make a love connection when Desmond goes all Chuck Woolery on your ass, or...
...Or it's that the Sideways World is a temporary escape
...Or it's something else.
But those are my best guesses just a scant hour after seeing it once. It was a crackerjack episode. It was filled with callbacks within callbacks, but rarely did they feel the slightest bit forced. Certainly the callback to all the dynamite runs to the Black Rock ended with a surprising bang and an hilarious Arzt impression by Illana (Darlton really knows when the audience is done with someone, and the Island is usually done with them at the same time), and then with a really big BANG from the Black Rock saying goodbye in it's own unique Black Rock fashion.
The role and power reversals between the Losties and what is left of the Others during that scene was deft and appropriate. And Ben's line about the Island using people up and then killing them gave me chills. That was reason #1 for why I came out of this episode wondering if it is possible that the Island itself is evil, which is something I've never really considered before. Maybe The Three Stooges are doing the right thing for the wrong reasons.
Finally, the Hurley power grab over Richard was sweet, and it was made all the sweeter by a constant through line all season long that came to fruition tonight with Hurley's elevation to Pope Hugo I. They have been building Hurley up subtly and consistently all season long, and that paid off in a big way tonight. And kudos to Jorge Garcia, who had it all going on tonight, dude. His Sideways Hurley was a combo of the Hurley we know and love and a much more together and confident Hurley than we've ever seen. Imagine our Hugo whipping out his checkbook and blowing right past all the doctor-patient formalities so convincingly. That was not the guy we've known all these years, but at the same time it was. Jorge Garcia's sideways work was some of the best this season.
And so now we are headed to the final chapter, boys and girls. The second set of six episodes ends with the band finally back together, and now push is going to come to shove with six hours to go.
Oh, man. Lost only has six more hours to go.
I'll have more tomorrow, but I have to let this one marinate for a while. It was all gooey and sweet while being simultaneously creepy and disturbed. It really was sort of all Charley Manson and Chuck Woolery at the same time. If those guys had a love child, Everyone Loves Hugo might just have been it.
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