Live-Blogging the Lost Series Finale: The End

-by Amy Yen

This is it, folks. End of the line, everybody off. These are my live thoughts as I’m watching & I’ll possibly a wrap-up post later if I can see through my tears later.

8:59 – Previously on Lost…yeah, right. Nice try. And seriously, if you really want to know, you should have watched ABC’s 45-hour Lost weekend retrospective event thing. I know I did. (Yeah, cause I really needed to see Sun’s anguished scream when the freighter blew up one more time to get me in the crying mood.)

9:00 – We open on a plane. All of our beloved characters, on the Island where we knew them & in the sideways universe that we still don’t understand. Desmond signs for Christian Shephard’s remains. “No one can tell you why you’re here, Kate. My name is Desmond Hume. And even though you don’t realize it, I’m your friend. And as to what I want? I want to leave.”

9:06 – On the Island, Jack says he doesn’t feel any different, but he is. “It’s called the heart of the Island. It’s a light.” It still sounds kind of ridiculous. The rest of the Candidates note Jacob kind of sucks at leaving final instructions. He’s no Daniel Faraday, is he? “It’s kind of true, dude, he’s worse than Yoda.” Oh, LOL, Hurley. I’m going to miss you & your Star Wars references SO MUCH.

9:07 – Sawyer splits off from the group to go find Desmond, which is obviously a terrible idea. So, let’s review the groups. Jack’s group (the Jacob-ites) is Jack, Kate & Hurley. The Man in Black has Ben in tow. Sawyer is on his own. Richard is presumably dead, although I demand to see a body. Desmond, Miles & Claire are unaccounted for. Wow, is that all that’s left? That’s depressing.

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Thoughts on Lost Season 6 Episode 16 What They Died For

-by Amy Yen

It was interesting to see the amount of general disdain for last week’s Jacob/Man in Black origin story. I think what the problem was that it just came too late in the season. This close to the end, the last thing we want is to be introduced to new characters, especially new characters that we are told are vitally important to series mythology. More importantly, especially with a show that is, at the end of the day, built on its characters, the last thing we want is to be taken away from those characters so close to the end of their story. I do think it’s important to tell Jacob & MiB’s story, particularly because it’s central to Jacob’s fireplace-of-death exposition theater this week, but it could have easily been done six episodes ago &, in fact, probably would have been a better payoff.

I also think that, looking back on it, Happily Ever After, the Desmond episode, should have been much earlier in the season than it was as well. That would have made the sideways story much more meaningful much earlier. Desmond’s meddling in all the sideways stories since have been really intriguing, but unfortunately it feels rushed. I think that the producers were a little too in love with the idea of mirroring season 1’s narrative order, putting the character-centric stories in the same order, & failed to recognize that at this point in their overall character arcs, Desmond & Jacob are both more vitally important to the story & more interesting to us as the viewer than Kate or even Jack.

All this being said, this week’s episode was really fantastic &, even though I’ve found it maybe a little uneven, I’ve still enjoyed watching Lost every week this season. It’s more that I want it to be perfect so badly. That’s just unrealistic. For the most part, I think that I’m able to just enjoy the ride. I still a lot of faith in Team Darlton that they’re going to deliver a satisfactory ending, or as much as one is possible in a show like Lost. Butterflies, y’all. Seriously, Sunday cannot come fast enough.

Assorted thoughts on “What They Died For”:

  • “What They Died For” was a great episode in its own right, but what it did really well was set up the finale perfectly. We know where both the Island storyline & the sideways storyline are headed: a showdown by the light & a confrontation at the concert, respectively. This reminds me a lot of why the season 4 finale was so great…it was built up to, in that case when we knew what the end is supposed to be (six specific castaways getting off the Island, but not the others), watching the chess pieces that were scattered all over the place to start the episode slowly coming together. With this kind of set up, things are looking really good for  Sunday.
  • Jacob’s fireplace-of-death exposition theatre. Um. So, why did he burn his ashes & put a timer on his Candidate pitch again? Was burning the ashes the only way to make himself visible to the others besides Hurley? Bravo for getting all that into like 20 minutes though. Mark Pellegrino makes his presumable exit here, which marks his second departure in less than a week off a major genre show where he was playing a mythological giant of a character. He’s been great, I’ve really enjoyed him on both shows.
  • “I didn’t pluck any of you out of a happy existence. You were all flawed. I chose you because you needed the Island as much as it needed you.” Can’t really argue with you there. Although, there’s a lot off about Jacob’s whole Team Free Will philosophy, the main thing being that none of them chose to be on the Island, in the position to be a Candidate in the first place. Jacob by his own admission chose them to come here.
  • Regardless of the holes, there’s something admirable about Jacob’s insistence on giving them a choice, because he never got one. Because it’s not just that he’s fighting Mother & what she basically bullied him into doing all that time ago, it’s like he’s fighting the show itself, which has always been centered on the idea of destiny.
  • I actually liked the explanation for why Kate’s name was crossed off. I also liked that the line of chalk through her name doesn’t mean anything really, it’s just that Jacob crossing her name off his own list of candidates because he thought she would never say yes. Why bother considering her further? I wonder how the same logic worked for the other people who were crossed out even though they’re still around, specifically, Miles.
  • Jack is the one. The fact that he chooses it & that it happened in this episode instead of the finale tells me it can’t be that easy. However, if any of them were to be Jacob’s true replacement, wouldn’t it have to be Jack? Wouldn’t it always have had to be Jack? “Now, you’re like me.” I actually like that we can see it in Jack, I don’t know necessarily that we saw Jacob get it immediately last week.
  • I hate the un-redemption of Ben. What the hell? I mean, yes, Ben has become a whole lot less interesting on the Island since he lost all his power, but I really liked where his character ended up at the end of “Dr Linus.” I guess I’m a little annoyed to see that undone, although that was an open storyline that hasn’t been tied up yet. Actually, Ben’s flashfoward in season 4, where he says to Widmore that he knows he can’t kill him & when he vows to kill Penny because Widmore killed Alex, was that the first reference to The Rules? Why did Ben & Widmore think the Rule about killing each other extended to them?
  • Interesting that the initial thing Flocke promises Ben to get his help is the Island back, but at the end of the episode, he tells him he intends to destroy the Island. I suppose it doesn’t matter, since it’s pretty clear Ben’s motivation was to get his revenge on Widmore.
  • I continue to love the lingering effects of Alex’s death on Ben. His quiet thank you to Richard for burying her body, how inexplicably much the idea that Alex, in the flashsideways, thinks of him as a father figure, means to him. (PS: How awesome was it to see Rousseau again?)
  • Flashsideways! Ben has his flash to the other reality this episode. It’s to when Desmond is beating him senseless after he shot him too. Loved the quiet moment later, when he looks at himself in the mirror & doesn’t quite know who he’s looking at.
  • So Jacob was the one who told Widmore to go back to the Island, “reinvited” him in fact, & told him Desmond was a “fail-safe.” Jacob’s last resort to stop the Man in Black from leaving. In season 2, Desmond turned the fail-safe when Locke, telling him he’d “saved them all,” instead almost caused a global catastrophe by destroying the computer & not pushing the button.
  • Desmond turning the fail-safe caused everything to white-out, which was the same thing that happened when Juliet set off Jughead at the end of season 5. The Man in Black, wearing John Locke, knowing Desmond is the fail-safe this time, thinks he can destroy the Island with his help. This has all happened before.
  • At the same time, in the flashsideways, Desmond is also the key. He’s getting a lot of our 815-ers in one place at one time. I’m betting even James Ford will be dragged along to this shindig. My prediction is that Jack’s ex-wife will be Juliet, who James Ford will ask to coffee. They can go dutch.
  • Des purposely or indirectly pushes Locke to finally let Jack fix him. “I think you’re mistaking coincidence for fate,” Jack tells him, although even Jack has remember how many 815-ers he’s been running into lately.
  • PS: What’s the deal with Jack’s recurring bleeding neck?
  • Loved that Ana Lucia showed up as the corrupt (she did let Sayid & his multiple homicides go) cop in the sideways storyline & that Hurley recognized her. “She’s not coming with us?” “She’s not ready yet.” What’s “ready”? Seriously. Because Mrs Hawking thought Des wasn’t ready & he looks plenty ready to me.
  • Finally, RIP Richard Alpert. I think. If that’s it, what a bleh ending for what was such a fascinating character for so long. It seems wrong. However, as soon as he said Flocke was just trying to get him to go with him, I totally called it. He still thought it was about him, when I don’t know that he was ever that important to the Man in Black once he let Jacob speak to him (look at what he did to Zoe as soon as Widmore told her not to talk to him). If someone like Richard Alpert can die, wouldn’t it be now?

Okay. You can go on & on with an episode like this. See you Sunday.

Thoughts on Lost Season 6 Episode 15 Across the Sea

-by Amy Yen

Let me just tell you how intimidating it is to be in the stretch run of the final season of probably the most complicated mythology-based show in the history of television & to read a bunch of previews for tonight’s episode going like “Allison Janney is guest starring” & “you better study & dissect every word that comes out of her mouth because it’s all absolutely critical to your understanding of the meaning of the series as a whole.”

…Wow. It’s because of stuff like this that I’m glad I’m no longer attempting to live-blog Lost, since you know this would be one of those episodes where I’d miss a crucial piece of information because I was typing furiously & then I’d get nasty, unnecessary comments about how I’m a fraud of a fan. Because, OMG they weren’t exaggerating! Basically for this episode, they pulled Allison Janney away from the recurring guest role on In Plain Sight that is completely beneath her, put her in a horrible-looking wig & ugly clothes & gave her one hour of exposition to explain the entire underlying basis of the mythology of the show. Seriously, I kind of felt bad for her.

What I liked about the story of Jacob & the Man in Black is that the Man in Black’s motivation for his obsession for getting off the Island is deceivingly simple & believable. He’s brought up to believe there’s nothing beyond the Island & then one day finds out that there is & in fact, he’s from there. He wants to go home. Ironically, in his quest, he chooses to go live with people, which teaches him to look at people with disdain. To see them for who his Mother told him they were. Meanwhile, Jacob, who retains such blind faith in his mother throughout the first part of the story, wants to believes that men are innately good. “Easy for you to say. Looking down at us from above,” the Man in Black tells him.

Interestingly, in a show in which everyone has daddy issues, Jacob & the Man in Black have mommy issues. The Man in Black tells Kate his mother was insane…this is clear. But what I didn’t see coming was that the Man in Black was the favored son, the one who was always told he was special. Jacob was the second choice all along. Mark Pellegrino as Jacob has mostly been tremendously calm when we’ve seen him, but we see here that he is incredibly damaged. In the scene with Mother by the light, he is at once a grown man & a hurt little kid, so betrayed by the mother he loved so much, who he always defended & chose over the brother she always loved better.

“It was always supposed to be you. One day, you’ll see that too, but until then, you don’t really have a choice,” Mother tells him. Jacob said repeatedly, to everyone who will listen that they always have a choice. Fate versus free will & all that. But in that crucial moment, he didn’t, not really. I’m betting that when he finds his replacement, he’ll want it to be a choice too. But it probably won’t be.

Other thoughts on “Across the Sea”:

  • Of course the one Big Question that got a Definitive Answer in this episode was who Adam & Eve are. I actually liked this explanation since they missed the opportunity to make them some of the Losties during the time flash season. The final scene is lovely, Jacob joining their hands in death. Much later (which we’re hit over the head with because the writers or producers or likely ABC believes their audience to be morons who can’t remember a huge piece of mythology introduced five years ago), Jack & Kate find the black & white stones in the cave & John Locke is the one that gives them their names.
  • With all the explanations & answers in the episode, there are still some gaping holes. We now know how the Man in Black became the Smoke Monster, but we still don’t know why exactly getting sucked into the light does that. We know the Man in Black can’t leave the Island but we don’t know why Jacob can & how. We know how the frozen donkey wheel got into Charlotte’s well that eventually became the Orchid station, but we still don’t know why exactly the mechanism for getting off the Island with it apparently transports you across the globe to Tunisia. We now that Mother made it so Jacob and the Man in Black can’t hurt each other but we don’t know why it’s possible with that special dagger if you can get someone else to use it without letting the other guy speak.
  • Thinking about it, it’s sad how similar Jacob & Ben are. It really makes me feel like Jacob had to have wanted Ben to kill him in The Incident, because he never would have been so cold to Ben otherwise. “What about ME?” Jacob knows exactly how Ben feels.
  • How long ago did all this happen anyway? By the time we see Jacob & the Man in Black at the beginning of The Incident (presumably 1867 when the Black Rock crashed on the Island), Jacob seems like he’s totally accepted his role & is his usual, calm self. We still don’t know how long Jacob has been bringing people to the Island & looking for his replacement.
  • Did we all enjoy how both Mother & Claudia conveniently spoke perfect American English?
  • Allison Janney was as impressive as ever, if only because of the sheer amount of exposition her character was forced to spew in such a short amount of time. It really was exhausting listening to her.
  • “I only picked one name.” I find it both sad & poetic that Mother didn’t seem to choose a name for the second child either. Also, it’s striking to the point where it kind of hits us over the head that Jacob always wears light (like Mother) and the Man in Black always wears black.
  • Jacob drinks the wine & the Man in Black loses his human form at the ages we see them (aka as Mark Pellegrino & Titus Welliver), keeping them at this age indefinitely. Like Richard Alpert, frozen at the age he meets Jacob. We see that young Jacob is the kid that the Man in Black has seen in the jungle this season. Why do we first see this kid with blood on his arms? Also, he reminds the Man in Black of the “rules” (that he can’t kill Sawyer because he’s a Candidate). Are these rules ones Jacob makes up, like the Man in Black told him to do as a kid? (“One day you can make up your own game & everyone will have to follow your rules.”)
  • Jacob & the Man in Black play Senet, a game whose actual rules are a matter of debate.

Thoughts on Lost Season 6 Episode 14 The Candidate

-by Amy Yen

Y’all. Things just got serious. Holy crap. The last half hour of this episode was exactly what I think I’ve been waiting for in this last block of episodes. There’s so little time left…things really have to start moving forward. People really need to start dying. In droves, it turns out. And yes, it sucks & I’m sad. I’m annoyed that Frank (presumably) died such a trivial death & no one even asked after him after the survivors make it back to the beach. Frank is awesome & I kept waiting for them to do something more with him (there’s still a chance he’ll resurface in the sideways-verse!) but in the end, he was too much a fringe character to still have around this late in the game. The way this season has been set up, I think it’s going to come down to the season 1 old school Oceanic 815 characters in the end. It’s the reason the writers conveniently separated out Richard Alpert’s group for the last few episodes, even though Miles, Ben & Alpert are three of the most compelling later season characters on the show. Even Desmond, arguably the most interesting & complex character left on the show, has been sidelined since his centric episode.

Sayid’s death was actually much more satisfying than I would have thought, considering his character—the Sayid we’ve known for five years—has been functionally dead for most of the season. “You can always bring someone back from the dark side,” said Hurley once. The Sayid on the sub, technical genius Sayid, felt like the Sayid we knew. So maybe Desmond did bring him back, just in time to give the group a chance. To tell Jack that crucial information. “Because it’s going to be you, Jack.”

The deeper we get, the more I think he’s right. Lost has no main character, but if it did, it’d probably be Jack. It was nice to see Leader!Jack make his return—his real return, not his crazy desperate-Faraday-plan-following return. I think we maybe haven’t seen this Jack since the freighter arrived. “John Locke told me I needed to stay.” What a great reversal from season 1. Who would have thought it’s ever come to Jack being the only one left who wanted to stay?

I’m saving Sun & Jin for last again, because come on. That was a lovely death scene. I’m not particularly happy about the way both of these characters, but Sun in particular, have gotten so little to do the last few years. I still cared about them, but it says more about the quality of these two actors than their storyline. But I liked their death scene because it wasn’t logical, it was emotional. “I won’t leave you. I will never leave you again.” They waited for each other for so long, of course he wouldn’t. He could never go back to his life, whatever life it was, without her. They kiss, with their wedding rings on, & don’t separate until the water draws them apart.

Other thoughts on “The Candidate”:

  • Previously on Lost…a hiatus? Really, ABC? Okay, so at first I thought this was totally a stupid move because Glee just came back & it just seemed like unnecessarily risking losing audience. But let’s be real, there are five hours left, people who are watching Lost are coming back to see this sucker through to the end. Therefore, I just think it was a stupid move for stupid move’s sake, which I don’t understand because remember how they were set on a premiere date so that the season could run straight through, in fact they were so set that Obama freaking moved his State of the Union address so it wouldn’t conflict?
  • I liked how we saw Jin one last time, passing John Locke in the hospital hallways in the flash-sideways, taking flowers to his wife. It was a nice reminder that, in that reality at least, they got their happy ending.
  • Okay, I’m sorry, but it totally SUCKS that Sun & Jin & Sayid & Lapidus are dead & somehow, Kate is still alive, despite being shot in the chest & not even freaking being a Candidate! LAME. OMG, Lost writers, please, oh please don’t try to conclude the stupid love triangle storyline before this sucker ends. It’s not worth anybody’s time, just let it go & kill her already!
  • It’s kind of sad that this was kind of the end of Sawyer’s residual leadership on the Island. He was boss for three years in Dharmaville & for a lot of this season, he was still in control, playing everyone around him, issuing orders to Jack, of all people, two episodes in a row. “We’re going to be okay. You just have to trust me.” “Sorry, Doc, I don’t.” Sawyer plays his last hand & it’s the wrong call. When it gets to the thick of things, he’s knocked out of the game & Jack has to save him. It’s sad, because I liked Jim LaFleur, the confident leader. I hope Sawyer gets his happy ending in the sideways-verse too.
  • The sideways story this week was mostly just depressing, but it did serve to clue Jack in that he’s meeting people from Oceanic 815 left & right…without Desmond’s help even (as far as we know). Locke’s dentist was Bernard! Who remembers Jack “flirting” with Rose on the plane, heh.
  • “Because I think you’re a Candidate.” Oh, irony.
  • Christian Shephard leaves Rousseau’s music box, or some version of it, to Claire. In the original timeline, it was broken by Ben when he stole Alex, leaving Rousseau alone. Claire is abandoned again in this episode (seriously, are they trying to break what little sanity she has left?) & she’s left following Flocke again, because there’s no one else.
  • Push the button,” says Sideways!Locke in his sleep.
  • Did you notice Jack buy an Apollo bar from the same vending machine he was fighting with when he first met Jacob?
  • After watching stuff like Flocke breaking Widmore’s men’s necks, it’s just really hard to see how they might turn this around & make Flocke the good one of him & Jacob. It might turn out that Jacob is also not exactly good, but I can’t see the Man in Black as anything but evil. There doesn’t seem to be anything ambiguous left about that. But that’s just me. And yes, I’m aware that’s too simple for Lost.
  • Okay, so we know Jack’s group, which is down to three Candidates, needs to go retrieve Desmond from the well. Also, there’s no way Alpert’s group doesn’t come into play again. Also, Widmore & Zoe & whoever else on Widmore’s crew he didn’t send to their death are still out there somewhere (who knows where the hell they were when Flocke’s group was stealing their way off the Island). And of course there’s Claire & the Man in Black. Four hours left now.
  • ABC has agreed to expand the two-hour finale another half hour, so the finale Lost ever will now be Sunday, May 23 from 9-11:30pm. It’s going to be glorious. Also, remember, next week is the highly anticipated Jacob/Man in Black-centric episode! CANNOT WAIT.

Thoughts on Lost Season 6 Episode 13 The Last Recruit

-Amy Yen

“You decided the moment you let him talk to you. Whether you like it or not, you’re with him now.”

It’s all kind of fuzzy now, because of all those stories in between, but way back when in season 1, didn’t it come down to Man of Science, Man of Faith? Jack Shephard & John Locke, whose original stances wavered & switched over the years. “John Locke was not a believer,” the thing wearing Locke’s meat suit tells him, “He was a sucker.”

Jack Shephard once followed the Man in Black to water. When he staggers out of the water again, it’s at the Man in Black’s feet. The truth is, I don’t think Jack knows what to think. “The Island isn’t done with us yet,” he parrots Mrs Hawking at Sawyer because he can’t shake that horrible feeling that he’s missing something here. Why go through all of this, everything they’ve been through, why come back, if there wasn’t something more to it? The Man of Science never wouldn’t have thought that. But then, the Man of Science never would have come back to the Island to begin with. Because it’s illogical & completely insane. The truth is, Jack Shephard hasn’t really been a Man of Science for a while now. And he & Locke were always more similar than they thought they were.

The thing is, I don’t know what he thinks he’s accomplishing by bailing on Sawyer’s group then. He’s not taking anyone with him & he’s going back to a group whose goal is also to get off the Island. I guess what I’m saying is, what the hell was your plan, Jack?

But enough about Jack, I can’t not talk about Sun & Jin any longer. Because yes, obviously I saw the trailers—nice try trying to ruin it, ABC promo department—so I knew it was coming, but I still totally jumped out of my seat & started yelling at the TV, “OMG! IT’S JIN!! IT’S JIN!! YES!! YES!!” Because it felt like a happy ending, even if it only lasted for a moment (stupid, back-stabbing Widmore!). It was poetic, because in the flashsideways, Sun lives & the baby is okay & Keamy’s dead & they don’t have anything, but they have each other. And in the Island reality, Sun tells him she never stopped looking for him & then, Jin, that idiot, tells her, “We’ll never be apart again. I promise you.” And OMG, he didn’t mean that! No! Take it back! Don’t listen to him, Lost gods! Because seriously, SHUT UP, JIN. Don’t you remember what happened to the last guy who said that on this show?

Other thoughts on “The Last Recruit”:

  • Jack & Claire meet in both realities this episode. In the flashsideways-verse, Claire is assaulted by super-creepy-on-a-mission Desmond (seriously, can you not be on a mission in a subtler fashion, Des?) & eventually convinced to go see Des’s lawyer: Ilana. Who happens to be looking for her because she’s meeting with Jack to read Christian Shephard’s will! (“Do you believe in fate?”)
  • In the Island reality, he hasn’t seen Claire since he found out off-Island that she was his sister. Their reunion is actually rather sweet. Of course, then three minutes after she tells him she trusts Locke because “he’s the only one who didn’t abandon me,” Jack abandons her again! Worst. Brother. Ever.
  • I loved Flashsideways!Jack’s mended relationship with his son. They’re completely different than we saw them earlier in the season, they are on a completely different level of understanding. David’s “I’m sad for you” & “Good luck, Dad” lines were just so lovely, I almost wish he was in the original timeline so we could have seen more of them together.
  • “I’m sorry I got Juliet killed.” Aw. Not that Sawyer’s rage will be comforted at all by it, but it’s sad that Jack has so, so many regrets. The show has basically chosen to ignore it, but it wasn’t that long ago that Jack & Juliet kissed in the light & stood together against Ben.
  • With all of James Ford’s pseudo-flirting & talk about fate with Kate in the flashsideways, I’m extremely pleased he didn’t have a Daniel/Hurley/Charlie/Desmond-esque flash-of-realization-and-remembrance. I’m still holding tight to the idea that the producers should know by now that Sawyer’s great love is, must be, Juliet.
  • I didn’t notice, but it’s been pointed out, the folks in the flashsideways-verse who remember the original reality first are the ones who are dead in the original reality. Interesting.
  • Okay, so the Man in Black was Christian Shephard when we saw him in the Island. But what about when Jack saw him off the Island?
  • This week’s previouslys covered almost every flashsideways story we’ve seen so far, with good reason. Detective James Ford cockily & possibly illegally interrogates the fugitive Kate Austen, who susses out that James let her go in the elevator at the airport because he went to Australia & didn’t want anyone to know. Touche, Kate. That makes perfect sense. James & Miles then go arrest Sayid for the whole triple homicide at Keamy’s restaurant.
  • Meanwhile, in the Island reality, Sayid totally doesn’t kill Des. “I just shot an unarmed man. I needed a moment.” Flocke is of course suspicious because since when has Sayid ever needed a moment?
  • “You, me, Jack, Hurley, Sun & the pilot who looks like he just stepped off the set of a Burt Reynolds movie.” HA!
  • Wow, people move around a lot on this Island. In one week, the Man in Black gains essentially everyone he needs. Then he immediately loses almost all of them.
  • “Looks like someone got her voice back.” Good point, Frank, I didn’t even notice! I wonder how that works. Pretty sure that’s not scientific.
  • I somehow didn’t realize until they were sailing, the yacht was The Elizabeth.
  • “You can always bring people back from the dark side! Look at Anakin.” HA! It all comes back to Star Wars, doesn’t it?

Thoughts on Lost Season 6 Episode 12 Everybody Loves Hurley

-by Amy Yen

It’s tough following an episode like “Happily Ever After,” an hour of television that almost couldn’t have had more going for it. I think the problem with “Everybody Loves Hurley,” thusly, is it didn’t even get close. There wasn’t really anything wrong with it, it was enjoyable & had a great classic what-the-hell-just-happened moment at the end…but it’s almost to too late in the grand scheme of things to be having those kind of ho-hum episodes. I’m not saying every episode from here on out needs to hit it out of the park, but come on. There are six hours left, you’ll forgive me for beginning to feel a bit anxious.

I think what was most surprising to me was having a Hurley-centric episode that was so disjointed, with so much of it not focused on Hurley at all. Considering how important Hurley has become this season, it’s just a little odd. As much as Desmond’s sudden change in mission & attitude interests me, it just felt frustratingly unmoving this episode. Even Flocke got freaked out, I think. And threw Des down Charlotte’s well! Man, if it’s still supposed to be ambiguous whether the Man in Black is evil, hurting everyone’s favorite Scot is not going to help your case.

I did like the flashsideways story again this week. Hurley & Libby remain adorable & I remain completely in love with them together. I thought it was really emotionally effective, her wanting so desperately for him to remember, so that she can not be crazy. And when he does, on the beach picnic date they never had, it’s lovely. Like Desmond’s flash of his & Penny last week, it’s really a rather brilliant way to flash back to some of the wonderful relationship moments during the run of the show.

And at the end of the flashsideways narrative this week, Desmond stalks & runs over substitute Locke. What?? Why?? Does Des remember it all now? Does he know what Locke is? He doesn’t even seem to really know that in the Island reality (if he doesn’t, by the way, it would make him pretty much the only person on either Island who doesn’t know that that isn’t John Locke). But suddenly he did remember his son’s name is Charlie, right? So confused. Also come on, if you’re going to kill someone, really kill them, don’t leave any possibility. Flashsideways!Locke still looked alive to me.

Other thoughts on “Everybody Loves Hurley”:

  • So we get another Definitive Answer to one of the Big Questions. The whispers are ghosts of people who can’t move on from the Island because of something they did. In that way, the Island is like Purgatory after all. I don’t know how this explains things like Harper appearing out of nowhere to Juliet in “The Other Woman.” I guess she’s just quick?
  • In the flashsideways, Hurley gets an awesome dinosaur trophy for his generosity toward Dr Pierre Chang’s museum! A little disappointed we didn’t see Charlotte or Miles at the reception.
  • Also in the flashsideways, Hurley gets a nudge toward visiting Libby at Santa Rosa by Flashsideways!Des, who is waiting on order #42 at Mr. Cluck’s.
  • It’s a bummer that one of the dead people Hurley can’t talk to is Libby & one of the ones he can is Michael. Pretty much the last one he wants to talk to, I imagine. Miles asks, “And you just listen to whatever they say?” I totally asked the same question, Miles! Why do you just go around believing the dead people? Especially one like Michael who I still didn’t totally trust until the last scene with him.
  • So, OMG they totally killed Ilana! I’m a little annoyed because we still don’t know who the hell she is & why she was in bandages in her flashback & how she got mixed up with Jacob in the first place & hey, Darlton! I’m not asking for a full centric episode here, I know the score. Just throw us a bone & give us a scene on what the deal is with her, please?
  • So Team Ilana splits up. Team Richard—Richard, Miles & Ben—head off to go look for more explosives to blow up the plane as part of Richard’s new Dead!Isabella-issued mission to keep the Man in Black on the Island at all cost. Team Hurley—Hurley, Jack, Sun & Frank—go find Flocke to have a chat as part of Hurley’s completely made-up Jacob-commissioned plan. Frankly, neither idea sounds particularly smart.
  • Interesting breakdown of the groups, right? Basically, everyone that went with Hurley is a Candidate or possible Candidate (Frank). What do you want to bet we don’t see Team Richard again until some sort of encounter with the plane?
  • Sun writes, “Are we making a mistake?” Frank: “Probably.” Oh, Frank. I miss when you & Miles had multiple speaking lines.
  • Team Hurley arrives at Camp Man in Black, via Dead!Michael directions. Did Flocke know that Frank was still on the Island & thus there’s a now a capable pilot amongst his group to go along with that plane? He spends a lot of time staring meaningfully at Jack in particular. Is that supposed to be signficant?
  • R.I.P. Black Rock.

Thoughts on Lost Season 6 Episode 11 Happily Ever After

-by Amy Yen

“I know her. We’re together. We always were & we always will be.”

I know her. Oh. Oh.

Just…wonderful. I loved that episode. I take back what I said last week. Yes, Sun & Jin are awesome & of course they belong together. But they don’t even come close to the epic-ness, the meant-to-be-ness in that find-you-in-time-and-space way that is Desmond & Penny. No one does.

So that’s it then, the trigger is love. Of course it is. How many movie reviews, book reviews, TV reviews include the words “when it comes down to it, it’s a love story.” Any story you tell will always be more compelling & engaging & humanly relatable when you envelop it in a love story. So that “something missing” that hung all over Sawyer’s flash-sideways, the feeling of wrongness when you see James Ford with Charlotte & not Juliet, this is it. He can feel that there’s something missing, he just can’t see what, because Juliet has yet to surface in sideways-verse. (There’s something so good about that, I just hope it doesn’t turn into it being Kate after all, just because of Elizabeth Mitchell’s lack of availability.)

Wonderfully, Charlotte was meant to be with Daniel Faraday after all, as he sees her at the museum where she works with Dr Pierre Chang, eating a chocolate bar (awww). Sees her red hair & his world shifts, his perspective changes. He writes physics equations that Daniel Widmore the musician—who in another life, Eloise Hawking once warned away from the piano—doesn’t understand. He doesn’t know how he knows, but he does. “I don’t want to set off a nuclear bomb, Mr Hume. I think I already did.”

Charlie Pace sees a glimpse of Claire, same thing. But how does this figure into Sun & Jin’s flash-sideways? Or Sayid & Nadia? And I guess Jack & his son?

I love that Desmond does not even have to see Penny for his world to be shifted toward her. All it takes is her name. “Not Penny’s Boat.” (What an absolutely brilliant set-up, with Charlie in the water. I didn’t even see it coming until the moment his hand went up. Fantastic.) And that was the end for Desmond Hume’s perfect sideways life.

“I don’t know where she is. I don’t even know if she exists. She’s an idea.”

Oh. You win, Darlton. Yeah, at the end, I was totally grinning like an idiot because they’re going out for coffee. Coffee! Are you happy?

More thoughts, even more scattered, on “Happily Ever After”:

  • In review, my list of Key Things We Know About Desmond Hume was, almost without exception, extremely relevant. Go me!
  • Daniel! Oh, it was so good to see Jeremy Davies again. “No, Mr Hume. She’s my half-sister. I can tell you exactly where & when to find her.” You always could.
  • Not only is Desmond Daniel’s constant, in the Island reality, Desmond is Daniel’s brother-in-law. It’s again awesome to see the connections between characters stick tight. Ditto with Desmond & Charlie once again having interconnecting fates.
  • One more point on Daniel. I love that he looks exactly as we remember him, rumpled shirt, skinny tie & all. In hindsight, it’s a bummer he died on the Island without the tie.
  • How much does Eloise Hawking know? “It is a violation.” Of what? “Not ready.” For what? Explain, woman!
  • “That man is the only person I know who survived a catastrophic electromagnetic event. I need to know if he can do it again.” This is why Desmond is special, although we don’t find out why he can survive. We do know Desmond’s flashes are related to the whole electromagnetic thing. He collapsed when he shook Penny’s hand at the end, indicating the entire flash-sideways we saw this episode was one of Desmond’s flashes. In The Constant, his consciousness flashed between times in his life…so, he’s flashing between realities now?
  • Interesting almost the entire episode was one long linear flash-sideways story, like how Richard’s story was almost entirely one long flashback.
  • George Minkowski! AKA Academy Award winning producer Fisher Stevens!
  • Another white rabbit appearance, saved from death via radioactive barbeque by Unfortunate Nameless Widmore Lackey #4.
  • “There’s always a choice, brother.” Again with the choices. Let’s all just choose Team Free Will & call it a day.
  • Not quite The Elizabeth being admired by Des in Widmore’s office.
  • “Are you wearing any metal?” Why does Nameless Widmore Lackey #2 say “of course he doesn’t, you idiot.” More of the electromagnetic stuff, I guess? Also enjoyed, “Try not to push the button.”
  • I have to say, I didn’t think it would be possible to produce an episode as good as or better than “The Constant.” But they did it. In Darlton we trust.
  • Des “meets” Penny in the Stadium where he first met Jack. In another life, brother.