Quick Hits: LOST S6, E12 — “Everybody Loves Hugo”
Before I get started, I’ll note that I’m under the weather so I’m going to keep this Quick Hits particularly short. I just finished watching and against Darleton delivered. We had a solid episode that returned two blasts from the past, as was hinted by Carlton Cuse on his Twitter account. We received a concise, acceptable answer to one of the Island mysteries. The candidates merged to move the final storyline towards its terminus. The Constant moved to fulfill his destiny and, in a final act, we were left utterly slack jawed.
This episode, as indicated by its title, had a tangential relationship with Season 2′s “Everybody Hates Hugo.” In that episode, we saw Hugo’s unfortunate and, well, star crossed life. Even with his winning the lottery, wealth brought great misfortune. In the alternate, sideways universe, Hurley is the opposite in all but one respect. He is ambitious, dynamic, successful in his ventures and loved by all. His one exception is in love. He remains seemingly self-conscious in that regard.
When set up on a blind date that stands him up, Hugo runs into his only prior love on the Island, the DUI-terminated Libby. Following her introduction along with the other Tailies, Libby had become a quite popular character; however, her and Ana Lucia met a bitter end at the hand of Michael at the end of Season 2 in “Two for the Road.” Libby and Hugo were to have their first date on that day and Hugo has yearned for her, and we, as viewers, have pitied him his loss.
Much as Desmond’s experience in meeting Penny Milton drove Desmond toward his eventual destiny in reconnecting from the sideways universe to the Island consciousness, Hugo’s interaction with Libby (prodded on by a later chance — or was it — meeting with Desmond) led him to fulfill their initial beach date, despite several apprehensions. When Libby kissed Hugo — as when Penny shook Desmond’s hand and when Charlie and Desmond had their near death experiences — everything came rushing back and Hugo began to remember.
For the person that every audience member wishes the best for, seeing Hugo possibly find happiness was a fantastic moment; however, there is some foreboding, knowing that there may be some sacrifice made by the candidates in both the sideways and the Island universe. One has to wonder how long Hugo’s tide will stay strong.
Some Quick Hits, after the jump.
- I’m sure I wasn’t alone in thinking Libby would reappear this episode, but dang if I wasn’t totally surprised to see Michael. I’m not quite sure what all went down with actor Harold Perrineau and the producers and whether his departure was really based on the inability to deal with the growth spurt of the actor playing Walt or if there were some issues with Perrineaux’ contract. One way or another, he may be the best actor to appear on the show, so a return by him can only be a good thing and I hope it lasts more than this one episode.
- Michael’s return gave us the final answer to the question of what the whispers in the woods are. It may not have been terribly sexy — SPOILER Alert — but the revelation that spirits of those who have acted poorly are trapped in some sort of purgatory in the Island’s woods is quite interesting. Point 1: it nods towards one of the debunked overall theories of the Island, which is a nice bit of incorporation. Point 2: it also brings into question the manner in which Michael died. As folks might recall, Christian Sheppard (who we now know to be the MIB) appeared to Michael on the freighter and released him from his bind to the Island. In “There’s No Place Like Home, Part 3″, Michael is trying to stave off the bomb aboard the Telmarine freighter. After years of Michael being unable to kill himself, Christian appears to him and tells him “You can go now,” implying that the Island is done with him. In fact, Michael now tells us he continues to be trapped in the Island’s purgatory, apparently unhappy.
- It was interesting to see a more aggressive Hugo, one who even lies in order to assert himself. In an essay I wrote on episode 2 of Season 5 (“The Lie”), I noted that Hugo’s great characteristic is his value as an accurate and truthful narrator for the viewers. In Hugo’s lie regarding speaking to Jacob, it’s not a wild presumption to think that few actually believed Hugo was telling the truth, but it was still interesting to see him telling a white lie or two.
- I really don’t know what to think of the well scene with John and Desmond. I’m still digesting why John would deliberately walk him to a trap from which he could not escape on his own… and further to that why John doesn’t simply kill the Constant — presumably it would be against the rules.
- The producers did toss in one fantastic surprise moment that caught me off guard. The death of Ilana was both very out of the blue and very Doc Artz-like. What I really liked about it is the way Ben explained it immediately thereafter. Ben notes that Ilana died right after she had fulfilled her purpose (identifying the candidates) to the Island. He further asked what would happen to each of them when the Island was done with them. One of the things I’ve really liked about LOST is that it does actually get rid of players when they’ve run their course of usefulness (well, maybe not so much with Sun and Jin).
- The appearance of the Boy, who was visible both to John and Desmond, was creepy again and points to some great revelation that must be forthcoming. I don’t think there’s anyone out there who can argue a reasonable theory on who the Boy is, but I think all LOST fans are on the edge of their seats about it.
- I was completely floored by the last moment twist. First off, I loved the aspect of the scene in that the Island’s creepiest character (Ben) approaches Desmond in his car and essentially checks out to see if he’s playing the role of the Pedo Bear. In reality, Desmond is there to check on and pay a visit to the resident crippled substitute teacher. But unlike with the other visits that we imagine for Desmond, the car doesn’t come to a stop. In a somewhat jarring scene, Desmond drives right through John Locke, shooting him over the car and sprawling him onto the pavement. The scene closes with the reverse of the opening eye theme so familiar to fans of the show. It seems as if John’s eye is about to close for the last time.
- My initial thought, as was probably the case with most, was that Desmond was trying to off John Locke; however, let’s get back to two separate problems with that theory: a) Island world Desmond does not actually know at this point that John Locke is no more. He may have known that John Locke died off-Island, but there’s no indication that Desmond would have known that John is now the MIB and evil incarnate. b) When Charlie drove Desmond off a pier, one also might have viewed that as the reckless act of a madman, rather than a controlled act of a messenger. Are we so sure that Desmond running over John wasn’t merely his effort to connect John to a self that, unfortunately, no longer exists.