At what point do you think the producers made the decision that LOST was not a pure drama, a sci fi thriller or mystery show? When Bad Robot first optioned the script, did JJ Abrams know that LOST was a pure love story? It’s hard to say just when such a turning point was reached; however, what is clear is that the little snippets of true love have all been building toward that very tale so central to the core of the series and the characters on the Island itself.
Desmond and Penny hardly operate in a vacuum with respect to romance and love. Nonetheless, they are at the core of it all, even though they’ve only appeared together in a handful of scenes. In honor of the Large Hadron Collider ramping up to 3.5 tEV this past week, let’s talk in the terms of black holes. The collision of various of the 80 or so survivors of Flight 815 has spawned little miniature black holes… some more strong than others, but none truly capable of reshaping the galaxy of characters and interactions.
We’ve seen brief romances and true examples of love in the relationship between Bernard and Rose. We’ve lived through Sayid’s mission to reunite with his dear Nadia. Heck, even the somewhat forgotten triangle between Jack, Sawyer and Kate presents a lesson in exploration of feelings, as did Boone’s forbidden love for step-sister Shannon and Sun and Jin’s re-dedication toward their marriage. Even Charlie’s unconsummated love for Claire could be considered a triggered micro black hole; however, the super-massive black hole around which the show’s galaxy rotates is the love between Desmond and Penny and it is no secret that the finest episode in the series run (“The Constant”) focused on that love.
This episode may not have quite reached the heights of “The Constant” or the handful of other episodes that have completely changed the game and flipped the Island world on its head; nevertheless, boy did Darleton deliver this week. The Damon half of the production team promised via Twitter that “the conversation is going to change [with "Happily Ever After"]“. It did.
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