The 'Lost' 5: Prepping for 'Everybody Loves Hugo'
Can this week's episode -- "Everybody Loves Hugo," which puts our beloved Hurley in the role of central character -- spark even more wild theorizing and endless analyzing? With only five more "Lost" episodes to follow after tonight's, I sure hope so.
Without further ado, here are five issues to mull over before we get some fresh perspective on the Amazing Reyes.
1. Why can't MIB just leave the island?
During the most recent "Lost" audio podcast, a reader wondered why MIB didn't just get on the sub and flee the island back in the '70s. "How is Jacob holding him there?" he asked. Carlton Cuse responded by noting that that's exactly the question the audience should be asking, while Damon Lindelof indicated that maybe all the candidates had to be assembled first. Here's another theory I'll toss out there, which we touched on last week when Liz raised the notion of imaginary prisons. Perhaps MIB actually can leave whenever he wants to, and he hasn't simply because he believes that he can't.
MIB is a clear symbol of the notion that men (and women) can't change who they are or, by extension, their destinies. Jacob disagrees. And notably, Jacob is the one technically holding MIB hostage. So perhaps MIB will only have the power to escape once he acknowledges that Jacob is right, and that humans have the ability to create change.
Kind of reminds me of a quote from a work often referenced on "Lost": "The Wizard of Oz." Just before Dorothy clicks those heels together, Glinda says, "You've always had the power to go back to Kansas." Naturally, the Scarecrow wants to know why this weird woman with the tinny voice didn't just tell her that before. Glinda's response: "Because she wouldn't have believed me. She had to learn it for herself."
2. The return of Michael
As we've seen in the promos for tonight's episode, Harold Perrineau will make a return as Michael. The question is: Is he somehow on the island again? Or is he appearing in apparition form? And regardless of the form he assumes, can he please yell "Waaalt!" just once, for old time's sake?
3. "Have a cluckity cluck cluck day, Hugo."
"Everybody Loves Hugo" is clearly a play on the title of an episode from season two: "Everybody Hates Hugo." We'll have to wait and see exactly how the two installments mirror each other. In the meantime, I want to remind us all to think about the dream sequence that opened "Everybody Hates Hugo," one in which Jin was speaking perfect English (!) and told Hurley that everything was going to change. Is that the case for Hurley tonight? Is his world about to get turned upside down? (Jorge Garcia did tell the L.A. Times that: "There's definitely a turning point about to happen.") And did that dream sequence in any way foreshadow what's happening in our parallel narratives?
Miss "Everybody Hates Hugo"? Watch all 43 glorious minutes now:
4. Doc Jensen's controversial theory
Our buddy Jeff "Doc" Jensen over at EW has taken a lot of flack for suggesting that Desmond will help the Losties cross over from island world to the sideways one. But Jeff's a smart man, and I'm not so quick to dismiss this theory.
I think we all agree that the two narratives we currently are digesting have to come together at some point. And perhaps -- again, PER-HAPS -- part of the reason things in sideways world are almost-but-not-quite perfect is because the island world has to be surrendered. Like other readers, I also feel conflicted about ditching the island setting because it's so crucial to the show. But I also suspect that even if sideways world wins out, our Oceanic crew might somehow find themselves on the island during that last episode. Further marinating on all this is definitely needed.
5. Can Hurley find love?
One of ABC's sneak peeks for tonight's episode reveals that -- spoiler alert -- Hurley's mom sets him up on a date with a woman named Rosalita. I'm thinking that's not the chick from the Springsteen song. I am thinking that is Libby. I am also hoping that: a. something sweet and romantic happens between she and Hurley, and b. we get some inkling tonight of what Libby's back story is. Or at least enough to finally make us stop saying, "Man, I wish they'd tell Libby's back story."
| April 13, 2010; 3:44 PM ET
Categories: Lost | Tags: Hurley, Jorge Garcia, Lost
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