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How Do You Break the Ice with a Smoke Monster?

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Good question, Hurley!  How do you break the ice with a smoke monster?  Well, I guess it depends on who you are.  If you’re Hugo, you make deals and offer promises of a truce.  If you’re Desmond, you blindly trust him (maybe), only to find yourself tossed down a well (ok, but once again I’m left wondering if Flocke speaks the truth – because to me it does seem that Widmore cares more about power than he does answers or even the island…and what is the deal with the fact that there are multiple wells?).  And, most surprisingly, if you’re Desmond in Alterna-world, you introduce yourself to Locke at least by running him over with your car.

I feel like we’re getting glimpses of how Alterna-world and the island connect, but they’re not totally clear yet.  Desmond has figured out the connection, but he’s not letting us in on it.  We have the lovely story of love being the bond, the glue between the worlds.  And it was wonderful to see Hurley and Libby finally get their date last night.  But there’s more to it than that.  Just as Locke knocks Desmond down on the island, Desmond ends up knocking Locke down in the Alterna-world.  But why did Desmond do that?  I can see that he’s trying to bring together the people who were connected on the island in an effort to make the truth surface (although it’s not entirely clear what his motive is for wanting that truth to surface).  But even if he had some flash of the fact that Flocke tried to kill him on the island, why would killing Locke in the real world remedy that?  What’s the reason for running him down?  I believe there is one, I just can’t quite figure it out.

Libby brought up an interesting point for us tonight.  So far we’ve been following people in Alterna-world who were on the original flight 815 and its Alterna-world version.  We’ve also encountered folks who had spent time on the island, but didn’t get there on flight 815.  But Libby, I think, is the first person from the original flight 815 we’ve encountered who wasn’t on the Alterna-815…although her mental connection to Hugo begins when the new flight occurs.  And she doesn’t just see the alternative island life.  She also has access – through her supposed insanity – to the real real world existence too; the one in which Hurley and her were in the group home together.  I remember that episode, I think in season 4, where the camera panned past Hurley in the group home to rest on a brunette Libby in the background.  I don’t know why, but that image captivated me more than most of the other Easter eggs hidden throughout – seeing it pay off last night was very satisfying.

But I am left wondering why Libby wasn’t on the new Oceanic flight.  Is it simply because she’s not a candidate?  I don’t think that’s it, because we’ve had other folks from the tail end (like the flight attendant) on the flight too.  Is it perhaps because Libby died on the island, but died as an innocent and therefore, unlike Michael, is not bound to the island…except in her own mind?  That’s my theory for now.  If it’s right, it would explain why Hurley can’t talk to her on the island.

Which leaves me wondering if we’re going to see Elena again, or if her death released her from the island.  I find it difficult to imagine that we would lose her so quickly, but then again, that’s Lost sometimes.

For all the theological musings we and others have going about Lost, I noticed a couple of quickly successive mentions of God last night that together produced something interesting.  Elena blew herself up immediately after saying something along the lines of “God help us if it [Smokie] ever leaves this island” and only seconds later, in the next scene, Flocke refers to the island as a “God-forsaken rock”.  Some have wondered if the island is heaven or hell or some location of divine existence or a battle ground for gods…but these two statements together indicate an absence of the Divine from the island.  Team Jacob and Team Smokie frame that absence in different ways, of course. For Team Jacob, God is the helper in the world that exists outside the island.  God is the one who can bring aid to unleashed evil, but is impotent to do anything for the evil on the island.  For team Smokie, God’s absence is simple abandonment, forsakenness.  I’m not sure what to read into this yet, or even if it’s something into which I could read…but it’s at least curious.

And now for a few round-up comments.  It was nice to see Jack willing to follow Hugo – Jack coming into his own humble purpose through a form of penitence for Juliet’s death has been one of the lovelier arcs of this season for me.  With Desmond as the key that links the worlds, now, I feel the need to track down any hints he gives us – last night it was his Mr. Cluck’s order that caught me, #42.  #42 on Jacob’s list was Kwon and, I’m hoping, it offers us a hint that the final, most lovely love that will be reunited will be there’s!  So Dr. Chang is now working in a museum’s paleontology wing?  Is he not a theoretical astrophysicist in this world? Is he even Miles’ dad?  Does he work with Charlotte?  Or was that just a fun little Lost game to have him introduce Hugo?  And when Lapides hung around, so many of us wondered why – what meaning was he going to take on?  Besides serving as Sun’s sidekick, it’s still not clear to me, but I feel like it has to be something!  We’re running out of chances to find out what, though.  Oh, and I guess we got a definitive answer on what those voices are – a little anti-climactic seeing as I think that’s what we’d all assumed anyway, but still nice to have it affirmed…at least now we’re certain they’re not Jacob or Smokie, but are actually lost souls.  Speaking of which, who is that kid and why is he soooo creepy?

And perhaps most chilling, Ben’s question: if that’s what the island does when it’s done with Elena, what’s gonna happen when it’s done with all our friends?

I loved the preview of next week with the eerie background music from that even eerier boat scene from Willy Wonka with Gene Wilder taking the kids through that terrifying tunnel: “The fires of hell are blowing…the danger must be growing, for the rowers keep on rowing and they’re certainly not showing any signs that they are slowing”.  In Willy Wonka, that music bridges their entry into the depths of the mystical chocolate factory.  What will it bridge for our Lost friends?

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Written by themothchase

April 14, 2010 at 9:07 am

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  1. Before I read, what the heck is that picture!? Did I miss something last night? Who is that?

    victoria winters

    April 14, 2010 at 9:25 am

    • That’s Libby – it’s the image of her from the group home that captivated me back in season 4 or whenever it was.

      themothchase

      April 14, 2010 at 11:11 am

  2. I think Desmond was not trying to kill Locke but perhaps injuring him was the only was to trigger memories for Locke to the other reality? Maybe since Locke doesn’t have a romantic interest…. somehow the physical trauma will help him remember. Not sure but I think we’ll see this unfold more next week.

    Jamie

    April 14, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    • Great point! I hadn’t thought of that. Of course, Locke does have Helen, but you’re right that he doesn’t have an island love interest. That in itself is kind of interesting and might play into the island mythology. Maybe it’s some sort of island/real world/alterna-world love connection that keeps people good?

      themothchase

      April 14, 2010 at 2:51 pm

  3. My Fiance is not too keen on the “love is the constant” theme that Lost is going on. She likens it to the Harry Potter “true love is the strongest magic of all” hokey nonsense. And when I pointed out that Locke has no love interest she felt that his love interest is the island itself. Once getting there Locke never wanted to leave. It might have been he liked being able to walk again, or he just felt at home but he did have a love for something that is now missing in his alterna-life.

    I’m on the edge of the love theme, because it could possibly work out, but I too am not a fan of “love conquers all” especially in a world that has this built up sci-fi/religious mythology.

    Dozenz

    April 14, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    • Yeah, I’ve felt something similar. I don’t mind love being the anchor, but I get tired of this idea that the only way we as humans feel anything truly deep in terms of love is through romantic love. I wish the show explored the depth of love that comes with different familial connections and forms of friendship. Or if it’s going to go the romance route, it could at least be honest about the fact that some romantic attachments aren’t about love, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Desire is its own type of powerful force! I like your idea that Locke’s love is the island itself, but it would be a bummer if the one form of non-romantic love ended up being kind of evil. That would sort of undermine the advantage made there. Congrats on having such a level headed fiance – she sounds like a keeper!

      themothchase

      April 14, 2010 at 3:55 pm

      • Perhaps love itself isn’t the constant, but rather its effect on people. Desmond, Hurley, and Charlie all worked through their issues (needing to prove something, self esteem, needing to be needed) through their romantic relationships. If that were the case, it would make the bridge more about personal growth and moving forward than about love itself, which I think is more in keeping with Lost’s themes since season one. It would also allow for a bridge to be built for other characters that don’t necessarily have an Island love interest.

        jrcwoodward

        April 15, 2010 at 10:24 am

  4. Back in Sawyers’ episode this season Miles mentioned that the woman he wanted to set Sawyer up with (Charlotte) worked with his father at the museum. So yes Dr Chang is Miles’ father in the flash sideways :)

    a.

    April 14, 2010 at 6:22 pm

  5. Just stumbled across this post on google. If you noticed Charlie and Desmond both remembered about the island by having near death experiences, that’s what Desmond is trying to do with Locke. He wasn’t trying to kill him, he wanted to “show him”, as Charlie put it.

    Ryan

    April 19, 2010 at 2:49 am


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