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'Lost' - 'Everybody Loves Hugo' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 14th 2010 5:40AM
'Lost' - 'Everybody Loves Hugo'
(S06E12)
You can certainly tell that we've turned the corner on this final season of 'Lost.' Suddenly, the alpha-verse and beta-verse seem to be on a collision course with one another, and I'm very intentionally using that expression. With Desmond on the loose in both universes now, things have gotten a lot more interesting, even if I'm still not 100% clear what either of his motivations are.

As expected, the beta-verse Hurley is every bit the financial success with Mr. Cluck's that the alpha-verse Hurley could never quite manage. What was alpha-Hurley's deep-rooted desire, if I'm going to continue that theory, that the beta-verse fulfilled? He said many times that he didn't want the millions he won in the lottery, but I think it was his never-ending plague of bad luck that he really wanted to get rid of. Trying to shed his winnings was just a means to his desired end.

BETA-VERSE (2004)

It might have helped if we could have somehow gotten beta-Desmond on his crusade a little earlier in the season. The beta-verse seemed to turn a lot of viewers off, as many of them saw it as irrelevant. It's pretty clear now that it definitely is relevant, and connected to the alpha-verse, though we're not yet sure how or why.

I'm not even sure what beta-Desmond is exactly trying to accomplish. He's going around tracking down the passengers of Flight 815 in an apparent attempt to trigger in them memories of the alpha-verse. Maybe he was going to push Hurley toward a near-death experience at first, until he heard about Libby. Instead, he just tailed Hurley until Hurley had the revelation about that past life. After all, unless something was different, Libby was on that plane, as well, which means it's two birds with one stone.

The parallels between Hugo and Libby's first date was a much appreciated touch. Hugo is such a lovable and decent character in both universes that it's great to see him getting a second chance at love with Libby, though I fear it may be tragically cut short again. Once again, we see that love is at the center of everything this season, so in the end will it be love that saves us all?

It's good news for Hurley that love jogged his memory, because Desmond took a much more brutal and severe approach to jogging Locke's memories as to what happened. Maybe he sensed that back in the alpha-verse, the monster masquerading as Locke had just pitched him down a well. Either way, he was as cold and callous in his attack on beta-Locke as alpha-Desmond was smiling and accommodating to MiB-Locke in the alpha-verse.

As for the beta-verse being a manifestation of people's secret desires, I did notice that all of the extras on this show must have secret desires to have amazing physiques. Every single body we saw on that beach with Libby and Hurley was absolutely stunning, and that goes equally for the gorgeous bikini bodies on the women, and the ripped chests and abs of every man that walked by. I don't know where this beach is, but I know I'd probably be too self-conscious to take my shirt off there.

I'm not sure if Dr. Chang's appearance was some sort of hint about time travel in the Dharma Initiatve, or something else entirely. Considering the years that he was on the island, he looks absolutely fantastic for it being 2004 now. But does it mean something? Ben was there as a child when Chang looked the way he did here, and Ben's all grown up now. I'll leave it to you all to explain that one to me.

Beta-Desmond's encounter with beta-Ben and beta-Locke was the first time the beta-verse storyline diverged completely from the focus of the flash-sideways; in this case Hurley. This tells me that the beta-story is picking up steam and building toward an explosive climax.

ALPHA-VERSE (2007)

Speaking of explosions, the writers got a "holy crap!" out of me with the abrupt death of Ilana tonight. But, as Ben said, it reaffirms that once the island is done with you, it is good and truly done with you. Ilana served her purpose, and she is no longer needed. But that means Richard's purpose remains unfulfilled. Do you think he'll get his much-desired death in the end, or will he find a reason to live? I actually think him dying might be a sweetly romantic ending for him. He can rejoin his wife in the afterlife. After all, love is what it's all about.

How about Hurley stepping up and taking control this week? It was a little odd seeing him and Jack in opposite roles, but it does add credence to my theory that Hurley will be at the center of everything by the time all is said and done. If he's not the one who becomes the new guardian of the island, he'll be pivotal in some other way.

For the most part, the alpha-verse storyline was another episode of putting the pieces in their places for the showdown to come. Now we have "Team Richard" heading off to try and blow up the plane, while "Team Hugo" made their way to MiB-Locke's camp, with a little help from a spirit Michael. Michael explained that the whispers we've been hearing since the first episode are the spirits trapped on the island, who aren't ready to "move on." So while Libby wasn't there, perhaps Ana Lucia is.

It was a nice moment for Michael's character to allow him to show genuine regret and remorse for Libby's death. Considering how strong his character was for the first part of the series, it was a real disappointment how things ended up for him. At least now we can say he got a little bit of emotional closure before we say goodbye to 'Lost' forever.

Emotions continue to be all over the place, with Richard breaking down like an emotional baby again, this time throwing a temper tantrum when Hurley blew up the Black Rock. Sayid remains a stoic and frightening emotionless robot, while Desmond was acting like he was flying higher than a kite. Maybe there were some good drugs mixed in all that electromagnetic energy.

I have a feeling he knew MiB-Locke was going to cast him down that well (at least he was kind enough to throw down a torch ahead of him). Alpha-Desmond seems to have a plan, and perhaps it's the same plan. For all we know, the Desmonds can communicate with one another; we've seen him communicate across time before and who knows what the EM burst did to him.

The question is what kind of trouble can Desmond get up to down there with that wheel. There's no way he'll die in the fall, because the island isn't done with him yet. Whatever his purpose, in both realities it looks like Desmond is steering the ship. Where it's going I have no idea, but with only five episodes left, there's no way I'm jumping overboard now.

[Connect the dots yourself with clips and full episodes of 'Lost' over at SlashControl.]

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David

I'm getting tired of saying this, but how does one calculate the speed and force of impact to badly hurt but not kill someone with their car? Everyone keeps suggesting this is the case with Desmond, but that's ridiculous - the only possible explanation in that he was trying to kill him. Why? Who knows, but my guess is that it has something to do with him being the substitute for the MIB.

April 20 2010 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Echy

Finally, got around to watching the show last night. I loved when beta-Hurley told his mother that he had an event the following evening for the Human Fund.

April 17 2010 at 8:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Guy

So, i'm pretty sure no one is going to read this by now, but...

First of, Hurley said he won the lottery in the first episode, on the plane. Why are we so quick to assume he used the same numbers and not just random numbers like anyone else? Or, if fate's hand is involved, used the same numbers but thought they were random.

Second, Libby said she's in Santa Rosa volunteraly. She also mentions watching Hugo on TV. I think, like say Shannon and others, she wasn't on the plane. She never healed and left the hospital. She spent the entire time - years - there. So both in the alpha verse and the beta, Libby is really in asylum, only she didn't get better in the beta.

Ho, and Dr. Orientaion Films works in a museam or something. Miles said Charlotte works with his dad there.

While I think it's nice that the MIB is actually beta-Locke, I really hate thinking he escaped only to be bound to a wheelchair and be that BLOODy when hit by a car. He's a black smoke for god sakes. (Plus, why is Desmond the only seem different if letting MIB out is the world's end? And let's not kid ourselve - Desmond had a look of an assissan when he drove that car...)

Now everyone seems to think people are better off in the beta-verse. Are you sure about that?
Kate - not only is she still on the run, refusing to accept responsibility for what she's done, she didn't get her target - she ended up killing her step father's worker and not her step father. Maybe she's still on a mission?
Locke - great life, accepting the wheelchair, but... the guy lost his passion. He's leading a very boring life with a somewhat boring job. While that was true before, he has passion to go on the walkabout, to acheive something. now he's got nothing.
Jack - He's got a son he's starting to communicate with, but... also an ex-wife. He still didn't manage to make a marriage work, and never resolved any issues with his father, even if only one-sided.
Sayid - he both lost Nadia to his brother, and was dragged back into a world of killing. How is that better off?
Ben - Simply put, he lost his daughter. He might make better decisions and have better relationships with his father and others, but he never fell for Juliet, he never experienced joulesy, love or parenthood.
Saywer - Him turning into a cop lead him to a very lonely, house on the prairy filled life where he too LOST HIS DAUGHTER.
Jin/Sun - They're affair has left them worse off, and in repeating the motive - since Sun got pregnant before the flight, even if the baby survives, it won't be Ji Yeon.
Hurley - Is it just me or does everybody love Hugo except for Hugo's mom? Like it or not, tragety tends to bring people closer. Money, however? Not so much. Where's his whole big family at?

And the list goes on...

April 15 2010 at 7:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hanna

If Desmond is trying to connect the the Losties between alpha and beta version, we need to remember that it was a very sane and respectable Libby who gave Desmond the boat that got him into the island in the first place.

April 15 2010 at 12:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Katie Greene

Great connections--also, can we guess that Sawyer will run into Kate again at the hospital, and they will hook up.
After Charlotte's rebuff, Sawyer will get his confidence back with women.
KT

April 14 2010 at 10:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve

I suspect the Island will not allow Desmond to die, just like it will not allow the Oceanic 6 to die, and he (like Jack) has figured that out.

April 14 2010 at 5:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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breliedtke

Desmond definitely knows something more than the others.
He has something figured out, maybe he knows how the timelines merge and knows he has nothing to fear. Whatever happened, happened, right?

April 14 2010 at 6:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BradSmokie

Will someone answer this for me? This could have already been answered a long time ago but is the Dharma logo a picture shot of looking down the well?

April 14 2010 at 4:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Gordon Werner

The DHARMA Initiative is represented by a series of distinct eight-sided logos, based on the traditional Taoist Bagua or pa kua ("eight trigrams" in Chinese).

April 15 2010 at 3:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Amsted

Desmond hit Locke with the car because he wanted to trigger a flashback? Maybe it's just me, but that is a pretty big gamble. I mean he hit a guy in a wheel chair with a CAR. Along this same line of thinking he will probably just go around and shoot everyone else on the manifest to trigger their flashbacks.

No, I think he was trying to achieve something else when he sent Locke pin-wheeling over the roof of his car. What it is, I don't know. I am thinking maybe he was trying to kill him for the greater good.

Also, I don't care too much for Mike's sarcasm regarding the previous posters comment about the panda. Let the snarkiness go you LOST Nazi. Really.

April 14 2010 at 4:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
salflyer

Great episode! Just wondering if we will ever see Walt again? I agree with an earlier comment that Jack will fix Locke with surgery. Widmore will soon get his island and be the "protector" who will remain as the others leave.

April 14 2010 at 3:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Reuven

The one flash-sideways "cameo" I'm still waiting for - Henry Gale!

April 14 2010 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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