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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Hurley, Libby, and Madness


The past 2 Losts have returned the show to the level it maintained for most of last season. Most importantly, the plot made some significant steps forward, many of them surrounding the fantastically creepy "Henry Gayle." We now have the map (conveniently reproduced in this week's EW although you need to blow it up to try to decipher it somewhat fully), and, it seems, an Other in captivity.

Of course, last night's idea that the whole thing is in Hurley's mind makes a kind of sick sense (as "Dave" made quite clear). I realized from the start that Dave (played by the always excellent Evan Handler (I even watched "It's Like, You Know . . ." in which he starred) was in Hurley's mind, but the two bigger twists still have me puzzled. In the end, I don't think we are in Hurley's mind (although St. Elsewhere's genius ending comes to mind), but just putting it out there fits in with his madness. We now must question, even more, what is real and what is not--did Hurley really win the lottery? did all of these bad things really happen to him? Of course, as we know, Hurley isn't the only one to see things on the island--Jack and his dad, Kate and her horse . . . .

Which leads us to Libby. You knew there was more to Hurley's recalling her from somewhere, but that she was a fellow mental patient (maybe) was something I did not see coming. Why is she on the island? Why was she in Australia? Is there even more to her relationship with Hurley? I even asked whether she too was a figment of Hurley's imagination (an ego to Dave's id), but she has been seen by others on the island and in the absence of Hurley. I want her backstory, but wonder if we will get it in the remaining episodes. (Next week, we learn about Rose and Bernard.)

I also keep thinking about "Henry" and the book he was reading--The Brothers Karamazov. The most famous episode in this novel involves a dream in which Jesus returns during the Spanish Inquisition and is promptly arrested. The Grand Inquisitor tells him that he has provided humanity with freedom and choice, an impermissible burden that leads to fighting and suffering. Instead, the Inquisitor and the Church offer mankind happiness through ignorance, and thus Jesus must be rejected. Moreover, the Inquisitor implies that the Church now follows Satan aka THE OTHER. (Hat tip to Wikipedia for reminding me of the plot twists of this episode.) Now, is "Henry" Jesus? Is Locke? Is Sayid the inquisitor? Jack? Anna Lucia? the leader of the Others? Is this a red herring--I doubt it.

It looks like there are about 4 more episodes this season, and hopefully the last two weeks are a great harbinger of the remainder of the season. I assume we will learn more about Michael and Walt, the map, "Henry," The Jack/Kate relationship, but I am still dying to know about (1) how Locke became paralyzed, (2) how Jack got his tattoo, and (3), as noted above, what is up with Libby. Until next week . . . .


Blogger Laura Ingalls Wilder said...

I don't understand the fascination with Lost. My husband loves it, I hate it. Granted I've never watched more than a few minutes, but those few minutes always seem so unbelievable to me that I can't get into the whole is this real or is this a dream thing. Not that I even know if that is the "thing" about the show.

4/06/2006 2:27 PM  
Blogger Laura Holt said...

I probably would not have gotten into Lost if I hadn't watched the pilot episode, which was brilliant. If there's one thing JJ can do it's a damn fine pilot episode. Although, I seem to recall, Wilder, that you didn't think that the Alias pilot was as gripping as I did.

Lost is one of those shows that one just gets sucked into. Sometimes an individual episode may not be great, or a plot point unbelievable, but one wants to know what happens next. Classic cliff-hanger television. The Perils of Pauline for the 21st century. I hear that 24 is like that for some people, but I find it boring and unbelievable so . . . I guess to each her own.

I just watched the most recent Hurley driven episode and when they brought in the idea that it could all be in his head I wanted to scream at my TV. Such a cop-out and done to death. Not only St. Elsewhere, but anyone else remember a very similar episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer involving a storyline that had a normal, real-world Buffy waking up in a mental hospital and being told that she'd imagined herself a world in which (a) she could be a super-hero and (b) she actually had friends? (Too lazy to find the TWoP link.) However, I am very intrigued by where they're going to go with Libby and what the deal is with "Henry". This season has finally picked up the pace!

4/06/2006 2:51 PM  
Anonymous JoshHalloway said...

A huge Lost fan myself, but I have to say that I don't think the creators have any idea where they're going with this show. The plot and the characters themselves suffer from a lack of consistency and direction. It's still great entertainment, and you've gotta love some of the characters, but the steady decline of Lost has already begun. Enjoy it while you can.

4/15/2006 11:45 AM  

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