"Lost" Quick Thoughts: "Some Like It Hoth"
An easy-to-digest, change of pace episode from some of the murkier island mysteries/time displacements we've seen. Hurley usually gets one comic relief episode per season, so it was nice to see him paired with his trusty new sidekick, Miles. Hurley is such a wonderful creation, the kind of character you take for granted because he's not usually caught up in the mystical, dramatic good-evil "what does it all mean" elements that make message boards light up. Instead, he makes fun of those convoluted sci-fi snapshots ("You’re just jealous my power’s better than yours") and serves as the viewer on the show, asking questions we'd love to ask, raising points we'd love to see raised. Now, I don't think any of us would feel the need to perfect "The Empire Strikes Back," but hey, at least the guy is thinking of a post-1977, no matter how foolish off-island time seems at this point.
Hey, Tommy Lasorda is the new manager in LA!
Have to admit to feeling kind of blah about the past two episodes (Kate and Ben.) Enjoyed this one because it was the long awaited Miles origin story, at least in terms of confirming Dr. CandleWickWax (thanks Andy Behrendt!) as the Corpse Whisperer's father. Where this supernatural power emanates from remains to be seen. But even if the flashback scenes -- hey, it's Hank from "Breaking Bad!" -- were a little heavy-handed, the episode had a nice throwback vibe to it (single point of view, earned emotion as the final scenes hit.)
I joked that Jack was probably taking a nap while all the LaFleur-Kate-Little Ben security drama was going down. Kinda liking the shift to his nonchalant character. Doc's confrontation with Roger was also rock solid, but seeing him slurp his cup o' joe and defer to Jimmy LaFleur is where Jack needs to be, at least mentally, right now. He's back in 1977? Big deal! Little Ben is running around on the island? Not a problem. Doc doesn't know what he's supposed to do yet? Eh, someone will fire up the Jack Signal and he'll come to the rescue. All in due time, all in due time.
Lots of daddy issues spilling into the forefront again. Does all this Roger Work Man drunkenness make Adult Ben a more sympathetic figure in the eyes of those who previously despised him? Is Roger just mad at his island barber?
Like that "Lost" is using scenes of Adult Miles watching his baby self bounce on Daddy Chang's knee. That's too surreal, right? That would make your head explode, right? Man, if I were able to visit the past, I don't think I'd stay away from my baby self. Just sayin'.
Is it a safe bet that Adult Miles is responsible for Baby Miles and his mom leaving the island?
Sayiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiid? Where are youuuuuuuuuuuuuuu?
Is LaFleur in over his head? Thoughts?
The Swan and Orchid are both going up. Dead bodies due to extreme levels of electromagnetism are treated as non-existent "packages." So much secrecy off the grid.
I still hate Radzinsky.
Anybody jot down notes about Dead Felix and the empty graves? Does this confirm that Widmore is behind the fake plane conspiracy, or is Ben (a third faction?) in play?
What's up with the van guy (Bram?) who is also on the island with Ilyana and Lapidus? Member of the previously unnamed third faction?
And "What lies in the shadow of the statue?" Is that kinda like "What did one snowman say to the other?" Or at least, "When there's something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call?"
If I were driving a Dharma van, I wouldn't be rockin' to Captain and Tennille.
Two bodies are still supposed to drop by season's end and it appears Ben did not succeed in killing Penny. Yet he still apologized ... hmmm. Bets? Anyone? Anyone?
Daniel Faraday is back. Bout. Frickin'. Time.
Next week is a clip show? Booooooooooooooo ...
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