Lost 0612 – Everybody Loves Hugo

I am so far behind it is unreal. And you guys are all trying to talk about the finale and I have to go like LAH LAH LAH LAH with my hands over my ears, so here we go. Going to shimmy through.

So, like, Libby! I love Libby! I’m so glad they’re actually doing something with her character. I already know that Mr Sulman will have been thinking of me when he saw this episode, because I’ve been going on about her since, like, she died and that.

Oh, and whossname – Ilana – wants to follow Richard’s lead and blow up the plane. Then she got blown up. Which just shows that the showrunners do sometimes listen to the fans, even though I never really understood the apparent antipathy toward the character shown by the internet, when all she really was was new. It wasn’t like she was any more obnoxious or stubborn than any of the already established characters.

So, Desmond has some Machiavellian plan going on, that involves getting inside the rich and super-successful Hugo’s head, and convincing him to go find Libby.

Desmond’s chicken order is totally number “42”, people.

Libby is crazy, and recognises Hugo from the island parallel.

And it takes a kiss from Libby to suddenly make Hugo see it too. Further enhancing the idea that the point of this whole season is “love is all you need”.

Desmond is pretending he doesn’t know that non-Locke is non-Locke, but non-Locke isn’t stupid, I reckon – Desmond was never this happy or cocky before.

Hugo is playing fast and loose with the truth by this point, too – because people are listening to him, and it makes him feel kinda funny. But still, Hugo basically rules, going as far as to have a Michael Bay moment of runny-away-from-explodo as he blows up the Black Rock:

Also, Benry gets philosophical about what the island does to people once it’s done with them, Miles comments on the fact that Hurley just goes along with everything the dead people tell him to do, and then Richard leads Miles and Benry off on a mission to blow shit up

Desmond sees the child that is taunting non-Locke, and finds it desperately amusing.

Hugo has a bit of a Miyazaki moment, when he realises – and then has it confirmed – that the whispers in the woods are the spirits of people who for one reason or another couldn’t move on. Michael confirms this – trapped as he seems to be by the murders he committed on the island. And the moment where Michael tells Hurley that if he ever sees Libby again, can he tell her that Michael is very sorry, is one of the most perfectly delivered and affecting pieces of acting I’ve seen in ages. Michael was under-served by his story arc when he was a series regular, but every appearance he has made since he and WAAAALT! left the island the first time has been lovely.

Then Hurley leads the last of the survivors back to non-Locke’s camp, which must be the first time in a long time that all of the main characters have been together.

The thing is, I’ve thus far only heard from people who were disappointed by the end of the show, and it’s apparent lack of answers – possibly a side effect of my avoiding any real serious discussion of it all – but thus far this continues to be exactly the sort of show I want to watch. At least one person reading this has heard me say that the only thing that will truly leave me cold is if they end the show without any further comment on Libby, and this episode fulfilled that particular requirement, without really resolving anything, and that’s all I wanted – some sign that one of the warmer, more human moments in an otherwise quite unrelentingly harsh wasn’t just going to be discarded wholesale.

The mystery, and supernatural weirdness, was the hook that got people making the effort to watch each episode of this show as soon as possible, but it wasn’t the heart that got and kept people engaged in the first place – and I think the show is weakest when it ignores characterisation in it’s rush to the next WTF moment. Hugo episodes area always pretty big on sweet, well-sold emotional moments – not just from Hugo himself, but in the interactions they prompt with him from the other characters, and Libby, Michael, Jack, Richard, Miles and Desmond all benefit from the humanising touch of one or more of those encounters in this episode.

And finally, Ben Linus thinks Desmond is a paedophile, but all Desmond is interested in is the crippled Locke.

Who… uh… Desmond just ran down in his car.

A few minutes ago, mind, non-Locke did chuck Desmond down a very deep well, for not seeing the point in being afraid, so who knows what the fuck sort of resentment that’ll breed?