This week, on Lost: “Two players. Two sides. One is light … one is dark.” Yeah, yeah… we know Locke. But who’da thunk that these two would end up not only on opposite sides but trekking through the jungle on a moonlit night under orders from opposing sides to do… what exactly? But more about that later…
First thoughts about this episode (beyond above sweaty ones)? Honestly I thought, “If this show ends in a big chorus of “All You Need is Love” I’m going to hurt someone.” That said, last night’s episode “Happily Ever After” was true to it’s name in that after weeks of pretty dark story lines, the notion that at least some of our Lostaways might be sailing off into the sunset with the one that they love come series end was brought back to life. Or was it?
Might it just have been an allegory about how in our modern life, it is easy to forget what is truly important. For many Lostaways, the island has made them remember that what is important is love and human relationships and that somehow in the ‘real world’ they let that fall away as the trappings of modern life enveloped them and distracted them with petty worries about money, power and of course unresolved issues with their fathers.
For weeks I’ve been reading a lot of an theories that the Alt World is a gentler place where the Lostaways are pretty happy and satisfied, where their stories get wrapped up nicely with a ribbon and a bow. Many have sighted John Locke’s seemingly good ending as proof of this but I begged to differ. I thought Locke seemed resigned to let go of his big dreams. He wanted to walk and be vital once again… instead he ‘cried uncle’ because, well… Rose had terminal cancer and her pep talk made giving up seem very appealing… But last night it was made clear by these sort of bleed through experiences that our Sideways Lost boys were having, that they are mostly living Sideways lives devoid of greater meaning. They have freedom and riches but these are lives lived without ever really knowing the delivering grace of true love.
Wow! Did I really just write that last love-centric paragraph? Yes… yes I did. Kinda gross, right? But again, last night the writers beat us over the head with the idea they wanted to get across… that love is where it’s at, dig? A very Age of Aquarius message but also confusing in light of last week’s Kwon-centric episode that found Island Jin in the psychedelic brainwashing room 23 and told the Alt World story that true love would be punished or at the very least, tested beyond reason.
These parallel story lines; Island time vs Alt World time, seem to be acting differently each episode, don’t they? The Package saw a pretty direct connection between the timelines with mirrored situations: Jin held captive, Sun unable to speak English, the two getting separated and trying to reunite, etc. While this week we saw the relationship between timelines being played out in a different way. All of the action happening in Alt world didn’t mirror what was going on in Island World during the episode but reflected what happened on the island in previous seasons: Charlie falling in love with Claire, Daniel feeling the love for Charlotte and Desmond searching for Penny. Honestly though, I don’t really know that that means in a theoretical nature, I just find it interesting how the writers are playing with the Sideways Flashes in a less consistent manner than we’ve seen throughout the series.
Theory wise, I found the scales interesting in this episode. I found myself thinking of the scale as less who was winning in the race of good an evil but which timeline was heavier, more dense… which one had a better chance of survival. I really do believe that we are going to see the Alt World just shatter sometime in the near future. With all the glowing holes of love that were punched through the “thinner, more porous region of space time” (that is a quote from last week’s Fringe, an episode where Walter named his Alt Universe self, “Walternate.) The Sideways world just may be teetering on the brink of disaster. Perhaps like Island Daniel dropped an atomic bomb on the island, his Sideways self will drop a Love Bomb on Alt World and burn that mother down.
And Speaking of Daniel’s enigmatic mother… what is Eloise Hawking/Widmore’s deal. I always thought it was Des who was able to straddle the timelines, one Des, two dimensions… but we saw last night that there are two Desmonds just like the rest of the Losties. But Eloise… she is another matter. Why does she know so freaking much? Who is she? Part of me wonders if she is the one who straddles both timelines? She tells Desmond, “Someone has affected the way you see things. It is, in fact, a violation.” This to me is indicative of her awareness of the larger picture, the two timelines. Perhaps when the bomb went off… she didn’t make it to the temple and she was killed when the bomb exploded and now her consciousness is in Sideways land. Might this be why she doesn’t want Sideways land compromised because then she will cease to be at all?
Maybe she is the reason the two worlds exist in the first place? Did she kill Daniel and then help Jack explode the jughead because she knew that it would create this other timeline where she would be able to have her son? Is she now willing to do anything to keep that timeline in tact? She has always been manipulative, trying to keep Desmond away from Penny so he would follow his Island Destiny… but in Alt World she is keeping him away from Penny to keep him away from the island. After all, she did say, “What Happened, Happened.” Indicating she has let the past go and is satisfied, perhaps happy with where she is now; Matriarch surrounded by family. For her, she saw what happened playing the high stakes game for love and family on the island and is just happy with peace and calm?
The conversations between Eloise and Desmond reminded me of Labyrinth last night… As if Eloise created this whole world for Desmond and rearranged time for him so he would be successful, happy and get what he (supposedly) wanted most in the world, the approval of Widmore. It felt just like Jareth the Goblin King who created a whole world for Sarah and rearrange time for her just so she would have what she wanted (supposedly) most in the world, to be free of her infant step brother.
And Eloise, just as Jareth with Sarah, was trying to talk Desmond out of looking for Penny. Anyone else think that George the Chauffeur (Island Universe’s George Minkowski the Freighter Guy) looks a little like a young Hoggle?
And both are used in their respective stories to distract and mislead the characters who are both looking for something very important. Both seem to want to befriend and protect their charge but both are also jealous and dissatisfied with their station in life. And… that’s all I’ve got on that topic.
But hey Lost… way to punch the more holes in my flimsily theory about Jack’s Baby Mama. Beat into our heads last night was the blue blue eyes of penny (of course making us think of Jack’s son’s blue blue eyes) and then setting it up so Penny was the one Jogging in the Sideways stadium bringing to mind Des and Jack’s first meeting in the Stadium. In my mind I could imagine who there might have been a Sideways time that Jack and Penny used to pound those Sideways Stadium Steps together? So, okay… I buy it alright… I’m letting go of yet another theory… Cassidy won’t be revealed as David’s mother because of the whole Piano talent that seems to run through Widmore’s blood line and the whole blue blue pools of blue eyes. Sigh.
Lastly… how bout that meeting in the jungle last night between Prozac Sayid and Zoloft Des? The Pawns ~ or Perhaps Knaves of Dark and Light brought together for what purpose? I supposed only Island Time will tell.
There are many more questions that this episode brought up but I picked my favorite bits and went with those… I may blog more on the other interesting tidbits from this episode a bit later…
Until next time…
You made it through another episode without dying!