Thursday, April 06, 2006

"Lost" Season 2 Episode 18 - Dave

Am I starting to sound like a broken record when I say the word "WOW???" I mean, I did not expect anything from tonight's episode, but it may have been better than last week's mega fact revealing episode! It was OUTSTANDING! Oh, and I guess we can stop watching the show now because they revealed EVERYTHING! As predicted, yes, the whole time we've been watching it's all been a coma-induced dream that Hurley is trying to wake-up from! I TOLD YOU ALL! HAHAHA.... Okay...obviously I'm joking. But I did love how the producers have a very good sense of humor and address everyone's crazy theories in a tongue-and-cheek way on the show. But it may have been more than a joke. It may have been a red-herring to throw people off track of the REAL mystery behind the island. But even in an episode where they addressed the "it's all a dream" theory, they satisfied local Philly Listeners of Preston and Steve by addressing that there IS a Starbucks on the island (or there is going to be according to Charlie) on the SAME night that Kenny Rogers was on American Idol! (if you have no idea what I'm talking about, you need to start listening to P&S, wmmr.com or 93.3 wmmr in philly Thursdays after a new episode around 8:20/8:30) All of these things cannot be a coincidence! So there were a lot of crazy moments that we will try to capture below. And, I'm sure it will lead to some of my half-baked theories and further theories based on those theories which will ultimately be totally deemed ridiculous by a future episode. But that's the fun in LOST! Here's the ABC Recap...http://abc.go.com/primetime/lost/episodes/218.html
let's get down to business!

Eko's Pet Project
Alright, so we've seen Eko marking trees, asking Locke for a saw and now he's building something. Simultaneously, isn't Sayid building something too? And Charlie is present for both. A few things to take away from this little scene (aside from the Charlie Starbucks comment)

  • When Charlie shows up, Eko dips his hands in water and makes the sign of a cross. Is this due to what he is building or because CHARLIE is pure evil? Or something else? Either way, with such a small scene there had to be some significance.
  • Best bet on what he's building? A Chapel of course!!! He better get moving if he wants to get it done by the time the season's over!

Hatch Business

There were pretty much 2 scenes that dealt with following up with the Henry Gale saga that hit an all-time cliffhanger last week. Hey I'm glad they gave ANY screen time at all to it instead of making us sweat it out for another week while they gave Hurley the spotlight. And these brief scenes were absolutely chilling. I think I held my breath through them all. Here's what we found out:

  • Locke has a hairline fracture and has to stay off his leg for 3-6 weeks? (I forget exact number). Obviously, there are direct parallels to his wheelchair days and he lashed out at Jack for even suggesting a wheel chair. But no fear! There were CRUTCHES on the plane! (I mean, how couldn't there be? There were TARPS in there too for all of their shelters!) My question is, is he really going to be stumbling around through the end of this season and most of next season? With the way time "FLIES" on this island...it seems that he would have to. Maybe they're really pushing for Terry O'Quinn to pick up that Emmy this year for his outstanding Limp Acting. If they don't get it this year...there's next year too!
  • Henry (he told us to keep calling him Henry!) stirred the pot a bit more with Sayid coming very close to shooting and killing the man, had not Ana Lucia stepped in. That was some intense stuff. What we learned in this sequence is that Henry is DEFINITELY one of THEM. And he, like Zeke, referred to "HIM" who will KILL him if he told the castaways anything. Ana asked if it was "The Guy with the Beard" (don't get me started on the fact that Ana Lucia never saw him), and Henry said "He is nobody compared to HIM. WE are nobody!" If you remember, Zeke was a bit scared of this guy too. Is it too obvious to think they're referring to Alvar Hanso? (speaking of which, on the lost podcast the producers mentioned that www.thehansofoundation.org is currently under construction and is going to come back BETTER than ever! I'm sure it will tie into an upcoming episode If that link doesn't work it's also referenced on the right side of the blog under "links")
  • The big shockers happened when Henry started answering my questions from last week. The best part about it is...we don't know if he's still lying or not! All that keeps coming back to me is Rousseau's comment that "He will lie......for a LONG time." Anyway, he tells Locke that he didn't push the button and he explained everything that happened when the clock went down to zero. And was crafty enough to explain it exactly as Locke and only Locke experienced it before. (Henry knows what Locke saw and heard because he heard it all from the closet). Henry suggested that NOTHING HAPPENS when you don't push the button. He suggested the whole place was a joke. And that the clock just reset and the MAGNET MOTOR sound just stopped. So this raises more questions. Is Henry trying to convince Locke that nothing happens so that he tries NOT to push the button so that something happens? This would imply that Henry DID crawl through the pipes to reset the clock and NOT activate the Blacklight for Locke to see the map. So then the other question is...is he telling the truth and adding value to Walt's Reverse Ghostly Commentary from the season premiere when he said backwards "Don't Push the Button, The Button is Bad!"? Ahh...my friends, did you really think I'd have an answer? Stay tuned for next week.
  • But one thing that WAS shown was that Locke DID try and defend Henry in front of Jack as we predicted. Henry's primary goal seems to have been (and continue to be) to get inside everyone's head and cause conflict, primarily with Jack and Locke.
  • Henry made some OTHER interesting comments to Locke about how GOD cannot see the island. He can see it just as well as the rest of the world can. This harkens back to when Michael, Sayid, Jin and Walt were on that raft at the end of last season and they saw that the island was HUGE yet uncharted on any map. So is the Island non-existent to the rest of the world? In the words of Charlie early on in the series..."Guys, Where are We???" Yes, along with Hurley's Dream explanation, the "God is not here" type conversation takes us into Purgatory terrain again. But come on....these are all red herrings! The producers are well aware that this type of explanation would ANNOY everyone who is addicted to the show. And THAT is why they keep shoving them in our face! Good times. On P&S they made reference to the Philadelphia Experiment where magnets were used to cloak a ship (I believe this is a true story of sorts?) and what happened is the ship was crossing into different dimensions thereby making them invisible to the known world. This whole concept of Interdimensions has been a common theory since the beginning of the series. But I still have to hold onto the concept that whatever the ultimate answer is....it will be explainable to the masses that aren't CERTIFIED NERDS like me!

The Hurley Show

Yeah, 90% of the episode was about Hurley and look at everything I talked about from the 10%? Very smart show indeed. So we finally uncovered why Hurley spent time in a Mental Institution, and we also got to see his budding relationship with Libby. Naturally, this sparked many of our interests as we've continually thought Libby was either a plant by the OTHERS, or a Clinical Psychologist at Hurley's Mental Institution (which would explain why he thought he knew her), or BOTH! Well the ultimate shocker was waiting for us, wasn't it? We'll get to that last!

  • So we got more insight on the food drop. And I'm sure we are meant to look into the irony of when Hurley dumps his stash of food, there is more waiting for him. But Charlie ("Mr. Insightful this week") mentioned exactly what we came up with last week....that the lockdown occurred to keep people from knowing how the food arrived. I still am confused how 40 something survivors wouldn't hear a plane fly overhead and drop off the supplies. And naturally, we're meant to be confused as Sawyer referenced Fantasy Island and called Charlie, Tatoo by even asking if anyone saw "Da Plane!" Ahh good times.
  • And we learned more about why Hurley is continuously fat. It's part of the guy's eternal problem. Didn't help that he was having visions of Kristen Davis's husband from Sex and the City who was convincing him to eat more. Ok, seriously. Who didn't catch on that Dave was a figment of Hurley's imagination. Once we saw him on the island wearing the same thing as he was wearing at the Basketball game (which nobody even acknowledged his existence) it was as clear as day. I've seen way too many M. Night Shayalaman movies to be fooled by this trick again. (Sorry if I just ruined the 6th Sense for you. You should've seen it by now!) But even after they revealed that Dave was an imaginary character 3/4ths of the way through the episode, they still made us question the validity of it as he tried to convince Hurley of how real he was. And you never know, maybe the producers WANT us to be proud of ourselves for figuring out that he was fake by revealing the fact that he ISN'T imaginary and these images were planted into Hurley's mind by the meds he was taking. Ahhh who knows. Funny how DAVE didn't start showing up again until now...when Libby is on the same side of the island and spending time with Hurley, isn't it? Ahh...the wheels are turning..sorry folks!
  • Okay, so Hurley's doctor is the Senator from the X-Men movies. This is kinda a small role for him wouldn't you say? He has to be involved more than in these little scenes. I'm still an advocate that there have been people watching our castaways from early on....plotting to bring them to this island for the experiment. If it's not the Doc, then maybe it was LIBBY! (or both!) we're not there yet! hold on!
  • Anyone notice the picture behind Hurley in the doctor's office? Yup, it's AN island! Don't know if this is just a little joke or if it holds any significance. I'm sure believers of the DREAM THEORY will claim that this is why Hurley is dreaming of being on an island. I'd lean towards the fact that our Doctor is in on the plot! But that's just how my ULTIMATE THEORY is shaping up. It's all a big conspiracy! Who's with me??
  • So they love throwing numbers at us, right? the Deck that hurley collapsed was built for 8 people (NUMBER!) but had 23 people on it (ZING!). And 2 died...woaaaa...2? That's not a number! lol
  • What else. How about that sensual scene where Hurley ate the peanut butter off of the leaf? Was that nasty or what? This guy definitely has a binge eating problem. I'm glad that they're turning the weight thing into part of the show's deep mythology instead of it just being a running gag.
  • Hurley beat up Sawyer and screamed every nickname that the redneck ever gave him! That was a good time. And as Preston asked this morning, who HASN'T punched Sawyer yet? That's a damn good question. But Hurley was looking for his crazy meds. I'm still confused to why this hasn't been an issue until recently. And that's where Libby comes in!
  • Yes, the Libby/Hurley relationship arc is starting to heat up. And who hasn't been waiting for this? It's on the lines of the Ross/Rachel rollercoaster the way they've been hyping it! Okay, so I'm kidding. I think we've seen glimpses of the two hanging out doing laundry or talking together ever since Hurley told Charlie he was going to make a move. But these scenes were enough to make us ponder the significance of Libby's past. And boy I hope we get a flashback. And if we don't get a Libby flashback, then I will STILL be convinced that she is ONE OF THEM too! But yes....Libby and Hurley have crossed into KISSING TERRITORY as she used her "Clinical Psychology" expertise to ween Hurley from the edge of the cliff and explain to him that "I AM REAL!!!" But there's one little tiny teeny thing that Libby didn't mention.
  • SHE'S A NUTJOB!!!!!! Yep, the final scene as we see Senator X-men guy taking a picture of Hurley and his non-existent buddy Dave.....there's LIBBY! And she's not a doctor as we expected...no she's a patient! And Boy did she look crazy! As the LOST title BOOMED onto the screen...I think I let out a loud "GOD I LOVE THIS SHOW!!!" I mean, for sure, I thought we'd see Libby in the institution...but never in a million years did I think she was a patient! So, in the great tradition of Lost questions, I must ask "WHAT DOES IT MEAN???" Well, if I go with my theory that she is "ONE OF THEM" Then we can look back at earlier episodes where Kate found theatrical glue for Zeke's beard and his hat and all that wonderful stuff. If they are truly ACTORS and ACTRESSES...she could be pretending to be crazy to keep tabs on Hurley or Leonard (the numbers guy)....they all could be in it together with the Doctor to ensure Hurley gets on that island and is certifiably fat and crazy! Or we could just go the angle that LIBBY is truly crazy and is impersonating a Clinical Psychologist on the island. This would make sense with all the shady looks she's given anytime someone has asked her what she does for a living. But then how does this explain her getting Claire to have visions of what happened in her 2 week getaway with Ethan? Ahh lots of stuff to ponder....and I think we should do just that.

So another great episode last night...and it looks like we continue with the new episodes next week as JACK goes crazy and runs into the jungle looking for Zeke. Anyone want to put money down that we have our 3rd Jack Flashback of the season next week? I did the math last night and every main star on the show has had a flashback this season......unless you count LIBBY as a Main Star. We've had our traditional multiple Jack and Locke flashbacks and got a 2nd helping of Hurley this year. I'd assume we need another Kate and Sawyer before the season's end. And I'm still holding onto hope that we get to see an episode that deals with ISLAND LIFE PRE-CRASH....with the OTHERS and Desmond and the whole bunch! The producers hinted at it....and I'm holding them to their word!

Anyway, I see people are getting less shy about posting comments here and I encourage you all to do so. There is so much to talk about on this show, and you all have your own insightful theories and opinions. I look forward to hearing from you! Have a great day.

8 comments:

Maya said...

Great Job Mike..:-) Told you i'd post something! Right there with you on your conspiracy theory of people getting picked for the island, esp since I read some interview a while back where the producers blatently denied the dream an conspiracy theories.

And for details sake, I believe lock has to be off his leg for 6 weeks....

Mike Vitullo said...

http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2006/04/lost_henry_gale.html#comments

something to look at as we wait for tomorrow's episode. Interesting possible linking of Fake Henry Gale to season 1.

Groc said...

hope you noticed the polariod picture was full of disrepancies - the photo was taken during the day with a few people in the background - but the picture shown to Hurley was at night with no people in the background. bad continuity -or a clue?

rhinoceros said...

hey

A great blog you have hear. I am currently waiting for S6 and watching all episodes from the start, all over. There so much that one misses. Dave is a classic episode in S2, as is Ep 3.

Will keep reading.

Mike V. said...

Thanks rhino! I appreciate it. You're a little ahead of me on the rewatch. I just watched Fire+water. Still A's bad A's I remember! Lol when you get to the tail end of the season 3 blogs you'll see lots more comments. The blog kinda caught on fire and hasn't looked back!

Enjoy!

Mike V. said...

Crazy iPhone. Those A's are supposed to be "as"!

Miles Balzard said...

Links to the Hanson Foundation website (in four permutations, including "hacked") can now be found on the Lostpedia website and via Google. Funny stuff, even though I don't know what it all means!

Regarding Hurley and the original food stash in the hatch: after he was put in charge of the pantry is when Hurley took his first real stand against Jack and said he wasn't going to ration it out so it would the longest time possible. Instead, he decided to just bring it out to the survivors as he deemed appropriate, like bringing peanut butter to Charlie so he could give it to Claire. During those scenes, everyone was carrying out some awesome packaged grocery food, chowing down, and loving Hurley.

This also gave Hurley the opportunity to hide a bunch of the stash in the jungle for his own personal use. Clever man, that Hurley.

Mike V. said...

Not to ruin the fun for you, but I wouldn't stress too much on knowing what the Hanso Foundation is! You'll get enough from the show for what you need to know. But, at the time, we were trying to find anything that would give us clues for what was going on!

Yeah, I think Hurley's plan was just to have one big feast with the survivors and then be done with the stash, but then we found out in this episode he kept some for himself.

This went to answer many fan questions about how Hurley hadn't lost weight being on the island for a couple months. lol But yeah...Hurley was always a fan favorite character. He also was used to as sort of an intermediary for the fans of the show. He'd usually make comments that the fans were probably thinking about. Made for some funny discussions.