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Whispers in the Darkness: Guided by Voices on Lost

Well, we finally learned just what those whispers are in the jungle.

This week's episode of Lost ("Everybody Loves Hugo"), written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz and directed by Daniel Attias, provided a few answers as well as some explosions in an episode that focused on Hugo Reyes in both timelines. Acting as a bookend with Season Two's "Everyone Hates Hugo," this weeks installment cast Hurley not as a doomed victim but as a millionaire philanthropist beloved by everyone and lucky in every way.

Except maybe love.

Given that we now know that Lost as a whole is about the transformative and redemptive powers of love, it's only fitting that Hurley would get a second chance at achieving true happiness with his own soul mate. If the Lost-X timeline represents a new set of variables for the character, what was Hurley's greatest desire? The chance to reverse his luck, to bring good to the people around him rather than destruction?

So what did I think of this week's episode? Grab yourself a family size bucket of Mr. Cluck's chicken, make a donation to the Human Fund, pucker up, and let's discuss "Everyone Loves Hugo."

While not my favorite episode of Lost this season, I thought that this episode did a fine job at delivering some answers to a long-standing mystery (the whisperers), reintroducing Libby (Cynthia Watros) back into the overarching mythology of the series, and paying homage to some classic moments from the series' past. (Boom.)

Jorge Garcia's Hurley has long been one of my favorite characters and a misunderstood one at that. I've loved the way that the writers have gradually given Hurley more prominence within the castaway group, slowly raising him to something approaching a spiritual leader, one who connects the world of the living with that of the dead and is able to pass messages back and forth between the two spheres.

But this Hurley is one who has been plagued by self-doubt, by thoughts of despair, and by self-hatred. His ability to see and communicate with the dead has lead him to the madhouse and his bad luck has tainted nearly every one of his relationships. Which is why Libby once offered him the promise of something better: of the happiness that comes from romantic union, from finding your soul mate and having your love reciprocated. That revelation was cut short for Hurley when Libby was brutally murdered by Michael back in Season Two.

Lost-X Hurley. So imagine just how lucky you'd be if you got the chance to make that first connection all over again, which is just what Hurley gets to do in the Lost-X timeline. Here, Hurley is a successful businessman, the owner of a global chain of Mr. Cluck's chicken restaurants and a gracious philanthropist who donates his time and money to many charitable organizations. (Hence, the good karma, one can assume.) He's introduced at yet another function celebrating his achievements and good works by none other than Pierre Chang, here a warm and loquacious master of ceremonies who is only too willing to fete Hurley and announce the opening of a wing of the museum in his name.

But while Hurley might be successful and magnanimous, he's still being bullied by his overbearing mother, who arranges a blind date for him with a neighbor's relative, Rosalita. The assumption is that, despite his wealth, he can't be truly happy without the love of a woman. But, despite his mother's well-intentioned meddling, Rosalita doesn't turn up for their blind date at Spanish Johnny, leaving the door open for Hurley to be reunited--in a sense, anyway--with someone else.

Lost-X Libby. While we're no closer to learning about the mainstream Libby's still mysterious backstory than we were several seasons ago, we did get a chance to see Hurley and Libby get that first date after all. Here, Libby is once again a patient of Santa Rosa Mental Hospital (while Hurley is psychologically stable) but, unlike in the mainstream reality, Libby isn't a catatonic mess but there voluntarily, hoping to uncover the truth about the seemingly false memories that are rattling around in her skull.

Like Charlie before her, Libby is able to tap into her subconscious to remember events from the mainstream timeline, events that--as it's 2004--haven't even happened yet and will never happen. While they're impossible memories, they're also entirely real, the cumulative experiences of another Libby living a different life. So why are Charlie and Libby able to remember while the others cannot? Easy: they're both dead in the mainstream reality. They have no consciousness in the other timestream so instead the totality of their being is housed in their Lost-X bodies.

Given this fact, the memories are closer to the surface for them, they are more easily accessed, and therefore more vivid. They don't need Desmond to awaken them for they've already been activated. It's this juxtaposition of memory, the dissonance of having two sets of memories laid on top of one another that leads Libby to Santa Rosa. It's important that she's there out of free will rather than being imprisoned, though her time at the hospital likely means that she wasn't a passenger aboard Oceanic Flight 815, a major difference between this reality and the mainstream one. (Likewise, Shannon too wasn't aboard the flight, which makes me wonder about tailies Mr. Eko and Ana-Lucia as well.)

Is it fate or coincidence that brings Hurley and Libby together at Spanish Johnny? After all, Hurley is meant to be meeting his blind date Rosalita when he's approached by Libby, who tells him that they are soul mates and that she has memories of time shared with him. While Libby is led off by Dr. Brooks (Bruce Davison), Hurley can't shake what happened, even though he has no recollection of Libby and believes her to be mentally unstable.

But the two are meant to be together. And Desmond, acting in the capacity of course-correction, appears at Hurley's side at Mr. Cluck's (along with the number 42) in order to bring the two of them together. Desmond's plan works as Hurley goes to see Libby at Santa Rosa (where, in quite a nice callback, a patient plays Connect Four in the background) and arranges a picnic with Libby on the beach. Once there, Libby's kiss awakens the dormant memories within Hurley's subsconscious as his mind is flooded with images from the time he spent with Libby on the island.

A switch has been flipped, not just within Lost-X Hurley, finally able to complete himself now that he's been reunited with Libby but also within the mainstream Hurley, as he steps into his own destiny: to lead the survivors.

Hurley. Back on the island, Hurley seems to be able to finally take on the mantle of leader as Jack is oddly willing to take a back seat for a change. (Which, if I'm being honest, makes me like Jack a hell of a lot more.)

While that role is initially Ilana's, having trained her whole life to protect the candidates, her divine mission comes to an end this week as she's blown up by the volatile dynamite she brought back from the Black Rock. Boom. It's a nice callback to Leslie Arzt, who suffered a similar fate at the end of Season One. It's interesting that the writers would chose to kill Ilana off now: we still haven't gotten her backstory and, despite the fact that we've spent nearly two seasons with her, I don't feel like we've gotten to know her at all. But it does mean that it's one less newbie to focus on as the emphasis is being placed back on our original castaways... and Desmond Hume.

With Ilana dead, the group is unsure what to do next. Richard wants to go get more dynamite and use it to blow up the Ajira plane so that the Man in Black cannot use it to escape. (Little does he know that there's another means of egress from the island with the submarine.) But Hurley, having been instructed by the ghostly presence of Michael, knows that he can't allow that to happen as people will be killed as a result of that. He opts to play along with Richard but instead uses the dynamite to blow up the Black Rock, destroying the cache of explosives and the historic ship in the process.

And that's when things get interesting. Hurley lies to Richard and claims that Jacob told him that they need to go talk to the Man in Black but Richard's far from convinced, especially after Hurley is unable to tell him what the island really is. (Hint: it's the cork in the bottle metaphor.) Richard opts to continue on the path to render the plane inoperable, suggesting they head to the Dharma barracks to get explosives; he's joined by Miles and Ben. (Interesting.)

While Richard seems to be on a path of destruction, Hurley opts for a nonviolent confrontation with the Man in Black, choosing words over grenades. It's fitting with his sudden emergence of a Christ-like leader among the group, with a foot in both the worlds of the mundane and the divine. While Richard wants to destroy, Hurley wants to turn the other cheek, to talk rather than battle. And, only fittingly, Hurley stands up to Richard rather than be cowed by the former spiritual leader of the Others. He doesn't have anything to prove to Richard. Not anymore.

So what did Hurley take from Ilana's pack? We see him toss aside Ilana's Russian book to take a sack with him. Does it contain Jacob's ashes? And is that why he suddenly has a hell of a lot more conviction? While he claims to Jack that he has no idea what he's doing, he's leading them right into the heart of darkness, armed only with torches: a fire to illuminate the night, the spark of truth set against deadly lies.

Interesting too that the group that contains Hurley is symbolically comprised of those whose purpose is to lead: a shepherd (Jack), a pilot (Frank), a sun (Sun), and a true leader in Hurley himself. Each are tools by which others can follow and yet each of them chooses the path of peace rather than that of war. Could it be that Jacob was right to bestow his favor on these individuals? And could Frank Lapidus also be a shadow candidate?

Whispers. This week's episode answered the question about just what those mysterious whispers are in the jungle: the souls of those who can't leave the island, who are trapped there by dint of their actions. The whispers precede Michael Dawson's appearance at Libby's grave at the start of the episode and when Hurley hears them once more in the jungle at night, he finally realizes just what they are. When Michael appears to him once more, he gets his confirmation: the whispers are the voices of those for whom the island is truly purgatory: a place of eternal unrest where they remain, perhaps until they can redeem themselves. The whispers then are an attempt for the dead to communicate with the living, to help, to perhaps act as a chance at redemption.

As for Michael, he seems to be acting here as a positive influence for Hurley. While he doesn't tell him that he has to go see the Man in Black, he's able to point Hurley towards his camp and issues an apology of sorts to Libby, saying that if he ever sees her again (which he has in the Lost-X timeline) to tell her that he's sorry. For, you know, killing her.

I'd be interested to know just who else is trapped on the island, unable to move on: those who committed crimes against the island and its inhabitants or souls who were never able to come to terms with their own issues, trapped by their own inability to grow psychologically, spiritually, or physically. Or those who just never achieved closure?

The Truce. By bringing the group right into the Man in Black's camp, Hurley has seemingly fulfilled the wishes of Jacob's Nemesis, as he was looking to grab as many of the Oceanic Flight 815 survivors--and those that managed to return on Ajira Flight 316--as possible as he believes that's the only way that his plan will work and he'll be able to flee the island.

He's already prevented from harming the candidates, per the rules of his eternal agreement with Jacob, but that doesn't mean that he can't attempt to sway them to his side. Giving his knife to Hurley is nothing more than a symbolic truce, a way of saying that he won't harm them directly, a physical bond of his word. But I think he's hoping that he'll be able to manipulate the candidates into siding with him... and that they'll chose otherwise. At the very least, I'm hoping that this reunion isn't short-lived now that each of the castaways--save Jin, of course--is finally in one spot together.

And then there's the look the Man in Black gives to Jack when he sees him enter the camp. It's a look that a cat might have upon seeing a mouse, an expression right before he pounces. The game is, as they say, afoot and the Nemesis has just gotten even closer to controlling all of the pieces.

The Boy in the Jungle. Of course, Jacob's Nemesis hasn't won, not yet. There's still the fact that he appears to be alternately afraid of and irritated by that young boy that keeps popping up in the jungle. It's significant that the boy smiles at him here and that it enrages the Man in Black to no end... and that Desmond, like Sawyer before him, can see the boy.

So who is he? I theorized a few weeks back when we last saw The Boy that he was an incarnation of Jacob and I'm still convinced that that's true. After all, dead isn't really gone, not on the island. Just because Jacob's corporeal body was destroyed and burned up in the fire, doesn't mean that another--ethereal manifestation--won't rise from the ashes, a holy spirit rather than the man himself. (It's also telling that The Boy appears after Desmond says that the island has it in for all of them.)

The fact that both Sawyer and Desmond are able to see him points to the candidates being privy to the island's mysteries, able to see the hidden face of the island. Sawyer, as we know, is a candidate. Desmond likely is too, the Wallace (a traditionally Scottish name) indicated on the 108 degree mark on Jacob's lighthouse wheel. After all, Jacob wanted Jack to turn the mirror to that mark, saying that someone was coming to the island. That someone did end up being Desmond, the shadow candidate whose fate is bound up with the number 108, not just with the candidates' reference points (themselves representing the 4-8-15-16-23-42 of the cursed numbers) but also the fact that he pushed the button every 108 minutes for three years. Could it be that he's the island's last hope?

Desmond. Desmond, meanwhile, found himself the unwitting prisoner of the Man in Black and Sayid this week but didn't seem to be in any real need of escape. (I loved his line about having nowhere to run.) This Desmond, one experiencing a Zen-like inner calm, is at odds with the one we saw at the beginning of last week's episode, one who attempted to kick and punch and escape his captors at every turn. He's very cool towards the Man in Black, saying that he knows that he's John Locke. (Or does he know something more? Hmmm...) And he's all too willing to share with him just what Charles Widmore did to him in the solenoid chamber, dosing him with a massive amount of electromagnetism.

The Man in Black takes Desmond to an ancient well (not to be confused with the one that contains the frozen donkey wheel, now the site of the Dharma's Orchid Station). He claims that this spot is where compass needles spin and that people, looking for answers, dug down into the earth. Is it a meeting point for ley lines? Another pocket of electromagnetic energy, the very ones that Zoe is looking for? Jacob's Nemesis claims that Charles Widmore is looking not to protect the island but for power, but I felt like I couldn't quite trust the MiB here. Neither could Desmond either, as he seems skeptical about why MiB would have brought him to the well.

There's another reason, of course. The Man in Black seems infuriated by the fact that Desmond isn't afraid. That he has no fear, even being alone with him in the jungle, away from everyone, and standing over an ancient well that's pretty deep. While Desmond, again very Zen-like, says that there's no point to being afraid, the Man in Black knocks him right down into the well. Ouch.

Lost-X Desmond. In the Lost-X timeline, Desmond is spotted by Benjamin Linus hanging around the parking lot of the school where he and substitute John Locke work. Significantly, Desmond doesn't appear to be there for Ben (his name, after all, wasn't on the passenger manifest) but rather is keeping an eye on Locke himself. Ben is suspicious and Desmond lies about why he's there, saying that he's looking for a school for his son, Charlie. Why Desmond chooses Charlie as a fake name for a son he doesn't have is also significant; is it because Charlie Pace is on his mind after recent events? Or does he have knowledge of his actual son Charlie in the mainstream reality?

Interesting too that Desmond then puts his car in full throttle and runs down John Locke in his wheelchair. Is he looking for payback? ("Locke" did just throw him down a well in the mainstream reality.) Or is he looking to awaken Locke's memories of the island? Given that he has no island love to reconnect him with, Desmond chooses to instead bring Locke close to death, to use his brush with mortality to fire his synapses and recover those lost memories.

Locke will, of course, have to be rushed to the hospital, where I believe Jack will be forced to operate on him, removing the choice of spinal surgery from Locke and course-correcting once more. This Locke will walk again and will once again regain his belief in miracles, especially after he glimpses another world through the veil. Casting off his pragmatism, Lost-X Locke will be forced to believe once again, to reconnect to the island.

I'm also intrigued by another possibility: given the fact that the Man in Black is currently using John Locke's form in the mainstream reality, would Lost-X Locke's repossession of his island memories have any consequences on his body back on the island? Could we be seeing the return of the one true John Locke? Hmmm...

What did you think of this week's episodes? Agree with the above theories? Disagree? Get yourself over to the comments section to share your thoughts on last night's episode, pose some questions, and discuss.

Next week on Lost ("The Last Recruit"), alliances are forged and broken when Locke and Jack's camps merge.

Comments

Cassie said…
I think that this episode and the last one were both terrific and I particularly enjoyed the humor in last night's storyline. Lost can get somewhat heavy-handed at times and a little bit of humor kind of puts things in perspective again.
Wes said…
Great review as always. Things always make more sense when I read your take on them.

I'm glad that you mentioned that Hurley took Jacob's ashes. I couldn't think what would have been in the bag. I also loved your theory about why Charlie & Libby are remembering but the others aren't. Nice.

So you really think that Locke will walk again in the X timeline?
KriZia said…
I enjoyed this episode even though I don't feel it was as fantastic as last week's. However, this week's ending was the best ending of a Lost episode that I'd ever seen, in my opinion.

I too wondered if Desmond remembered his whole life on the other side and that was why he said his son's name was Charlie, or whether it was just because he had just met Charlie Pace. If I had to guess, I would say it's because he was able to recall the other timeline.

I like where you're going as to the reason for Desmond running over Locke with his car - I hadn't considered that it was the only way to cause a realization of the other timeline since he does not have a love interest on the other side. Now that you've mentioned it, though, I like that theory better than personal payback (I think it would be great if it was revenge in the end, haha).

I hadn't taken my thoughts as far as you did, with Jack performing the surgery on Locke and correcting his ability to walk. I'm intrigued by that thought and will definitely ponder on it. I am wondering how awakening his memories, and even making him walk if that's what happens, will work in the actual timeline since he is technically dead and his body has been buried. Does that mean he's going to recall dying off the island and experience a zombie-like reawakening on the island? Or will he affect FLocke simply because MiB is imitating his appearance? Lots of questions waiting to be answered for me.
Caitlin said…
As always, a fantastic recap. I need to come here every week to read your take on things just to keep my head screwed on straight! Oh, LOST, you & your confusion sure have made yourself a brand.

I have to disagree/raise a point about the ghost-boys on the island. The boy that popped up this week is not the same as previous: This boy had brown hair, the other one was very blonde (dark v. light, again!). I wonder if the one that popped up this week is Jacob (laughing at MIB, hence MIB's irritation), and the one that popped up previously that did not elicit such a strong reaction from Locke was young Nemesis. Or if it's one boy that changes appearance at whim, representing two sides of the black/white coin. Could Jacob and Nemesis at one time have been the same person? (Which might explain the emphasis on both good and evil being present in the characters, and it not always being clear which will win out.) Thoughts?

Also, someone pointed out to me today that the music in the previews for next week is from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a story which relies on candidates to take over an operation, and in doing so, tricking them to test their loyalty and true character. We don't really know what's going on with Jacob (where he is now, and in what form, etc.). Various people (most notably Richard) have changed their opinions on him over time. Maybe things are not what they seem? Could it be that the game of forcing people to choose sides is the ultimate test? And that Nemesis is possibly not what he seems? (I didn't trust him in the well scene either.)
Jace Lacob said…
Caitlin,

I'll be answering questions tomorrow but just wanted to address two points:

(1) Yes, the music for next week's promo is from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and is the boat song that Gene Wilder sings. Which is, yes, also about someone who gathers together candidates to find a replacement. Hmmm...

(2) The boy seen in the jungle is the same boy who appears in "The Substitute" and is seen by the Man in Black and Sawyer. In both cases, he's played by Kenton Duty. While the hair is darker this time, it's the same mysterious kid...
Anonymous said…
I think there is greater significance to the Locke/Desmond issue in the two times. The preview led us to think Sayid might kill Desmond next week and while Locke is clearly not dead from Desmond's hitting him maybe MIB felt it somehow? Can't wait to find out.
rockauteur said…
Not as good as an episode as previous weeks, but your commentary made me like it even more and cleared a few things up.

The Whispers: great to see the results of this, but didn't the whispers get Shannon killed? What were they warning of exactly in that situation?

Locke: Loved the ending with Desmond ramming him with the car. Thought for a second he was trying to kill him to prevent Locke from becoming MIB in Lost-X timeline, but I did realize it was to reawaken him and force him on a collision course to Jack. And I'm also guessing Desmond gets arrested for the hit and run but Sawyer and Miles.

Libby - will we ever see her mainstream back story? And how she intersects with Hurley... and Desmond? She did give Desmond a boat after all.

Pierre - wouldn't he remember Hurley from 1977 Dharma?

Was sad to see Ilana blown up but I guess we will see a little more of her in flashbacks and sideways world.
Harleypeyton said…
Hmm. Couple thoughts.

Though the love stories are truly the heart and soul of the series, running them out one after the other tends to undercut their impact, giving us a kind of True Love Story of the week. After Desmond and Penny last week, I could've used a break, even a single episode, before we moved on to the next one (Hugo and Libby).

I'm not I buy the idea that Desmond wanted to bring Locke 'close to death' in order to whatever. Cuz running a guy down like that sure looks like it's meant to kill him. Also, what is Desmond's motive here? He knows Locke was on the Oceanic flight. But why or how would he know that Locke's body was inhabited by Smokey in the other 'verse? That's the kind of convenience Lost sometimes traffics in. I'm not sure I buy it. And again, if that's not the motive, why would Locke require this kind of violence in order to get him in touch with whatever?

I'm wondering about the end game here. Hurley is obviously better off in the Sideways World. So is Jack. Ben, on the other hand, might just be happier in the First World. I'm guessing Ilana certainly would be, if only cuz she blowed up good in the other one. Is Desmond trying to bring the two worlds together? Reduce them to a single world? I have no idea, but here's hoping they pull it off in the end.
Anonymous said…
Another great installment Jace ... I'm going to miss these when the show comes to an end.

I'm not in the same league as you guys, but I had a different take on the young boy. The boy in last night's episode seemed older to me than the first time he appeared. The first boy was more child-like and this boy was more of a young teen. Someone else commented on the change in hair colour which could indicated the same child is growing older. I thought that this was a rapidly aging reincarnation of Jacob and as we continue to see the child he will continue to appear more aged each time until he resembles Jacob in the form we recognize.
frank1569 said…
Still the best recap out there!

But... first: 'they're both dead in the mainstream reality.' So is George, Desmond's driver/freighter com officer. When he died on the freighter, the last thing he said was 'I can't get back.' He knows, too...

Now - as I've said, Jacob is the bad guy. More proof - he let Ilana die. Who did Smokey kill this week? Nobody.

Smokey wants off the Island, he wants to go 'home' - guess where that is? The LAX timeline. That's the actual 'loophole.'

That why Richard says if Smokey gets off the Island, "all of this ceases to exist.' Same thing Widmore keeps saying.

Des knows this, that's why he's not afraid - he wants to kill the Island timeline, too. Except, as Faraday said, it's the 'wrong' timeline... And Desmond's already stopped one time-skipping trip via his Constant, so he believes he can do something similar again...

One more thing: Michael is a liar, and he's lying about the voices, if that's even Michael and not Jacob. Either way, the whispers are another evil Jacob trick - remember back to when the whispers were heard - it wasn't random, which it would be if ghosts were trapped. It was specific, and usually a portent of something bad about to happen...
Anonymous said…
First time commenting though I always read your stuff and always get a lot out of it. One thing is coming across as somewhat silly to me and it's this sudden talk of all these former couplings being presented as true love and soul mates. I never got that impression about Charlie/Claire, Hurley/Libby, and ceratinly not Charlotte/Daniel. Hurley and Libby never got past the "I like you" phase, Charlie was much more into Claire than she ever was to him, and Charlotte/Daniel were never even a real couple. This is all just coming across as contrived cheesiness to me, a way to fit in all these former cast members. It's just not working for me. I will buy a great love between Des/Penny, Bernard/Rose, and Sun/Jin but never between these trite pairings TPTB are trying to sell now.

Deena
Seat42F said…
Hmmm, After reading your thoughts on Sideways Locke and sharing my thoughts with a few people I feel like I am out in left field :) I thought Locke being run over by Desmond was proof that the Man In Black got off the island and Desmond was doing something about that. The idea of going from one prison ( the island ) to another ( the wheelchair) seems perfect. Even more I like the GIGANTIC implications of what if sideways Locke is the man in black and all he really wanted to do was get off the island. Makes me completely re-think everything about good/evil etc if indeed Sideways Locke is MIB.
Seat42F said…
PS there also seems to be a tie-in with dead on island connecting with sideways people. Charlie = Desmond. Charlotte = Sawyer. Libby = Hurley. Arzt = Ben. Sayid = Jin. Dogen = Jack. Keamey = Sun/Jin. Claire - Kate. Interesting to ponder :)
HKL said…
I have to say that I am with Frank regarding his theory that Jacob might not be the good guy after all.
Also, I think this might not be just about good vs evil, but something more complicated.

Hehe, I was so surprised when Ilana suddenly blew up at the beginning of this episode. I so didn't expect anything like that in that moment. Hurley's face expression made me think for a second he would say something like "I think I've got some Ilana on me".

I really loved the "New Desmond" this week. He seems so confident. For a second, I almost thought that Jacob took over his body, similar to how MiB took Locke's body. Maybe it happened during the EM Exposure in Widmore's Camp?

I have to agree with the previous commenters that the boy in the Jungle looked older this week and that he looked like a young version of Jacob. Too bad that this contradicts with Desmond being possesed by Jacob. Seems, my theories are a bit off.
HKL said…
Sorry for double-posting.

What I forgot to say is that one reason why I am with frank1569 is the following thought: If Jacob is the good guy keeping the evil guy MiB imprisoned on the island, why would he constantly bring people to this island knowing that most of them will get killed? If I remember it correctly, Jacob said that it was him bringing people to the island. Also, I remember he seemed not even remotely sorry when telling Richard that all of them had died so far.
Just what is Jacob trying to achieve here? I don't understand why he would need a successor in the first place. If he didn't keep bringing people to the island, there would also be no chance for a loophole. Maybe he just felt bored, and brought people in to watch for his entertainment?

That would also play nicely with the theory that Jacob and MiB originally were the same person.
Unknown said…
Just because people die doesn't necessarily mean Jacob is evil. I don't think he's responsible for everything that happens to everyone, I don't think he can be blamed for every death either. If he's the guardian of the island doesn't necessarily mean the island doesn't have its own will. We don't have all the pieces to this puzzle so I don't think we can jump to conclusions here.

Also...yes these people are brought to the island but look at how much their lives suck in general. I still think the island can provide a chance for redemption and a fresh start. And the show seems to be into the destiny concept. And the Lost-X timeline would be nearly as miserable as being on the island. Being on the island...I'd personally be terrified (I think the most unrealistic part of the show is how the characters react so calmly to the stuff that's happening around them, not to mention rarely discussing things with each other that in reality would be much talked about.) but at least boredom wouldn't be a constant looming problem. :)

Interesting theory that the Lost-X timeline is the "real" or "original" one but I hope that's not the case...I'd feel cheated I think.
Ally said…
I would like to add that someone on the Lost writing staff is clearly a Springsteen fan. Spanish Johnny is the main character in a great song called "Incident on 57th Street," and one of Bruce's most famous songs is called "Rosalita (Come out Tonight)." Both songs are on the same album.

:)
Webg33k said…
In all of my reading about this week's episode of LOST, no one has mentioned that Desmond's number at the chicken joint (where he talks to Hurley) is 42. One of the ever important LOST numbers. Is it possible that Desmond is one of the candidates, (even though he didn't arive with the rest of the main cast) and represents #42?
Jace Lacob said…
Webg33k,

The number 42 is already used for candidate "Kwon." As I've said previously, I believe Desmond is a candidate... And the Wallace represented by the 108 on Jacob's lighthouse wheel.

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Lost fans: you don't have to make your way to the island via Ajira Airways in order to ask a question of the creative team or the series' stars. Televisionary is taking questions from fans to put to Lost 's executive producers/showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse and stars Matthew Fox ("Jack Shephard"), Evangeline Lilly ("Kate Austen"), and Michael Emerson ("Benjamin Linus") for a series of on-camera interviews taking place this weekend. If you have a specific question for any of the above producers or actors from Lost , please leave it in the comments section below . I'll be accepting questions until midnight PT tonight and, while I can't promise I'll be able to ask any specific inquiry due to the brevity of these on-camera interviews, I am looking for some insightful and thought-provoking questions to add to the mix. So who knows: your burning question might get asked after all.