"Eloise: Well, breaking her heart is, of course, what drives you in a few short years from now to enter that sailing race -- to prove her father wrong -- which brings you to the island where you spend the next 3 years of your life entering numbers into the computer until you are forced to turn that failsafe key. And if you don't do those things, Desmond David Hume, every single one of us is dead."
"Desmond: She loves me. I'm going to spend the rest of my life with her.
Eloise: No, Desmond, you're not"
"Eloise: The universe, unfortunately, has a way of course correcting. That man was supposed to die. That was his path just as it's your path to go to the island. You don't do it because you choose to, Desmond. You do it because you're supposed to."
"Eloise: You may not like your path, Desmond, but pushing that button is the only truly great thing that you will ever do."
"Eloise: I'm sorry to have to tell you this, Desmond, but the Island isn't done with you yet."
Just when he thinks he's out, they pull him back in. Desmond, you remember your good friend 'The Island', don't you? Don't act all surprised, we all knew you were coming back eventually. Eloise Hawking told us as much in the Lamp Post last season before Ben shot you. It's always been your destiny to go to the island, your "path". You thought it was all over, and yet here you are, once again.
While we only got a brief glimpse, I consider the return of Mr. Hume to be quite significant. Desmond isn't the most frequently used character, perhaps to his benefit as it keeps him very intriguing and interesting, but he's been shown to be one of the more important characters on the show, with key episodes frequently revolving around him (Catch-22, Flashes Before Your Eyes, The Variable, Live Together Die Alone). There's something unique and special about him, something that we don't fully understand, but have seen some examples of. He was in the hatch when it imploded, basically at ground zero when he released the electromagnetic energy that was built up under the Swan station. This seemed to affect his reality in terms of space and time. Immediately following the implosion, he was knocked unconscious and woke up in 1996. He was replaying his life in 1996, everything was the same, only he had all his memories through 2004. But when he attempted to make different choices in his deja vu, he was confronted by Eloise Hawking, talking about his destiny and fate to ultimately end up on the island, apart from Penny. It was more than just a deja vu, a dream, as this other reality that Desmond was in ended with him being hit in the face with a cricket bat, only to wake up back on the island, wincing in pain from the afore mentioned hit to the face.
But there was more than that. Following the hatch implosion, Desmond started seeing flashes, visions of the future, or at least what he thought was the future. He saved Charlie's life several times because of his visions, but also seemed to be a little misguided by his visions as well. He thought Penny had parachuted in from the helicopter, when it was actually Naomi. He told Charlie that he saw a vision of Claire leaving the island in a helicopter (although it's possible that this could still happen). But the point is that he had these visions of the future, as a result of the incident at the hatch. He also started jumping between 2004 and 1996 (The same year that Desmond originally had his "deja vu") when he left the island on the helicopter, somehow affected by the island's temporal anomalies. Finally, we have Desmond's experience with Daniel Faraday in 2001 or 2002. When the island was flashing through time, Daniel spoke to Desmond outside the Swan hatch. Then, in 2007, Desmond awoke, apparently remembering
what Faraday had told him, although it was as if the memory was brand new to him.
All of these things that we've seen from Desmond are largely mysterious and unexplained. We have bits of information here and there, obviously Desmond turning the key in the hatch had something to do with all of this, and Daniel Faraday seemed to have some kind of understanding of Desmond's unique capabilities, but overall we've been kept largely in the dark. The only thing we really seem to know is that Desmond's fate lies on the island, and sadly, does not involve Penny. How he fits into the war on the island, we don't know, but considering Charles Widmore kidnapped him and took him under lock and key back to the island to prevent the Nemesis from getting off the island, I'd say he'll be playing an integral role in the rest of series.
Speaking of Charles Widmore, we're getting a little bit more as each week goes by about his intentions on this island. He certainly seems to be anti-Nemesis, with a good understanding of what the Nemesis is and the importance of him staying on that island. To quote the Nemesis, "A wise man once said that war is coming to this island. I think it just got here." Clearly the two are at odds. One of the big questions in all of this is whether or not Widmore is also a member of Team Jacob, or if he's there under his own accord. With Richard leading everyone to Hydra Island, it's inevitable that the two groups will meet up sooner rather than later. Will they align forces, or does Widmore have his own plans? One thing to keep in mind from this week's episode is when Zoe was talking to Jin. She was looking at Dharma maps that identified the pockets of electromagnetism on the island. The same type of electromagnetic energy that affected Desmond when he turned the key at the Swan. Desmond, whom Charles Widmore believes is key to stopping the Nemesis. Could Widmore be looking to recreate what happened to Desmond? Is he trying to harness this energy to defeat the Nemesis? Is he just really conscious of his carbon footprint and is looking for green alternative energy sources to power his sonic fence? Let's just remember, Widmore says he is there to stop the Nemesis, and brought with him a geophysicist and a map to pockets of electromagnetic energy on the island.
Let's get to some quick hits, shall we?
-I'm not gonna lie, I was a little worried about this being a Sun & Jin episode. They've gone from being possibly my favorite characters during the first few seasons to relatively useless the past couple seasons since they've been separated the whole time. Sun is emotionless, and really has no motivation outside of "have you seen my husband?" Jin has been slightly more interesting, just because he's actually had things to do, being rescued by Rousseau's group, working in the Dharma Initiative. But it's pretty clear that without the touching moments, the emotional struggles and successes the two have had while on the island, they're just not that much fun to watch. So I was very relieved to find out that Sun & Jin were still together in the flash sideways, albeit not married. We actually got to see a little bit of that spark between the two that has been missing for three seasons, even if it was brief. That openness that you get to see when they are alone with each other, the little jokes they make, the affection they have for each other, it's something you're only going to get in those kind of situations. You won't see it from them in a one-on-one setting, because they are naturally more reserved when dealing with other people. Of course, now we have to go back into waiting to see it again, with Sun being shot in the flash sideways, and both still being separated on the island (although with Jin in Widmore's camp perhaps their reunification is getting closer. One can hope).
-I'm not sure how I feel about this Aphasia
storyline with Sun, but LOST is pretty good about avoiding stupid storylines, so I'll go along with it for now. I think my automatic "eye roll" reaction is due to the fact that on 24, one of its biggest weaknesses is stupid side storylines (I won't give any spoilers, but all I'll say is: mountain lion), so any time I see something that might be dumb I get a little scared.
-Anyone like the role reversal with Jin being the bilingual one and Sun only able to speak Korean?
-More Martin Keamy please. Seriously, this guy is awesome, and it makes me sad that this may be his last appearance on the show. He was awesome as a mercenary, he's awesome as a criminal underling for Mr. Paik. I can't get enough of him.
-I was trying to figure out what was bothering me about Mikhail when I saw him, and it wasn't until today that I figured it out. He has both eyes! Well, at least he did until Jin shot him in the head. He seems to be much more at peace than he ever was on the island.
-Anyone else notice Sun looking a little confused when she checked herself in the mirror before letting Keamy in? Just add her to the list of people to look at themselves in the mirror with a confused look in the flash sideways world.
-Speaking of the flash sideways, I have to think it's either coming to an end, or at least to a point sooner rather than later. Let's look at our main characters: Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Locke, Hurley, Jin & Sun, Sayid, Claire, Ben. I don't know that Frank or Ilana are relevant enough to bother with outside of a random appearance like Rose or Arzt. So we've had flash sideways for all of these characters except for Hurley, who we only briefly saw in Locke's flash sideways, and the premiere. Other than that, I don't know who else they can focus on, which means we may start seeing some purpose behind these flash sideways, or it just may mean we'll keep seeing them, only they won't focus on any one person, and instead continue to intertwine everyone's lives (Kate being arrested by Sawyer, Sun being shot and presumably being taken to Jack's hospital, etc.). I'm hoping for the former. The one question mark here is Desmond. Perhaps he will get a flash sideways episode too, but with Desmond's unique characteristics, I'm not so sure. His appearance on the season premiere, and his conversation with Jack, was all very mysterious. He just sort of seemed to appear, and disappear into thin air. No one around Jack saw him sit down, and he inexplicably got up and left without being seen. I'm still not totally sold on him being a part of this sideways world, or at least not to the extent that everyone else is. Maybe he's in the sideways world, but has his memories from his own world, and it's his job to bring everyone back. I don't know, but either way I expect in the next two or three weeks to know more about what this flash sideways world is, and what it has to do with the rest of the story.
-Did you hear what Locke said to Claire? There's still a possibility that Claire will kill Kate! Yay!
-I'm not sure if the writers were trying to be funny, but Desmond's confused look as he lay on the dock staring into the water at Sayid calmly sitting there staring back at Desmond was hilarious.
-Thought we learned an interesting bit about the Nemesis. He says that the names that are not crossed off have to leave together for him to get off the island. Whether that's actually the case or he just needs them dead remains to be seen, but either way it's clear that he's trying to get all of the remaining candidates to join him. But that's the key word: join. He can't force anyone to go with him, as we saw with Sun. He tried to talk Sun into coming with, but when she refused and ran away, the Nemesis couldn't actually do anything about it. He jogged behind her, when it was pretty clear he could have caught her if he wanted, and disappeared when she ran into the tree (real smart move Sun, by the way). So he has to get the candidates to willingly join him. Sayid is infected and seems to be cool with doing whatever the Nemesis wants. Sawyer's just trying to get off the island, but he has no real allegiance to the Nemesis. Kate's too dumb to know any better and is just along for the ride. And Jin didn't want to be there, and is now with Charles Widmore, which the Nemesis seems none too happy about. The remaining three are a little bit tougher, because Sun doesn't trust the Nemesis (and she only wants to find Jin, so now that Jin is gone it really ruins any leverage he might have had), and Jack and Hurley are clearly in the pro-Jacob camp and aren't going to have anything to do with the Nemesis.
-Really liked the scene with Jin looking at photos of Ji Yeon (although is it just me or did that look like kind of a crappy digital camera for a wealthy woman to own in 2007). I did think it was interesting though that Ji Yeon was brought up in the conversation for no real reason (aside from perhaps Widmore playing mind games and making Jin more sympathetic to his cause). Kind of struck me as odd the same way that the Nemesis brought up Aaron to Kate. I just can't shake this nagging feeling that they're being brought up for a reason, and we're going to see them again. I don't know.
-Heard this on a podcast and thought it was a great point; someone needs to point out to Sun that paper is in limited supply on the island and she should probably write a little smaller so that she's not taking up a whole page with the word "yes".
That's all for this week. Next week's episode looks very interesting, but it also looks like it may be a bit of a downer (not that ABC's teaser promos ever mean anything). Thanks for reading, and I'll see you next week.