Another week, another episode. This one brings us back to the beach and back into Hurley’s jinxed past.
Spoilers and more after the break.
Links and Miscellanea:
- USA Today had a nice set of articles on LOST today, focusing on the cast members who haven’t been seen much this season. Key quote from Naveen Andrews (Sayid): “Even though I like getting paid for doing nothing, it is nice occasionally to work.” We’ll all be glad to see more of Sayid, Locke and Hurley, in particular. This article has more, including some personal stuff I didn’t know, like the fact that Naveen Andrews is in a long-term relationship with Barbara Hershey. Here’s a sidebar about upcoming character flashbacks.
- Here’s a good interview with Jorge Garcia from TV Guide. I like reading Garcia interviews because it’s apparent that he’s as much a LOST fan as anyone.
- I haven’t checked out the LOST jigsaw puzzles yet, though I did see some in Target over the holidays. If you don’t want to be bothered with putting the pieces together, here’s a link to some of the things you’ll find out if you do. (Some spoilers included, as well as explication of the infamous blast door map.)
- The official podcast went on semi-hiatus this week (they replayed some stuff released earlier with Matthew Fox talking about his tattoos, cut with some audio from last week’s episode), which seemignly substantiates the rumors that the production team is up against it in getting this season’s episodes completed.
Observations and Speculations:
- The song playing in Young Hurley’s radio at the first of the episode, and then again in the bus’ 8-track player at the end of the episode is Three Dog Night’s “Shambala.” To find significance in the lyrics of this song, one need look no further than the chorus: “Ah, ooh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.” It’s the perfect song to be playing in a “hippie car.” The song is also, like so many other DHARMA things, linked to Eastern mysticism. According to Wikipedia: “The song is about the mythical kingdom of Shambala, said to be hidden somewhere within or beyond the peaks of the Himalayas and mentioned in various ancient texts including the Kalachakra Tantra and ancient texts of Tibetan Buddhism. The lyrics refer to a situation where kindness and cooperation are universal, joy and good fortune abound, and psychological burdens are lifted.” You know, hippy stuff. It also leads to speculation about whether the island was intended to be some mythical kingdom of cooperation.
- Other notable things about that bus: Although it’s clearly a VW, it has a DHARMA insignia on the front. A light on the dashboard light does have the VW logo, however. (Apparently, Hanso was big on rebranding.) And that DHARMA logo appeared to be generic and not tied to any particular station. That’s unusual. Either that, or it’s a Pearl Station logo.) However, the beer in the bus and Roger’s uniform both bear the Swan Station insignia.
- It was nice to see the return of Vincent. You’ve got to wonder why the lab decided to share his dessicated disembodied arm with his old friends at the beach, but no matter. Hurley took some solace from the fact that the hand was clutching a white rabbit’s foot, able to overlook the fact that the rabbit’s foot didn’t prove to be very lucky for the last guy who had it.
- The rabbit’s foot was one of two apparent references to the titles of earlier episodes. Episode 1.5 was “White Rabbit.” Episode 1.3, “Tabula Rasa,” was alluded to when Kate told Sawyer that they could start over with a “blank slate.”
- And what exactly was it that Sawyer was supposed to apologize to Kate for, anyway? Not going back for Jack? Releasing Karl? Both of those things are arguably justified. It was funny that Sawyer was unable to follow the advice that he gives to Jin later in the episode about the three things to tell a woman.
- The dart that Sawyer stepped on was most likely from the dartboard from down in the hatch. Of course, Sawyer and Kate don’t know yet that the hatch is no more, so they have no idea what a random singed dart is doing in the middle of the jungle.
- Note that Niki is wearing a red shirt in this episode, suggesting she’s not long for this world. Another random unknown brunette was also wearing a redshirt during the reunion sequence.
- Just as a review: Yes, Randy Nations, Hurley’s former manager and the manager-to-be of the ill-fated Mr. Cluck’s Chicken Shack, is the same Randy that was Locke’s manager in Locke’s first episode (1.4 “Walkabout”). Hurley purchased the packaging company where Locke worked, and most likely had Randy put in a management position because he felt responsible for him. Also, Hurley mentioned Mr. Clucks getting hit by a meteorite in an earlier episode, so that wasn’t knew. It was still funny, though.
- I like that Kate went off looking for Danielle Rousseau, and it makes a certain amount of sense. What I don’t understand is how she knew where to look. The last time we had contact with Rousseau, she had picked up camp and headed who knows where.
- Unlike Bai Ling last week, I thought that Cheech Marin was really pretty good in this week’s episode.
- Roger, the Work Man, the DHARMA janitor: It’s interesting to think that there are blue-collar types among the DHARMA folks. That bus doesn’t look well-equipped for off-roading, though, and we’ve yet to see any roads on the island.
- This is the second time a Lost survivor has visited a psychic (the third if you include the healer that Rose visited in her episode). Claire’s psychic was a fraud until he met her. Hurley’s psychic was a fraud from the get-go.
- Inside the bus, there was a lot of trash and the blueprints for a dirt switchback road. That will likely become important in a future episode.
- I liked Charlie probably more than I ever have when he said he’d ride shotgun with Hurley.
I really liked this episode. I know a lot of people don’t care for Hurley’s episodes—they tend to be lighter and to not move the main plot much—but I always enjoy them.
Next week, and in the next few weeks, we should be getting lots of mythology. So please, show a little bit more patience. I, for one, still think this is the best show on television.