BEWARE! HERE THERE BE SPOILERS!
Don't say you weren't warned. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's talk LOST!
Before we delve in to my favorite moments of the night, let's just pause and take a moment to appreciate that this was the 100th episode. That means I have spent approximately 4,000 minutes (or 67 hours) of my life obsessing over things like what's in the hatch, how did Locke end up in a wheelchair, who are the people in the jungle, what did Kate do to get arrested, and are the survivors ever going to get home. So much has happened since that initial plane crash, and the questions have gotten stranger and my behavior has gotten more obsessive! (ha ha) We've flashed back and flashed forward and flashed waaay back (can you say 1977?) since that very first episode. As much as I am dreading the end of this show next season, I'm secretly looking forward to going back and watching them all over again on DVD, such is my level of adoration for this show. But for now, let's discuss my favorite moments from the latest episode...
I thought this was the most shocking event of the night:
Eloise shooting Daniel!
Okay, raise your hand if Daniel was one of your favorites. Yep, me too. Can you believe Eloise shot him? I have two burning questions concerning this event. 1. Is Daniel really dead? (I really hope not. He brought such an interesting angle to the show and was such a good actor.) and 2. Did Eloise remember shooting him? I mean, did the present (2009) Eloise remember shooting him in 1977 but she went ahead and sent him back to the island anyway? (If so, then she's in the running with Ben for most evil person on the show.) Or is this a new wrinkle in the "present" time of 1977?
I thought this was the most heartbreaking moment of the night:
Desmond (to Penny): "I swore I'd never leave you again, Penny. And I never will."
Daniel (to baby Charlotte): "You've got to leave this island and never come back."
Okay, raise your hand if you held your breath until you knew if Desmond was going to make it. Yep, me too. I love it that our star-crossed lovers, Desmond and Penny, have been reunited and are living out their "happily ever after", but there's always the ominous shadow of Widmore and the Island looming over them (or would that be the shadow of the statue - ha ha). Will they ever be free from it all?
And how could you not get a little misty-eyed watching a desperate Faraday try his best (again) to convince baby Charlotte that she should leave the island with her mum and never come back. It wasn't like Faraday and Charlotte had a lot of on-screen chemistry (no pun intended) or even shared a lot of touching scenes together, but maybe I'm just a sucker for romances doomed by destiny. Maybe his warning will work this time around?
And finally, here's the funny moment of the night:
Sawyer (to Faraday): "Welcome back, twitchy!"
Kate: "This is a mistake. He's talking about erasing everything that's ever happened to us, Jack. It's insane!"
Jack: "We disappeared off a plane in mid-air and ended up in 1977. I'm getting kinda used to 'insane'."
How unusual for Jack to have the funny line of the night! I also liked it when Sawyer called Faraday "H.G. Wells". Speaking of H.G. Wells, I thought it would be beneficial to give a recap on the LOST rules of time travel, as we know them so far:
- There are Constants (example: Desmond and Penny's love for each other) which are unchanging throughout time and keep your brain from going crazy and keep you grounded in some way.
- There are Variables (example: Faraday's ability to change things in the future by altering the past, by giving a message to a Hatch-bound Desmond, to change Desmond's actions in the future). Humans are the variables.
If there are constants, then naturally there would have to be variables. Why didn't I see that coming? I suppose it's because I don't have a math/science mind. Although I do feel like I should get a degree in physics after watching this show. Maybe LOST will become a college elective (if it hasn't already). Our other rules, which seem to contradict each other are:
- What happened, happened. This phrase has been repeated a lot and seems to imply that nothing can be changed, no matter how hard they try. Yet how do you explain people that were born in the 70s, existing as twenty-somethings in that very era? Ouch! That makes my brain hurt.
- This is your "present". We also know, from Miles' convoluted discussion with Hurley, and mentioned also by Faraday in this episode, that wherever you are in time, that is your "present". You have free will (I think this was implied) to make new choices that might change time.
- The universe will course correct. Yet we've also been told that the universe (or destiny) wants things a certain way, so even if you try to change things, it will use other events to "course correct" so that it will come out with the same result. Are Desmond and Penny an except to this rule? It was implied that Desmond was "special" and it seems Faraday is too. Are there certain "special" people who are not bound by "destiny" and can determine their own fate? Ooo - good stuff to ponder on!
This was a tremendous episode! I don't think I took a breath through the whole thing! I wonder if Faraday is adopted or is he a genetically engineered child? Are Daddy Widmore and Mommy Hawkings really his biological parents? They seem to be in more of a forced partnership over manipulatively guiding him towards his "destiny" than they seem like actual parents. And if they are his parents, why is his last name Faraday? Is he named after the scientist who created him? Are Penny and Daniel brother and sister? Or maybe they're test tube cousins? And I wonder if the hydrogen bomb is the thing that is "in the shadow of the statue." Leave me a comment and let me know what you picked up on!