Last Night on LOST: Jughead

The producers of Lost continued their shock & awe campaign last night with the absolutely phenomenal episode “Jughead”. So, if you’re up for it, let’s go below the fold together and talk about the further adventures of Mr. Desmond David Hume.

Penny & Des

The scenes between Penny, Desmond, and Charlie are both heartwarming and heartrending, all at once. On the one hand, it’s nice to see a couple that we rooted for is now together. On the other hand, it’s painful to hear how much anger is simmering beneath the surface of every word Penny utters. She is clearly not pleased that Desmond is being roped back into all of this nonsense again. And hey, can you blame her? She has a kid now, and a husband who seemed to have moved past this bullshit years ago. And now he wants to risk their lives to go on this errand for Faraday? I’d say that she has a right to be pissed off.

As a father, I was particularly touched by the scene between Desmond and Charlie. Listening to Des tell Charlie about Great Britain, and watching as the child was mesmerized by his father’s tale—it reminded me of some of my favorite moments with Kaylee, the moments where my voice telling her a story seems to be the most magical thing in the world.

The way Desmond describes the sudden arrival of the memory is really interesting, as well. I think that those of us trying to figure out exactly how time travel works on Lost will eventually be able to see how meaningful this line is/was, but right now I’m still not clear on what happened. Did Daniel change the past? That’s what the line seems to be implying to me.

Faraday & Des

The first clue about Desmond’s mission to find Faraday’s mother actually appeared as a little pop-up factoid during the repeat of “The Lie” that preceded “Jughead”. When Ms. Hawking appeared on screen, she was identified as Eloise Hawking. Remember the name of Faraday’s mouse?

Eloise.

Not so much of a stretch to say that Ms. Hawking is Faraday’s mother now, is it?

The rest of the Search for Faraday’s Mum story kind of bored me a bit (probably because I knew he wasn’t going to find her, since I’d just seen her in Los Angeles with Ben). It was interesting (and frightening) to learn that Faraday had left a human guinea pig in his wake, and to learn that Widmore was paying for the girl’s medical bills, but things didn’t really get interesting until Desmond quit that sad, sad scene and made his way off to confront his estranged father-in-law.

Widmore & Des

I totally did not see it coming when Desmond barged into Widmore’s office, though I suppose I should have. What would a trip to Great Brit be without a confrontation between these two arch rivals?

What made the scene even more interesting was that Widmore seemed to have given up his hatred of Desmond. The fact that Desmond turned up alive meant that Penny might still be alive, and that Desmond was maybe good for something after all.

Widmore actually seemed genuinely scared that Desmond had resurfaced though, once he got past the initial reaction. He gives Desmond the address of Eloise Hawking in Los Angeles (that’s not stated specifically in the episode, but let’s not kid ourselves on this one—she is totally Faraday’s mum) and then begs him to go back into hiding. He must know that Ben is still lurking around, waiting for the chance to make good on his promise to kill Penny, and Widmore must also know, or at least suspect, that Ben might be hanging out with Eloise.

“Deliver your message, then get yourself out of this mess,” I believe, is how Widmore’s line goes. He is definitely scared.

The Originally Lost

I’m calling this section “The Originally Lost” because the storyline involving Locke, Juliet, and Sawyer was the only storyline in this episode to involve original cast members.

Interesting points here:

  1. The Others speak Latin, and there seem to be two theories about why they do. One is that they speak Latin because their civilization is old enough to have spoken Latin back when it was spoken. The other theory, the one that seems more plausible to me, is that they just decided on Latin because it was rare enough for people to speak it that it could be their secret language. This seems to be supported by Juliet’s lines about learning Latin in “Others 101” because it was the “language of the enlightened”.
  2. But, then again, this is a place where people heal quickly and where at least one person ages very, very slowly (if at all). Maybe they have been around since way back when, when people actually spoke Latin. Ricardos Alpert seems to have been around forever, and listen to young Widmore when he talks about the “sodding old man” (Locke) who he’s just run away from. His attitude toward old age suggests to me that part of being an Other is remaining eternally young.
  3. When John arrives at the camp of the Others, all he has to do is mention Jacob’s name to gain instant cred. So Jacob has always been in power, right?
  4. The Others have a very specific process for selecting leadership, Richard explains. This tells us why Richard was testing Locke in the flashback from last season. it also, in my mind, helps to prove my theory about Widmore being ousted by Ben as leader. I feel like Widmore is the current leader-in-training, and if John Locke had stuck around at that point, he might’ve been the one to usurp poor Charlie’s power, long before Ben was even born.

The Newly Lost

The science team’s story continues to be compelling to me. I’m growing to really like these three as a unit. They’re really clicking for me.

Interesting tid-bits here:

  • w00t! for redshirts without red shirts! The two 815ers who arrive on the scene with the science team are goners from the moment we see them, aren’t they? I mean, even if you hadn’t seen the million clips of them getting blown up in the trailers, you had to have seen this coming a mile away. Or should I say, a “Miles” away? Hardy har har.
  • Does Ellie mean something more when she says, “Just couldn’t stay away, could you?” to Daniel. It never comes up again explicitly, but it feels like she’s seen him before and not just that she’s referring to him thinking that he’s U.S. Military.
  • “What’s your name?” Alpert asks Faraday. “Whats your name?” Faraday asks back. And, okay, I realize this is probably just two men doing what two men do, being macho and not answering each other’s questions, but it seems like there might be something more between them. It seems like they’re both conceding that names aren’t all that important, and they’ve used several over the years. I don’t know… maybe I’m nuts, but I feel like Daniel Faraday is going to turn up in a lot of places/times that we wouldn’t expect him to.
  • When Ellie is walking Daniel up to the bomb, he says to her that she looks so much like someone he knows. She makes a snide remark, thinking he’s coming on to her. But Daniel would never come on to Ellie, because deep down inside I think he knows that Ellie is short for Eloise and that this young lady is actually going to grow up to be… Well, come on, you can put two and two together, can’t you?

And here’s my last grand theory of the day, the one that I brought up earlier today in Geek Force Utterz #81. When Daniel tells Ellie to bury the bomb, I think we are seeing the beginning of the story of the Swan. He talks about sealing up the crack with lead and then burying the thing in concrete and I think that means that what was beneath that hatch the 815ers found all the way back in season one was good old Jughead itself.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments.