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204 – Everybody Hates Hugo

Review:

Hurley’s flashback is sad enough/happy enough to cry to.  Seriously, a tear.  When you see what the poor guy went through after he won the lottery, and then when he saw it all happening again when Jack put him in charge of the food.  Sad.

Also on the other end of the island, Jin Michael and Sawyer are introduced to The Tailies, for real this time.  We get a glimpse of how hard they had it.  The Tailies storyline was one of my favorite in all the seasons of Lost, so I love to watch it again.

This episode was good but not for the usual reasons.  This is more of a transition episode, we are just getting introduced to the Tailies, as people, and the people at the beach are learning to live with The Swan.  We had a melancholy Hurley story and we also had a very surprising introduction to The Tailies.  8.0/10.0

Character Impressions:

Hurley

-Hurley’s vision is so creepy.  Jin: “Everything’s going to change.”  Seeing Daniel Dae Kim speaking English so fluently still surprises me.

-I’m surprised Hurley was willing to enter the numbers.  Surely he’s afraid of using the numbers.  I wonder if he’s just lost all of his hope and he’s going a little crazy again.  Maybe he doesn’t care if he lives or dies, that could explain why he was willing to blow up all the food.

-Hurley’s mother is hilarious.  After hearing the phone ring, “Maybe that’s Jesus…  It is, he wants to know what color car you want.”

-Rose about Hurley, “You’re about the only person on this island that everyone likes.”  Ironically he’s one of the only characters on the island that I liked, for a long time.

-Is Hurley’s friend Johnny real?  It doesn’t seem like it, he quits from Mr. Clucks at the same time as Hurley.  There is no evidence that anyone can hear or see him.  Also he talks just like Hurley, similar to Dave, who we know is imaginary, or a hallucination.

Libby

-The first site of Libby!

-Libby is really not looking good when they first meet her, she’s freakishly thin and very dirty.  She definitely gains a healthy amount of weight after living on the safe side of the island for a while.

-I really enjoy the foreboding way that Libby says there were 23 the of them (the Tailies).

-The first time I watched season 2, when it aired, I didn’t pay any attention to Libby, they really write her in as a side character, no scene really centers on her.  I thought she was an extra.

Sawyer

-As usual Sawyer’s getting hurt, a lot.

Kate

-N/A

Locke

-Why is Locke suddenly telling people about The Swan.  He tells Charlie without any hesitation.  Maybe he’s just really excited that he finally got into it.  Or maybe he just lacks the foresight to see the problems it would cause to have 42 people in the station.

Ana Lucia

-Ana Lucia really needs Eko to make sure she doesn’t do anything crazy.  She is ultra aggressive.  We definitely weren’t meant to like her in the beginning.  I think that after we see “The Other 48 Days”, and we see her flashback we were meant to like her or at least see why she is the way she is.

-The Dharma station that The Tailies find is a pretty good setup, sure it doesn’t have a washer an dryer or food, but it’s pretty roomy, they could fix it up pretty easily.

Charlie

-N/A

Eko

-N/A

Jin

-N/A

Sun

-Sun gets the bottle with all the notes, and she buried the.  Good for her for being proactive.

Sayid

-Sayid is trying to get to the magnetic anomaly.  They don’t really talk about it much.

Jack

-N/A

Claire

-Claire finds the bottle full of notes.

Michael

-N/A

Rose

-Rose is back, after being gone for nearly 20 episodes.

-Good thing Rose is there to be a mother figure to all the poor lonely men, like Hurley.

-Rose seems like some sort of prophetess at the end of this episode.  After we see that she was right about The Tailies, we, or at least I, wondered if she had any source of her info.  It turns out it was all just hope and confidence.  Too bad.

Bernard

-Were we all racist since we didn’t expect Bernard to be Rose’s husband?  I think a little bit, we probably should have been open to the idea.

-I kinda like the fact that Bernard didn’t really believe that Rose was alive.  It would have been weird if he did.

Flashbacks (what we knew then):

-When we found out that 23 people survived from the tail end, but there was only 5 left, it was pretty shocking.  I theorized that Smokey killed most of them.

Flashforwards (what we know now):

-Is Locke a communist?  I was just thinking about the political views of Jack and Locke.  In this episode Jack insists that no one should know about The Swan except those who first came into it.  Locke, on the other hand, was willing to tell Charlie with no other reason other than it was fair.  So let’s step back and look at this, Jack feels that an elite group of people should be in charge of ruling the lower class of individuals.  He thinks they should be in charge of rationing the food and information to everyone.  Locke on the other hand believes that anyone and everyone should be involved in the process.  In season three we see him give an open invitation to anyone to come on their forest expedition. 
Some more evidence is in the fact that Americans seem to like Jack, while I seem to like Locke.  Americans tend to have a deep seeded fear of communism, maybe they (you) sense his political leanings and want to avoid him.  That would be interesting.
(Note: I am not a communist, I really have no leanings.  I am 100% sure that no governmental system is good, I see that a perfect civilization, a utopia, would have communist ideas.  That’s all… don’t shoot me.)

-I’m now 90% sure that Hurley’s friends in this flashback were imaginary.  They are way to similar to him and the story really makes a lot more sense if they were fake.  I encourage everyone to watch this episode again.

– Izi

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6 Responses to “204 – Everybody Hates Hugo”


  1. September 10, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Hi there, Izi!

    After reading your Hurley/Johnny theory, I will be rewatching with “new eyes”.

    Maybe John Locke is Lenin? He was bald and didn’t the Russians “enshrine” his body? Perhaps we’ll find out in Season 5 that Locke’s motto truly is ” Better red than dead?” 😉

  2. September 11, 2008 at 6:18 am

    Ever notice that Hurley gets what he wants?
    The lotto. He has money and power giving him the chance to tell his boss at chuck a luck chicken to shove it.
    He also amazingly made it to the airport, he had to catch that plane, and miraculously, got on board.
    He also wanted more than coconuts and berries to eat and lo and behold, he is in charge of the food cache found on the island.
    Those are but a few things about Hurley. take a look at each scene he is in. Somehow, he gets what he wants.

  3. September 11, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    Good point, LOTGK.

    This is simular with Walt (the rain stopping, getting his dog back etc.) Which makes it very interesting that Walt beats Hurley every time they’d play backgammon. Then’s there’s Jack ” Amarillo Slim” Shepard and his stellar card (beating everyone, including Hurley) and ping pong playing (Wonder who’d win in a Hurley/Jack match up?). So, is their a hierarcy of “abilities”…and who’s at the top?

  4. 4 Rosie
    December 8, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    I like Hurley, but I usually have a hard time liking his episodes, except for S4’s “The Beginning of the End”. The only thing interesting about this particular episode were Michael, Sawyer and Jin’s interactions with the Tailies.

  5. 5 Rosie
    December 8, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    We definitely weren’t meant to like her (Ana-Lucia) in the beginning.

    I did. When she manhandled Sawyer and kept him in the pit, I became an instant fan. There will be no one quite like her . . . all the pity.


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