Desmond spent this episode revisiting all the people who affected him in the other timeline. I could write a huge review for each of those reunions, but I don’t want to put all of that in the review, so look at each of the characters for blurbs about that jazz.
Daniel and Desmond are probably my favorite characters in this show. So you can imagine that this was probably one of the best episodes of the season for me.
The Desmond and Penny are the ultimate couple on this show. They’re the Ross and Rachel, the Mulder and Scully, the Gaius and Six of this show. As much as the writers try they can never make us care more about another couple (see: the Kwons or Kate and whoever). So when there’s a Desmond episode the stakes are high. This episode did a great job with those two. It almost reached the same level as the scene in Catch 22 when they originally met. (If you’ve got a spare minute I recommend watching that scene at the end of that episode, it’s worth it. Then again, why not watch all the Desmond episodes, they’re all awesome.)
On the Island it was pretty hectic. Desmond is forced to cooperate at the beginning of the episode. Then at the end he’s a willing follower of Widmore. He seems totally at peace even when he seems to switch sides. It’s going to make for a very exciting end.
Off the Island there was a very interesting ending, for once. I’m fine with all the cute stuff that’s happening off the Island, but I never really care to see the stories continued. For the first time ever I’m dying to see what happens next. Desmond wants to get all our charatcer together so that he can share something, presumably it’s the other timeline. That’s perfect, just what I want to see.
Let’s just count the reasons to love this episode: Daniel coming back, Desmond and Penny reuniting, Desmond finding his purpose on the Island, Eloise spouting electrifying insanity, the Oceanic Manifest reunion party; it was a very exciting episode for me. This season is starting to feel very final to me and I’m loving it. 9.5/10.0. It only just didn’t get 10.0 because of Charlie and because it doesn’t quite compare to Flashes Before Your Eyes or The Constant.
Before each character I’m going to put a little blurb about what I thought about their reunion with Desmond.
-It’s amazing how little time has passed. Evidently not much has happened to Desmond and Penny since the last time we saw them in the hospital after Ben shot Des. At least he got to miss most of the insanity of the Island.
-They really shouldn’t have let Desmond see Mr. Crispy. Then, to make things worse, Widmore takes that sheet off the guys head again later.
-Desmond was all over that Blackberry in the bar. Weird.
-“The button?” That was a good line. The MRI tech gave Desmond the panic button thing and called it the button.
-It’s really hard to know what Desmond’s plan is at the end of this episode when he goes with Sayid. He seems almost all-knowing now. Possibly he knows about the whole two timelines thing, and he seems to know all about Widmore’s plan and his own specialness and purpose. So therefore I assume he knows what he’s doing.
The Widmore/Desmond dynamic off the Island was interesting, mostly because of what was happening in the main timeline. I’m sure we all really enjoyed it when Desmond got to share that fancy scotch with Widmore. That was quite gratifying, after all this time.
-Widmore says that he’s going to ask Desmond to make a sacrifice. I don’t think he’s told him yet what that sacrifice will be. And he’s never promised Desmond that he will see Penny or Charlie 2 ever again, he’s only said that they’re both safe. I fear for Desmond’s life. Also, this episode felt a lot like Greatest Hits.
-Widmore mentions that same thing about everyone being “gone forever” if they fail to stop Smokey. This total oblivion thing is kinda frightening, but not really comprehendible. I get that “Locke” is scary, but this threat is very vague, his escape still seems harmless.
-Desmond working for Mr. Widmore was not even slightly surprising.
Charlie mostly got on my nerves in this episode. I don’t mind old Charlie from Season One, I don’t like Season two and three Charlie, and I did like ghost Charlie in season four. But this version was just classic annoying self-destructive Charlie, I have not patience for that iteration of the character. The thing that made the Charlie/Desmond relationship fun before was the fact that Desmond might not save his life.
-Whoa, Charlie’s hardcore. He dropped that empty bag on the ground! And he walked across the street without looking! What a rebel.
-I wonder if Charlie was seeing himself and Claire in the other timeline in 2004, on the beach. That would make sense. We all know those two didn’t end happily ever after so he certainly didn’t see the future in the main timeline.
-Ugh, I hate “You All Everybody”. Such a terrible song. Of course I don’t hate or envy the poor writers who were given the task of writing a fake hit song back in the first season, but I’d still rather not hear it ever again.
Desmond got to meet with Ms. Hawking. That was a lot of fun. As usual, she inexplicably knows information that she really shouldn’t know. She fell back into that prophetess-warning mode very easily and well, and I loved it. I’m totally fine with the fact that we’ll probably never know the source of her knowledge.
-How could Charles and Eloise been married for so long. That’s amazing in and of itself.
-Fionnula Flanagan had quite the hair in this episode. I think I like that weird mullet bun thing more than the strangely huge old lady fro.
-Here’s Ms. Hawkings’ little rant. (It’s always important to pay attention to what she says):
Eloise: Stop talking Hume. I’ve heard what you’ve has to say. Now you listen to me. I want you to stop.
Desmond: Stop? Stop what?
Eloise: Someone has clearly affected the way you see things. This is a serious problem. It is, in fact, a violation. So whatever you’re doing, whatever it is you think you’re looking for… you need to stop looking for it.
Desmond: Do you know what I’m looking for, Mrs. Widmore?
Eloise: I don’t know why you’re looking for anything. You have the perfect life. On top of it, you’ve managed to attain the thing you’ve wanted more than anything, my husband’s approval.
Desmond: How do you know what I want?
Eloise: Because I bloody do!
Desmond: I need to see that list, or you need to tell me why I can’t.
Eloise: Because you’re not ready yet, Desmond.
Desmond: Ready? Ready for what?
I think Eloise thought Daniel had got to him. No doubt she knows what Daniel’s been thinking lately and she doesn’t like it.
That line about the violation is the craziest thing. I presume there’s rules against crossing between universes.
Of course this whole thing could have just been an evil stepmother thing. Maybe she just doesn’t want Mr. Right meeting Penny.
Then there was Desmond and Daniel. My two favorites. Daniel spouted off some gibberish and thrilled me. I wish we could have seen more of him, but I’ll be happy with what I got. You can tell the writers know that this duo is a fan favorite.
-Widmore seems surprisingly affable about his musical son.
-It was way too exciting seeing the Daniel teases. First we see him surreptitiously playing background music for a scene, then we see him from behind seeing Desmond for the first time. I was going wild.
-Here’s Daniel and Desmond’s fun little convo:
Daniel: Do you believe in love at first sight, Mr. Hume?
Desmond: (laughs) Excuse me?
Daniel: The first time I saw her, I was walking through this museum a few weeks ago. She- She works there. She was on her lunch break. She was eating a chocolate bar. She has these incredible blue, blue eyes, red hair. And as soon as I saw her, right- right in that moment it was like… (sigh) it was like I already loved her. And that’s when things got weird. That same night after I saw that woman I woke up and I wrote this.
Desmond: So what is it?
Daniel: I’m a musician. I have no idea. So I took it to a friend of mine at Caltech. He’s a math whiz. He said this is quantum mechanics. He said these equations are so advanced that only someone who’d been studying physics their entire life could have come up with them.
Desmond: So… So what do they mean?
Daniel: Okay, Imagine- Imagine something terrible is about to happen, something catastrophic. And the only way to stop it from happening was by releasing a huge amount of energy. Like setting off a nuclear bomb.
Desmond: You want to set off a nuclear bomb.
Daniel: Just listen. What if this- all this, what if this wasn’t supposed to be our life? What if we- we had some other life, and for some reason, we changed things? I don’t want to set off a nuclear bomb, Mr. Hume. I think I already did.
Then the rest was about Penny, and it wasn’t quite as important. Daniel just says that Desmond felt love too, and it’s doing the same thing.
The important thing is how much Daniel knows. The way I see it, Daniel knows a lot more than he says. I think he knows all about what happened with Jughead and the plan to change the past. But of course he’s not great at expressing himself so it’s a very fractured account. But he seems to know that he wanted to change the past, he would use a bomb, and that it worked, but that doesn’t mean he should have done it.
-It’s so cute that Daniel fell in love with Charlotte again. The poor guy’s competing with Sawyer this time.
-I hope Desmond invites Daniel to the Oceanic reunion, he’s going to need him to explain things. Plus I would love to see more Daniel.
-Penny’s last name in the flash-sideways is Milton. I take it that’s her mothers name, either than or she’s flirting with adultery. Haha. Seriously though, she better not be married.
-I wonder if Penny is training for a sailboat race.
-Penny’s as cute as a button, just so charming. I think anyone would fall in love with her.
-Well Minkowski’s pretty unnecessarily gross
-I think Fisher Stevens is the first Oscar winner on the show. Well Michael Giacchino has an Oscar (and he really deserved it).
-Poor Mr. Stevens must have to get shirt collars specially made for that neck of his.
Desmond’s meeting with Claire was a little awkward. Not really important or anything, but that could describe his entire relationship with Claire.
-From the extremely brief Jack moment in this episode I gleaned that Jack might be ready to be a Man of Faith in this timeline. When Desmond said that Charlie was in the hospital Jack was more interested in the coincidence/fate that led three people from Oceanic 815 to the hospital at the same time.
-I don’t really see why Jin is along for the ride. He’s not really doing much of anything with these people.
-Mr. “I feel nothing” decides to let Zoe live for purely logical reasons. Of course a man with no feelings would feel pity on a random villain and let them run away. Sayid is too stupid. How can he not see that he still does have feelings he’s just repressing them?
-I can just imagine Desmond’s reunion with everyone on the manifest, then Ethan shows up, “Hey I was on the plane. I’m Canadian and stuff.” Then he hangs Charlie for no reason. Hahaha.
Flashes (what we know now):
Widmore says that Desmond is the only person that he knows who has survived a catastrophic electro-magnetic event. Hmm. I could name a few. First of all Locke, secondly Charlie and Eko.
And I’m not really sure if these people count, but Sawyer, Jack, Kate, and everyone else who was at The Swan during the Incident survived something pretty catastrophic.
This thing is, these other people didn’t flash back to the past or get flashes of the future after that. And of course, Desmond is special.
I’m guessing the flashing of the Constant was related but not relevant to this. Sure that was as a result of the electro-magnetism, but Minkowski, possibly Regina, Eloise the rat and Theresa; Daniel’s old girlfriends; also suffered the same thing.
So that thing they did to Desmond in this episode was just a test. You would think they could have taken it easy on him. Maybe that thing charged him up. Maybe now he HAS THE POWER!
In this episode Charles and Eloise gave no indication that they were ever on the Island. Roger said that he was on the Island as a member of the Dharma Initiative. Plus there was the Dharma shark and the Barracks on the underwater Island. So there’s no doubt that the Dharma activities on the Island went almost according to what we know. But so far there is no sign that the Hostiles were ever around.
I’m trying to think about the moments when our characters have crossed over into the other timeline.
First of all there’s the mirrors. I think they all come close when they look in the mirror, but not too close.
It also seems to happen when they die or have near death experiences. Juliet evidently saw that Jughead “worked” when she was dying. And Charlie seems to think that he saw his destiny or possibly another timeline where he was happy when he was about to die. Then Desmond saw Charlie from the other timeline when he was underwater.
And then there’s Desmond. Desmond seems to have completely crossed over once he touched Penny. Of course that could have something to do with the electro-magnetism in the other timeline. It also could have something to do with the electro-magnetism from the MRI. Whatever the cause, there’s no doubt that Desmond is special, so what happens to him probably won’t happen to everyone else.
Or it might come when people have contact with their Constant. But judging from Daniel’s experience it has more to do with people meeting their destined love one, Desmond with Penny, Jack with Kate, Charlie with Claire, and Daniel with Charlotte.
I hope that it’s not all connected to love. That would be OK, but I’d rather have it happen when people connect with people from the other timeline. If that’s right then Desmond’s planned reunion is going to start something big.