On the Island
I was a little disappointed that Desmond wasn’t as Special as I’d hoped. I didn’t really know what to expect from Desmond on the Island, but I kinda fell for the same thing that Jack did. I thought that since Jacob wanted him there he had some insanely important thing to do. And I thought he was infallible. All that confidence he had before seemed well-founded. But it turns out he was just not afraid of death.
I guess I was hoping that he would cross over to the other timeline and save things like that. But having Desmond in what appeared to be an important role was pretty much just a favor for us from the writers. They know we love him so they gave him a central, if unfulfilling, role.
-The way I saw it, on the Island Desmond was very wrong. He thought that pulling the plug would send everyone over to their ‘other life’. I guess that’s because he saw some glimpses of himself living there and he believed that it was real. There didn’t seem to be complete unity between the two Desmonds in this episode. (see below)
-I’m so glad Desmond didn’t get his suicidal wish. He was very willing to die and go into that Afterlife, but he still have Penny and Charlie 2 out there somewhere. I wanted to see that reunion, but it doesn’t really matter. Just knowing that Hurley was going to make it happen was enough.
-Hurley and Ben might have been a little too disappointed to see Desmond when they pulled him up. Poor guy, not the best time to feel rejected.
Off the Island
I think Desmond was the first person to flash because he had the simplest life on the Island. He only had a few things happen to him, he pushed the button, he pined for Penny and he saw Charlie die (over and over). So he connected fast and completely. All it took was Penny’s touch and he was completely convinced.
It’s a credit to his character that he helped everyone else flash. He really didn’t have to do that. In fact I wouldn’t have even expected him to. But he felt the need to share the truth with everyone.
-In the Afterlife Desmond seemed fully aware of the whole being dead thing. Kate asked him why she was there and he mysteriously said he couldn’t tell her. And he was desperate to move past this life. He probably knew more than anyone else, except Christian… maybe.
Off the Island
-I don’t think it’s really fair that Penny didn’t even get a line. She just smiled at Jack.