What an episode! Chock full of all the little insights and meta discussions that make you re-evaluate characters and their place in the series.
This one is all about the characters and their (new?) relationships:
Titular imaginary friend played perfectly by Evan Handler.
I’m no Freudian, but I think he represents Hurley’s ID. Impulsive, decisive, meddlesome. Saying and doing all the things that Hurley secretly desires.
His entire mind-fuck scenario leading up to the cliff-diving was picture perfect. I’m sure the writers will use him, and Hurley’s illness, to great effect going forward.
Wouldn’t it be just too easy (and disappointing) if the whole thing were Hurley’s dream?
The sadesst sack on the entire island. Seriously, if it weren’t for bad luck he’d have no luck at all.
Libby’s love notwithstanding, the man is most probably cursed. I love the guy and I feel incredibly sorry for him, but I wouldn’t get within 100 yards of him.
On the flipside, he probably holds some key to how events unfold on the island. If anyone would be a catalyst for things coming to a head or taking a wrong turn, he’s the logical choice.
Two bonus points:
- The use of the numbers in Hurley’s accident (23 people on a deck built for 8)
- Hurley beating up Sawyer over the Clonazepam and ensuing “crazy” comment
I’ve been saying since the beginning of the Libby/Hurley romance that the two knew one another in the past (and that she might have be crazy). I thought perhaps she was a nurse or doctor at the hospital. Didn’t think she’d be a patient, but it makes perfect sense.
She probably crushed on him during their mutual stay. And she re-made herself as a therapist on the island because she’s obviously smart (and crazy) enough to have all the lingo at her disposal.
I can’t wait to see how far down the rabbit hole this goes.
And maybe, just maybe, she saw the slipper (and Dave) too!
The hardest working man in show business!
Seriously, I could not be that actor. All the bruising make-up and endless hours shooting on one set. Guh!
I love what a chameleon he is. Always talking in circles. Always letting out a little bit of line and making it appear like a mistake.
I’m now firmly in the camp that believes that, not only is he an “other”, he let himself get caught. And not to escape other “others” but to infiltrate the lostaways and destroy them from within.
I don’t buy his speech to Locke about the computer, even though it seems like an attractive scenario and supportive of several popular theories about the purpose of the island and the Dharma Initiative, because I think he’s the Tommy Flanagan of Lost: always lying when his lips are moving.
That’s all I’ve got. Next week seems like a doozy.
We’re led to believe that Henry knows about Walt, but I wonder if a Lostaway says the name first and he just uses it. So Meta. Now I’m speculating if a particular character knows that another character knows that the first character knows that the second character knows ad infinitum.
On to sleep and next week’s Lost.