Wow...my head hurts.
In my opinion, that was by far the best episode of the season and among the cream of the crop in terms of the series as a whole. Looks like this idea of "Lost Time" (Mittelos anagram from last episode) will be a theme for the remainder of this season, if not the entire run. To reiterate this point even further, please watch this
clip that shows last week's brainwashing scene shown backwards.
"Only fools are enslaved by time and space."
Sounds like our friend Ms. Clue spend some time in the Others' A/V club. Bravo.
So where does that leave us? Oh yeah, Desmond decided to travel back in time last night. We finally see what happens to Des once he turns that key - and now I'm more confused then ever.
As you can imagine, there are a number of different schools of thought as to what happened last night. I'm not sure which way I'm leaning to just yet, so I'll just discuss some of the theories that are popular and some that seem to make sense.
First thought is that the turning of the key did in fact launch Des through time and space. I don't really buy this simply for the fact that it's too Sci-Fi-ish for Lost. I know...that seems like a ridiculous statement. But the producers have been quoted as saying that everything that happens on the island is "logistically possible." As far as we know, time travel is still pretty far out there. I'm more likely to listen to argument about life moving in parallel yet alternate dimensions (time is the Fourth Dimension, after all), but even that seems to open too big a door - even for Lost.
Instead, the argument that Desmond was experiencing an extremely lucid dream - while not as mind blowing - seems to hold a little more water. In this dream he relives a period in his life, but with many aspects of his future embedded within it. Digest the following reflections from his future: the clock reads 1:08 (reflecting the 108 minute countdown to the button); the delivery man has a package for 815; the painting in Whidmore's office consists of a polar bear in a jungle, an upside down Buddha, and the word "Namaste" written backwards; Charlie busks some eerily appropriate tunes*; "Make your own kind of Music" blares twice on the jukebox; ads for the Hanso Foundation, Gannon Car Rentals, Apollo Candy Bars, and Oceanic Air surround the soccer field on TV; and the beeping of the microwave clearly replicates the beeping of the countdown in the hatch. These are all images from his "future" that have been dropped into a dream of his past.
On a higher level, it seems the purpose of this dream is to speak more directly to the consequences of destiny and fate, long time Lost themes. Is Desmond destined to leave Penny and push the button, as demanded by the crazy old Jeweler (ie, his subconscious)? Or is the meaning to debunk that established path, and lead him to a revelation that his life is up to his own choosing (ie, change the future by altering the "set course" of the present...save Charlie, find Penny, etc)? Does the universe have a set path or does Desmond, or anyone for that matter, have the ability to carve their own path?
But of course, none of this answers his new found pre-cognitive (future seeing) abilities. What's up with that? Well, what if all I wrote above is rambling crap and instead the knock to his noggin he received while painting sparked these pre-cog abilities (the can of red paint did have "Future" written on its side, after all) and the predictions he made in the following days were legit? Then, for whatever reasons, his arrival to the island "cured" this gift (or curse?), only to resurface once again upon the turning of the key? ... Yeah, I don't know either.
One last intriguing theory is that while naked and unconscious, our friend Black Smoke (Smokey, for short) crept up on him and downloaded a little Desmond mental scan...you know, all very Eko-esque. If you listen closely, in Desmond's flashback/dream/time travel sequence you can hear those familiar clicks and clanks that Smokey can't seem to hold in. Could the combination of the scan and his mental state create the flashback...or even create the single ability to now see into the future? (Meaning, the Island did it...in the same manner that it cured Locke and Rose).
Obviously I have no idea what's going on. But it's pretty fun to think about. Add any additional thoughts in the comments...cause just like in grade school English, there are no wrong answers...yet.
But first, did anyone catch what song Charlie was singing when Des saw him on the street? It was Oasis' "Wonderwall." Hmmm...the lyrics seem oddly familiar:
Today is gonna be the day
That they're gonna throw it back to you
By now you should've somehow
Realized what you gotta do
I don't believe that anybody
Feels the way I do about you now
Backbeat the word was on the street
That the fire in your heart is out
I'm sure you've heard it all before
But you never really had a doubt
I don't believe that anybody feels
The way I do about you now
And all the roads we have to walk along are winding
And all the lights that lead us there are blinding
There are many things that I would
Like to say to you I don't know how
You're gonna be the one who saves me?
And after all
You're my wonderwall
We should probably start a pool to see how Charlie kicks it. Relapse? Claire's baby's evil powers? Hurley gets hungry?
More eggs below:
Is crazy jeweler woman the same person as the woman below (shown in previews to next week???) Also note that there are clocks all over the above picture...more time references
Charlie's full name learned
Curious Island Like painting in Whidmore's office
That's all I got for now...feel free to add your own thoughts below. Look out next week for "3 Major Answers" revealed!