Last Night’s TV – Lost: Everybody Loves Hugo


This was, yet again, an utterly awesome episode! And things are starting to become a tad clearer as the fabric of time and reality wears thin in Sidestep world, where the Losties that we’ve got to see living there are inextricably drawn together, and memories of their alternate lives on the Island are seeping in…

But as ever, for as many questions we received answers to, there were yet more questions to be answered.

However we do now know that the whispers in the jungle – that have been an integral part of the show from the get go – are the souls of dead people in limbo…

We got to know that courtesy of Michael who told Hurley that’s what they were. And it seems that Hurley is emerging as a very key figure in what’s to become the eventual outcome, as is Desmond.

Just the title of this week’s episode was a direct reference to alternate realities in that in season 2, there was an episode entitled, Everybody Hates Hugo, but in the Sidestep world, he’s a national treasure and a very lucky one, whereas of course pre-island, the only luck Hugo had – apart from winning the lottery – was bad luck!

And even all that money, which would normally improve a person’s lot, made Hugo’s life worse, but in Sidestep, it’s made him a happy chicken. And apropos of chicken, while Desmond was waiting for his chicken – he was order number 42, a Number of course – he managed to plant doubt in Hurley’s mind about Libby.

So was Desmond’s trip to Hugo’s chicken shop coincidental? Well, I think not. I think Desmond is deliberately seeking out the other Losties in Sidestep…

Which brings us to why he ran over a wheelchair bound Locke…

Was it a classic case of the moral dilemma, if you could go back in time and kill Hitler before he committed all those atrocities, would you? Well for Desmond, it seems the answer to that is, ‘yes’. Plus, while talking to Ben about what he was there for, Des mentioned his son, Charlie, so is that an indication that Des is now fully aware of the different but concurrent realities?

And as you’ll see in the promo videos below for next week’s show, as both Sun and Locke being stretchered into what I’m sure will be Jack’s hospital, Sun has an immediate fear reaction to seeing Locke – intimating yet more thinning of the fabric between worlds – and Locke smiling; he’d cheated death, again! But prior to his being taken into the ambulance, we saw his shocked, bloodied face, as we have in so many scenarios throughout…

And it was great to see so many characters coming together in Sidestep, such as Dr Chang presenting Hugo with his award for Man of the Year. Not only is Dr Chang a key figure in the Dharma stuff, but he’s Miles’ dad and, as mention was made of Hugo’s contribution to the natural history museum, we might assume that Sidestep Chang works with Charlotte.

Then of course there was Libby! Her memories of the Island – like Desmond, Charlie and Daniel have all shown – are there; she just didn’t understand why she knew Hugo and knew they’d been special to each other.

And of course, Santa Rosa featured, as did Dr Brooks. In the early seasons, Hugo was of course a patient there himself. And did you notice the picture of the Island on Dr Brooks’ office wall?

Similarly, on the blackboard in the recreation room, there was a chalk drawing of the Island, complete with Dharma shark!

Meantime, on the Island, Ilana met her end in a rather similar form to how Leslie Arzt died at the end of season one – by being blown up by dynamite. And as Ben speculated, that may have been because the Island no longer had any use for her… so is that another hint that the entire essence of the Island is evil?

If it is, why did it cure Rose of her cancer and the real Locke of his disability? Yikes!!

Perhaps Hugo finding the Dostoyevsky novel, Notes From Underground was further intimation about the nature of reality too. In the novel, Dostoyevsky muses that we all have free will – a concept that’s been much mentioned in Lost this season – and he questions just how much fate and determinism do affect us when we can consciously choose to do something…

And we then saw Hurley consciously choosing to lie about getting instruction from Jacob in order to get the others to trust him. Also on that point, other than being told by Michael to do so, why did Hurley make the decision to a) blow up the Black Rock and b) go and talk to Fake Locke?

Free will or fate??

Finally, there’s the issue of Fake Locke chucking Des into the well…

Did he do that hoping he’d die? And does he want Des dead because he’s ‘good’? We did see again the young version of Jacob appearing to an irritated Fake Locke and Des, so could his smile to Desmond may have indicated that he’s on his side, and that it was going to be ok?

So, onto the promos for next week’s episode, which is entitled, The Last Recruit, in which we’ll see that alliances are forged and broken as the Locke and Jack camps merge…

See you next week!

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.