"Are they still alive?"
That prophetic question, posed to Hurley by the (presumably) bogus Oceanic representative (
Lance Reddick, who seems to come by creepy characters very naturally), sets the tone for the mini-season to come. Eight episodes don't seem like much, but after tonight's satisfying, emotionally resonant, fourth-season premiere, I am supremely grateful for them.
As expected, we didn't get many answers. (Heck, who wants them anyway.) But here is what we now know (Or, at least, what we
think we know.) The buzzed-about "Oceanic Six" appear to be the survivors who made it off the island. We knew about Jack and Kate going in and now we can add Hurley to the list. Sadly, Hurley's post-island life has not panned out very well, and our first glimpse of him is as a fugitive taking police on a wild, televised chase a scene that is witnessed by a vodka and orange juice-swilling Jack. The joy with which Hurley spoke of his imagined, cannonball-inducing freedom on the beach has apparently dissipated into the same melancholic guilt that will soon overtake Jack. I use the future tense in regard to Jack's breakdown because it appears that tonight's flash forward can be mapped on the timeline prior to the total disintegration we witnessed in the season finale. (A hint is offered to confirm this "I'm thinking about growing a beard.")
I have to say, as I was warned by a few people who had screened this episode ahead of time,
Jorge Garcia's work tonight simply blew me away. His Hurley has always been one of my favorite island-dwellers, mostly because his humor and vulnerability often provide a much-needed anecdote to all the chaotic drama. I waited with dread to see Hurley's reaction when he learned about Charlie's sacrifice, but nothing could have prepared me for the moment when he gently broke the news to Claire that their friend was gone. Jorge Garcia says so much with his eyes and watching him share that moment with the other person who really cared deeply about Charlie had me crying buckets. (On an unrelated note, I have to mention here that the musical score for this show always strikes exactly the right chord for me. I am one of those people who is very easily manipulated by a stirring musical moment, but I find that the familiar score that frequently accompanies these emotional moments always seems perfectly understated.)
Knowing that Charlie's fate would have been challenging to overcome, how pleasantly shocking it was to see
Dominic Monaghan turn up at the mental hospital where Hurley was convalescing. It was a vision of Charlie at the convenience store that had triggered Hurley's Camaro incident. Whether Charlie really did find a way to visit his friend from beyond ("I am dead, but I'm also here,") or whether Hurley was simply summoning his own doubts and remorse, the message was clear- "They need you."
We were reunited with Locke again tonight as well, though questions about his loyalty and mental status still remain wide open. As Hurley struggled to clear his mind of the vision of the cabin in the woods (complete with a quick flash of the seemingly indestructible Mikhail and- I think- the elusive Jacob) he happened upon Locke who quickly leveraged his emotions over Charlie's death to regain his trust. Meanwhile, Kate followed her instincts despite Jack's best efforts and quickly located the mortally-wounded Naomi, convincing her to lie about her condition as she made contact with the alleged rescue team.
As the survivors were once again united, two camps were quickly formed, setting the stage for what's to come. Locke, believing that the rescue was a lethal trap, urged the survivors to follow him to safety at the Other's abandoned campground and was joined by Hurley, Sawyer, Rousseau and Ben. Jack, however, held fast to the hope that rescue was imminent and legitimate and Kate maintained her allegiance to him.
Like I said earlier, we are left, once again, with a dizzying array of unanswered questions. What will be the repercussions of this split? What are the true motives of the rescue team? Which three people round out the Oceanic Six, how do they get off the island and what the heck is haunting them?
Are they still alive? Why wouldn't they be? If you are like me, the questions are what keep you coming back for more. Let the games begin.
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Are they still aliveThat prophetic question posed to Hurley by the presumably bogus Oceanic representative Lance Reddick who seems to come by creepy characters very naturally sets the tone for the mini-season to come Eight episodes dont seem like much but after tonights satisfying emotionally resonant fourth-season premiere I am supremely grateful for them As expected we didnt get many answers Heck who wants them anyway But here is what we now know Or at least what we think we know The buzzed-about Oceanic Six appear to be the survivors who made it off the island We knew about Jack and Kate going in and now we can add Hurley to the list Sadly Hurleys post-island life has not panned out very well and our first glimpse of him is as a fugitive taking police on a wild televised chase a scene that is witnessed by a vodka and orange juice-swilling Jack The joy with which Hurley spoke of his imagined c