Hello all! This is Mickey O'Connor here ("here" meaning New York City in 2008, I think), filling in for Trish, who has apparently gone time-traveling again, and who better bring me back a New Coke from 1985! In the meantime, I'll try to keep things up to the standards you expect around here. Bear with me, brothers!
Just in case you were already getting bored with that whole "will it be a flashback or flash-forward episode?" conundrum, fear not. "The Constant" introduced yet another narrative element to keep us on our toes. Yay - time travel!
It seems that Lapidus' momentary veer off course, which Faraday had warned him against, had the unique effect of unsticking Desmond in time, a condition to which he was particularly susceptible because of his exposure to the electromagnetism released when the Hatch made the sky go all Purple Haze. Destination: 1996, when Des was a lowly, crew-cutted Royal Scots Army man. He spent the episode in the throes of involuntary shuttling between then and the present, which is how I'll address the episode. Otherwise, covering all that time travel will be the written equivalent of watching a particularly rigorous match at Wimbledon, and I don't want you to get dizzy.
With the help of a quickie satellite-phone call (in the present) to the island to get Faraday's counsel, Past Des went to see a shaggy 1996 Faraday at Oxford. Shagaday - and a doomed white rat named Eloise - assisted Des in his goal: to make contact with his "constant," a stable force that exists in both time periods and would anchor his consciousness, a nice metaphorical intersection of science and love. Desmond's constant: Penny, of course. In an effort to find her, Des tracks down her father, Charles Widmore (the excellent Alan Dale), at an art auction, of all places.
Aha! Did you catch that painting he bought? It was a portrait of the good old
Black Rock, which left Portsmouth, England, in 1845, and was tragically lost at sea. But! The painting comes with the first mate's journal, which was recovered from pirates, and the contents of which have never been made public. I'm guessing that isn't the last we've heard of it.
Once he finally finds a resistant Penny (remember, he ditched her to join the Army), he simply asks her for her phone number. And then he tells her that he isn't going to call her for eight years. What's a girl gotta do to get her man to commit, huh?
Back in 2004 - er, the present, we finally get to meet some more of the freighter folk, who lacked the quirkiness of their island brethren, instead looking - and acting - like a bunch of extras from
Predator. (For the record, Google was no help with the names "Omar" or "Keamey." Anyone else have any luck?) They recognized Des' disorientation, since George Minkowski (guest star Fisher Stevens), their communications officer, was suffering the same affliction, as a result of an unfortunate joyride he and a now-dead accomplice once took in an attempt to find the island.
Minkowski, before also up and dying from a brain aneurysm (a "side effect" of his and Des' condition), helped Des and Sayid reconnect the phones so that Des could place his fated Christmas Eve call to Penny, which was a nice moment, but I kept thinking: Um, we know you love each other, but this isn't
The Love Boat we're on here. Shouldn't she be fixing on his coordinates or something? Let's hope she was, because those freighter folk are scary-ominous, and we still have a lot to learn about their not-rescue-oriented intentions.
(Also, we haven't met them all, including Zoë Bell, the stuntwoman-turned-actress who was so kick-ass riding the hood of a car in Tarantino's
Death Proof, and who is credited as the satellite-phone voice of the as-yet-unseen freighter gal Regina. Can't wait!)
OK, folks, as usual, this episode raised a lot of questions. Help me out in the comments sections below with these noodle-nudgers:
1. Was Penny expecting Desmond's call? It wasn't clear if Present Penny remembered Past Des' promise.
2. Why would Faraday need a "constant"?
3. Does Miles still have that grenade in his gob?
4. Are Sawyer and Kate still in bed back in New Otherton?
5. Where was Ms. Hawking? I missed her.
Have at it, brothers. And thanks in advance for being patient with my interloping.
Hello all This is Mickey OConnor here here meaning New York City in 2008 I think filling in for Trish who has apparently gone time-traveling again and who better bring me back a New Coke from 1985 In the meantime Ill try to keep things up to the standards you expect around here Bear with me brothersJust in case you were already getting bored with that whole will it be a flashback or flash-forward episode conundrum fear not The Constant introduced yet another narrative element to keep us on our toes Yay time travelIt seems that Lapidus momentary veer off course which Faraday had warned him against had the unique effect of unsticking Desmond in time a condition to which he was particularly susceptible because of his exposure to the electromagnetism released when the Hatch made the sky go all Purple Haze Destination 1996 when Des was a lowly crew-cutted Royal Scots Army man He spent the episode in the throes of involuntary shuttling between then