‘Lost’ recap: Desmond does the time warp again
Come on, “Lost” fans, let’s do the time warp again! It’s just a jump to the left, or you know,Ã‚Â 2.342 clicks and and 11 hertz away…
Oy, brothas! Desmond was a time traveling ping-pong ball last night, toggling between 1996 and 2004 every few minutes.
And I know I say this every week, but seriously, by 10 p.m., my brain was busting like poor old Minkowski’s (ah, Fisher Stevens, we hardly knew you).
I mean, vectors and hertz and maze-running rats and radiation exposure and unsticking time?!?Ã‚Â You needed a physics degree to follow what was going on.
But just when you thought the tech talk was too much to take, there was a Christmas Eve miracle.
Yes, Desmond finally, FINALLY got to talk to Penny—alleluia!Ã‚Â She believed in him, she waited eight years for him, she still loves him.
She’s his constant. Awwww. It’s true love, “Lost” style.
But more important that those sweet nothings, Penny knows about the island.
And in a Daniel Day-Lewis “Last of the Mohicans” kind of way, she tells Desmond, “I’ll find you. No matter what.”
Except the Freighter Folks found them first.
So last night was so complicated, I’m not even going to attempt to break it down scene by scene. Let’s just go through the highlights of what we learned by topic:
TIME TRAVEL: Much like last season’s mythic Desmond-centric episode, “Flashes Before Your Eyes,” this one wasn’t a flashback or flash-forward. It was a total time loop-de-loop. It seems that when Frank veered a little off the exact course back to the freighter, it messed with Desi’s consciousness a bit: He’s apparently more susceptible to this because he was exposed to radiation in the hatch. And back in 1996, Desmond was in the army, after having broken up with Penny. Daniel tells him that he needs a constantÃ‚Â —an important force from both his past and present—to anchor him so his brain doesn’t disconnect. (That’s why Minkowski died.) Desmond, of course, chooses Penny. Per Daniel’s instructions—as in both Island Daniel and Shaggy-Haired Oxford professor Daniel—he convinces Penny to give him her phone number. And not to change it because he’ll be calling her eight years from now. And she DOES. (Don’t lie, you were a little misty, too, when Des and Pen exchanged their I love yous.) So we haven’t quite figured out what all this time-shifting means for the big picture, but it’s all coming together bit by teeny-tiny bit, isn’t it? Oh, and don’t forget the other little mystery we were left with last night: Daniel’s journal, which reads, “If anything goes wrong, Desmond Hume will be my constant.”
FREIGHTER FOLK: So, after Penny’s little phone chat with Desmond, things aren’t much clearer about her exact connection to the boat. If she doesn’t know about the freighter, why weren’t they allowed to accept her phone calls? Does she not know where she’s calling? And what “friend” opened the sick bay door so Desmond, Minkowski, Sayid and Frank could escape? Ben’s spy? Who trashed the communications room? Who do these folks work for?
BLACK ROCK: No, you weren’t wrong, that auctioneer definitely said the Black Rock when he was auctioning off that painting and first mate’s journal. And yes, it’s the same Black Rock that was shipwrecked on the island and now sits in the middle of the jungle and is the source of the dynamite that the survivors used to blow the Others to hell in last season’s finale.Ã‚Â So in Desmond’s time travel marathon, he ends up at an auction house where Penny’s father winds up as the winning bidder for the journal. (How convenient.) Did you catch the DHARMA connection in this scene? The seller of the journal was Tovard Hanso, who we can safely assume is related to Magnus Hanso (who owned the Black Rock) and Alvar Hanso (founder of the Hanso Foundation, which funded the DHARMA Inititative). Charles Widmore seems more connected to Hanso and DHARMA by the minute.
GASP! OK, I’m actually winded from that recap. Are you as exhausted from reading it as I am from writing it?
I’m actually happy for some simple Jack and Juliet romance next week to slow things down a little. Oops, did I say that out loud?
Anyway, check back here next Thursday for our weekly “Lost” debate, and feel free to dissect last night’s episode in the comments section below.
I’m certain that far more scientific minds than mine will find lots of clues that I missed…enjoy!
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