Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Review: Lost 6.12: Everybody Loves Hugo

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Richard and Hurley have a falling out.
Lost - Season Six, Episode Twelve - Everybody Loves Hugo
Written between 2nd and 3rd March 2013

It's turning into one of those seasons again, although my distaste here stems very much from personal opinion rather than massive leaps in logic. The flash-sideways storyline is stuffed with sufficient mushy love stuff that I am thoroughly tired of it, while the main story didn't really advance at the pace I liked. It felt very much like filler, moving from the mid-season arrangements to our final layout before the grand finale and the episodes preceeding it.
     Hugo was spoken to by the ghost of Michael, who told him to blow up the Black Rock and stop Richard from doing the same to the Ajira Plane. Ilana was blown up by dropping some dynamite, and Richard, Miles and Ben went off on their own to destroy the plane while Hurley, Jack, Frank and Sun went to Locke's camp. With Desmond in his position, Locke questioned him before throwing him into an ancient well. In the flash-sideways, millionaire philanthropist Hurley was accosted by a semi-awakened Libby, and despite his doubts he was able to awaken with very little prodding from Desmond. Oh, and Desmond runs down Locke with his car. That too.
      I will admit right here and now that I am perhaps affected by several different things here. Namely, this is one of the only episodes of Season Six that I missed on broadcast - we went to Wales on Holiday around that time and the Sky box didn't record it properly. Thus why it doesn't have as much impact on me as the rest of the season has the potential to. Furthermore, a lot of this episode hinges on the viewer's memory of the Hurley/Libby relationship... which I've never seen, having only seen the first and last three seasons. I am rather exposing myself here to how drastically unqualified I am,
     The core problem, I feel then, is that this is a centric episode of the style we saw earlier in the season with Sundown and The Substitute, etc, except that this has just come after last week's massive plot mover. Next week is a pretty big plot episode too, and so Everybody Loves Hugo feels very much out of place as the series' final single-centric episode. I mean, we've just been told that the main timeline and the flash-sideways are intimately connected, and that people from the flash-sideways can remember their time on the island. It was nice to see Hurley undergo that process, but it felt like we met his story much later than the other survivors. It's all very last minute.
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Hurley meets Libby in the Flash-sideways.
      There were a few positives in the main timeline, though. The Man in Black and Desmond had a great set of conversations, with The MIB utterly baffled as to why Desmond is so unafraid of him. The split between science and faith in Richard's camp felt very important thematically, especially when Jack explained that he felt he couldn't make up for causing Juliet's death (which endeared him more to me by far) and so had resolved to listen rather than try to lead people into disaster. That was really good for me to hear, especially after all the Jack-bashing I did last season.
     Everybody Loves Hugo, apart from one or two character changes, was fairly inconsequential. It was a movement of chess pieces around the board before some of the final moves, and although it explored some of the themes presented in the previous episode it did so in a way which failed to live up to it. And, probably because I've never seen Season Two, I didn't really care much about Libby and Hurley in the Flash-sideways. It felt rather unfortunately like filler, and that was my only real problem with it.

Thanks.

NEXT WEEK: Who will be The Last Recruit into MIB's camp?

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