I think I'll be short this time, first because I don't really have much time, but secondly because this was a palette-cleanser of an episode. It had about as light a touch as LOST can manage these days, what with all the time-travel shenanigans and the Egyptian mysticism and the dire prophetic intonations and the conflict and the ow-ow-ow-the-bullets-they-hurt-me, blaven. Said light touch came to us courtesy of Hurley in garlic mayo slathered comic relief mode, as well as the always hilariously acerbic hero, Miles, now officially our first Freighty to get a flashback all his own.
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So let's just say that when Miles looked through the window to see his baby self being dandled on the knee of obviously-doting dad Pierre Chang, it was a very touching, emotional moment that reversed expectations in a very Lost-y sort of way. Say what you will about Chang nee Marvin Candle (and I'll say that he's just as acerbic, if not as hilarious, as his ghost-whisperer son), but he clearly cared for his kid very much.
So what happened? We now know that two of the Freighter Folk -- Charlote and Miles -- were on-island as kids, and since Eloise Hawking is Daniel's mom, it isn't much of a stretch to say that it may be three. Both Miles and Charlotte's mothers runoffed the island in a hurry, leaving the goldurned paterfamilias behind. So what happened? The timing is wrong for it to be the purge, which won't happen for another dozen years or so. My theory is that whatever it is, is caused by "the incident" that a one-armed Chang spoke of in the Swan orientation film. The one that caused the numbers to have to be entered from then on. In other words, something is going to happen with the Sawn. Something electromagnetic on a level that can pull your filling right through your brain (oh and good job getting rid of all the head jewelry before coming to the island, Miles).
Something's coming. Something baaad.
Something involving the Jughead. The one that got buried long before Dharma showed up and started digging everywhere.
And why did the sequence involve Hurley's numbers? Well, probably just because that happened to be the seemingly random serial number that went on the Swan's hatch. It might just be that simple. We'll never know if the chicken came before the egg, but maybe the random serial number came before those numbers became fraught with fateful meaning.
What else did we discover last night? I'm glad you asked, imaginary person I just made up! Here we go:
1) I was wrong. Obviously you can be two different ages on the island at the same time. So now I have no idea why Sun isn't in 1977. Maybe she is a tie-die conscientious objector.
2) I was wrong. The Shadow Of The Statue Group did not just get "infected" by the island, French-scientist style. Or, if they did, they were infected long before they arrived. Also, they are the least intimidating, most polite, rolling-van-kidnap group ever.
"Get in the van!"
"Aaaah my fish taco!"
"Don't join the bad guys!"
"We want you to grow as a person!"
"No, I want money! Let me go!"
"Oh, all right. But we are really disappointed in you!"
Anyway, there is obviously a faction aligned against Widmore out there, and Ilanya and Bram are a part of it. Wonder if they are also aligned with Ben, or if there is a third faction, or if Ben IS the third faction. Ben certainly seemed to have non-island associates this season. This development makes me think that Richarad Alpert and the Others are just the members of this underground Egyptian religious cabal that are high-ranking enough to have been given the honor of living on the island. Wonder what is in their shiny silver box.
3) If you had Charles Widmore in the Who Put The Fake Oceanic 815 Full Of Corpses On The Bottom Of The Ocean? office pool, you've got to be feeling a bit smug now, since Miles' "audition" consisted of reading a dead Widmore lackey's thoughts. The guy's name was Felix, and the cat was basically delivering his boss a receipt for one (1) Submerged Mass Murder (w/Airliner).
4) We now know why Miles asked Ben for 3.2 million. It's precisely twice the 1.6 Widmore is offering. Miles was just trying to double down.
5) Hurley is crazier than we thought. Seriously, dude, you have the idea to get George Lucas to improve one of his movies and you choose Empire? EMPIRE?
FIX THE EWOKS, MAN! FIX THE EWOKS!
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