LOST 5.13: Some Like It Hoth
Well, first: I had difficulties to understand the episode title. I am not a Star Wars geek, and that’s why the word “Hoth” got lost in translation and in meaning. And when even the title doesn’t say much about the episode, and the episode is actually quite … not interesting enough to be part of a bigger mystery in this season, then this episode has to be boring and stuff. And yeah, it was boring and stuff, but at least it was a little breather between anything what happened before this episode and what will happen after this one.
I would have thought we get to see a bit of Hurley (Jorge Garcia) and is reason why he returned to the island, but instead we had a simple flashback episode with Miles (Ken Leung). The episode wasn’t really that revealing (and we knew most of the facts already), but it was entertaining and had a few interesting scenes, which make the episode good, but mostly insignificant in the mythology of the series.
To chose Miles to be the episode-centric character, was kinda a good choice, because he still is an unknown character. With this one, we learn more about him. In his flashbacks he scammed a grieving father (Dean Norris), who lost his son (but, hey, Miles gave back the money, after he got the $1.6 mio offer), and he meets Naomi (Marsha Thomason, nice to have her back for one episode), whose boss wants to hire Miles for his talents.
One question: How long is Charles Widmore following guys like Miles already? And how would Charles know that he would need him one day? Or was he just looking for guys with “special powers” (and there comes Walt into my mind)? The rest of Miles’ flashback would be pretty uninteresting and unimportant, wouldn’t there be the mysterious scene involving a mysterious character named Bram (Brad William Henkle), which we already saw side by side with Ilana on the island in “Dead is Dead”. And this one didn’t even hit me, until Bram asked Miles the now mysterious question “What lies in the shadow of the statue” – before that I knew that face, but I couldn’t bring him into any Lost timeline.
So, easy question: Who is Bram, who is Ilana and who are these “What lies in the shadow of the statue” guys? And what do they want? Are they one of the parties, who are going to be involved in the upcoming war? Are they a complete different party, who wants to throw themselves in to the war about the island? And what is with the shadow of the statue? Do they mean the statue we saw on the island (or the four-feet ruins of it) or do they mean something different? Or is it just a “code question”, like “What says one snowman to the other snowman?” But the fact that the statue question is way more into topic of what Ilana and her guys are out to get (or whatever), Desmond’s snow man question didn’t even fit the electro magnetic activity under the Swan station.
But the most important thing I noticed: Bram wanted Miles to work for him, and not for Charles Widmore. Did Bram try to get Miles on his side. And is he going to try again, when the two meet each other (I just hope they will meet each other, because this is way too big). The writers are secretly planning a new storyline, which will hopefully invade the last season, because it looks promising.
One final nitpick for this episode, and it is a big one: Do you remember Miles’ little “talk to a ghost” scene in “Confirmed Dead”?
I was asking myself that earlier, but after this episode I have to ask again: How could he talk to the boy’s ghost back then, when he didn’t even had a body to “talk to”? The rest of Miles’ story about talking to ghosts is pretty simple: He needs the bodies, so he can talk to the dead. He needed to get to Naomi, so he could talk to her. He was about to dig out Karl and Danielle, when he heard them. He unzipped the dead guy’s body bag in here to learn what really happened. His audition for the boat-island trip job was in front of a body. And he couldn’t talk to the dead son of the grieving father, because he wasn’t in the range of his body.
So, how the hell could Miles talk to a ghost without body in “Confirmed Dead”? Does this one have a bigger meaning, or did the writers forgot that one already?
On the island, Miles had lots of time to talk with Hurley about family, Star Wars and stuff. The scene, where Hurley mentioned he talks to dead people, too, was hilarious. As well as Hurley trying to cheer up Miles a bit (I never see Miles smile, does that have anything to do with his character?). But most hilarious was Hurley’s “diary” – he wants to write “The Empire Strikes Back” for the screen, with improvements, and wants to send it to George Lucas. ROFLMAO.
Interesting was Hurley’s interest in the Pierre/Miles relationship, but I don’t understand why Hurley developed interest in that case. Miles knows that Pierre (François Chau) is his father, and he doesn’t want anything to do with him. Only Hurley seems to know better (quoting “The Empire Strikes Back”) and practically pushes Miles to his father. That I really don’t understand. Despite the points he got from his Star Wars quotes, why is Hurley so interested in bringing father and son together, though the son is time traveling and shouldn’t meet his father, or the timeline gets changed. Miles and Hurley had a conversation about that in “Whatever Happened, Happened” – did they already forget everything they talked about?
The episode got interesting, when Miles, Hurley and Pierre took some tours to the Orchid station and the Swan station – interesting that we see both stations in its current building phase. When Miles and Hurley first came to the Orchid, I was instantly thinking about Daniel and his appearance in the first scene of “Because You Left”. What if he went “undercover” to help build the Orchid, but secretly he wants to take the energy to travel through time, maybe saving Charlotte. And, hey, maybe this thought was a foreshadow for the episode cliffhanger…
So, the Swan station gets build, and Hurley’s numbers on the hatch are just serial numbers. Well, pretty lame conclusion for the numbers, but the writers had to do this, after Hurley’s numbers developed a life of their own. During the third season it became obvious that Hurley’s numbers won’t be important anymore, instead they just became a gimmick throughout the rest of the series. But it is nice that the writers didn’t forget them, and at least one of the open mysteries from season one found its conclusion here.
The other side plot with the aftermath of Sawyer (Josh Holloway) and Kate (Evangeline Lilly) sending Ben to the Others, Roger (Jon Gries) believing that Kate had something to do with Ben’s disappearance, and Phil (Patrick Fischler) finding out that Sawyer is behind of all this (with Sawyer knocking him out, and the well-known Lost phrase “Get a rope”), was good, but it kind of didn’t have any relevance during the Miles-plot. It was free of thrill, (almost) free of revelations and clues (but I saw what Jack [Matthew Fox], in his work as a janitor (I found out I am not the only one who ROFL’d about that), erased from the board: “Writing on the words of God”, some hieroglyphs, and the “Late Egyptians were around from 1300-700BC” – could be interesting to know what that means, especially with all the clues from last episode) and I didn’t have interest in that story.
What IS interesting is following: Miles is existing in two versions on the island: As a three-month old kid, and “our” Miles. So it is possible that two versions of the same person can exist at the same time (this kills my theory about course-correcting when there are two versions of the same person at the same time at the same place).
Just one thing: Why isn’t Ben in the past? It looks like the island wanted to have Jack, Kate, Hurley and Sayid (who disappeared into the jungle again) in the past, while the island kept Locke, Ben and Sun in the present. But in the name of the holy Lost bible: why?
The cliffhanger was not really a cliffhanger, but at least Daniel (Jeremy Davies) is back in the business. And apart from the information that he actually left the island (or he couldn’t have returned on the submarine), it lets me want a flashback-episode about him, with some scenes between the survivors traveling through time and finally landing in 1974 and Daniel coming back to the island in 1977. This almost gives us an opportunity to see the real world in the 70s from an island-person point of view.
Good episode, a bit average, nothing much happened and the episode was quite quiet in its revelations and clues. It really was a little breather for Lost fans, especially so short before the pre-season finale and the two-episode season finale.
Next time: Daniel is furious, after he learned about the Oceanic Four returning to the island, which brings him to one final plan: He is going to explode a hydrogen bomb. A hydrogen bomb? We already saw one in this season…
Trailer for “The Variable”