LOST Discussion Thursday: Some like it Hoth
And now, on to tonight's LOST episode, Some Like it Hoth. Love the title. It's a combination of the Marilyn Monroe movie "Some like it Hot" and Star Wars, where Hoth is a planet. "Some Like It Hot" was all about guys dressing up as women in order to hide from bad guys after witnessing a murder. While I can't say that LOST used the movie plot, it was certainly an episode filled with people pretending to be what they aren't. As for the Star Wars reference.... OMG, do you love Hurley more and more every single episode. The idea of writing the script for "Empire Strikes Back" to send to George Lucas... just precious.
OK, lets talk about Miles. Now he certainly is a complex character. We know that his ability to talk to the dead, while different than Hurley's ability to not only talk, but to see and play chess with Charlie while he's very very dead, is something he has used to make money. We saw that when he was first introduced, and then again briefly in several other episodes. We also know that Miles has had this talent from the time he was a little boy, as we saw when his mother went to rent the apartment and Miles found a dead body in a neighboring apartment. But this Miles-centric episode not only explained that he can get information from a dead body, like learning how a corpse was killed (holy electromagnetics... killed by a metal filling!), he can also learn about what the corpse has to impart, like the information Naomi's corpse gave him about Widmore and the island.
Miles as a punk teen visiting his mother with all his piercings. NICE. He must have been the top customer at Hot Topic in the Topanga Mall.
Circle of Trust? Horace's little secret club. Lamest club name ever. Where is the fort and the Koolade? Is that Mom calling us into dinner?
Radzinsky. What is it with that guy? He's a bit TOO intense and too serious. It's like he's taking GI Joe to a new level. Jumping out of the jungle with the assault rifle... was that REALLY necessary? But I did love the plant covered chain link fence. Classic!
Fun to see Naomi again, and to learn that she was indeed in charge of the recruitment of our scientists. Also fun to see Mile's face when she offered him a million dollars for the trip to the island to find out what the dead could tell him about Ben's location. He was supposed to find the Dharma corpses and learn from them about Ben's actions.
Hurley and Miles make such a great team. They're total comic relief, even when the scene isn't particularly funny. The ride back from the Orchid with Dr Doom was priceless, with Hurley pumping him for information about his son Miles, his wife, and then asking him to join them in a brewsky. And the ride to get the corpse back to Dharmaville... so funny when Hurley assumed that Miles was farting. This was like Miles and Hurley's Excellent Adventure.
But when Miles revealed to Hurley that Dr Chang was his father, Hurley really didn't get that Miles didn't want to get too close. His heart, as Hurley surmised, has a hole in it, and Dr Chang isn't ever going to fill it up at this late date. But when Miles saw the good Doctor playing with Baby Miles, reading books and looking totally happy, it got to Miles. Those tears were the tears of a kid who has longed for a father to love him, and saw at long last that at least as a baby, Dr Chang did love him. Touching scene.
Roger is one creepy character. I don't think it's just the alcohol that makes him so angry. He's kind of a control freak, and he's out to blame anyone and everyone, including young Ben, for his own misery. I don't like him, but Jack had a point about Kate. She's just not thinking about how dangerous her behavior is. I get that she wants to be reassuring to Roger, but he's sort of like her father... and she should have gleaned that already.
Juliet and Jim (Sawyer) know that their time as Dharmas is very limited. When Phil shows up with the tape, accusing Jim of taking Ben, they are going to make him "disappear" but I don't believe that is the smartest move. I know that Sawyer hits first and thinks later, but tying Phil us and disappearing him is not smart at Dharmaville when everyone is being watched. Too many folks are 'disappearing'. Like the corpse Miles was toting about in his VW van. Why was his death "top secret" when it was obviously just a weird accident. And what are they going to do with his body? Pour cement over it?
When Hurley heard the numbers being inscribed on the soon to be Swan hatch, he freaked out. He realized that they were building their (the Losties) hatch, and that the electromagnetic field was real. When he told Miles that this was the hatch that crashed their airplane, Miles looked totally confused.
Right after accepting Naomi’s offer to work for Widmore, Miles is picked up by a dark van. The man inside is Bram, also known as Ilana’s right-hand man who crashed on the Island on Ajira flight 316. He asks Miles the “shadow of the statue” question and reveals that Widmore is a bad man and he’s working against him as one of the good guys on the right team.
So Bram and ostensibly Ilana aren’t working for Widmore, but are working for Ben! Even after Bram promises to tell Miles all about his dad, Miles refuses because all he cares about is money. Some people might think that Miles is a whore for money, but the truth of the matter, as I see it, is that he grew up poor and wanting, and having that kind of money would change his life forever. I don't see that as a bad thing.
DANIEL! Back from Ann Arbor on the sub? WHAT? And he's looking fine, too. Healthy and recovered from the time travel sickness. Now I'm dying to know how he got off the Island in the first place, what he did in Ann Arbor (or was he really IN Ann Arbor?) and just what he's doing coming back to the Island...again.
Next week is one of those catch up clip shows, but the week after is a 2-hour special. Can't wait. Stumble It! JBlog Me