I think my head may explode from all the good Wednesday-night television. It's American Idol night, and I'm blogging the Louisville auditions over at Culture11, if that's your cup of tea.
But let's get down to business: Lost.
Oh my stars. Considering that our castaway friends spent two hours hop-skip-and-jumping all over the time/space continuum, I don't have the foggiest idea how to construct a cohesive post. So let's abandon cohesiveness altogether, and jump right in.
In case there was any room for doubt before tonight's episode, I think we've established that time travel is the name of the game. I nearly gave myself a headache trying to keep up with who was where, and when. (Locke's line "When am I?" was a classic.) In fact, when the words "three years earlier" or "three years later" would appear on the screen, Hubs and I looked blankly at each other. Is that three years after they got off the island, or three years after the island moved, which might be 30 years before they got off the island, which might be 20 years before the drug plane crashed, which might be....
...wait just a minute. I think they're trying to trick me into math.
So, leaving alone the whole timeline issue (which is fascinating, and I can hardly wait to watch it unravel, or re-ravel, or whatever)--let's discuss a few other significant points:
The eerie white-haired lady, Ms. Hawking, has returned, which is ironic, because all through the first part of tonight's episode, I found myself wondering what she was up to. It would appear she is somehow a Chief Boss Of All the Eerie People, because she has Ben hopping. And I wonder--could she be Daniel Farraday's mother, the one Daniel told Desmond to find?
And speaking of Daniel, I am loving his sweet tenderness toward Charlotte, and I'm really hoping that her bloody nose isn't a sign that she's dying, or that she died 20 years ago, or that she's going to turn into a polar bear, or some other such trippy nonsense.
The two different groups of bad guys continue to be one of my greatest source of confusion: the Dharma "Others" vs. Charles Widmore. If anyone is feeling charitable and would like to help me figure out whom to trust, and when, I would be most appreciative.
It was nice, if odd, to see Ana Lucia again. I wonder if the time-travel plot line will open us up to reappearances by several dead cast members: Mr. Eko? Libby? Boone?
When Farraday told Desmond that "the rules don't apply to you", whatever did he mean? Why don't the rules apply? What (other than the delightful accent) makes Desmond so special?
I loved the moment where Hurley's mom told him, simply, "I believe you." It's so rare to find a feel-good moment in Lost. Then it made me wonder if she was working for Widmore or was about to turn into a polar bear. This show messes with my head.
And by the way, whatever happened to the smoke monster? Did we get that sorted out in a previous episode and I've forgotten?
Best Hurley line of the night: (To Sayid) "Maybe if you would eat more comfort food, you wouldn't need to go around shooting people."
Best Sawyer nickname of the night: (To Daniel) "Dilbert"
I'm hopelessly confused but wildly intrigued, and I can't wait to hear what you think about tonight's episode. If you're blogging it at your place, leave a link in the comments section below.