One of my favourite prefixes is meta. I don’t know why this is the case, but I simply find it fun. There’s something about something within something else that just makes me pleased to be existing. Perhaps this is why I quite enjoyed tonight’s episode of Lost. Because, focusing on Desmond, it was really a flashback within a flashback.
The episode had no subplots, it was entirely designed to setup why it is that Desmond receives flashes of the future. We went back to the moment when Desmond turned the key, and saw as Desmond flashed back to his time in England with Penny (Who we saw at the end of last season as the recipient of the research station’s phone call). Aware of his time on the island, Desmond began to come to grips with the role of fate within his past.
Desmond ran into Charlie busking on the streets, predicted the future a bit, and met someone else who was able to shed some light on his situation. He was forced to leave Penny , and then after realizing his ability to change situations woke up, naked in the trees. It is thus that he woke up, and found that he had this power.
Now, this answered a few little things, but mostly it just set up a whole lot of Desmond’s future. Here’s some of the things we don’t know:
Does Desmond only see future things which affect Charlie?
There’s no question that Charlie’s imminent death is the most important of Desmond’s flashes, but is that all he sees? And why are they just flashes, as opposed to true recollections like in his flashback within a flashback? Remember back to when Desmond woke up, and he talked to Hurley about Locke’s speech which had yet to be given. If he remembered that, has he already lived this future before? Or is it just strange foresight?
Why is Penny looking for Desmond?
If Desmond broke her heart, why is Penny searching for him after all these years? Why does she think he’s still alive, and why would she know to look for something like this explosion? Penny has to have some reason to be doing this, Desmond being lost on the boat trip should have just been considered an accident after all. I have a feeling that Desmond’s bending of time perhaps plays a part in this, perhaps warning her of the impending future.
Do we really care if Charlie dies?
Honestly, at this point, do we care? While nature’s at it, they can pick off the two unseen newbies as well and…you could probably kill some randoms too. I’d like to be able to get a better scale of things, it would be for the best.
Looks like next week is going to feature Kate and Sawyer weighing the pros and cons of saving Jack (I’d say they should probably at least try to save him) and it looks like the “I’ll let you go, Juliet” sentiment was a whole bunch of lies. I can’t say I’m too surprised, honestly.