Follow along! The episode guide for “Everybody Hates Hugo” is in Finding Lost, pp. 189-194.
OK, I guess this episode was the one where people started hating Ana Lucia. And now I’m remember that pretty much up to the point where she was shot, I felt the same. I had my moments of feeling sorry for her, but she’s not doing herself any favours in this ep. She’s awful. I always thought the writers didn’t do her justice – so much more could have been done with this character who, like Jack, was forced into a leadership position, but unlike Jack, had NOTHING. No food, water, tools, guns, nothing. What they did right about the Tailies was present them as more Lord of the Flies than the Losties, but Ana Lucia is just SO grating that when we get to that scene where she finally faces Jack in the jungle, remembering who they were six long weeks earlier and how much she’d changed as a person since then, we’re supposed to feel sorry for her. It worked on me, but only because I had to overthink the scene. For most viewers, she was so vile by that point, NOTHING was going to make us sympathize. (And I will admit, when she was shot I threw my hands up in the air and whooped. So maybe I wasn’t really as different from everyone else as I’d like to think I was…) Someone needs to tell her to have a cluckety-cluck-cluck day. Or to just cluck off.
Fun things I noticed:
• Every time I see that opening, I have that Slim Smith song in my head for hours afterward. Man, that's a catchy tune.
• Michael: “So we’re friends now, huh?” WTF is Michael’s problem? Sawyer has never acted any differently. Michael is the one saying, “I don’t LIKE you anymore. You’re not allowed to play with my toys,” and stomping over to his side of the daycare. Sawyer just stands there aghast, putting up with Michael’s little tantrums. So annoying.
• Ana Lucia is the female Jack, ordering people around. But she’s even more of a dick.
• Yay, another montage!! (I can’t help but have that Team America song in my head every time I type that word . . . “Even Rocky had a montage!”)
• Bernard asking Michael about Rose is still one of my all-time favourite moments. It STILL brings tears to my eyes, made even better by Rose tucking away that Apollo bar for later. I just know I’ll be a weepy mess when they reunite… like I always am.
Things that have new meaning:
• Ana Lucia smiles at Sawyer, making me remember how the two of them will eventually get it on this season. I think my memory had buried that one deep, forcing me to forget because it knew I couldn’t handle the trauma.
• Libby starts the sweet chit-chat with Michael . . . her eventual killer.
• Watch when Sun is burying the bottle in the sand. Her wedding ring is there… it’s there… and then as she pats the sand, it’s not. Wonderfully done by the writers and director on this one.