Artist Graham Annable has combined the greatness that is Lost with the greatness that is the original Star Wars trilogy to show how the characters of both series can relate to each other. We see how Darth Vader and Benjamin Linus can sit down and have a drink or how Jabba the Hutt and Hurley can share a meal.
Check out some of Annable’s Lost–Star Wars doodles [via The Awesomer] after the jump and click here to see more of his work. I’ve also included a couple of his stand-alone Lost work that I found funny.
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I don’t think there’s been a Hurley episode I’ve disliked. Last night’s episode, “Everybody Loves Hugo,” didn’t break that trend. The phrase, “Everybody Loves Hugo,” could also apply to the character’s popularity. He’s the most relatable character on the show and he functions as our surrogate. He’s caught up in the mythology due to his ability to see the dead and, as it turned out, he’s a “candidate”. But the character has almost always been a pragmatist. After Oceanic 815 crashed on the island, he was the one handing out the airplane food to the survivors. He’s the character who takes a step back, and goes “Um, what?” and comments on the absurdity of particular situations. But one of the things I like best about Hurley is that he abhors violence. While almost every other character doesn’t seem to mind a big shootout, Hurley keeps his head down and doesn’t want anybody to get hurt. Jorge Garcia plays the character perfectly by having Hurley be a warm, cuddly presence but also a realist who wants to do the right thing and usually finds a way to accomplish that goal.
Last night, the show finally gave us a moment we all wanted by having Hurley and Libby finally get together even though it was in the alternate universe. We also got a clearer sense of how Desmond can connect the two worlds. Alterna-Desmond seems to have a sense of how he can bring people to their connection, but he can’t force it (although he may be able to react to it as we saw with Locke at the end of the episode, but more on that in a bit). By seeing how the alternate timeline characters could flash upon their primary counterparts, we got a visual sense of what that connection means.
We also got another mythology boost by learning that the whispers on the island were the sinners who couldn’t escape. That’s interesting because I always thought it was the Others, especially since Rousseau said so.* Ever since the first season, some have speculated that the island is a kind of purgatory. That turned out to be partially true, but not in the “They’re all dead,” kind of sense.
Finishing up with the mythology, we gained some new questions even though there are only five episodes left. First up, we still don’t know why Smoke-Locke fears the mysterious child he sees. Secondly, it’s still difficult to understand Prime-Desmond calm, but I will speculate that Smoke-Locke decided to throw him down the well because he found Desmond’s calm coupled with Widmore’s relationship with Mr. Hume to be a threat. Finally, I’m left to wonder if Alterna-Desmond hit Alterna-Locke as an act of retaliation for Prime-Locke’s actions (remember, Prime-Desmond didn’t know Locke was actually the smoke monster).
But what’s most important about last night’s episode is that it returned us to the characters. I imagine that the resolution of the mythology will be completely satisfying to most viewers, but these viewers misunderstand that Lost has always been more about the characters. Making the episode more about Hurley than the mythology details is why last night’s episode worked so well. What you should look for with the finale is whether or not you think Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse stayed true to the characters until the end and if you’re satisfied with the resolution of the characters’ personal arcs.
A few final thoughts on last night’s episode:
– So glad Ilana got blown up**. It looked like she got the Nikki/Paolo treatment where the character seemed a good idea at one point but turned out to be a drag. The same goes for the stupid hippies at the beginning of this season. Sayid may now be dead inside, but I’m glad he made those dudes dead both inside and out.
– I liked that Jack acknowledged that he had been a compulsive fixer and that his responsibility for Juliet’s death finally forced him to acknowledge that he’s kind of a crappy leader and that being a man of faith means having faith in those you trust.
– This wasn’t a good episode for Sawyer. I don’t like seeing him helpless and watching him nag Smoke-Locke for answers was very un-Sawyer. Sawyer’s supposed to be savvy and his simple plan of taking the submarine is now coming off as too simplistic.
– It was great that they closed out the episode with Jack meeting Smoke-Locke. It was a nice reminder that Jack was the last one to know about Locke’s “resurrection”.
*We’ve now learned that Rousseau was wrong about other important facts. The smoke monster was not “a security system.” There was no reason for her to understand it, but it was either a misdirect by the writers or they hadn’t yet settled on the purpose of the creature at that point. However, she was right about the “infection”, although the “quarantine” on the hatch door turned out to be a trick to keep a person inside the hatch to press the button.
**To coin a phrase: she got Arzt’d.