Lost Day: The Variable

I think my exact words at the end of Wednesday night’s lost episode were “What the eff?” Only I didn’t actually say ‘eff’; I used a word that started with F.

How freaky was this episode? Freaky, and sad. I thought for sure Juliet was going to bite it (and she still may), but I didn’t see Daniel getting popped by his mother at all.

What caught my curiosity during that scene was Alpert’s certainty: “He wasn’t going to shoot me, Eloise.” And what makes eye-liner guy so sure about that? We had just seen the twitchy physicist take a number of shots at the black-clad Swan team, after all. What’s one more bullet?

There seems to be some uncertainty about whether or not Daniel is actually dead. I think he is because why else does Ms. Hawkins slap (the adulterous, remember) Charles Widmore outside of the hospital in the present day? She is heartbroken that she and her baby daddy conspired to send Daniel back to the Island, not only knowing that he would die — but that Eloise herself would be said instrument of death. How effed up is that?

Someone in my circle posited that Widmore was Daniel’s father, and I can’t remember if it was N or DearDR. In any case, that person was correct, and I was not surprised.

And what exactly is their motivation for sending Daniel back to the Island? Wouldn’t Eloise — excuse me, Ms. Hawking, want to prevent murdering her own child at all costs? Or is she so driven by destiny that she’ll shoulder that responsibility? She is totally focused on the constant, which we saw in her dealings with Desmond a few seasons back [“Flashes Before Your Eyes”, I think] and in the flashbacks from Wednesday night.

Daniel, on the other hand, decides to play with the variable instead. Maybe it comes to him a little late — “hey, wait, we’re the variables here” — but it’s clear from the preview from next week that he got that ball rolling in Jack’s world. Say good-bye to Zen Jack — the crazed hero-martyr looks to be in full effect.

Will the future change somehow? It seems to me that it would be futile to have all this speculation about whether the past can be changed, and have all these people (Daniel, Jack, Sayid, Hurley — watch, you’ll see) try to change it, and nothing change.

Here’s why I mention Hurley: That light in his eye at the end of “Some Like It Hoth”: it’s those cursed numbers, on that cursed Hatch, that is the root of all his troubles. It must be destroyed. The Hatch is like the survivors’ Death Star.

And we know how that turned out.