Thursday, March 01, 2007

Lost - "Tricia Tanaka Is Dead"

Just when you've given up on this show, they give you a Hurley episode and everything starts looking a little nicer. Did anything earth-shattering happen? No. Did we learn any big secrets? No.

But who cares when you've got a hippie car full of beer?

  • Sawyer and the nicknames ("Snuffy", "Jumbo-tron", "Hooked On Phonics")
  • The camaraderie between the guys
  • The return of the Numbers
  • The meteor or asteroid (I don't really know the difference) smashing into the chicken place
  • Sawyer pining (not that I'm a shipper, but it's convincing)
  • Kate (finally putting 2 and 2 together) going to Rousseau to tell her about Alex
  • Hurley being Hurley
  • Vincent the Dog!
It was a pure character story that actually worked for once. We see Hurley's struggles to gain control over his life and assert himself, both with his (awful) parents and with the other survivors on the beach. Fixing the van is a pretty small achievement in itself, but it's the sort of thing that can inspire the other characters to pull together and do something positive. Like, I don't know, solving some mysteries, finding the Dharma Village, or getting off the island.

Easily some of the best stuff since Michael starting building the raft in season 1. If you didn't like this one, it's time to find something else to do with Wednesday nights.