Wednesday, April 29, 2009

So Lost: Some Like It Hoth

I've watched the episode a second time attempting glean some fascinating meaning from the title of the episode. I got nothing. So let's dig deep into the BS-Vault and try this:

Some like it Hot "The all-time outrageous, satirical, comedy farce favorite, Some Like It Hot (1959) is one of the most hilarious, raucous films ever made. The ribald film is a clever combination of many elements: a spoof of 1920-30's gangster films with period costumes and speakeasies, and romance in a quasi-screwball comedy with one central joke - entangled and deceptive identities, reversed sex roles and cross-dressing. In fact, one of the film's major themes is disguise and masquerade" (wikipedia)

We can surmise that the Losties who have been living a life in the 1970's Dharma Initiative "in disguise" are part of the title inspiration. Their disguise is about to be blown thanks to Kate and her schmoozing Roger the Rabid dad of Ben (the Rat). Also (Kate the guilty is everywhere) the tape of the escape has been brought to Sawyer by that bug eyed little guy and let's face it, the lid is off the pot.

So far so so good.

Let's talk about Hoth. Temporary home to the Rebellion in the Empire Strikes Back (hmm theme city Dharma is temporary refuge to some of the Losties) before the Empire locates them and they have to flee. Run Losties run!

I loved the dialogue between Hurley and Miles about the Empire Strikes Back. Both the first time and the second time I watched the episode I was struck by Hurley and his determination to awkwardly rewrite and improve the Empire Strikes Back, and to get rid of the Ewoks, in particular.

Anyone who has followed the films over time knows that the very vocal fan base for the Star Wars films has fought George Lucas every inch of the way on his own story and vision. They know better how it should play out, and they always did.

Take a look at the Lost fan base, who have also taken a distinct interest in knowing and saying how the storyline should play out. They think they know the last episode in fact already.

So, I posit that in this episode the Lost writers poke fun at their own knowing fans who would write and rewrite the Lost story their own way. The message is, you are as silly and not up to the task as Hurley is not up to the task of writing Star Wars, the Empire Strikes Back better than George.

BS Meter set to Stun, see ya after tonight's episode.

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