There seems to be something of a divide in the reaction to last night's episode. I fall firmly into the "loved it" camp. It was easily the best episode in weeks, and it reminded me of why I fell in love with the show to begin with. Granted, I can't claim to be one of the smrt ones who figured out that Dave wasn't real. If I had, maybe I wouldn't have liked it as much. I only realized it just as the doctor pulled out the photo to show Hurley - seconds before the actual reveal. Many people seemed to have guessed it right away, though. I'm certainly familiar with the recent "surprise-the-person-isn't-real" trend, but I guess I never had any reason until last night to think that Hurley was THAT crazy. Plus, people see things on the Island all the time that have definitely existed before. In retrospect I should have picked up on it as soon as I saw that basketball scene, but then again I've never been very good at predicting surprise twists. You'd think I be fairly skilled at that by now since I watch so many movies.
Anyways, there was lots of other stuff to get excited about so I'm going to put this aside for now. I do have one question about it, though. When Hurley sees Dave on the Island, is it because he's reverted back to his mental state in the hospital, or because the island is doing the same thing to him that it has done to Jack, Shannon, Sayid, Kate, Sawyer, etc. In other words, I think it's significant that Hurley keeps saying he got better since leaving the institution. It is my belief that this was not a relapse, but another example how the island (or the disease?) seems to tap into the inner most thoughts of the survivors. Only thing is, Hurley isn't likely to see it that way, is he?
I was also glad to see the writers put the final nail in the coffin of the "it's all in their minds" theory. When Dave tells Hurley that the entire Island exists only in his psyche from inside the mental institution, we are basically being instructed to forget about that idea all together. Why would they bring it up now if it truly was the answer to it all? Besides, given the omniscient POV of the show does this theory really make any sense whatsoever? No. Furthermore, it would be wholly unsatisfying.
We didn't get much about Henry Gale last night, but the stuff we did get was pretty exciting. What can we believe, though? I actually think that when Henry said he was "done lying," that was a cue for us as viewers to switch into a different, more credulous mode. If that's true, then we now know a little bit more about the button. We know that the world doesn't end when the counter reaches zero, and that something that "sounds like a magnet" makes a few noises before the counter starts over. The man is full of lies, obviously, but so far all of his lies have served a purpose. Why would he lie about this? On the other hand, if he's an Other then why does he seem to have such limited information about the hatch?
My favorite lines from Henry were when he was talking about how even God doesn't see the island, and when he talks about how terrified he is of "him." He was essentially willing to be killed right then and there rather than face the powerful wrath of this mysterious "him." Why? Would "he" have been able to harm him right then and there, perhaps using psychic powers (remember that DHARMA was researching some pretty radical stuff)? If you buy into the "Aaron theory
" (which I don't), Gale could might be referring to Evil Aaron. Or maybe this little weasel IS "him." Where does Alvar Hanso fit into all this?