I loved the Star Wars reference in the title. For the uninitiated, Hoth was the location of the secret rebel base at the beginning of “The Empire Strikes Back”. This particular installment in the original Lucas trilogy plums the father / son relationship between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. “Hoth” explores Miles’ feelings about his father who supposedly abandoned him when he was young. Is Miles’ mother telling the truth about his father? Did Chang really kick them out? Because he seemed pretty attached to baby Miles at the end of the episode. I’m suspecting a ruse here.
Sidebar: Am I the only one who made the connection between both Luke and Vader losing their hands in “Empire” and “Jedi” and the fact that in later Dharma videos, Chang is fitted with what appears to be a prosthetic limb? Could we perhaps see a future episode wherein Miles severs off the hand of his estranged father, Skywalker-style? I’m just sayin’…
Miles is summoned to retrieve a body from sector 344, which we’re told is in Hostile territory. It seems the Island’s electromagnetic properties caused his filling to blow through his brain. I think we’re supposed to connect sector 344 with The Swan, the Dharma station we know as The Hatch from the first two seasons. Hurley witnesses the branding of the hatch door with the infamous numbers. Why did Dharma build The Swan? Hmmm…
How about Jack stepping up to Roger when he got suspicious of Kate? Methinks that’ll come back to bite the good doc. But it was nice to see Jack’s re-emergent backbone. Foreshadowing of what we’ll see from Jack in the next few episodes? I hope so. (Interesting bit of trivia: the blackboard lesson Jack was erasing in this scene was about ancient Egypt and hieroglyphics. Hmmm…)
We also got another appearance of Bram, Ilana’s silver crate shotgun-totin’ buddy. This time, we see him off Island, kidnapping Miles in a big black van. It would’ve been cool if said black van had been driven by B.A. Baracus. But I digress. I don’t like this Bram guy. Smarmy is the word that comes to mind. But it looks like he plays for a team other than Widmore. A team that he says will win this war. (More hmmm….)
Big reveal at the end of the episode: Farraday’s back! I have a feeling that our MIA physicist will have changed his mind about how much of the past / future can be changed. And I’m also willing to bet that the DeGroots might also be on that sub. Time will tell.
The producers have said that last night’s episode was intended to inject some humor into the series. Given the trippy time-travel themes of this season and the supposedly intense mind-bending direction of the next few episodes, I’d say this episode came along at just the right time. Hurley and Miles are like a modern day Laurel and Hardy or Kramden and Norton. I’ll leave it to you to figure out who’s who.
Some great lines from last night’s show:
- “The ditch had a gun?”
- “Why don’t we carpool? It’ll help with global warming…which hasn’t happened yet…so maybe we can prevent it.”
- “You’re just jealous my power is better than yours.”
- “How do you feel about polar bear feces?”
- “Maybe he’ll let you hold baby you or you can change your own diaper.”
Among my questions at this point:
Where are Rose and Bernard? I will keep asking this until we see them again.
What lies in the shadow of the statue? And how does knowledge of said item make you ready to go to the Island (as Bram preached to Miles)?
When will we see this “war” we’ve been hearing about?
How is Sawyer going to con his way out of the trouble he’s in? I really hate to see anything happen to him and Juliet.