OMG! I don’t believe it! Pierre Chang is Miles’ father!
So the world’s least surprising father-son revelation was sprung open at last. Eagle-eyed fans would have remembered Lara from the opening of Season 5 and so spotted the ruse early when they saw this same woman looking to get a new place for herself and her son.
Lost does like to indulge in such familial relations business (Jack / Christian / Claire and Faraday / Eloise / Widmore immediately spring to mind). And this episode also presented some ‘daddy issues’ (all the best cowboys have them, you know), another firm Lost favourite. If you got the impression you’d been here before then I don’t blame you. On Lost whatever happened, happens!
Well, maybe. This episode probed the idea of defying ‘whatever happened, happened’ – and the one man perhaps most able to bend, or even break, his own rule just came back to the Island.
Hurley’s ideas about re-writing Star Wars were one such courting of this principle. For the uninitiated, the ‘Hoth’ in the episode title is the name of the ice planet that The Empire Strikes Back begins on. The Empire Strikes Back was the script Hurley was writing, and amending, with the intention of submitting it to George Lucas to try and right some wrongs. Namely:
In Hurley’s script, Luke would not have turned from Vader when he learned he was his father and, instead, would have accepted his offer to rule the galaxy as father and son and rid the universe of the evil Emperor. Interestingly for Lost, Luke not taking this path resulted in him having his arm chopped off.
I am reasonably sure that Pierre Chang will lose his arm in the event known only as ‘the incident’. Perhaps it was the realisation that disaster was on the horizon that prompted Pierre Chang to quickly ship his wife and baby Miles off the Island and out of his life with little explanation. It’s not entirely unreasonable to wonder if grown-up Miles, bonding with his apparently-doting father, is the one that warns him about ‘the purge’. Another cyclical time loop. And Pierre Chang claims to be unaware of circles!
Alternatively, the very nature of ‘the incident’ may be to do with Pierre Chang attempting to change history. To stop ‘whatever happened, happened’. This is totally unchartered territory but, as stated, Faraday is back on the Island looking like a man with a plan having spent an unknown period of time with the Dharma Initiative off-Island, at Ann Arbor; maybe he has designs on preventing Charlotte’s death.
What I think is most likely is that Miles will tell Pierre Chang about who he is, and when he is from, and this will cause Chang to have a panic (similar to his concern when two rabbits were in the same timeframe during The Orchid Orientation film).
Maybe ‘the incident’ was created by Chang and Faraday attempting to get Miles and the rest of the Oceanic mob back to where they belong. I do believe ‘the incident’ is going to play a large part in the Season 5 finale so this seems an altogether viable resolution to this 70s Dharma phase. ‘The incident’ jolts the Oceanic and Freighter groups (and Juliet) off to 2007 to rendezvous with Locke and Ben and Ajira and co.
That paves the way for Season 6, the last season, to focus on this upcoming ‘war’ that we received more tantalising information about, mainly from Bram in the van. . .
Bram’s attempts to get Miles to not work for Widmore pretty much confirm that the Ajira group were not sent by Charles. As I have previously asserted, my favourite candidate for their chief is Eloise Hawking. What lies in the shadow of the statue? Potentially it’s Jughead. The nuclear bomb. If there’s a war coming then a weapon of mass destruction isn’t a bad thing to have. Possibly what was in the crate Ilana and co were taking to the main Island was suitable material to extract the warhead safely. And Eloise Hawking, as a young lady on the Island, was the one informed by Faraday to bury Jughead in the first place.
That puts Eloise Hawking as knowing where the bomb is buried, knowing about the Island and the statue, and knowing about Ajira 316 being the plane to get her team to where she wanted them to be. Fits like a glove to me! Until I know better, that’s what I’m sticking with!
Another Star Wars link: Luke can see dead people!
Miles and Hurley had some time to discuss their own experiences of communion with the dead. Whilst Miles’ sixth sense differed from Hurley’s there’s reason to believe they stem from the same source. Hurley speaks with the dead in real-time interactions, like playing chess with Eko, but we’ve seen other people do the same thing, like Jack/Sun/Frank/Locke/Claire all seeing Christian (and Miles too, for that matter!) and Michael seeing Libby. Hurley’s ‘gift’ for communion with the dead is not at all unique to him and instead appears to be phenomena linked with, and maybe even sourced from, the Island.
Miles, on the other hand, has a unique skill, but it too may have derived from his time on the Island. What I mean is, whatever ‘force’ allows Hurley and co to see dead people somehow resides within Miles, in a different means. Bram said that if Miles joined them he could learn more about it – evidently linking Miles’ ‘gift’ and his history with his father and the Island.
Miles’ skill allows him to know the mind of the deceased up to the point where they died. Situating himself close to the body he can naturally read the memories and feelings of the dead person to understand what was going on with them, apparently as a voice in his head from them. (I find this a pleasing idea, being as it dodges the problems inherent with spirits and the afterlife.) Interestingly, the first time we saw Miles ‘commune’ with a dead person it was when the body was not present.
In Confirmed Dead Miles went up to the deceased’s bedroom and there attempted to communicate. Now, by his admission, Miles shouldn’t have been able to do this. However, the intriguing aspect to this scene was the machine Miles switched on.
Since Miles appears to have derived his powers from the Island, potentially this machine generates a similar Island-like electromagnetic force that heightens Miles’ capabilities. Obviously this is all total scientific hogwash but it is a viable explanation for Miles’ ability, and a further validation of his skill being intrinsically linked with the Island that Dharma tapped into.
We saw Miles fail to contact the deceased (probably because he didn’t have his machine with him!) and yet he lied and told Howard Gray what he wanted to hear. He could have left it there, but instead Miles came back and told the truth. The idea of Miles bursting Dharma’s bubble and breaking news of the truth about ‘the purge’ to Pierre feels paralleled to this same idea. At least this way Miles may eventually realise why his father abandoned him – it was to save him!
Dharma’s construction of The Swan (how are The Others not aware of an enormous building site on their side of the Island!?) is evidently fraught with danger, the electromagnetism located there volatile enough to yank out the filling from a man’s tooth and shoot it through his brain like a bullet through the head. (Top marks for an inventive death, mind.) Whilst the 4 8 15 16 23 42 numbers on ‘the hatch’ turned out to be a serial number, that doesn’t fully explain why they were used to enter in to a computer, let alone what Valenzetti made of them! Meanwhile, in exchange for taking the body, Miles handed Radzinsky a package. Another package we don’t know the contents of! We’ve had Ben’s vent bag, Ilana’s Ajira case and now Radzinsky’s Swan package. . .
What was in the bag Horace gave to Miles? God knows. My guess is it’s the Fail Safe switch, but whilst it remains in the bag it’s anyone’s guess. One cat that is out of the bag, however, is the security tape that Miles failed to erase. It was always going to be the astute and paranoid Phil that found it and got into Sawyer’s face about it (to be fair he was doing his job, well, no matter how irritating he may be!). Sawyer knocked Phil out to buy some time, but time is a quantity rapidly running out. With Jack and Kate registering on Roger’s radar, Sawyer and Juliet on Phil’s, Miles and Hurley on Chang’s, and Sayid on everybody’s the pressure is mounting and the temperature is rising. Some may like it hot, but a nice cool planet Hoth might be more preferable right about how. . .