The creators of Lost have never been shy about their love of Star Wars. Even in season one, they were able to re-create a scene from Empire Strikes Back, which would seem impossible on a show revolving around a group of people who have crashed on an island, but they found a way! Though, this week, they have just decided to make a direct reference to it.
In a somewhat detour from our main storyline, we have been given a Miles-centric episode surrounding his relationship with his father, whom we come to know is Pierre Chang from the Dharma Initiative. It had been teased and questioned before that Miles had been to the island, so this week we are given direct answers. From the onset, Miles is given a couple of secret missions; one by Sawyer to get rid of the security tape showing him and Kate taking Ben into Hostile-country, but before he can complete that, Horace sends him on another secret errand to go see Radzinsky. So what did he do? Ah, of course, simply pick up a dead body and bring it to Dr Chang. We had seen Miles' ability to talk to dead people many times before, so naturally he was able to read the spirit of the body he had just collected. I feel that this was just to let us know that the electro-magnetism on the island is becoming extreme and has claimed a victim. This is ultimately leading us towards the story of 'the incident' referred to in Dharma videos and the role the Swan station plays on the island. Unfortunately for this chap in the back of Miles' van, the magnetism shot one of his fillings out through his head at the speed of a bullet according to what his dead spirit told Miles.
His flashbacks though the episode are regarding his abilities and how he came to be on the island at Widmore's request. Hey, remember Naomi? The Mancunian girl from the boat who died in season four? Yep, a lovely cameo from her recruiting Miles for Widmore appears in his flashbacks. The only relevant thing from his past that contributes to our main ongoing story, is when a group of guys kidnap Miles and say he is on the wrong side mention the line Ilana said last week; 'What lies in the shadow of the statue'. So do they work for Ben Linus or another group? They offer him knowledge about his ability, about who he really is and who his father is, but he turns them down. Pity, as I thought that's what the episode was about! Maybe we'll find out later.
Well, his mission of delivering the body picks up Hurley along the way and he directly comes out to Hurley and tells him he know Dr Chang is his father. This brings in Hurley trying to bridge the gap between them as Miles has not made an effort to get to know Chang whilst there. This is where Hurley decides to make the reference to Empire Strikes Back and applies the relationship between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader to Miles and his father. I don't feel this made a great comparison, but was rather more just for comedic effect and the fact Hurley was going to write Empire Strikes Back for George Lucas to make in 1980. His basic point was that Miles should use the time he has to bond with his father instead of ignoring him, which isn't that much of a reference to Star Wars. Darth Vader wanted Luke to join the Dark Side and turn against the Emperor and I didn't really feel that applied in our story of Lost.
Essentially, this episode was a set-up for things to come. LaFleur has knocked out and kidnapped Phill when he found the tape of his and Kate's little adventure last week, we see the development of the Orchid and the Swan....oh, and yeah.....Dan's back.
I'll leave you there for now, but I feel after quite a slow episode this week, it has served it's purpose of getting ready to launch us into a huge finish which will have our own fillings flying out of our jaws like bullets.
See y'all on the island next week...