For only the second time in my memory, a television show almost made me cry. The first time it happened, my wife and I were watching Lost on DVD, catching up so that we could watch the new fourth season as it aired. I think you know what I'm talking about. Yep, that's right: Greatest Hits. I don't want to ruin it for you, but when Charlie writes on his note to Claire that the greatest moment of his life was the night he met her . . . it sounds so sappy here, but man . . . in the moment--wow. Excellent writing. I told my wife that night that episodes like that make me want to write stories.
Then tonight, it happened again. I think you know what I'm talking about. That's right. The Constant. I don't want to ruin it for you, so I won't tell you about the ending. But man . . . ! Imagine Romeo & Juliet, except that Juliet wakes up before Romeo kills himself. And the episode itself was amazing. I'll be honest. I was afraid that making Desmond a time traveler would be really cheesy and destroy the integrity of the story. But they pulled it off. I won't tell you how, but it worked.
And now my piece of Lost theory. I think that the Oceanic Six all work for Ben after they "escape," just like Sayyid. I mean, after tonight's episode, it was all too clear that Ben's man-on-the-boat wanted Desmond to get to the radio. I don't think it's too far out there to suggest that Desmond needed to get to the radio for the Oceanic Six to get off the Island. I don't know how Ben could obtain that kind of power over the Original 48, but I don't put it past him. Ben = awesome. Lastly, I think Penny plays an important role in the long-term development of the storyline.* At least I hope so.
P.S. -- I think that Penny's dad knows about the Island.
*I'm just spitballin' here, but maybe Penny's dad is connected to the Dharma Initiative and, for whatever reason, he is waging war on Ben and the Others. The Oceanic 48 somehow got caught in the middle, and I think Penny plays a crucial long-term role in extricating the survivors from the conflict.