[tps_title]MY SO-BALD STRIFE[/tps_title]
- In a very meta move, this episode plays around with the use of coincidence on the show. We all know it’s easy to confuse with fate. Is it really possible that the Numbers can show up everywhere, or has this whole thing been about Hurley (and the other numbered Candidates!) all along? It really is crazy when you think about it, which is why it almost makes more sense for the whole thing to be in Hurley’s head.
- So who is Island Dave in this episode? There arefour likely possibilities:
- Dave is dead. Let’s start off with the most unlikely option: Dave is actually a real person who died. While it’s possible that Dave was a casualty of the deck incident, it’s not likely that this is what the writers were going for. Hurley will develop an ability to see the dead later on the show, but there’s been no hints that he had this power before crashing on the island.
- Dave is Dave. Why not? Like in the past, Dave could simply a reaction to Hurley’s disturbed mind. It’s his way of dealing with his addiction to food and his fears of change and responsibility. Large amounts of food and a new woman in his life… Let’s face it: Hurley does have some scary things to deal with, and as we know, he, like Libby in the flashsideways, tends to have some “issues with reality”. This issue is cured when Libby convinces him that everything in his life is quite real.
- Dave is the Island. His appearance might be a way to “test” Hurley, much like how – according to Charlie – the Virgin Mary statues appeared as a test for him. Hurley needs to be convinced that what’s happening to him is real before he can learn to deal with it. It would certainly serve the Island’s agenda if Hurley learned to let go of certain, poisonous thoughts.
- Dave is the Man In Black. We’ve seen the Smoke Monster read thoughts and appear as dead people and spiders, so him showing up as a bald undead imaginary friend wouldn’t seem beyond the realm of possibility. The MIB would want to convince Hurley to kill himself, much like Dave does. Hurley passes the test because he believes what Libby tells him. While the presence of Red Ginger (see my Observations for Exodus) might support this theory, surely the MIB would know that the Candidates can’t kill themselves.