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Season 6, Episode 12: "Everybody Loves Hugo"
At times an explosive episode, "Everybody Loves Hugo" (a titular counterpart to the second-season episode "Everybody Hates Hugo") nevertheless failed to match the sky-high level of acclaim of the previous week's "Happily Ever After." We did get at least one answer to an ongoing mystery, however: the island's constant whispers are merely the voices of dead souls unable to move on. Thanks, Michael, for stopping by.
Here are the scores for this season's episodes so far, followed by a sampling of the critical response to this week's installment.
|Episode 1/2: LA X||89||Episode 7: Dr. Linus||92|
|Episode 3: What Kate Does||64||Episode 8: Recon||76|
|Episode 4: The Substitute||88||Episode 9: Ab Aeterno||93|
|Episode 5: Lighthouse||71||Episode 10: The Package||72|
|Episode 6: Sundown||82||Episode 11: Happily Ever After||93|
|100||Television Without Pity||Cindy McLennan|
|[Full recap forthcoming; Grade A+]|
|100||TV Overmind||Sam McPherson|
|Like "Happily Ever After," before it, this episode was one of the best yet — I'd place it in the top twenty of the series, definitely. [Grade: A]|
|90||Entertainment Weekly||Jeff Jensen|
|[The episode] left me feeling disturbed and unnerved. [Full recap forthcoming here]|
|86||TV Fanatic||M.L. House|
|There was a lot to like about this episode.|
|83||The Onion A.V. Club||Noel Murray|
|I had such a good time with it—gasping, laughing, cringing—that I’m willing to forgive all the way-too-on-point conversations and herky-jerky plot machinations. [Grade: B+]|
|I'm starting to get really excited about the alternate universe storyline now. It took a long while to delve into why the flash-sideways were important to the overall story, but it appears that things are finally coming together.|
|80||Chicago Tribune||Maureen Ryan|
|And though this emotionally satisfying episode wasn't in the top tier of "Lost" episodes (and that's no slam on "Everybody Loves Hugo" -- it got the job done, I liked it fine and it and had some excellent scenes), that Ilana-blows-up sequence has to qualify as one of the best "holy cow did they just DO that?" moments in the history of the show.|
|80||Cultural Learnings||Myles McNutt|
|Things might be moving in a way that seems a bit contrived, but it’s so driven by character and complicated by the insanity of it all that it still plays out well, and “Everybody Loves Hugo” throws in some explosions and some intriguing cross-universe ideas to cap things off.|
|Even when [Jorge Garcia is] given some heavy material, as he is this week, it never feels like he's "acting." There's such a natural, easy style to his work that he grounds some of the most outrageous ideas in the show.|
|80||Los Angeles Times||Todd VanDerWerff|
|These episodes ... rise or fall based almost entirely on how much you like the characters at their center. ... And, for the most part, the tale of Hurley's attempts to take charge in two different timelines was the kind of "Lost" candy I most enjoy.|
|80||What's Alan Watching?||Alan Sepinwall|
|Well, we're clearly cooking with gas at this point in the season. ... My fear, though, is that it's taken us too long to get to this point.|
|So as much as "Everybody Loves Hugo" advanced the story ... and provided answers ... it was also just a pleasure to see the new, improved, badass Hurley.|
|Sadly, the on-Island action didn't live up to its standard, with scattershot action ranging from the mind-blowing to the patently stupid. Luckily, the good outweighed the bad, but the bad occasionally threatened to topple the good will earned by the majority of this episode.|
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