Welcome back to another edition of The "Lost" Diary.
For all you "Lost" Diary newbies, here's how it goes: I gather with a group of friends watching "Lost," writing what happens on the show as it happens, and throwing in my two cents along the way. Let's roll ...
9:00 -- Hearing Dr. Chang narrate a video about how amazing Hurley is might be the most surreal thing I have ever seen on "Lost."
9:01 -- No parent in their right mind would send their kid to something called "Mr. Cluck's House for Children."
9:03 -- Hurley is at Libby's grave, chatting it up.
9:04 -- Ilana is not really the person Hurley should be pouring his feelings out to.
9:05 -- "I'm here to stop you from getting everyone killed." -- Michael. Did not see that coming. Oh, Michael is just Not Locke transformed to look like Michael, right?
9:08 -- Not Michael is trying to talk Hurley out of blowing up the plane -- something Not Locke would do, right?
9:09 -- "My name isn't Rosalita. It's Libby." -- Libby. That was fast. I thought they'd make us work for it a bit.
9:10 -- "You don't remember me, do you?" -- Libby. Goosebump level ratcheted up to about 7.
9:11 -- Hurley is doing the worst job of convincing
9:12 -- As you can see from the sentence above, I kinda stopped typing suddenly cause Ilana just blew up into like a thousand pieces. Dude, you got some Ilana on you.
9:13 -- Not Locke needs Jack, Hurley and Sun in order to get off the island.
9:14 -- Captain Sunshine, aka Sayid, is back and he's got Desmond with him.
9:19 -- Random thought I had while watching Richard argue with Jack -- if Libby is still locked up in the loony bin in her flash sideways, how was she on Oceanic 815?
9:20 -- "Gimme a bucket, family style." -- Hurley
9:21 -- Desmond is beginning his plan of "showing people things" and he's beginning with Hurley. And, of course, Desmond is order number 42.
9:22 -- Back on the island, Desmond is really lacking personality these days. He's almost as cheery as Captain Sunshine over there.
9:23 -- "Of course. You're John Locke." -- Desmond
9:24 -- "The island was done with her. Makes me wonder what's gonna happen when it's done with us." -- Ben
9:25 -- RIP Black Rock. Wait, so Hurley got ahead of everyone? So far ahead, in fact, that he had time to somehow rig all the dynamite to blow?
9:30 -- "That happens a lot? Dead people yelling at you?" -- Miles
9:31 -- "She has issues with reality." -- Libby's doctor
9:33 -- "There was a plane crash … and I was on an island." -- Libby
9:34 -- Unless I misunderstood, Libby hasn't been at the mental hospital long. So maybe she was on Oceanic 815 somehow.
9:35 -- "If I didn't know better, I'd say this island has it in for you." -- Not Locke
9:36 -- "Do you know better?" -- Desmond
9:37 -- Weird that Desmond could see Not Locke's little boy friend. Yes, I understand that that sentence makes Not Locke sound like a child molester.
9:38 -- Hurley is playing the "Jacob is talking to me" card, but Richard isn't falling for it.
9:39 -- "Alright Hurley, let's go talk to Locke." -- Jack. Jack is so stupid, I am actually rooting for Not Locke to get off the island at this point.
9:44 -- "How do you break the ice with the Smoke Monster?" -- Hurley
9:45 -- Jack and Hurley had a pretty sappy conversation, the whispers came, and now Hurley claims to know what they are. This should be good.
9:46 -- "If you ever do see Libby again… tell her I'm very sorry." -- Michael
9:47 -- "Everybody likes cheese." -- Hurley. His date is off to a rousing start.
9:48 -- "It's like a date we never had." -- Libby
9:49 -- "Whoa, dude." -- Hurley, after being kissed by Libby. This flash sideways feels like an episode of a new show called "Touched By a Desmond."
9:54 -- Locke has taken Desmond out to the middle of nowhere to show him a well. A special well.
9:56 -- There was no other way for that scene to end -- Not Locke just threw Desmond down the well.
9:57 -- "Um, hey." -- Hurley to Not Locke
10:00 -- We continue with "Touched By a Desmond" and I somehow have the feeling that the Desmond is there to kill Locke.
10:01 -- That had to hurt.
I can't believe I am writing this again -- but I just watched another episode of "Lost" where one group of people spent the majority of the episode walking somewhere. I have lost track of how many times this happened this season, but each time it is made for a boring chunk of time.
That being said, I highly enjoyed Hurley's flash sideways, mostly because of Desmond. The Hurly/Libby true love thing feels a tad forced since they hardly even knew each other. I couldn't summon up the same feelings for them that I had for Desmond and Penny or Sun and Jin.
I also loved how Desmond knew that Locke was evil. I am assuming he is trying to kill Locke, but it is possible he is somehow trying to "save" him.
I debated for a bit about what I wanted to grade this episode. I walked away less than impressed, despite how much I enjoyed the flash sideways. I have often talked about how certain episodes need to be graded differently than others -- and I think when you factor in that we have only five more hours of "Lost" left, the bar needs to be raised a tad higher.
In the end, the grade I have settled on is a B-. I wouldn't use any negative words to describe tonight's episode, but they wouldn't be glowing ones either. Earlier in the season, this is probably a B -- but after last week, I was expecting more from the on-island activities.