After the shocking last seconds of Lost's latest episode, "Everybody Loves Hugo," my mind was still trying to make sense of what I'd just seen when I saw the promo below for next week's episode, "The Last Recruit:"
The ad features lyrics from "The Rowing Song," from the original 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory from the scene where the candidates to take over Wonka's chocolate factory get on board Willy Wonka's boat and have a perfectly horrifying ride. By the end of the whole trip, if you recall, Charlie Bucket winds up "winning" what he didn't realize was a contest because he's good at heart, honest but not without flaws, while the other candidates are undone by their worst instincts.
The song's lyrics, according to a Wikipedia entry (which has the same lyrics as other web sites) are as follows:
"There's no earthly way of knowing
Which direction we are going.
There's no knowing where we're rowing
Or which way the river's flowing.
Is it raining? Is it snowing?
Is a hurricane a-blowing?
Not a speck of light is showing
So the danger must be growing.
Are the fires of Hell a-glowing?
Is the grisly reaper mowing?
Yes! The danger must be growing
For the rowers keep on rowing
And they're certainly not showing
Any signs that they are slowing!"
Observations: During the boat scene there was a close-up of an eye (an image Lost uses a lot), a flash of the image of Slugworth (who was a decoy to test Charlie's true sense of loyalty), plus this exchange between Charlie and his Grandpa Joe:
Charlie: "Boy what a great series this would make . . . This is kind of strange."
Grandpa Joe: "Yeah, strange Charlie, but it's fun."
Okay you fellow Lost fans, what does all of THIS mean? If you were to draw an anology between Charlie Bucket and the Losties, what would you come up with? Is Wonka supposed to be Jacob, manipulating people to see who makes the "right" choices? Can there even be a "winner"?