Desmond the Well Endowed
Desmond isn’t a character I’ve focused on too much in discussion… just when arguing about what he can and cannot do with his future-seeing ability. I just haven’t been that interested in the character or his story… and I don’t really think that the issue of having a constant will be much of an issue between now and the end of the show. But lo and behold, here he is, back on the island and now going by his porn name “The Package”.
So Charles Widmore made it fairly clear last night that his position is opposed to the Man-Formerly-In-Black-But-Now-In-Filthy-Green. His secret weapon is none other than “The Package”, Desmond Hume. There’s a lot more going on here than he let on last night so I assume (or hope) that we’ll be getting a lot more information on Charles Widmore and his plan. For instance, his mission, as declared, is to stop the MIBBNIFG from leaving the island. He has control of the plane but for whatever reason he hasn’t simply destroyed it yet. His minions managed to successfully attack MIBBNIFG’s camp and sedate everyone yet they only took Jin. They should have taken Sawyer at least since MIBBNIFG needs all of the candidates to leave the island, right? Especially since they needed Jin to answer questions about the DHARMA Initiative and Sawyer (LaFleur) would have at least as much information as Jin, probably more. I digress.
Charles Widmore’s stated mission is to prevent MIBBNIFG from leaving the island in order to protect the people back in the real world… He names Penny as his motivation (well, his daughter… I’m assuming he meant Penny but that could come back to bite me). He’s also gone though a lot of trouble in the past to keep Desmond away from Penny… and who can blame him? I wouldn’t want my daughter dating a guy nicknamed “The Package”… would you? But seriously, why? Is it because Desmond is poor? That might be a big deal to some people but really; I think that could be overcome. I think Widmore has somehow known things about Desmond and his future all along and he wanted to keep them separate to protect Penny.
Desmond’s name does not appear in the lighthouse or on the cave wall. He has no number. He is not a candidate. Yet he was brought to the island. People don’t just wash up randomly on the shore. Not on this island. But who brought him? I think it’s possible that the MIBBNIFG brought him to the island. I have a feeling he may be sort of a Richard for the MIBBNIFG. There is one parallel between the two that seems kind of anecdotal but still… there are similarities between the scenes when Richard killed the doctor and when Desmond killed Inman. That may or may not have been intentional.
If Desmond is a kind of “variable” thrown into the equation with the Candidates being the “constants” then I think it’ll be because the MIBBNIFG brought him into the equation. I wouldn’t be entirely surprised to see a scene from the past with Desmond on the beach before Inman found him being approached by the MIBBNIFG and touched… possibly endowing him with certain abilities. But who knows. Really, for my money, I hope Desmond doesn’t turn out to be something really, super important to the story. It seems right now though that he’s important to the MIBBNIFG, or maybe important as some kind of weapon against him.