Does Willy Wonka hold the key to Lost??

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Lost viewers are all a-Twitter after seeing last night's episode, "Everybody Loves Hugo," as well as the promo for what's in store next week. (Spoilers ahead!)

While the episode killed off a major character and answered a question or two (while loading us up with more questions), twitterers were not only tweeting about the episode, they were tweeting about the odd use of a psychedelic bit of audio from the 1971 musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory that was inserted over the action in the promo for next week's episode, "The Last Recruit." Could the music, sung by Gene Wilder, mean something when it comes to the overall plot?

Here's a look at the promo:

That caused Twitter to light up:

@sonician wrote: "So with the overdub of Gene Wilder as Charlie, is LOST's island just one big Chocolate Factory, testing those to see who's worthy?"

@Tempestuous wrote: "Now #Lost finally makes sense: the island is the Chocolate Factory! But does that mean Jacob is Willy Wonka and Jack's Charlie Bucket?"

@scHarvey wrote: "And the award for creepiest use of a Gene Wilder, from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, voice over goes to... #LOST"

@starbabyla: "Luv the Charlie and Chocolate Factory song that played during next week's #Lost trailer, completely describes how I feel!"

If you want to see the Willy Wonka's original psychedelic tunnel boat trip with Gene Wilder and hear the "song":

The wording in the promo has some of lines from the original removed. So you can delve into whether or not there's actually any hidden clues, here's what's actually "sung" by Wilder as Willy Wonka as edited for the "creepy" promo:

Willy Wonka


There's no earthly way of knowing
Which direction we are going

[apprehensive, now spoken]

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!


And they're certainly not showing
Any signs that they are slowing!


While the Lost producers are certainly messing with our heads, what we did get last night with the Hurley-centric episode "Everybody Loves Hugo" is just a touch closer to finding out some answers.

In the Sideverse, lucky Hurley (Jorge Garcia) runs into crazy Libby (Cynthia Watros) and they finally get that first date and kiss, causing Hurley to remember the island. Desmond (Desmond Hume) appears to be running around interfering with the Oceanic 815 passengers' lives. With Hurley, it's just a suggestion to visit Libby. With Locke (Terry O'Quinn), he runs him down with his car.

In the Lostverse, we learn that the whispers are the dead who've done something terrible and can't move on, Ilana (Zuleikha Robinson) blows up after being warned about that dynamite, and Locke pushes Desmond down a well. Dead Michael (Harold Perrineau Jr.) pops up to tell Hurley not to let the group blow up the plane (which would keep the Smoke Monster from leaving the island), so Hurley blows up the Black Rock and all the dynamite. Non-candidates Richard (Nestor Carbonell), Miles (Ken Leung) and Ben (Michael Emerson) head off to destroy the plane, while Hurley leads the candidates to talk to Locke.

Tweeps loved the episode:

@SS Career wrote: "In a world of conflict and strife, there is but one fact we all can agree upon, everybody love Hugo!"

@Aohora wrote: "'Dead people are more reliable than alive people ...' -- This is a HUGE clue about Jacob."

@ivanstanton wrote: "So very glad I stuck through Lost's middling third season cos right now, it kicks serious island-based arse re: 'Everybody Loves Hugo'."

Meanwhile, Benjamin Linus gets off the best line of the season so far: "It makes you think, doesn't it. Ilana, there she was, handpicked by Jacob, trained to come and protect you candidates. No sooner does she tell you who you are than she blows up. The island was done with her. It makes me wonder what's going to happen when it's done with us."

As Alan Sepinwall, from What's Alan Watching put it, "Well, we're clearly cooking with gas at this point in the season. Desmond's return has goosed the narrative stakes in both the sideways universe and the real one, two of the three island factions have finally come together, stuff blew up left and right, Des and Locke are trying to kill each other in the two timelines, and the sideways world again was used well to bring back a character whose time on the show felt like it came to too abrupt an end in the real timeline."

What "Everybody Loves Hugo" really offered was a chance for the wonderful Jorge Garcia to really shine, both comically and dramatically. If anyone wasn't rooting for Hurley and Libby to finally get that date and have that kiss, then they haven't been paying attention.

We'll be back next week with our full list of questions and answers!

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