I’m going to take an in-depth look at Hugo’s mental unbalance, including his two stays in the Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute. Some of you may find this too sad or potentially triggering. If you decide to unfollow for awhile, no problem.
To me, Hugo’s time in Santa Rosa is ultimately redemptive. As I see it, in the big picture Santa Rosa is ultimately a safe and healing place for Hugo.
Alos, Hugo has a “hero cycle” of his own going in LOST. All hero cycle adventures have both a “solar” and a “lunar” part. We love solar heroes because they fight, struggle, do action-y things. That’s the solar part of the hero cycle.
The lunar aspect is important, too. Think of Luke Skywalker’s experiences with Yoda on Dagobah. The lunar phase involves reflection, internal exploration, an “underground” (sometimes literally.)
Most important, the lunar phase of the hero cycle is where the hero confronts his own Shadow, his inner demons.
As I see it, Hugo’s roughly 2.5 - 3 year journey in Santa Rosa ultimately allows him to “level up” to the point where he can take on the responsibility of protecting the Island.
I’m not going to tag posts with #tw or #trigger warning because each individual post will probably not be shocking or intense. I’m just bringing it up in case some of you want to avoid the topic for whatever reason.