by Scott Von Doviak and the A.V. Club gang
9. Hurley’s Empire Strikes Back rewrite, Lost
Ever since H.G. Wells invented the time machine in 1895, the concept of time travel has fueled some of the great “What if?” scenarios in popular culture. If time could turn back, would you kill Hitler before his rise to power? Or prevent the Kennedy assassination? Or would you set aside such trivial matters in favor of dealing with the greatest evil of the past half-century: George Lucas? In the fifth-season Lost episode “Some Like It Hoth,” Hugo “Hurley” Reyes (Jorge Garcia) is stranded in the year 1977 (because that’s what the island wanted, for some reason), right around the time of the first Star Wars movie’s release.