A few Lost thoughts


I apologize for not posting anything about Lost last week.  My laptop’s power cord was/is having problems which meant that I could not write and watch the episode at the same time.  (I’m saving whatever power is left in the battery for when I wipe the hard drive and move everything I want to save over to the external hard drive.)  I’m still dealing with that issue, so I couldn’t write and watch at the same time last night, either.  Honestly, though, last night’s episode only confused me.  Take a breath because you’re about to enter my stream of consciousness (that may or may not have a warm light at the end of it).

The Candidate

It was an action-packed episode.  The Losties were locked in cages, then rescued by Sayid, Jack and Smokey.  How easy was that?!  Unless one has a baggie full of ash there just isn’t much defense against the pillar of smoke.

Sawyer’s plan totally backfired.  I knew Flocke’s story about everyone having to be together to get off the island wasn’t true.  I just had no clue that he was going to try to kill them all at once.

I enjoyed getting to see Bernard again.  He seemed rather mysterious, didn’t you think?

Were you ready for the deaths of so many characters?  I’ll admit that I wasn’t; I shed a few tears before the Nicorette commercial.  Overall, I was pleased with the way they died.  Jin didn’t leave Sun — yay!  Lapides went out with a sarcastic one-liner — yay!  Sayid, the hero, ran with the bomb to give the others a greater chance of survival — yay!

Questions:

  • Poor Claire.  What’s going to happen to her?
  • What’s going to happen to ATL Sun and Jin now that their island selves are dead?
  • When she recognized Locke (in “The Last Recruit”) as they were entering the hospital, did she recognize him as “Smokey”?
  • Is Smokey going to fly the plane himself?
  • To what is Smokey referring when he said he was going “to finish what he started?”

Across the Sea

Again, I sat down totally unprepared for this episode.  While it answered a few questions, by the end I was more confused than when I started.

We learned that Jacob and MIB are brothers.  They are the twin sons of Claudia (a Roman; I am basing that on the use of Latin in her conversation with Mother (and remember — all Others speak Latin), her dress, etc.), another shipwrecked and pregnant woman.  Jacob was born smiling and was wrapped in a white cloth.  His unnamed brother emerged crying and was wrapped in black cloth.  We could pore over this episode and draw tons of Biblical comparisons (I’m thinking Romans 9, God’s sovereign election stuff), but I simply don’t have the time tonight.  Besides, the comparisons will not fit exactly and that would only frustrate me.

*Interesting tidbit*In Genesis, God creates and names Adam, thereby exercising and demonstrating His authority over Adam.  God brings Adam all of the animals and allows Adam to name them, thereby demonstrating Adam’s authority over the animals.  Adam also names his wife Eve, demonstrating his authority over her.  I think it’s interesting that Brother isn’t given a name by anyone.  I don’t know why the show’s creators chose not to name him (perhaps it’s because not naming him makes it easier for the viewers to think of him as a personification of an idea, like evil), but I think it’s interesting because Brother/MIB/Smokey takes on many identities but seems to answer to no one.*/tidbit*

Claudia was murdered by Mother.  I presume Mother had to kill Claudia because Claudia came from “across the sea” and was, therefore, evil.  Do you remember way back in (I think) Season 1 when Sayid was trying to decipher some writing on Rousseau’s maps.  He enlisted Shannon’s help because it was in french.  It turned out to be “La mer,” known to us Americans as “Beyond the Sea,” by Bobby Darin.  Interesting, no?

I also think it’s interesting that MIB is called Brother and Desmond calls everyone “Brotha.”  There probably isn’t any real connection there; I just think it’s interesting.

Here’s my theory: Mother saw an opportunity to raise a child in her pristine, undefiled island paradise.  But Claudia was pregnant with twins.  Did you notice Mother’s look of panic when baby #2 started to come out?  She seemed very uncertain in that moment.  Kind of like she didn’t know what to do with two.  Which one should she choose to take over protection of the island?

Jacob is very much like her in that he believes that people are basically good.  He is content to stay within the bounds set by Mother.  Even when circumstances do not make sense, he believes and obeys her.  At the same time, though, he sneaks away to watch Brother and the Others.

Brother, however, though he is Mother’s favorite son, proves that people are not good.  He rejects/questions everything Mother tells him.  Like John Locke, Brother is told repeatedly that he is special and that there are some things that he can’t do.  He wasn’t supposed to know about his real mother, the other people from her wrecked ship, what lies beyond the sea, or other ways to get to the mysterious, warm light.  But he pursues them all.

Without a doubt, both sons are warped by Mother.

The warm light coming from the island: I have no idea.  I guess I’m supposed to believe that it really is the source of all life.  OK.  Mother said it was the source of life, death, and rebirth.  BUT it is incredibly dangerous for anyone to go into the light. When Jacob tossed Brother into the light, it split his soul from his body.  Or something like that.  We also know that the light emits a powerful electromagnetic force.  AND we know that the island is underwater in 2004.  So…Mother was wrong?  That’s something that, I guess, will be worked out in the next few episodes.

Questions: Was Jacob reborn?  Is that how we’re seeing him as a youth on the island?

Brother’s conversations with Mother and Jacob were heavy with the conflict between faith and science.  Curiosity, ideas = good.  Faith, belief = bad.

Question: Why was Mother bathed in light at the bottom of the well?  How’d she get down there so fast? Was she already dead?  Where did she come from anyway?

This episode showed the origin of the frozen donkey wheel. Somehow Brother figured out a way to turn a wheel in the light and move the water so that he could leave the island.  I would like to understand the science behind that one because it does not make sense to me.

Questions:  How did Mother get Brother out of the well, destroy and fill in the well, and burn down all of the Others all by herself?  And how did Brother never fall in love and procreate with an Other?  When he was surveying the carnage I hoped he would search for his love or someone special, but no.  Thirty years went by and he never fell in love?!

Adam and Eve are Mother and Brother.  Didn’t see that coming until right before it happened.

Questions:  Why did Mother thank Brother for killing her?  Did Brother ever used Mother’s body to manipulate Jacob?  What was the incantation Mother recited over the cup that she gave Jacob to drink?

I felt really confused at the end of “Across the Sea.”  We were introduced to two new characters, and the story did not progress at all.  And, need I remind you, there are only a few hours left to tell the story.

Let me know what you think!!

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6 thoughts on “A few Lost thoughts

  1. Oh, I forgot to mention Widmore! What’s the point of him in this story? Is Ben right? Is Widmore just out to exploit and destroy the island?

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  2. I’m just like you, more confused and worried that there are only a few hours to wrap this thing up. I’m just coming to grips with the fact this may not end like I want it to/thought it would! 🙂

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  3. Leslie,

    One interesting correction – Brother’s view of mankind (essential evil) is closer to Mother’s view. Brother parrots the exact words of Mother to Jacob in the finale of season 5. Jacob (although he follows Mother) seems to hold the opposite view of Mother about people, and he is out to prove that he is right.

    I saw “Across the Sea” in the same spirit as several of the time-travel episodes of season 5 — they’re attempts to give the back-story on events you have known about for a long time. I think they had to do an origin story for Jacob and MIB, or else we would feel like the took a pass on a very important issue by the end of the season. It almost cannot be helped that telling their back-stories opens up more questions. I doubt that they plan to answer any of the new questions.

    Keep up the reviews.

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    1. Ah, you’re right, he does.

      I agree, they had to do an origin story of Jacob and MIB. And, for the most part, I’m satisfied. I doubt they answer any new questions, too.

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  4. Mother was the smoke monster. She gave the boys a shared responsibility of guarding the island. One became the smoke monster (because he was a little more bad than good) and one became the guardian of the light- who is the only one who knows where the light is (because he was a little more good than bad). She took those little babies because she thought she could keep them good and they were her “candidates” to replace her. Only she realized that one of them didn’t want to stay and be the guardian so she forced him to stay by making him the smoke monster. Twisted. Definitely twisted.

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  5. Good reviews! I am left frustrated by this last episode, as well, but I can’t try to find all the biblical parallels because I know the puzzle pieces wouldn’t fit together and I would just get more frustrated. This episode felt rushed and not very well planned to me for some reason. Not well written or executed. I wish I felt more satisfied about it but it was just too cheesy for me. I thought Richard’s back story was more interesting than this one.

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