The End… And why the Island had to be Saved.

24 05 2010

I loved the series finale of Lost.  But it was so heady and intoxicating that I need a few days to digest and process…  but, I was thinking this afternoon about how much the science people are dissatisfied with the end and the lack of explanation…

Well…  it dawned on my how very interesting it is that this series finale happened at the exact time that there is oil gushing out of a hole in the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

People are mad that we didn’t find out the island was and how Smokey would have destroyed the world had he been let off the island. But don’t we sort of know that already?  

In my mind, I am choosing to see the island as a metaphor for Earth and the smoke monster as a destructive escaped energy source. I mean, smokey looks like little else than a plume of smoke created by an oil fire.

See crazy Foster Mom and the boys put it in simple terms in this conversation:

MOTHER: Light. The warmest, brightest light you’ve ever seen or felt. And we must make sure that no one ever finds it.
BOY IN BLACK: It’s beautiful…
MOTHER: Yes it is. And that’s why they want it. Because a little bit of this very same light is inside of every man. But they always want more.
JACOB: Can they take it?
MOTHER: No. But they would try. And if they tried they could put it out. And if the light goes out here… it goes out everywhere. And so I’ve protected this place. But I can’t protect it forever.

Sort of sounds like a metephorical discussion of energy sources: oil, gas, coal, etc. At least to me. We had whole seasons centering around the electromagnetism of the island and how men wanted to dig down into the earth to get to it and try to harness it so it makes sense to me.

So, why was it important to save the island?  For the same reason that it’s important to try heal or save the planet before we die and move on. We live in such a disposable society that using something up and discarding it seems like the norm…  but just because the Oceanic Survivors were done with the island doesn’t mean that they should discard it. It’s just like we shouldn’t be using up the planet, draining her of her life’s blood, only to discard her when we are ready to move on.

So, why couldn’t the series have been about both the redemption of the human soul and the conservation of the earth?   

Maybe we should send jack down to the bottom of The Gulf to plug up the hole?





Guest Blog in Which Jordon Looks at Lost as a Parable About Duality & Unity & Finds That Everything, in The End, is Redeemable.

17 05 2010

This episode of MyCrazyLostTheory is being brought to you by the great despoiler, who shattered your regular author’s hopes in relation to a very important theory regarding Smokey’s long con, Hurley’s Ghosts, and a jar of peanut butter.  Even though I’ve apologized, apparently I still have to do my penance, which is to guest host the column this week. 

Hey Jordon... So not mock the Peanut Butter. Charlie imagined it with Claire, then it was there. That is IMO, way more magical than that stupid My Little Pony cave!

 

Pauline (of MyCrazyLostTheory) and I regularly check in on Wed mornings to ecstatically exchange our theories and views on the previous nights info dump that is lost.  Last Wednesday was no exception…although we both started the conversation with a great deal more trepidation than normal.  I’ll sum up my initial feelings thusly:  Watching that episode was kinda like choking back a spoonful of REALLY awful tasting medicine, and slowly finding that the aftertaste is divine and sort of warms the guts.  Reading through various blogs and comments ’round the ol’ net, it appears this is one of the most divisive episodes yet.  I think that is completely understandable.  In a way, viewers are now going to be divided into the old Locke/Jack dichotomy.  Some are happy with a general mystic underpinning, and some need concrete answers.  Until the following theory occurred to me, I was a little bit on the ” oh come ON Lost!” side of the fence.  Now, I think I see the writers long con, and I think I’m in love. 

Or, in other words:  How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love Lost as Star Wars Remake.  Ok, what?  Awkward.  My entirely revamped view of this show is that it’s Star Wars.  Well, at least partly.  In one big way.  At first we thought Star Wars was gonna be about Jack…I mean Luke. But as the series continued, and especially after the crappy prequels, we realized it had been about the MIB, oh crap, I mean Darth Vader, all along.  So this series is about the MIB.  And Jacob.  Of course.  But mostly the MIB.  And his redemption.  How can he be redeemed?  How can such a force of evil get redemption?  Well, Darth Vader blew up a whole fucking planet and somehow we forgave him at the end, right?  Seriously folks, stay with me, I swear this is going somewhere (it’s about now that Pauline is regretting asking me to guest host I imagine…). 

No Jordon, not at all. Keep going... this all sounds quite intriguing.

 

Before this episode, I had a series of huge questions:  What was the smoke monster, what was Jacob, what is the purpose of the Island, and why are these people candidates?  What is the sideways world, why can Hurly see Dead People, etc. etc.  We don’t have many more answers to those questions, but, as the episode pointed out in the cheekiest bit of meta-narrative yet, with each answer there are more questions. 

However, I think we’ve been played.  Here is my big gambit:  There is no Candidate.  Jacob’s entire ‘plot’ has been to redeem the MIB, and get him to accept guardianship of the Island.  No, seriously.  To begin to understand this we have to go back to this Episode, and Mommy Dearest. 

Once upon a time there was a lady who guarded a sparkly cave full of Care Bear magic, which she protected from big bad evil men who wanted to steal its power.  She had probably been doing this for centuries, and was waiting for someone to show up who could take her place.  Hunting boar and looking for poultices can get awfully boring after hundreds of years.  So can killing entire colonies as the smoke monster.  Wait, what?  That’s right.  I think Dear Old Mom was both Guardian AND Smoke Monster.  My evidence for this is direct and indirect.  First off, when she found out that Unnamed Brother had found a way to tap into the energy of the Island, she clearly got that sad look in her eyes of ‘here we go again, I’ve got to wipe out another batch of folks from the Island,’ and next thing we know, the entire village is wiped out…with prejudice.  Everyone is burned, maimed and otherwise indisposed, and also, guess what, the well has been filled in and destroyed.  Could little old Mom have done that?  Could she have thrown the MIB over her shoulder and hauled him out of the well?  Don’t think so.  I think only the Smoke monster could have done that.  Which leads me to wonder if the smoke monster was there in some other form (was the vision of MIB’s real mother the old Smokey showing his hand?  I don’t think so) or that MOM had that power…a decidedly smoke monster like destructive power.  The reason I think she was both, and not that there was another entity already extant on the Island in the role of smoke monster is because of what apparently happened to the source after MIB was sucked down that mystical water slide.  It went black folks, and we never saw it go light again.  Whatever caused THIS smoke monster to manifest caused a very very bad thing.  It was at this point that the Island ceased being the repository for the “source” of all warm and fuzzy (Mom’s explanation of the source and how each person in the world holds a spark of it inside of them is highly Cabalistic/Gnostic) and became instead a cork holding in the evil that was Smokey.   

After destroying the villagers and pissing off MIB, Mommy knew she had to make a choice…she had to pass the torch (which she literally did, by the way!) to Jacob.  Clearly Jacob wasn’t her first choice, but he was all that was left.  The other son had proven that he wouldn’t have any interest in that job, and would most likely just fuck it up.  My guess is that what she passed to Jacob was sort of incomplete, and that she was rushed into doing so.  She couldn’t pass on her full nature.  I don’t have the back up for that right now, although maybe it will come to me.  Basically, Jacob got all of the Guardianship without any of the Smokey aftertaste.  Now mom has become mortal, has passed that torch, and can die and be at peace.  She kinda wants this.  It’s pretty clear. Thankfully MIB is happy to oblige.  That dagger we’ve seen so much of this season finally ends up killing one of the supernatural characters after all…it just happens to have happened a long long time ago.  Jacob is super pissed, and decides to work out his feelings of inadequacy by throwing brother into the Care Bear cave.  Now, Mommy warned them about this, explicitly, saying it would result in a fate worse than death.  Clearly she knew about it in detail, and probably from experience.  I think it’s important to note, at least for my theory, that the MIB was mortal when he was cast in.  It was Jacob who had been given the gift of immortality by drinking the wine (the same wine by the way that he gave to Richard to drink…Richard, who became…IMMORTAL!).  So when a mortal man is cast into the Care Bear cave, all hell breaks loose, literally.  His soul is stripped from his body, and transformed into the smoke monster…or the other side of Mom’s split personality.  In mythic terms, this is the separation of the unity into duality.  And what do dualities always long for?  Return to the source, to be rejoined, to make sweet sweet love.  Ok, well, a bit too far there.  What used to be a singular role of protector is now split into two beings. And one of those beings is corrupted, pissed, and wants the hell off the Island.  And yet if we really look at the smoke monster over the course of the show, it has served as a sort of Island Security System for much of the time.  Hell, many people overtly called it that for much of the show.  So it seems that MIB can’t escape his guard duties entirely.  Maybe that’s part of his nature…but without the other side of his nature, represented by Jacob, he’s a much darker and more menacing force than he should be, and potentially deadly for the world at large. 

What if it’s more straightforward than I’m making it?  What if Jacob really does just want someone to come along and replace him, and take up his role as protector of the Island, someone to keep Smokey in check.  Isn’t the biggest risk there that Smokey will eventually find a way to loophole the next sorry sap into getting shived, and escape anyway?  The game won’t end, it will just be extended.  The only way to win the game, say it with me Mathew Broderick Fans, is Not To Play.  

Never trust a computer screen bearing greetings from Professor Falken or random dudes in the jungle of a mysterious island offering magic wine or daggers.

 

  

Now, this got me to thinking:  If my theory is correct, then why did Jacob choose these people?  I’m certain there is more to that to come in the last 3 ½ hours, but here is something to chew on:  We know that Smokey has been executing a long con throughout the show, manipulating events to get into Locke’s bod, and kill Jacob to eventuate his escape from Fantasy Island.  But what if Jacob has an even longer con going on.  What if he brought certain people to the Island whom he KNEW would compliment each other in such a way that when the MIB eventually found a way to inhabit one of them, there would be someone amongst the group who would be the perfect foil for the MIB avatar, someone who could bring him back from the Dark Side.  That’s why Kate isn’t a Candidate anymore…because MIB chose Locke…and the only true foil for Locke is Jack.  So, it is the MIB’s choice that solidifies Jacob’s choice of Candidate.  Although by Candidate here, I’m not talking anymore about who will take Jacob’s role, but the one who will be the catalyst for convincing the MIB to accept the role.  WHOAH!  What did I just do there?  Seriously.  I feel like this opens up so much, and lets so much fall into place, I’m literally reeling from it.  Why Jack?  Because of Locke!  If Sawyer had been chosen by MIB, then it would have been Kate!  If Jin had been chosen by the MIB, then Sun, etc. etc.

Which leaves Desmond.  I have no idea. Don’t get cute with me, damnit.  We still have 3 ½ hours left for that to play out. 

But this idea of the merging or healing of dualities can play into the sideways world mystery also.  For here again we see a reflection of a fractured world, two realities, which need to be merged into a single reality.  Sideways world/Island world, Jacob/MIB, Locke/Jack.  Things will come together.  And they won’t come together in a way which just perpetuates the game, a simple exchange of actors…they will come together in a way which redeems.  And Locke will have his redemption too.  He was a man of faith, a man whose faith was tested sorely, who got played by a cynical being intent to destroying meaning.  Jack, a man who refused to see meaning in anything, who clung to the pragmatic even in the face of the miraculous.  Now, their roles are reversed, and the two are inexorably being drawn into a singular orbit.  What will come of their collision?  What will this new unity be? 

And what I like best about this idea is that it brings the Island back in as a character.  Behind these ideas is one in which the Island itself is wounded…wounded by Jacob’s violent sin.  The source has been tainted.  If Flocke is redeemed, and accepts the guardianship from Jacob and his smokey nature, then perhaps the Island gets healed, redeemed as well. 

Stay tuned.  We have 3 ½ glorious hours left to find out.  And I for one can not wait.





My Craziest Lost Theories: Numbers, Chess, Ping Pong Tables & Baby Daddies.

17 02 2010

Okay…  so last night we found out what the lost numbers meant.  This has given me a few more directions to go in toward finally coming up with the wackiest theories I can that are in fact theories based on facts instead of just being wild speculation. Okay… so, maybe these are just wild speculation but they are based on some key items from last night’s episodes.

Okay. so, the numbers.  They are literally on the ceiling of a cave next to the names of six of the Lostaways… the one’s I’ve come to call the All Star Team. We’ve got #4 ~ Locke, #8 ~ Reyes, #15 ~ Ford, #16 ~ Jarrah, #23 ~ Shepperd and # 42 ~ Kwon. But wait… where is Kate?  She is a member of the All Star Team!  She got touched by Jacob when he visited her!  Where is her number? Hold on there self… that is exciting all all but I’ll just have to get to that a little later in the post.  

We found out via the FLocke that Jacob had “a thing” for numbers but most importantly we found that these numbers were used in his list of candidates for who would become protector of the island. This word “Candidate” got me thinking that I should do some googling.  I always come up with the craziest theories based on random googles… but I really like this one, however crazy it is.  

So… I typed in “The Candidate” and then looked at the disambiguation page.  Instantly my eyes went to the chess entry since I had already written a post called Picking Teams where I talked about the island being a giant chess board. On this page I found out that the semi-final tournament that precedes the Wrld Championship game of Chess is called the “Candidates Tournament.” And while that alone is somewhat interesting to me since it supports ever so slightly my opinion that the island is just a giant chess board, but I noticed that the number of participants is always between the numbers 8 and 15. TWO of the Lost numbers, specifically Hurley and Sawyer’s. 

While it would have been cool if Sawyer and Hurley had played a game of chess on the island instead of just ping pong, it is interesting (at least to me) to note that Locke did play a bunch of matches of chess against the computer program at the Flame Station in the episode Enter 77. Something I find doubly interesting is that he eventually beat the computer and now, Locke is dead, his image however lives on as MIB. 

In the same episode, the previously mentioned ping pong table got a bit of use. Hurley beat Sawyer three times and then Sawyer beat Jack. Does that mean Hurley will become King of the island?  Meh… that is a pretty sandy cliff to build a house of cards on… but I will say that the idea of having to play ping pong every 108 minutes or the world will end, as Sawyer joked to Jack is an interesting idea.  Maybe this game of Chess has to keep going?  Why? Because the world might end in Global Thermonuclear War just like in War Games? I don’t know.  I said these ideas were crazy. 

There was another thing from Enter 77 that to me seemed like a possible clue to the nature of my hyp0thysized “crazy island chess match.”  It occurs to me that when Desmond and and Locke had decided to let the station’s counter run down to zero to see if anything would happen but Desmond changed his mind because he thought it might kill everyone on the island… He found the island’s Failsafe Key hidden in his copy of Our Mutual Friend, behind the ping-pong table. Could it be possible that the entire island or perhaps the game of the island has a giant failsafe key?  And if so, is that failsafe key Desmond since he is the Constant and not a Candidate. Crazy, I know. 

From this, I wonder if perhaps the island, to get this game to stop repeating itself through time, must play itself and come up in a tie just like the checkers match in War Games?  Well… it’s a thought.  But how would the island play itself?  Perhaps if everyone ended up on the same side?  Most people are headed toward The Temple aren’t they.  But that’s just dumb… moving on.  But first… just check out the number of times that Chess has been played on the island: Lostpedia Game Page: Scroll down to Chess. 

The Triangle of Skack. Okay… so, one last thought on the numbers. As we saw above, Kate was the only member of the All Star Team that did not get a number.  I started thinking about why this could be.  Afterall, Jacob visited her and touched her but failed to give her a number. Did he bring her to the island to be part of the conflict between Sawyer and Jack?  I really hope not.  I’d hate to think that I endured the annoyance of Kate for that long just to have her be the third spoke of a love triangle. But what did she have in common with Jack and Sawyer?  

Then it came to me…  Daddy Issues!  Come on, she blew up her step dad and we never did find out who her father was.  That got me thinking about the rival archetypes on the island.  We have Jacob vs. MIB as our prototypes followed by Widmore and Ben followed by Jack and Sawyer. Let’s take a closer look at this Widmore/Ben feud shall we?  

Well, it’s pretty clear that Ben is on Team MIB so that would make Widmore part of Team Jacob.  We know that the two men have similar rules, can’t kill each other is the big one.  But then Ben had Widmore kicked off the island partly based on the fact that he had a baby with a woman off the island. This baby was Penny, Desmond’s true love. 

What I am proposing is that… what if Jacob did the same thing but no one had found out about it?  What if Jacob had met Kate’s mother during a scouting trip off the island during a time when Diane Austen’s husband was overseas in the military and had relations with her of the sexual nature?  And what if Kate was born 9 months later?  Perhaps what we saw when Jacob visited Kate was just a Dad checking up on his daughter.  When he says goodbye, he touches her nose so familiarly and warmly says to her, “Be Good, Katy” just like my parents have said to me a million times in my life. What if….Watch the interaction: 

If I recall correctly, I think it was Cabrera who came up with the idea that Jacob was actually Jack’s grandfather Ray Shephard and he was actually Jack’s father or some such notion I don’t remember… I couldn’t find the exactBefeloel the triangle...  post…  but sure… Jack could somehow be a child of Jacob in some kid of twisted time travely sort of way. I’m not explaining it right though… John did a convincing job if I could only find the thing.  So… I’ll just have to stick with my insane idea because it will give Kate more purpose in life than just being the Felicity to Sawyer’s Ben and Jack’s Noel. And man!  Did that Felicity have daddy problems… he didn’t want that girl with either Ben OR Noel…  oh crap… I’m off point. Sorry.

I know people will argue that we know that Sam Austen is not her real father because we found out that Wayne Jannsen, the man Kate believed was her step dad but found out was her biological father because Sam was out of the country when she was conceived…  but no one has ever actually SAID that.  Why wouldn’t her mother, who was so upset with Kate for killing Wayne have rubbed that in her face?  Something like… “Jesus Kate!  You killed your own father you stupid jerk!”  But no one has ever said it.  And that my friends, isthe perfect  opportunity for me to say… I think that Jacob could be her daddy. Go ahead… watch that video again and tell me it isn’t dripping with fatherly love. Do it!  I dare you!  My final thought on this…  If Diane Austen cheated on Sam, then why wouldn’t she have cheated on Wayne with Jacob? Once a cheater, I always say. 

Until Next Time, “That douche is my dad.”





Lost: For the Record…

14 02 2010

I think there is way more going on on the island than just Jacob vs. MIB. 

I don’t know if Jacob is the good guy… (I don’t really feel as if he is) and I don’t see MIB as all bad. 

I also don’t think that the others don’t really even know who they are fighting for or against.  I think that they think they know… but don’t really. 

A while ago, I wrote a post about my theory that there is more than one statue on the island.  And it is in the spirit of that post that I’m going to say that I think there are more than two Jacob/MIB type beings on the island (or that are at least involved with the island’s happenings in some way).  I don’t know if it is someone we’ve seen and think are just humans caught in the fray or if there are new people we’re going to meet… (though, I hope it is a character played by Jeff Kober!) I just don’t think we know enough to think that it’s as easy as white shirt against black shirt, white backgammon piece against black backgammon piece. 

And that’s all I got at the moment…  

(sorry that there are no pretty pictures this time but I’m tired today.) 

Until Next Time: “That douche is my dad.”