Pre-Endgame Musings: Lost as Fantasy Island meets The Dark Crystal.

20 04 2010

What might happen tonight in Jack’s episode “The Last Recruit?” Who knows after all the twists and turns of last week’s episode? But, after last week, I had a few ideas about what is going on with these deja vu moments that are actually akin to the result of the brown acid that Pigpen warned everyone about at Woodstock. Have I lost you yet?

So, my friend Jordon and I were talking about why Des would run over Locke… I did consider that maybe Des remember that FLocke had tried to kill him by tossing him down a well, (How very Alice in Wonderland of you FLock!) but I was more inclined to believe that he thought Locke needed to have a near-death experience so he’d have that acid trip-like, Islandverse bleed-through moment. But why are the causes of the bleed-throughs so different? And what it is that will make Locke bleed-through?

Love seemed to be the common denominator for everyone else so far. It seemed to be what the Lostaways were missing in their comfy but empty Altiverse lives. That big, romantic love thing. But what of Locke? He has a good job and is getting hitched. What will bring his bleed through?

Then I remembered what I’ve been saying about Locke since The Substitute: how can he be happy giving up what he wanted most? And now with Locke heading to the hospital, probably where Jack works, it appears he may get his legs back if Jack (or someone) can fix him. This leads me to believe that it isn’t just LOVE that causes bleed-throughs but remembering whatever they got on the island that they were missing in their lives before they crashed. But what would that be for each of the Candidates?
Jack ~ stepping aside and giving up control.
Sawyer ~ (Not Juliet) but finding Anthony Cooper (Locke’s dad, who may just show up at the hospital!)
Kate ~ ??? Helping Claire? Aaron? Who knows.
Locke ~ His legs back.
Hurley ~ A woman to SEE him romantically.
The Kwans ~ Freedom from Sun’s Dad.
Sayid ~ To be the good man he knows he can be once and for all time.

It could also just be the biggest, most life changing moments for the Losties or perhaps something that caused them to experience a lot of adrenaline, like say, a fight of flight moment. I am sort of refusing to believe that it’s going to be love for all of them. I saw a clip from The Recruit where Sun remembers Locke. Perhaps she is remembering the fact that FLocke currently has the name she loves and is keeping them apart? Perhaps that is what will trigger to to remember life on the island as well and not just Locke the man?

Fantasy Island? Jacob = Mr. Roarke?

Wait a second! Jake didn't give the survivors of Oceanic 815 a welcome like this. What a tightwad!


I also wanted to put this out there… just in a general sense… that each of the Lostaways got what they wanted after coming to the island. And just like on Fantasy island, the things they wanted didn’t turn out like they wanted. For some these were old wishes, from childhood… but for some it seemed to be their last intention when they got on the plane that they were gifted.
Examples:
Jack: To not always be the one who was to blame (childhood)
Kate: To help her mother. (and validation that what she did was right.)
Hurley: To be seen by a Woman or anyone really (childhood)
Sawyer: Revenge against Anthony Cooper (childhood)
Locke: To Walk… to be vital again.
Sayid: To be a good man
Jin: Sun
Sun: To leave Jin (and be free of her father)
Claire: To give up her baby.
Charlie: To be profoundly important. Not just vapidly popular.
Michael: Wanted to be close to his son.

But look what happened for some of them… Sun ended up being separated from Jin for 3+ years and is now working her way back to him. Kate tried to help another mother on the island and again is being punished for it. Claire wanted to give her baby up for adoption when she got on the plane, when she disappeared Kate took it and now she is mad. Hurley was SEEN by Libby and is now stepping up to be seen by everyone. It is hard for him but good. Sawyer was able to kill Cooper on the island but he found out that it was a very unsettling, upsetting experience.

From looking at these examples I have concluded that the big tests for THE CANDIDATES is being given what they wanted and how they deal with the consequences of the experience. So far, Hurley and Jack are doing pretty good… settling into their new roles and are pretty well adjusted thus far. Claire, well… she’s a mess, Kate? Also a mess. Sawyer did pretty well… he processed the experience and went on to fall in love now that he was no longer blinded by the sole purpose of killing the man who ruined his life.

Lastly… I really enjoy the theory of my friend Jordon… who thinks that ultimately, the two timelines are going to collide by some sort of semi-cataclysmic event and that will result in the two timelines spawning a third. I like to look at it as the way the the Mythics and the Skeksis came together to form whole beings in the movie The Dark Crystal. The Dark island Lostaways melding into the Light Altiverse LAaways and forming beings, if not already, close to enlightened. Wouldn’t THAT be grand. That way we wouldn’t have to let go of all that was learned by the Lostaways on the island and we’d still get some of the better adjusted attributes from the Altiverse timeline.

When single shines the triple sun,
What was sundered and undone
Shall be whole, the two made one,
By Gelfling hand, or else by none.

So, I guess that would make Des the Gelfling? 

Looking SO forward to tonight I can’t STAND IT!!!

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Lost Season 6: Picking Teams

4 02 2010

In the fight between good an evil, the first thing you’ve got to do is pick a team.

What is the most important thing that we know so far about the show Lost? In my opinion, it is that from the beginning this show has been set up as a showdown between what I will heretofore refer to as light and dark.

As the first sentence of this post indicates, some might consider this to be more of a fight between good and evil but I think that would be presumptive. One thing we’ve seen throughout the series is that people are complex and have both good and bad qualities and seem to struggle between the two. There isn’t one character on Lost that is wholly good or bad. There might be some red shirts and black hats that might seem that way, but we never had a time to see their good qualities or bad qualities but of the main characters, they all struggle or have struggled with choices between right and wrong.

Jacob sets them up, Smokey knocks them down...

 

We’ve seen each character that Jacob brought to the island struggle with one or more of the seven deadly sins: wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy and jealousy. These struggles were seen both on and off the island but how do we take what we know about the characters and divide them up on the chess board between the black and white teams?

During a conversation this morning with my good friend Jordon, we got to talking about these teams. Through this conversation, Jordon helped me realize that most if not all of the inhabitants on the island believe that they are on the side of good and to them, that means Team Jacob.

In a way, current world situations serve as examples of this. It is evident in the wars we are involved in now as well as throughout history. They are called Holy Wars and each side is fighting in the name of God. Each side of these wars see themselves as doing righteous work in the name of their God, a god who in my opinion, is the same God as everyone else’s but there are just different laws and social morays for each faction that makes them disagree and even hate each other.

All sorts of heinous acts are carried out in the name of God. And who is to say that there isn’t a Smoke Monster lurking in the camp of every religious faction pulling the strings, making people act on their fears in order to car bomb a market place knowing full well it is full of their own people, or lauch missiles over a wall trying to take back their homeland that isn’t theirs anymore or order a drone attack on a target that may be full of a hundred innocent people who’s only crime is that they live next to an asshole? Yes, I’m so oversimplifying several real live and complex situations but it’s all to make the point that people, ever in the real world make heinous decisions every day because they think their God is more righteous than yours or they think they know better than someone else. I’m just saying.

Though, I’ve realized while writing this post that my reflection on religion-fueled reactionary world view doesn’t have much to do with certain Lostaways, who often operate in survival mode, only knowing that they want to stay alive, help their friends stay alive and most importantly, not get eaten by the Smoke Monster.

So, all of this got me thinking. We’ve seen through the conversation from The Incident, Part 1 & 2 between Jacob and the MIB that Senior Smokey would rather sit back and wait until Jacob forced him into another game of war. So then, that leaves it up to Jacob to pick the players and as the sole recruiter, he’s probably picking sides for both teams. And since he chooses people who already have issues choosing between what is right and wrong because he is a believer in free will, I’m sure he’s hoping that Team Jacob is larger than Team Smoke.

This makes me wonder who is on Team Jacob and who is on Team Smoke. In figuring this out I think it’s important to go over what I already know.

While we know that everyone has been brought to the island for a reason (I’ll call these everyone folks “Team Island”) of Jacob’s recruits there is a special All Star team that consists of:
Locke, Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Hugo, Sayid, Jin and Sun.

The All Star Team must endure all sorts of bullshit.

I call these folks All Stars because these are the people who the show’s producers allowed us to watch as they received visits from Jacob where they were “touched” by him (Thanks Sarah Samudre for pointing out that Jacob physically touched each of these team members with seeming purpose).

With the exception of Locke who is dead and whose image Smokey is using as the template for his shape shifting, and Sun who is hanging out with Lapidus over near the foot, these All Star recruits are currently under protection at the Temple by a faction of the others who have, it appears, always considered themselves followers of Jacob, these All Stars don’t quite realize they are in a two-sided game of war. They’re more concerned with simple survival as well as the personal/romantic dramas they have going on with their Teammates rather than any affiliation to a mythical dude named Jacob.

They are the island secularists (Team Secular anyone?) and that’s not to say they aren’t an important part of this strategic equation. I believe they are. Team Secular will think with their heads, hearts and guts instead of making quick decisions about who they should defend and support based on whether or not they are a follower of Jacob or the fear of going against him. Mostly, I think their decisions will be based upon their own judgment despite forces from the outside that might try to manipulate them. Some have been manipulated already but have come through on the right side due to the guiding star of their conscience. I’ll talk about this in a future post.

So now… the teams. We’ll start with the obvious:

Team Secular: (the all star team)
Dead Locke, Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Hugo, Sayid, Jin and Sun

Team Jacob consists of:
If I were to compile a list of everyone who believes that they are on Team Jacob, it would include almost everyone on the island including Ben and Dead Locke. (The exceptions we know of would be Team Secular of course) Though, we have no real way of knowing without some closer inspection of the past to see who may have been an unknowing agent for Team Smoke.

Team Smoke consists of:
Without a proper look back at every important decision that each Team Island member but it is my perogative to propose that the most obvious Team Smoke member is Ben Linus. He might not have known it, but he has been being manipulated by the Smoke man since we met him.

In a post in the near future I’ll talk about Ben’s cha cha cha with Senior Smoke and how he became Team Captain.

Ben is offered the role of Team Smoke Captain.

Until then, check out Sarah Samudre’s blog as well as John Cabrera’s in which part I of II of his S1 Premiere Blogs is an amazing exploration of the alternate reality and when it actually might have split from the normal reality as well as some interesting realizations about the nature of the island and how it deals with the bloops, blips and reboots caused by the electromagnetism that lies within.

So, if anyone has any suggestions for members of Team Island who might be clear agents of Team Secular, Team Jacob or Team Smoke, please let me know. I’m sure in this final season the factions will become more clearly split. I mean, we can’t have an entire season of Team Jacob vs The Smoke Monster and Team Secular Vs. Team Secular. Just like any battle of biblical proportions lines must be drawn clearly in the sand… or do they? It is Lost after all and they just keep making up the rules.

And a final note… I’m thinking of changing my team names. Here is what I’m thinking:
Team Jacob would become The Yogi Yahooeys
Team Smoke would become The Really Rottens
Team Secular would become The Scooby Doobies

I like it, but would that be too confusing?

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





Wonder Woman & Paradise Island/Themyscira

2 02 2010

 

You might be wondering what DC comic Book character Wonder Woman and her home, a lost island to which a band of Amazon women fled in 200 B.C. in order to escape constant harassment at the hands of  the Romans and Greeks has to do with the mysterious island on Lost?  I think plenty.

 

Wow... that upper left photo there might as well be of Kate and Claire!

 

I’m not saying, by any means, that during the series finale of Lost, Wonder Woman will land in her invisible jet, free her Amazonian sisters, who are being held underneath the temple under the guard of the Smoke Monster, and save the day. Though, how cool would that be?  I’m just saying that the creators and writers of lost , who are HUGE fans of comics, (many of them concurrently work on the show AND as comic book writers) may have “borrowed” certain aspects of the island and what it can do. 

As a kid, I was huge into the television show Wonder Woman. I remember pretending to be her and her alter ego “Diana Prince” on the playground in the 3rd grade. I would assign people to attack me and then as soon as I could, do that fancy three times around twirl and suddenly I had an imaginary lasso at my side and was wearing imaginary bullet proof jewelry and kicked the asses of my playground coconspirators. So, when thinking about the Lost Island and the notion that it might be Atlantis or some other mythical utopian island, I started thinking about the fictional islands of our pop culture; the foremost in my mine being Paradise Island closely followed by Fantasy Island and Waponi Wu (from Joe Verses the Volcano). 

I didn’t have to go far in my looking when I started reading about the Paradise Island of DC Comics. My two big deciding factors are included the following:

1. When the Amazons are forced to leave their home city state , Themyscira, they lose favor with the Gods and are turned into immortals and sent to a far off island which they name after their former home Themyscira  (though, was known on the television show as Paradise Island). Here they had to spend their days and nights guarding the doorway to Tartarus which lies underneath the island. I wonder if the Amazons had to push a button every 108 minutes?

2. It seems that regardless of whether the Amazons were looked down upon or in favor with their gods, whenever they get into trouble or their island gets destroyed, Zeus or another of the gods rebuilds and/or relocates it. One such time, Themyscira is moved from the Aegean Sea to the Bermuda Triangle.

Hmmm… this whole ‘Gods moving the island’ thing sounds a bit like the time that Ben turned the donkey Wheel to “move the island” as Godhead Jacob instructed him to do. Then, later or is it earlier? Okay, it was sometime before 1974 during a time skip when Locke was met down near the donkey wheel by Christian, who hangs out with one of the Godheads, (though, I’m not sure at this point which god) and instructed by him to turn the donkey wheel because it was off it’s axis. Those two incidents combined sure sound like it’s the God’s who are the ones deciding when and why to move the island. 

A rebuilt and relocated Themyscira as seen in Wonder Woman (vol. 2) #177 (Feb 2002)

 

So, those are the two big things that stuck out in my mind. If this interests you, please click on the above links for both Themyscira and Tartarus for some interesting Wiki reading and a few more possible Lost connections. Don’t miss the part about wild boar and horses. 

I found the bit about the door to Tartarus being underneath Themyscira to be interesting. In Greek Mythology it is a place that is said to  lie underneath Hades and is basically a, “the hell you make” sort of place. It’s said to be the location where Sisyphus is continually pushing that rock up that mountain. Many have wondered about the Lost island being a place of purgatory or punishment,  sort of hell you make vacationing experience but keep getting negated by the writers, I still think it’s a valid comparison.

So, that is that.  I’m not banking on it being revealed that the Lostaways are on the secret isle of women because, frankly, where are the women?  There are just a bunch of dudes and a few women, running around in the jungle looking like they raided the wardrobe left behind from the Deadwood set.  But I am suggesting that some of the key elements to the island; what it does, why it does, who it does, can be found in the Wonder Woman comics. 

Wow, I’m beginning to think that the TPtB were sitting around one day trading comic books and started talking about their favorite super heroes and bam! The show, Lost was born.  

Oh… and congratulations on making it through an entire summer, fall and half a winter to get to this day.  The day of the Lost S6 premiere.  So excited about this.  And I shall spend my day thinking about Aztec Calenders and donkey wheels.  Just for fun.  

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