Lost blogging – ‘Lighthouse’


Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Will says:

    I veto this idea. Lost is lame.Report

    • Avatar Bob Cheeks in reply to Will says:

      I concur Will!
      I miss Scully and Muldar. Bring back X-Files, those guys haven’t hit it big in the movies so might as well do four or five more seasons as “aging” FBI jacks. I love the theme music btw.Report

  2. Avatar John says:

    I veto Will. He is lame

    Keep with the good idea!Report

  3. Locke* can’t be lying about the fact that they’re candidates. Jacob deploys the same language with Hurley (presuming, of course, that Jacob is in fact more trustworthy than Locke*.

    I had the same thought about the smoke monster inhabiting Jack’s dad. The point about the body not being in the coffin seems pertinent to that (which they made a point of reminding us of last night).

    And I figure that we’ll get answers to all the rest of the questions as soon as we find out the significance of the Island. Answer that, and we’ll be able to answer why everyone outside the island cares about it, and what the relationship is between their current existence on the Island and the ‘alternate reality’ happening in LA.Report

  4. Avatar Will says:

    In my defense, that was meant to be good-natured joshing, not a dispositive statement on the quality of “Lost.” The show’s never done it for me, but I certainly understand why it appeals to people.Report

  5. I haven’t seen this supposition elsewhere, and it’s obviousness in the context of LOST prompts me to question it, but Jack Shephard is number 23. The 23rd Psalm begins with, “The LORD is my shepherd…” Coincidence?Report

  6. I like the alternate story-line. It’s interesting because everyone seems to be happy (relatively speaking). I’m just taking it as a ‘what-if’ that will give viewers a contrast to what really happens to everyone at the end.

    I will be 100% amazed if the series doesn’t end with Jack taking Jacob’s place.Report

    • I think he will take the Smoke Monster’s place, ultimately. By smashing the mirrors in the lighthouse, he was in effect rejecting Jacob. At the end of the series, we might see Jack, as Smokey’s replacement, and Sawyer, as Jacob’s replacement (Sawyer will eventually reject Smokey too), having the same conversation Jacob and Smokey had at the foot of the statue. Only this could be that ending Jacob was talking about.Report

  7. Since I’ve already outed myself as one of “those” people, I’ll keep on with it.

    Mike, it strikes me at this point that the more plausible ending is that as long as real Locke stays dead, Hurley will take over Jacob’s place. Whatever we make of the island and Jacob, there’s been a pretty clear theme of “faith” throughout, and Jack’s always been too much of a skeptic to run the show. Hurley, on the other hand, is pretty comfortable with fideism, and seems to have the sort of simple purity that Locke had. Plus, Jack and Kate will get together (you KNOW this is coming), and I suspect they won’t want to make their home together on the island.Report

  8. Avatar mama mia says:

    Ben definitely knows about the Temple. It was while Alex, Karl, and Rousseau were on their way there at his bidding that they were captured/killed by the mercenaries.

    and while Christian and smokey-inhabited Locke have not appeared in the same place at the same time yet, they have definitely both existed on the island at the same time. At the end of last season Sun and Lapidus went to the Dharma village in search of Jin and Christian appeared and told her to wait for Locke, who now turns out to have been the smoke monster.Report

  9. Avatar Doubter says:

    The one thing you don’t mention in the points is that the “alternate universe” stories all seem to be stories of redemption and renewal. Everyone starts out as they were: in trouble, miserable, and out of sorts. In each of the stories so far, the survivors end up at peace with themselves and the world. I don’t know if it continues, but it’s interesting that the “new life” is actually that, a chance to be better, or to exist in a world that treats them better. Free will or not, it is to me the most interesting element of the new season. Even Jin and Sun’s discomfort at the airport could be a red herring – like Jack’s surly son to start, it ends with forgiveness and redemption: did they go through all the horror to get to this point: Peace with one’s self, in one’s world? If so, I’m really impressed.Report