Lost blogging – ‘Lighthouse’
I think I’m going to start blogging weekly on the final season of Lost. I wish I’d started this with the season premiere, but it’s too late for that.
As a primer – I become very disgruntled with the show around season 3. It was a combination of burn-out (too much Lost in rapid succession) and the show’s own struggles which had me doubting whether I’d keep watching. Suffice to say, I’m glad I did. Season 4 was much better, and Season 5 was excellent.
So far, the final season looks to be shaping up to be just as good or even better than the last one.
So – some thoughts and spoilers on the season so far, and especially the latest episode, “Lighthouse”, after the leap…
- I thought this episode was the best so far in the season, despite it being a Jack-centric one. Jack annoys the hell out of me, but I get that he’s the central figure in the show, so it’s not like we can avoid episodes about him.
- I’m still very confused about the alternate history story-line. As far as I know, Jack did not have a child in the first timeline. This means that something that happened as a result of the nuclear bomb sinking the island led to Jack getting married and having a son. Who could his mysterious ex-wife be? Is there some connection to Daniel Faraday who was also a pianist, like Jack’s son?
- I think the question we are beginning to see is one of free will. Both the man in black (i.e. smoke-monster, i.e. John Locke 2.0) and Jacob seem to be manipulating peoples’ free will. The former does so overtly, by “claiming” them. The latter does so in more subtle ways. Indeed, I’m not even sure Jacob is manipulating peoples’ free will at all – though perhaps he is using some clever nudges.
- A thought I had watching this episode – and the really creepy scenes with Claire – is that perhaps Christian Shepherd was inhabited by the smoke monster for the first few seasons, and now has been abandoned for Locke’s form. Unlike all the other people “claimed” by the smoke monster – Claire, the French crew, others? – who were/are crazy, unpredictable, violent, Christian was always very calm, very knowing, seemed to have some purpose. He helped Locke get off the island, and somehow managed to get into that cave at that exact moment that Locke was down there. We also saw him with Claire after she went missing, and she mentions that he and “her friend” have both told her the others took her baby. But we never see Christian and Bad Locke at the same time (at least not yet). And the disappearance of Christian now that Locke is the smoke monster, seems to make sense.
- I’m really not sure about the candidates, the lighthouse, and so forth. If anyone has some good symbolism thoughts, feel free to add them. Are all the people who come to the island “candidates” and is Locke lying about what that means? Are they really candidates to protect the island? If he’s trying to get away, maybe they are instead candidates for the position of prison guard, not to protect the island but to keep the island from releasing the smoke monster.
- Who is coming to the island? Where does Charles Widmore fit into all of this? Faraday’s mother? Was Ben Linus aware of the temple and the people there? Lots of questions. Not enough answers.
P.S. – Those of you who, like Will, think Lost is lame need not crowd up the thread with “Lost is lame” comments. You may think Lost is lame, and on that we will have to simply disagree. I’d rather have a discussion over the merits of the show for those who enjoy it than get into an argument over whether it is or is not lame. Thanks.