I’ve had plenty of conversations with people who tried the show LOST once or twice but gave up because they were confused.
I understand. LOST is the best show I’ve ever seen because of it’s story-telling and complexities. To appreciate the show, you’ve really gotta start at the beginning and keep going (don’t quit in season 3 when it slows down a bit).
Last season was incredible and in 2010 the last season will start. Never have I seen a show that kept me enthralled with the story lines, character development, and story-telling devices. All of them change and it’s incredible.
Hey look! It’s Jacob and ol’ what’s his name! So what is his name? The show didn’t tell us, but the fans have come up with a lot of names for him. Here’s some I’ve found. What names am I missing? Leave a comment…
There’s a bunch of folks going back and watching all of the episodes of LOST before the final season starts in January. I’m not one of them. Don’t have the time – plus I’d rather wait until it’s all over and marathon the entire series. And I (and you) can cherry pick the interesting nuggets by following the LOST soup.
Continuing with the prevalent Black and White theme that has permeated Lost since the beginning…we must now ponder the two pairs of Christian’s shoes that seemingly play a very symbolic and noteworthy role in the entire series. Jack placed white tennis shoes on his father in the coffin before Flight 815, and he placed his father’s black shoes on Locke in the coffin before Flight 316. Given Jacob in his white frock vs. Mystery Man/Not-Locke in his black frock
So Jack gave Christian Shepherd white shoes in the coffin while Jack gave Locke black shoes in the coffin. Could it be that Jacob, the ‘god in white’ has been using Christian’s body on the island while the ‘god in black’ has been using Lock’s?
Well we know the latter is true, so what about the former? And does the color connection give us the tip of who’s doing what?
Fun to ponder. Don’t be shocked if subtle clues like this are intentional in this show.
LOST won’t be back until January of 2010. It is seriously the best show I’ve ever watched. If you gave up on it or never started, I understand. You have to watch every episode — and around season 3 it kind of hit a wall. But for those who make it through, you will be rewarded!
This last season was incredible and just as good if not better than season 1.
Springfield Punx is a little pet project of mine. The idea of doing fan art parodying some of my favorite characters and stars in such a fun and simple style got me hooked immediately. Some of these guys and gals have appeared on the Simpsons and I could just work from that, but most I had to do from scratch.
This week he did a series of LOST characters. It’s almost as if these characters showed up on The Simpsons! Funny stuff…
It also seems that Jacob is the one that brings people to the island.
It could stand to reason then that Jacob is responsible for bringing both the Others and Dharma to the island.
We know the Others look to Jacob as their leader, but, in a way, so does Dharma. Remember Karl and the brainwashing in Room 23? Dharma was using a video that had the screen cap “God loves you as He loved Jacob”.
It just feels like to me that even Dharma has a reverence for Jacob, but why?
I keep going back to the conversation that Jacob had with his nemesis:
BLOND MAN: [Shaking his head] Please. Want some fish?
GRAY-HAIRED MAN: Thank you. I just ate.
[The gray-haired man sits down not far away.]
BLOND MAN: I take it you’re here ’cause of the ship.
GRAY-HAIRED MAN: I am. How did they find the Island?
BLOND MAN: You’ll have to ask ’em when they get here.
GRAY-HAIRED MAN: I don’t have to ask. You brought them here. Still trying to prove me wrong, aren’t you?
BLOND MAN: You are wrong.
GRAY-HAIRED MAN: Am I? They come. They fight. They destroy. They corrupt. It always ends the same.
BLOND MAN: It only ends once. Anything that happens before that is just progress.
[The gray-haired man stares at his compatriot.]
GRAY-HAIRED MAN: Do you have any idea how badly I wanna kill you?
BLOND MAN: Yes.
GRAY-HAIRED MAN: One of these days, sooner or later… I’m going to find a loophole, my friend.
BLOND MAN: Well, when you do, I’ll be right here.
GRAY-HAIRED MAN: Always nice talking to you, Jacob.
JACOB: Nice talking to you, too.
It just seems so epic that you have one guy in white, one in black, talking as if they are the ones in control of everything. One (god in black) can’t kill the other (god in white) for an unknown reason, meanwhile the other (god in white) brings people to the island to the utter disgust of the other (god in black).
Could Jacob possibly not be all that of a good god? He brings people to the island who, in the words of the god in black, will fight, destroy, and corrupt. Just look at the island folk – all of them fight, destroy, and are subject to corruption. If he’s right about Jacob sets all this up, this paints Jacob in the light of a god pitting people against each other just for kicks (or in the name of “progress”). So could it be that the god in black isn’t necessarily motivated to kill Jacob but to stop the madness? Of course it takes his death to stop him, but the focus is to stop him.
Of course it could be a power grab, but from this angle, it almost feels like the god in black could actually be the good guy. The people on the island are either following Jacob thinking they are good guys fighting to please Jacob or save the world through experiments. And they follow/respect him because he brought them to Island LOST — even if they don’t know it.
I don’t know where this leaves us, but it sure is fun to think and talk about.
I haven’t had a lot of time to process it all, but wow! what a finale! Loved it. Some quick thoughts about it all…
So from the beginning, it seems there are 2 ‘gods’ on Island LOST. Jacob is the ‘good god’ dressed in white, an unnamed god dressed in black. From the beginning the god in black has wanted to kill Jacob but can’t. In order to do so, he has to find a loophole in the ‘rules’ I suppose. So he finally figured it out when dead Locke crash landed on the Island.
The “shadow others” are aligned with Richard who are all aligned with Jacob (there is no 3rd team). Don’t know why they came to the island, but once there, they needed to “out” the god in black by exposing the loophole he found. Which I guess means that the real others of the island are Jacob’s followers. Frank could be a candidate to join the others – to be a ‘convert’ so to speak.
Back to the opening scene where Jacob and the other ‘god’ were talking…I suspect that the first time Jacob brought people to the island was the Black Rock. My hunch is Richard was on the ship (maybe the captain) and Jacob decided to keep him around. The god in black said bringing people to the island would be trouble. Jacob didn’t care and that anything that happens is progress. I can really see the split in these two guys, and they talked as if they were above people — that’s where I’m getting this god analogy.
Ben was right: “dead is dead”. Just ask the shadow others.
The scene where Ben confronts Jacob so reminded me of when Job confronted God after all the hell he went through and God’s reply put Job in his place. Jacob similarly did the same thing when he said “what about you”?
We won’t see Rose, Bernard, or Vincent again. Their story is over.
It was sad to see Juliet die, but I called it. I wish I was wrong, but she died just like Jack in the movie Titanic. Her story is over. When they got off the sub and she looked back, she knew it was over. She’s never going home. It was at that point I think her fate was sealed.
Off-island, Jacob physically touched the ones he wanted to come to the island.
Knowing more about Jacob now, I don’t know how Christian Shepherd fits into the island mystery.
I have no idea where we’re going to go from here. The end flashed to white instead of black (did you notice?). Could that be an indication that things are back to good? Next season can go anywhere. But I can’t wait!
Going along with my LOST Trinity theory to explain how Island LOST manifests itself, I’m realizing, especially after last night, there there are now 3 groups or “Teams” on the Island.
Last night we met Bram off-island for the first time. We got to know a little about him last week when he was helping Ilana start a ‘takeover’ with a huge stash of guns (they were on the Ajira Airways Flight 316 that crashed on the island). In both scenes, they each asked a person not in their group, “What lies in the shadow of the statue?”.
So of course this makes me (not just me) wonder who are they and what are they up to? The reference to the statue makes us think of the Anubis statue and the ties to perhaps an ancient Island LOST people.
What what I’m really suspecting now is that they are part of a new group in play for the Island. You see, it’s always been Ben vs Charles, Jack vs Locke, etc. But what if the “shadow statue people” are the new (old) group in town? Maybe the Island Trinity had it’s people living there until the outside world got involved.
Think of it with this analogy: The “shadow statue people” are like Native Americans while Ben v Charles are like the British v US Colonies in the Revolutionary War (it’s not important which side is which). In other words, two groups of people fighting over land that both think it’s theirs because they found it and took it from the people who already lived there. Imagine the US Native Americans rising up during the Revolutionary War to fight both the US and Britains. I think that’s where we might just be going.
As everyone who follows this blog knows I love the show LOST – I have an entire LOST category dedicated to it! Not only that, you probably know I created a LOST blog called LOST soup that aggregates what I think is the best material online about the show (sometimes I add a few items straight to the Soup – and the LOST soup Twitter is auto-updated from the Soup as well).
I find myself reading and thinking a lot about the show. I’ve recently come up with a theory that might just explain Island LOST and I’m not sure if I’ve read it elsewhere or if this is mine. Either way, I wanted to share it with you here. I’ve explained it to a couple of people IRL and they like it.
I think there is a trinity in which the Island LOST manifests itself.
It’s not a 0ne-for-one metaphor as the Christian Holy Trinity, but I think it borrows from it. Here’s the three…
There is an Island LOST “Father” that manifests itself in different human forms.
To our knowledge, it first made itself known as Jacob. Now it’s Christian. Either way, it’s a way the island can interact with whomever he seems to want to interact but in mysterious ways. He appears wherever and whenever he wants to and he certainly has authority on the island.
There is also an Island LOST “Son” that manifests itself as Richard.
The guy never ages but has physical human form that can not only interact, but can physically touch people (unlike how Jacob/Christian seem to allude the physical – remember Christian told Locke he couldn’t help him up when Locke fell into the room with the Frozen Donkey Wheel?). He doesn’t seem to report to any human on the island and it seems that at least one of his roles is to select the next leader of the Others (Charles, Ben, Lcoke). I read somewhere when the Dali Lama dies, there’s a guy whose purpose is to find the next Dali Lama. He’s a powerful guy, but not the “man in charge”. I think Richard is something like this.
There is also an Island LOST “Spirit” manifested as the Smoke Monster (aka Smokey).
He’s a guard on the Island and roams about doing things we don’t fully understand yet (like killing and brainwashing for starters)! No matter what, it’s clear that Smokey “works” for the Island if not part of the Island itself.
I don’t know how all this plays out in the end-game, but I’ve been thinking about these three characters on the show and just feel like they are connected in some way but with different roles/purposes. The writers of the show borrow from culture and religion all the time so I think this theory isn’t a stretch.
I’ve never been a fan of time travel story lines. It probably because I think about it too much. I over analyze it.
And I just don’t get it. I can’t keep it straight.
Although that’s the general rule, there are exceptions to time travel stories that I like. Back To The Future and LOST are two of those examples where I enjoy it. Although it doesn’t mean I fully get it.
That’s why it was fun watching Hurley try and figure out the time travel on LOST in a conversation with Miles. I love that Hurley has kind of been the audience proxy in LOST – always asking the questions we’re asking too!