I’ve never been a LOST blogger, but after last night’s season premier I thought I’d jump in for the final season. NOTE: If you are reading this I’m assuming you have watched the season 6 premier or that you don’t mind finding out what happened.
Since the season 5 finale, we’ve all wondered “Did the bomb go off? Or was the white flash a time travel jump? Did they keep the plane from crashing? Or will they still be on the island?” Well, keep wondering.
Early seasons of LOST told the story with flashbacks. Season 4 started using flashforwards. Season 6 begins with a new storytelling technique: concurrent alternate story lines. Which one is the real story line? Which one actually happened? Are they somehow both happening?
My first thought was that Season 6 is following along with Season 4, giving us the new story line of what happened in 2004 since the plane didn’t crash and flashing forward to 2007 where all the LOSTies end up on the island anyway. If this is the case, these two “alternate” story lines will eventually connect and conclude as one story line.
However, I’m starting to think these really are alternate stories, not one story that appears to be an alternate. Why?
The title of the episode “LA X, parts 1 and 2”. Notice it is not LAX, the airport, but LA X. This follows sci-fi convention for an alternate universe with alternate story lines.
As the LOSTies first enter the temple, I noticed a quick flash of a Kierkegaard book. Kierkeggard was an incredible Danish philosopher. And a Christian. So, even though it only flashed on the screen, I noticed it right away. The particular book shown is Fear and Trembling, Kierkegaard’s retelling of the Abraham’s sacrifice of his son Isaac. In this book Kierkegaard addresses issues of God, faith, and ethics through four alternative retellings of the Abraham-Isaac story. HMMM, alternative rettellings of the same story as a way to address philosophical questions……
Nothing Subtle About This Allusion
On another note, we were given a not-subtle-at-all messianic allusion. Last night Sayid becomes a middle eastern man who is “baptized”, comes out of the water in the form of one crucified, dies, and returns to life. This is after we are told that there will be great trouble if Sayid dies. Oh yeah, and this all happens in the temple. Sound at all familiar?
Props to my wife
Congratulations to my wife who figured out the pseudo-John Locke was the man in black was the smoke monster….well before they made it obvious in the story. 🙂
What stood out to you in LOST Episode 6.1?