They are playing some kind of game and we are just the pieces.
That's how I feel sometimes while watching Lost, like the writers are just pulling a massive prank on us all, watching and laughing as we search for meaning in absolute nonsense. The general consensus online is that last night's episode of Lost, 316, was an instant classic. I'm not going to disagree with that. It must be said, however, that Lost has gone insane. 316 was, on a number of levels, complete and utter nonsense. As long as you can nod your head and agree that Yes, that was absolute madness and that's just fine, then we can continue to be friends. It became apparent last season, but this is the season where Lost has outed itself as a fantasy/sci-fi story of the highest order, no longer masquerading itself as a show with any basis in reality. Which, again, is fine. I must admit that, yes, I occasionally struggle with this, but I actually think this internal struggle is actually a product of Lost's greatness. It means that I care for the characters on Lost, as if they existed in the real world, a real world. An episode like 316 only works because the characters are dear to us and we are invested in them.
I sat on my couch, with one of my roommates, after Lost ended and said, Well, here we go. 316 was confusing, sometimes infuriating, but oh so glorious. One of the best episodes ever? Maybe. We'll see - this is the beauty of Lost. What last night's episode did was open up all sorts of new story avenues, unleashed the mythology in myriad directions, threw characters into the storm, left the audience to ponder everything.
Man of Faith, Man of Science indeed. Never has Lost so overtly tapped into its Christian overtones, with Ben literally telling a Bible story. I don't want to read much into it beyond a strictly surface level, the writers (I think) just wanting to use the Doubting Thomas story as an allusion to Jack's overall plight. Jack is now a man of faith, right? He's Thomas, now brave, fulfilling the destiny predetermined for him, better late than never.
This part of the episode struck me as a tad bit silly. I understand the desire of the writers to make the obvious Locke-Christian parallels, especially given the whole let's make this flight as close to Oceanic 815 as we can plot line. But, wouldn't the body in the casket been enough? Though, I suspect the whole shoe thing was a device to get that suicide letter back to Jack, in which case I'm OK with it. The scenes with Grandpa Shephard were strangely engrossing.
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