Tuesday, February 5, 2008

More on LOST

So, I just watched the final mobisode on ABC.com, and if you are a LOST fan, you really need to check them out.  Go to ABC.com and click on "originals" and it takes you right to the mobisodes called Missing Pieces.

What they are is little bonus scenes from throughout the entire series, showing a little more about various moments in the shows past.  The first one, for instance, is a little more of Juliet before book club.
There are a few funny ones, a few very interesting ones, and then there is the last one.  This Missing Piece is entitled "So It Begins" and it takes place just before the opening scene of the show, Dr. Jack awaking on the Island.  It is from the point of view of Vincent.  Running around the jungle, sniffing at luggage, just being a dog in an interesting new surrounding.  Then, he comes across someone.  At first, still from Vincent's perspective, we just see legs.  Then the camera gives us a shot of the person.  It is Christian Shepard.  He calls Vincent over to him and tells him, "I need you to do something for me.  Wake up my son, he's got work to do."

Then, we see the opening scene from the first episode of the first season of LOST.


Is Christian Shepard Jacob?

Is Christian Shepard alive, brought back from the dead by the Island or Jacob?

Was Christian brought to the Island at the time of his death the way that Anthony Cooper, Locke's dad, supposedly was, another connection between our leader representing faith and our leader representing science?

I had no idea when I asked what I thought was an innocuous question (What happened to Christian Shepard's body) in my Season 4 preparation post that it would turn out to be one of the biggest mysteries of the new season.

Anyway, some new thoughts that I had on the premiere, The Beginning of the End...

Hurley is Jonah.

What do you think of that?  Last year I cited Mr. Eko as Job, but I think I like this comparison even more.
I started to think of it in part because of the show following LOST on Thursday, Eli Stone, where the protagonist is apparently a modern day prophet.  That just put the idea of prophets into my head, which always makes me think of Jonah, maybe because in middle school (or as we Disciples call it, Chi Rho) I was in a South Hills (you can't see it, but I just did the hand signs) produced musical based on the ichthyophobic prophet.  Anyway, I realized that there was a parallel.  Jonah, a prophet, hears from God that he has to go and bring the good word to the people of Nineveh, well that's just about the last place that Jonah has any intention of going.  Hurley, fears that his visions of Charlie are based on the fact he needs to go back to the people left behind on the Island, just about the last place that Hurley has any intention of going.  Both of them, in fact, go in exactly the opposite direction.  For Jonah, that's literally, he charters a boat in the opposite direction, for Hurley, he goes in the opposite direction in his own life, back to the mental institution that he was so ashamed of before, but now he goes there willingly, even gratefully.  Then, for Jonah, there is the storm that the sailors blame on him, casting him overboard in order to get swallowed by a gigantic fish.  Hurley, in the common room of the mental institution, sits in front of a black board featuring a boat and a gigantic fish (as well as an island).  Jonah ultimately comes around to the fact that he needs to do the right thing (of course maybe he'll do anything to get out of the belly of the fish), Hurley appears to be coming around towards the end as well, telling Dr. Jack, "it wants us to go back."

I'm interested to see if the Jonah parallel continues in the next Hurley-centric episode.

Until Next Time, if you happen to live in one of the many states having a presidential primary today, get out there and vote, meanwhile, I'll hope that the race stays close enough that when it's my turn in a month it still won't be decided.

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