I’m getting back into Lost, I think.
The show has always had this subtext, both theological and philosophical.
But as I watched the season premiere, I was really struck by what’s going on:
There’s this guy, who seems surrounded by miracles, including ones where the lame can suddenly walk. He’s taken this journey into leadership and has emphasized the importance of faith. This journey has brought him into conflict with military powers (the others) and representatives of the world’s powers (represented by Jack).
This figure wants everyone to keep doing what they have been doing. But he is ultimately abondoned by his sometimes followers. They are scattered back into the world. The only way for him to make this right and return everyone to the course they were meant to be on is to die.
And it seems like his death will bring about a reuinion. There are these hints of a reseruction. The person who is doing the most to spread the word is the man who used to persecute them all. Hmmm… Sound familiar, anyone?
There are clearly places where the paralell falls down. Most notably in that it seems like the John Locke character has … at best… mixed motives. And the show was built on twisting and turning so that once you finally think you get it, it turns out there is some new wrinkle.
Just for the record, on a completely not-allegorical front, my predictions for this season:
#1) John’s resseruction will have something to do with the whole time travel thing. Once they get everybody together, they’ll somehow go backwards and change time so that he’s not dead. (Yes, I know that they aren’t supposed to be able to change time. But they demonstrated that they could change time in some limited cases on the premiere.)
#2) The blonde girl– Julia? Juliette? (What’s her name?) She’s getting erased from time. That’s why she’s forgetting stuff and feeling all wierd. It’s sort-of like the Michael J. Fox character at the end of the first “Back to the Future” somebody has done something in the past that prevents her from getting born.