I thought the “Lost” Finale was brilliant. In a way it reminded me of Harry Potter: Through both series, there are vague but interesting nods to spiritual themes in general. But at the end of both series, it seems hard to deny that the heroes of both series are Christ figures.
Through the entire end of the episode, Jack was dying from a wound in his side; he had blood on his hands, and there’s even a shot where they show he’s got a wound in his feet.
Before he dies, Jack passes his mission on to Hurley. And he does it by passing a cup to Hurley. On one level, the cup is filled with nothing special. Jack had reached down with a water bottle and filled it with muddy water. But on the other level, there is clearly something supernatural going on. What a great, last supper moment.
Jack being lowered down in one way was about Christ’s decent into Hell. But when Jack is lowered down there, he makes a trade. The fate that Desmond was meant to experience — death– is one he takes on for himself.
When Jack enters the church, he is reunited with his father, just as Jesus was reunited with his own father after his own death. In that very episode, people smirked a little at the fact that Jack’s dad was named, of all things, Christian Shephard. In this episode, the name goes from being ironic to symbolic.
Christian explains that none of the “Lost” people could move on to the eternal destiny they were waiting for until Jack arrived. They spent a moment, being reunited with each other…. and then they walked out, into what must have been some sort of heaven.
The episode did leave… room for interpretation. I don’t have any doubt about the symbolism, but I think what actually happened is a little more open for debate. (What an interesting switch: usually stories leave room for argument around the symbolism and are more clear on the literal level.)
I’ve got some ideas about that. But they will have to wait.