A few days ago, I posted some of the reasons I see Jack from “Lost” as a Jesus character. Even though the finale was a few weeks ago, now, I continue to contemplate it and thought I’d post a few more thoughts, questions, and observations.
First: the very ending.
Here’s my take: The island marked or changed the main characters. There destinies were entwined by their time on the island. When they died, they became like ghosts in some stereotypical ghost story, not able to let go and move on.
Those who died went on to occupy the world that would eventually become the flash sideways world. Everyone not originally on the island was just a figment of the imaginations of the people who occupied the flash sideways world. It wasn’t so much an alternate universe as a shared dream between a handful of people.
The flash sideways world existed outside of the time we experience in the real world. Some of those who lived there died way after Jack. Some died way before Jack. But they all– or perhaps the island itself– recognized that Jack had to not only choose to be leader, but also prove his leadership by dying for them all. So in terms of time as experienced for the waiting dead in the flash sideways world, the big moment was Jack actually choosing to do what he did.
When all the characters realized their other life, in the original “Lost” world, it was really nothing other than remembering. All the goings on were simply in their respective pasts, because by definition, they had to be dead in order to get the flash-sideways “world” at all.
And when Jack proved himself the leader they all new he was supposed to be, they were ready, to move on to whatever is next.
There are of course, questions that I’m left with:
#1) What’s up with Christian’s transformation? Does death just make you not act like a jerk anymore? Or was the Christian that Jack met in the church just part of the shared illusion, like the entire “flash sideways” world?
#2) Who was the women who killed the mom of Jacob and the man in black?
#3) What is the relevance of the biblical story of Jacob and Essau, which focuses on adoption, stolen birth rights, and many other similiar themes?
#4) What is the nature of the Island itself?
#5) If the smoke monster is dead, why is Hurley necessary as the protector?