Thursday, May 14, 2009

Is It 2010 Yet?

In any case, I can wait until the final season premiere of Lost. There's always lots to do in the interim. WARNING - Spoilers for "The Incident" are ahead:

They finally revealed Jacob as a kindly sort of fellow, as well as his nemesis (?), that various people have dubbed "Esau," who is a shape-shifting SOB. My best guess is that the writers went old school, as far as storytelling tropes go, with a rivalry between gods or higher powers. This conflict between deities is as old as Yin and Yang, Olympians and Titans, and the Book of Job.

Since "Esau Locke" is a counterfeit "rebirth deity" metaphor - because John Locke is really dead - I speculate that the stabbed and burned Jacob will potentially do the Jesus Christ Pose and somehow be resurrected. The concepts of life-death-rebirth deities and trickster gods are also "timeless" storytelling themes.

That said, I like how the show is merging religious/spiritual/mythological themes (The Others/Hostiles/Natives) with quasi-science/sci-fi/quantum physics (Dharma Initiative), or pitting one against the other. In real life, I feel that while "lesser" science and "lesser" faith almost always contradict, there is potential a "greater" level for both that is not only mutually compatible but also one and the same. Ah, mysticism...

While tropes are classic and effective, the writers still managed to add cliches in the season finale. The largest offense is the Protagonist = Gunslinger Han Solo versus Obstacles = Inept Stormtroopers. I'm talking about Jack (mostly), a spinal surgeon picking off Dharma Initiative security forces, who drop like Stormtroopers. Then again, a two-minute action sequence films (and views) better than a two-hour standoff.

My last observations/questions for the night: In the big 1977 Swan construction showdown, when the drill breached the electromagnetic pocket, it seemed like everyone was fighting an invisble Magneto (the misanthropic, usually bad guy mutant of magnetism in the X-Men). Dr. Chang's arm is injured, but is it severed? Miles calls him "Dad!" to free him from the twisted metal. Where is Hurley? Anyhow, at the end of the episode, at the bottom of the Swan shaft, an injured Juliet pulls a Harry S. Stamper (Bruce Willis) from Armageddon and detonates the bomb herself.

It's funny that the writers apparently took some inspiration from that laughable '90s disaster flick for the season's climax/cliffhanger.

In any case, I don't know if Juliet changed anything or did what she was supposed to in 1977. I have a feeling that the exploded nuclear bomb may have rendered the Island toxic for pregnancies, but that remains to be answered next year. Possibly a combination of Jacob's 2007 assassination and Juliet's 1977 detonation will teleport Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Hurley, Sayid, Jin, Juliet, and Miles - who else am I forgetting? - as well as Rose, Bernard, and Vincent the dog to another place, another time, and maybe another Universe.

Maybe it is possible to retain the memories of surviving a 2004 plane crash, despite traveling to 1977 to prevent that plane crash and displacing one's body from the Island to an airport, safe and sound. We do that all the time in dreams, creating temporary Universes with context and memories, only to return to this real Universe with some of those bizarre "memories" intact.

Here's to 2010 and Season Six of Lost!

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