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May 15, 2009

The Incident. Preliminary LOSTNESS




Please forgive me; I had to deviate from my usual episode clues blog this week. I will post that in its entirety soon.

When the finale was over I thought to myself where the hell do I begin to share my thoughts on it. The finale brought up so many deep emotions in me, bringing me to uncontrollable tears, that I almost felt like it would have been easier to just re-post the only personal blog I ever wrote to represent this episode. But I’m sure this is just due to my own emotional connection and battle with destiny.

We’re all so enchanted by meeting Jacob but we still shouldn't let our guard down. We can’t let this distract us from all the other puzzle pieces and trips we all have taken through this labyrinth and down into the rabbit hole.

METAPHORS AND SUBLIMINAL HINTS GALORE!
You know how much I love that!
First things first: All through the episode we heard talk of "core of the bomb”.
We’re not really talking about the “core” of the bomb, it is about HEART!!!{Core is from Latin "cor" meaning "heart”.

TWO SIDES. ONE LIGHT. ONE DARK.
DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET?






Two Players, two sides, one light, one dark: playing pieces are moved according to the roll of dice.


Players win by removing all of their pieces from the board. Luck and strategy play a part.
There are cheating methods used.





Locke teaches Waaaalt about the history of Backgammon.
He also asks Walt if he wants to know a secret.











Chess: Pawns, sacrifices, rules and cheating.
Since the very beginning and countless times over I have talked about things we see being part of a living breathing chess game that is taking place on the “Island.”
Our Castaways represent pieces placed on the game board being moved around, then there's the game sacrifices and being removed from the game board or playing field. I’ve even tackled clue words used in the story as being directly associated with chess. You can check some of that out here.
There are laws of chess. We know white makes the first move and the goal is to keep the king safe. So who is the king?

Candidate was used a few times in the episode. This word is a derivative of the Latin candidus or "candida" meaning White.  Does this help us figure who is on the white team?

I say Chess is the ultimate mind game. Not only do you need to plan your next move and subsequent moves, but also the moves and anticipated future moves of your opponent.
Benjamin Frankly said, "The Game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement; several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired and strengthened by it, so as to become habits ready on all occasions; for life is a kind of Chess, in which we have often points to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with, and in which there is a vast variety of good and ill events, that are, in some degree, the effect of prudence, or they want of it. By playing at Chess then, we may learn: Foresight,Circumspection, and Caution {not to make our moves too hastily.}

I can’t forget Mikhail talking to John about the computer chess game in the Flame.
Mikhail- “It was programmed by 3 Grand Masters. And it cheats."
Locke- "Hmmm. Well I've played a lot of computers and I'm pretty sure they don't know how to cheat. That's what makes being human so distinctly wonderful."
Of course there's the loophole issue. {Means escape or a gap in law a small mistake or omission in a rule or law}
Mr. X supposedly found a loophole in the game via John Locke. Exactly how did this work? Did Mr. X only take advantage of said loophole because of the supposed 'time skipping'? Or did he have access to John's physical image long before that?
At this point the game continues and apparently has been going on for a very, very long time. Who knows...maybe at this point there are two queens left on the board?






There is no doubt that besides the game element being signed sealed and delivered here; we still see that these lost people are learning.
Learning to deal with being lost and having to grow from that, to find themselves and reach a new level.
Enlightenment.
Right now is it their moral compass that isn't pointing north?
They are learning other things as well. Many of them have taken on many different roles and jobs. A few even speak different languages.


Are we really completely in control of destiny or is there some mystical force that nudges us to keep us on the path or to make other things fall into place for someone else's path? I thought our future isn’t written yet. Or is it? There are so many people involved in keeping the island residents on their paths. Why? Do we all have a purpose and a destiny?

We see Jacob in young Kate and Sawyer's environment. Then Jacob is with grown Jack in a life defining moment, and later he shows up with Hurley and then to Sayid. With Sayid, Jacob was the cause of Nadia's death. Of course I understand that could be what had to happen to motivate Sayid into the next move but what about Nadia’s path? Was it always her destiny to die at this point?

As far as young Kate, what was the purpose of Jacob showing up in her life?
He didn’t deter her from a life of crime or bad choices, maybe he encouraged it. Are these people forever bound to that way of life because that's what's in their hearts? But how can you change what is in their hearts?

Jacob being in the Castaway’s lives and then them ending up on the "Island" proves they didn’t end up on the "Island" by chance.   Plus we know there are other players involved in manipulating the Castaways to the "Island" more than once.  I can't help but wonder if Richard arrived on the Black Rock (of course) but also how many of the other island residents also arrived with him. I know a long time ago I wrote that it would be amazing to see a very old sepia photo of the team from the Black Rock, and in that photo would be our island residents. But of course a few of them showed up in the Dharma photo in 1977. Could it be that it's always been the same people running through these things over and over and for over a hundred years?! Sounds like a fun premise, huh?!

Back to the matter at hand...What does Jacob accomplish by meeting these Castaways?
Jacob “marking” his pieces?
Meeting Jacob and Mr. X reminded me of the movie Clash of the Titans.
(Click pic)






Religion: Is it possible that the teachings of the entire world’s religious beliefs (mostly Zen Buddhism) have been utilized in teaching the players morals and the potential knowledge for enlightenment?
Philosophy: We know is the study of general problems concerning matters such as existence, knowledge, truth, beauty, law, justice, validity, mind, and language. Again, is it a teaching tool for their development? Plus a few of them are named with Philosophers names.
Lineage: We see there is some sort of lineage to the “Island”. More on that later.
Visions, Dreams and Hallucinations: What’s with all of this? Is it just all memory? Things are happening while they are in an altered state.
Conscious mind: Oh yeah! This is still a HUGE part of the story. Experiences in their consciousness while on the path to enlightenment.
Tricks, Illusion, Razzle Freakin Dazzle: Yep, it's still there right along with the con.
Why see the numbers all over the place, different versions of things, 'no identity' or 'many identities', sleeping, whispers, repeated names, same items and people showing up in each other's lives and environment, {example-Kate having only Patsy Cline music} and so much more. Things still seem very manipulated to me.


We've seen a re-birth of John Locke before.



I believe we've seen John "re-charged" a few times. More on that in future post.


Now on to Tabula Rasa. When I watched this episode a few years ago, I watched it with headphones. Why? Cause I’m crazy like that. To my surprise there was something huge that jumped out at me and I had to share it with my friend B. Quain to get his opinion on if what I thought I heard was really there or was I just certifiable. I told him as the very last note rings out in the final scene {Locke watches Michael, Waaaaalt and Vincent very intensely} the sound of the monster is intertwined with that last note as the camera comes around to show us Locke. B.Quain checked it out (With his fancy movie equipment) and he called me back right away. With excitement in his voice he confirmed the monster sound is indeed there. I didn’t know what to make of this discovery for the longest time other than constantly questioning why this would be. So I left that potential clue alone until this finale aired. (It has been mentioned in my past posts The finale seemed to resurrect this Tabula Rasa scene for me. B.Quain and I will discuss this more in our podcast for sure.













Questions to ask...
* Was John's whole purpose on the "Island" (to bring the family back together) just to die and have Mr. X take over his identity?
* Who is on what side?
* They are all still lost people.
* Why the hell are the flashes very modern? Especially Juliet’s flash/memory?
* Is there some sort of farming of these people going on? Breeding, cultivating, trying to create a perfect being?   Or just Nurturing...Evolving.
* What is real and what is not?
* Are there any other people on the “Island” with Jacob and Mr. X?
* Did Mr. X. also travel to and from the "Island" to visit with future residents?
* If things aren't real on the "island" {Rather happening in the conscious mind), are these two men really living in the "real world" and we're just seeing them in this environment or are they part of the bigger "real" picture? I'm just asking!

The Incident is not just about Juliet making the core blow up, but also about the actions of Ben stabbing Jacob. I am looking forward to detailing more with my full post of notes.

With the reveal of Jacob and Mr. X, I need to know “what” they are.   Are they gods from an ancient world? Are they just two men involved in something massive and are in charge of watching these lost people or are they aliens?
Isn't it possible these two men are representing {in a metaphoric manor of course} a "part" that lives inside all of us? I think so.






Why oh why do I seem to come back to one of the very first clues we got when the show first started? That would bring me back to ever important, special and blessed Hurley and his comic book The Flash and Green Lantern- Faster Friends.







No one is one dimensional.
Are we the weavers of our own tapestry or is there a crafty puppet master with a giant loom putting the whole thing together? Is destiny in our hands, yet helped along with the nudge of a guardian? Maybe we’re really all just pawns in some other worldly chess game.
Well, we do know that things aren’t just black and white here. We’ll have to explore the gray area and see what we find.

What if Jacob’s comment about "they’re coming" is meaning the new generation of guardians to the island such as Aaron, Ji Yeon and Charlie?    If it’s not, have we yet to see more players in the game or another delivery of Castaways?

Until I post my full post I leave you with this...I know this has been my "theme" the past few weeks but it's true... You can’t change the past, you can only learn from it. If there are any changes you want to make, make them now because I'd like to believe you are the author of your own biography.
In the end all that really matters is love. So ask yourself what's really in your heart?

Love to all who are “LOST”™

DISCLAIMER: I NEVER CLAIM TO KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT THE SHOW AND MY THOUGHTS BY NO MEANS MAKE ME RIGHT. THE THINGS I SHARE HERE ARE MY VIEWS AND/OR OPINIONS. I DON'T CLAIM TO CATCH EVERY SINGLE DETAIL EITHER. YOU ALL KNOW I HATE SPOILERS AND I STAND CLEAR OF READING CERTAIN SITES AS TO NOT TAKE ME OFF MY OWN COURSE OF RESEARCH. THE ONE THING I DON'T NEED TO DO HERE IS REHASH ALL OF THE OBVIOUS CLUES FROM AN EPISODE; WE ALL KNOW WHAT THEY ARE. UNDERSTOOD? LET THE FUN BEGIN! I'LL ONLY NOTE THINGS THAT I KNOW COME UP AS CLUES LATER, BUT NEED TO BE NOTED WHEN THEY FIRST SHOW UP AND THINGS I FIND THAT WILL BE OF IMPORTANCE.

8 comments:

  1. Intense episode. It's going to be a long, long wait until next season.

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  2. I enjoyed reading your post, and I have enjoyed your comments on the ODI podcast. I thought I would share a few quick comments/suggestions here about the season finale. (1) I am not sure that Jacob meant to cause Nadia's death. Also, Jacob seemed to me to be a genuinely decent individual, and to have real concern for the Losties. Jacob was hard on Ben at the end of the episode, but I think that there was a reason for this. (2) It seems that the man in the black shirt from the first scene of the final has somehow copied (not possessed) Locke's body. This raises an interesting question: was the original body of the man in the black shirt, and was the body that Jacob had throughout the finale, themselves copies? One thing I found telling is this: Jacob ate fish in the first scene, and the man in the black shirt said he had just eaten. I take this to suggest that the man in the black shirt and Jacob need to eat. And Jacob seemed to die, or at least be susceptible to injury, at the end of the episode. My guess is that we haven't seen Jacob's real/original body, and ditto for the man in the black shirt. (3) It seems to me that the man in the black shirt "copied" Christian's body in much the same way he copied Locke's body. (4) Upon rewatching the finale, I was struck by the fact that Jacob emphasized to Hurley that he was free to decide whether to return to the island. This reminded me of Jacob telling Ben that Ben was a free agent in the last scene.

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  3. Three more questions. (1) Why would Jacob visit Kate and Sawyer when they were young and visit the others when they were adults, or, in the case of Hurley and Sayid, after they had already been to the island? (2) Did the man in the black shirt appear to Ben when he was little in the form of Ben's Mom? I seem to recall the producers saying or suggesting that Ben's mom was the smoke monster, and the man in the black shirt is apparently connected in some way with the smoke monster. (3) Did Jacob or anyone else cause Hurley to see Charlie and Libby etc?

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  4. Knowing that the Jacob and Mr. X need to catch their own food, cook and eat it, was a very important bit of info. If they were "supernatural beings" I would imagine there would be no need for "food" or warmth and shelter. This is one of the main reasons why I feel we need to be careful not to be distracted by certain things.
    Again I feel there was many metaphoric insight to things.
    I mention the incident is not just about the Losties and the bomb, but also Ben stabbing Jacob, but I should share that the Losties fighting with each other/Dharma/Hostiles etc., isn't the only 2 sides against each other. We're seeing the same struggle with Mr. X and Jacob.
    Mr. X claimed when 'they get here' all they do is fight, corrupt, etc., But that seems to be the very thing that is in his heart all along.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Losties!

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  5. Nice blog Karen. As you know I've been very hard on the show this season but I'm glad you're here to try to help us sort things out.

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  6. RavenPaul13,
    I believe it's all going to be worth the ride. Hang in there :D

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  7. Do you think the Jacob’s nemesis could be called Esau? You know from the Biblical story. Isaac was his father.

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  8. Karen, I can't wait to hear the ODI podcast! This finale showed me that maybe LOST is following a coherent plan after all.

    Others have noted that Jacob's tapestry contains lines from the Odyssey. My daughter and I talked earlier in this season about how Penelope Widmore's first name is the same as the wife of Odysseus. There are many parallels between Penelope Widmore and Penelope the wife of Odysseus. Both remained loyal while their love (Desmond/Odysseus) was on a long journey to the sea.

    This Odyssey link between the Widmores and Jacob goes along with other evidence that seems to suggest that Widmore is on Jacob's side. Look at this dialog from "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham" where Widmore is undermining Jacob's enemy's plans for Locke:

    LOCKE: Richard Alpert. He said the only way to get them to come back was if I died.

    WIDMORE: I don't know why he said that, but I'm not gonna let that happen. This is Matthew Abaddon. He'll take you anywhere you need to go, protect you from whomever intends to do you harm.

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