Mar 24 2010

LOST – Ab Aeterno

This blog is normally geared to the ramblings of a Jane Q Citizen, however, this entry must touch on the episode of the show LOST airing on 03.23.10 in the USA at 9:00 P.M. EST. I would love to recap the entire episode, but due to copyright infringements, possible spoilers, and even possible incorrect assumptions, I will focus on the series as a whole.
This week’s episode is what the fans seem to call “Richard Centric.” It simply means that it is centered around the character of the same name. For those of you who do not watch LOST, forgive me. This episode, is by far, one of the best episodes in the 6 season series. It not only addresses the character of Richard, it humanizes him. It brought me great joy and sadness, and of course in the normal LOST fashion, confusion.

LOST , to me, is one of the best shows on television right now. It makes the viewer think. It allows the viewer to speculate, theorize, and even come up with answers to the ever unfolding series of events. Now, with the vast number of programs available for people to watch today, this is not only entertaining, but thought provoking. Currently there are plethora of web sites dedicated to the show. On these various sites, people post their various theories as to what this show is about. What strikes me as fascinating, is the variation of these theories. They range from religious, to mythological, to science fiction, true science, and even to a theory about the potential future of our world. Now, regardless of the shows outcome, it has made people think.

Reading the Bible isn’t something I have done since the days of yore in the Catholic Church. Currently, the King James Version has been downloaded to my very favorite techie device, the Kindle . Having it at hand allows me to reference it easily. I am not saying that all of you should rush out and find your nearest religious text of your choice, I am just prefacing the effect this show can have on someone. It is refreshing to see a show bring about a change in someone’s life. In addition to the reference to the Bible, the mythological angle has also given me food for thought. For any of you who has taken a World Literature class, you might find this story relates to The Epic of Gilgamesh, Lysistrata, or even Ramayana . Time travel is also another predominant theory. Many books that are read by the characters in the show have also gained popularity simply because viewers are hoping for a clue to the end of this adventure we call LOST. Some of the books on the show include The Third Policeman, Watership Down, A Wrinkle In Time, and a curious one named A Separate Reality. Two popular movies are also referenced in the show, one is Star Wars and the other is The Wizard of Oz . Now considering that many things could be picked apart on each show, I find many of these references telling. One of the characters is named John Locke, who in the real world is known as the “Father of Liberalism.” Jeremy Bentham, an alias for John Locke, was also known as a social reformer.

What this all means to me is that all this information, whether pertinent to the story or not, may instill a desire to learn. To expand one’s horizons. Maybe read a book or revisit their religious beliefs. Regardless of the intentions, judging by the extensive amount of websites, forums, fan clubs, and even blogs, the simple fact remains that this show has something. It has suspense, drama, love, death, emotions, science, religion, and so much more. Even better than that, it is one of the most enjoyable. There are no reality stars, yet the characters are real. It is not a soap opera, yet the drama goes on. It is not a science fiction show, yet the propensity for it exists. What I am trying to say is that the creators of this show have successfully geared a show to all people. There is something in this show for everyone. It crosses every demographic and not only is successful, it raises the bar for future shows.