My review of the latest episode of LOST is up on Smartpop. Here is what I said. Click through for more. Then come back here for some stuff I thought of after I wrote that.
We also discover why the Jin-Sun reunion was so lame. Because you can’t have two episodes in a row with HUGE emotional beats for those two characters. And they got a huge one here as they go down with the sub. It was a really beautiful scene, in spite of the fact that it was a little silly that Sun got trapped like that (watching it with friends someone asked “what is she trapped by” and the answer was “a device … a plot device”). My first reaction was that there was something really off about watching two parents die together when one could have been saved — should’t there be some kind of “our child’s future is more important than your not leaving me”? But upon consideration I think it adds to the moment. It becomes really hard-core. He promised they would never be apart again. And so they won’t. I found that really powerful BECAUSE he knew what he was leaving behind. One of the most emotional scenes in Lost I feel like. Except for that plot device pinning Sun.
Some more thoughts:
They killed 3 minorities. After all the dissing women, we are going to be left on Yelling White Dude Island.
I am really feeling the Old Testament stuff coming together here. Obviously I am not the first to mention it but maybe because I am teaching Paradise Lost it is hitting me really hard now. Is the Island just Eden? The Adam and Eve skeletons are actually Adam and Eve? The daddy issues stem from the daddy issues in the garden? The energy is some spark of God's original creative force? The light haired and dark haired kid ghosts we have seen, one covered in blood are Cain and Abel? Cain is immortal, cursed, frustrated with his brother -- like the Man in Black? The garden is guarded so people can't get back -- the island is hard to get to? Dharma is silly because science cannot explain God? Childbirth is hard on the island because hard labor was part of the original punishment in Genesis. You have to go to Exodus a little randomly to explain the Egyptian iconography (connected to the biblical Jacob), and I have no idea if Jacob and the Man in Black can be easily identified -- the man in Black has been called Esau (Jacob's brother), but could also be Cain or Satan (he is a smooth talking warrior who corrupts people and makes persuasive arguments for freedom over bondage to destiny-god) -- or the serpent. Lost is ... Paradise Lost?
I know I complained about Battlestar Galactica's religious angle, but BSG was too sentimental (everyone lives happily every after) where Lost is killing folks, and I feel like the specificity of an Old Testament story would be so much better than the general spiritual junk in BSG because Genesis can be about Story and Character in a way just pointing to "God" as the answer was not enough.