LOST Lamp Post

Tonight’s episode of LOST was unusual, simply because it released tension rather than simply creating it. Things that we knew were bound to happen, things that we wondered about, we finally got to see.

I won’t go into details, but those who have yet to see the episode may still wish to refrain from reading further until they’ve seen it.

Perhaps most interesting, given my own interests outside of LOST, was the reflection on Thomas the Apostle. The themes of doubt and faith, and of the need to take a leap of faith, returned to the foreground in this episode.

The only other detail I’ll mention relates to last week’s episode. The carpet cleaning company whose van Ben was driving was called Canton Rainier. That’s an anagram…for reincarnation.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14247799389009268470 James Pate

    I also thought the Thomas scene was powerful.I was a little uncomfortable, though, with Eloise Hawking’s speech. The island is always moving? Then why was it a big deal for Locke to move it? And how did Whidmore’s people even find it (unless they have access to that pendulum, or something similar)?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02561146722461747647 James F. McGrath

    Maybe it’s a steering wheel. :)But seriously, there are a number of things that currently seem problematic, some of which I think I can explain, but others of which still trouble me. Charles Widmore was once an “Other” as apparently was Eloise Hawking. Widmore knows where Hawking is, but doesn’t just go reclaim the Lamp Post station. Perhaps it is wired to explode, like Mikhail’s communication station. But why is Hawking’s son’s research being funded by Widmore, while Eloise Hawking seems to be collaborating with Ben? There seems to be more to reaching the island than simply locating a “window”. The Ajira flight would have flown through/by it, but unless the people the island wants to return are on it, presumably nothing unusual happens. I’m also guessing that Widmore tries to send his own people along to “hitch a ride” and reach the island in such circumstances. Nathan on the original Oceanic 816 flight, and the Iraqi to whom our attention was drawn on the Ajira flight (I think he was the only other person in first class, right?)The producers have said that we still don’t understand the relationship between Ben and Widmore, and so my guess is that, like many other things, these puzzling elements will eventually make sense.

  • Anonymous

    Lamp Post a reference to Narnia?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08014885672703727636 Ken Brown

    The Thomas scene was great, but what really stood out to me was the shoes. I wonder if that sinks the mirror matter theory, which predicted Lock would be wearing white shoes like Christian?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02561146722461747647 James F. McGrath

    I don’t know how it affects that theory, but it’s interesting both that Christian wears white shoes and John Locke wears black, and that Christian wears Jack’s shoes and John wears Christians!

  • http://beerandscifi.com ericmsteen

    I thought it got a bit Matrixy with the taking a leap of faith references. I saw Jack’s dilemma the same as Neo’s. It will be interesting to see if Jack has a transformation the way that Thomas did. It’s also interesting to note that everyone else, at this point, seems to have been forced into getting onto the plane. Does anyone else see this? Jack is the only one, besides Ben, that got onto the plane out of his own free will.


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