LOST Rewatch: The Cost of Living

The episide begins with a flashback of Eko’s childhood. He breaks into a locked storeroom. Eko is told by a nun that he is a sinner, but Eko protests that Yemi was hungry. Then, on the island, Eko sees Yemi, who tells him that it is time to confess, to be judged. In flashbacks, we [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Further Instructions

This episode begins with John Locke’s eye, as he wakes up in the jungle after the hatch explosion. We see Desmond run by, naked. Eko’s scripture stick falls from a tree. Locke has lost his voice. But through signs, he indicates to Charlie that he needs to speak to the island. He finds a pen [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Exodus Part 2

Part two of the season finale from the first season of LOST begins with a close-up of Aaron’s eye. Moving dynamite out of the Black Rock, Arzt detonates. Hurley blames himself, as bad luck. Kate reassures him that it was an accident. In a flashback, we see Jin confronted by someone who works for Mr. [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: The Greater Good

In flashbacks, we see Sayid being walked through Heathrow Airport in handcuffs. The CIA wants Sayid to infiltrate a terrorist cell in Sydney, in exchange for being told where Nadia is. We later see him in a mosque engaged in prayer, where he is reunited with someone he knew, Essam. He says he is working [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Whatever the Case May Be

This episode begins with Sawyer and Kate going for a swim, and finding two corpses still in their seats from the plane, at the bottom of a lake, and with a case (hence the title) under the seat that Kate says is hers, but then admits is not. In Kate’s flashbacks, we see her involvement [Read More...]

Fringe: Why Did God Make Me This Way?

Should we refer to J. J. Abrams as in some sense a “theologian”? Last week’s episode of Fringe, “Forced Perspective,” which I only found the time to watch last night, is full of theology and philosophy. From a girl with remarkable precognition asking why God made her this way (and being reassured that God makes [Read More...]

Review of Mutants and Mystics by Jeffrey Kripal

I was invited at the last minute to participate in the Patheos Book Club discussion of Jeffrey J. Kripal’s book Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal. Since I leave today for a conference (at which I will be speaking, appropriately enough, about religion and science fiction), I have had to rush [Read More...]