“Lost” hermeneutics

Here is a rather amusing site in which two Washington Post staffers offer close readings of each “Lost” episode. It’s like theologians exegeting the Bible. But useful for us “Lost” fans, since they pick up all those details and hidden clues that most of us miss. (For example, the site links to an “screen caps and easter egg” site of “Lost” clues that gives us a clear stop-frame of the blurry Man in Jacob’s chair: and it is clearly Jack’s father!)

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  • I’m nowhere near the smartest LOST fan out there (I’m not enough of a nerd to make that claim), but I’m amazed how everyone is seeming to inaccurately speculate about two important issues.

    1. Yes, Jack’s father was in the rocking chair in Jacob’s cabin. But when we were first introduced to Jacob in season 3, he was not in a rocking chair; his chair had four legs and was located right next to the table. Saying that Christian Shepherd was sitting in the same chair Jacob was sitting in (and therefore may be Jacob himself) is sloppy guesswork.

    2. In trying to figure out who the “Oceanic 6” are, why is everyone forgetting Claire? Desmond specifically told Charlie—again, in season 3—that he saw Claire getting on the rescue chopper (the stipulation being that Charlie died in the process). So I would count Claire in the “Oceanic 6,” which, by default, would need to include Aaron as well. But Aaron was not yet born and not on the Oceanic manifest, so would he be included in the “Oceanic 6”? (My guess: probably not). Or would he be the “seventh member” of the “Oceanic 6”?

    Just some thoughts…

  • I’m nowhere near the smartest LOST fan out there (I’m not enough of a nerd to make that claim), but I’m amazed how everyone is seeming to inaccurately speculate about two important issues.

    1. Yes, Jack’s father was in the rocking chair in Jacob’s cabin. But when we were first introduced to Jacob in season 3, he was not in a rocking chair; his chair had four legs and was located right next to the table. Saying that Christian Shepherd was sitting in the same chair Jacob was sitting in (and therefore may be Jacob himself) is sloppy guesswork.

    2. In trying to figure out who the “Oceanic 6” are, why is everyone forgetting Claire? Desmond specifically told Charlie—again, in season 3—that he saw Claire getting on the rescue chopper (the stipulation being that Charlie died in the process). So I would count Claire in the “Oceanic 6,” which, by default, would need to include Aaron as well. But Aaron was not yet born and not on the Oceanic manifest, so would he be included in the “Oceanic 6”? (My guess: probably not). Or would he be the “seventh member” of the “Oceanic 6”?

    Just some thoughts…

  • All right, Veith is back on Lost. I have been waiting.

  • All right, Veith is back on Lost. I have been waiting.

  • Don S

    Would that they (and we) spent half as much time studying the Word that we do in these pop cultural pursuits.

  • Don S

    Would that they (and we) spent half as much time studying the Word that we do in these pop cultural pursuits.

  • Mr. Veith,

    Kindly leave the spoilers out of the post! I don’t mind knowing about Mr. Shepherd but the casual viewer may not want such knowledge.

  • Mr. Veith,

    Kindly leave the spoilers out of the post! I don’t mind knowing about Mr. Shepherd but the casual viewer may not want such knowledge.