My viewing of season 1 of LOST continues. The episode “Not Raised By Another” shows again just how much of later developments were indeed in mind early on. We’ve already been told that the finding of “Adam and Eve” in the caves was an important clue intended to ensure that, whatever twists and turns might follow, some element of the originally-intended plot line could be shown to have been intended from the outset. In this episode, Claire has a dream in which Locke is playing cards at a table, and instead of eyes has one black stone and one white stone, like those found in the little sack that was on one of the corpses in the cave.
We know that the makers of LOST are Star Wars fans. I cannot imagine that, when they have the psychic warn that he senses grave danger surrounding the child (Aaron) and his upbringing, they were not thinking of the words Yoda says about young Anakin skywalker. And in both Star Wars and LOST, we see at least one figure who has lost his mother turn to the dark side, spurred on by that loss.
When Claire’s pen and the lawyer’s fail to work, it is just like what happens to Michael when he tries to kill himself in season 4. Already they had in mind the notion that the island could reach out and influence events.
The psychic got her on the plane, so she could get to the island. But what was supposed to happen there? If it is so crucial that Claire raise the baby, why in season 4 does she leave him and allow him to be taken off the island, even going so far as to warn Kate in a vision that she mustn’t bring him back? It seems that since Christian is “speaking for” Jacob, perhaps the island is “under new management” and there is another side trying to influence things. We know that two sides are fighting for the island. What is the relationship between John Locke, another miracle child and “chosen one”, and Aaron? If Ben’s mantle has been passed to Locke, is it Christian’s that has been passed to Aaron? How does Widmore relate to the latter? Is Walt another “miracle child”? If they keep adding to that list, this will turn into a prequel for Heroes!
So many questions still unanswered – but that’s what makes this show so great! And it is great watching these early episodes I missed, and thinking what it must have been like to watch it while the menace was still a phantom…