Fate versus choice…a central theme of LOST and probably the number one thing that keeps me tuned in to each and every episode. The show definitely seems to be leaning toward the idea that we all have specific destinies, BUT we do have control over the choices we make during our journey along the path.
Each character has had his/her faith tested in a variety of different ways, but as Ms. Hawking told Desmond in the Season Three episode Flashes Before Your Eyes, “the universe has a way of course correcting” and provides a series of second chances in the form of new choices.
These first two episodes deal pretty heavily with the consequences that result from making choices based on fears. Some characters consciously decided to lie about what really happened and effectively deluded themselves into believing the lie because they were more afraid to face the truth. This form of denial may make it seem like all is well in their world for a little while, but with a little time and perspective they are each discovering how their previous choices have ultimately affected themselves AND those around them.
I have always said that life is all about perspective and often joke that I am able to perceive things from various perspectives quicker than others because I’m a Gemini. As a result of time and scientific or spiritual influences (you choose), the Oceanic 6 and those who have been left behind are being given the opportunity to view life from a different perspective. I could detail this for each character, but I’ll just highlight Jack.
Here’s a guy who now seems as if he’s given up on almost everything he’s ever believed and even trusts people (Ben and Locke) who he would have never trusted before. Perhaps he’s finally coming to grips with and surrendering to his destiny. Even though he’s still not sure what his destiny is, he realizes that he has to stop fighting against it.
LOST is all about people who must lose themselves in order to find out who they really are. They weren’t “lost” on the island. They found what they were looking for in themselves, but some were too blinded by their past to accept it…until now.
It appears that Season 5 is finally going to provide us with lots of answers while also providing each character with new perspectives and second chances to make choices that are more aligned with their destinies and who they really are.
Random notes about the first two episodes:
– Our favorite professor of theoretical astrophysics, Pierre Chang, wakes up at 8:15 AM, plays a record that skips, and goes to work to film an Orientation video using one of his many aliases. We are given the opportunity to see the construction of The Orchid Station, which lies next to the “mysterious source of limitless energy.” We also learn that releasing the energy will have dire consequences and that Daniel Faraday is witness to these events. This is the first big new question for me. Did Faraday already experience being there during the construction OR is it something that he is going to experience in his linear future?
– I like the record player analogy to describe how the island is skipping and has dislodged them from time. Faraday and the writers also do a decent job explaining how time is like a thread that you can move back and forth on, but you cannot start a new thread (change the past/future). That’s why I question when Faraday, on his string, witnessed the construction of The Orchid Station. He’s been studying the DHARMA Initiative for a long time, so he could have known about it some other way.
– For those of you questioning how Faraday could tell Desmond something in the past that he would remember in the future, remember that Desmond is Faraday’s “constant” and has the unique ability to have his consciousness travel through time. The timeline (string) rules don’t apply to Desmond.
– Jack is taking a back seat and letting Ben, of all people, lead. Talk about a change! Jack also seems completely comfortable agreeing to pack a bag for the island with the knowledge that he’ll never come back again.
– When Aaron is watching the cartoon, he says something about the train going into a tunnel and Kate says that he can’t go into the tunnel because he will never come back. Maybe I’m looking too hard at the dialogue, but I figure that’s foreshadowing for their potential trip back to the island.
– I loved seeing Yemi’s drug plane crash and Ethan shooting Locke before dislodging in time again and meeting with Richard Alpert. That was some bit of information laid upon poor Locke – he has to die in order to get the Oceanic 6 back to the island so things can be fixed.
– “Libby says hi” may have been the best line delivered by Ana Lucia and it comes over two seasons after she dies.
– Thanks goodness for Hurley’s comic relief. The show through his eyes seems to be more in synch with casual viewers than any other character. He’s along for the ride and always tries to listen to his heart and do the right thing. How can you dislike a character like that? I’m glad his mom believed him and my favorite moment of the premiere night was when he threw the Hot Pocket at Ben.
– Neil “Frogurt” makes another brief appearance before being shot in the chest with a flaming arrow by the island “hostiles”. I think we last saw him when Bernard was building the S.O.S. sign in Season Two. Good riddance.
– Seeing Sun and Charles Widmore together concerns me. I thought it was also a very uncomfortable scene between Kate and Sun.
– We met a new character named Jill who is a butcher working with Ben. Two other characters are mentioned as well – Gabriel and Jeffrey. The assumption is that Locke will be kept in cold storage until it’s time to go back.
– Charlotte is having nosebleeds and forgetting things. Could this be the same or similar thing that happened to Rousseau’s crew, Desmond and Minkowski in The Constant, and the guy who was drilling in The Orchid station? Faraday knows the answer and will hopefully share with us soon.
– Miles Straume’s ability to see and communicate with the dead must apply to animals as well.
– All of the Oceanic 6 (and Ben/Locke) are in Los Angeles. Desmond is heading to Oxford with Penny to find Faraday’s mother. Could his mother be Ms. Hawking?
– Ms. Hawking is back for the first time since help Desmond course correct in Flashes Before Your Eyes. She appears to be calculating the coordinates of the island as we see a huge pendulum with chalk outlining possible physical locations on a map that feeds into a computer with the notice, “Event Window Determined”. The only thing I can make out on the chalkboard is something that says, “Silent Intervals + Event Probability”. They have 70 hours to gather the Oceanic 6 and get them back to the island or in her words, “God helps us all.” If the universe corrects itself and everything has a fixed destiny, then why does she seem to intercede and why is she so worried?
Next week’s poost will be shorter. Namaste!