My obvious first thoughts this week revolved around Jack seeing his father, for the second time, and following him into the jungle. After the final events of season 5, I have to believe that Jacob’s nemesis (who I will refer to as Esau, only because so many have latched onto this name. It DOES NOT mean I think he is the real Esau, its only a name) is the source of Christian and possibly all of the other hallucinations that have been seen on the island since the Losties arrived. As I watched “White Rabbit” I began to think more about Esau’s ability to take the form of any dead bodies on the island. Now, my memory simply isn’t good enough to remember, but have we EVER seen a hallucination on or off the island that was NOT someone who died on the island? I remember Kate’s black horse, which obviously wasn’t dead on the island, but since it isn’t a human being I’m not counting it. Every other person I can remember the Losties seeing were someone who either died on the island, or their body ended up there (at least I think…). This might also explain why the Others funeral ritual included sending their dead into the sea. They might not have realized the reason for this ritual, but it could have still been part of a ritual that Richard, or someone else handed down to them, and could have still had the purpose of keeping the bodies away from Esau. I also have to mention the attention many fans gave to Richard’s demands during season 5 of getting the bodies back of the two men that Sawyer had killed. People were convinced that there was some meaning to Richard’s motives, and I admit that I felt that people were digging for something that wasn’t there. However, in light of this rewatch, I’m inclined to agree that there could be more to Richard’s desire to have those bodies back.
The second thing that came to mind I only considered briefly, for just a moment, but I thought I’d throw it out there to see if anyone else thought the same thing, even if ultimately you don’t think its true. But when Locke showed up at the cliff and saved Jack, for the smallest instant I wondered if that was somehow Esau posing as Locke. After all, we don’t KNOW that Esau can only take on the identity of dead people. I quickly let go of this idea as rationality seems to dictate that it was in fact Locke, but his timing was just so damned convenient, and he seemed to help point Jack in the right direction, the same way I’d think Esau would have done. Anyway, I don’t think its true, but if you thought about it too, let me know!
The next major item that caught my eye was in “House of the Rising Sun” when Jack and Kate stumble onto the Adam and Eve skeletons. Adam and Eve have been just about talked to death, however, it made me do some searching, and it seems to me that Jack and Kate never told anyone, including Locke, about finding the black and white stones. Jack was seen putting the pouch with the stones in his pocket and I don’t think they were ever shown again (if I’m wrong on this, please let me know in the comments). While this isn’t anything groundbreaking, I found it interesting enough to remind everyone about ,especially in lieu of the time travel that comes later. I guess my point is that unless Adam ends up being Jack, we won’t have another “compass” situation on our hands if the skeletons are any of our Losties.
Those were the only major items that jumped out to me during these four episodes, but there was something else that I realized this week. Since Lost first started on that fateful day in September of 2004 I have been totally and completely focused on the mythology and mysteries of the show. I always noticed the great acting and fantastic characters but they were always second to the mythological elements for me. However, this rewatch has made me really appreciate and notice more tiny nuances in the storytelling and the character development of this series. Jin is a great example from these episodes. Speaking for myself, I hated Jin from the beginning. He was a real bastard, bossy, mean, and a total control freak with his wife. As I watched their first flashback back in 2004 I completely understood why Sun would want to leave him. It was obvious that he was trying to do what he thought best for them, but he was failing miserably. Eventually I grew to like Jin more and more, even before we knew the full truth about Sun’s infidelity, but while rewatching I realized the full inner struggle that Jin is going through. Here is a man that loves his wife so deeply and so totally. He gave up everything to marry her, including his soul (to her father). Everything he did, however misguided, was out of his love for her and his desire for them to have a wonderful life. And then he learned of his wife’s infidelity, and still, despite his anger, he realized he was partly to blame. When the plane crashed he was trying to repair the damage he’d done to his marriage, but at the same time still struggling to overcome Sun’s affair. He was finding it difficult to trust her, difficult to allow her to express herself. These are the types of moments that truely define this rewatch for me because they’re things that we were incapable of seeing the first time around, due to the storytelling model being utilized.
The story is similar for Sawyer in Confidence Man. While rewatching I realized for the first time that Sawyer was trying way to hard with Kate. He was pushing himself on her in a way that I now know he never would have actually done, had he just wanted her physically. This is a man that knew how to get the women he wanted, and knew exactly how to manipulate them. No, in Confidence Man Sawyer wanted to show Kate that he couldn’t be beaten, and that he was in charge of the situation. When he let her read his note to Sawyer, he knew that she’d assume the note was written to him, and it would change her perception of him. He was counting on it. And it worked like a charm until the very end when Kate figured out his one weakness and got inside his head for the first time. Although so many of you probably noticed all of this the first time around, I was too busy trying to figure out what it meant that he was reading Watership Down, and I didn’t always take the time to cherish the nuences in the character development of the story.
As a final note I do want to mention that what I think is my all time favorite quotes was from Confidence Man when Sawyer says;
“Baby, I am tied to a tree in a jungle of mystery. I just got tortured by a damn spinal surgeon and a gen-uine I-raqi. Of course I’m serious. You’re just not seeing the big picture here, Freckles. You really going to let that girl suffocate because you can’t bring yourself to give me one little kiss? Hell, it’s only first base. Lucky for you I ain’t greedy.”
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