Spoiler warning: This post contains a discussion of Lost season six, episode 108, “Lighthouse.” If you haven’t seen it yet and you do not like to be spoiled, move along! But I will blather for a moment about nonplotty things to give you some time to get away. Because I am nice and smell like strawberries.
This week’s episode of Lost was Jack-centric, which meant that I was prepared to be extremely bored, because Jack doesn’t really interest me all that much, I’ll be honest. As a character, he just doesn’t do it for me. I get where they are going with him and I even, to some extent, understand what they are trying to say with his character, but at this point anyone in the love dodecahedron quadrangle triangle whatever the hell it is makes me quiver because I fear that the love, uh, thing is going to be brought up again and I’m going to wander off to the kitchen to reorganize the spices and then realise that I missed half the episode with my evasive maneuvering.
Thankfully, Kate only showed up for all of 30 seconds in this episode, primarily to look soulful and inform us that Sawyer is “on his own,” so that was a relief. And, you know, I know that there are people who like Kate (and liked Juliet, and like Jack), but I am not one of them. I’m sorry, I liked her ok in the first season but she’s been going downhill from there. If anyone has a compelling argument for why I should start liking Kate again, I would be happy to hear it, though!
Honestly, the whole love entanglement thing is one of the things about Lost which frustrates me more than anything else. The show already has a lot going on. Most of it interests me and makes the wheels in my brain spin frantically. The show even has various depictions of love and relationships which I find engaging. The need to create this pivotal romance which keeps getting all up in my mythology escapes me. Can’t we all just run around in the forest with guns now?
Speaking of which, how about that Claire? Has she crossed over to the dark side? Her little hideaway was definitely high on the creep factor and was clearly meant to be evocative of Rousseau. Indeed, her whole character trajectory now what with the infection and the missing baby and stuff is sort of a repeat. Is the Island stuck in a loop? And Claire has gotten me thinking about Rousseau much more; she and Claire both have inconsistencies when telling stories, for example, and it’s possible that both characters were turned in some way. Like, when Christian was wandering around all over the Island and popping up to hang out with Claire…and how alone was Rousseau in the jungle? Claire does recognize that the entity in Locke’s body is not actually Locke, but she’s viewing him as a friend, which is a bit weird if you ask me because my friends don’t take over the bodies of dead people.
Over in flashsidewaysville, we see Jack repeating the sins of his father with his own son, which kind of bears out my theory that the flash sideways is about a world gone slightly twisted. The characters didn’t go to the Island, didn’t learn anything, didn’t have a chance to change the trajectory of their lives, and as a result they are doomed to do the very things which they didn’t want to do. Things go wrong. Nothing happens as planned. Even as we see certain themes repeating themselves in both timelines, which suggests a certain amount of determinism and “some things were meant to be.”
I am becoming more and more intrigued by the objects and spaces our characters find on the Island. I am a sucker for lighthouses in general so of course I got all excited to see a lighthouse, and even more so when I saw what its function was; again, I have a soft spot for decaying equipment and mysterious scribblings and mirrors, so I was as happy as a pig in a wallow when Hurley and Jack started messing around up there. Well, until Jack smashed the mirrors, of course. Not cool, dude.
The names in the lighthouse appeared to correspond to degrees, which bears out a theory which has been percolating in the back of my mind for a while. As we saw in previous episodes, the world of Lost seems to presuppose that there are lines and networks of energy moving across the Earth and that people can tap into these lines and also intersect with them, and that this is both time and space dependent. Remember the pendulum in the Lamp Post Station and how it moved across lines of energy like a dowsing rod of some kind? And how the Dharma folks used that to find the Island? And how a very precise bearing was needed to reach the Island by the freighter crew? And all that stuff about time windows and things needing to happen at specific moments?
I think that, in the mythology of the show at any rate, some people have an innate ability to tap into that energy. That’s what makes them candidates; they are connected with the Island in some way. Hurley most obviously, with his ability to see dead people. Miles, too, clearly has a connection with the dead. I think it’s possible that the degrees in the lighthouse correspond to, well, bearings, as it were, for those characters. Given that Jacob was dialing in on people to spy on them, I don’t think that this is so far fetched. Once Jacob figured out which bearing went with which person, he could start narrowing things down to determine who fit with the energy of the Island.
But, every time I try to theorize about Lost, my brain turns into one of those snake in a can things and explodes, so I am going to stop typing now before I overthink this any further.