Mashup, good call on the backgammon. With these new episodes, you can see that there is a good deal of opposition, locke to echo, jack to ana
However, dualism is very easy to insert into things, it might not be, necesarily, something that was intended.
On the first season dvd there are extras. One set are the audutions. These are very
interesting, because lots of people try out for entirely
different parts. Kim's wife trys out for Kate's part. And a lot of the guys try out for Sawyer, like Hurley and Jack. This was odd at first, but
if you pay attention to all the audition dialog, you find that Jack is really, at that stage, just "the Doctor", and that he
rather quickly (not unlike how so many of the Others die in the first days for them too, more dualism? More insertion?).
So the show was pretty drastically changed to make "The Doctor" into the full character of Jack. This makes sense to me, because Jack and Locke
seem superfluous, who'sreally in charge there eh!? Locke would naturally be the 'leader', or rather, chief
, without Jack. Jack serves
nicely as an actual leader though, works out very well.
So you can't put too fine an emphasis on some of these things, considering that when they were auditioning people there was no Jack, and presumably
Sawyer had a much larger role. Heck, he might've been subsumed in a lot of what Jack ends up becomming. That might make sense too, it strikes me as
slightly odd that sawyer went out on the raft, but perhaps a main and central character (in the no-jack version) would naturally go on the raft, and
the story would focus on their (mis)adventures out there.
One thing that is great about this show, seems to really be stimulating some critical thinking amoung people. I don't agree with the analysis here,
but its definitely creative.