posted on Sep, 27 2005 @ 01:30 AM
I love LOST, but it's really an amalgamation of PREY and SPHERE by Michael Crichton, and told with the story construct of Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST.
Locke is based on philosopher John Locke, a wandering philosopher who orchestrated the RYE HOUSE PLOT, an attempt to assassinate King Charles the II,
and his brother, the Duke of York, because of their new found adherence to Absolutism.
In a broader sense, John Locke was theoligcally Latitudinarian - That God cares more about the state of an individual man's soul, rather than the
state of the society that he belongs to. Society, in Locke's case, that was nearly always governed by the church.
To put it in a different way, Latitudinarianism was practiced by the Cambridge Platonists, who rallied against "scientific rationalists", like
Thomas Hobbes, who tried to explain away God's role in the universe through science and phsyics and experiments.
Instead, the Cambridge Platonists believed that our five senses were unreliable indicators to where reality ultimately begins and ends. That an echo
of God is born within every man, and it's his job to search for it within using reason and strategy. Cunning and guile.
So, the crux of the series is really based on the ideological conflict between John Locke - the ultimate metaphysical, non conformist - and Thomas
Hobbes - the ultimate scientific rationalist - as indicated in the series as the conflict between John Locke and Dr. Jack respectively.
A man of faith vs. a man of science.
Now, take all that and mix it with Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST, or to be more precise, the movie version THE FORBIDDEN PLANET. In which a group of
people arrive on a long since forgetten planet, where another ship crashed, and the crew lost twenty years before.
They find the sole survivor of the expedition, DR. MORBIUS, who tells the the newcomers that an unseen, unknown force wiped out his entire party,
leaving only himself and his daughter alive. (His wife kicked the bucket on her own).
Personally, I think we'll see the FORBIDDEN PLANET story arc begin to play out over the second season. At first I thought Rosseau was Morbius, but
now I think the newly introduced Desmond is Morbius.
Eventually, Morbius shows the ship's captain (In this case Jack and Locke) and the remains of a dead civilization - the planets former inhabitants.
They built a self replicating and self repairing defensive system underground. (The black smoke, the chain monster that tried to drag Locke
underground, and the stomping creature that ate the pilot)
The newcomers are attacked by an invisible force, that appears in various different forms to various different people. Only to realize, at the end of
the film, that the previous civilization was wiped out by their own creation. A type of machine (Maybe the island itself) that can materialize into
physical form that hidden and subconscious fears from deep within their IDs.
In the case of the series: Locke being able to walk. The Polar Bear from Walt's comic book suddenly coming to life. The airplane with Charlie's
heroin. All these things happened when the survivors of the plane creash interacted with the island itself. In THE FORBIDDEN PLANET, the ID monster
came out when the newcomers interacted with a giant machine.
In the first episode of the second season, Walt appears in a dream. He says something, but if you play it backwards, he's actually saying something
about "Push the button". I would imagine that our survivors will encounter a type of machine, and someone will have a choice to turn it on, only to
result disasterous consequences.
The third storyline occuring within LOST, is between WALT and the NEW BABY. One of whom may or may not be THE ANTI CHRIST, or something close. On a
broad scale, playing out on the island is a battle between the very forces of light and darkness. More specific, this battle will be fought out
between Jack and Locke - neither one good or evil, whom ever sides with each group.
An easier way: DENVER or LAS VEGAS?
With neither side being good nor evil, but instead having faith in science or magic, and each side doing the bidding of both good AND evil.
So, just what exactly in the hell is the island?
A ley line where all corners of the world meet in the folds of time. A geological abnormality like Stonehenge. Like the Nazca lines. Like the Rocky
Mountains. A place where God is afriad to wander. A place of incomprehensible dread and despair, where there is no escape.
Governed by chance, as decreed by the mathmatics of fate.
The numbers are the invisible mechanism that makes things happen to each of the indivudual characters. However unintended, once they each unknowing
stumbled into number's design, they became trapped in it.
Whether that mean getting into the number 16 cab. Or renting room number 15. Or taking ordering 42 bagels on the 8th month of the 4th year.
A fold appeared in the fabric of fate.
A three dimensional platonic solid, perfect and inescapable.
Unaware, once they each individually looked behind the fold, the numbers became aware of them, and subsequently has to reset itself. Except, instead
of looking behind the curtain and seeing the Wizard of Oz, the survivors of the Oceanic Airways crash saw nothing they could vocalize or even
undertstand, and were subsequently checked right out of the known world by the universe itself.
Quarantined from everyone else.
Because the mere knowledge of what they've unknowingly encountered would be enough to rip apart the very frabic of time itself.
At least, that's what I think.
Take one part OMEN, one part FORBIDDEN PLANET, one part EASTER ISLAND and IN SEARCH OF...add some moldy 17th century Philosophers, sprinkle in a dash
of ALIAS, and mix it all together with the genius of PAUL DINI
And you have LOST