LOST in Translation: SE7EN Days

Seven days.  That’s right, kids. We’re one week away from the beginning of the end. And like the Freeman/Pitt/Spacey movie referenced in this week’s LOST in Translation title, we’re about to find out “what’s in the box”. Hopefully it won’t be Gwyneth Paltrow’s head, but then with this show you never know.

Great minds think alike. I just read Doc Jensen’s LOST Final Season predictions and, as you may have read in a previous LOST in Translation entry, I came to the same conclusion, at least in regard to the final roles of John Locke and Benjamin Linus.

All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues

Order versus Chaos. Free Will versus Destiny. Jacob versus the Man in Black… Yes, these are the concepts that lie at heart of the matter, but there’s something else. There’s another conflict mirrored by these weighty themes and it is the conflict between parent and child.

The parent/child conflict has been the most common thread throughout the series. Jack and Christian Shepard. Kate’s murder of her father. John Locke being betrayed by Anthony Cooper, who in turn was responsible for the deaths of Sawyers’ parents. Sun and Jin both had issues with their folks, as did Sayid, Penny (and by extension, Desmond), Faraday, Miles, and even Hugo… And of course, Benjamin Linus and father Roger, and Ben’s own donning of the parental crown which ended badly for his beloved Alex. On and on, these issues have been driven home to us. Can the final season be any different?

This must be the central focus of the show in some way. It’s been far too prevalent to be otherwise.

I suspect that Jacob and the Man in Black have parent issues as well, and we’re going to meet their mother and boy will she be pissed.

So, is LOST ultimately about redemption? Is it about the proverbial “Mother and Child Reunion”?

No I would not give you false hope
On this strange and mournful day
But the mother and child reunion
Is only a motion away,
oh, little darling of mine.
I can’t for the life of me
Remember a sadder day
I know they say let it be
But it just don’t work out that way
And the course of a lifetime runs
Over and over again

~Paul Simon

“And the course of a lifetime runs over and over again”… Well there’s a LOST theme if ever I heard one. Yes, this conflict between Jacob and the Man in Black has been going on and on, over centuries, and we’re about to find out in Season Six that it has for our favorite plane crash surviving — time-traveling — boar hunting — Losties as well.

A Touch Too Much

Reincarnation, folks. Remember the word. Speak it slowly if you must. But know that this is a game that has been played for a very long time… And Jacob’s Touch? Well, he was just marshaling his troops, putting the spark inside his little army, putting them on course to ultimately thwart the Man in Black’s “loophole” schemes.

Which is all well and good until John Sheridan stands up and says “Get the Hell out of our Galaxy!” Oh wait, wrong show. But then, why’s Rousseau standing there?

All Things Must Pass

So here we are, almost to journey’s end and what a journey it’s been, there and back again. I have been captivated by many television programs before, but never like this. LOST has reignited old passions, sent me scurrying through books on literature, religion, mythology, and physics, and has twisted my mind in glorious fashion.

LOST is indeed a phenomena like no other. It has been a wild and wondrous ride through another’s imagination and it has left me, as all the best fiction does, looking at life’s deeper mysteries and making a correlation to the real and frightful world that is this reality.

I will miss it when it’s gone, but ultimately I know that all things must pass. What LOST has given me and my wife and my friends is the promise of something more, of the delightful reawakening of that childlike sense of enchantment.

Seven days until the beginning of the end and I couldn’t be more excited.

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Now, if you’re up for some more fun you might want to read Adria Lang’s take on the Season 6 premiere. It’s a fun read and I have to admit that if it were to play out this way I’d be tickled indeed.

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