LOST in Translation: Dead Locke

“I made her stay on this Island ’cause I didn’t want to be alone.”

I really need to break up with LOST spoiler sites and message boards, but damn it, like James Ford, I don’t want to be alone. Thing is, my relationship with these sites is poisoned by a fan community that is infected by fear, jealousy, and doubt. I guess in that sense I am John Locke… a Don Quixote-esque Man of Faith… See, I have faith in the writers to “tell the story that they want to tell” and that, for good or ill, it will be a journey — a hero’s journey, there and back again — made worthwhile not necessarily by the revelations of its mysteries, but by the very nature of the journey itself.

And what a journey it has been thus far. I have relished in the puzzling out of these great mysteries that have been a mindful traversing of the very nature of man’s purpose. The debate over our conflict with the very real and tactile world around us and the spiritual essence that permeates us and guides us from the shadowy effluvium of the world of magic and myth, gods and devils, angels and demons.

In the grand scheme of things, it all boils down to the duality of our existence, be it faith vs science, or good vs evil. Two sides — one light, the other dark — in an epic struggle within each and every one of us.

LOST, through its creative narrative over these six seasons, will live or die by its endgame. Its legacy hangs in the balance with the legion of fans that have embarked on this journey. For me, it has already achieved its lofty status as one of the greatest stories ever told because it has rekindled that sense of wonder and magic in me, leading me down dark and foreboding paths in which I have asked myself hard questions.

Yes, LOST is entertainment, but more than that, it is a vehicle through which we get to dissect the nature of time and space, of the cosmology of the soul, and our place in the grand scheme of things.

Through these characters we have been led to ponder the intricacies of science, religion, love, and hate… the bonds of friendship and the depths of vengeance.

So here we are, preparing to watch the fourth episode in the final season of the series that has perhaps defined what television can hope to be in the twenty-first century.

Locke-centric, “The Substitute” will again split its time between two realities. Will we come away from tonight’s viewing with a clearer and deeper understanding of where this journey will end? Doubtful. But we will gather to us a few more pieces of the puzzle and for me that’s more than enough… and if that’s not enough for the “greater LOST fan community” then I guess, once again, I’m with Sawyer…

“I think some of us are meant to be alone.”


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2 Responses to “LOST in Translation: Dead Locke”

  1. One of THE best episodes ever. After seeing all Locke has gone through, he’s happy.

    And what we learned? A lot. And a lot happened. I love how people think that because of what fLocke said, Jacob is probably a bad guy. fLocke is a unreliable narrator: Look at all the lies and manipulating he’s done himself.

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