LOST in Translation: Uisge Baugh

“Between earth and earth’s atmosphere, the amount of water remains constant; there is never a drop more, never a drop less.This is a story of circular infinity, of a planet birthing itself.
Linda Hogan, Northern Lights

Damon Lindelof, when asked for a spoiler concerning LOST’s season six and series finale spoke a single word that sent shivers through my very being. That word was “Water”.  “It sounds funny now,” he added, “but you’ll see!”

It has been speculated that we have already seen the end, and if that is true, then should we be filled with dread? It’s maddening, especially for those of us who have spent the past six years theorizing on this show — a show filled with twists and turns and mind-bending revelations that have done little but to generate even more complex questions.

Dropping a cryptic hint upon us, a single word that invokes both life and death with its utterance, is both captivating and cruel.


It is a thematic element, one that over the course of six seasons can be looked to as a signpost toward the deeper mysteries.

“A little water clears us of this deed.”
Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act 2, Scene 2, 1.68

So what does it all mean. Water invokes many thoughts… thoughts of baptisms and mirrored reflections, of the giving of life and of drowning. Water is fluid, changing shape and adapting to its surroundings, but it also changes its surroundings, slowly and purposefully. In myth Water has been a symbol of fertility and of mystery… of purity and rebirth.

Have we seen the end? Will the final moments of LOST return us to the season six premiere with visions of a submerged Island and Oceanic Flight 815’s descent toward LA X?

With LOST, anything is possible and in the end we must trust in Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse to deliver us their story in the manner in which they wish to tell it.

Anticipation continues to mount and we are cast adrift on a word.

Water indeed.


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Coming in August of 2010.
by Bob Freeman
Belfire Press

Hell is empty and all the Devils are here…


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