LOST Marathon, Milepost 24: We Are Just the Pieces
- Sunday, January 31, 2010
Jack: You need to relax, Ben is on our side.
Sayid: The only side he's on is his own.
Can both statements be true? Jack's right at the moment, Sayid's right in perpetuity.
"These people, they are just using us. They're playing some kind of game and we are just the pieces!" -- Desmond, to Jack, before storming out of the Lamp Post.
"There's a war coming, John. And if you're not back on the island when that happens, the wrong side is going to win." -- Widmore, to Locke.
"Real good." This concept is defined by Sayid as working for a home-building organization in an underdeveloped place. Considering how important the concept of people needing to know where "home" is has been on this show, he may be right.
"You may want to step up your game, Mr. Locke, or we're all in serious trouble." -- Abaddon, after Locke gets off to an 0-for-3 start.
Black-and-white: The Searcher's white light on the black water; Kate and Sun both in black dresses; bright white street paint on black tarred streets; Jack flashes a white light into Sayid's dark eyes; "Noire" sign with the black scorpion on the way to the Tunisian airport; black and white goats being herded across the road.
Locke tells the story that he's told once before - how he though the light from the hatch that night was some kind of answer, a sign. Now, though, he says he knows it was "just a light." Thing is, it could be both. One thing then, another thing now. Not mutually exclusive.
Locke cries out "God!" as he limps through the underground chamber toward the wheel, with Christian right over his shoulder.
"316" is an obvious reference to John 3:16, perhaps the most well-known verse of the Bible. Potentially relevant elements of it: God, Son, love, world, giving, sacrifice, believe/faith, not perish, life...
"Stop saying how ridiculous it is, and start asking yourself whether or not you believe it's going to work. That's why it's called a leap of faith, Jack." -- Hawking.
Ben doesn't answer Jack's question about "Who is Hawking, and why is she helping us?" Instead he says, "Thomas the Apostle," and he launches into how unfairly we catalogue this Apostle for his more famous doubting, when he was the one - before Jesus went into Judea - who declared, "Let us go too so we might die with him." Bravery, says Ben, not doubt, is what this man was about. "He refused to acknowledge the resurrection - he just couldn't wrap his mind around it."
Ben: He needed to touch Jesus' wounds to be convinced.
Jack: So was he?
Ben: Of course he was. We're all convinced sooner or later, Jack?
But convinced of what? Truth? Uncertainty? Both? That inexplicable things happen? That those things mean something? Of a higher purpose directing our lives and those of everyone?
...and off goes Ben after this inspiring sermon to murder someone...
Jack's grandfather expresses a concept of Hell when he says it doesn't matter where they go - "anywhere I go is somewhere better than here." I've heard the expression of there being Joy in the Journey - and that is the theology Ray presents to us. Being on the move, going, seeing, doing is heaven. Being cooped up and waiting for an end that won't come is hell.
Did you catch how Santo Domingo, Santa Rosa, Santa Monica, and Los Angeles (the places where Locke visits 06 peeps) all have Saint/Angel names?
The crossbeams of Locke's hotel room ceiling form a very obvious cross... one on which he is about to die.
Mysteries or Questions Since Solved
- How did Hurley know to get on Ajira 316? Jack asks, and he deflects with "all that matters is that I'm here, right?"
- Is Ben really as surprised as he appears to be to see Locke's body up and moving around on the island?
Mysteries or Questions Still Needing Answers
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