LOST 6.1: Fear and Trembling
- Thursday, February 04, 2010
Juliet's line about "going for coffee" and "going Dutch" just before she dies reminded me of poor Charlotte's time-tripping brain before she died. Eventually, with Charlotte, we became privy to the story behind her "not allowed to have chocolate before dinner" line, when it was from, and that it involved Daniel. I just know that one day in some past or future timeline, Juliet Burke and James Ford are going to have a meet-cute, and decide to go out for some coffee...
Sayid - slowly bleeding out from the gunshot wound - ponders his eternal destiny. This is something the show has left open, the discussion of heaven and hell, and determining where people end up. I like this choice. They let it be beyond them to have determined, which is necessary in a show where morality and good/bad have been impossible to ascertain at times. This is also left open during the conversation Jack and Lock have about Christian in the LAX baggage complaint area.
Regarding Sayid's gunshot, when the Temple Others ask who did this, Jack takes the blame. Okay, but the real answer is Roger Linus shot Sayid 30 years in the past. And that got me to thinking:
- Sayid shoots Ben in 1977. Ben is saved by being taken to the temple, probably for the same reverse-baptismal sequence we see Sayid undergo.
- Ben twists Sayid in 2005-06 into being a shooter for him. They kill many people.
- Sayid is shot by Ben's father in 1977. Sayid is taken to the temple dying from this wound in 2007. And the endless-time-loop link of killing and being killed between the Linus-Jarrah tandem dances on into eternity. When Ben was saved in this method, Richard told Kate and Sawyer that Ben would then "always be one of us." Is that same thing true for Sayid now?
Jacob was right when he told Hurley outside of jail on the mainland in 2007 that his "curse" of being able to talk to dead people - which we had to wonder if it was real or in his head - was actually a blessing. And here we see one of Jacob's purposes for Hugo. Jacob was killed about an hour ago, and now appears to Hurley. He gives him the mission the episode centers around: get Sayid to the temple. But don't go through the front doors, go through the tunnels. Okay, not sure why that was necessary... unless it was to discover the one-armed remains of Montand, and in particular, one book he had with him...
Montand, in 1988, before Smokey got him (what? his French buddies who went down the hole after him never carried him out? What really happened down there?), was carrying a copy of Søren Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling. The title is taken from a Bible verse, Philippians 2:12, which says, "Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling." Very LOST-y. Also interesting to note that, by contrast, there is now by and large a lack of fear-driven emotions and expressions among the new-2004 815 passengers. So is this a good or a bad thing? Kierkegaard's book looks at the Abraham-sacrificing-Isaac story, one which has previously been discussed on LOST (remember Desmond's time as a monk? He and Brother Campbell discussed this). Now, check this quote from Wikipedia and see if you can ignore the LOST parallels:
"In Fear and Trembling Kierkegaard introduces the 'Knight of Faith' and contrasts him with the 'knight of infinite resignation.' The latter gives up everything in return for the infinite, that which he may receive after this life, and continuously dwells with the pain of his loss. The former, however, not only relinquishes everything, but also trusts that he will receive it all back, his trust based on the "strength of the absurd". For Kierkegaard, infinite resignation is easy, but faith is founded in the belief in the absurd. The absurd is that which is contradictory to reason itself. For Abraham, this faith in the absurd manifests itself in Abraham's belief that he would kill his only son but he would nevertheless receive him again in his lifetime."
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