LOST 6.16: "Christian Shephard? Seriously?" Seriously
- Tuesday, May 25, 2010
The fact Little Charlie isn't there - this would indicate to me that in death he had his own group of "people most important to you" to be with. Did Aaron and Ji Yeon not have the same? Or for them was this always their parents - the ones that Ji Yeon never got to know and perhaps wants to meet, and for Aaron, the two special mommies he had that loved him like no one else (Kate and Claire)? That's the best I can figure.
Before we get to the remaining questions, let's take one last walk around the block with the events of "The End" that we haven't covered yet…
That opening shot of Christian's casket being unloaded at LAX - that was an interesting choice. To me it symbolized the Death theme, and the way it was shot and the music seemed to say there was nothing to fear here. I did find it odd, though, that Desmond was the one to call Jack about the arrival of the casket. Why not someone who truly was an Oceanic rep? I think, basically, Desmond just knew. He's been doing a lot of stuff behind the scenes (obviously at some point he or Hurley went and "awakened" Boone, for instance, and told him to get Shannon out of
I loved re-visiting some of our old locales like the Dharma lamppost church, and the Flightline motel.
More about Faith - looking back over the series, the idea of tests and faith have been replayed over and over. Earlier this season we found Montand's remains with the book Fear and Trembling (based off the Bible verse "continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling" - very much echoing what the Losties had to face), and in which the author Soren Kierkegaard sets up a scene where he defends Abraham for being willing to trust God in sacrificing Isaac. This Abraham story was also part of Desmond's faith journey during his monkhood days, when the monastery's label was "Moriah Vineyards," Moriah being the mountain where the Abraham story took place. Des had the following conversation at that time with Brother Campbell: He comments that it's a strange choice, given how "depressing" a story it is that Abraham was asked to sacrifice Isaac at
Bro. C: And yet God spared Isaac.
Des: Well, one might argue that God need not have asked Abraham to sacrifice his son in the first place.
Bro. C: Then it wouldn't have been much of a test, would it, brother? Perhaps you underestimate the value of sacrifice.
Not anymore he doesn't. He was ready to make the sacrifice Widmore told him he would. And in death, Desmond goes on to prophet like status as the one who - given an idea by Daniel Widmore that "this was not our life" followed by having visions of having known Penny previously - becomes "something like" a priest to guide and prod everyone in the right direction. And yet… some people still don't quite understand what he was doing. Just last night I was asked, "But I still don't get why Desmond tried to kill Locke." Kill him? Didn't you hear him explain to Ben that he was never trying to do that, only get him to let go, to understand he was already dead, to move on?
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