Monday, May 24, 2010
"The End" of Lost
The only way that I can process all of this is to assume that the whole six years took place in a dream or on another plane of existence. With that perspective, the mythology, struggles, deaths, relationships, deceptions, and victories were all part of the main characters’ finding redemption or, as the scripture says, “working out their own salvation with fear and trembling.” This suggests that the Island is, indeed, a sort of purgatory where people have a second chance to redeem themselves rather than Hell as Richard Alpert suggested at one point. Where this leaves characters like Ben, Juliet, and Penny who were not part of the original Oceanic flight is a gap in my theory.
For people of faith, Cuse and Lindelof give a nod to religion in the stained glass window at the “church” that provides the backdrop for the scene where Jack encounters his deceased father (“Christian Shephard”). The window seems to have the symbols of most of the major world religions. I suppose that the show runners are pointing out that the situation that the plane crash “survivors” find themselves in is common to people of every time and nation—how can we deal with sin and loss?
Although Lost points out quite clearly that we are all sinners in need of forgiveness, their answer is a salvation without Christ. They do, indeed, redeem themselves. Redemption seems to depend on making right choices (even in a fantasy world) or finding the right mate!
The plotting may be flawed but the characters were powerful. Lost was six seasons of memorable television. I doubt we will see anything like it again.