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john [locke] 3:16

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on February 24, 2009 by eyeoftheisland

oh man episode 316 was biblical. no, i mean it. it was very bible-like.

(although it was also biblical as in “epic” , “monumental”, “bodacious” etc. but let’s focus, shall we?)

as you smarty-pantses out there have probably already surmised, “316” is not only the number of the flight  that eloise “time-travelling badass” hawking instructs the o6 to go on. it is also the the chapter and verse of what is one of the the most widely known passages of the bible. 316 comes from chapter 3 of the gospel of john, who is known for being the most divine-minded of the evangelists (thanks, sister alice! you once threatened that i would “fail religion” if i didn’t do my homework. but clearly something from your 9th grade new testament class stuck).

in chapter three, jesus is talking with nicodemus, who is convinced of jesus’ divinity by virtue of the miracles he has perfomed. but it’s that tricky “born again” thing that’s got nicodemus a little twisted:

“How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

born again as an adult, eh (coughlockecough)? a spirit you can hear but do not know from whence it comes or goes (coughsmokeycough)? INTERESTING THOUGHTS, NICKY D! [i also like the thought of the “new life” as a spirit; if john returns to the island and is somehow resurrected, he will no longer be locke of the flesh, but locke of the spirit a la christian shepherd. notice how christian can be seen and heard but is not tangible. he cannot help john up. he is the daddy issue ethereal– “born of Spirit”].

but the title verse, 3:16, reads as follows:

john 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

this phrase has oft been called the “Gospel in  a nutshell”: christinanity simplified. the cornerstone of the faith. the new testament itself is like one big father-son tale: father has dreams for his son; son is sent to father’s old stomping grounds to bring renown to the family name; son suffers for what pops teaches him is the greater good. but if there is some island god (the island  itself? jacob?) then who is his son (ben? locke? widmore?)? how is he being given? is there a promise of eternal life (richard alpert?)? does becoming a man of faith guarantee eternal life?

john 3:16 is also ubiquitous in pop culture, most notably making appearances on neon posterboards at sporting events. (remember stone cold steve austin’s “austin 3:16”? how i retained that piece of information at all is a mystery to me). the “john 3:16” sign, if i call correctly, is often associated with a last ditch effort; a half-court shot; a hail mary pass. you could say that the oceanic 6’s flight on ajira airways was one of these: a last minute shot in the dark at getting back to the island.

a final biblical note:  i just wrote out a long, convoluted comparison between john/jesus and ben/judas. but it’s a mess of ideas without much cohesion**. so suffice to say that ben may be well aware that he must play the role of master betrayer in order to save the island. that he must doest, he must doest quickly.

(although notice the reversal: john, like judas, hangs himself. who is the martyr, who is the mastermind? i guess we’ll have to see what happens in “the life and death of jeremy bentham” aka “the new testament of john locke.”)

**if you really want to read the crazy judas thing, shoot me an e-mail.


benjamin linus, extra pulp

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 20, 2009 by eyeoftheisland

no one else seemed to care about ben’s blooded visage. but i sure do!


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 19, 2009 by eyeoftheisland

last week i observed that lost seemed to be working through some season 1 motifs in order to point us to this season’s larger themes.

but now, with 316, not only is lost echoing these moments but REPEATING THEM. we are now seeing a literal replay of events that have already occurred; except this time, the whole shebag has been recasted. it’s LOST: the remix.

i nearly had a heart attack when this was the first image of the episode:

for a moment i thought: is this the pilot again? no it wasn’t.

BUUUUUT — YES IT WAS! to bring daniel’s “skipping record of time” analogy in slightly more modern terms, it was like the cassette tape had been forwarded so much that it skipped right back to the beginning. the show opens; jack’s eye opens; the mystery of “where are we?” begins.

(notice also that some of the scenes here looked almost exactly the same: e.g. jack drinking at the bar in “316” vs. jack drinking at the bar in “exodus.”)

but this time around, things aren’t so cheery. i felt like there was a certain heaviess about this episode. there is something cruelly absurd and dark about these characters having to go through a reenactment of the traumatic experience. when kate said, “we may all be here, but we’re not together” i got a chill. it was like an inverse of jack’s repeated mantra “live together, die alone.” the bonds that made these characters find the will to survive have been completely corroded. the oceanic 6 are now just bare bones, shells of their former selves, going back to the island willingly but not happily.

perplexing, of course, is the notion that they have to go through this weird play-act in the first place. if the island is visible for a moment, why not sail there? take a ferry to the island? take a private jet? why ajira airways? why go through the trouble of a commercial airliner that will attract attention? although 316 seems to be suggesting to us that the plane itself may not have crashed, i’m not totally sold on this whole “proxy” business.

but, putting that whole doubt thing aside (after all, st. thomas could never live his down), if by flying on this ajira flight, the O6 are recreating the original oceanic crash, who is standing in proxy for whom? what role are they playing in the remix?

buzz from the boards on this subject:

— locke is playing the role of christian shepherd: brought to the island in a box and, apparently, not staying there for long.

— sayid seems to be taking on kate’s position as a prisoner being escorted by a marshall. (notice the male:female ratio stays the same)

— hurley may be channeling his good dead pal charlie with the guitar case (although what is in said case is yet to be seen. nontheless, my money’s on the idea that the deceased driveshafter is the one who tipped hurley off about the plane).

— ben, then, usurps hurley’s role by barely making it on the plane.

— sun becomes rose, who clutches her husband’s wedding ring during the flight.

— kate… well, perhaps she has taken over claire’s role as the pregnant woman. after all, her creepy catatonic-at-one-moment-needing-to-jump-jack’s-bones-at-another episode did lead to those two gettin it on. baby aaron may be MIA, but kate may have her own bun in the oven to deal with.

— which leaves jack, who is… is… well that one is up for debate. he could be john locke, a man of faith. he could be sawyer, carrying a loaded letter. or maybe he is the constant. jack shepherd remains the same. even in the remix, he wakes up exactly where he was last time and starts the journey all over again.

gone baby gone

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on February 18, 2009 by eyeoftheisland

so i almost peed my pants i am so excited for tonight’s episode. the two sneak peeks are embedded below. it’s, like, scary good.

ALSO: the next two episodes, “316” (perhaps faraday’s bearing?) and “the life and death of jeremy bentham” are written by producers damon lindelof and carlton cuse themselves. prepare for awesomeness to take flight. hopefully it’s not flying oceanic. 😀