I love Lost. So much. The less sense it makes, the more I want to make sense of it…which explains why I am an even bigger fan of Lostpedia than I am of Lost.
The connections Lost fans forge between the show’s fictional information and our real historicity are endless and belie our need for content the experience of which starts where the ad-supported hour ends. I’ve given days to the Dada plight into meaninglessness that is Lostpedia, and for that I’m forever bound to a community of people who, undaunted by an OBVIOUS lack of TRUTH, forge connections for connections’ sake.
And so, I will arbitrarily explain the show based on Lostpedia’s A-Z delineation of recurring themes. I am going to have fun doing this, and I promise that it will not make any sense.
While hiking through the jungle, Locke told Sawyer about his missing kidney, and how, ironically, it saved his life after being shot by Ben. But Charlotte finds the skeleton of a polar bear in Tunisia. Thus, Locke told Walt that backgammon is “Two players. Two sides. One is light, one is dark.” Then Mr. Eko gives Locke a book that he found in the Arrow. When Locke opens the book, he realizes that it is the Bible and also finds that part of the center of the book has been removed. Inside this opening is a missing piece of the Swan Orientation Film. But the children kidnapped by the Others, Emma and Zach, are seen at the Hydra station under the care of Cindy. So Dave told Hurley, “Whoa, wow, awesome, dude! What numbers did you play? Leonard’s number, right — from the hospital? What a coincidence.” Then Sawyer met Jack’s father, Christian Shephard, in an Australian bar. But Kate Lied to the public along with the other Oceanic Six about what really happened on the island and during the crash. Thus, Claire has a dream about looking for her baby, encountering Locke, and finding a crib filled with blood. It’s important to note that Jack’s approach to managing survival most closely resembles that of socialism, because he believes that he alone possesses the ability to allocate the Island’s limited resources (food, water, weapons, medicine) to their best uses. His goal is to improve the welfare of the community rather than himself, such as when he instigated the move from the beach camp to the caves at the end of “White Rabbit”. By centrally deciding which resources should be used, and by whom, Jack is advocating a socialized solution to the problems of the Island. But some have suggested that the metallic geodesic dome of the Swan computer room was a Faraday cage, which would protect the electronics inside. Conceptually, a Faraday cage would suppress the transit of electric fields through a given region of space; however, this does not extend to magnetic fields. For a Faraday cage to function properly, the metal blast doors must be shut (e.g. sealing the room) to create the shielding effect. Also, Jacob’s tapestry depicts the Eye of Horus. So, Desmond tells Ms. Hawking, “I can choose whatever I want.” However, she responds by saying, “You may not like your path, Desmond, but pushing that button is the only truly great thing that you will ever do.” Then Desmond had a board with him in the hatch. But Kate angrily tells Jack, “I’m sorry that I am not as perfect as you. I’m sorry that I’m not as good.” So, Desmond took John Locke hostage at gunpoint (and Kate prisoner) as leverage when Jack entered the Swan armed. Claire, in turn, feared and despised Rousseau. Years later though, she too became a jungle woman who set deadly traps and searched for her lost baby. But Richard Alpert is the birth name of Baba Ram Dass, Hindu/New Age guru. The aum on a Thai boy’s shirt in Phuket describes an all-encompassing Hindu entity. So, Kate shot at the Man in Black for his killing of Sun, Jin, and Sayid, eventually killing him after he became mortal. Then, Locke and Boone found The Hatch in the jungle. (“Whatever the Case May Be”). Shannon became increasingly suspicious about what they were doing. Boone’s death further complicated matters. Shannon stole the key to the case of guns and nearly killed Locke—but Sayid stopped her from doing so (“The Greater Good”). But Sayid, Kate, Sawyer, Charlie, Shannon, and Boone hiked to higher elevation to send a distress signal. So, finally, The Oceanic 6 are lying to the rest of the world about the crash, the number of survivors, the Island, and probably more. (“Through the Looking Glass, Part 1”), (“The Beginning of the End”).