Wednesday, August 13, 2008

LT118: I'm A Soul Man


Did you notice the Orchid logo changed from pre-jump to post-jump on Ben’s jacket?

And the Octagon Recruiting logo changed.

As did Desmond and Penny’s photograph.

And Seth’s ring, Jack’s scar and tattoos, pictures on wall in the Miles’ ghost buster house, etc.

Wouldn’t it be neat if Season 6 was a summary of all the important parts of the first five seasons, except in proper chronological order? Something tells me we are seeing things out of proper order…each week is another loop maybe over the same period of time.


What if you learned you were dead. Right now, dead. You always have been as far as your memory is concerned. Think of the movie “Ghost”.

Not dead in the typical sense, but dead as far as your soul is concerned because you have none. Some feel that what separates from the animals is that we have a soul. But what if you didn’t have a soul when you were born? You’d be dead your whole life.

Imagine how someone would change their behavior if the consequences of their behavior had no bearing on an afterlife. Especially if you REALIZED you were dead in a spiritual sense.

It is clear that LOST has made several references to religion and the Bible. There is an interesting couple of versus about the angels of heaven having children with the human women. My only points being a) did those children have souls and b) if the Bible can suggest the story line of hybrid offspring, so can LOST.

How are children born without souls? Because “dead” people have babies. The angels are thought to have no soul, no free will per se, no future consequence for their actions. It is possible they had children without souls in Biblical times and this family tree has ended up on the Island of Misfits. This means Christian had no soul and thus neither does Jack, or Kate, or Hurley and so on. Fate gathered this family tree onto Flight 815.

The point of faith versus science really boils down to: have you realized you are dead yet, Jack? I think Jack learns that in the flash forwards. Kate fights the truth.

And there have really been plenty of hints towards this as evidenced next.

The judge of the Others, Isabel, sees Jack’s tattoos and says they read, “He walks amongst us, but he is not one of us.” Ah…the living dead.

Jack then tries to justify the words by saying, “That’s what they say. It’s not what they mean.” Jack may already sense he is dead, but just can’t bring himself to admit it. For the curse of being soul-dead is that his children will also be born without souls.


“See you in another life, brotha.”

How many people have uttered this phrase? Desmond. Jack. Dave before jumping off the cliff.


Carlton Cruse has said that “dead” is a relative term on the show.


Sayid’s letter to Nadia reads, “You’ll find me in the next life, if not this one.”


Jack tells Kate, “I don't want to know. It doesn't matter, Kate, who we were - what we did before this, before the crash. It doesn't really…three days ago we all died. We should all be able to start over.”


Desmond says he was a doctor “in another life”. We’ve seen his past and I didn’t notice medical school in there.


People who have no soul can’t die the traditional way. Michael’s gun won’t work.


Some suggest that the survivors were “normal” but died in real life and are just stuck between the flesh and the spirit. For example, the horse that Kate and Sawyer sees was the spirit coming to the island (called Abraham’s Bosom in the Bible) to deal with death. Last we saw that pony it was causing a car wreck.


But we need to answer WHY the island wants the undead to be there. Some suggest it is to trap Smokey. While the Ancients or the Island or Jacob (pick a name) have got the island to time-hop finally, it now needs to deal with Smokey. Most think Abaddon is Smokey and they must trap it in some way.


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