Tuesday, August 26, 2008

LT122: Maybe I'm Just Like My Father


LOST has made it clear long ago that family ties and daddy issues were a theme throughout the show. Someone has proposed that we are examining the sins of the father…in one example, John Locke. The sin in his and most examples is killing someone. John broke the family tradition by not killing daddy – Cooper.

Once could easily wonder how be an accomplice breaks a cycle of sin, but maybe it is the specific sin of murder that needed to stop. Although tempted by the riddles of Benjamin Linus, John did not give into the temptation.

The Bible tells that God will visit the iniquity of your fathers to the FOURTH generation.

Notice that Ben wanted the killing of Cooper to happen with a knife. This might explain why Richard Alpert was so upset that John picked the knife out of the selection offered as young child.

Let’s not forgot the literary references to Brothers Karamazov which deals with sons taking out revenge on their abusive father. Ben was first given that book to read when he was using the alias “Henry Gale”. My we have come a long way!


Sort of on a depressing thread, but an interesting question popped up recently, “Did Ben kill his father for himself or someone else?”

My first thought was that Ben knew of these time loops and course corrections and was doing his part. Not liking his father made the task easier, but it seems as if he did it for a higher purpose…like Jacob.

Has Richard just used Ben to accomplish his own agenda? Who was the person who handed John Locke the folder with all the historical information of James? It was Richard.

The difficulty is determining if Richard was testing people or prodding them? And this then makes me think of the talking ghosts we have seen (Walt, Goodwin’s wife, Christian, Charlie, Claire, etc). Which side are these manifestations on?


Matthew Fox signed a deal that sends his pay to $225,000 per episode. That’s a 50% raise for anyone who is counting. The 42-year old is now sitting on an island of cash!


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