Wednesday, June 24, 2009

LT275: Michigan Secrets


I’m thinking back to Jack being taught the “count to 5” lesson. We see Jack was upset with that but it turns out that it was pretty helpful advice. Was this an example of Jack being “stuck” and needing nudge from someone?

A few minutes later, the Apollo candy bar gets stuck in the vending machine and it to needs a nudge. SIDE NOTE: How does anyone ever die from a vending machine falling on them…I mean really?

The thing the struck me as different was that Jack took the help from Jacob without embarrassment. But getting the advice from dad was a little tough to swallow. And yet we might have a clue that Christian is actually one of the good guys – even after death.


In one of the scenes with Juliet there is a book on the coffee table. It is entitled “Mystery of Ancient America”. Ancient? Oh well. Anyway, this book has a chapter on the Michigan Tablets. This is new to me but it seemed promising.

It turns out there is a story in these tablets about two brothers, one evil and the other good. It designates positive and negative events from the Bible and shows how to distinguish between the two polar motives.

As time permits, I’ll try to learn more – especially how to identify good and evil. I’m sure there are some subtleties that make the “Lion of Judah” appear similar to the “lion who wanders to and fro seeking whom he may devour”.


I can’t get the shoes out of my head…or maybe I should say feet.

We have Sawyer stepping on darts with bare feet. We have shoes references everywhere. Then I’m thinking of the Jacob and Esau connection and am reminded that one grabbed the heel of the other during childbirth.

If you have any ideas on how shoes play into LOST, I’d love to hear them.


Anyone else think that Jack’s last name might be Bauer? I saw a photo seen below and noticed the amount of blood. This guy could work for CTU any day.

Juliet should really be dead after that fall. But will the baby survive?


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Sunday, June 21, 2009

LT274: Hearing Voices


I was reading about how Locke might be hearing voices in his head. The details are fuzzy, but something akin to getting suggestions from outside sources, not the psychotic type of voices.

In several religions it is believed that the Holy Spirit “speaks” to people through various means. The popular methods are visions, dreams, written word, and by quiet prompting. These are some of the methods that John has experienced such as his vision in the sweat lodge and his dream with Horace chopping down trees.

An interesting point of this theological theory is that there is a conflict within. The concept is that we are born with a sinful nature and once converted, we then have a second influence within our…um…let’s go with the word “soul”. This begins a life-long struggle.

Now if we apply this to LOST then could it be that John is hearing two voices? He could have one from the good side and one from the bad side. When we think back to the past seasons it does explain a lot of things on how John Locke seems to know a lot.

John’s term for the voice in his head is “the island”. We all give our gods a name and John is no different. What he fails to realize is that he is getting advice from both sides. Some of the advice is from Jacob and some is from the Dark Shirt Man. Until he figures out who is speaking when, he is going to have that lack of committed faith in knowing what to do.


I wondered then if the Whispers aren’t in some way a factor. As mentioned above we can get a lot of messages from a lot of different sources. Sometimes it is just life giving us notice. I read a book that suggested that there are a lot more angels walking around then we might think. That is sort of creepy thought that a bunch of dead people are interacting with us still, but one has to wonder.

On the island of LOST it seems like a real good possibility. And the Whispers could be another manifestation of those people who have “gone on before us”.


It seems that the idea of possession just won’t go away. We usually use that word with “demon possession” and I’m willing to go there since the Dark Shirt Man seems to be evil.

We’ve have gotten some pretty strong hints that Smokey and the minions of Bad Town can influence people. The best evidence of this being Danielle’s expedition team.

When I drift through the past seasons it becomes more and more clear that Locke doesn’t act like himself. But this quirk of behavior isn’t so much an ability of knowing it will stop raining in two minutes. No, it is more evil when you stop and think about.

For example, when playing Risk, Hurley comments on how he feels Locke is trying to get everyone to fight amongst themselves.

Another time Locke in Season 1 knocks Sayid over the head. He then convinces Sayid that it was Sawyer who did it. Further, he gives him a knife to get revenge. None of those things are very Christian-like.


I’ll wrap this by offering Star Wars as a comparable. Fans of the movie know that there is a central struggle of giving into the dark side or serving the good side. This is a common theme in nearly everything. As the Bible says it, “No man can serve two masters, for he will love the one and hate the other.”

We aren’t getting references to Star Wars just because the writers are fans. We are getting the references because John Locke is our Aniken. And our little Ani is spiritually growing up.

Hey, isn’t Ani sort of like Annie…where have I heard that name before? Hmmm…


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