Lost – ‘Lighthouse’

I’m not going to even try to summarize Lost up to this point for the uninitiated. If you’ve been addicted to Lost for the past 5 years, like much of America, then you know. If you haven’t watched Lost, then 1) there’s no possible way I could summarize quickly, and 2) you’re probably pretty annoyed with the Lost fans that you do know.

What I will try to do occasionally here at PoG is sift through some of the major themes, ideas, and happenings that have some bearing on the pursuit of God. In fact, what I’ll do is focus on only one or two things, since there are usually many in each episode of Lost.

Season 6, Episode 5 – ‘Lighthouse’

From a faith/pursuit of God perspective, the huge standout in this episode was the exploration of Jack’s relationship with his son, David in timeline B. (For clarity’s sake, “timeline A” refers to the original timeline that exists in 2007 with the main characters on the island, and “timeline B” refers to the “flash-sideways” timeline in 2004 where the plane crash never happened). Through conversations between Jack and his mother, we learn that even in timeline B Jack had a terrible relationship with his father. Further, it appears that Jack is headed towards the same type of relationship with his son.

In what I feel is one of two pivotal scenes, Jack is complaining to his mother that David doesn’t communicate well with him. Jack’s mother recalls that he never talked much with his father and Jack replies, “That’s because I was terrified of him.” Her response is (lovingly) cutting – “How do you know David isn’t terrified of you?”

In the other pivotal scene towards the end of the show, Jack shows up at David’s piano conservatory audition. Afterwards David admits that he didn’t tell Jack about the audition (and, in fact, had asked his mother not to tell Jack that he was still playing piano) because he didn’t want Jack to see him fail. Jack tells him that, when he was David’s age, his father told him that he “didn’t have what it takes,” and that he had carried that around with him his whole life. Then he tells him that he doesn’t ever want David to feel that way, that in his eyes David could never be a failure.

It was such a powerful storyline, such a great story of breaking the cycle of bad parenting. Jack and David’s mom are divorced, and earlier in the show, David had remarked that he only even saw Jack once a month. David was distant, disobedient, and shut-down towards Jack. The power of what happened in this episode is that Jack took a genuine interest in David and his interests, showed genuine concern, genuine effort, genuine honesty and transparency, and as a result they took their first steps towards mending their relationship.

The lesson in there is that, whether the relationship is friend-friend, parent-child, mentor-mentored, student-teacher, etc., the truly important things in life are relationships with people. Jack was a workaholic who was missing out on his son’s life. In what may be the most emotional line of this whole story arc, Jack tells David simply, “I just want to be part of your life.”

God created us to live in relationship with him and with each other. Take a lesson from Lost, and repair the relationships in your life that need repairing.

Now that the meaty stuff is out of the way, here comes the nitty-gritty…

The Lighthouse – We got another clue as to what the mysterious numbers (4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42) are all about. Apparently, they are compass bearings. Jacob told Hurley to turn the mirror to 108 degrees “to help someone get here”. Next to 108 degrees on the mirror-thing was the name ‘Wallace’, but it was already crossed out. Is someone else coming other than ‘Wallace’, or was ‘Wallace’ crossed out in error?

Also (I thought this was interesting) the name next to 101 degrees on the mirror-thing was ‘Faraday’. Also crossed out…

Claire – She seems about as deranged as Rousseau ever did… Very interesting that her ‘friend’ turned out to be Smokey (as I’ve taken to calling the Man in Black). Clearly Sawyer is not his first ‘recruit’.

Sawyer – This goes back to last episode, but I’m completely unconvinced that Sawyer is actually following Smokey. He’s a con man, and a darn good one. I think he’s running a long-con on Smokey, or trying to.

What are your theories? Also, if you’re interested in more discussion, check out two other conversations that I’m a part of or following at Bryan Allain’s blog, and Christ and Pop Culture.

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