Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Allegory, Schmallegory...

In case you didn't know, I love Lost. This season is especially good, because 1; it's the last season so everything will be answered, and 2, it's the last season so everything will be answered.

For those not up-to-date:

SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading if you missed last night's episode...for serious.
What I have truly loved about this season is the overabundant use of allegory.


[al-uh-gawr-ee, -gohr-ee] Show IPA
a representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms; figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another.
a symbolical narrative: the allegory of Piers Plowman.
emblem (def. 3).

Last night's episode, "Dr. Linus," featured scenes with Ben Linus, the former "leader" of the Others on the island. On the island, Miles revealed to everyone that Ben was the one that killed Jacob. Llana was not very happy with him at all and planned to kill him after she made him dig his own grave. After digging a substantial sized grave, Ben is visited by Locke, who informs him that he can go with him to leave the island, however, Locke tells him that the island will still need a "watcher". Locke releases Ben from his "chains" and Ben takes off. Llana chases him and Ben runs until he finds a rifle and forces Llana to drop hers. A stand-off takes place while Llana waits for Ben to shoot her. When he doesn't, he explains why he killed Jacob in the first place. He placed the blame for Alex's death on his own shoulders after he allowed her to be shot "in the name of Jacob". He breaks down and Llana asks him why he wants to follow Locke. He replies, "because no one else will have me." Llana lets him know that she will have him...and shows him grace and mercy in the face of his sins. Nice.

In alternate (we never crashed on the island) land, Ben is a history teacher, who feels under-appreciated and is given the idea by substitute teacher, Locke, to aspire to become the principal. The current principal is unconcerned with the students and teachers and according to Alex (yes, Rousseau's Alex), he is having an affair with the school nurse. Scandal.
Ben plots to expose this and forms an alliance with the science teacher (you know, the guy from the plane who blows himself up by the Black Rock) to obtain the nurse's illicit emails.
Ben confronts the principal, Mr. Reynolds, shows him the emails, and tells him that he will resign his position and recommend Dr. Linus for the open principal position. HOWEVER, Mr. Reynolds informs Ben that Alex has asked him to write a recommendation to Yale (where Reynolds attended) and he would not write that recommendation and would personally see to it that Alex's life would be ruined. Ben chooses to be the good guy and allow Alex to go to Yale and doesn't leak the emails to the school board.

Ben chooses to be good. Yay! And he doesn't allow Locke (real or imagined) to influence him in either scenario.

On another note, Richard reveals that he was one of the passengers on the Black Rock and requests that either Jack or Hurley kill him, since he can't do it himself. Jack lights a stick of dynamite and sits in front of him. Another battle of faith has begun. Jack finally realizes that he has a greater purpose on the island and watches as the wick extinguishes itself at the very end, keeping both Richard and him alive.

And to change up the most recent thought of the day: Redemption is at the heart of what Lost is about.


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