Analysis: Lost in My Thoughts: A Lost Dissertation – Season 3

Plot: Sawyer, Kate, and Jack are kept on Hydra Island, Eko dies, Jack forms a temporary alliance with Ben and Juliet, Juliet is “Left Behind” to infiltrate the survivors to bring back pregnant women (including Sun), but double crosses Ben, we find out how Locke got paralyzed and that is his father is the real Sawyer, Charlie fulfills his fate and dies, and, at the end, the survivors are rescued…maybe

Themes
Who is Your Enemy? – As we start to see how The Others really live, how they have their own little community, we are challenged to reconcile this with their murderous ways. But are they really murderous? Ben points out that the survivors have killed more people than The Others. Jack is willing to negotiate his release and helps Ben with his tumor, upsetting Kate. As we see more of the Others, they seem more human and caught, somewhat, in the same orbit around the Island as the survivors are. However, this is all against the backdrop of Ben manipulating everyone and trying to raid the survivors’ camp to get the pregnant women.

This theme is further expanded upon in Season 4 with the arrival of the Freighter and Keamy’s mercenaries. In that season, the survivors and The Others are forced to team up against the new outside threat.

Confronting Death – This is obviously epitomized in Charlie’s struggle to stay alive, despite Desmond’s visions. Charlie goes through the stages of grief for his own death. At first he is in denial, then shock, then anger, and so on, until he accepts he will die and chooses to do so in a manner that saves Claire (he thinks). On the other side, we have Eko, who is confronted by his dead brother (Smoke Monster) and does not repent for his misdeeds in the past. Rather than back down in the face of certain doom, Eko is strident and he pays the ultimate price for that.

The Ever Changing Future – Desmond and his visions of Charlie’s death, along with his visions of Penny coming to the Island, never quite come true as he sees them. An interesting microcosm of the fate vs. free will dynamic of the show, Desmond both sees “fate” (the future) but is allowed to change it (“free will”). The role of future events on the present plays out in the season finale and next season with the inclusion of flashforwards.

Who is in Power/Control is Liquid – The survivors go from looking to Jack to lead, to Locke taking over briefly, to Sawyer (via Hurley) stepping up. Then, with The Others, they go from Ben being their leader to jonesing for some Locke action. Even Jack seems to briefly hold some respect with The Others. Especially with Ben, who only really has his power, do these situations cause strife and show the foolishness in believing that who is in charge is above reproach.

Mysteries
Jacob’s Cabin – A big unanswered question that requires some critical thinking. Ben told Locke (and us, the audience) that this is where he went to converse with Jacob. However, we see later that Jacob lives in the foot of the statue. We also see a circle of ash around the cabin, broken in one part. Ash is used to keep Smokey at bay. Ilana and her troupe of Jacob followers go to the cabin first when they arrive on the Island. Christiangeist (the ghost of Christian) appears there and tells Locke to move the Island. So who is actually in the cabin? I believe the Man in Black was trapped there for a while, but some time before Oceanic 815 crashed on the Island, he escaped. Ben took Locke there because he knew nobody would be there (or thought Jacob actually lived there. Ben did state he never actually saw Jacob until he killed him in the Foot. Also, he realizes in Season 6 that he had been doing the bidding of Smokey for a while). If the Foot was Jacob’s domain, then the cabin was Man in Black’s.

Richard Alpert – First seen recruiting Juliet in Miami, we later see him, with the same appearance, talking to a young Ben. He does not age at all. We learn that he was a slave on the Black Rock, after trying to save his wife and accidentally killing a doctor. He doesn’t age after he joins Jacob against Man in Black, as he asks for time to repent for his misdeed. In the finale though, with Jacob dead, he does start to age.

Interestingly, when he talks to young Ben in this season, when Ben tells him he sees his dead mom, Richard asks if his mom died on the Island. In Season 5, we see the Others have a thing about dead bodies and burying them. Here are the first clues that the Others are aware of how Smokey can take the form of dead people. Even Richard saw it in action, when Smokey appeared to him as his wife, Isabella.

Ben’s “Magic Box” – Ben tells Locke that there is a “magic box” on the Island that can fulfill your desires. You think of something and it becomes true. To prove this point, Ben reveals that Anthony Cooper is being kept by the Others. You have take everything Ben says with a grain of salt. As epitomized in him assuming the name “Henry Gale” to his first centric episode being titled “The Man Behind the Curtain,” Ben is Lost’s evil version of the Wizard from The Wizard of Oz. Everything he does is smoke and mirrors. Ben may have simply kept Anthony Cooper as an ace-in-the-hole to play against Locke (AC was probably the easiest of Lost’s many dysfunctional parental figures to kidnap. He was alive and not sick (see: Kate’s Mom, Sawyer’s parents, etc.)) or perhaps he used the Lighthouse to locate Mr. Cooper. But there is no place on the Island that can make your thoughts come true.

Room 23 – The room where Karl was being brainwashed. It is also where The Others kept Walt after they kidnapped him. It may have been where Cindy (the flight attendant) was taken after she was kidnapped and that is why she bought into The Others so wholeheartedly. Interestingly, when the brainwash video is played in reverse, a voice says “Only fools are enslaved by time and space.” First plant of the idea of time travel? Probably not used by Dharma for brainwashing, since it was part of the zoological station.

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  1. Analysis: Lost in My Thoughts: A Lost Dissertation – Season 3 (via Creative Bender) | Life After LOST Says:

    […] Plot: Sawyer, Kate, and Jack are kept on Hydra Island, Eko dies, Jack forms a temporary alliance with Ben and Juliet, Juliet is “Left Behind” to infiltrate the survivors to bring back pregnant women (including Sun), but double crosses Ben, we find out how Locke got paralyzed and that is his father is the real Sawyer, Charlie fulfills his fate and dies, and, at the end, the survivors are rescued…maybe Themes Who is Your Enemy? – As we start to s … Read More […]

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