Analysis: Lost in My Thoughts: A Lost Dissertation – Season 4

Plot: The Freighter people arrive, the survivors break off into two groups: Locke’s and Jack’s, we see more flashforwards and Jin seems to be dead, we get Desmond and his constant, in the end, Locke via Ben moves the Island

Themes
The Enemy of My Enemy is My Enemy – Even with the arrival of the Freighter Folk and their apparent malice, or at least disregard, towards the survivors, the survivors don’t band together with The Others to fight them off. In fact, the survivors break apart and start to ignore what the other is doing. While Locke’s group and Jack’s group never fight each other, they are at odds. Hasty allegiances are made between Jack’s group and the Freighter Folk that is broken off and reformed. Allegiances are made between Locke’s group and Ben (much to the chagrin of everyone except Locke) and then The Others. There is an ever shifting war going on, with no clear help coming from friends or common foes alike.

The Surface is Just a Façade – Like the flashbacks and how they deepened the characters and showed that how these characters are presenting themselves is not their actual selves, we see in Season 4 a lot of misdirectional characteristics. The Freighter Folk (being Daniel, Charlotte, Miles, and Frank) appear menacing at first, but quickly integrate with the survivors and try to seek their own truths. You get Charlotte being shot by Ben in the first episodes, but her surviving due to a previously unseen bulletproof vest, which is just beneath the “surface” of her clothes. You have Michael returning to the Island under an assumed name. When Alex is shot by Keamy, Ben’s manipulator persona drops away and we see the wounded man he really is. The whole Oceanic 6 plotline in the flashforwards, where Jack, Hurley, Sayid, Kate, and Sun have to lie about what happened to Oceanic 815, while struggling away from the public eye in reconciling their cover story with the real story. There are a lot of opposing forces and false faces in these characters in Season 4.

The Constant – As seen in what some call the best episode of Lost, “The Constant,” we learn that in the Lost universe, there can be one person who grounds you or, as we see in the series finale, “The End,” holds the one truth. This message puts a huge emphasis on the characters in a season where time travel is first truly introduced, you have a moving cabin, and, at the end, the Island moves. Lost is saying it doesn’t matter what craziness happens, all that matters is who you are with. They will save you and you will save them. As Christian said in the series finale, all the characters in Lost needed each other. The Constant is a specific instance of that theme.

Giving Oneself Over to A Higher Authority – Ben and Locke take direction from “Jacob,” the Island god. They don’t really think for themselves, just follow orders. Similarly, Ben and Widmore have a set of “rules” they must follow. We aren’t clued in to who made these rules (see Mysteries), but again, it is a notion of subscribing to something that you have to follow and you have no input into. Ben calls upon the “warth of god,” the Smoke Monster, to do his dirty work in dispatching the mercenaries. You also get the Freighter Folk seemingly “following orders” of Widmore, both the Faraday group who slowly come to accept the survivors, and the Keamy crew who mercilessly kill innocents.

Mysteries
How the Island Moved – Unknown other than it tapped into the “Heart” of the Island (the glowing cave). Since the “Heart” of the Island is just a form of electromagnetism, which is why Desmond was needed, the Island may not have actually moved, but rather be made invisible. Then certain individuals on the Island, the survivors, traveled through time while the Island remained hidden in the present.

Why Locke, Not Ben, Had To Turn The Wheel – The Smoke Monster, as Christian, told Locke to turn the wheel so Locke can leave the Island. Locke leaving the Island would accomplish two things for Smokey: possibly have Locke never to return and not be a Candidate and make it easier for John to die (he was too in control on the Island) eliminating him from the Candidates list so Smokey can then have access to Locke’s body and assume his identity more easily when the O6 return.

Why did it Seem like the Island wanted the Oceanic 6 to Leave? – We saw the ghost of Christian thank Michael for preventing the Freighter from blowing up and allowing the helicopter with the Oceanic 6 to leave. I think Smokey was goading the departure of the O6 (who all turned out to be the final candidates) so that he can “win” this round with Jacob. It also explains why Christiangeist wanted the Island to be moved: he didn’t want the O6 to easily return and pick up the game where they left off.

We also saw other aspects of the Island, via visions, urge the O6 to come back: Hurley saw Charlie (who told him he had to go back and save the other people), Jack saw Christian (who may or may not have been Smokey. Jack was going crazy at this time), Kate received two conflicting visions: one where Sawyer called her on the phone, talked backwards about her returning and one where Claire appeared and told her not to bring back Aaron. The Island, maybe Jacob, seemed to be pulling them back.

Claire – So why did Claire disappear into the jungle? She was led astray by the Smoke Monster, via Christiangeist.. For what purpose? Perhaps he knew he could easily use her as a pawn in his fight against The Others and as a backup plan for manipulation if the O6 returned.

Michael – He could not kill himself and Tom Friendly (the Other who took Walt) said it was because the Island was not through with him yet. We learn in Season 6 candidates cannot kill themselves, so perhaps his suicide prevention was due to his candidacy at one time.

The “Rules” – After the death of Alex, Ben says Widmore changed the rules. What rules? It seemed liked Ben and Widmore could not kill each other or each other’s family. That seems like shades of the strife between Jacob and MiB. Jacob and MiB could not directly kill each other. Perhaps like my earlier thoughts on why The Others dressed shoddily, in honor of Jacob, the leaders of The Others (Widmore and Ben) honored the “no killing” aspect of Jacob/MiB relationship.

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One Response to “Analysis: Lost in My Thoughts: A Lost Dissertation – Season 4”

  1. Analysis: Lost in My Thoughts: A Lost Dissertation – Season 4 (via Creative Bender) | Life After LOST Says:

    […] Plot: The Freighter people arrive, the survivors break off into two groups: Locke’s and Jack’s, we see more flashforwards and Jin seems to be dead, we get Desmond and his constant, in the end, Locke via Ben moves the Island Themes The Enemy of My Enemy is My Enemy – Even with the arrival of the Freighter Folk and their apparent malice, or at least disregard, towards the survivors, the survivors don’t band together with The Others to fight them of … Read More […]

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