Mar 25 2010

Lost Hell, Good, Evil, Book of Job, Seven Deadly Sins and More… Part 1 as Season 6 Progresses

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(Other Sinema7 blog posts about Lost are available at http://sinema7.net/tag/lost/)

The Smoke Monster, the Man in Black, and Fake Locke are, we now know, all the same and I will call that being, Smokey. The conversation between Jacob and Smokey (Man in Black currently inhabiting Locke’s body) is reminiscent to the conversation between God and Satan at the beginning of the biblical Book of Job. There seems to be a long history between the two. Jacob describes Smokey to Hurley as “an old friend who became tired of my company.”  In Jacob and Smokey there seems to be a representation of good and evil.

Jacob keeps bringing people to the Island to prove that humans are not innately corruptible.  Smokey works to prove him wrong.  Jacob tells Richard that he doesn’t help the people he brings to the island because he wants them to do the right thing without being told what it is.  In his conversation with Hurley in the cab he emphasizes that returning to the Island is a choice.

According to Smokey, Jacob is the protector of the Island. Smokey seems to be trying to escape the Island but Jacob seems to have been able to come and go. He visits various Flight 815 survivors prior to their arrival. We now know that these people are candidates to replace Jacob. In earlier episodes we are led to believe that Jacob speaks only through Ben but later we find out that Ben has never seen Jacob, but Richard has. We don’t actually see Jacob until the final episode of season 5. Some of the things the Others claim he directed them to do caused me to spend at least 5 seasons thinking the Others are the bad guys and that Jacob might be a force for evil. As the story unfolds we find out Jacob is Smokey’s adversary. Continue reading


Feb 1 2010

Lost TV Characters and the Seven Deadly Sins—Will Season 6 Change How We See Them?

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(Other Sinema7 blog posts about Lost are available at http://sinema7.net/tag/lost/)

Lost starts Tuesday. Hopefully some of the questions that have built up over the last five years will be resolved. I recently came across this article from 2008: Get Lost in the Seven Deadly Sins by Amelie Rosseau, on the Lost Media fan site.

And here is a YouTube video called The Seven Deadly Sins of Lost:

I agreed with many of the assessments in these. I think each of the characters, like most of us, have more than one sin that motivates his or her choices. Here is my take on which characters seem to be driven by which sins:

Pride – Benjamin Linus &  Charles Whitmore are in a power struggle for the island. Pride is probably the besetting sin of leadership and power. When someone thinks they know what’s best for other people and is willing to lie, manipulate, and maybe even kill to further his own agenda that’s driven by pride. Jack is prideful, but not even close to being in Ben and Charles’ league. After years of feeling rejected and victimized Locke’s ego has to be stroked by feeling special and chosen. Juliet is just a bit sanctimonious about being right, and she’s pretty sure that she’s right on just about everything. It is ultimately Eko’s pride that drives his unwillingness to repent of his sins which apparently leads to death by smoke monster.

Envy – Jin’s insecurity pushes him toward envy. Charlie struggles with the same sort of thing. He’s jealous for Claire’s attention. He’s trying so hard to restore his image and wants so desperately to be a hero that he tags along with those that might be considered leaders hoping to be identified with them. Continue reading