Mar 31 2010

Season 6 Part 2 – Fate, Science, and Charles Widmore’s Hubris in Lost


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Charles Widmore is a key player in Lost. He’s powerful and he’s desperate. His methods are ruthless. There are more questions than answers about him right now. Today’s episode revealed that he’s opposing Smokey. He doesn’t seem to be on Jacob’s side but we know he’s not on Smokey’s either.

If Jacob represents the supernatural and advocates choices, I think Charles  falls into the area of reason and, like Smokey,  fate. Charles looks for causes and for factors he can control and tries to capitalize on those. Both agree that Smokey is evil but employ different methods in fighting him.

This chronology of events reveals Charles as ruthless, uncompromising, deceitful, and controlling. His hubris and arrogance seems to extend into the lives of everyone involved. He seems to feel that reaching into other’s lives, even killing some people, is justified in order to accomplish his objective. If all hell is about to unleashed, if human life is about to be extinguished, does what’s at stake justify his methods? Continue reading

May 28 2009

The Themes of Pride and Wonder in Angels and Demons


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Had Angels and Demons been about a couple of likable characters running all over Rome trying to prevent the murder of some Cardinals it would have been enjoyable. It was a good mystery with some great action and nice plot twists. Two other elements fascinated me as well: the tension between science and religion and the “God Particle.”

The hubris of both religion and science were touched upon. In this corner we have the Catholic church with a history including the (fictional) public murder of the Illuminati for “a warning to others to stop questioning church ruling on scientific matters.” And in this corner we have the 21st century scientific community who push the envelope by creating a large amount of dangerous anti-matter in hopes of solving the energy crisis and, oh by the way, simulating the moment of creation. While much of the movie dwelt on the moral compromises of the church bent to suppressing science,  the Carmerlengo delivers a compelling soliloquy on the hubris of science and the motive of the church to protect faith. His insanity does not negate some of his points. Continue reading