*SPOILERS: All content which may be spoiling is placed below the jump.*
Well, LOST is over. Finally. I will never forget exam week at the end of freshman year, when I agreed reluctantly to watch the sixth episode of the first season when I should have been studying, and ended up watching the first two seasons in less than a week of exam cramming, sleepless watching sessions, and caffeine. It was the best reluctant decision I’ve ever made.
There have been problems with LOST, at least from the perspective of someone trying to think about sexism and so forth. The straight white men drive the primary shape of the plot. There are no gay men or lesbians, not transsexuals. The show made some great strides with presenting the perspectives of people of color, but those perspectives have often been limited by white-driven stereotypes; take, for instance, Eko the drug smuggler-turned-priest. And, as my friend Sarah has noted, women in LOST are motivated by two things: men and babies.
The rest is below.
A reading from the Gospel according to St. Luke, chapter 4, verses 24-29 (words of Christ in red):
And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country. But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; but unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian. And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, and rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.
That was in LOST last night and I am working on puzzling it through. I know they’ve probably already done everything possible on LOSTpedia but hey you know what I like to do things FOR MYSELF. You can’t tell me what I can’t do!
Also: Jacob tells Richard that he brought him here to prove Esau wrong, and that here “your past doesn’t matter.” That brings to mind something Flannery O’Connor once said: “The meaning of the redemption is precisely that you do not have to be your history.” Given the appearance of O’Connor’s Wise Blood throughout LOST, I’m sure it’s not a coincidence.
Interestingly enough, she said it in the context of responding to Betty Hester, a woman who had corresponded with O’Connor for a while and eventually admitted to being dishonorably discharged from the military for her sexual relationship with another woman. And they started up their correspondence at first because Hester wrote to O’Connor to say that she thought the main character in A Good Man is Hard to Find was God — and O’Connor’s response was that Hester should write again, because “I would like to know who this is who understands my stories.”
Curiouser and curiouser!