So I was so gobsmacked that my blog had had more than 1500 hits (and more than 60 comments) in 24 hours, I pretty much forgot to post about LOST. (And the numbers on that post keep going up. Wonder if any of them will come back. Thanks, WordPress, for painting a big red bullseye on my blog.)
And yet another amazing, amazing episode. The Story of Richard, wherein we dive further into the mystery of the Island, and of its two longest running residents, Jacob and MIB. (Can’t call him Not Locke in this one, because he didn’t have Locke’s form. for the most part.) (Speaking of forms MiB’s is very pleasing to my eye.)
The religious symbolism and allegory continue to deepen. Richard is reading Luke 4 in his cell when the priest comes in. Dan and I promptly dived for our Bible. Luke 4 is about Christ’s temptation in the desert, and the beginning of his public ministry.
Can I take an aside here to point out the timeliness of this plot line? First: It’s Lent, and Lent is kicked off with Luke 4 (in the Catholic church, anyway). Wherein Jesus goes into the desert to be tempted by the devil. We see temptation all over Lost this season too. Usually in the form of the MiB/Not Locke asking, “What do you want?” or commenting about people he’s lost and crazy moms.
He has a persuasive nature, our MiB. Tell him what you want, the premise being that he can get it for you. Although, we never actually hear him say that. Sayid says that he’ll never see the only thing he’s ever cared for (Nadia); Not Locke says, “What if you could?” He never explicitly tells Sawyer he’s taking people off the Island; MiB just says he’s going.
The other timely issue: the availability of health care. We see Ricardus riding through the pouring rain to the doctor’s house, a half-day’s journey away. Ricardus is treated with scorn, told the doctor’s not going anywhere, and told he doesn’t have enough money for medicine. I wonder how much starker this timeline would have seemed if that law hadn’t passed Sunday night. (Okay, I’m done. Really.)
There is no denying that this episode was steeped in Christian symbolism: baptism, wine, the afterlife. It makes me wonder even more if MiB is Esau to Jacob’s Jacob — maybe not literally (or, as it was put in an e-mail to me yesterday, “Yeah, I’m Jacob… from the Bible!”). Another compelling mythology of the Island can be based in Egyptian lore (shout out to Chris-friend-of-Brandon for the link).
[This post has been interrupted by upkeep on the insanity in the number of comments on my Tuesday post. I finally closed comments. Peeps, I'm not the problem, okay? Go rally and rage elsewhere. Thank you.]
[Additionally, I haven't gotten a full 8 hours of sleep... since I don't remember when. Saturday night maybe — more than 5 years ago. So I'm going to wrap this up, and write about my adorable children tomorrow.]
Here is my favorite part of the Richard episode: Jacob kicks the crap out of Ricardus, who has been sent by the MiB to kill Jacob — in exchange for seeing his wife again (there’s that temptation theme). Then Jacob dunks Ricardus/Richard in the ocean (symbolic baptism) and shares wine with him (symbolic Last Supper?). Then Richard says, “Why don’t you help them?” asking about the people that Jacob (cruelly) strands on the Island, again and again.
And Jacob looks like the idea never occurred to him. Like, “Huh. That’s an idea. I could do something more than just test them — maybe give them a guide, a guardian. Wonder if this guy is up for the job.”
Walla — Richard explained.
The breaking of the wine bottle at the very end of the episode seemed pretty ominous to me. MiB doesn’t just want to pop the cork — he wants to break the whole thing. It seems that would have some pretty radical consequences for the rest of us.