February 26, 2009
Reincarnation, Refocus and Reshaping Reality. These are the themes that I wish to explore. It all comes back to the return!
First, Lost continues to redefine itself. This season has been fast paced and filled with an amazing amount of information. Lost returns to all four previous seasons, building upon itself. The stories progress, yet they are always returning to the past. The past few weeks I have pondered many questions even as the writers continue to fill in gaps….
Last night’s episode was very emotional. Locke is such a tragic figure. He is sad, frustrated and unsure of so much. Locke is at the verge of suicide, when Ben Linus breaks in and talks him down. We feel a bit of compassion and empathy toward Ben. He is actually acting human! Then Ben turns around and murders Locke! That bastard! Although Ben has always been selfish and manipulative, you still have to wonder if Locke’s murder wasn’t a part of the island’s plan—if it wasn’t fate. After all, the island doesn’t seem to allow suicide.
At the end, we see Locke reincarnated on the island as Christian Shepherd had been after the original crash. The anagram (Canton Rainier is Reincarnation) on the van that Ben was driving Locke’s body around was a dead give away—so to speak. The episode ends with Locke at the Dharma Initiative Station the Hydra from Season 3.
Now Reincarnation is once of the main reasons that I wasn’t more determined to commit suicide myself. I figured that I would be reborn with all the same issues, so I might as well deal with it now rather than later. There is no escape fate—be it life, death or love. The best you can do is work your way through it with some kind of faith.
That is why I have the attitude to run toward problems rather than away from them. Even still, I find fear filling my heart. It isn’t easy to seek serenity in faith. When the past has been permeated by pain it is difficult to reshape your perspectives, but that is exactly what I am attempting to do.