March 23, 2010
So, as we all know, tonight’s episode is centered about my beloved, Richard Alpert.
I find Richard to be such a fascinating character (and a gorgeous one) and there is just so much I wish to know about him! These are the questions I would love to see answered:
- How old is he?
- Where did he come from?
- Why did Jacob allow for him to never age?
- What is the point of him never aging?
- Who brought him to the island?
- What is his purpose on the island?
- Why can’t he take Jacob place and protect the island?
- Does he really know everything?
- What brand eyeliner does he use?
I would also like to point out that the name of tonight’s episode is Ab Aeterno, which is Latin for “since the beginning of time.” Perhaps, Richard has been on the island since the beginning of time… or at least since the beginning of this time of “war” on the island?
I’m really hoping these questions, as well as all the rest, will really begin to get answered! We’re running out of time!
October 17, 2009
According to sl-Lost.com:
A new poster promoting Lost’s sixth and final season recently surfaced on the Internet—and in addition to a line up of the cast, both past and present, it contains some hieroglyphics to consider. Popular Mechanics sent the poster to Dr. James Allen, Wilbour Professor of Egyptology and Chair of Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies at Brown University—the man who gave the first indication that the mysterious four-toed statue was not Anubis, as many had assumed, but Taweret, the half-hippo, half-croc Egyptian goddess who protected mothers and infants. Allen had this to say about the poster: “The hieroglyphs spell out two Egyptian words, meaning ‘Who is the guide?’ or ‘Who is the leader?’”
I think this is an interesting find because I feel like this is the season in which all the Losties will come together for one common purpose. What is this common purpose? To save the island? To save the lives that have already been lost? Who knows. But it is clear that they are in desperate need of a true leader.
Early on, Jack became the de facto leader. But as the seasons progressed, Jack’s role as leader faded away and Locke began to gather more followers. Now that Locke is “dead” and Jack is a little off his rocker who do you think will take the role as the leader? Who do you think will bring salvation to the island and its inhabitants? Take the poll!
October 13, 2009
Episode three in season one holds, what I feel, is one of the most descriptive titles–Tabula Rasa.
This is significant for two reasons–one because of what it means and the other because of who coined the term. Tabula rasa is a theory by a 17th century philosopher named John Locke (coincidence? I think not!).
Our modern idea of the theory is mostly attributed to John Locke’s expression of the idea in An Essay Concerning Human Understanding in the 17th century. In Locke’s philosophy, tabula rasa was the theory that the (human) mind is at birth a “blank slate” without rules for processing data, and that data is added and rules for processing are formed solely by one’s sensory experiences. The notion is central to Lockean empiricism. As understood by Locke, tabula rasa meant that the mind of the individual was born “blank”, and it also emphasized the individual’s freedom to author his or her own soul. Each individual was free to define the content of his or her character – but his or her basic identity as a member of the human species cannot be so altered. (source)
In simplest terms tabula rasa means “blank slate.” It could be said that the crash of Oceanic Flight 815 represents the rebirth of the Losties and now they can all start over and reform their lives. As the seasons progress it becomes more and more apparent, the Losties are all full of personal problems (drugs, alcohol, ethical, emotional, etc.) so this is just what they need. Tabula rasa will allow them to right wrongs and become the person they were meant to be.
It is also very curious that there is a character on Lost who shares the same name as the philosopher behind tabula rasa. John Locke, the Lostie, even shares some of the same views as the philosopher. With his idea of a “blank slate” in hand, John Locke gives many of the Losties second chances to better their lives. Two examples of this are when John helps Charlie overcome his addiction and when John finds Vincent for Walt but lets Michael take the credit so he can become the father he never was.