January 5, 2010
As the sixth and final season of Lost nears, ABC is enjoying teasing us with trivial pictures and posters to examine. The latest is The Lost Supper.
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You’re probably asking yourself, “what does Katelyn think of this?” And lucky for you, I’m going to share my thoughts. I have two theories on this picture.
Most people are examining this photo as a “spoiler” of season six. People believe that if you can decode the hidden messages that you’ll unlock the secrets of the season. I disagree. I believe that this poster could just be a visual description of seasons past. Locke is depicted as Jesus in this picture because of their similar duties in life. At the end of his life, Jesus had to die. It was with Jesus’ death that allowed Christians to be become sinless and be allowed to ever heaven upon their own deaths. Jesus dies to save his fellow Christians. John Locke, too, was told he needed to die. Locke’s death made it possible for those Losties who left the island to come back where they will (hopefully) save those who remained. Both Jesus and Locke are saviors that sacrificed themselves for those they love–the greater good.
My second opinion on this picture sides with those who think this is a forecast to the future. As narrated in the Gospel of John 13:21, this scene represents a supper during the final days of Jesus when he announces that one of this Twelve Apostles would betray him. “One of you will betray me.” This Apostle would be Judas Iscariot. In the painting The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, Judas was pictured on Jesus’ right (our left) as the only man with his elbow on the table. This could be the same in terms of Lost. During the last supper of Lost (the last season), someone could betray Locke or the island. But why would they betray the island? For Widmore? For personal gain? The answer to that question is unknown but it is definitely a possibility. Also, the seating arrangement of The Lost Supper compared to The Last Supper does not give us a definite candidate for who will betray. Based on seating, the top three possible to be Judas are Sawyer, Kate and Sayid. Personally my money is on Sayid.
But wait! I have a third theory to share with you! (I know, I said I only had two. I lie.) This picture could be nothing other than a representation of the last season of a series. In the past, television shows like the Sopranos and Battlestar Galatica have made it tradition to end their long running series with an epic “Last Supper” inspired photo.
I guess there is no telling what this picture could be representing. Knowing the creators of Lost, this probably means nothing–they just love to watch us squirm. All we can do is wait and see at this point!
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.