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Balanced opposition

Written on 9th April

Please be nice, my first post…

Anyone else notice the balance of tension between key characters/concepts?

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mojo

A newbie in the world of Lost theorizing.

8 thoughts on “Balanced opposition

  1. I definitely have noticed this and it’s one of the main reasons (seriously) why I love LOST. Apart from the awesomeness of the plot and all that I just have a thing for literary dynamics and cool parallels and complexities like this and most importantly–the ins and outs of the characters.

    That’s why I’ve chosen my favorite characters too, for their complexities and the way the interact and counteract with each other–I like Jack, Sawyer, Kate and Jin the very best. They all have that whole light/dark thing going in really bizarre ways. I’d say the most confusing one is Kate seconded by Sawyer. Kate is bizarre because her behavior is outwardly unpredictable but, knowing what we know, it follows a pattern. She seems like a good person, innocent, sweet, reserved and sort of timid. But then she blew up her father in cold blood, seduced a bank robber and used him, conned him, and shot him. She stole cars, beat up cops, lived on the run, had a stash of every state license plates…she’s completely insane. And that would make it seem like she’s no longer trustworthy and that the “good girl” image is all a lie–but it really isn’t which is the weird thing. It’s like she really is innocent and just has these blips in desperate moments where she can do the unthinkable to survive but doesn’t even realize how these things look to the outside world. She’s always asking that question “what kind of person do you think I am?” when people make an accusation that she can do something a little shady.

    Sawyer is sort of the same weird parallel except inverse–to the outside world he’s this heartless fiend of a man who doesn’t care about anyone but himself. But in reality he’s just a wounded shell of a little boy who’s life became the mirror image of the man who had ruined him. Inside all that though he’s sort of a hero but he doesn’t even seem to realize that just as Kate doesn’t seem to realize that she’s a completely desperate nutcase.

    I love the parallels you mentioned in the love-square with Jack/Kate/Sawyer/Juliet too. Juliet and Jack are the heroic doctors while Kate and Sawyer are the outcast criminals and they fit light/light and dark/dark and then switch it up to light/dark and light/dark.

    Oooh, good character complexities give me goosebumps!

  2. Another thing about this (I really love this angle of Lost–like I said before, this IS why I like Lost so much) is the whole science vs. faith thing which I find really fascinating in that we’re now actually seeing the two sides in a clearly defined manner–the Dharma Initiative vs the Island and The Others. But the thing I like most about it is how they intertwine and there’s a grey area in the middle where neither science nor faith are truly defined–the whole time thing and the monster and all that. Because time is scientific, but science doesn’t have a hold on it–it’s sort of a half and half. Measured by science but followed by faith. And the same thing with “the monster” or whatever it is–the Others say they have no name for it. It’s clearly something extraordinary and there’s a definite supernaturalness about it, but there’s also something very mechanical about it. The sounds it makes are like gears whirring or a cash register spitting out a receipt and I remember when we first saw it up close and personal when Mr.Ecko faced it–there were these flashes of images inside the smoke from Mr.Ecko’s life, almost like it was some weird electron cloud picking up a tv signal.

    I think there’s a third side here. I’m a firm believer in the triangle effect. I don’t think it’s just Ben vs. Charles or Dharma vs. The Others…I think there’s a third party here, a middle ground, neither science nor faith but a grey area. I just don’t see that either side can win because they’re both equally corrupt and equally blinded to anything but their “beliefs” whether that’s in solid fact of science or in some supernatural island spirit. I think someone or something is throwing them all for a loop–it just seems like there has to be irony in this “war”. Doesn’t it?

  3. I love how you said that – it is exactly what I suspect as well! I firmly believe there is a third party involved – either Dharma Ann Arbor via Eloise Hawking or something else … the Economist?

    I also love the underlying theme of the show that there is humanity on every side. Notice that the Others have good guys and bad guys, and so do the DI, and so do Widmore’s people. So we have this juxtaposition of characters and opinions, trying to say who is bad and who is good, when maybe the point of the show is that there is good and bad in everyone, and truth in every religion/scientific fact. They bring in so many religions and scientific theories that conflict and/or coincide … like you said, a grey area. Love it!

  4. mojo, sorry I missed this theory, when it was originally posted!

    This is a great theory!

    I think you are correct when you say there is a ‘balanced opposition’. The references you provided, are really good as far as analysis goes.

    I doubt anyone could argue the merits of it. It seems to me that you have some very keen insight into the characters and the show!

    Really nice work! I hope to hear more from you!

  5. No problem on the comment–old posts shouldn’t be forgotten. 😀 I liked some of your other comments so I decided to see what theories you had. 🙂

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