The Topic of Backgammon again
Has anyone on the site, who is extensively familiar with how to play backgammon, investigated if this is a possibility? What I mean is, would it be plausible to think that there are two ultimate people, namely Jacob and MIB, are playing a game of backgammon using the Losties as the “stones?” I do not play backgammon but tried to look up simple game play.
1) I noticed that there are 24 “pipes” which could correspond to the numbers except for 42.
2) A single stone by itself can be attacked by the opposing others.
3) When attacked or captured a stone gets placed on the bar and can only come back when there is an opening to do so.
4) The whole light vs. dark thing – Aside from backgammon I think there are “teams.” I think there is a dark team and a light team which can almost be divided by hair color, skin tone, eye color, etc. Sounds basic I know but there just seems to be a division to me. I think the actual physical appearance covertly defines their character too. Some light examples would be Locke, Juliet, and Claire. Dark: Jack, Kate, maybe Sayid.
5) I can’t recall the episode but while watching it I was hit by this revelation that two “teams” were converging at the same point at the same time. It was almost as if there were two versions or reincarnations meeting. It was the scene on Penny’s boat after rescue before some went on their separate ways. We had Jack to Desmond, Kate to Juliet, Sayid to Hurley, and perhaps Sun, and Frank(?). At this point the custody of Aaron shifted hands and I thought that was intruiging as well.
My question is this to someone with backgammon experience: could it be that Jacob/MIB are playing a godlike game of backgammon, the oldest game known to man, using the Lost characters as the stones?
On a damned Flashforward related note, in the episode entitled “Playing Cards with Coyote”, “Charlie,” while playing poker to determine if he and a cohort fess up to killing 20 million people, states something to his cohort along the lines of “hurry up, god knows how long you took last time during a game like this.” This comment is what made me think of the backgammon connection.