In a perfect world… we get what we choose.
Alright, I’ve been absent far too long. Here are more ideas surrounding the alternate universe. The most recent episode gave us a LOT of insight into what is going on in the “other-worldly” safe landing universe.
In this universe, our Losties get what they want. Eloise says it directly to Desmond – all he ever wanted in life was Charles Widmore’s approval.. and in this universe .. he has it. All Jack ever wanted was his father’s approval.. and it seems that he got that in his life – he also becomes a good father. Daniel Faraday plays music.. rather than studies science – this was all he ever wanted and what his mother denied him. I believe all Kate really wants.. is to run. This is why she’s still on the run. Sawyer wants to be a good man.. and he chooses to be a cop.
Now, some of our characters might not seem so happy. But – I believe this is where choice comes into play. Free will screws things up.. in a way. Sayid just wants Nadia to be happy.. and he believed that letting her marry his brother was the best way to let that happen. That was his choice which results in him not being with her. He also chooses to give up trying to be a good man.. and gives into his murderous side. Sawyer is a little complicated. He chooses to be a good man by being a cop.. but he still chooses to pursue his path of revenge – it results in some anger and frustration. Jin and Sun’s story is probably the saddest. What they truly want is to be together. What they choose, however, is to disobey Sun’s father, runaway, and have a child out of wedlock. This results in the chaos we saw a few episodes ago.
I’ll pause right here: Jin and Sun’s story echoes the genesis story of Adam and Eve. They choose to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil – they choose to rebel against their heavenly father and chaos ensues. The ultimate result is that they, as humans, will now die at some point. Evil will pervade their lives. Perhaps, in some way, this resemblance might be a case for arguing that Sun and Jin are our Adam and Eve that we’ve been wondering about. Just a thought.
It seems that the notion of free will is important not only on the timeline but in this alternate universe as well. We’ve been beaten over the head time and time again with characters saying that there’s always a choice. And as Desmond tells Charlie in this episode “there’s always a choice brutha.” And Charlie chooses to drive into the harbour.
I know I’ve left some characters out.. but.. perhaps you guys can fill in some of the blanks. Let me know what you think!
P.S. This was a fantastic episode.. my mind is still boggled!