Breaking Lost down to one word – waddaya think?
Ok, so Lost is over. Am I disappointed? Not really. I think the writers did an amazing job setting up the series finale in a way we wouldn’t have expected – not entirely at least. We are all still trying to break Lost down to find some sense in it, and obviously we have different opinions. Though, what we all will agree of is how the true plotline was hidden – how the characters importance to eachother was hidden beyond a story about the worlds end, an Island and a smokemonster.
After seeing the finale a couple of time, I had a thought; Lost, however complex it is, has to be possible to break down into a simple keyword – a single plot-centre. But what? And then it struck me!
During the six seasons of magnificense, there has been one human trait standing out over the others, the one thing Jacob wanted for his candidates, something he never had himself:
– The possibility to choose
The rules on the Island was more or less revealed to make Jacob and his brother unable to directly interact with the candidates. What they could do, though, was present their options and try to provoke their choices. Jacob chose people who needed the Island as much as it needed them. People with flaws in their history or personality, little to live for, and so on. Jacob brought them there, and gave them the ability to choose their destiny. To choose what they would do with the situation they were presented, caught in. They could give up, or they could unite and make the best of it – to try and get off the Island. Of course, they weren’t supposed to go off, as Jacob needed a replacement asap – he knew MIB was close to exploiting the loophole.
Back to what matters. Choice – CHOICE! – is a sentral part of the series. This is underlined by Jacob around the campfire. Free will, and the ability to choose freely, is what separates humans from animals.
I know, lot of holes in this, but I would like to see what you think of it – and please, add to it if you have anything to add.