Ghosts in Lost
We know there are ghosts in Lost’s world — Hurley sees them and Miles has some form of contact with them. The ghosts that Hurley sees have a new knowledge of the bigger picture of the island and what’s going on. They seem to be wanting to impact on events happening in the world. So how do they know this and why are they bothered?
I think that when you die the afterlife is a place where you can see what’s happening from a much higher perspective. Like flying over a river system — the higher you go, the more you can see. The dead in Lost can see the whole river/timeline/s, the beginning, the end and all the events that have happened and how they will probably play out (like Eloise’s ability to know what happens next). They are invested emotionally in the losties and want to help them with their extra knowledge.
Why do they visit Hurley? I think it has to do with emotional openness. Hurley has a wonderful, open spirit which is why I think it is easiest for the ghosts to visit him. He also tends to see the people he was closest to. Taking this further, I think ghosts are able to appear to people they have a strong emotional connection to and to people when they are in a highly emotional state.
Where am I going with this? I think a number of ‘visions’ that may be being attributed to smokie may be ghosts. For example Ben’s mum. People are trying to twist and bend the smokie ‘rules’ as she has never been on the island as far as we know but certainly died off island, and smokie couldn’t read Ben’s memories of her as he never knew her. But Emily being a ghost is reasonable within the Lost world. She has an emotional connection to and was acting to help and guide him.
Taking this further — I’ve had problems with Christian since day 1 of my rewatch. Some of his visits seem to be smokie (they used very obvious smokie sounds when he first appeared on the beach) but other visits seem to contradictory. How does he appear to Jack in LA and Michael on the freighter, why was Claire so happy to go with him, why would smokie want Claire at the cabin acting a bit stoned it seemed as though he was protecting her, what’s going on with the multiple cabin visits and if Christian at the FDW was smokie why couldn’t he physically help Locke- if he was a ghost this makes sense?…
What if Christian is dead, he wasn’t buried so smokie can appear as him (in keeping with the rules as they seem to apply) BUT as a dead person, he is also a ghost and is trying to work by influencing those still alive. He has an emotional connection to Jack, and if it was ghost Christian who appeared to Michael, he was quite emotional. Christian’s appearance at that point reminded me of a guardian angel sort of thing, ‘it’s ok, you can let go of life and come with me now.’ I feel that this explains some of the contradictions in the appearances of Christian. Exactly which visions were which I’m not prepared to put money on yet, but I think the ghosts and Christian are going to play a bigger part with more characters this season. They can kind of act as the gods of ancient times —not able to act themselves but guiding and influencing the mortals because of their extra knowledge.