‘Lost’ (S2): Fans keep building the mystery
THE BIG LIST
Last week, I asked you to submit nominees for the Ultimate List of ‘Lost’ Loose Ends, a compendium of the show’s mounting mysteries, large and small, that are currently in play and require resolution.
The idea must have struck a chord: In a span of just a few days, I received hundreds of e-mails, containing dozens and dozens of unsolved mysteries.
To which I say, ”Thank you” and ”Keep ’em coming.” In fact, I can promise you tonight’s episode is good for at least five more candidates for our List.
Look for the results in two weeks.
NON-VERBAL LOST THEORIES OF THE WEEK
Does ”Deep Ecology” help explain the Others?
Does this book, The Body Electric: Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life, completely explain Locke’s renewed mobility and Jin’s renewed potency?
By the way: Congrats to Sun on the bun in the oven. Just make sure you keep the kid safe from Evil Aaron.
THE REGENESIS THEORY OF LOST: PART ONE
Like many Lost fans, I’ve been intrigued and baffled by the interest the Others have taken in children. Why did they abduct Rousseau’s baby? Why did they snatch Walt? Why did they take the kids that were among the Tailies?
The answer to this mystery, I believe, might be found in the notion of the ”feral child.”. You know, the whole ”raised by wolves”/Jodie Foster-in-Nell kind of thing.
In fact, 1970 — the year that the Dharma Initiative was created, according to the Orientation Film — was a notable year in the storied and often disturbing history of feral children: The Wild Child, director Francois Truffaut’s take on the legendary feral child Victory of Aveyron, was released in America.
Also that year, police in Los Angeles discovered ”Genie”, a tragic case of neglect and abuse that shocked the country.
The oldest ”feral child” story on record reportedly comes from the ancient historian Heroditus, who tells of an Egyptian ruler who conducted an experiment in the origin of language by having two newborn babies raised in isolation.
The novelist Paul Auster built upon this myth in his mind-bending novella City of Glass. It tells the story of a mystery writer named Quinn, a profoundly sad, lost soul, who is confused for a private detective named — get this — Paul Auster. For giggles, Quinn adopts the Auster persona and takes on the strange case of a troubled man named Peter Stillman. Seems Mr. Stillman was raised in a closet by his mad-scientist father, who was convinced that a child raised in cultural isolation could recover the original language that God gave to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden — the language of creation, a language with possible power over creation, a language lost to mankind after that whole business with the snake and the apple. (See: Genesis Chapter 3, or John Milton’s Paradise Lost.)
(TANGENT: Lost fans might want to check out City of Glass, as both share several common themes. In fact, remember that manuscript Hurley found in a recent episode entitled ”Bad Twin”? In our real world, this book will be published in May, and judging from the plot synopsis, it sounds exactly like the kind of trippy postmodern detective story Paul Auster would write. Maybe he did: The credited author is the fictitious ”Gary Troup” — an anagram for ”Purgatory.” Then again, maybe there’s no connection to Auster at all, and it’s probably just total coincidence that the protagonist of Bad Twin is named… Paul Artisan.)
Did Dharma believe that the Island — with its ”unique” fluctuations of restorative electromagnetic energy (see: The Body Electric/Locke’s legs and Jin’s potency) — was the Garden of Eden, or at least an environment similar to the Garden of Eden?
Was Dharma raising a child in the isolation of the Hatch in hopes recreating the perfection of Adam and Eve?
Did Dharma recover the original language of God — and are the hieroglyphics in the Hatch the written expression of that language?
If you think I’m crazy, well… you don’t know the half of it. Literally.
Next week, I’ll share the remainder of my ”Regenesis theory,” and once I dazzle you with Lost‘s undeniable connections to John Lennon’s ”Imagine,” ”Instant Karma!,” and ”Nutopia” — as well as Marshall McLuhan’s The Medium Is the Massage — I have no doubt you will be convinced of my new theory’s complete and total accuracy….
…or my complete and total insanity.