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"Lost" Highway 61 Revisited

By admin Published: May 3, 2007

A little Dylan in consideration of last night's "Lost," after the jump ...

To quote Mr. Dylan (as near as memory allows):
God said to Abraham, "Kill me a son,"
Abe said, "Man, you must be putting me on."
God said, "No."
Abe said, "What?"
God said, "Do what you want, Abe, but ..
"The next time you see me coming, you better run."
Abe said, "Where you want this killing done?"
God said, "Out on Highway 61."

I have no idea if this has anything to do with last night's "Lost," but it was echoing in my head while watching. That, and a little of "Hotel California" ("This could be heaven or this could be hell").
I'm not crazy about the heaven/hell/purgatory notion coming to the fore (although Kevin Tighe made such a splendid Satan, right down to having many names, that I regretted them killing him off -- until I remembered that it's not easy to stay dead on "Lost."). I hope the show has something more clever underlying that notion, and I'd much prefer to deal with the good and evil that people do instead of a battle of Good and Evil.

Although I can spin that notion all sorts of ways. Let's assume, for instance, that Locke's father is indeed Satan. Does that mean that Ben is God? After all, it's Ben who wants Locke to commit patricide (reversing the command to Abraham) -- and Locke's failure is that he does not obey Ben.

Or, if we come back to the notion of purgatory, is all this killing a test of what people are capable of? If Locke had killed his father, would that have meant he should in fact go to hell for committing such a horrible crime? And has Sawyer/Ford doomed himself by killing?

On a more mundane point, what is that Jack-Juliet look all about?

But here's my problem with "Lost." I watched it about an hour ago, and I had a reasonably good time doing so -- if only because I never believe any explanations the show offers, and start thinking about how it's going to twist what we think we know. But as time goes by, it feels sillier and sillier -- and I start thinking that my focus on the turns is just foolish.

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