Idol Chatter

Idol Chatter

“Lost”: Locke’s Own Private God

One definition of mysticism is “a belief in the existence of realities beyond perceptual or intellectual apprehension.” That’s a pretty heady term to apply to a TV show–but “Lost” isn’t an ordinary show. The series begins with a plane crashing en route from Sydney to Los Angeles, stranding 42 surviving passengers on a tropical island. However, it becomes immediately clear that something is unusual on the island: A monster eats the plane’s pilot, polar bears appear out of nowhere, and people who already live on the island (“The Others”) begin kidnapping passengers.

The character John Locke (yes, named after that John Locke) has established himself as the island mystic. Locke, a Christian before the crash, has now started to believe in the island as his god. The main cause of this change was Locke’s miraculous healing: Wheelchair-bound when he boarded the plane, he was suddenly able to walk after the crash. So far, there has been no explanation for why–or how–Locke was healed, and Locke gives the island all the credit. The island has enabled Locke to reinvent himself and start his life over. He may not know the island’s motivation for curing him, but he suspects that the island has some greater purpose for him that will be revealed later. That faith propels him onward.

When supernatural things start happening, Locke argues that there are some things beyond human comprehension–and that the island is making decisions for itself. Locke is one of the only “lostaways” to have seen the monster; instead of being scared or trying to kill it, his only response was to call it “beautiful.” He recognizes the monster as being part of the island’s master plan, another clue in the larger puzzle he is working toward solving.

When his protégé, Boone, dies in a freak accident, Locke lashes out at the island, crying out “I did everything you asked me to do!” Clearly, Locke believes that he and the island have a bond of some sort, and that he knows what the island wants. When telling the others about the death, Locke refers to it as “a sacrifice.”

Locke’s survival skills make him an early leader, and his island-religion is the motivation behind his choices. Although he and Jack–the man of science–are opposites, they aren’t rivals. Even when they disagree, they work together. The flaw with Locke’s mysticism is that he thinks he is the only one who understands what the island wants. It’s as if the island is his own private god, which he doesn’t want to share for fear someone else might benefit more than him. Mysticism is about identifying a greater unity, something that Locke is utterly failing to do. If he really does have insight into the strange things happening on the island, I’m sure the others would benefit from hearing about it.

Locke’s interference in the lives of other characters is often paternalistic. He insists that he knows what is best for someone else, even when his motivation is questionable. Positioning himself as a mystic might turn out to be a way of covering up a secret agenda. Maybe it isn’t the island he thinks is a god; it’s himself.

  • Ashley

    So how would Mr. Eko fit into this, eh?>

Previous Posts

We Bid Farewell to Leonard Nimoy
Friday, February 27th Leonard Nimoy, famously known for his role as Spock in the infamous Star Trek series, passed away at the age of 83. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, stating that the cause was the end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy publicly announced last

posted 2:25:26pm Feb. 27, 2015 | read full post »

Watch This Exclusive Video Feature from National Geographic's 'Killing Jesus'
[jwvideo vid='2epXRLlI' pid='GvkPWNBE'] National Geographic’s ‘Killing Jesus’ is set to premiere on March 29, Palm Sunday, breathing new life into the story of Jesus’ life and resurrection. Don’t miss your opportunity to watch this must-see video feature, providing an exclusive look into

posted 5:46:42pm Feb. 25, 2015 | read full post »

The Official Trailer and Movie Art for National Geographic's ‘Killing Jesus’ Is Here, And It's Powerful
Here’s a first look at the movie poster art from National Geographic’s ‘Killing Jesus,’ the upcoming film adaptation of the New York Times bestselling book about the life and crucifixion of Jesus. The highly-anticipated film will premiere on National Geographic Sunday, March 29, just one

posted 1:17:01pm Feb. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Get a First Look at A.D. The Bible Continues
This Easter Sunday, April 5th, 2015, join millions of viewers for the premiere of A.D. The Bible Continues and continue on a 12-week journey through what would become the most powerful global movement in history – the rise of the Church. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-6U-BteVyQ&

posted 4:29:18pm Feb. 18, 2015 | read full post »

‘Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!’
Faster than you can say: ‘Hey! Ho! Let’s go!,’ self-taught drummer Marky Ramone continues to rock out his legacy as the last member of the most iconic punk bands in history.  In his book, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone, Marky gives an account of the punk scene in the 1970s, a look

posted 1:09:59pm Feb. 12, 2015 | read full post »


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.