Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Daddy Issues (LOST 6x5 “The Lighthouse”)

"Luke, I am your father."

Fathers are important. Many flaws and conflicts stem from characters' issues with their father. From Hercules to Luke Skywalker to Inigo Montoya; many paths and destinies in life are related to how people were treated by their daddies.

Verses in the Bible speak of this conept, saying the sins of the fathers are visited on the sons. Other verses show that this does not mean the children are cursed for their fathers’ actions; rather, it implies two things. One, since parents are responsible for their kids, the actions they take in life affect their offspring greatly. Two, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. People usually end up with the same traits and flaws as their parents.

This idea of “Daddy Issues” is the overall main theme of the TV show, LOST.

(thoughts on “The Lighthouse” after the jump.)

The entire world of LOST appears to revolve around character’s daddy issues. The main protagonist, Jack Shepherd, is a perfect example of this theme. This man’s one want in life is to be accepted by a fatherly figure. To be told he truly “has what it takes.”

Christian Shepherd was a man who held high expectations for his son. Jack grew up under his father’s overbearing and often disapproving attitude. The man aw his son had a natural talent for healing people, and pushing him hard. Since Christian had his own problems with his profession, he probably hoped to relive through his son, to make Jack the spinal surgeon he could never be. In essence, he wanted his son to be “perfect”. Jack could never live up to his father’s ideals, and the quest to find acceptance and reason led him to making very poor decisions in both realities.

Island Jack is on a quest to find healing from his faults, since he know realizes his father cannot provide them. Even after Christian died, Jack was still chasing the ghost of his father, who symbolizes the life Jack thinks he was supposed to have. His father’s death meant a loss of purpose and direction for Jack, since he had been guided by his father’s hand all his life. Three years later, he realizes this life is not how he should live, and is looking to find a filler for that void. I think he is going to be Jacob’s candidate because of his natural desire to heal and protect people (hence his name, “Shepherd”) and it would be a fulfillment for his want of a purpose in life. However, for all his wants, he’s still hesitant to answer the call. When he finds out Jacob had a hand in his destiny, he breaks the glass, angered that someone was controlling his life. Unknowingly, he was still in Jacob’s plan.

Jacob is the “Christ” representation of this show, and I predict he is also is going to serve as the new father figure to Jack. He, like a heavenly father, knows what is right for Jack’s life, but, he also knows that while some people can be told what they need to do, and be fine with it, others need to figure things out at their own pace. Some argue that Jacob cannot be the “good guy”, because he takes away free will. True, it seems to be that everyone is being influenced for Jacob’s plan, but this could also be because in his knowledge, he knows these characters needs well enough, and like any responsible father figure, wants the best for his children.

Over in the sideways reality, Jack is searching for his father’s will, (get it?), and dealing with the opposite side of daddy issues: being an issue himself! The perfectionist aspect of his father has reappeared in him, and he treats his son the same way he was treated. The cycle is doomed to repeat and repeat until someone decides to finally stop it. Jack, upon realizing his faults, rushes to his son and apologizes, thus, putting an end to being a perfectionist. Hopefully island Jack will soon learn the same lesson.

Overall, great episode! Hurley, once again, showed why he is the best character on LOST. Love his one liners. And, since we have an episode tonight, there will be another post soon. till then, Namaste.

1 comment:

  1. "Daddy issues" crop up on a regular basis in my fiction. One of my critique partners circled an instance in my WIP and wrote, "Ah, daddy issues, a writer's best friend!"