This week, I received not one - but TWO Emails from Fans of the Blog (FOBs) with different requests, a sure sign that people are not only starting to think about "Lost" again, but are visiting the Blog again! I guess it's time to get the ol' gang back together and get some original Lost content back up on the Blog in preparation for the sixth and final season of the potentially greatest television program of all-time. Here were the requests:
From FOB Heidi: "I'm sure you've seen the Lost Supper advertisement. In addition to being awesome, I'm sure it's full of hints / clues / things to drive us crazy with. If I may be so bold, can I request a post on this?"
From FOB Nate: "It's sometimes hard to find older articles on your Blog. It would be awesome if you had a page that listed each episode and provided a link to the Blog post(s) for that episode."
Never one to disappoint my fans, let's tackle the first request.
Here is the "Lost Supper" promo in question:
Let the record show that there was also a second, similar but not Last-Supper-y promo released at the same time:
So what do I think?
First, I agree with FOB Heidi - the "Lost Supper" one is awesome. Yes, it's been done before. Both Battlestar Galattica and Sopranos did something similar... and you could argue they did it better by more accurately recreating the true Last Supper painting by DaVinci. For those of you who forget your high school art history books, or haven't visited
As you can see, the true Last Supper painting depicts Jesus with his twelve apostles, chilling for one last meal before all the events of his betrayal and crucifixion go down (also known as "The Stories at Church Right Before Easter" to the Catholics). According to scholars (and by "scholars", I mean Wikipedia) the painting portrays the reaction given by each apostle when Jesus said one of them would betray him. Since most of us aren't familiar with who each person in the painting represents, here's a quick rundown, starting at the left and moving to the right (matching them up with their corresponding Lost character):
James the Lesser
James the Greater
When you start comparing the Biblical figures to Lost characters, you'll stumble upon the first issue with the "Lost Supper" - there are too many Lost characters. Everything to the left of Ben matches up nicely:
Bartholomew = Ilana
James the Lesser = Alpert
Andrew = Claire
Judas = Sayid
Peter = Kate
John = Sawyer
Jesus = Locke
Thomas = Jack
James the Greater = Jin
Philip = Ben
But then you run into issues with Hurley, just like if you were having a crowded deck party and he showed up.
In the Last Supper, the apostles all seem to be gathered in groups of three. In the Lost Supper, Hurley seems to be the fourth member of the Jack / Jin / Ben group. So does that mean we make him the next apostle, Matthew - or that we skip him and start back up with Sun as Matthew?
The good news is, based on the blatant deviation from the original painting, I don't think there is any important symbolism between Hurley, Sun, Miles, and Frank and their potential apostle counterparts. Let's focus on the rest.
Locke. There are a few obvious references here. Locke as Jesus is a no-brainer. He was dead, and seemingly came back to life for most of Season Five, until we found out in the finale that he was dead all along and the "New Locke" was really just a shape-shifting Anti-Jacob. So the question becomes - does this painting hint that Real Locke might come back to life in Season Six? It would be nice for Locke to have a happy ending to his life story, where he was repeatedly kicked in the groin at every turn instead of it ending with him being tricked into committing suicide, thinking it was the only way to save the
On the other hand, what if the painting is actually just showing us the Anti-Jacob Fake Locke as Jesus? He is giving a sort of devilish, "I know exactly what I'm doing" grin, like he just found a loophole he's been searching for for hundreds of years. In that case, should we re-examine who is "good" and "evil" on Lost? Maybe, contrary to my Season Five analysis, Jacob is the "bad guy" and Anti-Jacob is the "good guy"? Or is this proof of
Probably not. There are a number of options available here, but until we find out the nature of Season Six (alternative reality, more time traveling, zombie season with the dead coming back to life), it's impossible to settle on any definitive answer for the symbolism as "Locke as Jesus".
Jack. Here's a much simpler one, Jack as Thomas... aka "Doubting Thomas". There was an interesting scene last season of Jack and Ben inside a church. Ben is praying in front of the painting "The Incredulity of Saint Thomas" and tells Jack the following story:
When Jesus was going to return to
For most of Seasons One through Five, Jack was the "Doubting Thomas" about the power of the
Kate. Initially, Kate as Peter doesn't seem to have any obvious connections. Peter was "the Rock" upon which Jesus built his church. He is acknowledged as the first Pope and one of the prominent early leaders and voices of the Catholic Church. Seeing as Kate pretty much hates Locke and never believed any of his ramblings about the
The Rest. There's not as much to go on with the rest of the characters. Sayid as Judas seems like it should have some deeper meaning, but how did Sayid betray Locke? If anything, Sayid denied the opportunity to kill Locke in Season Two (at
Picture Pages. The Lost Supper acts as a really cool "summary of the series" type of picture.
The Oceanic 815 acts as the table. The characters are all using airplane-style trays and plates. Everyone is consuming Dharma Foodstuffs - beer, pop, peanut butter, wine. The remnants of the Swan Station Hatch are in the background. The table is comprised of those who figure to be the "main players" in Season Six, characters who we've picked up along the way. But is there any "deeper meaning" to be pulled from the props?
There are skulls positioned below Sayid and Hurley, which may mean their lives are in danger... or they could have just been cool-looking props. The inclusion of the Swan Hatch and 815 wing could hint at a "repeat" of Seasons One and Two, proving that our Time Traveling Survivors did change the past... or they could have just been cool-looking props. In the end, that's kinda where I come down - they threw some stuff in the picture that looks cool and represents the series as a whole - but there isn't a lot to be learned from it.
As for the second picture, this looks like a much more traditional Season Six promotional image. There are a few minor changes, most notably the order of the characters. Claire goes from being buddies with Ilana and Alpert to being next to Ben. Does this represent her switching sides from working with the Shadow of the Statue to helping Ben? Sun and Jin go from being separate in the first picture to being reunited, couple-like in the second. You have to hope this means that they'll finally get their reunion in Season Six. Hurley moves down next to Frank, and Miles moves in between Alpert and Sayid. Is this an effort to group our happy, humorous characters together on the right, and keep the ones with mysterious connections to the spirit world / Jacob on the left?
You could spend a lot of time analyzing yourself in circles about this (Doc Jensen) - but I don't think it's worth it. I think there may be some small deeper meaning hints in the Lost Supper picture, but I think the second picture is the stock Season Six promotional picture, using the cool set they had already constructed. Remember how people spent hours analyzing the Season Five promo with Faraday's missing foot and the vines growing all over? Nothing has come from that (yet), and I kinda think the same is true here.
Instead of wasting our time on that, I think we should get down to the bigger questions... like the Top 10 Unanswered Questions on Lost, along with their likelihood of being addressed in Season Six. But that's a Blog for another day. Coming soon. Teaser!
(Oh - what about making a page that would have links to everything I’ve written about each episode? That seems like a lot of work – but I’ll see what I can do when time allows. I guess I should have said “I only disappoint my fans 50% of the time” at the start of this post, huh?)