*Editor's Note: The following column is just a theory. The views, events, and situations that I mention are not necessarily true. They are just ideas I have based on what I have seen in the various Seasons of Lost. Please do not take these as rumors or spoilers. But if they do turn out to be true, that would be kinda cool!
During the pilot of Lost, John Locke talked to Walt about backgammon. You Lost watchers all know this scene, because it went down in Lost history as the introduction of good vs. evil on the show. There are two forces. One side is light. The other side is dark. The is the basis of Yin and Yang, religions around the world, and after recent events, is the basis of Lost.
Yes. Lost is full of mythology and drama. Issuses between characters and inner demons have plauged the show since the crash of Oceanic Flight 815. There's a whole science vs. faith thing going on, as well as fate vs. free will. These themes have be in almost every single episode, yet are generally ignored. Insteadm we want to know the mysteries of the Island, and who exactly knows the secrets.
And I believe we have found are men, if they are indeed men.
Jacob was introduced in Season 3 as a plot twist, yet has grown into a huge part of the show, though we've only seen him in (presumably) 1 episode. When we saw him and his rival, they were wearing distinctive colors. Jacob was wearing right, symbolizing good. His nemesis was wearing black, symbolizing just the opposite- evil. We know so little about them. Jacob has an enemy, a rival if you will, who wants him dead, though he himself can't kill Jacob. Jacob has also been an intregal part of the lives of the Losties. He has touched every single one of them, literaly and figuratively. Jacob can travel from place to place, appearing to some people before they got to the Island, and appearing to others after they had left. We also know that Jacob's rival, who many have been calling "Esau" after the Biblical rival of Jacob, was able to take on Locke's form and get someone, in this case Ben, to finally kill Jacob.
But what does it mean? Well, my friends, it means it's time to theorize.
I think Jacob and Esau are gods, most likely from Egyptian mythology. Jacob came to the ISland to start an advanced, holy civilization. Jacob believes that people are genuinely good. But with every god, their is a devil. Esau believes just the opposite. He provokes the original Island inhabitants, and their magnificent civilization falls from grace. much like the story of Atlantis. Since then, Jacob has tried to prove Esau wrong. The tension between them builds, and newer people are constantly brought to the Island.
If this is starting to sound like my theory of last week, it should. All these theories have something to do with each other and are all connected. You see, the Others as we know today are brought to the Island to prove Esau wrong. Richard is granted immortality to lead the Others spiritualy.
But Esau can get to the most ritous people on the Island. Because he is a god, he can assume different forms. He can appear as the dead, like Ekos' brother, John Locke, and perhaps even Christian Shepherd. He can appear as the smoke moster, who protects who he likes, and kills the ones he doesn't. Esau uses these people as a tool to kill Jacob, as evident in "The Incident".
But Jacob is not so innocent himself. He brought these people here, and yes he used them as a tool. But he did it to heal these morally flawed people. In a later column, I will discuss how everyone got to the Island, and how it helped them. But for now, I will leave it as a general statement that Jacob brought everyone to the Island and in turn, helped them.
Now, with every rivalry there will be an epic battle. Jacob is not dead, just merely beaten. For those of you familiar with Christianity, everyone thought Jesus was finally dead. Yet, on the third day he rose again. Remember also that Jesus specifically choose his Apostles for a reason. Just like those on Jacob's list who were taken by the Others throughout the series.
And remeber that things aren't always what they appear. We originally though the Others were bad, and I'm sure many people have abandoned that idea. The ultimate battle in the final season of Lost will reveal to us all just who is good, and who is bad. Who is light, and who is dark.