Walk Like a (Carried Away) Egyptian

Oh dear.

In the past few weeks, the number of theories being thrown around regarding Egyptians has reached critical mass. With some reason, I might add:

  • Egyptian heiroglyphs, present since Season 2, have seen a revival with their appearance in the Temple Underchamber.
  • The four toed statue has been revealed as Anubis, and Ankhs have popped up in several places.
  • Alpert wears eyeliner! The only people who do that are ladies... OR EGYPTIANS! dun dun DUN.

That having been said, the frenzy of theories all this info has released has been a bit overwhelming. Yes, Egyptian mythology plays an important part in the LOST-iverse. But there are theories for how almost anyone who ever appeared on the show must represent an Egyptian god; theories that the episode "Some Like It Hoth" is actually a very obscure reference to some Egyptian book of Thoth.

This blog entry serves two purposes, and I hope neither is perceived as merely an opportunity to complain. First, I'd like to express my sincere hope that the prevelance of all this Egyptian stuff isn't some spoiler that got out of hand under the guise of genuine theorizing. I saw the same thing happening across these boards back when I was following spoilers, until I realized it was negatively affecting how much I enjoyed the show.

Second, I'd like to support and encourage a diversity of ideas. If the smoke monster is called "Cerberus," try exploring some greek mythology. Don't force theories to fit the very narrow "Egypt is the answer to everything!" paradigm.

Slow down, breathe, and repeat to yourself: its just a TV show.

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