I found this episode interesting on soooo many levels. Let me just highlight some things I found interesting. I think this blog is going to be a little unorganized so I'll apologize now.
The Mother: She seemed to be in Jacobs position of protecting the island and guarding the light. I also found it interesting how the two boys turned out. Jacob was the innocent child who was unaware of "bad." MIB was more knowledgable about evil in the world. I think they represented the two extremes of the light and dark theme we have been seeing throughout the show, also it is nice that they are twins so we can have the whole "good twin vs. bad twin" idea. The thing I found interesting in all this regarding the mother was that her view of the world seemed to mirror MIB's. She said the same thing to the two boys that MIB said to Jacob in "The Incident." She said that people are bad "They come, fight, destroy, corrupt, it always ends the same" or at least she said something similar to this. Jacob seems to have a more positive view of the world, and thinks that all this is progress and it doesn't seem that this is an idea he got from his mother. My reason for finding this significant is because Jacob took on the role his mother held, when she would have preffered MIB to take the role (or so it appeared). I would think that the one protecting the Island would have a similar view to the person who took over for them. So if the candidates are a recurring event on this island then maybe Jacob having taken the role will change things because of this difference in opinion from his mother. Also, I found it strange that her last words were "Thank you." It was as if she was trapped as well and the only way for her to be free was to kill her. Maybe she was smokey at some point?
The Light/Smokey: The light was an odd sight for me at first. I thought Lost had gone a little cheesey when it was first introduced, but it grew on me a little bit. But I think that this explained what Jacob is gaurding. Although now it is no longer in that cave, but free to roam the island in the form of smokey. The light is explained as being everything essential to man (good, evil, death, birth) basically everything that is opposite. When Jacob threw his brother into the light in complete rage he had no idea what would happen except that his mother had said it was a fate worse than death. So I think that the MIB is now trapped in this light for eternity, although since it's been released from the cave it is smokey. I think there are a lot of differnt directions they might go with this light. For example, nothing was really explained to the boys about why it would be bad if this light was released. It was in a way but not really. So perhaps MIB is telling the truth and there is nothing to protect in this light, so leaving the island would be good. Perhaps Jacob's real brother died in the whole scene and smokey is just simply this light energy that poses in MIB's body. I really hope the answer to the show is not to have a candidate stay on the island to protect the world or whatever, because I feel that means one of them will not be able to live a happy life. Because as we saw from the mother this guarding thing is a bit of a burden.
I did a little Wikipediaing after this episode to explore some famous philosophers and their views on the good of man. I know this is a centeral theme to the show and I remembered the philosopher Rousseau who believed man is inherently good. Rousseau said:
"The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said "This is mine," and found people naïve enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows: Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody."
Ok this quote from Rousseau's Discourse on Inequality really sent the ideas in my head flowing. From how I understood Rousseau he believed that the downfall of man was the possession of property. So when man says "This is mine" he forms a society that is corrupt and evil. So in looking at "Across the sea" we see that MIB, Jacob, and the mother live uncivilized. They do not claim the land as theirs but instead wish to protect it. The civilization is across the island and is ran by people who Jacob and MIB must never see. MIB eventually joins the civilization corrupting him. Jacob remains with his mother to protect the island. Now this is interesting throughout the show. When the Losties were timetraveling Widmore demanded "What are you doing on OUR island" showing possession and claim. I think that if Rousseau's ideas are going to be central to the story then the rollercoaster the others take is symbolic of the rise and fall of man. We see that the others go from living in the houses (very civilized) to living in tents all crazy like (uncivilized?) It's like they are attempting to prove this point of civilzation corrupitng man and when they fail to not be corrupt and civilized they go back to living in tents and uncivilized. Also, the idea that Ben and Charles had of "My Island" shows their corrupiton. I'm not sure this is maing much sense, but I think this idea of civilzation corrupting man might become important in the end. It's like the writers of LOST have remade the long argument amoung philosophers regarding "The State of Nature" Where the island is this state of Nature and we get to see their arguments on the topic.
Anyway these are just some thoughts on the episode. Please comment and tell me what you think of my ideas. --Get Off The Island 04:00, May 12, 2010 (UTC)