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Comments on Black Rock LOST Podcast: Black Rock: The Man Behind The Curtain

Updated: 2015-11-16T03:24:54.776-05:00


4. (C)Central Theme - Yin & Yang? New Kid, New Fri...


4. (C)Central Theme - Yin & Yang? New Kid, New FriendsIt was at first difficult to come up with a theme for this episode--but I increasingly suspect it was something like 'yin and yang'. I get the feeling that this one was about the classic battle between good versus evil... the white pieces versus the black pieces on a board game and maybe even the idea of joining sides or a lack of balance. I'm wondering whether Ben is holding Jacob hostage and siding with the 'dark side' and the smoke monster (Cerberus?) -- thusly throwing off the balance of good and bad toward bad.5. (C) 'A' Story: Locke and BenIs Loche being tested? by whom?Could it be Richard? I'm not sure why Richard is now helping Locke to seemingly overthrow Ben after having helped Ben to rid the Island of the DHARMA Initiative. My theory is that maybe Richard and the others were the original inhabitants of the Island (the hostiles) and used Ben as a way to get an 'in' past the sonic fence to overthrow the DHARMA Initiative and all these years later, Richard doesn't trust or like Ben as leader and decided to trust in Locke to help them remove Ben but only after proving himself a worthy and ruthless leader? Might have some mytholgical trappings there or something.Mikael pointed out that Naomi's helicopter had crashed 130 kilometers to the west of their location--are they going to try to retrieve it? Ben called for Tom and Richard to help stop John from beating up on Mikael--but they didn't move a muscle... is it because Mikael might really be from the original DHARMA group turned traitor like Ben... and since they're turning on Ben, they don't mind watching John beat up on him? Is this a clue?Oddly, Ben takes a moment to close the eyes of one of the dead (Horace?). Someone he liked? Might again confirm the idea that he would kill even the people he liked to prove himself to Richard. Is Richard part of the evil side?Ben said, "These are my people: The DHARMA Initiative. They came here seeking harmony but they couldn't even coexist with the island's original inhabitants. When it became clear that one side had to go.. one side had to be purged, I did what I had to do. I was one of the people that was smart enough to make sure that I didn't end up in that ditch." He speaks about 'sides'. This again bolsters the theory of a good and evil side and that the DHARMA Initiative were good but had conflicts with the bad and Ben chose to join the bad side to purge the good off the island. Could the island be a mythical or legendary prison island holding back the evil that would eventually bring about the end of the world? (Referencing the Sri Lanka video) Could the Hanso Foundation, through technology, have discovered this island and provided the means to travel on and off the island--which may have closed up now that the Swan hatch had impoded? I'm wondering whether the evil side has embraced technology as a means to their ends--maybe another reason why Jacob seemed to have an aversion to technology.6. (C) 'A' Story: Ben's backstoryThe tragic death of Ben's mother caused by his birth left Ben's father (Roger, workman) bitterly reminded of the loss of his love with each of Ben's birthdays. Roger repeatedly sears guilt onto Ben for the death and for being stuck on the island working to support Ben and neglects to celebrate any love for his living son. This seems to illustrate the damaged psyche behind Ben and why Ben appears to take immense delight in using people and playing with psychology. In the scene where Ben kills his father, Roger had only managed to blurt out an exasperated 'I don't know' to the question when Ben asks him if he really blames Ben for his mother's death. Roger clearly blames Ben for his mother's death.We learn who Roger-workman is, how he came to be 'workman' and why he was found in a Volkswagen Microbus full of beer (headed to the Pearl station).This whole B story seems to illustrate the yin-yang thing again: How everyone has the potential to become good or bad. Roger seems to be a genuinely decent guy that became cruel and unl[...]