You’re right! How can he be bad when he reads Flannery?!
Maybe we thought “Jacob” was bad because that’s the guy we saw in the cabin, but what if the guy in the cabin wasn’t Jacob at all, but some form of the man dressed in black (Esau?), imprisoned in the cabin, only let loose in the form of “the smoke monster”?
Apparently, the Latin phrase Richard used last night in response to “What lies in the shadow of the statue?” translates as “He who will save us all.” Intriguing.
I’m liking all of the religious and pseudo-Christian themes that are emerging in this series.
The writers, when asked what collection of fiction stories coincides most closely with LOST, once answered The Chronicles of Narnia, because of the larger themes hidden in the story. I sometimes wonder, despite the Egyptian refernces, dualism, etc., if the LOST masterminds aren’t going somewhere Harry Potter-esque with all of this. One can only hope.
Right, there have been a number of Lewis/Tolkein allusions throughout (not least, “The Lamp post”) as well as Biblical allusions (most recently, Locke — or Locke/Esau — as Moses, leading his people). But I do think Jacob is a “good guy” (though I have no idea what he was doing on the island in the first place or why). That’s why I love calling the “man in black” Esau (obviously, the bad guy). But my brain is too old, too small and too slow to try to to figure it all out.