April 21, 2010
LOST and Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness'
Chris Seay weighs in on Tuesday's LOST episode, "The Last Recruit"
Chris Seay, author of The Gospel According to Lost, chimes in on the developments in Tuesday's episode of LOST, "The Last Recruit." (SPOILERS AHEAD) Seay notes that Jack is "a different man; our man of science is now a man of faith." He says that perhaps the episode's best reveal "was the fact that Sayid and Claire may not be beyond redemption," but that the episode's most important came in the few seconds of scenes from next week, when the words on the screen, accompanying images of John Locke, read, "His soul had gone mad being in the wilderness." Seay notes that the quote comes from Joseph Conrad's novella, Heart of Darkness, a book that "parallels LOST in so many ways," says Seay, "because it’s the prototypical framing story, this story within a story. The story that you’re walking through isn’t really what it’s all about." Seay notes that the quote used in those scenes are further indication that, like in Conrad's book, the evil that we should truly fear is not "out there," but within ourselves.