I was listening to the latest podcast from our friends at Lostcasts earlier today and they had some really good theories on some of the latest events on Lost.
Something I liked in particular was their theory behind Mr.Eko’s reasons for building a church. I hope i’m not posting any spoilers here, but I think we heard Eko and Charlie telling Bernard in the last Lost episode, that what they where building near the beach was actually a church.
When Bernard questioned their decision to build a church, Mr.Eko replied:
“People are saved in different ways Bernard…”
This would probably mean that Eko intends to save their souls through Christianity, but the guys at Lostcasts had an idea that took the concept even further.
Unless you are one of those fans who fall asleep during one of the most thrilling moments of an entire season of Lost, you will probably remember Mr.Eko’s confrontation with the smoke monster. All that happened was that the smoke appeared to either scan or implant memories into the mind of Mr.Eko and then it simply went back into the jungle. Charlie, who was sitting in a tree, watching the whole thing, didn’t get hurt either.
You might also remember that Locke has had two encounters with the smoke monster. The first time, we never saw the smoke, but most fans assume that it was the smoke that he looked upon when he had seen into the eye of the island, as he so poetically put it. That time, nothing happened to Locke, but the second time that he encountered the smoke monster, he was dragged through the jungle and was even very close to getting dragged underground by what appeared to be a pretty angry cloud of smoke.
One of the popular ideas in the fan community is that the the smoke monster’s different behavior in these situations could have to do with how it interprets the person it is confronting and “scanning”. The first time Locke encountered the smoke monster, he was very secure in his faith both in himself and the island, while the monster’s violent behavior at their second date could be explained by Locke’s deteriorating faith in the island.
The guys at Lostcasts believe that Mr.Eko is aware of these reasons for the smoke monster’s reactions and that he is building a church to make sure that the losties are secure in their faith so that the smoke monster will do them no harm. They even go so far as to suggest that Mr.Eko might be planning to take control of the smoke monster and use it against The Others in a final showdown.
I don’t know if I believe that this is what will happen, but it is a pretty good theory. I think that those who are secure in their faith will play an important role in the future.
Some really interesting things about magnetic healing and the magnetism of Uluru, or Ayers Rock as it is commonly known where also discussed on the latest Lostcast. If you aren’t already a fan of their podcast, I really recommend checking it out.