From the album of the same name by the Police, 1983
Generally defined as ''a meaningful coincidence.'' Lost is certainly full of those, don't you think? But specifically, Sting was citing Arthur Koestler's take on Carl Jung's theory of a literal space-time force that connects people, things, and events. Or: the medium through which Lost's time travel and course correction happens.
''THE SOUL CAGES''
From Sting's album of the same name, 1991
The songs on this most personal of Sting's solo albums were inspired by the death of his father. The title track tells the story of a son who battles ''the king of the ninth world,'' a mythical entity likened to a lobster fisherman who snares human souls, then tortures them in cages. What the son wants: to free his father. The challenge: a drinking game. The son wins. ''The Soul Cages'' is the theme song for Doc Jensen's ''Final Theory of LOST,'' which we get to now... right after the musical interlude. Check out the Kenny G wannabe at 2:02!
DOC JENSEN'S FINAL THEORY OF LOST (PART ONE)
We begin with this simple assertion: Every season of Lost involves or often climaxes with parents or parental figures who go to extreme, reckless lengths to save or rescue their children. My hypothesis is that season 6 will be no different. Consider:
Michael built a raft for the primary purpose of getting himself and his son Walt off the Island. But the most reckless act of parental rescue love came from Rousseau, who abducted Baby Aaron in hopes of trading the boy to the Others for her own kidnapped kid, Alex.
The Waaaaaaaalt! season. Michael shot and killed Libby and Ana Lucia and then betrayed Jack, Kate, Sawyer, and Hurley to the Others to get Walt back, plus a boat off the Island.
Charlie, who had become a father figure to Aaron, sacrificed his life in hopes of fulfilling Desmond's prophetic vision that girlfriend Claire and her son would be rescued. Ben, father-leader of the Others, attempted to kidnap the castaway women in hopes of using them as breeders to solve his community's strange child-making problem. Opposing him: Jack, the father-leader of the castaways, who executed a risky, violent counter-attack to undermine Ben's plan and save his peeps.
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