I'm a couple of days late with this, but I wanted to spiel about the most recent, and second-to-last, episode of "Lost". There's so much I dig about this show and I'm not thrilled to see it end, although better it end now before it fizzles out like the X-Files did. In particular, I've always appreciated what the show's writers and Matthew Fox have done with Jack.
I figure of all the characters on the show, I relate the most with Jack. There are snippets from all the characters that I'll see in myself, but Jack deals with some things I'm very familiar with. Like Jack, I tend to want to always fix things (a big reason why I stay on the Mather; a never-ending project) and also like Jack, I will very often fail to repair what needs fixing, be it a physical or emotional item.
Even deeper than that, however, is Jack's less-than-simple relationship with his father. Anyone out there who has had a complicated time with their father will feel for Jack. Fox does a great job of capturing the shades of gray around the Jack/Christian conundrum. Granted, John and I were very lucky that our dad really did love us, but things we're never easy growing up. And sometimes, almost 8 years after his passing, things can still be difficult.
Pile on top of this the fact that I too have a half-sibling who lives a good distance away (okay, South Carolina isn't as far south as Australia, but still. . .). Even better, my half-brother Eric wasn't really discussed early on in my tenure. For a while, he was known to John and me as "cousin Eric".
As a result of these parallels, some of the scenes from the Jack-centric episodes can be like punches to the gut. There I am, happily watching the show when all of a sudden, I have one those "something in my eye" moments. Exhibit "A": Around the 39:00 mark of "The Candidate". A great performance by Fox and Terry O'Quinn that got to me even more than Jin and Sun and the submarine.
In spite of all of this, however, I have no plans to run and guard some island. . .unless I somehow get a job on the Missouri.