I’ll start by saying that I did watch LOST this past week, and I was as blown away as everyone else on the internet seems to be. I am refraining from any additional comments right now – I have big plans for that show once the series is over so stay tuned.
I will also say that I did not watch the much hyped episode of Bones with its Wicca-based storyline. I thought about it, but I don’t actually like the show (not enough Vampires or Aliens, really). Instead I watched FlashForward, a show apparently at risk of being cancelled but that I still enjoy for its theme and great cast. What I like about the theme of FlashForward is the contrast between destiny and free will. Are these futures absolute or just possibilities? It makes me wonder if there even is a Pagan consensus on the ideas of free will and fate since traditions tend to very wildly. For my position, I’m a free will kind of girl, but I think Homer might actually disagree with me that the Gods don’t involve themselves in the affairs of mortals. Sometimes they do, I suppose, when they are bored.
Fringe is my favorite show on television right now. If you like sci-fi and haven’t checked it out, I highly recommend it. Walter Bishop, played by veteran actor John Noble, is one of the best characters on television right now. My current fictional-character-crush on Peter Bishop also makes the show quite palatable. The newest episode was a loving homage to The X Files; a real passing of the torch. Yes, JJ Abrams, I want to believe! Like FlashForward, Fringe also has a “Free Will” v. “Fate” theme but in a much different way. Our choices create infinite universes and possibilities. Come to think of it, so does LOST. I wonder if this trend in television is tapping into a spiritual subconscious in which viewers find themselves struggling questions about purpose.
The newest episode of Happy Town, however, had the most blatant Pagan imagery on the shows that I watched this week. What I loved most about it was the apparent revelation of what is likely the entire plot of the series in just the second episode. It can’t possibly be that simple, right? We met someone who might actually be the series bad guy and we also met a good guy who may have done something horribly wrong kicking off the entire storyline. Pay special attention to a mysterious tool featuring a goat head; it appears to have significance. Oh, and the golden eagle who seems to be some type of messenger from the gods.
This week’s BBC America airing of Doctor Who was the first of a two part episode bringing back the Weeping Angels from the 10th Doctor’s Episode “Blink”. I’m excited to see the second episode of this two-parter next week. I was also in love with the “Maze of the Dead” in the episode – an elaborately designed temple to the ancestors that looked like a great Greek temple. As I was watching it I thought about how lovely this underground maze would be to honor the ancestors. That is, until I learned the secret of the show. No, I’m not going to tell you that, you’ll have to watch for yourself.
I’ll be back with more television philosophizing next week.