A Blurt; Rules of the Game: The rules of Senet have been LOST to the sands of time. Scholars have come up with pretty convincing arguments for playing this way or that. You can buy Senet boards today, and the rules accompanying it vary from producer to producer. Ever since the Mr. Eko days, whenever we've seen Esau in his Smoke Monster form, my mind has gone right to Job 1:7. "The LORD said to Satan, 'Where have you come from?' Satan answered the LORD, "From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it'." Like a Smoke Monster. Pop culture has cheapened our collective understanding of Satan -- painting him as a pitchfork wielding cartoon red devil with horns and a tail. Depending on the source material though, he is -- although fallen -- the most beautiful of all the angels: the angel of light, as well as mankind's adversary/accuser. In Job, think of him as the prosecuting attorney -- putting Job's faith on trial. At first, although God allows Satan to test Job by destroying his property and family, he doesn't let him lay a finger on Job. Adolescent-Angst Esau: "We're people. Does that mean we can hurt each other?" CJ: "I've made it so you can never hurt each other." Finally, Satan convinces God to let him attack Job's body. God allows it, but he has one rule for the Accuser: You can't kill him. Teen-Angst Esau: "What's dead?" CJ: "Something you will never have to worry about." The fellas are playing CJ's game until Esau plunges the dagger deep into her. Had she but spoken, it would have been too late. Once Jacob sends Esau down into ye olde tunnel of love, Jacob ascends; he claims his birthright: Gamemaster. But although it seems he must abide by his predecessor's rulings, he can -- as Adolescent-Angst Esau promised long ago and far away -- create rules of his own. CJ once told Jacob he had no choice. Jacob now staunchly insists on letting people choose for themselves.
Episode Report CardCindy McLennan: C | 3759 USERS: C+
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