I have to admit, I'm a sucker for a good redemption story. I never thought we'd get one for Ben Linus, though. Not after everything he's done for years on end. Michael Emerson deserves a lifetime supply of Emmy awards just for his scene with Ilana. It was so beautifully written, shot and acted (by both performers). It's moments like that I'll miss, long after this show has bowed. I'm going to leave it at that and just make a few...
Notes, Comments, and Stray Thoughts:
The Chosen, by Chiam Potok: Okay, Wikipedia has a good (but spoilery) summary of the book, so I'm not going to reinvent the wheel, here. The book's title pretty much screams that it belongs in this season of candidates and those claimed. The bare bones of the book are these: Set in the mid 1940s, Danny Saunders, the firstborn son of a Hassidic Rabbi, and Reuven Malter, the only son of an Orthodox academic (who gets involved in the Zionist movement, which Rabbi Saunders opposes) become friends -- true friends, the kind who are vulnerable for and to one another. The reader is treated to an exploration of these two ultra-conservative but very different branches of Judaism.
It makes me think about Lost-Aways, Others, and Other-Others, and Templars, of course. But what I really want to mention is Jacob's treatment of Ben, when he was the de facto leader of the Others. In The Chosen, Hassidic Rabbi "Reb" Saunders never speaks to his brilliant son, Danny. I mean this silence is a purposeful policy, not a mere bad parental habit, and has weighed on my mind since I read the book as a child. Reb Saunders stopped speaking to Danny (outside of their Talmudic studies) when he was quite young. He tells Reuven (Danny's friend) that he did this because Danny (a genius) is more brilliant than compassionate. Reb wants Danny to suffer so that he will be able to understand the suffering of others. And finally, for those of you who haven't read it, I'll note that the book is full of gematria -- Jewish-Mystic numerology (see Kabbalah) and we all know Jacob has a thing about numbers. I saw that book lying in the sand in Sawyer's old shelter and my brain nearly exploded. I have to find my copy and read it again. Right now! Er...okay, maybe after the series finale.