Welcome back to LOST Observations! We’re looking back at S.O.S.; the first episode of the show that’s centered around guest stars. This episode tells the story of Rose and Bernard, which also reveals a new bit of island mythology. Let’s have a look, and remember, you can scroll over the pictures for extended fun!
**Beware – major plot spoilers for Seasons 1-6 ahead**
“I can’t just do nothing.”
- Rose and Bernard are the first guest stars on the show to receive the flashback treatment. Other characters who will follow the trend are Desmond (Live Together, Die Alone), Nikki and Paulo (Exposé), Lapidus and Naomi (Confirmed Dead) and Jacob (The Incident). The Incident also features an Ilana flashback scene.
- S.O.S. tells the story of how Rose and Bernard met and what makes them tick. It’s a story that smoothly ties into the island mythology, without feeling like it was made up on the spot. There’s a clue in the Pilot episode that foreshadows the twist about Rose’s cancer. More on that later.
- In a classic LOST twist, it turns out that the stereotypical old married couple that Rose and Bernard represent are actually newlyweds! They had only known each other for a few months when Oceanic 815 crashed on the island. Yet, it seems that their love is the strongest on the show…
- Whenever Rose appeared in season 1, she was always adamant about one thing: her husband survived the crash. She didn’t have any evidence of the fact – she just knew. She could feel that, someday, her sweet-toothed husband would return to her, and she even saved an Apollo bar for when that day would come (Everybody Hates Hugo). They were finally reunited in Collision, and only left each other’s sides once on the show – when Bernard volunteered to kill some Others in Through The Looking Glass.
Charlie: “Your husband was in the tail-section of the plane.”
Rose: “Yes, he was. But he’ll be back.”
Charlie: “You think he’s still alive?”
Rose: “I know he is.”
Rose: “I just do. It’s a fine line between denial and faith. It’s much better on my side.” (Whatever The Case May Be)
- It seems that Rose and Bernard are the first people to remember their past lives in the flashsideways in the show’s final season. There are hints throughout the season that the couple is aware of their situation, most notably Rose’s comment to Bernard on the plane in LA X: “I missed you”. This is what Kate said to Jack after she had awoken (The End). We never see Rose and Bernard’s “awakening” – we only see their smugness towards other characters, like Jack, who are not yet aware of what’s going on.
- When Bernard first meets Rose, he’s determined to help her out of the snow, even though she tells him she would rather wait or call AAA. Rose seems annoyed at first, but is eventually charmed by Bernard’s persistence and confidence. Isn’t that the story of their lives? Bernard will continue to try and “save” Rose until he realizes she doesn’t want to be saved.
- We find out why Rose and Bernard were in Australia in the first place: it was an attempt of Bernard’s to save Rose’s life. Rose jokes that she wanted to be on a beach for their honeymoon instead. She will certainly get her wish. In fact, she and Bernard are the only survivors of the crash (besides the kidnapped Tailies) who will decide to live on the island for the remainder of their lives.
- Isaac… In the Bible, he’s the father of Jacob. On the show, he’s a faith healer who can cure cancer, much like Jacob (allegedly) can. On his wall of pictures, the Buddhist symbol Dharmacakra (wheel of dharma) can be seen twice. The Dharmacakra was one of the six religious symbols on the glass stained window inside the church in The End. According to Buddhism, turning the wheel can potentially save those who are spiritually lost. Sound familiar?
- The Frozen Donkey Wheel has a shape similar to the Dharmacakra.
- Isaac mentions that there are places on Earth with great magnetic energy, like the one where he works. The episode strongly implies that the island is one of these special places – one that is “right” for Rose.
- It’s possible that the Lamp Post Station (used to find the island) is another. Eloise mentions that the station was built over a pocket of electromagnetic energy, and that it was built to connect with places similar to it (316). Of course, the church in the final episode of the show takes place in this very same location. A bright light, much like the light inside the Swan, the Orchid and the Heart of the island, brings the survivors to “another place”.
- These three “special” places on the show are linked by the appearance of the Dharmacakra. It’s featured on the stained glass window inside the chapel where Jack was reunited with his father (The End).