I find that as I watch LOST again and again, I realize why I do it. I do it because each character closely resembles some aspect of myself.
Kate: Kate is on the run, all the time. She has made mistakes and she doesn’t want to be discovered. Her greatest desire, it seems, is to escape and start again. However, her past haunts her and she finds it near impossible. Plus, Kate doesn’t know what she wants. All I want is to run, to escape. I want so bad to leave this all, to leave everyone behind. I’m restless, I don’t want to be in any one place too long. I don’t know what I want either.
Locke: John Locke has experienced a great transformation on the island and he realizes that they’ve found something special and longs for others to grasp it. He realizes that they are destined for something. I too have found the greatest thing, Catholicism, and it has transformed me. I pray and pray that others could see this, especially my family. But like Locke, my family ties aren’t the greatest.
Hurley: When Hurley won the lottery he lost his best friend. Even on the island, he lost his love, Libby and his good friend Charlie. In some ways it paralyzes him, makes it difficult to be happy, to form deep bonds. For me, I lost almost everyone at my conversion. Mostly it was my fault, but I have very few of those friends left. It does make it hard to view my present relationships as long term things.
Sawyer: Angry, unable to let go of his past, until he falls in love with Juliet in the DHARMA days. Only Juliet dies and he is back to anger. Only a superficial change. That’s how I feel. Still unable to get past my past hurts, pains, and regrets.
Smoke Monster: I want to be free of the bonds placed on me. I don’t want to follow rules, I want to know what there is out there, and sometimes just have these interior bouts of frustration akin to black smoke.
Ben: The grand manipulator. Sometimes I’ll do whatever it takes to get someone to do what I want them to do.
Charlie: Old habits die hard, but when it comes down to it, he’d give it all up for the love of his life, even die to save her. It’s hard to break my old habits but if I had the right motivation I know I could do it.
Jack: From man of science to man of faith, Jack changes more than anyone, a great conversion. Sometimes that’s how I see myself.
The great thing though is how each character is able to choose redemption, they are able to cooperate with the graces given them and become better persons. They are given hope. And that’s what I seek in Jesus Christ. Sometimes, though, it takes an episode of LOST and a reflection on the characters to realize that in Jesus I have plenty of hope.