Big B, little b: LOST’s flawed parentage

Sunny d came to spend the evening with me, which is always a pleasant treat.  Not just because she’s one of the nicest, most amazing people on earth, but also because there has never been a better TV partner, nor, I suspect, will there be.  Ever.

One of our most favoritest things to watch and discuss is LOST, which is not easy from across state lines.  So, when I see her, we catch up on all of our outstanding theories, questions, issues, discussions, etc.  We had many, many after last weeks season finale, but we returned to one item that has been nagging at me for weeks.

John Locke was born to a red-headed 16 year old girl named Emily (by a man “twice her age”) in 1956.  Because of her age and her mother’s strictness, John’s placed in foster care.

Ben Linus is born prematurely while his parents are hiking in the woods outside Portland.  It’s the early sixties, she’s in her early to mid-twenties, with red and was named… Emily.  She died giving birth to Ben on the side of the highway.

I find that to be a little too much of a coincidence.  Perhaps the reason Richard doesn’t take over leadership when Ben is banished is because he’s not part of the family.  We have no evidence that Swoosie Kurtz (adult Emily, who helps con Locke into giving real Sawyer/Locke’s dad his kidney) is the same woman- she could be anyone.  Locke would certainly not know her since he’s never seen her and we all know Sawyer is not above lying.

Ben and Locke’s possible relation caused me to notice their ages relative to one another and that they both have blue eyes.

That got me thinking.  Other people with bright blue eyes?  Christian Shephard, and his daughter Claire Littleton.  Not with blue eyes, bright or otherwise?  Jack Shephard.  So I went back and looked up Margo, Jack’s mom.  Guess what?  Those blue eyes again.

Big B, little b, people!  One of Jack’s parents is NOT his parent.  Since it’s easier to fake fatherhood than motherhood, for obvious reasons, it raises the distinct possibility that Christian is not Jack’s pop.  Making Claire not his sister, Aaron not his nephew, and a whole lot of familial ties, theories and webs come tumbling down.

I might not bring this up if it were any other show- it’s too glaring an error or hint.  I couldn’t concentrate during the golden compass because all I thought was: Big B, little b.  Big B, little b.  A brown eyed child CANNOT be born of blue eyed parents.  It’s a genetic impossibility. 

It’s one of the most widely used examples for dominant/ recessive and heterozygous/ homozygous genetics.  Or genetics 101- the kind of stuff they teach you in grade school. 

Exhibit A: the punnet square

 

MOM- blue eyes

DAD

blue

eyes

 

b

b

b

bb

bb

b

bb

bb

 

 

MOM- blue eyes

DAD

brown

eyes

 

b

b

B

Bb

Bb

b

bb

bb

 

 

 

 

 

Jack’s parents represent the first box- no brown eyes to be found.

Yeah, I know, I’m a science nerd.  But this is genetics 101- taught in junior high schools the world over (ok, maybe not in Kansas).  And, we’re talking about LOST.  Could they really have stuffed that up?

Discuss.

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1 Response to “Big B, little b: LOST’s flawed parentage”


  1. 1 izikavazo 7 June, 2008 at 12:20

    Be careful with eye colors on Lost. For quite sometime (I’m not sure if they are still doing it) the filmmakers used to put in different color contacts depending on the way the character was acting. So at times Locke could have bright blue eyes and sometimes he would have dark brown almost black eyes.
    I intend to rewatch all of the episodes of Lost this summer so I should probably try to keep track of that while I go.
    I have my own Lost blog, if you want to check it out, at: http://ncjl.wordpress.com/

    seeya there


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