I was going to write something on the theology of Lost, but then Sandra Miesel just published a thorough write up along those very lines. So I will do the next best thing: I will write about the theology of a very similar show–one involving the trials of survivors from a crash on an island. I am speaking of course about Gilligan’s Island. Now I am not sure if Kevin has ever seen an episode of Gilligan’s Island or not…that seven year difference in our age has made for a few hits and misses in our respective tv experiences, but here goes. Oh, and by the way I am copying the following from elsewhere–except for the partial Dante thought which is mine!!
“If I described to you a hit television show with deep Christian underpinnings and hidden meanings about a bunch of people being stranded on a strange island which had some audience speculating that the characters were in “Hell,” what show would you say we were discussing?
Gilligan’s Island, of course.
Sherwood Schwartz, the creator of Gilligan’s Island, said he patterned the ’seven stranded castaways’ after the seven deadly sins but he didn’t admit it until years later in his book about the show.
I’m sure you can attribute the sins to the proper characters but here they are:
The Professor – Pride
Thurston Howell III – Greed
Ginger – Lust
Mary Ann – Envy (of Ginger’s looks)
Mrs. Lovey Howell – Gluttony
The Skipper – Anger or wrath
Gilligan – Sloth
Take that LOST!
Some have even speculated that the castaways were in Hell and Gilligan (who always wore red!!!!!) did everything he could to ensure they stayed there making Gilligan Satan.”
And of course, for those who have read Dante–Sloth is considered in his Purgatory to be the most damaging sin since sloth is defective and incomplete Love. So Gilligan’s embodiment of sloth could work with his representing Satan.
[I actually cannot locate my notes from Dante’s Purgatory off hand, so I will have to add detail later]
–I’m off camping for a few days. I hope the blog’s one reader doesn’t mind. Enjoy the videos!