What Lies In the Shadow of the Statue?

Ille qui nos omnes servabit.

For those who didn’t hear it. If you don’t recognize the question, it’s from Lost. And the ‘v’ in servabit is pronounced as a ‘u’ by Richard. “seruabit” or “serwabit” is how it was pronounced.

He/That which we all serve.


4 Responses to “What Lies In the Shadow of the Statue?”

  1. ironypants Says:

    i think you have the wrong verb there. “servabit” is from the verb “servare(servo)” meaning “to protect”. so it should be “he who will protect/save us all” if we heard the words correctly.

    the verb that means “to serve” is “servire(servio)” which would have come out as “ser-wia-bit”, i guess?

  2. Adam Pacio Says:

    Good catch, and an interesting point of fine distinction. We should go to transcripts for clarification. And it’s time for me to brush up on my tenses.

  3. Adam Pacio Says:

    With the new translation, and the episode from last night, the more important point to keep in mind is that if the cultural milieu is Egyptian, then the mythic figure of “Jacob” is not going to be Jesus Christ, it will be Horus instead (despite the appearance of Horace as the leader of the Dharma Initiative). The Ankh, the hieroglyphs adorning the pillars from the Tunnels, the shape of the fishing trap Jacob uses, the cloth he is weaving, and the tapestry’s subject matter of worshippers beneath the many rays of the sun — not to mention the statue of Sobek, the Egyptian crocodile god who devours the souls of the unworthy dead after Anubis judges them… this all predates Christianity by a long shot. The mythic cycle of Horus is a much earlier version of the Savior myth upon which the Christian version was later built. (Incorporating elements of Osiris for resurrection, and Tammuz/Adonis myth from Sumer, and Orpheic myth from Greece, with echoes of Wotan and Oghma as well.Mixing tropes, I say, “All this has happened before, and it will all happen again.”)

    I was a bit sad to learn that I misheard Ilana’s name as well. Much more of a powerful symbol if she had said, “I’m Innanna”, the Sumerian goddess of Heaven who descends to the underworld to rescue her sister.

    But hats off to the writers for a great episode anyway. And a masterful resurrection (grin) of the possibility that the Island is indeed a microcosmic stage on which plays out the eternal struggle between two sides known prosaically as Good and Evil.

    The question becomes, however… which one is good, and which one is evil? Just because Jacob wore white and Smokey wore black does not clarify the matter at all.

    And why did Jack have to give Locke’s corpse his father’s shoes to wear? There’s some symbolism there which we haven’t begun to explore.

    Tying this back to Interactive Studies

    Okay. Time to wrap this thread up and tie it back into the larger point which was made on an NPR broadcast today. I’ll have to write a post expanding the idea that serialized fiction has moved back in to the forefront of television ratings, and the story arcs have gotten so much more incredibly complex, due in part to the communication allowed by the internet. Fan sites, community boards, theory sites, all provide a medium by which a plethora of information is collected, authored, and shared by enthusiasts, and available to support the tangle of plots and subplots which previously would have lost (heh) an audience long before.

    Egads, now -that-‘s a topic I can sink my teeth into. I think I’ll have to do a paper on the subject. (And here I thought graduation would be the end of writing papers.)

  4. Slauta69 NYC nao9 Says:

    Good points Adam.
    As for resorting to transcripts; I went back and watched that scene with the captions, it is indeed “seruabit”. They even had it spelled as it’s pronounced.

    On the topic of shows being influenced by online communication between viewers, I can go either way. It’d make a lot of sense, but I’m reminded of an amazing series on HBO called ‘John from Cincinnati’ which was cancelled after HBO decided it hadnt reached its quota for viewers. Its plot was on par, if not more complex than LOST’s and I got the feeling that it simply went over a lot of executives heads, they figured it would go over most other peoples’ heads and they canned it.
    So, I wonder: why – if these emerging series are blessed with being able to feed off of fan based blogs and what have you – wasn’t ‘John’ able to be saved by viewer support from the internet?

    One thing I do know, is that LOST needs to drop the “LOST: UNTANGLED” nonsense. It’s an insult to anyone who is a real fan and to the shows integrity all together. Having a “LOST in 60” would be one thing, but to dumb it down so far as to have stick puppets and barbies against oak tag backgrounds is just degrading. In their attempt to sell action figures and draw in those few who’ve resisted LOST or just couldn’t follow along or are 13 orrr live in middle America… they’ve upset the balance of television Darwinism! If you can’t keep up… you should get, well… LOST

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