Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Lost Theory Question #10: Aaron Littleton

Starting a couple weeks before "Eggtown" aired, my blog started getting Google hits looking for "Lost Aaron Theory" thanks to this joke post I put up several months ago in regards to Aaron's casting. But now that we know Aaron gets off the island, I guess the question becomes what makes him so special on the show?

There are three main points we have to consider in dealing with Aaron:

1) He must be raised by Claire, if Richard Malkin is to be believed

2) The fact the Others wanted him

3) He's Jack's half-nephew (and Christian Shepherd's grandson)

There's also Charlie's weird dream about him having to be baptized, but considering that episode was one of the worst of the entire show, I'm just going to pretend it never happened. =)

But which of the other three points are important and/or true? I've been trying to wrap my brain around this for a while, but there really isn't a scenario I can find where all three of the things are important and make sense together.

I posited a while ago that Richard Malkin was indeed a fraud and actually hired by Christian Shepherd to keep his daughter from giving up his grandson for adoption. He made up a phony story to try and scare Claire into not giving Aaron away and the family in L.A. that Claire was supposed to meet was actually either Christian's wife or some other relative.

But what if the psychic was actually a psychic (and/or a course-corrector) and put Claire on the plane because he knew it could crash on the island? This would mean Aaron would likely have a special purpose for being on the island and that Malkin was telling the truth when he told Claire that she and she alone should raise Aaron. This would not bode exceptionally well for either Aaron or Kate in the future (or Claire, of course). Furthermore, the final spectacular episode of "Missing Pieces" seems to suggest Jack has as much of a destiny on the island as Locke (or Ben) does. And if Jack has a special connection to the island, does his nephew as well?

And then there's the question of what the Others specifically wanted with Aaron. Claire conceived off-island, so there was really no worry about giving birth. Now the scientist part of me thinks that because of this Aaron would have been of limited use to the Others' research. However, we do know from Juliet's flashbacks that Ben told Juliet there might be some pregnant women on the plane she can "use." So how could Juliet use Claire? The shots Ethan injected her with were probably just to put in the implant that Ben activated in "One of Us." But they still wanted to cut Aaron out of Claire, kill her and raise him themselves. To me this seems kind of bizarre - what would this have told them, especially if they knew that people who gave birth off-island are fine? It seems that the Others wanted Aaron for some other reason than just research. Now Ben certainly would have known that Aaron was Jack's nephew, so could he have wanted Aaron for that reason. Was Aaron on Jacob's original list?

There's also the possibility of Ben and the Others wanting Aaron because he's simply a kid, an innocent "good person." Maybe Ben needs someone new to manipulate the "magic box?" Walt didn't work out because he was "more then they could handle." But if Aaron is really special, then maybe he would out better than Walt would.

I guess it all comes down to whether you think Richard Malkin is a true psychic and course corrector or a fraud hired by Christian Shepherd. To me, the latter is more plausible but the former is more appealing in terms of the show. And even if it is the latter, there still could be a sort of middle ground - think of it as the Sybill Trelawney theory - where Malkin is a fraud who actually had one true vision in his life (maybe in the form of a visit from an actual course corrector).

But the bottom line here is that Aaron may very well be one of the ultimate keys to the show. What do you think? Is Malkin a fraud or real and what do the Others want with him? And if Claire is killed (maybe even this week) forcing Aaron to be raised by another, what will happen? Personally, I'm hoping he grows up to become Galactus. Hey, maybe he'll eat Kate in his awkward teenage years. =)


Capcom said...

At first I thought that Malkin was a fake psychic who turned real, like Whoopie Goldberg's character in "Ghost". But I like the CS angle that you have. It would have been a good and sneaky way for him to get his grand-baby, and perhaps his daughter, to him in the States.

If Aaron is special and needed by Jacob or the Island, I would find it impossible to believe that Ben would let him go, via deals or choice. I'm really clueless as to what we are supposed to think about Aaron. And the episode with Charlie trying to save him just confused me more. I didn't like that ep much either, until that final shocker.

Jay said...

Y'know, Capcom, nothing on Lost confuses me as much as Malkin, Claire and Aaron. I really like my Christian Shepherd conspiracy theory, but it really seems that the last season or so has gotten back to themes of destiny and fate and that Aaron is an integral part of that. On the other hand, if the Others wanted Aaron just for research that seems to contradict that he's special and has a special destiny.

Maybe Ben will get some face time with Aaron now that he's free in Lockeville. =)

Paula Abdul Alhazred said...

I think Aaron is very important in the grand scheme of the show. Whether or not you enjoyed "Fire + Water", I do think it provides major clues in favor of Aaron being significant.

Jay said...

I know I'm biased towards F+W, Paula, but how would you interpret that episode? While the show has overlying science vs. faith themes, they're for the most part very general. Charlie and Eko are specifically Catholic, but that's something personal to them and really not indicative of the real religious icon of the show (Locke) who's more shamanistic than anything.

To me, the episode simply addresses Charlie's faith. He was the one who interpreted the dream as Aaron needs to be baptized. But did he interpret it correctly? The overall message from the dream was that Aaron needed to "be saved." Now this fits in well with the overlying "Aaron is important" and "only Claire should raise him" themes. Perhaps Charlie, whose mind was on his own faith, simply misinterpreted the dream as being specifically Catholic?

Otherwise I simply can't see how Aaron being baptized as important to the overall plot to the show unless Satan himself is inside the magic box. Thoughts? Anyone? =)

Capcom said...

Well, Ben is Satan, dontchaknow?! :o)

Paula Abdul Alhazred said...


I do think "Fire + Water" is important to the overall mythology of the show. Charlie may or may not have misinterpreted his vision, but I think the fact that he was having a vision was important. The island knows the larger role Aaron will play, and it spoke to Charlie in a language Charlie would understand, i.e. Catholicism. So I think Charlie either didn't fully comprehend the vision he received, or the island itself actually is stuck in a kind of old school religious mode of thinking (the way it offed Eko especially points to this).

But Charlie's vision was so siginificant . . . the reference to the Christ child, the white dove and its shadow, Hurley as John the Baptist (and we know Hurley is special). So whatever transpired in that episode, the bottom line is that the island was trying to tell Charlie something, and in retrospect I think it will make more sense somewhere down the line. I just don't think the episode is as much of a one-off as it might appear; Charlie was given those visions for a reason. That's just my take, of course.

Also, I think episodes like this explore the more traditionally religious angle of the show, as opposed to Locke, who as you said is more of a shaman character. This episode kind of highlighted Locke's darker side, something the show was starting to stray from with the depiction of him as this noble hunter-gatherer-witch doctor who is always right. For Locke, the island is God, but for Charlie and Eko, God is something different. With Eko's death, I think the show is raising a very complicated question: is the island God, or does the island just think it's God? Maybe if God is to be found, it's not through the island. Or maybe it is. But I saw "Fire + Water" as using Catholicism to add a new tier to the show's spiritual views. Whew, okay. I'm done.

Anonymous said...

I think that Aaron does indeed play a very important role in the show, and that's because I think he is Jacob. If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. First of all, the creators previously said (prior to season 5 when he actually does talk) that we had already seen Jacob on the show. We just didn't know it, and they stressed that we had not heard him speak.

Also, Jacob obviously is closely tied to Claire and Christian; why else did we see the two of them chilling out in his cabin in "There's No Place Like Home"? And why did Claire leave Aaron out in the Jungle like that? Well, I'm thinking that Jacob has a plan to unlock himself from being stuck in time, and leaving Aaron behind is a part of the plan since he is Aaron. In addition, Jacob is the great-great grandfather of Aaron in the Bible, and this show is loaded with Bilbical references, all of which I think are tactical.

It's just an idea, but I'm pretty convinced of this. It all fits.