I’m sure that Christian is one of the most important recurring characters on Lost. He’s been around since the beginning and he’s been involved in some of the craziest storylines. I want to look at his life, his post-life life, his role and his motives.
This refers to his life before he died and was resurrected on the island. Obviously most of this time was spent being a bad father to Jack, but we’ve seen more than that in flashbacks. Christian is one of those characters that met with other 815 survivors before they crashed on the island. He fathered Claire, he drank with Sawyer and he hired Ana Lucia. These encounters don’t tell us much that we didn’t know from Jack’s flashbacks. Ultimately Jack’s flashbacks establish that Christian was a bad father in a few ways, he demand way too much of him, he never gave him any commendation and he was irresponsibly drunk a lot of the time (obviously he could have been responsibly drunk, but he wasn’t). In Sawyer, Claire, and Ana Lucia’s flashbacks we see that he felt remorse for being a bad father and that he was pretty much suicidal during his trip to Australia. It’s well established that Christian felt bad for being such a bad father to Jack and Claire. It’s also quite clear that he was too proud to do anything to make up for it.
Then he died.
Then he crashed on the island. In the fourth episode of the show Christian arose! (While I’m talking about this, shame on all you Lost viewers who were shocked when Locke came back to life when 316 crash landed. How could you have not seem that coming?) It’s unclear whether he actually came back to life, whether he was reanimated by some force on the island or if he is some kind of zombie. I believe he came back to life in the traditional sense. He has all the same memories and experiences that he had when he lived plus a little extra. We’ll probably get more info about this kind of resurrection during the next Locke episode.
He definitely has powers. He can teleport (possibly even off the island) and he seems to be omniscient, or at least precogniscent (is that not a word?), he can tell the future.
But we aren’t really here to discuss what kid of spirit being Christian is, let’s look at some of his scenes on the island.
In the first episode Jack runs by Christian’s shoe in a tree. Very interesting. Well not really, that was Christian’s shoe and it was supposed to be a hint, but it didn’t really mean much. But in the last Missing Pieces webisode we see Christian sending Vincent to go wake up Jack, he says, “He has work to do.” This is actually quite encouraging. It seems as though Christian is rooting for Jack, perhaps he wants Jack to be a good leader of the 815 survivors. A few episodes later Jack continues to see Christian and he starts freaking out, he thinks he’s going crazy or something. In the end Jack finds Christian’s coffin and it’s empty. Coincidentally, or maybe not, when Jack finds the coffin he also finds the caves which gives the survivors a safe place to live and clean water (funny how that isn’t a concern anymore). This might have been Christian guiding Jack. Maybe he wanted him to succeed so he pushed him in the right direction. More points for Christian.
Seasons 2 & 3
Christian is missing for quite some time between the beginning of season 1 and the beginning of season 4. But we do meet someone important in season 3, Jacob. Jacob is the guiding force behind almost everything that The Others do. He creates lists of people that he approves of and he directs his minions to build airplane landing strips. It’s true that we don’t know much about Jacob, but he’s a big factor regarding Christian’s morality. We meet Jacob once in season 3. He appears to be a ghostly man with telekinetic powers and an intense dislike for technology. We don’t really know much else. I have theories about him, (check them out here) but what I want to establish here is that I believe that Jacob is good. Maybe once we know more about him I will have a longer Good vs. Evil discussion about him, until then I’ll leave it at that. During this meeting he seems to be in trouble, he asks Locke to help him. What could possibly pose a danger to Jacob?
(I want to do a shout out to one of my favorite commenters, Anon, for shedding new light on Christian over the hiatus. This analysis might have been years away if he hadn’t tipped me off to Christian’s intentions.)
Right at the beginning of season 4 we see Christian. He’s sitting in Jacob’s Cabin, in Jacob’s chair. In that same scene another man’s face pops up at the window and scares Hurley away. Perhaps Christian was a house guest at Jacob’s humble abode. More likely he was an intruder trying to wrest control of the island from him (oh boy, my strange vocabulary is really shining through today). And apparently he is successful because Jacob hasn’t been seen since then. Since that point Christian has been “speaking for Jacob”. During this time he took Claire back to his cabin leaving Aaron alone in the jungle. He rudely dismissed Michael immediately before his explosive death. And he told Locke to move the island, this alone has caused a huge amount of problems.
And about that, the scene when Locke goes to talk to Jacob in his cabin is very important. He goes there with Ben to see Jacob. Right before Locke goes in Ben decides not to. What would have happened if Ben did go in? What do you think Ben would have said when he saw Christian and Claire there instead of Jacob? I don’t think he would have listened to them. And I don’t think that Locke should. He does listen to Christian, but he does it because he believes that Christian is voicing Jacob’s will.
Recently Christian appeared to tell Locke that he did things wrong and he callously said that he had to die. I don’t know if Christian knew that Locke would come back to life, but he never said anything to Locke about it. At that point it seems like Christian is home-free he got rid of both Ben and Locke, the two people with the biggest connection to Jacob. The only other people left are Richard and The Others.
In the last episode Christian appeared as an all-knowing guide to Sun. I don’t really know what this proves other than that Christian seems to be aware of everything. He didn’t really tell Sun anything other than that she has a long journey ahead of her. This doesn’t really mean anything at this point. But what I notices about this scene is that Christian is holding a flashlight. Does anyone remember what happened when Jacob saw a flashlight? Jacob does not like technology, he literally went ballistic when Locke turned a flashlight on in his presence. So why would Jacob’s servant, Christian, be using a flashlight? I think this is a clear way to contrast the two characters.
So let’s think about it. Has Christian done anything on or off the island that gives him the authority that he now has? Do you really believe that the man that raised Jack is equipped to decide the fate of the island? The problem that I have with Christian’s current role is that there is no one above him. If Jacob is telling him what to do that’s fine, but I doubt that he is. I think that Christian was resurrected on the island with incredible power and he’s abusing that power to take control away from Jacob.
One thing that I noticed was that Christian is very good at getting people off of the island. He managed to get Ben, Locke, and the Oceanic 6 & co. off the island in one move. I think that it’s very significant that he got Locke, Hurley, Jack and Aaron off. Those people have the biggest connections to him. Aside from Claire and Miles they are the only people to see him on the island. (He also appeared to Michael, and he pretty much killed him.) Claire even appeared to Kate telling her not to bring Aaron back. Could it be that Christian is afraid that these people could be dangers to his power? He also got rid of three people with connections to Jacob: Ben, Locke and Hurley. It seems like he doesn’t want to be surrounded by “Special” people. I think he’s afraid that someone might take power from him.
I believe that Christian is evil. He never gave us any reason to trust us. His shenanigans over the last two seasons have been disastrous. And I would rather have Jacob in charge (this is a pretty arbitrary choice though).
What do you think?