"Lost' in Translation: Pre-premiere observation: Duality isn't obvious?

Black and white. Get it?

So maybe keeping track of the various/many/endless strains of the “Lost” mythology isn’t my specialty. But I can analyze and deconstruct plot, character and images with the best of ’em, and so I’m extremely surprised to discover that one of our pre-eminent Lost-perts, Dr. Jensen of Entertainment Weekly, has only lately (in public anyway) hit on the significance of the backgammon soliloquy at the end of the “Lost” pilot:

Even then, when virtually everything about the Island and physics and time and the Others and the Other Others and Dharma and etc had yet to be established, it seemed obvious that this new adventure series was girding its plot with serious ideas about life, liberty and the pursuit of dualism, particularly in the hearts of highly imperfect people.

Good and bad, dark and light, science and reason, fate and self-determinism. All these things were visible in those first two hours. And more and more, as the weeks rocketed past: polar bears (white) and the smoke monster (black). That scene with Locke and Walt (white and black, though that  hardly reflected their relative characters at the time) hunched over the backgammon board while Locke spoke cryptically about this game that went back to the beginning of time, with the opposing colors, and the pieces carved from peoples’ bones, for crying out loud. . . . and if memory serves that was the LAST scene in the first episode.

Wasn’t its significance always kind of extremely obvious? Anyone?

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