I didn't want to care, get involved, research, overanalyze. Not this time, not again. After experiencing the less than stellar Alternate Reality Game that was Dharma Wants You this summer, I was ready to move on and focus back on the show itself. And then there was a quick flash during the new LOST promo video: Ajira Airways.
A series of events led me to start pondering the significance of this new website and tie-in. First, I happened to be looking back and gathering my favorite LOST quotes last week; specifically, Locke's. Second, my Facebook friend Sonia tagged me in a note, asking a group of us Losties whether or not we were excited about this potential new ARG. My initial response was a resounding 'no.'
And then I started thinking about Locke's belief in destiny and how we're about to discover just how his island leadership resulted in the off-island Bentham pseudonym and eventual death. Pair that with the tagline for Ajira Airways (Destiny Calls), and all of a sudden I'm quite intrigued.
Here are some of Locke's thoughts about destiny (the fickle bitch, as Ben referred to it); integral, foreshadowing conversations between the man of faith and the man of science.
Locke: "The island brought us here. This is no ordinary place, you've seen that, I know you have. But the island chose you too, Jack. It's destiny."Just something to think about.
Jack: "I don't believe in destiny."
Locke: "Yes, you do. You just don't know it yet."
Locke: "You're not supposed to go home."
Jack: "And what am I supposed to do? Oh, I think I remember. What was it that you said on the way out to the hatch - that crashing here was our destiny?"
Locke: "You know, Jack. You know that you're here for a reason. You know it. And if you leave this place, that knowledge is gonna eat you alive from the inside out...until you come back."
I plan to check the Ajira site on occasion, but not religiously. When the Season 4 DVD set comes out in a few weeks, I plan to devour that instead. It will keep me busy through the holidays and before we know it, Season 5 will arrive.
Anyone else playing along or believe this to be an actual ARG?