I really liked this episode, and unlike a lot of people, I felt like I was getting some answers, albeit only a few. Wow - it was full of spiritual symbolism. Shepherd is #23, as in Psalm 23 - "the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want", and David was his son. David was the biblical character who wrote Psalm 23 in the bible, and he was musically inclined - writing psalms, songs, and playing the harp, similar to the David in the show. Interesting. And a lighthouse - lighthouses always have a spiritual connotation.
Christian Shepherd seems to have gone the way of Smokey, Flocke, which seems to be the evil way. I am wondering if their is some spiritual statement meant to be here about legalism versus freedom in Christ, and also how the Great Deceiver lies often look like the truth. Flocke seems to be telling some truths, but maybe he is slightly distorting it, so that it is a lie that looks like truth - making him a deceiver like the devil. I don't think that it is a coincidence that a man named Christian began to be used by Smokey.
I don't know where the writers will go with Lost, whether they are Christian believers or not, but my favorite line from last night was when Jacob said to Hurley, "Jack is here because he has to do something. He can't be told what to do, he has to find it himself. Sometimes you can just hop in the cab and tell them what to do. Other times you have to let them look out at the ocean for a while." It seemed like such a loving, God-like thing to say. These people are chosen, yet they also have free will, which is why there are so many candidates and why Jacob can try to guide, but he cannot truly manipulate them into doing whatever he wants them to do.
Well, that's my theory, but I have no idea where this show is really going, especially on the spiritual front. Jack seems to be the key to the sideways storyline though, as he keeps almost remembering things from the island, while the other characters just seem to be existing off-Island with no almost-memories.
Lost watchers - thoughts?