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The lost scrolls are found in a bowling bag in "Lodge 49." May the ongoing adventure resume!
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Midway through the final episode of season two of Lodge 49, the tears started welling up. I knew the end of the season was coming, but I was happy. I felt like I was an honorary Lynx, in on the ongoing adventure of searching for scrolls, connecting with others and following your dreams. A journey of self-discovery where love of your fellow humans is at the core. Now, that's a show that's right up my alley!

Lodge 49 has proven to be the most interesting and insightful TV series I’ve stumbled upon in a long time. Sure, I thoroughly enjoy Strange Angel and (the canceled series) Requiem, with their occult topics and fascinating characters and storylines. But neither show offered the sense of community – a sense of belonging – that Lodge 49 does.

I recently wrote a Dust Devil Dreams post about Lodge 49 where I made comparisons between the AMC series and The Big Lebowski.

In my Dust Devil Dreams post "Brain Cloud 9," on Sept. 12, 2019, I wrote: "I think the friendship of The Dude, Walter and Donnie in The Big Lebowski is a big appeal of the film. Despite their personal differences and personalities, they are friends and have a bowling team together. Robert D. Putnam, in 2000 (two years after the release of The Big Lebowski), noted in his book Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, that membership in fraternal and civic organizations between 1950 and 2000 essentially collapsed. I think a big part of the appeal of Lodge 49 is that despite the disconnect for many characters, there is a sense of community within Lynx Lodge 49. Perhaps that sense of community will return in coming years. One can only hope."

What was so remarkable to me was that (SPOILER ALERT), in the second to last episode, where the Lynx members are in Mexico at an auction, they are trying to bid on a vintage bowling bag that contains some sacred scrolls, that many of the lodge’s adherents, particularly in earlier years, had long sought.

The bowling bag, I thought, was a nice touch. It reminds us that bowling – and bowling teams – often brought people together, something writer …. Addressed nearly 20 years ago in Robert D. Putnam's hard-hitting book Bowling Alone. There is a renewed yearning I have noticed in recent years of people wanting to get away from their screens and actually wanting to engage and interface with actual people - face to face. It is in our DNA to want this and Lodge 49 - as Northern Exposure before it - is reminding us of that. It is a big reason the show resonates so strongly with me. 

Rainbows have been a powerful symbol for me of late. While on a mini-book tour in the Memphis area, a rainbow appeared and gave me a feeling that good things were in store. And it appeared to be right on the money! After all, while in Memphis, I stumbled upon Lynx statues (!) at Rhodes College (their mascot is the lynx), right after visiting the "Alchemy" bar nearby. I felt I was on the right path, man!

And what is interesting is that – just as I anticipated the Trinity Test scene in Twin Peaks: The Return in 2017 – I anticipated the appearance of a rainbow in the final scenes of the final episode of Season 2 of Lodge 49. And while I did not see a rainbow in the sky, immediately afterward, I did see a child's painting of a rainbow within the hour.

Portals. Gates. Doors. Openings. These entrances/exits, are part of the tests we face in this life. And if you are lucky, you have friends - perhaps a community, like Long Beach's Lodge 49 of the Lynx - to take that journey with you.

ORBIS!

Alchemical elements play a role in each season, the show’s creators explained in a recent Newsweek article.

"The elemental structure of the Lodge 49 seasons is one of several indications that the series' sprawling world of secret societies, occult corporations and esoteric insight isn't just a feint at a splendid, structured reality but part of a larger plan," writes Newsweek's Andrew Whalen, adding, "Our first season was our water season, our second was our fire season and the third season is our earth season," Jim Gavin, Lodge 49's creator, added, aligning the structure of the entire series with the alchemical esotericism underlining The Ancient & Benevolent Order of the Lynx. "So we see Dud kind of enter, transition into this next element."

Interestingly, the element of “fire” (a strong element in my astrological chart) was on my mind as I grabbed a Korean edition of the Financial Times (dated October 14, 2019 – the day after the final episode of Season 2 aired) that a family member had picked up in Seoul, and was tearing pieces of the salmon-colored newspaper for a future fire to burn in my chiminea and the word ORBIS jumped out at me from the newspaper. I simply thought it was one of those mega-corp names that means nothing - like GloboCorp, or something. But a company called Orbis Investments, Ltd., out of the UK, actually exists. Now ... that is interesting, in light of the UK link in Lodge 49, with the main Lynx lodge located in London. But is it the true lodge?

Lodge 49 is like that. It is a slice of pop culture that also operates on a synchromystic level - and the show's creators recognize this. Nothing is by accident. As show co-creator Peter Ocko told Newsweek: "There's absolutely a giant vision board. It's not something we're improvising on and hoping we can tie up," Ocko said. "That being said, we're letting the characters guide those stories in directions we didn't expect. We set out to understand the mythology of our show before we wrote it. But it's important we're not just taking people on a jazz improvisation ramble. There is a method to the madness."

The final episode, "The Door," is utterly remarkable. Every character and line is worth savoring. The shots and the feel. Again, reminiscent of Northern Exposure, an offbeat series (1990-95) that featured quirky, interesting characters in a setting in small-town Alaska. The "last frontier," as it were. Our Lodge 49 folks all have their struggles, particularly in such an uncertain and unforgiving economy. 

Steve Winwood sang "You've gotta roll with it, baby," some three decades ago. In 2019, we're learning to "scroll with it, baby." But it's more than searching for scrolls. The true lodge, it turns out, is in each and every one of us.

Editor's Note: There is an effort on social media - particularly on Twitter - to make sure AMC renews Lodge 49 for a third season (the element "Earth" season). #Lodge49Season3. Please share it! 

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