Season: 4, Episodes: 1, Faction: Freighter
Brandon was a crewman aboard the freighter Kahana.
On the freighter
4×05 – The Constant
He and communications officer Minkowski left the freighter in the Zodiac raft in an attempt to tour the Island, but had to turn back when Brandon started “acting crazy.”
In astronomy, the zodiac is a circle of twelve 30° divisions of celestial longitude which are centred upon the ecliptic: the apparent path of the Sun across the celestial sphere over the course of the year. The paths of the Moon and visible planets also remain close to the ecliptic, within the belt of the zodiac which extends 8-9° north or south of the ecliptic, as measured in celestial latitude. Historically, these twelve divisions are called signs. Essentially, the zodiac is a celestial coordinate system, or more specifically an ecliptic coordinate system, which takes the ecliptic as the origin of latitude, and the position of the sun at vernal equinox as the origin of longitude.
Decoded Season 2 & 3 Characters
Key Episode(s) to Decoding the Character
The Zodiac Raft
The Zodiac raft was a small inflatable raft used to ferry people and supplies between the Kahana and the shore.
4×08 – Meet Kevin Johnson
After Michael disabled the Kahana’s engines, Minkowski and Brandon took the Zodiac raft in an abortive trip to the Island. Two other crew members later tried to steal the raft to escape the freighter, but the attempted desertion was thwarted by Captain Gault. (“Meet Kevin Johnson”)
4×11 – Cabin Fever
Gault later told Desmond and Sayid to leave the freighter, but Desmond insisted on staying on the freighter. Sayid then was given the Zodiac raft by Gault so he could travel back to the island to start ferrying survivors back to the Kahana. Gault told Sayid to make sure he navigated the raft on a bearing of 305. (“Cabin Fever”)
When Sayid arrived on the Island Faraday took over and took six survivors, including Aaron, Sun, and Jin to the Kahana. (“There’s No Place Like Home, Part 1”)
After successfully finishing the first trip Daniel, knowing about secondary protocol, asked both Charlotte and Miles to be with him on the second trip, which he may have known would be the last one.
Both of them refused though, choosing to stay on the Island, so Daniel took another five survivors of Flight 815. The raft was in the ocean when the sky lit up, followed by the disappearance of the Island.
5×02 – The Lie
The Zodiac raft with everyone on it was in the Island’s radius, and was moved with the Island. Daniel returned the Zodiac to the beach. (“The Lie”)
Associated LOST Characters
In Greek mythology, Asterion (“starry”, “ruler of the stars”) denotes two sacred kings of Crete. The first Asterion or Asterius, the son of Tectamus or son of Neleus and Chloris by the Greeks called “king” of Crete, was the consort of Europa and stepfather of her sons by Zeus, who had to assume the form of the Cretan bull of the sun to accomplish his role. The sons were Minos, the just king in Crete who judged the Underworld; Rhadamanthus, presiding over the Garden of the Hesperides or in the Underworld; and Sarpedon, likewise a judge in the Afterlife. When he died, Asterion gave his kingdom to Minos, who promptly “banished” his brothers after quarrelling with them. Crete, daughter of Asterion, was a possible wife of Minos.
According to Karl Kerenyi and other scholars, the second Asterion, the star at the center of the labyrinth on Cretan coins, was in fact the Minotaur, as the compiler of Bibliotheca (III.1.4) asserts:
Pasiphaë gave birth to Asterius, who was called the Minotaur. He had the face of a bull, but the rest of him was human; and Minos, in compliance with certain oracles, shut him up and guarded him in the Labyrinth.
“Minotaur” is simply a name of Hellene coining to describe his Cretan iconic bull-man image: see Minotaur. Coins minted at Cnossus from the fifth century showed the kneeling bull or the head of a goddess crowned with a wreath of grain and on the reverse — the “underside” — a scheme of four meander patterns joined at the centre windmill fashion, sometimes with sickle moons or with a star-rosette at the center: “it is a small view of the nocturnal world on the face of the coin that lay downward in the printing process, and is, as it were, oriented downward”.
A Greek myth introduced Asterion as one of three river gods who judged between Poseidon and Hera, who should rule Argos. The River Asterion in Argos is mentioned in the Dionysiaca (47.493) of Nonnus, who couples the reference with a rite in which young men dedicate locks of their hair.
As long as it is recalled that the myth of Asterion, who appears in no anecdotal Hellenic context, is Minoan, it will be perceived that the figure of Zeus is an interloper, and that rather than the “stepfather” role to which he has been displaced, Asterion is originally the father of the Underworld progeny.