Stephen King, Jules Verne and LOST

In the 3rd of my continuing series on LOST influences I have chosen to explore the books of Stephen King and Jules Verne for their connection to LOST.

Jules Verne as you probably know is the father of our modern science fiction stories.  As a kid I really loved going on the Disneyland ride for 20,000 leagues under the sea, inspired by the Verne book of the same name.  In the book the Nautilus submarine makes its last journey to a secret island.  In LOST we have the Galaga submarine (named after a popular video game) journeys to the secret island of LOST.

Original French title for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Submarine Journey ride at Disneyland

In the title of the book is LES MERS and so was the translation on one of Rouseau’s maps which Shannon did for Sayid.  And Mysterious Island is another book by Verne that features a balloon landing on the island, just like Henry Gales’ balloon landed on LOST island.  An other connection to Verne is in the style of his books.  He wrote in a serial narrative form which saw his books released in weekly installments with each chapter having a cliff hanger to keep the readers’ interest until the next chapter’s release.  LOST’s story is the same with weekly episodes built to hold the viewers interest until the next episode furthers the plot.  While researching this I found this post by a frustrated Lost viewer commenting on  how viewers can lose interest when the serial narrative style frustrates the viewer.

Okay now on to Stephen King.  King is the modern master of horror mystery suspense.  I read many of his books up to Misery.  After that I became less of a book reader and more of a computer geek so I can’t say much about his most recent books.  But let me tell you about the ones I have enjoyed the most and any possible connection to LOST.

Carrie: Was the first book I read after seeing the movie of the same name.  Carrie is mentioned by Juliet at her book club meeting and we see both her and Ben holding a copy of the book.  The movie is absolutely heartbreaking as a domineering mother (LOST has many parental issues) causes her daughter to use her supernatural powers (think Walt) against her.

The Stand: Frequently named by the LOST writers, The Stand is about how a virus (think sickness in LOST) wipes out almost the entire world causing an intense battle amongst the survivors forming groups on the sides of Good and Evil.

Christine is about a cursed car.  Hurley’s car is “cursed” by the Numbers.

The Dead Zone is about a high school teacher who experiences a gap in time (the dead zone) like Desmond does when he jumps back in forth in time between his past and present.

Firestarter (starring Drew Barrymore in the movie) can use paranormal powers to set objects and people on fire in a fit of rage.  I think of Walt causing it rain or not,  and sending birds into windows or Dharma stations.

Night Shift featured a short story called “The Lawn Mower Man” which starred Jeff Fahey aka Frank Lapidus.

These are the books I have read.  For an in depth analysis of Stephen King and LOST just click to go to this Lostpedia article.

I plan on reading his new book, Under the Dome, about a community trapped inside a transparent bubble.  It’s like what Desmond said, “… there’s no escape… we’re stuck in a bloody snow globe!.

LOST ReWatch Season 5 (Episodes 1-3)

Took apart the PS3.  Cleaned it, rebuilt, still not working.  But somehow I will find a way to press on with Season 5.  Here are JayJay’s comments.  Please drop your own comments below in the comments section.  I plan to podcast these eps right around the DVD release date of 8 December.  TLE

5.01 Because You Left  (Jack/Ben)

It seemed Ben deliberately dislodged the wheel off its axis so that the island could keep moving in time. This seems like his great plan all along so that he could get back. Daniel says, “whatever Ben Linus did in the orchid, maybe has just dislodged us”. And ironically, that’s what he did, by dislodging the donkey wheel.

I thought the Other’s went to the Temple. But they were with Locke in the Jungle.

I wonder what makes the difference whether you’re capable of jumping through time or not. I wonder if it’s the connection they have with each other. Season two seemed to be hinting at the degrees of separation between everyone. Maybe because it was the island’s plan to get the Oceanic 6 back, that it also made the remainder of the Losties jump in time. If that makes sense.

What are the rules of what time travels or not?

Even when Daniel is explaining the abnormal events, he says to Juliet your people and us are moving in time, is talking about the Losties and the Freighter folk? Or the Losties and the others?

Widmore might have just found his loophole in Sun, since he can’t kill him directly, maybe this is another means.

Why does Ben send such a critical people to investigate plane crashes. He sends Ethan, wouldn’t he know that if anything were to happen to their own doctor, then his people would be in big trouble?

It’s funny when they do scenes and then leave us hanging for the answer, the answer is pretty much given in the next scene. When Daniel talks to Sawyer about the rules, he asks how can we stop it, he says we can’t stop it and Sawyer says, “then who can?” then it goes straight to Locke.

We know the first time jump went into the past a few years before the crash about the time Eko helped his brother load heroin, the second into the future about 2007, a few days after Ajira 316 crashed. the third time is in the past, but how long we don’t know. It must be within the 3 years Desmond has been in the hatch, but before Kelvin Inman died, or else he wouldn’t have worn the hazmat suit, he saw Kelvin take it off and knew that it wasn’t important. Now that I think ot it, it’s must be after Kelvin died, as he asked if he was his replacement. But then why would he be wearing the protection since he knows it’s useless.

How has John figured out they are time travelling, I guess he saw Ethan and that’s what tipped him off.

It’s obvious Locke does meet Richard in the past, but the first time it happens it’s quite possible there is no compass, but this time Richard gives him a compass to give back to him in the past, which will make the alternate timeline different by just a compass.

I’m sure Miles could tell if Juliet likes him since he can read minds. As he makes the comment, “the chick digs me”.

Desmond could have received his memory from any point he met Daniel to the so-called present, so why is the memory gained now and not at the point he got rescued by Penny?

5.02 The Lie (Hurley)

I want to know if the dead are trying to help Hurley or not. Ana Lucia even says the words “if I were real”, but Charlie said “I am dead, but I’m here”. Are there dead people who are working for opposite sides. Maybe Ben can summon the dead.

Jill the butcher, seems like an Other that has been allowed to get off the island.

Season 5 seems to be the season of “time-outs”. Sawyer mentions a time-out when talking to Faraday in the previous episode, and Rose asks Neil to take a time-out. We see several time-outs during the finale.

I don’t know how Frogurt got hit by the flame in his direction, as he was facing the beach, the arrows would have been coming from the jungle behind him. Even when they are running towards the jungle, the arrows are heading in the direction they are running.

If Locke wasn’t a killer before, he certainly is one now. He even kills a few of his own people, but without knowing it of course.

Why is Eloise an ex-member of the hostiles, who is so anti-dharma, working in a run-down Dharma facility?  My thought is she must have worked for Dharma before.

5.03 Jughead (Desmond)

When I first discovered the title of this episode. I thought Jughead was referring to Desmond.

As Desmond walked passed the arches on the university it was the same place he first met Faraday.

I wonder who is their leader at this time, it seems like Richard is leading them. I wouldn’t think someone as young as Widmore or Eloise would be a leader now. Both seem to be from England, do the hostiles selectively pick recruits from certain countries?

Miles walks over another grave.

Why can John throw a knife, but not shoot a gun. He killed some of his people in the previous episode.

Desmond first met Daniel in 1996. I believe Widmore funded Daniel’s project so that we could determine what the future held. I don’t think he is as evil as he’s been portrayed. I think he knows full well that Desmond and Penny don’t want to be found, as he knows Ben is after them, and he wants to keep it that way. I believe Widmore is only making things happen for the safety of his family.

The military folk must have come for a search and discovery mission for the Dharma Initiative. As they were performing odd experiments also.

Is it possible that Widmore was once a part of the military group that came? Then soon after he defected to the hostiles? Charles Widmore talks to Desmond about, having any military experience, maybe he has a passion for it. Why are all the others wearing military clothing?

Daniel plants the first seeds of time-travel to Ellie. So the next time she meets him, she shoots him, but she also believes in the journal.

It seems like each time the island jumps is when a time paradox is about to happen. Like it’s preventing a big change in events.

Desmond say he knows Charles has questions for him, but he won’t answer any of them. Very similar to how the show works.

I don’t know what the significance of Desmond’s story in the whole plot. He goes to see Faraday’s mom, she tells him he’s got more work to do. He doesn’t listen, he get’s shot. Now what? How has telling her that what Daniel told him to tell his mom, done anything? Her plans were to get Jack and the group back to the island, and that happened. Was Desmond supposed to be on the plane too. Is this why it caused a bit of a side-effect. I’m not sure how this ties into anything in the story.

Richard knows how to get off the island. This has still yet to be answered. I think it’s has to do something with the temple.

Jones known as Widmore had met Charlotte, Miles and Daniel in 1954, is this the reason he specifically choose them to board his freighter in 2004?

JayJay

Official LOST Season 5 Sneak Peak Videos

Season 5 Sneak Peak Videos:

Courtesy of Buena Vista Home Entertainment. ©ABC Studios.

Clip 1: One of Ben’s People: This deleted scene from LOST’s fifth season episode “Namaste” takes place when Christian Shephard, Sun and Frank Lapidus meet at the abandoned Dharma barracks.

Clip 2: The H Bomb (Making up for LOST Time): We know LOST fans are eager to hear anything Darlton has to say, so here’s a clip of them — plus Jorge Garcia (Hurley) and Jeremy Davies (Faraday) — talking about the concept of changing the future. Check it out!

Clip 3: Action-Figure Faraday: The shoot-out at the Dharma barracks in “The Variable” was one of the biggest action sequences of LOST’s fifth season. Watch how the crew set it up, with commentary from Evangeline Lilly (Kate), Jeremy Davies (Faraday) and Eric Lange (Radzinsky).

Clip 4: Finding LaFleur: This deleted scene from LOST’s fifth season episode “Namaste” shows more of Miles and Juliet’s conversation about Sawyer’s whereabouts at the Dharma barracks’ underground security office.

Clip 5: Breaking Down the 100th Episode: LOST’s 100th episode, “The Variable”, was a major event for the fans, cast and crew. This clip features multiple interviews discussing this milestone, plus behind-the-scenes footage of a production meeting and location set-ups.

Clip 6: PHY 101.2: Find out what you’ll be studying in LOST University’s PHY 101.2 “The Physics of Time Travel” course — with particular attention paid to wormholes that transport you through space and time.

Official LOST Season 5 DVD sneak peaks, promo photos & Dharma DVD

The pictures are below.  I have a separate post for the videos. Just click here for the sneak peak videos.

As we look ahead to the Season 5 DVD set release here in North America in two weeks, I have some official LOST Season 5 DVD hi-res promotional photos for you.  Starting tomorrow (Monday 23 November) I can share the video sneak peaks as well.  Now if I can just get my PS3 Blu Ray working….

AND stay tuned for information on how you could win a Limited edition Dharma Initiative kit DVD.

Click photos below for the hi-rez version.  All photos Courtesy of Buena Vista Home Entertainment. ©ABC Studios.

Here is Daniel (Day Kim) and Danielle Rousseau. "When am I?"

Juliet and Locke look surprised. Maybe they just saw the Four toed statue. "Is that Anubis?" "No I think it's Taweret." "Tawa what?" "Tawa wa boom di ay."

Hurley, Jack and Sayid return to the Island. "Dude, It's like we never left!"

Charlotte, Miles and Daniel are captured by the Hostiles. "Please put the gun down, I haven't forgotten your Mothers' Day present."

 

Juliet and Miles are captured in the 50's. "Isn't that the dude from Happy Days, Richie Cunningham?"

Faraday and the nameless beach camp survivors return to the island after the freighter blows up. "Something is different here, but I just can't figure it out. Dude the island just moved and us along with it!"

LOST: The Complete Fifth Season comes to Blu-ray Hi-def and DVD on December 8, 2009 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. All 17 episodes of the season fans and critics alike are calling the best ever are available to watch again and again in a five-disc set packed with never-before-seen bonus material, including revealing cast interviews and behind-the-scenes features, including exclusive content only available on the Blu-ray. The mystery, action and intrigue that have made LOST one of the most influential shows of the decade gather speed as the show nears its highly anticipated final season. The ultimate addition to every TV lover’s collection, LOST: The Complete Fifth Season is perfectly timed for holiday gift giving.

The show that revolutionized primetime proves once again why it is television’s most addictive and creative series, as the epic story of LOST twists, turns and spirals through time in its brilliant fifth season. Destiny sends the Oceanic 6 back to the Island and into the heart of the enigmatic Dharma Initiative. The reason they had to return and the fate of all those who were left behind is revealed as the momentum builds toward the much anticipated series finale in 2010. Some of LOST’s most pressing questions are finally answered in a spectacular 5-disc collection, packed with deleted scenes, exclusive interviews, as well as Blu-ray exclusive content.

All About Lost ReWatch Eps 22 Part 2(S4 12B)

In the second half of our Season 4 Finale podcast, we discuss There's No Place Like Home parts 2 & 3. My favorite season after S1 and tops for action and adventure. I make a special announcement about the Season 5 DVD set including a way to see sneak peeks prior to the official release.

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All About Lost ReWatch Eps22 Part 1(S411-12A)

On this weeks episode Jeremy and T.L.E. discuss Lost episodes 4.11 and 4.12A, Cabin Fever and There's No Place like home. Jeremy is slightly louder than T.L.E. so apologies for that. It will be cleared up by the next episode.

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LOST and Star Trek

This is the second in my continuing series (until I run out of ideas) on shows that influenced LOST.  In my first post, I profiled the classic B&W mystery sci-fi, “The Twilight Zone”.  Fate worked out for me that time as it was the 50th anniversary of TZ.  I picked Star Trek this time because of the new DVD release of “Star Trek (2009)” directed by J.J. Abrams and co-written by Damon Lindelof.

I loved Star Trek.  Growing up in the late 60’s and early 70’s, Star Trek was a show that represented a hope for the future.  People living in the 23rd Century could get along without bigotry and prejudice and all the people of the Earth were united enough to send the international cast of the Enterprise out into space “to explore new worlds, and to seek out new civilizations”.  Under all the drama and suspense it was a hopeful show and I think LOST is as well.  LOST banded together an international cast to explore strange new worlds (the island) and to seek out new civilizations (the Dharma Initiative).  On LOST we have to cope with survival in a world out of our normal environment and so it goes with Star Trek as well.

The Characters:

Just for fun let’s compare our main characters.

Jack/Kirk: Both natural leaders, smart and savvy, and willing to sacrifice themselves for the good of the ship (I mean flight 815).

Sawyer/McCoy: Both are smart aleck’s willing to argue against Jack/Kirk’s methods if necessary.

Sayid/Uhuru: Both are communications officers.  One uses a computer to communicate and the other uses torture.  I guess there might be a slight difference there:)

Faraday/Spock: Both are scientific and think somewhat in a logical fashion.  Spock has the ears and Dan the tie.  Both have breakdowns (Spock experiences human emotion and Daniel cries for no reason at all – after seeing a TV show with the fake 815).

Kate/Yeoman Rand: The “hot” women on the show who attract the leading men.  Both are kept at arm’s length the first season but the tension is definitely noticeable.  I almost put Kate together with Spock because they are sort of the “go to” people for Jack/Kirk in times of trouble.

Red Shirts: I need to mention the idea of the “red shirts”. On Star Trek the minor characters with speaking parts always seemed to die a horrible death (usually during that episode).  LOST makes fun of this, and provides foreshadowing when Boone makes mention of this shortly before his ugly demise.

Episodes:

Here are some of my favorite Star Trek episodes and a few in particular have a nearly direct LOST connection:

The City on the Edge of Forever

The episode involves crew of the Enterprise discovering a portal through space and time, which leads to McCoy accidentally altering history. Sound familiar at all?  Yeah I know it does.

Space Seed

The crew of the Enterprise awakens a powerful dictator from Earth’s war-torn past.  He uses mind control to get people to do what he wants. The tie in to LOST could be Ben who uses manipulation to get what he wants, or maybe the MIB is the dictator (or soon will be).  This episode was the basis for the movie “The Wrath of Khan”.

Mirror, Mirror

The episode introduces the alternate reality “Mirror Universe” concept in Star Trek for the first time. The episode has a transporter mishap swapping Captain Kirk and his companions with their evil counterparts in a parallel universe. Parallel universe and parallel timelines, sounds like maybe LOST Season 6?

The Devil in the Dark

Captain Kirk and Mister Spock face off with a deadly subterranean beast. Distant relative to our friend Mr. Smoke monster possibly?

The Trouble with Tribbles

Cuddly creatures turn into a menace quickly when they reproduce out of control aboard the Enterprise. Fertility issue but of the opposite kind to LOST. Actually I picked this because it is a purely humorous episode, like many of our Hurley centric ones. How about this S6 title… “The Trouble with Hurley”.  It seems natural since we’ve already played a similar game with Star Wars in “Some Like it Hoth”.

Click on any of the episode titles to watch that episode.  I hope you enjoy them as much as a have.