Monday, July 31, 2006

Lost Theory

I (finally) finished watching Lost Season One, and I've developed my own personal conspiracy about the show, which I'm unsurprisingly going to foist on you. Here it is. Losties only if you don't want to get too confused:

J.J. Abrams and Co. planned that the show would be a group of people who died in a plane crash but must spend their time in purgatory until they've resolved what unfinished spiritual business they had on earth. This would not be revealed to the audience, but these facts would be hinted at throughout the show, until finally there would be a "moment of clarity" as the last of the characters, assumably Jack, passed on into Heaven at the close of the series. They followed this strategy throughout the first season without incident.

But after the season finished, the overwhelming popularity of the show and the deductory work of its audience prompted a re-think, and the makers of the show decided to change the point of the show. Lost became less of a spiritual metaphor and more of a government conspiracy, a deep mystery that constantly needs further unravelling. The creators figured that they could spin off on this industrial mystery bit for an infinite amount of time, until finally revealing the secrets at the end of the show. Or, if that failed, reveal that after all of this, it really is just purgatory after all.

I think the latter is unlikely now, though, as the creator's little hints have become in-jokes: "Bad Twin," the reference-heavy novel released by the creators of the show, is written by Gary Troup, an anagram for - you guessed it - "purgatory." Even Entertainment Weekly figured that one out without breaking a sweat. When you've reached the point where you're just toying with your fans, you've either got everything well under control, or you're desperately clutching at straws and pretending that "hey, guys, you haven't figured it out yet! Here's another character with mysterious connections and a shadowy past! See you next season!"

But I'll tell you, if Michelle Rodriguez reappears next season for no logical reason, I'm tuning the whole show out for good.

5 Comments:

At August 01, 2006 10:32 AM, Blogger Erin said...

Interesting theory. I've only watched the show off and on because of its selfish demands that you watch every single episode or be lost (no pun intended) from missing too many plot twists. Many of my friends who are devoted fans believe it's all a mass hallucination experiment being done in that psych hospital so many of them are connected to (I think I have the details right). Personally I think at this point they're just adding as many twists and connections to get obsessed people to come up with crazy theories and waste hours of would-be productive cubicle time figuring it out. In the end, they're just going to come out and say "ha, ha! There was no point to this show. We just wanted to see how long you suckers would hang on."

 
At August 03, 2006 9:59 AM, Blogger clayfriar said...

The Full Monty
My name is Bond

 
At August 04, 2006 3:18 PM, Blogger Dubbahdee said...

You have it all wrong. Actually, people who watch the show are part of a diabolical mind-control experiment performed by a race of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings that corporealize in this universe in the shape of small gray-furred rodents resembling mice. Those watchers who develop certain types of theories of meaning regarding this mass hallucination (commonly referred to as a "broadcast") are self-selected for further experimentation. Ultimately, they will be transferred, not to an island, but to an actual planet, where they will become part of a really mind-bogglingly huge computational matrix designed to determine the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything. So...watch LOST at your own risk. And if you want to end up as some alien grad student’s dissertation subject, go ahead and spout your theories on the internet. When your blog suddenly disappears, we'll know why.

-- Dubbahdee

 
At August 06, 2006 8:18 PM, Anonymous Lorry said...

Sounds probable, though it is rather pathetic that most of these people's problems are daddy issues. Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Sun, Jin, Aaron (even if he is a baby). Claire maybe (I think she might be Jack's half-sister), etc.

 
At August 10, 2006 3:09 PM, Blogger Wyman said...

Dubbahdee, I've been so blind. My attempts at intellectualism and conspiracy are clearly parter of a larger, darker secret.

I totally missed that there were aliens involved. I bet that's right on the money.

 

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