Friday, March 20, 2009

'Lost Untangled' Deconstructs 'Namaste,' Plus 'Alice in Wonderland' is a Show Inspiration

Clarification on the current Lost time frame issue: According to Lost Untangled, the castaways Sun, Ben, Lapidus, Locke, et al are in "the here and now." Whatever that means, 2007, I guess. Meanwhile, Jack, Kate, Hurley, Sawyer/LaFleur & Juliet et al are in 1977.

The new ABC-generated Lost Untangled video, while not as snarky as the original ones, is still entertaining nonetheless, particularly when Ben's on the scene. (Link to video here.)

In other Lost news . . . in a story about books and their influence or reference on Lost and Mad Men, the Los Angeles Times' book blog Jacket Copy reported that Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof lists Alice in Wonderland as a major influence. When asked to name one book that influences the show more than others, Lindelof said: "To say there is only one is unfair, but we keep coming back to Alice in Wonderland thematically. That was a book that both [co-creator] Carlton [Cuse] and I remember very specifically as children. It was a gateway drug to sci-fi and fantasy in many ways."

This should come as no big surprise to fans of the show, particularly when one episode was called, "Through the Looking Glass." (Lostpedia has some good material on Alice and white rabbit references in the show.) I'm actually in the process of reading the book for the first time, if you can believe that. Never read it. Just saw the Disney movie as a kid. When I'm done, I'll weigh in here.

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