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"If you're a fan of the popular TV show Lost, you can't be without this unofficial guide." —California Bookwatch
"Stafford has a gift for writing about television and this book is an interesting read and definitely a must for any Lost fan." —The Medium Online
"Stafford brings the symbolism, themes, and mythology to the forefront, so that casual viewers and devoted fans have a better understanding of what is happening in each episode." —About.com
"A engaging and unpretentious writer with a real passion for her subject matter. She deftly deconstructs each episode in season five, providing insightful commentary . . . Stafford's observations permit a deeper appreciation of this drama and the influences that have helped to shape the show." —Scene Magazine
Jack is immediately set up as the alpha male. Matthew Fox plays this character as a somber, damaged person who doesn’t want to be the leader, but once the burden is bestowed upon him he becomes The Boss. The series’ first shot is of him, his is the first flashback we see (when we see what happens on the plane for the first time), and he gets more lines than anyone else on the show. Later, Locke and Sayid will also step in as leaders of the group, but for now, it’s all Jack. We see him as a man with incredible self–control (his story of his first surgery where he only “allowed” himself to be scared for five seconds establishes his Type A personality), but he’ll soon discover that controlling everyone around him might not be as easy.
The rest of the characters remain vague. Kate looks like she could be a girly–girl, but within seconds of being introduced to the audience, we realize she just wants to be one of the guys, and will try desperately to prove that she can succeed as one. Charlie is a friendly but self–deprecating British former rock star; Locke is a mysterious man who might be a little bit insane; Boone is a guy who’s willing to help out everyone, but he’s a little dense; Shannon is a snotty princess whose most useful contribution to the group is lending her sunblock; Jin keeps his wife Sun on a short leash, and doesn’t want anything to do with the others; Hurley is a puppy dog whose presence makes others feel safe. Of course, first impressions are deceiving, and by the very next episode, almost all of these assumptions we’ve made about the characters will turn out to be completely wrong. Vincent, the golden Lab, is the second “character” we see after Jack, and as long as he is with Walt, Walt is safe; but whenever Vincent leaves him, Walt is in danger. Dogs have always been a symbol of protection and loyalty, and it is believed they have a sixth sense, and can detect danger before it occurs (dogs have been known to become anxious about their owners moments before their owners suffer a heart attack). Dogs are guides, and Native American beliefs state that when a dog appears, you should follow it and he’ll lead you to safety. Vincent appears to Jack but Jack doesn’t follow. Vincent will continue to pop up at integral moments, but we’ll later discover he isn’t the only character who can detect something before it happens (see page 321).
As with every episode of the series, viewers will walk away with more questions than answers. “Pilot, Part 1” is more of an establishing episode than one that will generate questions, but they’re still there. The biggest question being, of course, what the heck is that monster? Throughout this season and the next, we’ll be privy to various theories from castaways and other people, but for now, it’s a menacing, terrifying beast. Yet, for all its fear–inducing rage, it’s nothing compared to what else awaits these people.
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"The Beginning of the End": Season 4 1
Season 4 January-May 2008
The Beginning of the End (Hurley) 7
Confirmed Dead (freighter folk) 18
The Freighter Folk Lance Reddick Jeff Fahey Jeremy Davies Rebecca Mader Ken Leung 26
Find815: The 2008 Lost ARG 31
The Economist (Sayid) 35
Funny Lost on the Web 41
Eggtown (Kate) 43
The Invention of Morel 55
The Constant (Desmond) 60
Wormholes and Time Lags and Course Bearings, Oh My! 63
The Other Woman (Juliet) 74
The Tempest 82
Ji Yeon (Sun, Jin) 86
Get Lost on YouTube 91
Meet Kevin Johnson (Michael) 94
The 2007-2008 Writers' Strike 103
The Shape of Things to Come (Ben) 107
"Let's Do the Time Warp Again!": The Time Loop Theory 117
Something Nice Back Home (Jack) 121
Missing Pieces: The Lost Mobisodes 131
Cabin Fever (Locke) 141
John Lock and Ben Linus: Cain and Abel? 150
Abaddon: The Destroyer? 153
Mystery Tales #40 155
There's No Place Like Home, Part 1 (Oceanic 6) 159
Sawyer's Nicknames 166
Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall 169
There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3 (Oceanic 6) 170
Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) 195
Flashforward Timeline 199
Posted July 26, 2014
Nikki Stafford's FINDING LOST books are a MUST for all LOST fans who want a deeper understanding of this marvelous show. She provides an in-depth analysis of each episode, highlighting and expanding on what exactly is going on. She further provides additional food for thought by focusing on : 1. HIGHLIGHTS: a part that was funny or touching. 2: DID YOU NOTICE?- something you may have missed. 3:INTERESTING FACTS- self explanatory 4:NITPICKS: things that bugged the author about the episode.
5: Ooos: mistakes!! 6: 6:4 8 15 16 3 42 - where these numbers showed up in the episode. 7:IT'S JUST A FLESH WOUND : who got hurt during the episode. 8:LOST IN TRANSLATION: The author tries to get a translation of dialogue for us when characters speak in another language.9: ANY QUESTIONS? : Questions we should be asking ourselves about what is going on. 10: ASHES TO ASHES: an obituary for whichever character that died in that episode. 11: MUSIC/BANDS: a list of the music heard during that episode.
The author has a complete analysis for each of the six years of LOST, so there is a lot to read. And like the author,I suggest watching an episode and following along in the book, OR reading the relevant chapter immediately after viewing the episode. It's been four years since the last episode was broadcast on TV, but thanks to DVD's and Blueray's, the magic and excitement is easy to recapture. The FINDING LOST books by Nikki Stafford make it a LOT more interesting, fun, and thought provoking.
Posted December 29, 2013
Posted April 9, 2007
This book is a perfect companion book for the first two seasons. It tells about hidden secrets that you may or may not know. It is a MUST NEED for lost fans.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.