Finding Lost: The Unofficial Guide

Finding Lost: The Unofficial Guide

by Nikki Stafford
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Finding Lost: The Unofficial Guide by Nikki Stafford

The perplexing plotlines and bewildering array of characters on the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning television program "Lost" are analyzed and pieced together in this in-depth exploration.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781550227437
Publisher: ECW Press
Publication date: 09/01/2006
Series: Finding Lost Series
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.72(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Nikki Stafford is the author of several books, including Bite Me!: An Unofficial Guide to the World of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Once Bitten: A Guide to the World of Angel, and Uncovering Alias: An Unofficial Guide.

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“Pilot, Part 1,” like the series in general, is about fear. There are few things more frightening than being utterly lost in a foreign place among strangers, unsure if you’ll be able to survive. But J.J. Abrams & Co. aren’t satisfied with just a tiny thing like a plane crash on a deserted island; they throw in wild animals, mysterious voices … and a tree–crushin’, banshee–howlin’, people–evisceratin’ monster to boot. And that’s just in the first episode. The pilot of the plane tells everyone that they’re so off course that any search–and–rescue team is looking for them in the wrong place, eliminating all hope of someone coming to their aid quickly, and it’s that moment when the fear sets in for all of them. As Jack tells Kate when he first meets her, the trick is to conquer that fear and not let it overtake you. This comment will become integral to the overall plot of the show, especially in season 2.

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

How Not to Get Lost vii

"The Beginning of the End": Season 4 1

Season 4 January-May 2008

The Beginning of the End (Hurley) 7

Omgwtfpolarbear!! 13

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

Valis 50

The Invention of Morel 55

The Constant (Desmond) 60

Wormholes and Time Lags and Course Bearings, Oh My! 63

Slaughterhouse-Five 69

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

Checkmate 187

Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) 195

Flashforward Timeline 199

Sources 203\

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Finding Lost: The Unofficial Guide 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.