It works the same way with songs. I noticed it during one of the great "name that tune" games in Dan Renaldo's office. It was me vs. Dan (as usual) with Zach and Stan also playing. Stan is about 10 years older than I am. Dan played a live song with a spoken intro. He seemed stunned that I didn't recognize it. Stan said, oh, this is J. Geils Band. The only J. Geils Band I knew was "Centerfold" . . . like I said, I was a little too young for them. Stan went on to identify the tune as Musta Got Lost, which I'd never heard before. Now, of course, I know the song and hear it "everywhere."
This post is about neither people nor songs, but I think it's a pretty cool title for the post, because it's about "Lost." This is a fascinating television series, now available in its entirety on the Internet. I enjoy it because it is a richly told complex tale of the survivors of a plane crash.
I'm sure that thousands of words and billions of pixels have been spilled over this show, since there are multiple subtexts and mysteries involved. But I wanted to talk about the themes of what brought these people to the flight (Sydney to Los Angeles) that crashed. I noticed that almost everyone was either on a mission, or was facing life and death issues. If it's been a while since you watched Season 1, or you have been preoccupied with moving to Madison or something, I've put together a chart. See below:
|Character||Reason for LA to Sydney||Reason for Sydney to LA|
|Jack||DEATH--retrieve the body of his father who died in Australia||DEATH--bring the body back to the U.S.|
|Kate||LIFE--she was running for her life from authorities||LIFE--the sentence she would receive?|
|Locke||LIFE-CHANGING MISSION to do an Outback walkabout||Was he successful? Did he find his destiny?|
|Hurley||MISSION to find the story behind the numbers||Was he successful? I guess so??|
|Jin and Sun||?? I have no idea. If they said why they were on that flight, I missed it.|
|Michael and Walt||DEATH--Michael goes to get Walt in Australia after his mother died.||LIFE--beginning a new life together in America.|
|Sayid||LIFE--must trick his friend to find the love of his life.||LIFE and DEATH--the death of his friend, the chance at a new life.|
|Boone||MISSION to retrieve Shannon from her abusive Australian boyfriend||Successful? Yes.|
|Shannon||Unknown so far--last I knew she was heading to New York.||LIFE--I assuming she's getting a new lease on life with Boone.|
|Rose||mouse over to see this Season 2 info.||Successful? No.|
|Sawyer||DEATH--to kill Frank Duckett, the "real" Sawyer.||Successful? Yes ... and no.|
|Charlie||MISSION to convince his brother to restart Drive Shaft.||Successful? No.|
|Claire||N/A--resident of Sydney.||LIFE --to give the baby up for adoption.|
If you're curious what all the talk is about, check it out at ABC's website. I will alert you that I kept getting error messages using the viewer in IE, and Firefox worked better for me.