LOST island in the sea of time

LOST island in the sea of time

If you’re a “Lost” fan and saw last week’s episode you know that the writers revealed to us part of the mystery, namely that the weird events surrounding the island have to do with time travel of some sort. The fans are now speculating that island itself is adrift or outside the normal flow of time, or at least it was before the “sky went purple” at the end of season 2.

Coincidentally, I’ve just started reading “Island in the Sea of Time” by S.M. Stirling, which is a story of the island of Nantucket and everyone on it (and in the surrounding ocean) in March 1988 being thrown back in time to the Bronze Age. Very interesting.

I wonder if the creators and producers of “Lost” are themselves Stirling fans.

For those who’ve read Stirling’s Changeverse series, this takes place kind-of in the same world, only that the “Change” or “Event” in both books is the same thing and is what precipitates the scenario for both. I’m finding an interesting contrast. In one world, a group of 20th century folk have to deal with a change in the laws of nature. They’re surrounded by technology that no longer works as it should and must scavenge usable elements to survive. In the other world, a group of 20th century folk are living by the regular laws of nature (except the time travel thing), and they too are surrounded by technology. Yet in this book the technology works fine; it’s just that they don’t have the resources to scavenge to keep it going. They’re similar survival scenarios, but approaching from opposite directions.

As for “Lost”, I read an online Q&A with the producers that provides a little insight into where the rest of the season is going including: the three plot bombs we’ve warned about, with last week’s episode being the first and smallest(!); what the revelation at the end of the episode means for Charlie (but they’re not telling us outright); that we can expect a Hurley episode, a Claire episode, and then a Said episode that answers a lot of questions about the mythology.

I’m not one of those people who “lost” interest in the series during the six-episode mini-season last fall or who’s fed up with the mystery. I think I’ve got more patience than your average TV viewer. I’m still hooked by the story and still eagerly contemplating the permutations and literary meanings as they arise. I think it’s only going to get better from here on out.

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