The 'Lost' weekend: Saul Bass travels to a mysterious Island
Do you like "Lost"? Do you also, perhaps, like the 1950s and '60s title credits sequences designed by Saul Bass, he of the angular designs and crazy, bright color schemes? Well, then, this video (which I first saw thanks to the Twitter feed of film writer Ali Arikan) is going to be for you. It takes the visual motifs of Saul Bass, the plot elements of "Lost" and the actors' names and tosses them all into one wacky pop cultural blender. I don't think I've seen a more fascinating mash-up of general pop culture and "Lost" this year, and I hope that if there really IS a zombie season, the producers adopt this credits sequence. (Not really, but it would be cool to have it as an option on the DVD, eventually.)
And if you think you're a "Lost" super-fan, then you clearly haven't met Matt Roeser, who is perhaps the superest of super-fans. He hosts an elaborate "Lost" finale party every year, and his planning for the event involves making video invitations that do elaborate take-offs on the show's iconography and tell their own stories about Matt trying to put on the party. I genuinely have no idea where he finds the time and/or funds to put these together, but I think they're pretty great. (I also like that Matt, who's a graphic designer by trade, has come up with this pretty cool drawing of a DHARMA shark that he's using on T-shirts. So THAT'S where he gets the funds!)
This week's best "Lost" theorizing probably comes from GameZone's Louis Bedigan, who uses the phrase "God loves you as He loved Jacob" as a starting point to examine some of the show's other issues and ideas.
"If the quote is correct – if Ben knows something we don’t – there are two logical ways to explain it. One is that Jacob did something to disappoint God, such as allowing good people to die while facilitating the death of others. Thus, God once loved Jacob but no longer does, as if he were a fallen angel.
"But wait … some fans theorize that Fake Locke was a former candidate who had a falling out with Jacob. What would that make him: a fallen angel’s fallen angel? That being the case, wouldn’t it make perfect sense that the smoke monster’s real name is Wallace, the mysterious man who appeared next to the number '108' on the dial of the magic mirror?
"The second explanation for the quote is that Jacob has always been past tense. All these years, we’ve been under the impression that whoever he was, he was alive until Ben killed him. Even the smoke monster thought so. But maybe he’s been a ghost since before the show even began, and in gathering all of these people, he wasn’t merely trying to prove that people were good (as he claimed) – he was also trying to save himself. That would certainly fit with the show’s recurring theme of redemption."
These are some interesting thoughts from Bedigan, and while I don't know how deeply the show will delve into some of these issues, I wouldn't be surprised if he's on the right track with some of these thoughts. Read the full article to get even more of his theory.
If you aren't checking out sl-lost.com every so often, you're missing out on some cool "Lost" content. Here, for example, is an appearance at the Apple store in Santa Monica made by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse and captured in its entirety. There are no heavy spoilers, and the whole thing is a cool look into how this show being a phenomenon has affected these guys.
Finally, it's time for March Madness. And that also means it's time for March Madness, "Lost" style. Who's winning in your bracket? Me, I don't see how Desmond loses this. He can travel through time! (The bracket comes courtesy of blog Loveology, and I found it thanks to "Lost" blogger Crit Obara.) Let us know who you pick down in comments.
-- Todd VanDerWerff (follow me on Twitter at @tvoti)