Why Source Code Could Have Been “LOST”

I know I haven’t written to this blog in a while.  But while watching the movie Source Code I just couldn’t help seeing Jake G as Jack and Michelle M as Kate.  I mean they were both in a serious situation (bomb leading to a train crash).  Neither one of them knew totally what the other one was doing and why.  It got me thinking that Source Code could have been another version of LOST.

I wasn’t a big hater of the end of LOST, I actually was fine with it.  But I could see why people were disappointed.  LOST was a Science Fiction show, but the ending really didn’t have any SI-FY twist to it at all.  But Source Code does have a twist and I must say a really good twist.  In fact SC’s ending could have been applied to LOST.

Hear me out.  In LOST Jack wakes up disoriented on the island having survived a plane crash.  In SC, Jake G wakes up to discover he’s on a train that is about to explode.  But Jake isn’t who he thinks he is.  MINOR SPOILER ALERT to follow.

No Jake isn’t who he thinks he is, he is someone else.  He is not on the train at all, his mind is there (like Desmond’s mind was in another time and place in The Constant) but he is not there physically.  Similarly all along we were picking up this vibe from LOST that maybe the survivors of 815 weren’t really there.  Either they were dead or they were reliving their lives in an alternate reality.

Source Code handles this alternate reality concept in an interesting way that is both intellectually stimulating and emotional satisfying.  LOST got the emotionally satisfying part down pat, and the show did answer all of it’s major questions.  But I can see why some weren’t happy about the ending.  Why no SI-FY ending?

Anyway I hope if you are a LOST fan you will check out Source Code.

Here is another great link to the meaning to of LOST.

LOST explained

Lost remembered

I hope you will check out Nikki Stafford’s recent post which fondly and beautifully remembers LOST.  Here is the link http://nikkistafford.blogspot.com/search/label/Remembering%20Lost

Last Podcast complete

I finally finished the last Lost Podcast which summed up Season 6 and the Series. You can find it at lostcasts.blogspot.com or at my old site tle1lost.wordpress.com. Look for All About Lost 7-6 posted on 9 May 2011.

Update

Starting to work on the last podcast. It may take a week or two or three until I get it done. Weather is starting to get nice here which is a distraction.

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Aside

Welcome this is TLE and your listening to the All About Lost podcast episode 7.5.

Okay I am back for the 4th in my series of Lost Themes and mysteries podcasts — This week focusing in on Season 4

Here is how the show will go down

  1. What we were looking forward to leaving season 4 and headed into season 5.
  2. Find 815.com – this was the “alternate reality” aspect of the show this time and the producers fill us in on things they didn’t show us during the season.  This was a mini movie and game online about the outside world’s attempt to find the passengers from 815.
  3. Overvew of season 5.  Recap of the plot and things I really liked and disliked.
  4. The big themes and mysteries – explored and explained.  Here we get into some things we might have missed but are now answered through the eyes of knowing the entire series.
  5. Wrap up and preview of Season 6.

Well as you know by now or maybe you don’t Season 4 was pretty good in my book.  We had lots of adventure, less of the romantic triangles, great new characters from the Freighter, the Constant, and some sci fi coolness.  Season 5 was good too, but (and there’s always a but).  Season 5 didn’t do it for me emotionally as did the last 4 seasons.  I think the reasons why include Jack’s disengagment from the story, Kate’s mommy conundrum, Jin and Sun separation and this and that.  But there were a few really great moments and I really liked the Sawyer Juliet story.  On the other hand the Dharma Initiative back story wasn’ that important to me.  And some things are just confusing.  But this is lost isn’t it.

Part 2

So let’s talk about the Find815.com game.  In short we meet a man who’s lost his fiance on 815.  He gets messages telling him that his wife might not be dead and is led on an adventure to find the downed aircraft.  He meets some shady characters and gets on a boat that finds 815, but the plane is at the bottom of sea (and no where near the true location of the real 815).  It turns out he was a stooge in an elaborate hoax to convince the world that this is the true wreckage of 815.  By the way one of the coolest parts of Season 5 was seeing a deep sea submarine find the plane in the trench ala the movie Titanic.  The hoax was staged by Widmore.

Part 3 – Include my good and bad parts

Season 5 centered mainly on the people left behind on the Island and the “bad things” that happened after Ben turned the frozen wheel. Major plot points included:

Time travel, the Island’s erratic jumps through time, and whether it is possible to change the past or not, with the notion of “whatever happened, happened”.

Death, featuring three episodes heavily concerning themes of death and the apparent resurrection of Locke.

Leadership, concerning the Others throughout both timelines, (Widmore and Eloise in 1977; Richard, Ben and Locke in 2007), the powerplay between Jack, Sawyer and the DHARMA members in 1977, and the question of leadership in the pocket of Ajira 316 survivors.

The Oceanic 6’s journey back to the Island, following the lead of Eloise Hawking.

DHARMA Initiative ways of life, experiments and other activities on the Island, mainly Horace Goodspeed, Pierre Chang and Stuart Radzinsky.

Ancient Island history, including the tunnels, the Monster’s place of origin, the statue of Taweret, and the conflict between Jacob and his enemy.

Part 4 – Themes and Mysteries

Season 4 Themes and Mysteries

Welcome this is TLE and your listening to the All About Lost podcast episode 7.4.

Okay I am back for the 4th in my series of Lost Themes and mysteries podcasts — This week focusing in on Season 4

Here is how the show will go down

  1. What we were looking forward to leaving season 3 and headed into season 4.  What were the big mysteries left hanging  –  And there were some really big ones
  2. Lost missing pieces – this was the “alternate reality” aspect of the show this time and the producers fill us in on things they didn’t show us during the season.  These weren’t deleted scenes but new scenes.
  3. Overvew of season 4.  Recap of the plot and things I really liked and disliked.
  4. The big themes and mysteries – explored and explained.  Here we get into some things we might have missed but are now answered through the eyes of knowing the entire series.
  5. Wrap up and preview of Season 5.

Season 4 was one of the best in my opinion just because I love adventure and this season we really see things accelerate in terms of action and plot.  The writers were no longer constrained on playing things out slowly – they knew their end date and could pace things out to reach it in the most entertaining way possible.  Also the love triangle between Kate, Sawyer and Jack was very limited, which left more time to explore Ben Linus and his nefarious plots and plans.  We also get to meet some of the most beloved characters for the first time in Dan Faraday, Lapidus and Miles.  Okay Miles was more tolerated then beloved but he was a great foil for a lot of jokes.  And the scene shifts away from the island for a good while which gives us the “fish out of water” element to the  story.

I.  What we were looking forward to from S3 to S4.

Season 3 ended on a huge shocker Kate and Jack were off the island and in LA sometime in the future.  But how did they get off the island, what happened to everyone else, who is the mysteries man who died (Jack went to his funeral), who is the person Kate says is going to miss her while she is visiting Jack, and what about time travel, did that play an element in the escape from the island?  These were all interesting questions, but what was worse for me, was just missing the characters over that summer.  I had grown accustomed to their faces so to speak, their conversations, and reactions, the laughs.  I think these folks were actually starting to have an effect on me.  But the good news was we get to see some of them during the Missings Pieces mobisodes

II.  Missing Pieces

These were short two to three minute scenes that filled in gaps in the story.  Things moslty the writers didn’t have time to explain, or more likely they realized needed explaining because it was hard to imagine the jump from one story line to another without them.  There were 13 made in all and the mobisodes were made for a new phenomena called “cell phone video”.  Yes you could watch video on your cell phone.  So the writers could get a sponsorship that way.  Here is a short review of the major revelations.  If you haven’t seem them and want to you should skip this segment   They are all interesting in one way or another, but mainly they are for us fans, who wanted more answers while we waited for season 4.  The most intriguing was the last episode.  Okay here is a short spoiler section if you haven’t seen the mobisodes.  Should only last about 30 seconds.

  • Neil “Frogurt” was interested in Libby. (“The Adventures of Hurley and Frogurt”)
  • Ben told Jack that if he left the Island he may want to return. (“King of the Castle”)
  • Michael knew Ben’s name before any of the other survivors. (“The Deal”)
  • Juliet told Jack of Ben’s plan to kidnap the pregnant women. (“Operation: Sleeper”)
  • Walt was in Room 23. (“Room 23”)
  • Arzt saw Jack chasing the vision of his father around the Island. (“Arzt & Crafts”)
  • Arzt initially resisted moving to the caves, but changed his mind after hearing the Monster. (“Arzt & Crafts”)
  • Sun planned on using the alias Dahlia Choi after leaving Jin. (“Buried Secrets”)
  • Michael and Sun had more of a relationship than we knew about. (“Buried Secrets”)
  • Arzt made up the “monsoon season” story. (“Tropical Depression”)
  • Arzt was in Australia to meet a woman he met on the Internet. (“Tropical Depression”)
  • Juliet was planning on showing Amelia Ben’s X-rays. (“The Envelope”)
  • Christian Shephard, or some form of him, told Vincent to wake up Jack immediately after the crash. (“So It Begins”)

III.  Season 4 recap:

Here are the major events from Season 4:

  • Season 4 focused particularly on new characters introduced to the Island and the fates of certain survivors who would leave the Island. Major themes included:
  • The freighter, and whether its crew intend to kill or rescue the Oceanic Flight 815 survivors.
  • Which survivors would leave the Island, and how, and what would happen to them following their rescue.
  • Leadership, control, and power struggles, particularly between Jack and Locke, Locke and Ben, Ben and Charles Widmore, and amongst factions on the freighter.
  • Michael’s mission to redeem himself following his murders of Ana Lucia and Libby.
  • Spatiotemporal travel, with Desmond’s search for his constant and Ben’s activation of the DHARMA Initiative station 6, “the Orchid.”
  • Christian Shephard’s mysterious connection to Jacob and the Island, and his relationship with Claire.
  • Season 4 is the first season, with the exeption of the final episode of Season 3, to use the idea of Flash-forwards.