Sunday, November 9, 2008

LT142: I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watching Me


This posting will explore a couple of theories I’ve discovered in my weekly monitoring of LOST web sites.


Recall in a flashback a daughter brought her dying father to Jack to try and save. No one would attempt the surgery but Jack gave it a try and failed. He later kisses the daughter in the parking lot and goes home to tell Sarah of his indiscretion.

So what if the old man was Enzo Valenzetti? He would have been using an alias since that was not the game provided on the show. The name was Angelo. The daughter was Gabriella. Together we could twist this to a translation of the angel Gabriel. In the Bible he is known as the angel of death as performed messenger duties for God.

Gabriella was the “messenger” for her father who could only speak Italian.

Recent rumors suggest Enzo did not die in a plane crash – that it was staged. That rings a bell.

Gabriel literally means “of God” or “who is of someone”. With Valenzetti’s equation computing the Doomsday we begin to form a definition that suggests Enzo is of God in terms of knowing when all of creation is destroyed.

Enzo is the Italian variant of Henry…could Ben be Enzo – a younger version?

If on the mark, then Jack kissed the daughter of death. Creepy or just Halloween still on my brain?


Producer Damon Lindelof has stated several times that “The Watchmen” is his favorite book.

So, let’s dive into the story and see how it mirrors LOST.

The story line involves six main characters where one of them is killed in a mysterious fashion. The book is basically a murder investigation. The plot switches between the present day investigation and flashbacks of the main characters…sound familiar? The back stories begin to intersect as it shows different perspectives of the same events – sort of like the movie Vantage Point.

Each chapter is named after a song or literary quote.

The use of devices is heavy including mirrors, but mostly clocks. One such technique is that a smiley face drawn in blood is observed…was the smiley face on Henry Gale’s balloon a nod to this reference? In “The Watchmen”, these devices have not direct bearing on the storyline, but serve as a reinforcement of the overall theme that if one would step outside of time, the past, present and future would all exist as the same time. A main character summarizes this in the book with the line, “Nothing ends, Adrian, nothing ever ends.”

Each chapter in the book ends with a reference to a historical event. Those events aren’t connected directly to the story but serve as a reinforcement…just like the Hanso Foundation and Oceanic Airlines.

The six Watchmen match up to the Oceanic Six. The characters in the book are superheroes whose abilities are often gained by some exposure to powerful phenomena of nature (think Fantastic Four’s exposure to radiation). On the island we have the electromagnetic exposure.
One particular character is named Ozymandias – super-rich with a god complex. Who does that remind you of? His money supports a foundation that conducts research projects. One such project is creating a false but credible threat against the world’s super powers nations in order to create world peace by providing a common enemy. His name is of Egyptian origin (think the symbols on the Countdown Clock). The project is worked on by recruits of Ozymandias where he gathers them on an island in the Pacific to perform research.

Another Watchmen character is named Dr. Manhattan. Any follower of LOST TIDBITS knows that last season the logo for LOST showed a reflection of the island in the water, but instead of tree-line we see a cityscape. Some say the cityscape is Manhattan…an island in NYC.

The Watchmen ends by not solving the mystery but as a wrap-up of each of the main character’s lives. This resembles the LOST approach of being a study of human ego, group dynamics, philosophy and eventual redemption. The murder of Watchmen and the storyline of LOST are merely to used to advance a plot, not the sum of the story. When we stop and consider all the taglines of LOST like “Everything happens for a reason”, “Who would you become”, “Redemption”, etc., it starts to fit.

The book was written two decades ago and fans have waited and waited for a sequel. Well, they got it courtesy of LOST.

I’m thinking his this book is required reading before the show begins next year!


-- Fans of “24” will see the actress who played Michelle Dessler on LOST this next season

-- The Season 5 start date has been announced: January 21, 2009. The first show will be a two-hour premier!

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