Did you read my last post? No? Go read it, then check back here. Thanks. Alright, so here it is. I've noticed a few common trends on Lost. Things that happen ALL THE TIME. Perhaps in every episode. I wanted to make a list of them and see if anyone else out there has noticed the frequent occurrence of these activities. Check it:
- Head-bludgeoning. Every time I turn around, someone's getting bashed in the head and knocked unconscious. Kate just loves to do it - even to her friends. It's always done to knock someone out momentarily so that they don't screw up the agenda of the bludgeoner. And it got me thinking - how do you do it? Head-bashing sounds dangerous. These folks must know how to do it right. After all, not a single character has accidentally died from Sawyer smacking them in the skull with the butt of a rifle. I did some research (namely ehow.com) and found that there are three ways to knock someone out. Hit them in the temple, beneath the ear, or the lower jaw. Your goal here is to shake or jar the brain - that's what causes the blackout. Nice to know, huh?
- Closing the eyes of dead folks. People die all the time on Lost - but most of the time, they aren't main characters. However, time is always taken to respect the bodies and bury them properly. A big part of any Lost death is the ceremonial closing of the eyes. Someone always gets sentimental, leans over the dead person, and gently closes the eyelids with one hand. Watch for it - it happens a lot.
- Flashbacks/flashforwards. Lost really is one of those shows that you have to watch from the beginning. Biggest reason: you never know if it's being filmed in the past, present, or future. It's as though every show has at least one flash. Oh, and don't even get me started on the whole issue of time travel. That just stirs the pot even more, making the whole business very murky and unclear.
- Light vs. Dark. This is a common theme throughout the show, even if it isn't revealed until the end. The Jacob/Man in Black power struggle is depicted symbolically all the time. There are the two stones on the scale in the cave - one white, the other black. When the two boys grow up, they wear contrasting shades of clothing. And then if you take a look back at the pilot, there's a point where Locke is teaching Walt how to play backgammon. The pieces are black and white. Just sayin'.
- Cursing. Every time you turn around, Sawyer drops the SOB bomb. And it's probably my least favorite part of the show.
- Destroying the only way off the island. It happens - all the time. Locke's all about blowing up the submarine (which he does twice - though as the Man in Black the second time). And then, of course, there's all that C4 on Whitmore's freighter that ends up blowing the thing to pieces, nearly killing Jin in the process. And in the end, both Whitmore and Richard are trying to blow up the plane from Ajira Flight 316.
Those are just a few things I noticed that had a frequent occurrence on Lost. Feel free to post more and I will add them to the list. Lost is over now - and I wish it weren't. I guess I'll just have to buy the video game - yes, there is one!