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LOST Does the Metafiction Mambo

By docarzt,

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julieadamsIs there a Dark Tower in LOST’s future?  For at least two episodes in a row, LOST has dabbled – albeit subtly  – with the device of metafiction.  Metafiction ‘devices’ cover a range of possibilities, everything from the characters suddenly acknowledging the audience, to the character randomly acknowledging his portrayer, to an author inserting themselves into the fictional world, and on, and on.  Metafiction is nothing new for LOST.  Two Comic-Con panels have been crashed by fictional characters that play peripherally in the LOST world.  These more direct examples could be harmless winks, or perhaps hints to something else.

One of the more noticeable interactions between the real world and the world of LOST was the appearance of Brian K. Vaughan’s “Y: The Last Man” in last week’s episode, 316. The implication is that a LOST writer exists within the world of the LOST characters.  We can dismiss this as a harmless wink – which it most likely was – but that is letting LOST’s braintrust off a bit too easy.  So far, they have sheepishly avoided discussing this potential landmine.

Making the matter of metafiction, and whether or not it is of any importance to the mystery of LOST, that much stickier was the brief appearance of actress Julie Adams, who played Amelia in the Season 3 premiere opening ‘book club’ scene and again in “The Envelope” webisode, appeared briefly in a promo still from her appearance in the 1954 classic “Creature From the Black Lagoon.”

vaughanSure, we could dismiss all of this out of hand.  In the long run, we probably will.  Yet, the fact that two incidences of this nature have happened back to back, could it suggest something even more?  Perhaps it will not ever play any more obviously than it has so far, but at least one possibility that makes sense comes from the fact that LOST has become a story about time-lines.  There is little doubt anymore that we are seeing lives and time-lines manipulated, along with that comes the possibilities of multi-verses – a sort of catch-all against paradox in general, the idea that all possibilities exist in a multiple parrallel dimensions; just as in The Dark Tower where it were possible in certain dimensions that the heroes were characters in a book.  When the fabric of space time becomes strained. the multiverses begin to collide.  These moments of metafiction may be the only indication we’ll ever see that those other possible timeline’s exist, an indication that somewhere in LOST’s endgame is a threat to the stability of time and space as we know it.

Then again, maybe it’s just a couple of winks.

From TVFrenzy:

  • Mandeville

    Hurley has always represented the audience, especially the nerdier element. He regularly breaks the third wall by voicing concerns expressed in blogs.

    • imfromthepast

      I wouldn’t call that breaking the fourth wall so much as bending it a little.

      • Mandeville

        oops! Fourth wall. And bent, not broken.

        I think the “Y” wink speaks more to the upcoming film adaptation and the coincidental suits on the back cover. I think that story line dealt with astronauts, 2 men and 1 pregnant woman, landing on a 1 man planet earth.

        If “Jacob” turns out to be J. Jacob Abrams I’m returning my LOST decoder pin…

        • imfromthepast

          If flight 316 didn’t land on the runway that Sawyer and Kate helped build, I’ll throw in my decoder pin too…

        • Masheen

          Get the fcuk outta here… I will burn my LOST Blue-ray discs in front of Disneyland if that happens.

        • Yonko

          What about the shoutout of Jack, Hurley (two men) and Kate (one pregnant woman) getting back to the island?

        • Kevin JJ

          maybe not JJ Abrams, but what about if Jacob was actually Stephen King?
          Jacob is Ves-Ka Gan.
          Ves-Ka Gan is Stephen King.
          Stephen King is Jacob.
          Think about it, Nozz-A-La is on Henry Gales Balloon.
          Richard (Randall) is the Ageless Stranger.
          The Island would therefore represent the Tower in the Lost-verse, just as the Rose did in Keystone Earth.
          The Island is the tower.
          Richard is Flagg.
          Jacob is Stephen King.
          The smoke monster could represent a manifestation of the Crimson King or even Mordred Deschain, or even the spirit that had sex with Roland and impregnated Susannah (Just throwing it out there).
          If the Island truly is this Earth’s representation of the Tower, then it would explain why the Other’s are so bound on protecting it, just as the Tet Corporation would do anything to protect the Rose from harm. The Rose in Keystone earth had healing abilities. For example, the man who had really bad acne was healed.

          My two cents, and I’m sticking to it. The Island, is the Lost-world’s Tower.

    • docarzt

      Yeah, that is a ‘wink’ not metafictional. This pulls one of the writers into the LOST universe.

      • imfromthepast

        How do you know this isn’t just one of those patented LOST coincidences? Maybe there is another Brian Vaughan in the LOST universe that is completely unrelated to our BK, other than the fact that they share a name and just happened to both write a comic book with the same name.

        THINK ABOUT IT!!

  • I think this is more of a shout-out than meta-fiction. Lost meta-fiction would be fun but I doubt 10 million Lost viewers would agree with me.
    – izi

  • And what about the metafictional casting that brought Said Taghmaoui (Caesar), who was a Said in *La Haine* and an Iraqi torturer in *Three kings*, to become a proxy for – who else? – Sayid?
    Not to mention the fact that Ben and Locke share a mother called Emily, while the other special boy of Lost, Aaron, has a mother who’s portrayed by another Emilie (de Ravin)…

  • Hi Fat of Man

    Grant Morrison explored this epically in the DC comic series Animal Man to the point of even appearing in the comic as “The writer” of the comic. Starting in issue #5 appropriately named “The Gospel of Coyote”, Animal Man in which a Cartoon Coyote shows up and through a book explains his existential existence. Animal Man then begins an adventure through time and space only to be a witness to the very reason he went back in time, but powerless to stop the events from unfolding. During which the 4th wall is not only broken but completely shattered and used to further the storyline. The series ending stint by Morrison concludes the run with Animal Man and Morrison actually meeting a discussing the meaning and implications of existence.

    J. J.(acob) Abrams….Hmmm