Is 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.”
Sure, 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.