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Monday, May 24, 2010

LOST no more

The series finale of Lost was on the tube last night. (No spoilers in this post.) I started watching it in November of 2004, as I had been busy watching historic events of epic proportions in October. The series debuted on September 22, 2004. Writing and shooting started before the Sox won the World Series that year, but producer and Red Sox fan Carlton Cuse and producer and Yankee fan Damon Lindelof took that event and worked it into the series. Once they put that angle in, I was completely hooked... for 6 years. On more than one occasion, the producers worked Red Sox and Yankee references into the show. Lindelof has described the use of the Red Sox win in Lost as 'therapeutic.' (I still haven't figured why the Sox spinning the Yankees around in a circle that year in the playoffs could possibly be 'therapeutic' to a Yankees fan.) Central character Jack and his father both used the same line at different times, "That's why the Red Sox will never win the World Series." Benjamin Linus shows Jack a video of the final out of the 2004 World Series. A couple of years into the show, and character Frank Lipidus enters the cast. Soon after that, we find out he was a Yankees fan. Aaron and Boone were the names of two of the characters. The numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42 showed up in many of the scenes of the show and also happen to be retired Yankees numbers. With all those Red Sox and Yankee references passing by, I looked into central character Jack's relationship with the Red Sox and have determined that he is most likely a Red Sox fan, but we never find out why. Some sick and twisted Lost fan came up with this very enjoyable Yankee abuse youtube:

I don't recall any more Red Sox or Yankees references in the last 2 or 3 seasons, although there could have been some red or pinstriped eater eggs somewhere in there. Well, I'm off to the LOST discussion boards, and then I need to order season 1 from Netflix.

Fenway West 05.24.10

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