Monday, January 14, 2008

"Speaking Of Islands..."

The Find815 game has encouraged some extra credit assignments for us, when it comes to studying up on mysterious geography. Information uncovered by Lost fans has turned up some great educational sites on islands, atolls, and various undersea geological formations. It all brings to mind a particularly strange island, that's always been one of my favorites (because I'm a big Thor Heyerdahl and Tiki statue fan) -- Rapa Nui, or Easter Island.

It's thought that Rapa Nui was fully vegetated at one time and able to support its varied living creatures, just like LOST island. But intense deforestation and the eventual erosion from it scarred the island. All that was left standing tall on the island after that were the many monolithic Moai statues. There are a few general theories as to how that came about. The complete downfall of the island is grisly, including suspected cannibalism when the island environment could not sustain food production for inhabitants any longer. But that doesn't detract from the draw of the mysterious statues, structures, and petroglyphs that lure tourists there regularly.

So this leads to what I'm wondering about LOST island. Will the worst case scenario for our island, if the New Hostiles have their way, be similar to that of Rapa Nui? Ben claims that total destruction is on its way. If the show stayed on the air for 10 seasons, would we get to see cannibalism there too? Ben obviously knows something about what their evil intentions for the island are, according to the shreds of info that he yelled at Jack (i.e., LOST viewers) in the S3 finale. Aside from upsetting Jacob's personal island paradise, will they end up completely stripping our island of all its resources in addition to exploiting the natural powers there? Or after the initial abuse (if the world isn't sucked into a black hole by then), the island might be run over with the inevitable tourist trade, full of people that want to obtain magical healing, visit the Jacobland Amusement Park, and get thrills on the anti-gravitational or wormhole rides! Hey, that sounds pretty good, maybe I do want the freighter guys to win!

11 comments:

Lost 2010 said...

Well, there's always that mini-mall that Sawyer promised he was going to build when he was chasing the boars. . . :)

Capcom said...

Heheh, yeah! :o) And Locke could run an island Walkabout. Let's see what else, Claire could have a Daycare/Babysitting center. Hurley could run a miniature or adventure golf course.

memphish said...

Don't forget ping pong tournaments.

Also I don't think it would take 10 seasons to get to cannibalism. The season 7 zombies would take care of that.

Capcom said...

Great idea Memphish! Wow, island zombies, I like that idea. Actually, that's the one classic horror element that's missing from LOST. Remember those old b/w island zombie movies of the 1930-40s?

:o)

memphish said...

I'm actually pretty new in things zombie. But I did read World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War recently. Of course Cuseloff always joke on their podcast that S7 is the zombie season since everyone always wants to resurrect dead characters.

Paula Abdul Alhazred said...

capcom,

Great post! I love real-life spooky islands. You should check out the history of Nikumaroro (formerly Gardner Island), an atoll in the Republic of Kiribati. It's where some believe Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan may have died. It is one creeeeepy place. I spent the summer researching the island, and it's inspired the large scale project I'm currently working on.

Capcom said...

Heheh, if you're interested Memphish, start out with "I Walked With A Zombie". It's made by the same peeps who did the original "Cat People" movie.

I recall reading something about Earhart and Gardner as a possiblity, PAA. I'll have to look into that more closely!

memphish said...

Capcom, this is for you.

Capcom said...

Awesome, thanks!! :-D I wonder what the cartridges are filled with, I don't think that regular shot can kill a zombie. Maybe holy water. :o)

memphish said...

Hey Capcom, The WGA has made a deal with the producers of Mad Men. Yay!

Capcom said...

Wow, thanks Memphish! I haven't even looked at my own blog for a while, so I am just now seeing this. Sorry for the delay in receiving your post news, and thanks for the link. It will be interesting to see what becomes of this development, and maybe there will be more cooperation on a wider scale then for the WGA. :-)