ABC Lost Sequel – The Seed – Part 1-4
Posted by LOTGK on July 19, 2010
The Grassy Knoll Institute, like many other Lost fans, were not satisfied with the series finale ABC network presented May 23rd. The whole get me to the church in time and walk into the light to Heaven didn’t get it for me. Not because my virtual reality controlled by aliens theory was wrong, (It was dead wrong) but because I felt cheated, that this merry band of castaways, half of them murderers, on and off the island, all got a free pass into Heaven. I needed more closure. I needed more loose ends tied up. I needed to know why season five was all about time travel and Daniel Faraday’s time displacement theories.
So I decided to formulate my own Lost series finale. (I promise, there are absolutely no aliens involved in this new arc) I sat down at my computer and banged out several episodes that begins where the series finale ends. When the castaways were all gathered in the church, all happy, awaiting eternal bliss in Heaven with their loved ones. I will use my standard Lost Update format that I used for the previous six years to tell my story to maintain continuity. My first offering in the Lost Chronicles series finale arc is titled, The Seed. I hope the ending will blow your mind. I know it did mine.
While watching The Seed last night, for a moment, I thought I was having my own type of Lost flashback. All the Lost castaways were gathered in the church, albeit a different church, and Ben Linus was still mulling around outside. This first scene was almost identical to the final five minutes we viewed back on May 23rd 2010. Until Jack hears something in the back of the church. (Don’t worry Lost fans, there are no aliens involved conducting experiments on the castaways) (and you can trust me, I tell the truth, unlike the writers of Lost) Following is my critique of The Seed, the first episode of the end game series.
Enough rambling, on to Episode One, season Seven
Finally, the Lost island journey was over. For what appeared to have been several thousand years and countless life times, the journey was complete. The prize, (Salvation) awaited them all in the light. All Jack and the rest of the castaways had to do was follow the good shepherd, (Christian Shepherd) into the promised land. Emotions of joy, peace, happiness, and love overwhelmed the castaways as they lovingly embraced each other as they slowly proceeded to the church altar archway, the source of the light, all that is good and peaceful.
As Christian led his flock toward the altar archway, Jack got a subtle sensation of being watched as the hair on the back of his neck stood straight up. Out of the corner of his eye, he noticed a slight movement outside, through the stained glass window. Was it Ben Linus finally coming inside, or was it something… For just a moment, Jack tensed, painfully remembering what life on the island had been for so many years. Seconds later, relaxation and peace returned and he was again hugging and kissing Kate, the love of his life, as they walked hand in hand towards Salvation.
Sawyer was also quite tranquil, having been reunited with his true love, Juliet, (And her amazing rack) basking in his glory. He also noticed movement in the back of the church, lurking in the shadows. Sawyer took his gaze from Juliet’s amazing rack for a moment and whirled his head around to take a better look. All he could mutter was, “Son-Of-A-Bitch!”
A moment later, all hell broke loose. Heavily armed uniformed soldiers appeared from the shadows outfitted in riot gear and moved toward the castaways. The soldiers quickly advanced to the altar archway surrounding the castaways. A loud explosion extinguished the guiding white light covering the church in total darkness. The castaways screamed out in terror and sorrow as the soldiers began ushering them through the archway.
Sawyer could barely see in the almost total darkness but went on his own offensive attacking the soldiers around him and Juliet. He put up a valiant effort but there were too many of them. In a short span of time, Sawyer was pummeled and bloodied and his shirt was ripped from his body. (Ain’t that always the case) He and Juliet were dragged off kicking and screaming by the soldiers through the archway.
Sayid also rushed toward the soldiers but was swiftly knocked unconscious with a blow from the blunt end of a rifle. A soldier silently dragged him through the arch disappearing into the darkness with a dull thud.
John Locke, a stunned look on his face, simply stared at the scene unfolding in front of him, frightened beyond comprehension. Locke grasped at his legs, making sure he still had use of them. Two soldiers grabbed him from behind and pushed him through the archway. Locke pleaded with the soldiers for an explanation but to no avail. The soldiers spoke not a word.
Jack shielded Kate behind him and took an aggressive stance waiting for the soldiers. He threw wild punches and connected with several on the soldiers flak jackets. His attack was useless. The soldiers grabbed Jack and unceremoniously dragged him toward the archway. Jack looked up and saw his father viewing the carnage from above. He yelled out to his father for help but did not receive a reply. Kate attempted to run from the church but found the doorway locked. She pressed hard against the doors in hopes of snapping the lock but the soldiers were upon her in mere seconds.
Desmond and Penny were corralled and right before he slips into the darkness of the archway, he spies Jack and utters his famous lines, “See you in another life Brotha!” Desmond and Penny vanish into the darkness in the arms of the soldiers.
In a matter of less than thirty seconds, the castaways find themselves in a steel hull. In total darkness. Metal doors are heard shutting and locking. (From a soothing warm white light to a harsh cold darkness.) Jack and Sawyer yell and pound on the steel door demanding to be let out but to no avail. The rest of the castaways struggle to find their footing as the steel prison they are in begins to move.
Meanwhile, Ben Linus, still seated outside the church, upon hearing the explosion and scuffle inside, rises from his bench and runs to the doors but finds them locked from within. He pushes on the doors as if to test their strength, then checks his watch, gives his wily smirk, and briskly walks down the cement path away from the church. The camera zooms out revealing several people out of focus waiting for Linus in the parking lot. Ben is giving instructions or commands, as no audio can be heard and the shot is from a distance not allowing me to make out who is actually there. (Perhaps it is Michael, Eko, Paulo, Widmore)
Flash back to the castaways in the transport vehicle. The castaways are panicking, struggling to stay on their feet in the darkness. The camera pans out from the darkness inside to reveal a semi truck hooked up to and pulling an overseas container. (The identifying markers on the semi truck door indicates Dharma Initiative insignia.)
Camera cuts to the transport vehicle, the overseas container. Inside, Sayid slowly awakens from his stupor. He hears panic in the voices of the castaways. He hears Jack bellowing, talking to his dead father, (Who isn’t there) asking why this was all happening. Asking his father if it was all just a dream, some sort of maniacal torture.
Sayid seeks out Shannon and comforts her as best he can. He vows to Shannon that he will find a way out of there. Sayid soothes Shannon and informs her that he is going to survey the surroundings, to hopefully find a breach in the transport. Reluctantly, she releases her hold on Sayid and he walks to the back of the transport.
John Locke tried to man up but is so depressed, he just cowered in a corner, pressing his hands against his head as if in agony. He blathers unintelligently about the ying and yang, light and dark, good and evil, life and death, heaven and hell.
Meanwhile, Sayid is attempting to find some sort of escape but to no avail. The container walls are made of steel. There are no skylights, no sliding doors, no exit. Even knowing there is no escape, he continues to search for some sort of latch, or hatch to gain his freedom.
The castaways slowly begin to assemble in the back of the container. Hurley suggests a roll call to see who all is there and if perhaps anyone escaped the soldiers. Hurley begins by announcing his name, Jack chimes in with his, and Kate speaks her name. Sayid begins to speak when an overpowering noise fills the container. The sound is a humming noise that turns into the Smoke Monster metallic sounds. This keeps up for almost thirty seconds. Jack Flashes back to the “Room 23″ subliminal messages that were playing. Then all at once. Complete silence. A woman cries out, it sounded like Shannon, screaming out to leave us alone, and what have we ever done to you. The screaming turns into whimpering and then sobbing.
Shuffling of feet and heavy breathing can be heard when a new wave of sound breaks the silence. This time it’s music. It sounds like 1960′s music. The lyrics to the song are…
“Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere”
I think I’d like to go
And take it easy
There’s a woman that
I’d like to get to know
Everybody seems to wonder
What it’s like down here
I gotta get away
from this day-to-day
this is nowhere.
Everybody, everybody knows
Every time I think about
It’s cool and breezy
I wish that I could be there
Just passing time.
Everybody seems to wonder
What it’s like down here
I gotta get away
from this day-to-day
this is nowhere.
Everybody, everybody knows
The song repeats, over and over, getting louder every time, as if it is on a loop. Charlie knows the song, he remembers it from Neil Young’s debut album in 1969. Charlie remembers that his band Driveshaft got their start opening for Young years ago. Charlie clutches onto Claire and sings along to the tune. Hour after hour the song and lyrics are drilled into the memories of the castaways by brute force. They cannot escape it. They cannot speak or communicate over it. All they can do is listen to it. At one time or another, all castaways are seen humming or lip syncing to the song. Hours later the music stops just as quick as it started. The metal container they are in also comes to a halt. Hurley blurts out the song was playing for 23 hours straight.
Sayid smells a faint whiff of a gas slowly seeping in. He commands everyone to cover their face with their clothes and to avoid taking any deep breaths. Slowly the castaways succumb to the knock out gas and they are lying on the floor of the cargo container.
It’s daylight, outside, the camera is panning slowly from the left revealing an island setting. A large metallic object with the Oceanic Airlines logo comes into focus. It’s Oceanic Flight 815′s engine. There is complete silence. (No audio)
The audio begins as the camera pans onto the beach, showing the crashed Oceanic Flight 815 fuselage bent and twisted on the island. (This scene reminded me exactly like the very end of Lost, after the big reveal, when the network came back from commercial. Showing the last scene, the wreckage of the plane from several angles on the beach, sans people)
The camera iris blinks, the sky flashes, and the castaways are back where they started. Strewn across the beach, lying still. In unison, the camera focuses and zooms in on a close up of each castaways eyes suddenly opening, displaying them across the screen simultaneously.
As in the pilot episode, some castaways are moving and running around while others are aimlessly walking about. Jack sees familiar bamboo and gives the impression he knows he’s back on the island. He gets up and runs toward the beach noticing a sharp pain in his side, the same pain he had when he originally crashed on the island. Blood is slowly seeping out of his wound.
The castaways all gather in the clearing and come together. Hurley once again attempts to count who was present and who didn’t get captured.
Charlie surveys the scene in front of him, then surrealy asks, “Guys, Where are we?” (Just as he did in the Lost pilot in 2004 after hearing the smoke monster metallic sounds)
Jack laments, “We’re back. We’re back on the island.”
Charlie mumbles and sings under his breath, “Everybody knows
this is nowhere, Everybody knows this is nowhere!” (Which were part of the lyrics of the song piped in during their captivity in the semi trailer.)
Cue the Lost logo and music…..
Well, what do you think Lost fans? Do you like this new story arc, or like sheeple, will you walk dutifully into the light directed by Christian Shephard? let me know in the comments, but more importantly, let me know what your theory is…
ABC Lost Sequel Part Two Found Here Titled: The Harvest.
LURKING ON THE GRASSY KNOLL