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Lost Update – Walking Distance

Posted by LOTGK on April 10, 2008

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Lost Update Season IV 04/10/2008

With two more weeks before a new Lost episode airs, I am going to delve into my alternate theory concerning Rod Serling’s Sci-Fi television series, The Twilight Zone. Here is the link to refresh your memory connecting Lost to the TZ. Lost In The Twilight Zone

Tonight’s update will center on a particular Twilight Zone Episode titled, Walking distance. It’s from season I, Episode #5, 1959.

Opening narration:
Martin Sloan, age thirty-six. Occupation: vice-president, ad agency, in charge of media. This is not just a Sunday drive for Martin Sloan. He perhaps doesn’t know it at the time, but it’s an exodus. Somewhere up the road he’s looking for sanity. And somewhere up the road, he’ll find something else.

Plot Summary:
Martin Sloan, while driving cross-country makes a stop in his old hometown. Amazed, it looks exactly the way id did when he was just a boy. He parks his car and sets out on foot to reminisce a bit and walks into the old corner drugstore. He buys a fountain soda and reflects back on his pleasant past memories. He tells the soda jerk he had fond memories about this place, especially about old man Wilson, who was always sleeping in his chair on the porch out front. He then says, “May he rest in peace.”

The soda jerk looks at him kind of funny like and when Martin leaves, he walks upstairs and and we see old man Wilson sleeping. He tells Wilson that he needs to buy more supplies for the store and Wilson says, “Sure, we’ll buy more tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, Martin is exploring the rest of the town where he grew up as a young lad. A moment later, he sees a boy running by and realizes it’s him, young again. He follows the boy, (Himself) home and introduces himself to his parents. His parents are afraid of him as he tries to convince them that he is Martin, their son, just from the future. The parents think he is crazy and warns him to stay away.

Martin leaves but again follows the young boy (Himself) to the park and tries to interact with himself, telling him to enjoy life, play, enjoy the summers, and be happy. The boy gets scared, and falls off the Merry-Go-Round and hurts his leg. The doctor says he’ll be OK but will probably have a limp.

The boys father meets Martin after this incident and seeing Martin’s license from his wallet believes it is his son from the future. But instead of receiving a warm welcome from his dad, he is told that his time has past, and it’s his young son’s time for life, time to be a boy. He tells Martin that he needs to go back to the future where he belongs.

The next day, Martin is back in his own time, but is now walking with a limp. From the injury he received falling off the Merry-Go-Round.

Closing narration:
Martin Sloan, age thirty-six, vice-president in charge of media. Successful in most things but not in the one effort that all men try at some time in their lives—trying to go home again. And also like all men perhaps there’ll be an occasion, maybe a summer night sometime, when he’ll look up from what he’s doing and listen to the distant music of a calliope, and hear the voices and the laughter of the people and places of his past. And perhaps across his mind there’ll flit a little errant wish, that a man might not have to become old, never outgrow the parks and the merry-go-rounds of his youth. And he’ll smile then too because he’ll know it is just an errant wish, some wisp of memory not too important really, some laughing ghosts that cross a man’s mind, that are a part of the Twilight Zone.

(Dramatic Pause)
Go head. I’ll wait while you catch your breath and let it all sink in.
Pretty amazing story isn’t it?
I am not going to spell out specific episodes, or events, or characters that this Twilight Zone elude to. Instead, I am going to leave you, the viewer, the chance to formulate your own opinion. Perhaps Desmond or Jack is Martin Sloan, or even Sawyer. Or all three. Or none of them. Perhaps it’s Kate, hoping to rectify a broken past. Or Claire, hoping to change the outcome of her future.

Read the intro, synopsis, and epilogue again. Now it is your duty to inject the characters you think belong there. Man or woman. Castaway or “Other.” I will leave you with the ending dialog between Martin and his father discussing the past and future to help further guide you in this journey. Please, as always, keep an open mind and do not rush to a conclusion until you let it all sink in.

Mr. Sloan: Martin, You have to leave here. There’s no room, there’s no place. Do you understand that?

Martin: I see that now, but I don’t understand. Why not?

Mr. Sloan: I guess because we only get one chance. Maybe there’s only one summer to every customer. That little boy, the one I know – the one who belongs here – this is his summer, just as it was yours once. Don’t make him share it.

Martin: Alright.

Mr. Sloan: Martin, is it so bad where you’re from?

Martin: I thought so, Pop. I’ve been living on a dead run and I was tired. And one day I knew I had to come back here. I had to get on the merry-go-round and listen to a band concert. I had to stop and breathe, and close my eyes and smell, and listen.

Mr. Sloan: I guess we all want that. Maybe when you go back, Martin, you’ll find that there are merry-go-rounds and band concerts where you are. Maybe you haven’t been looking in the right place. You’ve been looking behind you, Martin. Try looking ahead.

Until next week, GET LOST!


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16 Responses to “Lost Update – Walking Distance”

  1. Tech-Ops said

    how many twilight zone shows are there? how many lost shows are there? if they total the same amount, you got something here.

  2. City Wired said

    Twilight Zone had several hundred shows and was on for years so unless Lost reups for 4-5 more years they will never reach the totals. But the shows do sound similar. I would like you, the owner of this blog to tell me what all the episodes I should watch on Twilight Zone. I have never seen an entire show of the show but only a little bitt on sci-fi channel.

  3. Forever Lost said

    Interesting. I have been following the Zone connection here. Your Planet of the Apes tie in just added to your theory. I wonder if you can tie in the Lost string of numbers and find them in the Twilight Zone.
    Walking Distance could be a Lost flashback for sure. I would call it a Jack flashback because Sawyer seemed to have a pretty rough childhood, and Sayid was from iraq. Jack back in time, Martin as well. Jack trying to change the past, Martin as well. Martin returning to the future, Jack as well. Martin being warned, Jack as well.

  4. LOTGK said

    Forever, I am going to look for the numbers in TZ episodes when the time permits. If I find several quickly, then I will increase the time allotment.

  5. LOTGK said

    Tech and City, the original Twilight Zone aired 156 episodes, 157 if you take in account the projected pilot for TZ, The Time Element.
    Twilight Zone aired from 1959 through 1964 enjoying six successful seasons.

    About what episodes to watch. Please see my previous update,…
    Lost In The Twilight Zone

    That should get you started but I suggest you watch all of them and maybe you and the other viewers can pick a few that pertain to Lost.

  6. HR Friendly said

    If Lost is a remake of twilight Zone, who plays Rod Serling?

  7. LOTGK said

    HR, if Lost had the same setup as Twilight Zone, (Serling taking camera view, introducing the episode, and replying and perhaps explaining the ending after each episode) everyone would immediately realize it was a remake.

    I would tend to believe Lost and TZ are like the movie Forrest Gump, whenever there was a time change, Forrest would be in a blue plaid button up shirt.

    Or in I See Dead People whenever you saw the color red, it signified evil.

    Perhaps the writers of Lost have drawn on the story lines of TZ and modified them to fit for a modern version.

  8. LOTGK said

    “Mr. Sloan: Martin, is it so bad where you’re from?”

    I think the above line is key to the Lost TZ connection. Looking at all the Lost survivors, back on the mainland, had terrible lives. Kate was a fugitive, Sawyer a thug, rose with cancer, Locke in a wheelchair, Charlie a drug addict, and so on.

    Perhaps they were searching for a second chance to redeem themselves, but as the rest of the story went, perhaps one summer, one chance, is all you get, one ride per person. Use it wisely, for you can never go back.

    Perhaps when these people finally figure out what life is about, they return to their lives and with this new knowledge, begin to right their lives change their course of events for the better.

    Submitted for your approval.

  9. ben said

    The first time they showed one of the the Dharma videos I recall thinking “This looks like something out of the TZ.”
    Maybe I was not so far off.

  10. LOTGK said

    Ben, As I was watching the pilot episode, the first thing that crossed my mind was “The new People” a show back in 1969 about a stranded bunch of castaways lost on a deserted island. Screen play by Rod Serling.

    Then as I watched more of the pilot, a Twilight Zone feel kept coming up. Also created by Rod Serling. Thats why I did an update on the “Foot” and it’s significant meaning, as in Planet of the Apes, Screen play by Rod Serling.

    To many coincidences? Perhaps! But i thought the producers couldn’t blatantly rip off the best Sci-Fi program of all time and get away with it so i opted for choice #2, the virtual reality theory.

    Thanks for commenting and nice seeing you around.

  11. Eng8te said

    I don’t buy it.

  12. LOTGK said

    Either do I.

    I watch it for free on HD ABC

  13. rob said

    Well Mr. Ecko changed his violent ways didn’t he? and he was cashed on the spot. Why wouldn’t he get a second chance? This in a way leads me to believe that if they do change their lives dramatically, then history would be altered in modern time. If Ecko actually became religious and never began the drug traffic trade, the the yellow plane wouldn’t be on the island in the first place, hence Boone wouldn’t have died, hence Charlie wouldn’t have found new H. Just a thought.

  14. Paul said

    I just thought i would share this coincidence with you. I was watching Oz and the same guy that plays Michael on Lost is also the guy in the wheelchair on Oz. In one of the first episodes on the second season…the seperate the inmates and Michael is part of the 4 person group called The Others.

  15. Lost-Fan said

    I’m beginning to come around to the Rod Serling effect. This episode is all about season five. Time travel and how the past cannot be changed.

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