Season 6 and “The Stand”
Damon and Carlton have said a lot in times past about how they used Stephen King’s “The Stand” as a template for Lost. This was quite evident in the earlier episodes moreso than until the start of S6. But now with S6 and how the way the flash sideways is functioning, it seems more clear than ever that Lost is heavily paralleling The Stand.
That book is a classic example of how good writing always puts characters under pressure in order to test them — to see if they will make the right moral decision. But it goes one step further. After about 99.6% of humanity is wiped out, the few survivors struggle to survive in the wilderness of their new reality, and drift towards an allegiance to one of 2 key figures — An elderly black woman and an evil, dusty-heeled devil.
Characters are all painted in shades of grey to one degree or another, so it’s a really insightful read about how “good” or “evil” is defined by people’s actions when there isn’t necessarily any law or society about.
Now in Lost we have a (supposedly) good Jacob not making it to the end, as per The Stand, and meanwhile Smokie’s forces are gathering strength. People are taking sides, and just like in King’s book, it is their choices of conscience that define them. This is the key reason I am bored with the show at the moment — for anyone who has read the book we are now in VERY straightforward territory.
The alt timeline is clearly primarily functioning to define character — and is taking a very longwinded path to do so. I was expecting our writers to take things up a notch rather than so literally repeating The Stand so faithfully. Over and over, the alt timeline is demonstrating that your character is consistent insofar as you’re going to fall on either the good or evil side no matter what the circumstances.
I hope that this is a mini arc that will be over once our main characters’ “positions” are established; and then some REAL game-changing events w(and actual progression of plot!) will start to occur.
Anyone else out there who’s read The Stand got thoughts on how much this feels the same?