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Finding Lost, season 4 /
Nikki Stafford.
imprint
Toronto : ECW Press, c2009.
description
xi, 205 p. : ill., ports. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
1550228781, 9781550228786 :
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imprint
Toronto : ECW Press, c2009.
isbn
1550228781
9781550228786 :
catalogue key
8176837
 
Includes bibliographical references.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Nikki Stafford is the author of six books, including the first two volumes of Finding Lost, Bite Me! The Unofficial Guide to the World of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Once Bitten: An Unofficial Guide to the World of Angel. She blogs at nikkistafford.blogspot.com.
First Chapter
Season 1 of Lost was immensely popular. But by season 2 the ratings had begun to decline. This was either thanks to the inefficient scheduling of episodes (a couple of weeks of new episodes followed by a month of reruns, then three weeks back on and three more weeks of reruns) or thanks to the exposition of the story lines and the deepening of the mysteries (with no answers) that had fans scratching their heads. By season 3, when the network aired six episodes that were heavy on the Others, Kate, Jack, and Sawyer, and very light on everyone else, and when they ran the rest of the season a full three months later, those fans who were already frustrated by the show jumped ship, which left only the hardcore fans behind.

Thank goodness we stayed. We’ve loved Lost unbendingly from the beginning, but season 4 was mind–blowing.

In fact, the fourth season won back many viewers. Reduced to a mere 13 episodes due to the WGA Writers’ Strike, this season was short, but packed with intrigue, drama, mysteries, and answers. During an interview I did while the Writers’ Strike was on, a journalist asked me why I thought season 4 was getting great ratings and was so critically acclaimed. Was it because of the strike?, he asked. I said the answer was manifold. Yes, the Writers’ Strike (which lasted from November 2007 to February 2008) created a dearth of new programming in January and February, precisely the time Lost began rolling out brand new episodes. Or it could have been the timing of the DVDs. In previous seasons, new fans of the show would buy the DVDs when they came out — usually around September 7 or 8 — and try to make it through the episodes in two weeks before the new season started. But unless you’re a die–hard television viewer, such a schedule could be tough. When some viewers couldn’t finish the season, they wouldn’t dare begin the new one. So, they’d wait for the next season’s DVDs to come out a year later. These fans wouldn’t be counted in the ratings for that season. For season 4, however, the previous season’s DVDs were released on December 11, and the new season didn’t begin until January 31, giving new fans plenty of time to watch not only season 3, but the first two seasons as well.

But in my opinion, the main reason the new season was so good is because showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have an end date. ABC has done the unthinkable and given them an end date of 2010, with three seasons of 16 episodes each. Knowing there are 48 more hours in which to tell the story, “Darlton” (as fans like to call the two men) have mapped out a plan. They know how to answer certain huge questions, when to drop the clues in there, and when they should start on the big reveal. This plan has allowed the storytelling to be smooth, it’s given us so many answers, and the new questions seem to be leading into more obvious territories than in previous seasons.

In other words, it’s starting to unveil itself like a beautifully told fairy tale, one where the writer already knows how it’s going to end and how many pages he has left in which to tell it.

If season 1 was about trying to be rescued, season 2 was about learning to live with each other on the island, and season 3 was about dealing with the native people on the island, then season 4 is about the invasion by the outside world into the microcosm of the island, and what that does to the people on it. Do the freighter people come in peace? Do they want to rescue the Losties? Or, as Ben famously says in “Through the Looking Glass,” is making contact with that ship “the beginning of the end”?

Reviews
Review Quotes
"If you're a fan of the popular TV show "Lost," you can't be without this unofficial guide." -- "California Bookwatch"
"If you're a fan of the popular TV show Lost , you can't be without this unofficial guide." --California Bookwatch
"Nikki Stafford has a gift for writing about television ... this book is an interesting read and definitely a must for any Lost fan." --The Medium Online
"Nikki Stafford has a gift for writing about television ... this book is an interesting read and definitely a must for any Lost fan." The Medium Online
"Nikki Stafford knows TV, and she knows TV fans . . . Stafford has succeeded in creating books for [Lost fans], a crowd that could arguably be called the most difficult to please." --Jon Lachonis, BuddyTV.com
"Nikki Stafford knows TV, and she knows TV fans . . . Stafford has succeeded in creating books for [Lost fans], a crowd that could arguably be called the most difficult to please." Jon Lachonis, BuddyTV.com
"The best part about Finding Lost: The Unofficial Guide is that Nikki Stafford brings the symbolism, themes, and mythology to the forefront, so that casual viewers and devoted fans have a better understanding of what is happening in each episode. When reading many of her points, I would think, 'Yes, of course, I knew that somewhere in my brain, but now Nikki has pointed it out so that I can think about it and come to my own conclusions.'" --About.com
"The best part aboutFinding Lost: The Unofficial Guideis that Nikki Stafford brings the symbolism, themes, and mythology to the forefront, so that casual viewers and devoted fans have a better understanding of what is happening in each episode. When reading many of her points, I would think, 'Yes, of course, I knew that somewhere in my brain, but now Nikki has pointed it out so that I can think about it and come to my own conclusions.'" About.com
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Nikki Stafford provides clues, commentaries, analysis and character biographies designed to help viewers make sense of one of the most successful, and complicated, TV drama series of all time - Lost.
Main Description
For both new viewers and diehard fans, this illuminating guide to the Emmy and Golden Globe Awardwinning television program helpsLostfanatics piece together the latest additions to the puzzle from season four with detailed discussions of the multitudinous characters, their spotty backgrounds, and the mysterious islands. Thorough examinations of each episode provide fresh insight into the baffling worlds of both the plane crash survivors and the Others, while analyzing numerous concepts, such as the importance of the Oceanic Six, how the time travel theories play into the greater mysteries on the show, how different characters' paths are beginning to cross, and how the series could possibly end. Additional chapters explore the historical figures, religious iconography, literary allusionsto such works asSlaughterhouse-Fiveand Shakespeare'sThe Tempestand other clues scattered throughout the show. Dozens of previously unpublished on-set photos and new cast member biographies are also included.
Main Description
The series of unofficial guides continues to delve into the mysteries of the phenomenal hit TV show. Season One was about trying to get rescued, Season Two was about adapting to the island, Season Three revealed the tensions between the lost and the Others and Season Four is the turning point in the series, pointing fans towards the future through flashforwards rather than flashbacks. Armed with various clues peppered throughout Season Four of Lost, Finding Lost - Season Four aims to help readers further understand the mysteries of the island and truly find Lost.
Main Description
The third installment in the critically acclaimed, best selling Finding Lost series. "The Finding Lost series is quite simply the best resource for fans. Not only is the information concise and complete, Nikki Stafford's commentary is insightful, relevant, and entertaining. No matter how well you know the show, Stafford's analysis of the themes and symbolism of Lost will renew your desire to go back and watch over and over again." --Jon "DocArzt" Lachonis Throughout the first three seasons of Lost , we saw the Lostaways trying to get rescued, adapting to the island, and then dealing with the "natives" of the island, the Others. But the jaw-dropping fourth season was the turning point in the series, giving fans a glimpse of the future through flashforwards of those who made it off the island. While this season provided answers to earlier mysteries, it also raised new questions and muddled viewers' brains with time-traveling bunnies. This book helps put those pieces back into a context that begins to make sense again. Finding Lost is the only Lost guide that analyzes the show episode by episode, and includes: An in-depth look at every episode of season 4, with highlights, little-known facts, and nitpicks Chapters on time travel, the popular time loop theory, philosopher Jeremy Bentham, the online game Find815, and the Lost mobisodes Sidebars chronicling fun trivia such as Sawyer's nicknames, the meaning of Abaddon's name, favorite online Lost parodies, and many more Bios of the new actors on the show Analyses of the show's literary references, including Slaughterhouse-Five , The Tempest , VALIS , The Invention of Morel , and the Mystery Tales comic Photos of the filming locations in Hawaii With exclusive photos and enough background to put you leagues ahead of other viewers, this book will help you "find" Lost .
Main Description
The third installment in the critically acclaimed, best sellingFinding Lostseries."TheFinding Lostseries is quite simply the best resource for fans. Not only is the information concise and complete, Nikki Stafford's commentary is insightful, relevant, and entertaining. No matter how well you know the show, Stafford's analysis of the themes and symbolism ofLostwill renew your desire to go back and watch over and over again."Jon "DocArzt" LachonisThroughout the first three seasons ofLost, we saw the Lostaways trying to get rescued, adapting to the island, and then dealing with the "natives" of the island, the Others. But the jaw-dropping fourth season was the turning point in the series, giving fans a glimpse of the future through flashforwards of those who made it off the island. While this season provided answers to earlier mysteries, it also raised new questions and muddled viewers' brains with time-traveling bunnies. This book helps put those pieces back into a context that begins to make sense again.Finding Lostis the onlyLostguide that analyzes the show episode by episode, and includes: An in-depth look at every episode of season 4, with highlights, little-known facts, and nitpicks Chapters on time travel, the popular time loop theory, philosopher Jeremy Bentham, the online game Find815, and theLostmobisodes Sidebars chronicling fun trivia such as Sawyer's nicknames, the meaning of Abaddon's name, favorite onlineLostparodies, and many more Bios of the new actors on the show Analyses of the show's literary references, includingSlaughterhouse-Five,The Tempest,VALIS,The Invention of Morel, and theMystery Talescomic Photos of the filming locations in HawaiiWith exclusive photos and enough background to put you leagues ahead of other viewers, this book will help you "find"Lost.
Main Description
Throughout the first three seasons of Lost, we saw the Lostaways trying to get rescued, adapting to their surroundings, and then dealing with the "natives" of the island, the Others. But the jaw-dropping fourth season was the turning point in the series, giving fans a glimpse of the future through flashforwards of those who made it off the island. While this season provided answers to earlier mysteries, it also raised new questions and muddled viewers' brains with time-traveling bunnies. This book helps put those pieces back into a context that begins to make sense again. Finding Lost is the only Lost guide that analyzes the show episode by episode, and includes: an in-depth look at every episode of season 4, with highlights, little-known facts, and nitpick chapters on time travel, the popular time loop theory, philosopher Jeremy Bentham, the online game Find815, and the Lost mobisodes sidebars chronicling fun trivia such as Sawyer's nicknames, the meaning of Abaddon's name, favorite online Lost parodies, and many more bios of the new actors on the show analyses of the show's literary references, including Slaughterhouse-Five, The Tempest, and VALIS photos of the filming locations in Hawaii With exclusive photos and enough background to put you leagues ahead of other viewers, this book will help you "find' Lost. Book jacket.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. v
How Not to Get Lostp. vii
"The Beginning of the End": Season 4p. 1
Season 4
The Beginning of the End (Hurley)p. 7
Omgwtfpolarbear!!p. 13
Confirmed Dead (freighter folk)p. 18
The Freighter Folkp. 26
Find815: The 2008 Lost ARGp. 31
The Economist (Sayid)p. 35
Funny Lost on the Webp. 41
Eggtown (Kate)p. 43
Valisp. 50
The Invention of Morelp. 55
The Constant (Desmond)p. 60
Wormholes and Time Lags and Course Bearings, Oh My!p. 63
Slaughterhouse-Fivep. 69
The Other Woman (Juliet)p. 74
The Tempestp. 82
Ji Yeon (Sun, Jin)p. 86
Get Lost on YouTubep. 91
Meet Kevin Johnson (Michael)p. 94
The 2007-2008 Writers' Strikep. 103
The Shape of Things to Come (Ben)p. 107
"Let's Do the Time Warp Again!": The Time Loop Theoryp. 117
Something Nice Back Home (Jack)p. 121
Missing Pieces: The Lost Mobisodesp. 131
Cabin Fever (Locke)p. 141
John Lock and Ben Linus: Cain and Abel?p. 150
Abaddon: The Destroyer?p. 153
Mystery Tales #40p. 155
There's No Place Like Home, Part 1 (Oceanic 6)p. 159
Sawyer's Nicknamesp. 166
Mirror, Mirror, On the Wallp. 169
There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3 (Oceanic 6)p. 170
Checkmatep. 187
Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832)p. 195
Flashforward Timelinep. 199
Sourcesp. 203
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