Behold Lost. A show that ran from 2004-2010. It pretty much changed TV forever...
"Lost was an American serial drama television series that predominantly followed the lives of the survivors of a plane crash on a mysterious tropical island. There, they had to negotiate an unknown monster, an unpredictable group of prior occupants, strange, other worldly island inhabitants, polar bears, and each other as they tried to survive and attract rescue. The main ingredients that have made Lost an icon for success have been its international ensemble cast, plotline of mysteries, flashbacks, flash-forwards and flash sideways (Lostpedia.com)."
And now, behold Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8. A continuation of the popular Joss Whedon Vampire/Teen Vampire Slayer show. In comic book form.
Now let's put the two of these together! I give you Lost: Season 7! The comic book continuation of the popular series. With all the mystery, flashbacks, polar bears, yadda yadda yadda...
The show is made for a comic book (for which no plot is too complicated)!
What about the creators of the show? Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof: I watched them in interviews on TV and DVD and listened to them every week on their official Lost Podcast. Don't they have any say about it? After all, they said they told all the stories they wanted to and ended the show.
According to co-creator Carlton Cuse:
"Disney owns the franchise, it made them a lot of money, it’s hard to imagine it will just sit there idly forever. Damon (Lindelof) and I told our story in that world and I assume someone will come along, hopefully having been inspired by our story, or our version of the story, and want to tell their own story. It’s like the Narnia chronicles. There are [seven] books, they were all written by CS Lewis, but they all visit Narnia at different times and different configurations and different ways. Someone is going to come up with a way to tell another Lost story. I think it’s inevitable. I don’t know what it is or how it would work, but I can’t imagine something else won’t be done with the franchise (Screenrant.com)."
The Ajira 6
If you thought the Oceanic Six had a hard time after coming back from the Island, it's nothing compared to the Ajira 6. These are the final survivors of the Island after the death of the Man in Black, as the Island is supposedly falling apart. They basically landed in a 747 jet held together by duct tape. Their numbers include 3 survivors of Oceanic Flight 815, a ghostbuster, the pilot, and a former immortal. Imagine the questions by the Federal government? The public? What happened? Can they keep the secret of the Island?
Kate Austen – After living years as a fugitive for killing her father, Kate finally stayed in one place after living on the Island, then becoming the only parent Claire's son Aaron has ever known. On parole but broke agreement by leaving state. Also a member of Oceanic 6, so the public can only ask: How is she on this plane too? Could she go to jail?
James "Sawyer" Ford – A conman with criminal record who was at first a self-loathing and sarcastic individual, giving nicknames to everybody he meets. The Island changed him, first by giving him the con man who ruined his life (the original Sawyer--also Locke's father) and killing him. He then became a leader with responsibilities as the Head of Security for the 1970's Dharma Initiative. Upon coming home, heeding Kate's advice, tries to make amends with his daughter Clementine and should start LaFleur Investigations, a PI firm (he can't be a cop in this world, too). His former con partners, like Hibbs, would come after him.
Claire Littleton – When we first met Claire, she was sweet, pregnant and believed in astrology. She then met who she thought was her father Christian Shepard (actually the Smoke Monster) in a cabin and acted really loopy and out of it. The Oceanic Six then left the Island with her son. With help from the Smoke Monster, she went insane and feral from being alone for so long. Hunted by Others. When she comes home, she would see her Mom alive and not in a coma. I really want to see her transformation. She would still have violent tendencies and be a bit insane, but would probably move into Kate’s house to help raise Aaron.
Richard Alpert – A former immortal who's been around since 1867. A follower of Jacob and adviser to the Others, he now has to find a new purpose in life. According to the federal government, this "Richard Alpert" has no identity anywhere and claims to be from the Canary Islands. Maybe he can start Mittelos Bioscience up for real this time? His 150-year flashbacks would be amazing--the start of the Others!
Miles Straum – A great character. He can talk to dead people and is a bit of a conman, despite his gifts (given to him by the Island as a baby). He now has the diamonds from the graves of Nikki and Paolo.
Frank Lapidus –He would have the most to explain. His plane is held together by duct tape, showcasing his superior flying skills.
The Island survives. It has a new Protector and still has mysterious properties. It is, of course, central to any comic or TV show about it.
Hugo "Hurley" Reyes: The new Jacob, the Protector of the Island. Both Jacob and his Mother lived Millennia protecting the Source and the Island itself. Jack Shepard didn't last very long as Protector but he did sacrifice himself for it, and gave the duties to Hurley. He's already shown he doesn't like Jacob's rules, like allowing people to leave or come to the Island. Do all of Mother's and Jacob's mysterious rules apply to him? He's easy-going and a nice guy and he's in charge of an Island that could change the world.
I still want to find out what was up with Libby in the Mental Hospital, possibly following him around.
Ben Linus: The bad guy you loved to hate. As the next-to-final scene in the Finale showed, Ben is just waiting outside the church (and Heaven). He has to atone for what he did in the world and isn't ready for the next part of the afterlife. Dude's a mass murderer and manipulator. Being Hurley's second in command of the Island would help him with all this. He would also, no doubt, still have contacts amongst the Others and former Dharma personnel stationed all over the world.
Also, what about the real Henry Gale?
Walt Dawson: Finally old enough to deal with the Island. He was essential in the first season to determine that there are "special people" on the Island--he could do things that no other kid could do. He has powers. What made him go to the Mental Institution? What will become on the Island? I would assume Hurley would help him talk to his father and get forgiveness.
Desmond: Presumably, Hurley put him into The Elizabeth and sent him home to his wife and son. Is the Island finally done with him? Or his son?
Bernard and Rose: They've basically retired to the Island, determined to live out their natural lives there. Might be kind of boring to just visit them without being central to the plot. They do care for Vincent the dog....
Also, don't forget about Daniel Faraday's mother, Eloise Hawking. Not only only was she a past leader of the Others, but she served as a "Temporal Policeman" in our world and apparently, in Purgatory. Presumably, she is still at the church serving the Island. She is one of many unsolved mysteries.
Speaking of life after the season finale of Lost, here is a video that somebody did at the actual Dharma village in Hawaii. Plus, it has YouTube cutie sensation Miss Alyssa. I guess Hurley and his group become the new Others.
4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42. How can you not have these numbers stuck in your head all the time? If these numbers aren't treated prominently in the comic, you can bet a lot of Lost fans are going to be 108'd.
The Dharma Initiative
I would love to see The Dharma Initiative explored some more--how they found the Island, what they wanted to do with it, The DeGroots and Alvar Hanso, even Dharma super-ape Joop, perhaps some more with Horace Goodspeed, Dharma leader and Mathematician. And yes, that's an X-Files picture...
But what I really want to see is a NEW Dharma Initiative trying to find the Island again. Perhaps with the son of original Dharma creators the DeGroots.
Tell me, Mr. Ford, have you ever heard of The Dharma Initiative?
Speaking of The Dharma Initiative, how cool would these ads be in a Lost comic?
You all, everybody
You all, everybody
Acting like you're stupid people
Wearing expensive clothes
You all, everybody (Driveshaft)
Lost had a great reputation of taking old songs and making them popular once again. Mama Cass and Patsy Cline were regulars. I would love to see this in the Lost comic. Via Augmented Reality, of course. Marvel comics will sometimes have an "AR" logo appear in their books, and if you scanned it with a smartphone, a video or audio file would play -- info from Marvel.com.
Driveshaft, Charlie's One-Hit Wonder Band, is the greatest fictional band ever. They should have regular sightings of Driveshaft in the comic as well. The image above is from a panel of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
And, of course, Geronimo Jackson. The show went so far as to commission an actual band to release "Dharma Lady" on iTunes. Let's do more of that!
An essential part of Lost that MUST be in the Season 7 comic. We can see into the past of the Island--whether it's our familiar Lost cast or characters unknown to us. It can help answer all the unsolved mysteries the Series finale didn't answer. What's up with the three-toed statue? What happened to the Egyptians and Greeks that built all the structures on the Island?
What about the crew of the Black Rock? Do they have more adventures to be told? Just see the giant boxed set for the beginnings...
Looking to the future of the Island. Hurley, as Protector, would remain essentially immortal but would look to new blood for the Island, to protect it from the rest of the world. The grown-up sons and daughters of the original Losties would be ideal:
Aaron Austin: Whose identity and obvious importance can be kept hidden until a key dramatic moment. Born on the Island, a key moment in its' history, as witnessed by the Island's time jumps. Interesting fact: Claire was told to raise him herself or they would be horrible consequences. Aaron was then almost raised by the Others and WAS raised by Kate for about three years. Whose side could he be on?
Charlie Hume: Does he share his father's ability to not only absorb vast amounts of electromagnetism, but also his ability to "break the rules" of time and time travel?
Ji-Yeon Kwon: The child of Jin and Sun Kwon. The child was conceived on the Island (after Jin was told he couldn't have kids) and was rescued with Sun. Jin was thought dead and when Sun came back to the Island to find her husband, she left Ji-Yeon with her parents. Both Sun and Jin died on the submarine during the war with the Man In Black. Perhaps the teenaged Ji-Yeon is looking for the mysterious Island that both her parents disappeared on, a rich and pissed off girl.
Clementine Phillips: Sawyer's daughter. Maybe she inherited her father's sarcasm and his natural affinity towards the con?
Julian Carson: Juliet's nephew, named after her. This boy is the product of experimental in-vitro fertilization (so no real father was ever mentioned) and the son of a woman who had terminal cancer but was cured. A true product of science, but could be viewed as a miracle in the Catholic faith.
I don't want to be done with the Flash-Sideways world, where everybody was essentially in Purgatory. What about the buddy cop show with Sawyer and Miles? Don't forget about Jack's son David Shepard or Sayid's brother in bed with Keamy's mob.
David Shepard: son that Juliet and Jack never had. Maybe making his way into the real world?
Okay, roll with me on this one: Kevin Callis was the Miami cop who married Kate in Season 3. This poor sap had no idea that Kate was a fugitive and then was drugged by her on Taco Tuesday so she could escape into the fog. Kevin was also played by one Nathan Fillion (Castle, Firefly, every Joss Whedon property). Why not have him come back in a role similar to the Federal Marshall in Season 1? After all, this chase would be personal to him and Kate did break the law again (see above). Fillion's likeness does have a history in comics...
I know the Man In Black died in the last episode, but since we're dealing with Lost, nobody really dies. I'm talking flashbacks on those crazy rules, what Smokey actually is. I especially want to see Smokey turn into human after destroying a lot of trees. WOOSH!
Another plot point I really want to see is Jacob's Mother. She served as Protector of the Island for centuries and managed to kill a bunch of Island interlopers with her bare hands. Could she be both Protector AND Smoke Monster?
Walt's comic already proved a history of polar bears, and Dharma probably had a lot more running around the Island...
This one is such a gimme. Yes, Exposé! This would make a great spin-off (like Willow or Spike) comic or even just an odd issue in the middle of the Season 7 comic storyline. Although the episode of the same name did give us an origin story for Nikki and Paolo, the TV-show-within-a-TV-show was awesome. The two writers of the episode, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, apparently wrote 20+ episodes of the fake show in their spare time. Well, with Lost becoming a comic book, Exposé would be a perfect vehicle for cheesecake artist Frank Cho. It's about sexy strippers named Autumn and Crystal who also fight crime (along with special guest stripper Corvette).
And don't forget Billy Dee Williams as the suave club owner Mr. LaShade, AKA The Cobra! Later episodes of Lost stated there was a new bad guy called Scorpion! Jiggly crime fighters and bad espionage at its Lost finest.
Oh, and don't forget about Heroes! The two shows were linked initially due to big and fantastical plot-lines, big cast and everything being connected! Since the creators and writers used to work with each other on different shows, they even brought us this little nugget of cross-promotion:
Nathan: If people knew what we were capable of, they would drop a collective brick.
Simone: You think they'll burn you at the stake?
Nathan: Yeah. Pretty much. Because that's what I would do. I'd round us all up, stick us in a lab on some island in the middle of the ocean.
Now that Heroes is being brought back to NBC, how about a 9th Wonders comic crossover?
Even Once Upon a Time can get in on this...
Well, there you have it. Proof that Lost can survive well into Season 7 and beyond. Let's bring on the comic creators so I can dive back into the slippery slope of Lost!
Namaste, and have a Cluckity-Cluck-Cluck Day!