Insidebayarea.com has a lengthy article up on TV’s Lost, which has its season premiere this Wednesday night. In it, the writer compares some of the scenes in Lost to Watchmen. Note: potential spoilers if you haven’t seen the first or second season:
Which brings us back to that season-one episode titled “Special.” Walt is reading a comic book in which you see a polar bear and a dome-like structure with electro-magnetic symbols around it. The dome is surrounded by snow.
The book resembles a 1986 DC Comics graphic novel called “Watchmen,” the first of its genre to win a coveted sci-fi Hugo Award. (Now we might know where Hurley got his first name.)
In “Watchmen,” one of the main characters is Ozymandias. Think of the stone foot in “Lost’s” season finale and consider Shelley’s poem “Ozymandias” and its “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone.”
Like his poetic namesake, the comic book character Ozymandias thinks he knows what’s best for the world. He also happens to have a getaway in the Antarctic: a dome with a tropical world inside.
There’s a 1980-ish computer, much like the one in “Lost,” in “Watchmen,” and a scene on raft with sharks circling.
The graphic novel centers on good and bad, belief in your own potential and psychic powers. There’s also a lot of talk about mankind destroying the world — either by damaging the environment or through nuclear war.
Personally I think it’s a bit of a stretch, esp. since the comic Walt reads in the first season of Lost is actually a Green Lantern/Flash mini-series called Faster Friends, not Watchmen. But I never bought the purgatory theory, either.