Just a couple of things today for Oz and Lost fans.
First : Does everyone remember the Beecher/Keller AU story "My Life As A Foreign Country" by alinewrites ? Well, you might want to go back in the next week or so and reread the chapters that have already been posted. Just, you know, to refresh your memory and bring you up to date. Consider it a heads up (and it's not an April Fool's joke).
Second, re Lost: This has been bothering me for a while now, and I wondered if I were the only one. We're getting to the end of Season 1, and we've now had backstories (some more complete than others) on all fourteen of the ... I don't know what to call them ... major players (?) among the castaways ... the group, at any rate, from which J.J. Abrams says one person won't survive to reach Season 2. With one exception, the backstories have told us why each of those fourteen characters was in Australia, which in turn explains why they found themselves on Flight 815 bound for Los Angeles. The exception, of course, is Sayid. When last seen pre-island, Sayid, member of the Republican Guard, had just shot himself in the leg to cover the escape of his childhood schoolfriend who had been interrogated over a series of days and was now to be executed. On the island, he had her picture with him, and it was Rousseau's questions about the photo that triggered the backstory. But what the writers haven't given us so far, and I'm starting to lose hope that they will, is the missing piece of Sayid's story. How did he leave the Guard and leave Iraq? What brought him to Australia? What was taking him to Los Angeles? For me, this is like one of those little itches you get sometimes that just won't go away no matter how much you scratch it. So, thoughts anyone? We already thought we saw Shannon die, and now the implication is that Boone is at risk. But are the writers just using misdirection on us like a magician does, making us focus on the right hand so we don't notice what the left is doing? And if that's the case, should we be worried that Sayid has been set apart from the rest of the core group in this way? With any other show I'd say that the five-member inner circle/"Alpha" group that went after Ethan (Jack, Kate, Locke, Sawyer, and Sayid) was absolutely safe, and I'd probably add Charlie as well just because of Dom's huge popularity. Anyone else could be considered expendable. But with this show I think all bets are off ... and that's not a comfortable feeling! (Btw, if somebody has to be sacrificed, I vote for Walt. I just do not like that kid.)