Thursday, December 17, 2009

1 - The Gunslinger - Lost Characters who Fill the Bill

 Well if you haven't guessed, I'm a big fan of Lost and Stephen King's Dark Tower Series. And I'd like to start by answering the biggest, baddest question in a comparison of The Dark Tower and Lost...

Who is the Gunslinger.

Well, here are the candidates as I see them:

John Locke whose steely determination (or obsession) with discovering the secrets of the island mirrors Roland Deshain's single-minded obsession with arriving at the Dark Tower. He will sacrifice anyone or anything to attain his quest. Don't tell him what he can't do, cause he's tired of waiting. He's a survivor who, like Roland Deschain, can survive in the wild, feed and clothe himself with his kill and has an inate connection to the land around him. He's as determined to protect the Island as Roland is to protect the Rose and breach the Dark Tower.

James 'Sawyer' Ford whose life has been scarred by his determination to revenge the deaths of his mother and father due to the actions of a lying, cheating deceiver. This vendetta drives him to become the face of the man he is searching to kill. He's a dead shot and fearless as he is merciless, as can be attested to by a dead polar bear and mr. friendly, not to mention the original Sawyer. He seeks and finds redemption and becomes a leader, as well as a sheriff in Dharmatown. Having saught and found revenge and redemption, he grows to be a compassionate leader, who inspires the loyalty of those who follow him. His words carry a weight which is recognized by the leaders of the island, both Richard Alpert and Horace acknowledge him and treat him with respect.
Jack Shepard who is marked as a leader by both his actions and a tattoo which marks him as a man set apart from the community he leads. He also is a dead shot, who can cut a rope with one shot while swinging in a net next to the most desirable destraction of Kate pressed closed against him. He follows in the footsteps of his father who drives him hard. Truely a man who has not forgotten the face of his father and is driven ever forward to his destiny by those memories.
A closer review to follow and a clear choice is revealed.
Till then, take it easy, it all ain't half badd
mr badd

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