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Old 10-30-2004, 04:08 AM   #1
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Hi there--I'm a big fan of David Fury and JJ and rapidly becoming a fan of everyone else on this new show, too.* Well done on the last one, Javi.* They really are getting better and better.

I wanted to ask a few questions about some of the basic themes of the show.* A lot of the names of your characters are very suggestive, such as Locke (John Locke with his philosophical ideas of tabula rasa and forging new, anti-authoritarian government), Boone (Daniel Boone, simultaneously a pioneer and advocate of primitivism), Sawyer (Tom Sawyer, a confidence man in miniature, defined by his culture while attempting to act against it), Jack (of both the coral and fly-infested islands, as well as the everyman hero's name of fairy-tales and folktales), Sayid (which means Prince or Lord (of the Flies?--like Ralph or the devil) and is semantically and phonetically identical with Said (Edward) cultural critic extraordinaire.* I'm guessing on these allusions, but it occurs to me that they might add up to a collection of very different opinions on society and civilization and that we might see some of these philosophies enacted on the island?* *So often stranded-survivors-on an-island plots have been used to illustrate their authors' opinions of whether society is "naturally" good or evil.* I'm hoping that all those old saws will be questioned by your show.* Is that one of your intentions, or am I first year Englishing myself right out of the ballp ... jungle?

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Old 10-31-2004, 12:15 PM   #2
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Character names were chosen carefully and for a reason.

But that doesn't mean you're not overthinking it. The names won't dictate story.
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