Did you catch LOST last night? I found it very interesting as they introduced a new character: Henry Gale. It seems he’s one of the “others” on the island, though denies it.
The story he claimed was that he and his wife were in a hot air balloon and crash landed on the island 4 months prior. His wife became ill and died.
Now I didn’t catch this until going online to different places, but his story is a familiar one. It borrows from a couple of story lines from The Wizard of Oz.
The character is introduced in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Unseen for most of the novel, he is the ruler of the Land of Oz and highly venerated by his subjects. Believing he is the only man capable of solving their problems, Dorothy Gale and her friends travel to the Emerald City, the capital of Oz, to meet him. Oz is very reluctant to meet them, but eventually they are granted an audience. Every time the Wizard appears in a different form, once as a giant head, once as a beautiful fairy, once as ball of fire, and once as a horrible monster.
Eventually, it is revealed that Oz is actually none of these things, but rather an ordinary, American man who has been using a lot of elaborate magic tricks and props to make himself seem “great and powerful.” When revealed, Oz explains that his real name is Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs. To shorten this name, he used only his initials (O.Z.P.I.N.H.E.A.D.), but since they spell out the word “pinhead”, he shortened his name further and called himself “Oz”. Working as a magician in the United States, he wrote OZ on the side of his hot air balloon for promotional purposes. One day his balloon sailed into the Land of Oz, and found himself worshipped as a great sorcerer. As Oz had no leadership at the time, he became Supreme Ruler of the kingdom, and did his best to sustain the myth.
I find this very interesting. So I’m wondering, are the writers of LOST trying to give us a clue as to what’s going on with the show? Maybe the character is an “other” and he made up his story from his remembering The Wizard of Oz. Or, was this intentional by the writers to give us clues?
Remember the whole thing about Oz turned out to just be a dream by Dorothy — the story’s main character.
[tags]LOST, Wizard of Oz, Henry Gale[/tags]