Thursday, February 05, 2009

Lost 5.04: Sun's Surveillance Records



I transcribed some of Sun's surveillance records in my rundown of last night's episode, The Little Prince. I said in the guide that I assumed people would have screencaps up by the time I posted it (they did). Above is the best one from Sledgeweb. He tracked the original surveillance report here, which, when I followed the link, appeared to be a completely genuine surveillance report, complete with dates, addresses, and case numbers. But according to Sledgeweb, it's actually part of an online ARG and this was one of the clues people had to decipher.

So, if you're looking for the complete transcript, there it is! And, as I suspected, it probably has nothing at all to do with Lost. Sigh. I say the prop department should hire me and a bunch of you guys. We'd whip up the coolest props, full of clues, non sequiturs, and red herrings, and let the fans go wild. I'm tired of these go-nowhere props on the show.

5 comments:

joshua said...

The ARG site from which this report came has participants solve crimes that take place in Yoknapatawpha County, the same fictional county in Mississippi that was created by the American author William Faulkner and provides the setting for many of his novels. One of these is 1951's 'Requiem For A Nun', the same book that contains the infamous (and perfectly LOSTian) line "The past is never dead. It's not even past."

humanebean said...

Very disappointing that this relatively key plot element turns out to be a throw-in of the lowest order. Until I learned of its origins, I was starting to theorize the the report contained hints to OTHER surveillance targets of Sun's. *sigh* What a bummer! Or, is there more here? Hmmm ... Faulkner ....

Blam said...

HB: "Very disappointing that this relatively key plot element turns out to be a throw-in of the lowest order."

Yeah! If they're going to give us a relative close-up on something, let alone linger on it enough for us to possibly read some of in as we're watching without even pausing, it should at the very least be in-continuity, no matter how mundane it might be. And why not make it inessential but pertinent?

Clyde said...

Because these people only have so much time...they can't make every single scrap of paper and sign we see be 100% relevant. The amount they of that sort of thing is amazing as it is. Sheesh.

Nikki Stafford said...

Clyde: I agree that they only have so much time, and probably look at us and shake their heads very sadly. :) But this is Lost, the show that prides itself on embedding clues in everything.

And as joshua pointed out, maybe this DOES have relevance in the Faulkner stuff. But nothing beyond that.

And if it's not relevant, they shouldn't hold the camera on it so long. I could read part of that surveillance report without pausing my screen -- same with Jin's resume (that had the wrong birth day) or Locke's firearms registration (that had the wrong birth day) or the obituary Jack was reading (that was irrelevant from beginning to end).

Lost is different from other shows, that's all. I'm just happy we knew the next day it was taken from the game, and didn't spend months poring over it the way we did that obit. ;)