Expanded and up-to-date - the ultimate guide that explores meaning and philosophy of all six seasons of Lost.
Lost is more than just a popular television show; it's a complex examination of meaningful philosophical questions. What does good versus evil mean on the island? Is it a coincidence that characters John Locke and Desmond David Hume are named after actual philosophers? What is the ethics of responsibility for Jack? An action-adventure story with more than a touch of the metaphysical, Lost forces viewers to ask difficult questions of themselves just as the story asks difficult questions of its characters. Ultimate Lost and Philosophy helps you explore the deeper meaning and philosophical questions hidden within every complex twist and turn in the historic show's entire six-season run.
For fans of Lost who are interested in what the show reveals about ourselves and the human condition, Ultimate Lost and Philosophy is an entertaining, informative, and enlightening resource.
I enjoy the "...and Philosophy" series and thought this would be an easy home run. It wasn't. First, this is one of the poorest editing jobs on an audiobook I've listened to. It's as if the narrator forgets he's supposed to be using his Deep Serious Voice, which the editor then splices within his normal cadence clips - sometimes multiple splices mid-sentence! Not to mention one chapter repeats an 8-min ending of a precious chapter, which makes you feel even more insane while listening to dense philosophical discussion about time travel. So perhaps reading the printed book is better.
That said, it was surprisingly short! For covering such a philosophical show with 6 seasons, it's not much of an "Ultimate" reading with so few essays. No editing or printed copy will fix that.
That's the bad news. The good news is I enjoyed the content! Listening to philosophers try to make logical reason of a JJ Abrams/Damon Lindelof time paradox was as hilarious as I thought it would be. What's even funnier is then *Watching* the beloved show and noticing that time travel discussion quotes lifted from the show conveniently ended without including Hurley's paradoxical question "then why didn't Ben recognize Sayid as the guy who shot him when he was a kid?" and Miles' response of "... huh ... I hadn't thought of that ..."
Oddly enough, I found the appendix and author credits to be the most interesting element of this book. I'm glad I found extra reading material through those chapters.
Overall I'd consider this one more on the miss side of "hit or miss" - though not entirely a miss, I'm just glad I didn't pay full price. I suppose when comparing to "Monty Python & Philosophy" it's always going to be hard to beat! *nudge, nudge, think, think* 😉
This was surprisingly one of the best books I have ever read. I learned so much about both Lost and philosophy. I also feel as though I understand a little more about the meaning of life. It was so wonderful to know that there are such brilliant fellow losties. Ultimate Lost and Philosophy is entertaining and extremely informative. I love this book