After season three of Lost ended last year, Jeff (Doc) Jensen said I should do my Lost homework over the summer by reading Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. Boy, was he right!
Doc is an author and has a great dissection of the show, if you’re a Lost fanatic. The show has so many layers, it’s tough to catch them all. And as the hardcore fan knows, the show writers have an appreciation for Stephen King. That connection doesn’t seem to be completely random either.
I started reading the Dark Tower series (seven in all) a few months ago and am up to book 5 now (hey, I’m slow). While the stories are vastly different from Lost, there are structure similarities. Both are very large mysterious sagas. I won’t go into detail with Lost. By now, you know enough of that show. Suffice it to say that there’s even a theory among fans that ties the two stories together.
The Dark Tower tale 1 is a study in anachronism. The central character, the last Gunslinger lives in an alternate universe from our own, where the wild west is a period that arose after a modern technological society destroyed itself. He is a lone hero, joined by a cast of characters brought together by incredible chance or destiny, depending on your perspective, from our own universe. There are also many intertwining plot lines, as characters’ histories interweave.
Here’s my dream cast for a television series (hopefully not a movie, as this is too big a story to tell in 2-3 hours!):
|The protagonist Roland Deschain: Hugh Jackman|
|His sidekick in The Gunslinger, Jake Chambers: Rory Culkin|
|Roland’s trainer Cort: Scott Glenn|
|Roland’s nemesis in book 1, The Gunslinger, The Man in Black / Walter : William Hurt|
|New sidekick from book 2, Drawing of the Three, Eddie Dean: Casey Affleck|
|Odetta Holmes / Detta Walker:
|How about Naomie Harris instead, recently seen in Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest?|
|Another antagonist from Drawing of the Three, Balazar: Stanley Tucci|
|Yet another antagonist, Jack Mort, from Drawing of the Three: William Mapother|
- for more info, see King’s website