This article contains art, spin-off fiction, theories, reference and community material created by fans inspired by Lost.
It is by definition non-canon, but generally distinct from intentionally fake hoaxes or humorous fan parody material.
The Wizard of Oz is a story of a young girl transported to a strange and magical world. One of the major themes of the book and movie is that of the Wizard's deception. "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain" is one of the most famous lines in movie history.
Connections to Lost
- Australia is, of course, nicknamed "Oz."
- The Island can be compared to Oz, because both are, in a sense, "somewhere over the rainbow" where the world is recognizable, but also drastically altered, dangerous and mythical.
- In the book, Oz is surrounded by the "Deadly Desert" which prevents anyone from leaving by land. This is very similar to the bizarre tidal patterns around the Island that prevented Desmond from leaving on his boat.
- The Yellow Brick Road is the metaphorical path (to redemption and enlightenment?) the Lostaways must follow if they are to get home (no place like home, no place like home). There is also a "Yellow Brick Road" in Buddhism--the Eightfold Path to end suffering--which suggest the Dharmites and the Others may be on a similar, albeit opposing, quest.
- The man that Jack and Locke were holding captive in the Swan went under the name of "Henry Gale" (now revealed to be Benjamin Linus), who was Dorothy's uncle in The Wizard of Oz, the 1939 film version of Baum's story. He also claims to have marooned on the island in a hot air balloon, the same way that the wizard accidentally marooned in Oz.
Witch under the house
- When Locke is trapped under the blast doors in "Lockdown," he resembles the Wicked Witch of the East on The Wizard of Oz, who is killed when Dorothy's house lands on her.
- The same image recurs in the flashback more exactly, when Locke is inspecting Nadia's house. He goes under the house and we see a shot of him with his feet sticking out, which recalls the same image.
- Another example takes place in "Pilot, Part 1", where Kate takes a pair of red boots off the feet of a dead passenger pinned under the plane's wreckage. This is very similar to the beginning of the 1939 film version of The Wizard of Oz when Glinda, the Good Witch of the North magically removes the red slippers from the the feet of the Wicked Witch of the East, who is pinned under Dorothy's house, and transposes them to Dorothy's feet. In both cases, only the feet of the victims are visible.
- In "Flashes Before Your Eyes", Ms. Hawking points out a man with red shoes to Desmond. A few minutes later, scaffolding collapses on him and all we see are the red shoes; the rest of the man is under the rubble. Another reference to both the witch under the house and the red slippers from the 1939 film.
- In the first episode of season 3, Ethan is working under Juliet's house with his feet sticking out.
- Goodwin is the Wizard's name in the Russian translation by Alexander Volkov
- Mr. Friendly of the Others has been called Zeke, who is also featured in the film The Wizard of Oz, as one of the characters back in Kansas.
- Mr. Friendly was later reveled to have the name of Tom not Zeke.
- Given the context in which Sawyer uses the name, "Zeke" is more likely a reference to Zeke Proctor.
- In Pilot Part 1, Charlie volunteers to accompany Kate and Jack on their quest to find the front section, by saying "Every journey needs a coward." A reference to the cowardly lion in "The Wizard of Oz."
- In 316, Christian Shephard's shoes are worn by Locke's corpse to help the survivors return to to the island, in a similar way that Dorothy needs the ruby slippers to return home.
- Gregory McGuire is the author of several novels based on the story of the Wizard of Oz including the bestseller Wicked, which tells the "true" backstory of the Wicked Witch of the West. McGuire also wrote a novel entitled Lost. The novel Lost is about a woman who confronts the ghosts of her past, and the choices she has made in her life.