Yes, it happened again. I was merely writing a little blog post about Lost’s Jacob and MIB vs. Looney Tunes’ Ralph and Sam when I was hit with coincidence after coincidence over and over again. Or are they coincidences?
I ask that you please bear with me while I wind this big train down the line to its tasty destination. There are a few tangents but I assure you, my final conclusion is pretty cool and very flipfloppy.
Conveniently, for my purposes here anyway, in the Lost episode, “Every Man for Himself,” Jack was being held captive by the others and during his capture he is kept in a cell in the Aquarium. At one point he complains about the cartoons being played on a television monitor in his cell. These cartoons are Merrie Melodies which are basically interchangeable with Looney Tunes, both being in the Warner Brothers Cartoon Division and starring many of the same characters. This Lost episode is #53 in the series curiously enough, The Ralph and Sam cartoon from my last post was first aired in 1953.
The particular cartoon that Jack is being shown in episode #53 is called “A Corny Concerto” which is a two-part parody of both Disney’s “Fantasia” and “The Ugly Duckling.”
The second part (the Ugly Duckling parody) is onscreen when Juliet comes into the cell to bring Jack food. It features the story of a family of Swans who is being systematically picked off by a vulture. The hero of the tale turns out to be the lonely black duckling who tries to join the family but is rejected. Even the Vulture rejects him when he starts picking off the baby swans one by one to take away for later meals. The baby duck ends up defeating the vulture, saving all of the baby swans. Then the family adopts him and they all live happily ever after.
Could this mean that one of Lost’s less savory characters, say Sayid or Ben might become the ultimate hero? Or could this heroic black duck turned swan turn out to be none other than the Man in Black, saving all the Lostaways from the misguided intentions of Jacob?
Oh, yes… sorry. Moving on to Jack’s Baby Mama.
Episode #53 is also the one in which Kate chooses Sawyer temporarily ending island love triangle. She makes the hot jungle love to him in the Bear cages as Jack watches on a video monitor. Then she’s forced by Others’ guard Pickett, who is beating the crap out of the blonde side of the love triangle, to admit that she loves Sawyer. There is actually a Merrie Melody cartoon called “The Stupid Cupid,” where Daffy Duck is involved in a love triangle between himself, a white chicken and a brown Rooster wherein he sings a song called “Don’t Sweetheart Me.” In this song is the following verse:
Don’t sweetheart me if you don’t mean it
Don’t talk sweet words if they’re not true
Don’t tear my heart like it was paper
Because my heart loves only you
You can’t go round sweethearting others
And then pretend that I’m yours exclusively
Love must be true, mean what you’re saying
Unless you do, don’t sweetheart me
Also in episode #53, it is revealed that Sawyer has a daughter named Clementine. There is an old folk song called “Oh My Darling Clementine” that is sung several times by Bugs Bunny and Co. It that tells the tale of a miner’s daughter who drowned one day when she tripped while taking her ducklings down to the water to swim. The lyrics were written around sometime between 1863 and 1884 but the music is said to be based on a Spanish Tune that Mexican Miners were often humming in the mines during the 1849 gold rush. Interestingly, the first version of the song written in 1863 was written just 4 years before Richard set out on the Black Rock in search of a new life in the New World just like many of the miners who came to the New World seeking new beginnings. (Yeah… that one is a stretch, but still… )
Some of the lyrics to the creepy tune:
In a cavern, in a canyon, (kinda like the lost caves, no?)
Excavating for a mine
Dwelt a miner forty niner,
And his daughter Clementine
Light she was and like a fairy,
And her shoes were number nine,
Herring boxes, without topses,
Sandals were for Clementine.
Drove she ducklings to the water
Ev’ry morning just at nine,
Hit her foot against a splinter, (like Sawyer in the jungle?)
Fell into the foaming brine.
Ruby lips above the water,
Blowing bubbles, soft and fine,
But, alas, I was no swimmer, (Like Charlie?)
So I lost my Clementine.
(with the chorus between each verse)
Oh my darling, oh my darling,
Oh my darling, Clementine!
Thou art lost and gone forever
Dreadful sorry, Clementine
Okay, sure… I’m stretching it again but here is where the Clementine thing gets good!
There is an American actress named Clementine Ford who was most notably on The L Word as Molly Krawl. BUT, her first television appearance was on her mother, Cybill Shepherd’s show “Cybill” in 1998 where she was credited under the name, “Clementine Shepherd-Ford.”
This has given me an idea about another child on the show… only in the Alt World! I’m talking David, son of Alt Jack. Might the mother of Jack’s son be Cassidy Phillips, the mother of Sawyer’s Clementine?
And if this is so, does that make the original timeline’s Clementine non-existent?
Oh wait! Before you tell me that it’s impossible because Jack has brown eyes and Cassidy has Hazel eyes and Daniel has blue eyes… Christian also has blue eyes, therefore Jack has a recessive blue gene… and if Cassidy does also, they could bear blue-eyed offspring. And do we really want Juliet to be David’s mother? I know I don’t, as a fan of Suliet.
And there you have it… my latest, insanely drawn, crazy lost theory. Hope you like it. I’d like to give a little shout out to Mandy, who mentioned on John Cabrera’s blog a comment made about Jack in episode #53 that sent me down this Bugs Bunny hole. So, Thanks Mandy! That was fun.