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13 Ways The Walking Dead Is Different From LOST

by  |  December 21st, 2010  |  Blog

*DISCLAIMER* – The following blog contains spoilers for both LOST and The Walking Dead. Do not read this if you still intend to see these shows!

Okay, so a lot of you have been sending me emails trying to convince me that LOST and The Walking Dead are the same show. Where as I agree that there is the occasional similarity between the two, I will show you the differences between the 2 shows right here and now…

1. Lost starts off with the main character “jaCK” ¬†waking up in the middle of a “jungle” disoriented and confused, where as The Walking Dead starts off with the main character “riCK” (Andrew Lincoln) waking up in the middle of a… “hospital” disoriented and confused. See the difference?

(L) Matthew Fox as Jack wakes up in a jungle on LOST. (R) Andrew Lincoln as Rick wakes up in a hospital on The Walking Dead.

2. In Lost the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 take refuge on a “beach” to be close to water, in The Walking Dead the survivors take refuge in… a “rock quarry” to be close to water. As you can plainly see, not the same thing.

(L) Pictured is Matthew Fox & Terry O'Quinn from TV's LOST. (R) The Walking Dead's Jon Bernthal and Adam Minarovich relax between filming scenes.

3. In Lost a main character was a “cop” back in the real world, in The Walking Dead thee main character was a “cop”… back in the real world, and thinks he still is. Not the same.

(L) Michelle Rodrigues played Anna Lucia on LOST. (R) Andrew Lincoln plays Rick on The Waling Dead.

4. In Lost there’s a wise older gentleman with a white beard named “Bernard”¬†who likes to help out, but in The Walking Dead there’s a wise older gentleman with a white beard named “Dale”… who likes to help out.

(L) Sam Anderson played Bernard on LOST and (R) Jeffrey DeMunn plays Dale on AMC's The Walking Dead.

5. In Lost there’s a “father and son” who are just trying do whatever they can to survive given the extreme circumstances. In The Walking Dead there’s a “son and a father”… just trying to do whatever they can to survive given extreme circumstances. Very different!

(L) Harold Perrineau and Malcolm David Kelley play father and son on LOST. (R) Lennie James and Adrian Kali Turner of AMC's The Walking Dead

6. In Lost if someone does something the group doesn’t like “they tie you to a tree” and “give you water”. On the other hand in The Walking Dead if someone does something the group doesn’t like “they also tie you to a tree” and “give you water”. The difference here is that on Lost they do it all the time, but The Walking Dead has only done it once… so far.

(L) Naveen Andrews (LOST) and (R) Andrew Rothenberg (The Walking Dead) hang out on set... separately.

7. In Lost there’s a “redneck Hill Billy type” who must learn to work with others if he wants to survive, but in The Walking Dead their “redneck Hill Billy type” who must learn to work with others if he wants to survive… was looking for his brother for a couple of episodes, then… just stopped looking, without any explanation. Different I tell ya!

(L) On LOST Josh Holloway played sexy bad boy Sawyer. (R) Norman Reedus plays bad boy Daryl on The Walking Dead.

8. In Lost one of the main characters is Asian. In The Walking Dead one of the main characters is also Asian, but… can speak English! So not the same thing!

(L) Daniel Dae Kim is Jin on LOST and (R) Steven Yeun is Glenn on The Walking Dead.

9. In Lost, Desmond has bad dreams that allow him to predict that his “friend, Charlie” is gonna die. But in The Walking Dead, Rick has bad dreams that allow him to predict that “all his friends” are gonna die. Once again, not the same thing.

(L) Henry Ian Cusick had psychic visions as Desmond on LOST (R) Andrew Rothenberg had a psychic vision as Jim on The Walking Dead.

10. In Lost, they fight against the dangers of a group they call “The Others”. Now in The Walking Dead, they fight against the dangers of a group they call… “Walkers”.

(L) Despite appearances "The Others" are a vicious pack of villains on LOST. (R) The Walking Dead's zombies are a vicious pack of fleash eaters called "The Walkers".

11. In Lost they come across a door called “The Hatch” and want to open it to see what’s inside. In The Walking Dead they come across a door called… “the door” and… want it opened to see what’s inside.

(L) On LOST, the gang is eager to get into "The Hatch". (R) On The Walking Dead, the gang is ready for anything as "The Door" opens.

12. In Lost once they get through “The Hatch” they discover Clancy Brown was at one point lurking inside for an undisclosed period of time, going insane from loneliness. He was planning to kill himself until he made a “new friend”. Now in The Walking Dead, once they get through “the door” they discover that Noah Emmerich is lurking inside for an undisclosed period of time and going insane from loneliness. He too was planning to kill himself until he made a… “bunch of new friends”. See the difference, Clancy Brown and Noah Emerich are 2 completely different people!

(L) Clancy Brown was creeping around inside "The Hatch" as Kelvin Inman on LOST (R) Noah Emmerich was creeping around inside "The Door" as Dr. Edwin Jenner on The Walking Dead.

13. Lastly and most importantly… In Lost once they get into “The Hatch” they find a mysterious “analog clock” that’s counting down to doomsday. In The Walking Dead once they get into “the door” they find a mysterious… “digital clock”… that’s counting down to doomsday. See? Analog and Digital are not the same thing now are they?

The question here is, "What would you trust the most to count down to doomsday, an analogous clock (L) like on LOST, or a digital clock (R) like on The Walking Dead?" You decide!?

Alright, so there you have it. There really isn’t that many similarities between LOST and The Walking Dead, except maybe that they’re both SciFi TV shows. I’m a fan of both and will continue to be. What else can I say? Thanx for your emails!

Best,
Matt


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Matthew Dowling, a native Philadelphian, now residing in Los Angeles, is an actor, writer and film maker. Matt's training with 2nd City, and numerous appearances in TV shows, movies, theater, infomercials, and most importantly... B movies, has prepared him for making B Movie recommendations.

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