Very Small Lists that are still Suprisingly Big: Castaway Stories

Stories about survivors of an airplane crash who eke out a challenging existence on an Island that has mysterious properties, including unexpected wildlife, unfriendly local inhabitants, and an imprisoned evil creature who is kept in place by a transfigured guardian who must be replaced at the story’s conclusion by one of the main characters:

1. Lost (ABC, 2004-2010)

ZULEIKHA ROBINSON, NESTOR CARBONELL, KEN LEUNG, NAVEEN ANDREWS, EVANGELINE LILLY, JOSH HOLLOWAY, TERRY O'QUINN, MATTHEW FOX, DANIEL DAE KIM, YUNJIN KIM, EMILIE DE RAVIN, MICHAEL EMERSON, JORGE GARCIA, JEFF FAHEY

2. An Adventure by Ben & Matt (1989)

This was a short, round-robin style story written by myself and my friend Matt Heller during a visit I paid to his high school back in 1989.  You can read the text of it here.  It has been edited only slightly from its original composition, primarily for some minor clarifications (ie who is speaking, etc.) and to change character’s names to pseudonyms – originally, everyone was named after real people (they know who they are).

 

It’s nice to foretell the greatest moments of pop culture decades before they occur. – Matt Heller

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