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Robert Morast, Published June 05 2009

Morast: This week’s news sounds like an episode of ‘Lost’

I’m scared of J.J. Abrams.

And not just because the bespectacled Hollywood genius has no problem twisting a sacred cultural cow – his re-imagination of “Star Trek,” for instance – into his own vision.

Or because nearly every TV show or movie he touches (I’ll never fall for your cute appeal, “Felicity”) is something that requires me to waste endless hours digesting it.

No. I’m scared of Abrams because I’m looking at the news of the world this week and I’m beginning to believe he’s a prophet.

It’s no secret that some people believe fiction writers can carry a bit of clairvoyance in their prose.

For instance, read H.G. Wells’ “First Men on the Moon” and you’ll cover passages of viewing Earth from space that are so descriptive and accurate that it’s mind-boggling to know they were written decades before the first human was shot into space.

While reading through this week’s news that a plane disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean and actor David Carradine was found dead, hanged in a Bangkok hotel, I’m thinking Abrams might be the latest writer/artist tapping into prophecy.

Those who are obsessed with Abrams’ time-bending, mind-bending TV drama “Lost” know what I mean.

In “Lost,” a plane (actually, two planes) “disappears” while flying over an ocean. No one has any clue where it went. No one can find any evidence of the crash. No one can understand how it happened.

Sound familiar to the some of the news reports on the Air France flight that was eventually located off the coasts of Brazil? Yeah. Totally.

Then comes word that Carradine was found dead in a Bangkok hotel; that he killed himself by hanging.

Again, scenes from “Lost” flashed in my mind.

In this past season of the ABC program, the show’s stoic, pseudo-spiritual sage John Locke was found dead from hanging in a hotel room. It was presumed to be a suicide. But there was foul play. And, without giving too much away, his death was connected to one of the disappearing planes.

Now, I’m not stating that Carradine’s death – which is sad – is related to the missing Air France flight. But after being conditioned by Abrams’ twisted plot lines, anything seems possible to me.

And the idea that Abrams is tapped into the future is something that can’t be shaken from my mind. It’s enough to make me consider whether we should be combing through Abrams’ oeuvre searching for clues to our future as if he’s a modern Nostradamus.

If Abrams does have the power, we’re in for some pretty crappy times.

According to his “Lost” story lines, there will be an explosion that might or might not wipe out life as we know it.

According to his film “Cloverfield,” a mysterious but captivating monster will stomp around New York City while good-looking adolescents record the attack on video.

And if we can believe Abram’s script from the 1998 film “Armageddon,” a group of people will launch into space to save our planet from being hit by an asteroid the size of Texas – all while Aerosmith provides a score of sappy but soulless rock ballads.

Man, I better be wrong about Abrams’ powers of prophecy. I just couldn’t handle living in a world set to the tune of terrible Aerosmith tracks.


Robert Morast predicts you will question his abilities. He can be reached at (701) 241-5518 or rmorast@forumcomm.com