Tuesday, September 13, 2011

LOST Tour: The Road to Shambala

I often smile while watching episodes of LOST, but the one sequence which elicits the biggest joytastic ear-to-ear grin involves Hurley, Charlie, and an old DHARMA van hurtling down an Island slope to the tune of Three Dog Night's Shambala. Magic time! I go on at length about it here, but suffice to say Tricia Tanaka is Dead is probably the funniest and certainly one of the cheeriest episodes of LOST's 6-year run.

If the background peaks are any indication it seems that the van started its drop somewhere in this area of brush.

Here is the slope upon which Hurley and Charlie made their own luck. (The rocks near the end of the run are apparently CGI.)

The plummeting van sequence is expertly shot and edited, and features fantastic facial expressions for Messrs. Garcia and Monaghan.
Wash away my troubles, wash away my pain
With the rain in Shambala.
Wash away my sorrow, wash away my shame
With the rain in Shambala.
Everyone is lucky, everyone is kind
On the road to Shambala.
Everyone is happy, everyone is so kind
On the road to Shambala.
How does your light shine, in the halls of Shambala?

A beautiful instrumental version of the song closes out the episode as Hurley takes a final spin .

Later in season 3 we learn how the DHARMA van arrived at this part of The Island, and it is one hell of a story -- The Man Behind the Curtain.
Below photo courtesy @kiwilostie

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