I really like Lost. But it turns out it's just the next wave in Chinese world domination.
So, you know those numbers, right? 4 + 8 + 15 + 16 + 23 + 42=108? And 108 was in a picture of the sun (a star) on a mural in the hatch? That's the easy part!
I knew I had seen that total used as an important story point before, and wouldn't ya know it, the 108 Stars of Destiny is the crew in Suikodens I-IV. That's hardcore. Some further reading on the subject divulged some fun facts.
- The original novel was written in the 14th century in China and was titled Shuihu Zhuan (Japanese: Suikoden).
- It's about 108 rebel bandits.
- The bandits lived in the marshes near the mountain of Liangshan, and the story was published in the West as The Water Margin.
- The novel is organized very similar to TV soap operas.