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Damon Lindelof Pens Love Letter To 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark'

To mark the 30th anniversary of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark', 'Lost' co-creator Damon Lindelof has penned an essay for the Los Angeles Times about the classic.

Lindelof begins by describing how he was 'duped' into seeing the film, which now ranks as his favorite, the first time.

"Truth be told, I had initially resisted the idea of going to see 'Raiders,'" he recalls. "I was much more interested in seeing 'Clash of the Titans', which opened the same day and had a Pegasus in it."

"Ultimately, however, my dad argued that 'Raiders' was the superior pick because it had Han Solo. I narrowed my eyes suspiciously. But Han Solo is frozen in carbonite."

That was until his father explained to 8-year-old Damon that 'This movie happened before that.'

"And thus, I was effectively duped into seeing what even now, three decades later, stands as one of the most perfect movies ever made."

"I love you because Indiana Jones is a nerd," he writes. "Granted, a highly capable nerd who knows how to ride horses and fight real good, but still, at his core, Indy is an academic who's motivated purely by his desire to find and retrieve really cool stuff so he can put it in a museum where other nerds can appreciate it."

"Also, he wears glasses and gets nervous when hot female students write the words 'Love You' on their eyelids. Do you have any idea how much commitment is involved in writing 'Love You' on your eyelids? It's really hard! Not that I've ever done it."

"And while we're on the subject of Dr. Jones, here's another thing I love about him. He's actually scared of stuff. This doesn't seem like something that should be celebrated, but it's actually quite rare for the hero of a movie to be scared of anything."

"Do you know what Green Lantern is afraid of? Fear. He is afraid of being afraid. Does that even make sense? Here's what makes sense to be afraid of Hissing Cobras and Gigantic Bald Nazis with mustaches trying to kill you. And it was perfectly OK for me to be scared of them because Indy was too."

"You know what else is wonderful about you? That over and over and over again, Indiana Jones has failure rubbed in his face, yet he refuses to give up."

"But the ending is more than anything else, is why my love for you is an undying one."

"Because we all know how movies like you are supposed to end."

"The hero fights off a bunch of evildoers, saves the girl, gets the thingamabob away from the bad guys before they can do any harm with it and then say something kinda cool before he rides off into the sunset."

"In a world where movies and TV shows often end in ways that are sometimes unsatisfying bordering on outrage-inducing (yeah, yeah, I know)", he says obviously referring to the divisive 'Lost' finale, "your ending, darling Raiders, is absolutely, exquisitely perfect."

"And that is how I shall always remember you. Locked away safely in the warehouse that is my heart... fully aware that it's highly possible that you will burn a hole through my chest or at the very least, make the rats inside me run around in uncomfortable backward circles."

"I love you. Always have. Always will. And I am deeply grateful for the countless hours we have spent together. I will treasure them more than you can ever know."

September 2, 2011 |

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