Ladies of LOST: Shannon
In honor of the series finale tomorrow – and inspired by Tom and Lorenzo‘s recent Mad Style series on the women of Mad Men – I decided to take a look at the ladies of LOST. These entries won’t be nearly as insightful as theirs, but I just thought it’d be fun.
Needless to say, there will be *SPOILERS* ahead! I would highly recommend NOT reading further if you’re not caught up on the series. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Boone’s bad wig welcomes you in…
Ladies of LOST: Shannon
This is our very first introduction to Shannon Rutherford in the Pilot:
A blonde in a pink leather jacket and tiny skirt SCREAMING in panic amid the flames, destruction, and chaos resulting from the plane crash of Oceanic flight 815. A pretty fitting intro to Shannon (played by Maggie Grace), who was initially presented as a spoiled, selfish brat.
In fact, at the airport she looks straight out of Mean Girls:
Considering the movie was released 6 months prior to the series premiere, I wonder if this wasn’t intentional! Shannon was definitely the mean girl for a while there. For instance, in the Pilot episode she was…
Sunning herself in her hot orange bikini (clearly, she found her luggage) instead of helping anyone, insisting that help was on the way. This orange is bold and brash, almost bordering on off-putting, much like Shannon herself.
She starts winning people over a bit, though, by helping out with her rusty French translations and singing of La Mer. It also helps that resident Iraqui torturer with a heart, Sayid, has taken a liking to her. It softens her both in the eyes of the castaways and the show’s viewers:
In this Season 1 episode “Hearts and Minds,” we see her wearing light purple, ruffles, and a shy smile in front of Sayid – a big shift from how we’d seen her before. Looks a lot like girl falling in love (and one of my fave shots of her). Compare this with Shannon’s flashback in Sydney:
In the same episode, we got a lot more detail on Shannon and Boone’s twisted history. Here she is again in pink, looking every inch the party girl (even immediately taking off her uncomfortable strappy shoes – I’m with you, girl, I’m with you). Blonde + tan + pink = stereotypical Barbie bitch to a T; while the jewelry, keyhole neckline, and shiny shoes elevate her from stereotypical bitch to semi-sophisticated rich girl.
Another look in that ep that contrasts starkly with her softened island persona:
A sequined, robin’s egg blue halter top? WHOA, girl, whoa. Scale it back and stop shopping at Deb. You can afford better. So much for that “semi-sophisticated” I tried to give you!
Her makeup did look pretty flawless, though:
Let’s skip past the pseudo, not-biological-but-still-twisted incest, shall we?
Here she is in the Season 1 episode “In Translation.” She likes halters, and she likes color. This tye-dye-ish top is pretty island chic, I’d say.
And here in the Season 1 episode “Exodus,” Shannon continues to wear lots of bright, bold colors and patterns and lots of skirts – girl’s got legs like an Amazon, though, so more power to her there.
Once we learn Shannon’s whole story, though, we also discover that it’s the end of that story. In the Season 2 episode “Abandoned,” we get a flashback to her father’s death and its aftermath.
She was of course younger at the time, but she has never looked more like a vulnerable child – in leotards, hoodies, and headbands, which I think was absolutely intentional in making viewers feel even more sympathy for Shannon as she loses her father and her evil stepmother stomps on her dreams.
At least she has great taste in bedding, though, am I right?
Get it, girl.
And just as Shannon becomes the most sympathetic we’ve ever seen her – grieving the death of her brother Boone, becoming a poor little orphaned daddy’s girl, tentatively falling for tough yet tender Sayid – she dies. (She also dies not long after sleeping with Sayid – Whedon School of Coming-of-Age Moments much?)
Another of my favorite shots of her: