A Definitive Lost Timeline (through the fragility of a suspect memory)

March 25, 2010
Spoiler: Many of these people are currently dead.

I can’t say I have the greatest memory in the world (it took me most of my formative years to learn the alphabet. Longer to learn love). In fact, most everything I do should be forgotten. But, wait, what was I doing?

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Points of interest from Comic Con 2009

July 27, 2009
  • The last ever Lost panel (below) was both entertaining and surprisingly revealing. Okay, it wasn’t that revealing but the fact that Lindlelof and Cuse reveal anything at all is revealing.
  • Heroes is really, really trying to prove it doesn’t suck anywhere. It’s not really working. I mean, the only thing anyone is talking about is Claire kissing a girl (and I assume she liked it). The fact that anything about Clair is a highlight isn’t boding well for the upcoming season. FYI: I fucking despise Claire.
  • Well hello Tron trailer!
  • True Blood fans (ie, me and middle aged women) got more than they expected when the cast and crew spilled the beans on what next season will be about. Namely, Sookie is going to be more and more attracted to Eric (I’m not sure why, besides being a badass and all) and that the Mississippi vamps and werewolves are going to stir some shit up.
  • Chuck details! Apparently he won’t know karate all the time, which is a relief, and Awesome gets more action, which is, err, awesome.

What is also of note is just how much attention the Twilight sequel is getting. That movie is going to make a fucking fortune and my head will fall off due to prolonged periods of long, drawn out head shakes of disapproval.

The last ever Lost Comic Con panel!

July 27, 2009

Thanks to Tostie14 for posting the whole damn thing on Youtube! It’s always entertaining watching Lindlelof and Cuse shooting the shit on Lost. This last season cemented Lost as one of the greatest, most fucked up, television series ever to grace my hawk-like eyes. Pretenders have come (Invasion, Jericho, Heroes) have come and gone (or, in Heroes’ case, proved to be a first season fluke) while Lost continues to chug along with a full head of steam. The second season kiiiiind of underwhelmed, but the rest have been either strong or very strong.

Insomnia = Lost season 6 prediction

May 19, 2009
See you in another life, brotha'

See you in another life, brotha'

It’s 4:30 in the morning and the sandman seems to have skipped over me tonight so I’ve just been watching some informercials. And then a new thought on the Lost finale struck me.

Where the hell was Desmond? But it’s all becoming crystal clear now.

I fully believe Desmond will become the most important character in Lost’s final season. There’s simply been too much build up with the character from a plot stand point for him not to be. Faraday drove home the point that for whatever reason Desmond existed outside of the time stream, able to remember multiple time events. This means that whatever becomes of Jack’s plan, Desmond will still remember everything. Because of this, I do believe that Jack’s plan ultimately succeeds andhe new season will open up with everyone landing in LAX just as scheduled on that first Oceanic flight. Everybody goes about their lives, Jack to bury his dad, Kate to jail, etc, as if nothing happens. Things finally seem okay.

And then somewhere in England a Desmond who never went on that boat race, never crashed on the island, and never reunited with Penny will suddenly “remember” everything that happened in that other timeline. He’ll remember what happened on the island, marrying Penny and having a son. And now all of that is gone and I believe it’ll be his drive to undo what Jack did, to save his marriage and child, that will be key next season.

If I had control of the series, this would definitely be the route I would go, at least for the early parts of the season. Go from last season’s relative spectacle to a more intimate story of love and lost with Desmond, which has time itself steal everything away. This would be a kickass plot thread if the writers choose to go that route. A Desmond that’s desperately trying to fix time itself for the sake of his never born kid. That’s epic material right there.

Of course, that’s just my 2 cents.

Battle of the finales

May 15, 2009
That's a deal breaker

That's a deal breaker

With all the finales nearly up, I’ve been bombarded with a whole bunch of shows trying to finish up their run. On the one hand, it’s pretty much been a consecutive string of really high quality programming, on the other hand, most of my favourite series are done until the fall (or forever). So how did they fare? Here’s my countdown of the top 5 finales over the past week. Chances are it’ll be revised depending on whether 24 or Ugly Betty’s finales are up to snuff.

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“What’s done, is done,” goes the Lost finale

May 14, 2009
This picture was taken when Matthew Fox still cared

This picture was taken when Matthew Fox still cared

I’ve been pretty vocal about how stupendously awesome this season of Lost has been. So enthused was I that it was simply inconceivable that the show could’ve lived up to the self induced hype.

And it didn’t. Not that it wasn’t any good, it definitely was, but that nothing mind blowing happened. What was in the metal case those mysterious people who keep asking “what lies in the shadow of the statue” I called early on, and so when they make their ‘big’ reveal it was more “huh, that’s cool,” than “Oh my fucking baby Jesus!” As for finally revealing who Jacob was? That was also a pretty big let down, what with him being an even bigger mystery now than he was before. Oh, so he’s been in the background of every main characters life? *Yawn*

A positive from the ho-hum Jacob reveal is the realization of the audience that the thing Locke and Ben had seen in the cabin wasn’t Jacob, but rather the disembodied ghost of some dude who has a thing about finding loopholes to kill Jacob. That was a pretty neat turn of events, finding out Locke was being manipulated by the bad guy this whole time.

I was also glad Miles pointed out that maybe, just maybe, what Jack was planning on doing with the bomb might be the cause of the event, not the prevention. I always get annoyed when characters don’t point out this fallacy in time travel stories. Too bad apparently nobody paid attention to our poor Asian ghost hunter.

It was nice seeing Jack and Sawyer finally throwing the gloves off and having at each other, but the fight was just this side of satisfying, with it ending abruptly. It was bloody and intense, but it didn’t last long enough. Back in the present (well, two years ago) there was just a lot of walking, cryptic conversations and a broken path of ash. Not exactly the most interesting of events.

As for Juliette’s ‘death’, I knew instantly that it was a red herring because there was no requisite Sad Lost Theme playing while, or shortly after, she ‘died’, all while everything is moving in slow motion. This has become such a troupe of Lost that without it, unless you see someone being shot and confirmed dead (or throttled by a smoke monster), you can’t be sure they’re actually dead.

Well, what about the patented Lost cliffhanger? Well, this ain’t no “We have to go back!” It’s no moving island. Just a rock, a nuke and a white light. A real big let down that doesn’t exactly leave you salivating for next season’s premier. Especially with the very previous scene had someone saying, “they’re coming.” Kind of ruins the, “are they going back to the future or aren’t they?” debate that could’ve happened.

In the end, it was a perfectly serviceable episode of Lost. Shit happened, mysteries revealed, more mysteries added, mysterious Egyptian tombs, etc. The usual. But for a supposedly explosive two hour finish to what’s been an astonishingly great season, it left a lot to be desired.

Lost finale…WATCH IT

May 13, 2009


Saying its been one crazy fucking season would put it lightly. Lost went from the mysterious “what the hell’s happening show” to the mysterious “it’s a fucking time travelling show?”

And damn if it hasn’t been a fun ride. It’s probably handled the sensitive matter of time travel better than any science fiction show has, setting up concrete rules that it has yet to break and that makes sense with the continuity, to an extent, of the previous seasons. You can’t change the past, and that’s that. No matter what you do, what happened, happened. A simple solution to the Grandfather paradox. You can’t kill the grandfther, or in this case Benjamin Linus, in the past because he’s alive in the present.

It’ll be tonight’s 2 hour finale that sees if what has so far been a steady adherence to the ‘rules’ of time travel unravels or not. With what’s happened so far, I doubt Jack will succeed in his plans to blow up the island before they had ever crashed there, therefore undoing everything. One, because that would be the biggest fucking cop out in TV history and two, there’s still one more season.

Whatever happens, this is going to be one crazy episode. If you haven’t yet, you have have roughly five hours to catch up on the season. Wikipedia helps.