Friday, February 27, 2009

The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham


Wow. That was a relatively straightforward ep for Lost, in a way. Except, of course, for the fact that we have no frakking idea of how Locke ended up not so dead after all. Seems Jack et al were indeed FOOMED to the island's past, while everyone else landed roughly, thanks to Lapidus. Who then took off in a boat with Sun (I guess).

Ben killing Locke had my stomach churning, even though I kind of knew it was coming. The evil bastard! And anyone else think Abbaddon knew Locke had to die, like Richard had said? Seems to me that Abbaddon and Alpert are somewhat kindred spirits, though I'm not really sure exactly what they are. Interesting that Widmore says he was the leader before Ben got rid of him. Where is Alpert in that equation? And how the hell does Jack not ask Locke HOW he got off the island? Oh sorry, this is Lost after all!

Ben is looking worse and worse, Widmore looks like he's... good? less evil? or just a different side of evil than Ben? Even young Widmore seemed like a psycho. Kind of like Ben!

Loved the scene with Hurley! And WALT! I was so glad that Locke had the decency not to ask him to go back! YAY!

And what's up with Cesar and the other lady on the island? Are they working for Widmore I wonder? Certainly seems they may know their way around the island a bit. What station/house were they at anyway? Not sure it looked familiar. Hydra station seems a good assumption: then we'd also know why Sun and Lapidus took off. They simply wanted to get to "the big island".

And seemingly Ben just wanted info from Locke before killing him. And he got it, including the name Eloise Hawking. Obviously he knew the name and who she was, but he didn't know that she was in LA? So how did he get her/her group to trust him? What exactly are the factions in the upcoming war? WTF IS GOING ON! Yea, same as always! :)

One interesting tidbit: they find John Locke Reborn standing in the water. Just like Jack saw his dad standing in the water. As per the makers of Lost, we know that they classify Christian as "undead". Definitely dead, but not gone. Whatever he is, is yet to be explained of course.

Screencaps thanks to lost-media.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

This is my kind of recap

Fishbiscuit over at DocArzt's site seems to be on the same wavelength as I am on this new Lost ep. He's a bit harsher on Jack than I was, but all in all, he mocks it and likes it and hates it and fears it the way I did.

In a way my reaction to 316 reminds me of how I reacted to the ep when we saw Alpert testing young Locke. At the time, it seemed the show was headed into reincarnation territory and I hated that. Much as I hated Ms Hawking's gobbledegook about recreating the flight details. In the end, the reincarnation stuff with Locke seems to have been a serious case of misdirection. I can only hope the same is happening now.

One cool thought I saw somewhere is that while the button was being pushed in the hatch, the island did NOT move the way Hawking described, and that is why the others could seemingly come and go as they pleased. That makes a lot of sense. As much sense as anything makes in Lost... and WAY more sense than having to bring a guitar in order to get FOOMED to the island...

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Shoes


Random shoe-ness: Christian arrived on the island wearing Jack's sneakers. (And cool we found out how he ended up with those particular shoes!) Locke will arrive wearing Christian's shoes. What is up with that?

Cuse and Lindelof have said that it is significant that Christian shows up in different footwear. So... what gives?

Also, the monster is "tied to the ground" and can't jump. Does that have anything to do with shoes?

I'm officially nuts.

Picture courtesy of lost-media.

Ms Hawking's Exposition

So I don't know if I believe she was actually telling them the truth, but here are the explanations given by Ms Hawking concerning the island and how to get back to it:

ELOISE: Aha. Here we go. [Sighs] All right. I apologize if this is confusing, but... [To Jack, who is distracted] Let's pay attention, yes? The room we're standing in was constructed years ago over a unique pocket of electromagnetic energy. That energy connects to similar pockets all over the world. The people who built this room, however, were only interested in one.

SUN: The Island.

ELOISE: Yes. The island. They'd gathered proof that it existed. They knew it was out there somewhere, but they just couldn't find it. Then a very clever fellow built this pendulum on the theoretical notion that they should stop looking for where the island was supposed to be and start looking for where it was going to be.

(Pendulum whooshes)

JACK: What do you mean, "Where it was going to be"?

ELOISE: Well, this fellow presumed, and correctly, as it turned out, that the Island was always moving. Why do you think you were never rescued? Now while the movements of the Island seem random, this man and his team created a series of equations which tell us, with a high degree of probability, where it is going to be at a certain point... in time. Windows, as it were, that while open, provide a route back. Unfortunately, these windows don't stay open for very long. Yours closes... in 36 hours.

DESMOND: Um, I'm sorry. Excuse me. [Chuckles] Am I really hearing this? That's what this is about? You're all going back to the Island willingly?

SUN: Yes. Why are you here, Desmond?

DESMOND: [Sighs, scoffs] I came here to deliver a message. Daniel Faraday--your son--sent me here. He wanted me to tell you that he and all the people on the Island need your help. He said that only you could help them. He didn't say Jack. He didn't say Sun. He didn't say Ben. He said you.

ELOISE: But I am helping, dear.

DESMOND: [Scoffs] Consider the message delivered.

ELOISE: I'm sorry to have to tell you this, Desmond, but the Island isn't done with you yet.

DESMOND: [To Jack] This woman cost me four years of my life--four years that I'll never get back because you told me that I was supposed to go to the Island! That it was my bloody purpose! You listen to me, brother, and you listen carefully. [Panting] These people--they're just usin' us. They're playing some kind of game, and we are just the pieces. [Lowers voice] Whatever she tells you to do... ignore it. [Normal voice] You say the Island's not done with me? Well, I'm done with the Island.

[Pendulum continues whooshing]

[loud slam]

ELOISE: Jack... the binder in your hands shows all the air routes that fly over the coordinates where I believe the Island will be in little more than a day from now. There's a commercial airliner flying from L.A. to Guam. It's going to go right through our window. Ajira Airways, Flight 316. If you have any hope of the Island bringing you back, it must be that plane. You all need to be on it. It must be that flight. [Sighs] If you... want to return, you need to recreate as best you can the circumstances that brought you there in the first place. That means as many of the same people as you are able to bring with you.

JACK: And what if we can't get anyone else to come with us? What if we're it?

ELOISE: All I can tell you is the result would be... unpredictable.

JACK: So that's it? We just get on that flight, and we just hope that it works? That's all?

ELOISE: No, that's not all, Jack... at least, not for you.

So it there is a "window" open to the island, then why all the hoopla with recreating the first flight? Why the guitar and handcuffs and shoes and dead Locke in a coffin? If there is a window, don't you just go through it?

And then the kicker when she talks to Jack, and only Jack:

JACK: [Sighs] Why would he kill himself?

ELOISE: Ohh... there are many reasons, I'm sure, but the only one that matters is this--he is going to help you get back. John is going to be a proxy. A substitute.

JACK: A substitute for who?

ELOISE: Jack... who do you think? You need to, as best you can, recreate the conditions of the original flight... which is why you need to give John something of your father's. You have to get something that belonged to your father, and you need to give it to John.

JACK: What?

ELOISE: That's what you have to do.

JACK: My father... is gone. My father has been dead for three years. You want me to... [scoffs] a--and to give it to Locke?! He's in a coffin! This is ridiculous.

ELOISE: Oh, stop thinking how ridiculous it is and start asking yourself whether or not you believe it's going to work. That's why it's called a leap of faith, Jack.

It is ridiculous of course. And I HOPE Eloise Hawking did not tell him the truth about why they need to recreate the conditions of the first flight. I hope there is some other reason for certain objects to be going back to the island. Because really, this "recreating" stuff is really getting on my nerves. It really seems idiotic. Hopefully it's a ruse of some kind. Please!

Like Locke's torn note says: I wish... I wish Hawking to be full of it.



Transcripts from lostpedia.

Friday, February 20, 2009

316... not so great but what can you do?

This was the weakest episode of the season so far imo. Mrs Hawking's exposition and explanations about how they all had to "recreate the conditions" of how they got to the island the first time totally felt lame and half-assed to me. I thought they ended up on the island because of the island's specialness and because Des didn't push the button that time. Now it turns out they need to put shoes on Locke's corpse and carry guitars (Charlie's?)... wtf? And Locke is dead in a coffin to be a stand-in for Jack's dad? WHA? I hope she was lying through her teeth, because that is one lame-ass reason for Locke to die. Everyone should listen to Desmond: ''These people are just using us! They are playing some kind of game and we are just the pieces!''

I'm betting ALL the island-losties are stuck in Dharma days: Sawyer, Juliet, Faraday and Miles as well as Jin. We already saw Faraday in the donkey-wheel cave once, now we've seen Jin. Bet your ass Sawyer and Juliet and Miles are around too.

I also think Ben tried to kill Penny. Whether he succeeded I'm not so sure. I think Penny whacked him with a hammer. Or so I hope. His "who cares?" and "because my mother taught me" had me LOLing though. Darn that Ben! While I keep wanting him to get beat up, I still have a soft spot for him.

Not really happy with this eppie, even though it replayed the moment from The Pilot with Jack on his back in the jungle. I've said before that my pet theory is that we'll see that moment again. We saw it again tonight, but I think maybe it's not the last time we see it replayed in one fashion or another.

Lepidus being on the plane was both wtf and kind of interesting. He was "supposed to" fly the original 815 flight so there's something at play there. He needs a beard though... Both the latino guy and the woman with Sayid looked vaguely familiar. Not sure who they are though. Or why Sayid would be taken in custody to Guam... maybe Dharma finagled that?

The shoe thing! Damn shoes! It's going to be important. Is sneaker-Dad one kind of being and dark-shoe-Dad something else? That shoe thing will definitely be important somehow...

You know, one thing keeps coming back to me: why are all these people so interested in getting the losties back on the island? Certainly not for their good. Some game is being played or some objective is being pursued, and so far, no one has told the losties what that actually is. They may all be getting played by Ms Hawking or Ben or whoever is orchestrating all this. There is some big secret being withheld from the losties right now, and of course, they're not even asking to find out...

I have to add some Eco/Foucault's Pendulum love from Doc Jensen at EW:
Except that there's a giant pendulum swinging through this subterranean lair, marking up a map on the floor with a giant, star-like asterisk, indicating the location of The Island. Ms. Hawking repeatedly refers to the creator of her particular pendulum as ''this very clever fellow.'' (A mystery for another day — but my money is on either Dr. Pierre Chang or Ms. Hawking's time-traveling son, Daniel Faraday.) But generally, the instrument is called a Foucault's Pendulum — and Umberto Eco's classic novel Foucault's Pendulum is about a literary hoax that not only gets mistaken for historical fact, but blooms into a full-on dangerous cult. That's a huge load of ironic, heretical irreverence to have swinging through the basement/subtext of a church. Was Lost trying to counterbalance its exultation of faith by suggesting that organized religion (and especially Christianity) is just one big monolithic crock — a misunderstanding, deception, or even conspiracy that took on a life of its own? Or was Lost going after something less cosmic: Might these be clues meant to suggest that not all is what it seems, that perhaps the castaways are being led astray by ''false counselors'' pushing unspoken, possibly nefarious agendas?
Yeah, what he said! And that book really is a classic. I'm glad to find someone else who thinks so!

I also have to add that Matthew Fox did really well as Jack in this ep. He was no longer a robot he was Jack. His reaction when Ms Hawking expositioned away about giving Locke something of his dad's was spot on, so was the laughter when he put the shoes on dead Locke. Of course, it would have been too much to ask for that he'd ask Ben wtf happened to his face, or to ask Sayid wtf was up with his cuffs... this is Lost after all.

I think part of the reason why I didn't like this epi so much, is because I thought Fionnula Flannigan hammed it up just a bit too much as Ms Hawking. The explanation that the island for some reason needed them to "recreate" their first crash (like the island can somehow be tricked? or will think Locke is Christian because of his shoes? wtf?) felt weak and lame in itself. (I'm still hoping she didn't actually tell them the truth.) But her delivery was really problematic. It was like she was over-acting the whole time, pushing the "scary old lady from a horror movie" angle just a bit too much. And I usually like her! Someone on the net somewhere suggested that the actor who plays Ben would have made those lines of exposition sound a lot better and I think that's right. His little speech about Thomas was fantastic. Michael Emerson is a gift to this show, he just delivers the dialogue like no one else.

Picture courtesy of lost-media.



Thursday, February 12, 2009

This Place Is Death


WHOA! That's been my Keanu-reaction to all this season's episodes. NTTAWWT! Being a fan of the smoke monster, it was really good to see him/her/it/them again. But I am also left with an awful lot of questions:

-WTF happened to Danielle's crew when they went down the monster hole? Why did the come back a) knowing the monster was a security system for the Temple and b) ready to kill Danielle? And The Temple's been mentioned before: Alpert was taking the Others there at one point. Is it a "safe house" because it's where the monster "lives"?

-Did Ben not know that Eloise was Daniel Faraday's mom? It seemed like he wasn't aware of that. And since Faraday was sent to the island by Widmore, is it possible that Eloise Hawking is also working for Widmore and that Ben actually didn't know that? Someone pulled one on Ben?

-And oh great, Charlotte dies! Another female character who seemed to have some promise suddenly made irrelevant and killed off. I was looking forward to seeing her decipher hieroglyphs and look at ancient ruins and the like. Bah! At least she got to have some creepy horror-movie lines like the ominous "this place is death!". Yeah, still not happy they wrote her out.

-Christian Shepherd! Very cool. Is he bad or is he good? And what kind of shoes was he wearing? If it was white sneakers, then it's the same shoe wear he had when Jack first saw him on the beach. (I checked: looks like no white sneakers, brown shoes of some kind... hmmm.)

-Charlotte's story to Daniel was not that mindblowing for me since I figured she was born on the island and we'd already seen Daniel in Dharma times.

-If Locke was the one who was supposed to push the wheel, then he was the one supposed to get kicked off the island instead of Ben. Would the time-flashes have happened then anyway? Did Ben realize that it was really Locke who should have been popped off the island, but decided to go himself? And what's all that mean anyway?

-If time stops flashing on the island, will the losties get stuck in the wrong time? Is that why Daniel was there in the Dharma days?

-Will Ben get sidetracked because he wants to go kill Penny now? He's getting less omniscient all the time...

-Interesting idea: if Ben knew that Locke was the one supposed to leave the island, is it possible that he deliberately "disobeyed" because Widmore's men killed his daughter? Did he decide to go for vengeance at the price of something else? Did he know he was screwing things up by turning the wheel, but didn't care because he wanted to get to Widmore by killing his daughter?

The show is really going back to it's S1 roots: smokey, Christian Shepherd, Danielle Rousseau... Which makes me happy. I like it when a story sets something up and then allows it to pay off when you least expect it. Btw, we still haven't seen Rose and Bernard. Wonder what they've been up to all this time? Living in a cave and ending up as skeletons perhaps?

Picture courtesy of lost-media.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Foucault's Pendulum love and Christian Shepherd

There's a great piece on the new season up at EW.com, written by Doc/Jeff Jensen. And since he mentions Umberto Eco's book Foucault's Pendulum, one of my favourite books, I am now crushing on him.

I also had a thought about Christian Shepherd's appearances on the island. What if he is also time-skipping, or rather: was. What if that is why he kept appearing and disappearing. Doesn't explain why his coffin was empty, but I'm wondering if some of the weird visions the Losties have seen, could have something to do with time-skipping. Maybe even their own time-skipping!

How this all will relate to the smoke monster, because I think it will since it seems able to assume various "shapes", I have no idea. The smoke monster has to be one of the most enigmatic things on the island, and I'm thinking we won't see it explained until Lost's final season. What is it? How did Ben seemingly "summon" it after Keamy killed Alex and what does it do? It's been there since the beginning of the show, and as the time travel eps have started to show, season 1 and 2 are turning out to have a lot of very significant stuff in them that is sure to be revisited.

Friday, February 06, 2009

My favourite scene from The Little Prince

I love this scene. First with Locke seeing the light from the hatch, and then Sawyer seeing Kate in the jungle. Fantastic stuff.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Lost: The Little Prince



Woweee.

What a show. Almost everyone gets a nosebleed. Except Locke, who has seen Alpert in the past and present. And Sawyer, who has now seen Kate in his own past. And Daniel who has Desmond as his constant. Is that what it is? These people all need a constant? If Miles was once the baby in the crib, will he be ok if Daniel goes back and sees him when he is a baby? Can he also find baby Charlotte on the island? She did say last season that she thinks she was born there. But who can save Juliet by providing her with a constant? Alpert maybe?

Sawyer was effing brilliant in the scene when he saw Kate. That was fantastic work on Holloway's part. Emmy nom? Would be if I sat on the jury... His face really showed everything: the grief and longing, the love and loss and just the sheer pain of seeing her yet being unable to be with her.

So who were the people chasing them in the canoe? A bottle that came from some Indian plane? Another plane crash? Or what?

I don't know why Jack thinks he can like totally trust Ben now. Like Ben isn't made out of deceit and manipulation. Even if he thinks Ben can help them, it seems silly for Jack to just trust everything he says.

So glad to see Jin! Hopefully he gets to hook up with the Losties, since it seems he's on the same time-flashing schedule as they are.

That scene with the light in the sky, I totally remembered that. Locke all angsty banging on the hatch finding some hope and faith again when the light came on. And in a later ep we found out that Des was down in the hatch about to kill himself when he heard the banging. So Locke and Des saved each other that time. Same night as Aaron was born... Woo boy. Someone at the writer's den better have a good spreadsheet and timeline taped to the wall! That night seems pretty important actually: Aaron's birth, Des and Locke both saved... interesting.

And yes, more and more I think we're headed for a scenario where the end of the show will be the beginning of the show: Jack flat on his back in the jungle. Running to the beach. Standing there in silence. And then no wreckage as he turns around to look down the beach. Last year I was obsessed with the pilot episode, and that's what I think now too: that first scene with Jack was from the END of the show, not the beginning.

Sawyer saying Juliet's name there at the end... was that a bit of a come-on? I loved how she told him to "go away". LOL. I think she'd be better for him than Kate. Less angst, more forceful directions.

They are my favourite couple right now anyway. I don't want them to necessarily get it on, but they totally have chemistry and make some kind of sense: they are both acting like real humans and Juliet seems to be the one person with some horse sense on the island at this point. Sawyer can do worse than sticking with her.

Are the whispers we've been hearing since the start of the show actually the losties themselves as they are time-skipping? I love the idea! When people first started talking about the whispers, the concept reminded me of the old Star Trek TNG ep when they're time-looping into destruction over and over again and can hear their own voices from previous loops. Is this what will eventually be revealed?

Damn, this show is GOOD!

Screencaps from The Little Prince, thanks to lost-media.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

More on The Hunt For Gollum Project & Premiere

From TORN:

Chris Bouchard writes: Just wanted to give you advanced notice that The Hunt For Gollum will be released on May 3rd 2009 for online free streaming in HD. Thanks for supporting this ambitious fan film!

Press Release: 30th January 2009
Independent Online Cinema presents: ‘THE HUNT FOR GOLLUM’
Coming soon FREE on the 3RD MAY 2009
Exclusive World Premiere on DAILYMOTION.COM and THE LONDON SCI-FI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.

‘The Hunt For Gollum’ is a ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Fan Film made by fans for fans. Inspired by notes in the appendices from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ book, ‘The Hunt For Gollum’ follows Aragon as he sets out to find the creature Gollum and discover the truth about the Ring…

‘The Hunt For Gollum’ will achieve a notable milestone for Fan Films when it becomes the first Fan Film to be simultaneously released online at Dailymotion.com and screened at the Sci-Fi London Film Festival on May 3rd this year. The first ever LOTR Fan Film with serious production values, Independent Online Cinema aims to bring a unique high quality HD cinema experience to the internet. The film is 40 minutes and a purely non-profit venture, with the download and festival screening being free for new and old fans alike.

Writer/Director Chris Brouchard started the project over 2 years ago with a small dedicated number of talented cast and crew, which steadily built momentum as more and more enthusiastic filmmakers, volunteers and supporters took up the challenge to finally culminate in an amazing team effort that has had over a 100 volunteers contributing to the project, worldwide.

Made with a minuscule budget, the high production values of the project would not have been possible without the commitment and resources of experienced prop makers, costume makers, prosthetics and make-up specialists, fight coordinators and special effects artists. However, this production has been open to everyone for collaboration, and as a result, the passion for this project has drawn together a diverse blend of working professionals, students and youth from every walk of life.

‘The Hunt For Gollum’ has generated considerable online buzz amongst fans already and the filmmakers are therefore delighted to see their efforts have also started to get real world publicity.

“epic fantasy story…very professional” SFX Magazine
“cut above the standard fan film” Metro Online

For further information regarding the project, please contact:
Press at info@hunt4gollum.com
And visit our website for more trailers, updates and fan reactions here.
A trailer can also be viewed at youtube.com here.

The mystery of Alpert's eyelashes



Nestor Carbonell, the man who plays Richard Alpert, has finally addressed an enduring Lost mystery: does Alpert wear eyeliner?

“Let me make this perfectly clear: I do not. I do not wear make-up, and I do not wear eye-liner,” said Carbonell, still laughing. “My brother sent me that article (about the “Lost” panel), and I just laughed so loud. This is something I’ve had to deal with my whole life. When I was a little kid, I was about five years old and living in Mexico, and I remember my mom’s friends would come over and say, ‘Oh, look at his eyelashes!’ I got such a complex about it that I ended up taking scissors to them once, and my mom stopped me and said, ‘What are you doing?’ But they were talking about them, and I got a lot comments about my eye-liner. Eventually, I got over it and was, like, ‘What are you gonna do?’ But I definitely had a complex when I was a kid about having dark eyelashes.”

Sadly, the complex would come back to haunt Carbonell a few years later.

“When I was in college in Boston, I had a commercial agent who sent me out for some print commercial stuff,” he said. “But they called me into the office and said, ‘Look, we called you in to talk to you because we just want you to know that…well, we don’t think you need to wear eyeliner.’ And I’m, like, ‘What?’ ‘Yeah, it’s okay, you don’t have to wear it for print ads.’ ‘No, I’m not wearing eyeliner!’ And I kept dabbing my eyes and saying, ‘Look! No eyeliner! I’m not wearing any!’ And, finally, they started laughing.

“So, yeah, it’s something I’ve dealt with it in the past, and sometimes, makeup artists are able to diminish it…and they’re doing it on ‘Lost’ more and more…by putting a base on my eyelashes so it makes it less dark. But I didn’t know it would be a question at the TCA tour, that’s for sure!”


See! This season we're getting some answers, finally!

Picture courtesy of lost-media.

Monday, February 02, 2009

The Hunt For Gollum: release date and a new trailer!

Things seem to be moving along for the movie The Hunt For Gollum. This movie may have been made by "fans" with no profit in it for them (except critical and popular acclaim!), but make no mistake: this is a very polished and professional production. I am really excited to see what it will look like as a finished product. An inside source tells me the f/x will be spectacular!

Check out the new trailer here. And here's the release date announcement:
02 Feb 2009 - Release Date Announced!!
We are very excited to now announce our release date. The Hunt For Gollum will go live on the evening of May 3rd 2009 for free streaming of the full film on this website and simultaneously at a major festival. Further details on the release and any festival screenings will follow.
May 3rd is marked on my calendar!