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Saturday, March 06, 2010
  Posted by Matt Kish on 3/06/2010 09:33:00 AM :

       For you "Lost" fanatics: And then there's this...

According to this Washington Post piece many of the questions created during the show's run will never be answered...

"...because, the writers say, they have run out of time."


"They have no intention of discussing the show after the finale airs on May 23..."

Wait, wait, wait. I actually have read a handful of the seven hundred billion articles that have been written wbout the show "Lost" and I distinctly remember things like (and I'm paraphrasing here, but the details are the same) "the show was always designed to have a finite run with a distinct beginning, middle and end" and "we know all the details and have had the whole thing basically planned out since the beginning." So how does that jibe with "Holy crap we're running out of time and won't be able to really conclude more than a few important storylines?" Seriously, at this moment, I actually do have a little sympathy for all of you "Lost" fans who have devoted so much time, effort, and support for one of your favorite shows. You really are getting screwed here.

See, all this goes along perfectly with what has been my major gripe about the show since I stopped watching it forever some time in season 2. Anyone with a brain and a decent level of creativity, and really that's an awful lot of people, could have done what Cuse and Lindelof have done. Anyone.

It's beyond easy to come up with an interesting premise. Hell, any 2 or 3 college kids sitting around an apartment drinking beer can come up with 3 or 4 great ideas for a TV show or a movie on any given Saturday night. The ideas, the questions, the unknowns, the premises...these are the EASY parts. It's how these things are developed and ultimately resolved that show true and gifted creativity. True skill as a writer or creator. And Cuse and Lindelof apparently have very little of that real creativity because they don't seem to know how to resolve much of, well, anything.

I don't think I'm smarter than you reading this, but I do think that I started feeling like the show was never really going to answer anything way back in season 2 so I stopped wasting my time. I know a lot of viewers have become very attached to the characters and their lives and backstories as well, and I understand that, but honestly there are just too many great films, novels, and other things that don't require a 6 year investment of time for a payoff. I would rather spend 2 or 3 hours with a great film that has great characters, dialogue, and a storyline than 6 years with a show that's going to eventually show me Sayid's happy reunion with someone but never let me know how anything else ever happened to him.

"Lost"...what a scam.


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Thursday, March 04, 2010
  Posted by Dara on 3/04/2010 07:29:00 PM :

       Lost: smoke monster question

For you Lost fans: something that struck me while watching this week's episode: in the earlier seasons encounters with the smoke monster, it seems to me that it was colored jet black. But this season, it looks more gray. I can’t figure out if this is just an oversight in the special effects (maybe a different production company is doing the CG effects?), or if it's intentional. As in: not all bad (black), not all good (white), but somewhere in the middle.

Am I reading too much into this?

Curse this show and their nuances. Now I suspect everything is a subtle clue.


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Thursday, February 28, 2008
  Posted by Dara on 2/28/2008 10:22:00 PM :

       LOST: I love you again!

Good god almighty! Did you see it? Did you see tonight's episode?!?

My rollercoaster love affair continues, and tonight I'm at the dizzying heights. Now that was an awesome episode! Probably one of the best they've had in...well, forever. And not just because they started answering some of the BIG QUESTIONS about the island, but also because the emotional heart of the episode - Desmond's tragic life and love for Penny - was so damn good.

So, I'd suspected for a while that the island exists "outside of time". Not a revolutionary theory, obviously, as I'm sure a lot of other folks had come to the same conclusion. But this episode finally confirmed that theory. And it was scripted absolutely brilliantly; impeccable pacing, tight plot, emotional payoff.

So my other theory, about Jacob, was that Dharma had somehow induced (or boosted) his psychic abilities to uncontrollable levels. But now I think what's happening to Jacob is what Desmond has been going through, jumping back and forth through time. Except in Jacob's case, he's jumping as such an accelerated pace, that he's essentially come unglued from time as well, existing outside of it for the most part. Which is why sometimes people see him, or hear him, but not for any length of time.

I have a feeling they'll also use the time travel phenomena to ultimately "redeem" Ben as a somewhat sympathetic figure. As a child on the island, he somehow sees what Dharma intends to do with the knowlege gained on the island, and it's not good. So he decides in order to save the world, he has to kill them all. That's why in his mind he's so sure that he's "the good guy". And somehow, he knows how to navigate the time field between the island the the "real" world without any negative side effects.

Now, the part I'm not so sure about is who the freighter people are. Up until tonight I was convinced they were Dharma, coming back to reclaim their island. I always figured Penny's father (Mr. Widmore), sun's father (don't remember his name) and Alvar Hanzo were all in it together; the brains and finance behind Dharma. But the auction scene with the log from the Black Rock being bought by Mr. Widmore makes me question that. They made it a point that the journal has belonged to the Hanzo family before the auction, and Widmore was intent on getting it. So, does that mean he's not associated with Hanzo? If Hanzo was the Dharma founder, is Widmore's group the "freighter" people, trying to essentially steal/salvage what remains of Dharma's research?

On a final note, Wendy just made a great observation: so here's Desmond, the guy Widmore supposedly hates, yet he gives him his daughter's contact info? He is also the guy who later on would "sponsor" the sailing race around the world that Desmond embarks on. Wendy thinks it's because Widmore knows what will happen with Desmond, knows about the time travel, etc. He sets Desmond up from the beginning: making sure Desmond gets Penny's contact info as his "constant", then concocting the whole race to get Desmond on a boat, knowing he'll end up on the island, knowing him and Penny will try and find each other, and thus allowing Widmore to find the island through Desmond.

My brain's exploding. This episode was amazingly good!

One last thing before I go: Daniel Faraday is my new favorite character, and the actor who plays him deserves an award. Above and beyond anything else this show does well, I have to say they have phenomenal casting. I can't think of a single actor on the show that hasn't been impeccably cast for the role they are portraying.


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Sunday, February 24, 2008
  Posted by Dara on 2/24/2008 12:37:00 PM :

       LOST: good interview with the producers

Via The Beat, I ran across this information-ladden interview with the producers of LOST over at the Entertainment Weekly website. They talk about the whole time/space theory, which mysteries will be answered by the end of this season, which ones won't, and other juicy goodies.
"LINDELOF: We're not going to tell you that we're against bending the time-space continuum. We are very for it. Carlton and I are PRO time-space continuum bending! But we're ANTI-paradox. Paradox creates issues...So when we start having those conversations at Lost, we go, ''This show is already confusing enough as it is.'' To actually have characters traveling through time has to be handled very deftly.

CUSE: For example, the fifth episode of the season [airing next week] deals with time travel and operates in different time periods. It was a tough story to break. But we adhere to our rule: no paradox. "
We'll find out who's in the coffin by the end of this season, for example. And I found this comment funny:
"LINDELOF: One of our producers, Eddie Kitsis, has been pitching to us ''Frank Lapidus, Helicopter Pilot'' for years. "
I'd watch that show!


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Thursday, February 07, 2008
  Posted by Dara on 2/07/2008 10:07:00 PM :

       LOST: love/hate relationship

Damn you, Lost. Damn you to hell.

I swear, you take me on an emotional roller coaster ride that no TV show should have a right to do.

I loved your season 3 finale. You really redeemed yourself after a mostly frustrating and meandering season. I liked your season 4 opener last week well enough, setting up the chess pieces and giving us some new clues and mysteries.

But this week...this week, my friend, you turned right back into an asshole.


First of all, someone just kill Ben already. Yes, he's a great villain. Yes, he's awesomely manipulative and utterly reprehensible, everything a villain should be. But enough already.

The Joker and Doctor Doom and Lex Luthor are great villains too, but they're part of the reason I don't read the big-name monthly comics. The same villains show up, make life miserable for the heroes, kill loved ones, and the heroes don't do anything to prevent it from happening again. They just come back 6 months later to wash, rinse, repeat. When you overuse a villain time after time after time, they stop being interesting and start becoming annoying. Like Ben.

So let's put a bullet between his bug eyes and move on to something new and interesting, ok? And while you're at it, don't make the same mistake as season 3: stop introducing half a dozen new mysteries every damn episode without answering a few of the 200 existing ones. Naomi's mission. A helicopter. 4 new characters. Polar bears in Tunisia. References to Walt, the cabin, the freighter, double-agents, and on and on and on. Did you learn nothing from the fan outcry last year? Damn it, already, get with the program.

I'm such a sucker for watching you. Which I'll do again next week, despite your callous disregard for my feelings.

I feel dirty.


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Monday, January 15, 2007
  Posted by Dara on 1/15/2007 07:38:00 PM :

       The best news I've heard about LOST

Although I doubt this will actually happen anytime soon, the producers of the show are saying that they want to negotiate with ABC executives about setting an end date for the series.
"Lost," which is shifting back an hour to 10 p.m. Eastern time, Wednesdays, on ABC's schedule, has seen a 14 percent drop in its audience this year, according to Nielsen Media Research. Producers contend the numbers are deceptive because of a comparison with the second season, when "Lost" was a cultural sensation."


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