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LOST in Translation: Penultimate

Posted in Genre Movies & TV, LOST with tags , , , on May 19, 2010 by cairnwood

LOST
Season 6 / Episode 16
“What They Died For”
written by Kitsis, Horowitz, & Sarnoff
directed by Paul Edwards

I have to keep reminding myself that this is not my story. It’s the bane of being a writer I suppose, but I have caught myself in these last few weeks being over-critical of LOST. The producers have been quite clear that they are “telling the story they want to tell”. My job, at this point, is to allow them to do so.

I was prepared to give a scathing review of last night’s penultimate episode. Not that I didn’t enjoy it, because I most certainly did. But — and there’s always a but — there were some things that just felt wrong to me. Maybe it’s because I’ve invested six years in the story. Maybe it’s because of preconceived expectations. The story seems smaller on many levels than it did a mere season ago. To be honest, it’s a practical mirror of Supernatural, boiling down to a feud between two brothers with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Hell, Jacob was even there for both…

You know what? I’m going to let it go. I’m going to enjoy it for what it is, and what it is is the best show on television, maybe even of all time. Yes, it’s flawed, but then isn’t that the whole point of the series? Despite it’s flaws it can rise above them, find redemption, and <gulp> save the world?

So I’m not going to dissect “What They Died For”. Instead I’m going to hold off until Monday and view the endgame in its entirety, but before I go…

My favorite bit from last night?

Surprisingly enough it came from the flashsideways. Desmond’s epic jailbreak, springing Kate and Sayid with a little help from Anna Lucia and Hugo, had me grinning from ear to ear. Sure it was preposterous, but then I think it’s supposed to be.

A close second would be, and yes I know this is evil of me, seeing Zoe get iced like she did, and Widmore being sniped by Ben as well… that was especially satisfying and seeing Ben’s redemption song hit a sour note kind of fits in nicely with my finale endgame scenario…

My final theory?

We’ll discover that Jack’s Jacobing will have been merely to hold it until the true Island Protector shows up…

Flashsideways John Locke will cross over from the mirrorverse and throw down with FLocke. The Island will sink, killing everyone but Desmond who will reunite with Penny and Charlie and live happily everafter in an Islandless world.

In the elseworld, all our castaways will awaken, remembering their Island life and the sacrifices they made. Jack and Kate will be together, as will Sawyer and Juliet (who we’ll learn is Jack’s ex-wife and father to David).

The show will end in the sideways, with the Island rising up from the ocean and John Locke sitting on the beach. Ben will sit down next to him and say, “Do you know how badly I want to kill you?”

Sunday Night
The LOST Finale Event

It’s hard to believe it’s all almost over. Two and a half hours remain (minus the 50 minutes of commercial time that has been sold). Of course we have the two hour prequel recap show to look forward to and the Jimmy Kimmel: Aloha to LOST special immediately following the finale…

It’s been a marvelous ride and regardless of how it ends, it been quite an experience.

LOST in Translation: Parting is such sweet sorrow

Posted in Genre Movies & TV, LOST with tags on May 17, 2010 by cairnwood

It’s all over but the crying, kids. This is it, the dash to the finish line of what is arguably the finest series in television history. It has been one helluva ride, but now we’ve come down to the final week… Let’s see what’s on tap:

Monday

Matthew Fox on David Letterman
Jorge Garcia on Jimmy Kimmel

Tuesday

LOST: What They Died For
Matthew Fox on Jimmy Fallon, Regis and Kelly, and Good Morning America
Jorge Garcia on The View and Lopez Tonight

Wednesday

Michael Emerson on The View
Dinner Impossible LOST Special

Thursday

Josh Holloway on Jimmy Kimmel

Friday

Jorge Garcia on Jimmy Fallon
Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse on Jimmy Kimmel

Saturday

LOST: Pilot (enhanced)

Sunday

LOST 2 hour Recap
LOST: The End
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Aloha to LOST

Wow. That’s a whole lotta LOST.

LOST in Translation: On Top of Ol’ Smokey

Posted in Genre Movies & TV, LOST with tags , , on May 12, 2010 by cairnwood

What If…?

Something occurred to me. What if He Who Has No Name is not the Smoke Monster? Could it be that Jacob’s act of brothercide… he casting nameless bro into the Tunnel of Light… merely released the Smoke Monster — the dark force opposed to the divine light which all men possess a sliver of? Is every appearance of MIB after this incident merely the Smoke Monster wearing MIB’s form?

Were MIB and Jacob candidates — potential replacements to their Faux Mother’s role of Island Protector?

Was MIB the special one and Jacob merely the spare?

That revelation could do wonders to the bad feeling I got from this episode. That would make the ghost of Claudia Smokey in disguise. Smokey could have been whispering sweet nothings in MIB’s ear, initiating the creation of the frozen donkey wheel.

To what end? The extinguishing of the light, casting all the world in Smokey’s dark shadow.

Suddenly “Across the Sea” seems a little more epic in scope, especially if this is addressed and plays out as such.

It would fit with the mirror of Jacob’s and Island Mother’s welcomed demise and dances with the way in which Smokey seems to be able to download memories from the dead…

Food for thought as we march toward the final chapters of LOST.

LOST in Translation: Lost Boys

Posted in Genre Movies & TV, LOST with tags , , , on May 12, 2010 by cairnwood

LOST
Season 6 / Episode 15
“Across the Sea”
written by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse
directed by Tucker Gates

My initial gut reaction to last night’s mythos driven episode can be summed up in a single word: underwhelmed. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy “Across the Sea”, only that there were several factors that saw it fall somewhat short of my expectations. Granted, there were contributing factors, not the least of which was a house full of boys reenacting their own version of Lord of the Flies in my house. And speaking of boys, perhaps there was the problem. Child actors are asked to do a lot in Hollyweird, and the diminutive thespians  in last night’s teleplay were asked more than most, and they totally didn’t work for me. No depth. No passion. They looked the part but could not bear the weight of the mythology they were tasked to shoulder.

Beauty Has Her Way

“Every question I answer will simply lead to another question.
~Island Mother

We discover that Jacob and the Man in Black came to the Island in much the same manner as so many, presumably before and after. Their mother, heavy with child, was shipwrecked as both Rousseau and Claire would be in the far off future. She was discovered by a mysterious woman, obviously batshit from the onset, who nursed her to health and midwifed these Island Gods into the world. Doomed momma was shocked to learn she was carrying twins, having only chosen a single name for her baby to be — Jacob. No need to fret about naming number two, however, because crazy lady invokes the wrath of the rock and offers the boys’ mother up as a sacrifice to her own desired motherhood.

Island Mother instructs these foundlings in the ways of paranoia and a loathing of humanity. With a heavy hand she makes it quite clear that men “come to fight, destroy, corrupt, and it always end the same”. We’ve heard that line before.

It becomes clear that MIB is clearly more influenced by his Island Mother than is Jacob, who is a mousy mama’s boy, while MIB is a free-spirited rebel without a cause, at least until his ghost mother shows up and entices him to leave his faux mother in exchange for life with a community of castaways on the other side of the island…

Laying Down the Law

“…and that’s why they want it, because a little bit of this
very same light is inside of every man, but they always want more.”
~Island Mother

Before MIB’s exodus, Island Mother instructs the boys in the ways of the force, sharing with them the secret cave from which the heart of the island beats. She explains that it is the wellspring from which divinity shines and that a piece of it is in every living thing. Her job, and theirs, is to protect it from mankind because they are evil and corrupting.

Of course once MIB breaks ranks he becomes obsessed with discovering this wellspring and utilizing it to leave the island and return to the land of his mother, across the sea. He manipulates his newfound brethren into digging a well and gaining access to the mystical energy where he begins the construction of the frozen donkey wheel so he can harness the island’s power.

Crazy Island Mother can’t have this so she knocks MIB unconscious. When he wakes, the villagers are all dead and the well and his donkey wheel apparatus has been filled in with earth and stone.

How in the hell did she manage that one? I have a theory, which I’ll get to in a moment, but first…

Lost in the Shadows

“Don’t worry, brother, I’m not going to kill you.”
~Jacob

Enraged, the prodigal son returns to the caves and sneaks up behind Island Mother and stabs her through the heart. As she dies, she thanks him for releasing her. Jacob comes upon them and lies a beating on his brother, dragging him through the jungle to the mystical cave of eerie, golden light.

Their Island Mother warned them to never enter the cave, and for good reason it seems.

Jacob casts MIB into the Tunnel of Love and from hence the Smoke Monster is born. Jacob then takes his brother’s body and inters it in the cave beside their Mother… and thus the identities of “Adam and Eve” are revealed.

I Still Believe

What the — ??? Okay, not exactly what I envisioned, but it works on some level, I suppose. More answers were raised than were answered and I was left feeling like much of this story could have been interspersed with some Jack and Company action, but I guess the writers needed to get this out there, unfettered by the constraints of the current timeline. Unfortunately for me, it missed more than it hit, partly due to the vagueness of the script, but more so from acting that felt uninspired.

I can’t help but wonder if Island Mother was more Smoke Monster than Island Protector, that MIB and she were more alike than she and Jacob. MIB was the Chosen One, that much is clear. He was special and the Island spoke to him through his dead mother and through the inspired designs of the wheel.

Island Mother’s utter destruction of the survivor’s camp and the wheel well screams Smoke Monster to me. Surely she warned the boys away from entering the cave because she had made that mistake in the past and had become the very thing that MIB was destined to become as well.

Overall an underwhelming episode but one that will most likely play into events to come. My hope is that this episode will be strengthened by the final hours we have left and that in the overall context of the show its importance will be elevated.

Perhaps as I process this episode more my opinion will change.

Next Week on LOST:

“What They Died For” will see a return to the Island narrative that we are most invested in, with sideways jaunts that include guest spots by Rousseau and Alex, as well as a glimpse of Anna Lucia. This will be the final episode before the massive five and a half hour finale event on May 23. Three and a half hours remain and I am ready to see an end to the story. I have hope that everything will come together and this sneak peek from next week inspires confidence.

LOST in Translation: Time Passages

Posted in Genre Movies & TV, LOST with tags , , on May 6, 2010 by cairnwood

Another Sneak Peek from “Across the Sea”

Interesting in that the director has carefully concealed the identity of the hunters. It begs the question… Why? Could these burly men, decked out in leather and tusk jewelry, be people we know? The LOST fan community is abuzz, resurrecting the ghost of Canton-Rainier and proclaiming that at least two of the boar hunters are previous incarnations of Jack and James. Hm, perhaps… one certainly never knows with LOST. Have our castaways been caught up in a cycle of death and rebirth, destined to return again and again to this island?

I hear tell that next week there will be a scene revisited that will lead us to realize that the creators knew all along where their story was headed. Maybe. Though it’s also possible that it’s a simple matter of reverse engineering. I guess we’ll have to wait and see the scene in question to judge for ourselves.

LOST in Translation: Don’t Fear the Reaper, Part II

Posted in Genre Movies & TV, LOST with tags , , on May 5, 2010 by cairnwood

What’s up, Chuck?

All right… The Man in Black, aka Smokey, aka FLocke, has made his move… attempting to kill all the candidates in one fell swoop by shepherding them onto Widmore’s sub and having it go BOOM! What to think of Charles’ role in all of this?

I’m led back to a previous scene between Bram and Miles. You remember, our sharp-tongued ghost whisperer was walking along the street in LA when he got shanghaied into a perv van by the now deceased Bram prior to Señor Straume’s journey into darkness on board the Kahana freighter.

Bram, we would come to learn, was working with Ilana as part of a “crack team” of Jacob Protectors (how’d that work out, Jacob ol’ boy?). Anyway, Bram told Miles that he wasn’t ready to go to the Island, that by joining Widmore’s crew he was on “the wrong side”.

So if Bram was on Team Jacob and Miles was on the wrong side, being Team Widmore, does this also mean that Team Widmore is equivalent to Team Smokey?

And then there was this exchange between John Locke and our man Chuck:

LOCKE: Why would you help me?

WIDMORE: Because there’s a war coming, John. And if you’re not back on the Island when that happens, the wrong side is going to win.

Well we all know what happened when Locke returned to the Island… his image was claimed by the Man in Black, setting up the events we’re now faced with.

But never mind that, let’s look to last night’s taking of the sub. I mean, really, could any of that have gone down without Widmore’s collusion? No, I don’t think so. Chuck’s goons laid in wait until the castaways were primed to descend into the sub. They shot Kate, wounding her, and propelling Jack into action. Jack would never have gotten on that submarine if not for her injury… Not to mention the whole bomb on the plane thing to begin with. The sonic fence was removed so that Smokey could waltz in there. Smokey obviously knew about the explosives on the plane because he took the guy’s watch before going aboard.

It makes all the sense in the world to me that Charles Widmore has been in on the Man in Black’s long con from the start.

Now we’ll just have to sit back and see how things shake out.

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LOST in Translation: Don’t Fear the Reaper

Posted in Genre Movies & TV, LOST with tags , , , on May 5, 2010 by cairnwood

LOST
Season 6 / Episode 14
The Candidate
written by Elizabeth Sarnoff and Jim Galasso
directed by Jack Bender

Damn. One of the best things about LOST is that it can be all things to all people. It’s got action, suspense, romance, horror… pretty much every genre under the moon and stars. And it’s racing toward the end. Last night’s brilliant episode, The Candidate, was what… 10 minutes long? It sure felt like it. Jack Bender was relentless in moving the story along, never letting you catch your breath… that is until the end, when pain and loss was visited to the story in such a masterful way that even now, nearly twelve hours later, I can still feel it like a kick to the stomach by some steel toed Doc Marten’s.

Astronomy

“No. I won’t leave you.”
~ Jin to Sun

We’ve lost characters before. Actually, the body count has been pretty high on this show, but last night brought it all home as we said goodbye to four near and dear to us. First to go was Sayid, sacrificing himself to try and save his fellow castaways, and, perhaps to save himself by seeking redemption through one final selfless act. Before he left us, our favorite Iraqi torturer imparted to Jack that Desmond was very much alive and trapped in a hole somewhere on the island… and that FLocke wanted him very dead. Like Ilana before him, we saw Sayid evaporate in a cloud of bombastic finality. But unlike the Russian beauty, Sayid Jarrah died a noble and heroic death. A fitting end to a terrific character.

Next on the chopping block was Frank Lapidus, whose dry wit and cool demeanor were always welcome. I would have preferred to see Frank go out guns blazing, but it was not meant to be.

And that brings us to Jin and Sun. You saw it coming. These two star-crossed lovers, separated for so long, were given mere hours together before death came calling. With his beloved trapped on the sinking sub, Jin could not… would not… leave Sun’s side. Jack Bender’s beautifully framed shot of their hands together underwater, slowly drifting apart was poignant and heartbreaking.

But what about Ji Yeon? My wife turned to me and made me promise that if we were ever in a similar situation that I would choose to live for the sake of our son, and I have to agree. While their tragic end was beautiful and moving, it also smacks of a selfishness reminiscent of Sun leaving their child in the first place to return to the Island to search for her time traveling husband.

My wife and I love each other very much, but our child trumps our devotion to one another. We would both die for him, and ultimately we would live for him as well.

Burning for You

“I’m going to finish what I started.”
~ FLocke to Claire

So I guess that puts an end to the debate as to whether or not the Smoke Monster is evil. Not that there was ever any real reason to debate the issue. It was a hard sell, Smokey’s benevolence. Oh, the writers gave it their best shot. He said all the right things. He was full of smooth talking justifications, but his actions spoke far louder than his words.

That doesn’t let Jacob off the hook. I’m not sure I’d paint either of them with a single brush, but let’s be clear. The Man in Black is a bad “man” capable of bad things. He can transform into a column of ass kicking black smoke for gods’ sake. He’s a master of lies and manipulation. And he wants the candidates dead so that he can be free.

Season Six has been one long con perpetuated by the Monster.

So long as a single candidate lives and breathes Smokey is trapped on the Island. Unfortunately for him, there are rules and those rules state that he can’t kill them. But he sure as hell can get others to do it for him.

Now, only three remain: Jack, Sawyer, and Hurley. Or, is someone else pulling a long con of their own?

Veteran of the Psychic Wars

“You saved John’s life. Why can’t that be enough?”
~ Helen to Jack

Over in the elseworld Jack is putting the pieces together. The “coincidences” are piling up as he’s been led from one passenger on Flight 815 to another. He and John Locke are linked by their fear of letting go. John can’t allow himself to be healed because of the weight of his guilt over the plane crash that left him a cripple and his father a vegetable. Jack’s tethered by his incessant need to fix things. Together, these two men will have to come together to form a whole and complete persona… this man of faith and man of science, hearkening back to their Island conflict.

Jack said to John that he believed he was a “candidate”. Weighted words. Is this Jacob’s long con? Can John Locke somehow still be the Island candidate, ready to assume the role that Jacob meant for him? No, I don’t think so. There was a time when I did, but I now think that John is a weapon to use against the Man in Black. Elseworld John’s healing will allow him to connect with FLocke at a crucial moment in the very near future, at a time when Jack and Smokey are battling for Island Supremacy. The internal conflict between Locke and FLocke will give Jack the moment he needs to end Smokey’s bid for exodus.

As you can see, I’m already thinking of Jack as the Candidate, Jacob’s successor, but Jacob might have another ace or two in the hole. For one, there’s Kate. Crossed out on the cave wall but not at the Lighthouse, was Smokey tricked into believing she was unimportant to pull the wool over the Locke Ness Monster’s eyes? And what about Ben? Could he have been poked and prodded down redemption’s road so that he would be a worthy candidate in the end?

No, I think they’re both red herrings, left for us to ponder before Jack’s ascension. And with only three episodes left, we’ve not long to wait to get our final answer… Oddly enough, last night I had a dream. In it, I was with Jack and we were walking through the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis. It was the Tutankhamen Exhibit. Kate was there, hovering in the shadows of an obelisk covered in hieroglyphics, watching as Jack and I approached a group of young children. My son was there and Jack stepped toward him. Sheppard turned to me and smiled as he raised his hand to pat Connor on the head, but he stopped and instead reached out to a young Korean girl, slowly caressing her cheek. Ji Yeon?

The cycle continues…

Next Week on LOST:

We’ve so much to look forward to in the coming weeks. First, let’s take a brief look into next week’s episode, “Across the Sea”. Here are the trailer and a sneak peek into what appears to be a teleplay sans our favorite castaways, instead focusing on Jacob and the Man in Black. At long last… their backstory. This is going to be truly epic —

In other news, there is some exciting news concerning the LOST Finale Event on May 23rd. The Final episode has been extended thirty minutes. So, here’s what we’re looking at:

LOST: The Final Journey
7 – 9

LOST: Episode 17
“The End”
9 – 11:30

Jimmy Kimmel Live
“Aloha to LOST”
11:30 – 12:30

A fitting way to end an epic series…

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LOST: The Final Journey

Posted in Genre Movies & TV, LOST on May 4, 2010 by cairnwood

A TWO-HOUR RETROSPECTIVE LOOK AT THE PAST SIX SEASONS OF ONE OF THE MOST CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED AND TALKED-ABOUT SHOWS OF THE PAST DECADE KICKS OFF THE “LOST” SERIES FINALE EVENT WITH “THE FINAL JOURNEY,” SUNDAY, MAY 23 ON ABC

“Lost” Series Finale Airs Immediately After the Special

ABC invites new and avid “Lost” viewers to take a final glance at one of television’s most talked about and critically acclaimed shows. The “Lost” Series Finale Event begins with this two-hour special, which takes a retrospective look back over the past six seasons of this groundbreaking series. “Lost The Final Journey” airs SUNDAY, MAY 23 (7:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

On September 22, 2004, Oceanic Air flight 815 tore apart in mid-air and crashed on a Pacific island, leaving 48 passengers alive and stranded on a remote island in the South Pacific. The survivors include a diverse group of people from different walks of life — a doctor, an escaped fugitive, a con man, an Iraqi interrogator, a married Korean couple and a man formerly confined to a wheelchair who is now inexplicably healed. As the castaways attempt to get home, flashbacks (and forwards) illuminate their troubled lives before and after the crash, as the island that they find themselves stranded on begins to slowly reveal its mysterious nature. With the detonation of the hydrogen bomb, flash-sideways show two timelines – one on the island, and the other depicting their lives as if the plane never crashed. Faith, reason, destiny and free will all clash as the island offers opportunities for both corruption and redemption… but as to its true purpose? That’s the greatest mystery of all.

“Lost: The Final Journey” celebrates the show by taking a look back on how it all started in 2004, what it took to produce the seminal show in Hawaii, and how it became a phenomenon in the U.S. and around the world. Past and present cast members will share their experiences working on the show and their thoughts on its coming to an end. Also examined will be the dynamic characters, themes and innovative storytelling, plus an extensive look at what has transpired during the current season as a primer leading into the finale, which airs immediately after this special from 9:00-11:00 p.m., ET.

“Lost” stars Naveen Andrews as Sayid, Nestor Carbonell as Richard Alpert,Emilie de Ravin as Claire, Michael Emerson as Ben, Jeff Fahey as Lapidus,Matthew Fox as Jack, Jorge Garcia as Hurley, Josh Holloway as Sawyer, Daniel Dae Kim as Jin, Kim as Sun, Ken Leung as Miles, Lilly as Kate, TerryO’Quinn as Locke and Zuleikha Robinson as Ilana

LOST in Translation: Oh Snap!

Posted in Genre Movies & TV, LOST with tags , , on April 29, 2010 by cairnwood

Oh no they didn’t…

Damn if that didn’t give me goosebumps.

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LOST in Translation: Looking Ahead

Posted in Genre Movies & TV, LOST with tags , on April 28, 2010 by cairnwood

A Sneak Peek from next week’s episode
The Candidate

Hell. Four letters that form one of the most formidable words in Man’s vast lexicon. It is a place of suffering… of damnation. In Islamic and Christian mythos, Hell is a destination for those who have sinned against God. There is no redemption, only an eternity of punishment at the hands of demons and fallen angels in a fiery underworld.

But LOST’s mythology is influenced not by Judeo-Christian theology as such, but instead looks to Ancient Egypt. Upon death, a person faces judgement before a tribunal of 42 divine judges. Their soul is measured and Ma’at determines whether they pass on to their eternal reward or are cast into the maw of Ammut the Devourer. But there is a glimmer of hope, for some may find themselves transported to a place called The Island of Flames, where the dead reside and are given the chance to justify their sins, to become purified and thus admitted into the realm of Osiris.

Hm, makes one wonder, does it not?

5 hours left.

So many questions still unanswered.

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