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Three. It’s a magic number.

Posted in Lost In Translation, Magick, Occult Detectives on September 24, 2016 by Occult Detective

I am not generally a big fan of memes, hashtags, and trends, but I have to admit I was thoroughly enamored with the idea behind #threefictional characters. I only wish more people took it seriously.

It seems to me, you can learn learn a lot about a person based on their honest choices.

I did give mine a lot of thought and though a writer didn’t make the cut, they being the products of writers’ imaginations have to count for something.

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My choices began with Supernatural’s Bobby Singer, a bearded hillbilly curmudgeon with a talent for ghostbreaking and demon slaying. Yeah, he hits a wee bit close to home. Add in the fact that he is (or was) Sam & Dean’s surrogate father and I think you can see why Bobby Singer was a good fit. Hell, we even share the same first name.

John Locke was a no-brainer for Team Bob. Locke was a Man of Faith, as LOST so frequently hammered home. He was also damaged. For all his philosophical leanings, there was a part of him, deep down, that was lost (no pun intended) and afraid. We all have those moments, to be sure, and Locke, particularly in those early episodes really spoke to me. “Don’t tell me what I can’t do”? Indeed.

Rounding out the trifecta was difficult. Choosing another Occult Detective was obvious and I considered many, but in the end, it was the tv version of Harry Dresden who made the cut. I always found Paul Blackthorne’s portrayal more appealing than what was found on the page. Harry is a sympathetic guy, often down-on-his-luck, but with a big heart and an uncanny knack for magic. The fact that he pals around with a skull named Bob doesn’t hurt matters. Magic being a big part of my life, Dresden ticks that box for me quite nicely in ways that John Constantine no longer can. I’ve grown up a bit… but not too much.

So, yeah. I enjoyed that quite a bit and I’d like to think that you can see a bit of me in all of them, and vice versa…

et revertatur ad nos #LOST

Posted in Lost In Translation on June 21, 2016 by Occult Detective

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I started blogging about LOST during its third season on my old myspace page. Those posts developed something of a following, I guess. By the time the final season rolled around I had deleted myself from myspace and set up shop here on occultdetective.com. I was averaging 60,000 unique visitors a month during that stretch…

LOST was a phenomenon. We’d not seen the like of it before nor have we since. I’m not talking numbers, I’m talking fan obsession.

I was somewhat rabid myself. I devoted a lot of time thinking about it, trying to figure it all out, to divine the hidden meanings behind all the little easter eggs Cruse, Lindelof, and company littered around the island.

It was fun.

And now, I’m watching it again. This will be the second time I’ve done so since the finale aired six years ago.

So far, my wife Kim, son Connor, and I have sat through the two part Pilot and Tabula Rasa, with Walkabout on the schedule for this evening.

I remember being hooked from the beginning, some 12 odd years ago, but I’m trying to think of the moment I went from being hooked to being somewhat obsessed.

It just might have been Walkabout and John Locke in particular. He was so intriguing. He seemed so important to the story, that it was ultimately his tale. I think it’s because I saw a bit of myself in John. Oh, I was never the Sad Sack that Locke was, but deep down, I’ve always been looking for something, felt like I was destined for something more… I was a Man of Faith.

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That LOST didn’t play out quite the way I thought it would, I have come to terms with.

A lot of people are upset about the way things ended for John, trying to take his own life, only to have that thwarted at the last minute so that he could be murdered just as hope was rekindled.

But I see it differently. Jack Shephard could never have defeated the Man in Black without the influence John Locke had on him. Locke was as much the hero at the end of the story as Jack was. He gave the Man of Science something to believe in…

And that’s the same gift he gave to me.

Lost in Translation: Writers Take Note

Posted in Lost In Translation with tags , , on June 29, 2011 by Occult Detective

Here’s a 2 hour interview with Damon Lindelof conducted by Kevin Pollak on Pollak’s Chat Show. Let me tell you, fellow craftsmen, this was one of the more insightful glimpses into the writer’s mindset that I’ve come across. It’s entertaining, at times self-depreciating and funny, but completely engrossing and enlightening. If you’ve the time, spend it here. You won’t regret it. Damon shows up about 20 minutes in or so, but the whole show is worth your attention.

The Dream is Over

Posted in Lost In Translation with tags , on August 30, 2010 by Occult Detective

Kim and I sat through the Emmys last night and, despite an inspired opening number from Fallon and Company (including Jorge Garcia) doing a terrific send-up to a show I can’t stand (that would be Glee), the award show was mostly a trainwreck of epic proportions.

I don’t think it could have been less funny nor groan-inducing… Still, we marshaled on in support of LOST, but there was no love to be found for our favorite show.

No Emmy for Damon and Carlton. No Emmy for either Terry O’Quinn or Michael Emerson. No Emmy for Elizabeth Mitchell. No Emmy for Matthew Fox. No Emmy for Jack Bender. No Emmy for Michael Giacchino. No Emmy for Ab Aeterno. No Emmy for LOST itself.

The one bright note was the scoring of the coveted trophy for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series (“The End”), given to Stephen Semel, Mark J. Goldman, Christopher Nelson and Henk Van Eeghen.

It’s not like I needed confirmation of LOST’s  greatness by their bringing home a dozen Emmys for their efforts, but I wanted it for the actors, writers, and directors. I had hoped that their peers would acknowledge what they had accomplished. Maybe they would have if Mad Men and Breaking Bad (two shows I’ve never seen) did not exist in the same universe as them.

Well LOST, it may not be an Emmy, but what you have won is my undying gratitude for giving me a wonderfully epic television series that will hold a special place in my heart for years to come.

Is this the end of LOST here at the Occult Detective? Not quite yet. I still plan to review the Season 6 DVD set and, who knows, maybe I’ll revisit the series again and mark the journey on this blog in the future.

In the end, LOST was everything I wanted it to be and then some.

Cheers.

I miss LOST

Posted in Lost In Translation on August 2, 2010 by Occult Detective

You remember LOST, right? A group of plane crash survivors caught up in an epic mystery with paranormal and science fiction elements that ultimately culminated in a fantastic, religious commentary on life, death, and beyond? Yeah, that show. I loved it… and I miss it.

I’ve tried to sift through the current crop of genre-based shows but they freaking killed Happy Town and I’ve grown tired of Warehouse 13,  Haven’s not clicking for me, and Persons Unknown is spiraling downward as well.

If not for True Blood I don’t know what I’d do.

But True Blood isn’t  LOST… not by a long shot.

I find myself these days anticipating shows like the Next Food Network Star, Top Shot,  and American Pickers.

So what is there to look forward to? Well, Supernatural for starters. The sixth season starts back up on September 24th and I’m anxious to see where Sera Gamble will be leading the Winchester Brothers following last season’s epic climax. How the hell are they gonna resolve the whole Sam down under thing? I’m eager as Hell to find out.

I’ll also be watching some of the old standbys — like House, Fringe, and the Vampire Diaries — plus there are few new shows in the pipeline that have my interest piqued somewhat — The Event, The Cape, and Ordinary Family for instance — but I’ve also discovered some recent gems that I didn’t think I’d be interested in. Who would have thought that I’d get sucked into Modern Family, Cougar Town, and Rules of Engagement? I’m not really into sitcoms (except for the spectacular Community), but damn it if they haven’t been filling a void and adding some much needed laughter in my black heart.

Look, my life does not revolve around television, but I do like to spend a few hours at night on the couch with my wife and become engrossed in some more than mindless entertainment (though the mindless kind is growing on me).

Other than Supernatural though, there’s not much out there to satiate my LOST fixation. Here’s to hoping that something comes along this Fall to scratch that itch.

Oh well, there’s always football and my Indianapolis Colts. Two weeks till the pre-season kicks off. That’s always good for getting my blood boiling.

And the Emmy goes to…

Posted in Lost In Translation on July 8, 2010 by Occult Detective

LOST Emmy Nominations

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Matthew Fox

Outstanding Supporting Actors in a Drama Series

Terry O’Quinn

Michael Emerson

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Elizabeth Mitchell

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Jack Bender

Outstanding Musical Score in a Drama Series

Michael Giacchino

Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series

Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse

Outstanding Drama Series

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There will be, no doubt, stiff competition in each and every category. The only slam-dunk is Giacchino, in my opinion, though I certainly believe that each and every one those nominated deserve the nod. I’d love to see a sweep, but that’s a real longshot. It’s nice to see them honored, though it would’ve been nice to see a few more names crop up, such as Evangeline Lilly and Josh Holloway, both of whom really shined in the final season — Holloway throughout and Lilly was particularly spectacular in The End.

Oh well, we shall see. Fingers crossed and all that rot.

A LOST Finale Recap Trailer

Posted in Lost In Translation on June 1, 2010 by Occult Detective

LOST in Translation: Heaven Beside You

Posted in Lost In Translation on May 26, 2010 by Occult Detective

It’s Really Over?

Here we are, on a Wednesday morning, a time that I would typically spend writing my recap of the previous evening’s episode of LOST. Afterward I would visit some of my favorite LOST haunts and recappers to get their take, like Doc Jensen over at Entertainment Weekly and Maureen Ryan for the Chicago Tribune, then I’d dash off to DarkUFO, the TV section of the John Byrne Forum, and I’d get around to listening to Jorge and Beth on Geronimo Jack’s Beard and, sometimes, Jay and Jack.

“Everyone dies sooner or later, kiddo…
some died before you, some long after.”
~Christian Shephard

No more. LOST has said its goodbyes and while it’s hard to let go, we must. What will come along to fill the empty space where LOST once resided? Nothing. LOST was special. I can’t imagine anything replicating the crazed theorizing and dissection that it inspired. And I’m okay with that. As I’ve said, I look forward to revisiting the series on DVD, to reading the forthcoming LOST Encyclopedia, and keeping the show alive and well in my heart of hearts.

“This is a place you all made together so you could find one another.”
~ Christian Shephard

LOST fueled my imagination and played on my interests in fringe science, mythology, and literature. It seemed like it was tailor made for me. Years of obsessing over the works of James Joyce, William Budge, Umberto Eco, Michio Kaku, and Robert Anton Wilson (among many others) made me quite suited to submerge myself in LOST’s unique narrative.

“We’ve been waiting for you.”
~ John Locke

What troubles me now is not so much that LOST is over, but more that there seems to be a large number of so-called fans who, in the end, just didn’t get it. What I felt was a perfect endcap to the series has left some people cold. They say that LOST’s legacy has been tarnished. To those people all I can say is that you are wrong and I shed copious amounts of tears to prove it.

“We’ll be waiting for you, Jack, once you’re ready.”
~ Kate Austen

LOST ended as it should have, focusing on the characters, their redemption, and ultimately their final reward. Nothing could have been more beautiful and uplifting than the gift the writers gave us. I have been and, gods willing, always will think of myself as a spiritual person, first and foremost. It is why, from the very beginning, I was so drawn to the character of John Locke. His quest, I felt, mirrored my own. In the end, though, it was Jack Shephard’s long night of the soul that bore the weight of transcendence, and his journey, upon reflection, was the one that traversed the greatest distance… from Man of Science to Man of Faith to ultimately sacrificing himself to the very universe itself, a fusion of these ideologies, complete and whole, redeemed and accepting of whatever is to come in the hereafter.

“I hope someone does for you what you’ve done for me.”
~ John Locke

LOST gave me so very much, forcing me to look inside myself, especially in this final season. Aleister Crowley once wrote that every man and woman was a star and laid down the declaration that one was to “Do What Thou Wilt”, meaning that for each of us there was a path we were destined to walk, a destiny we were meant to fulfill. LOST addressed these themes that I hold near and dear. Perhaps our path does not lay out before in as epic a fashion as the one the characters on LOST traveled, but the destination is the same.

“I saved you a bullet.”
~Kate Austen

Nothing is ever truly over, there is only a series of new beginnings. Nothing is as magical or wondrous as life’s journey and LOST captured the essence of our spiritual struggle through this world, shepherding us toward a deeper understanding that we are not alone.

“I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”
~ Hugo Reyes

Me too, Hurley. Me too. But you know what, in the end, it’s all worth it.

As I bow out now, I leave you with this, a supposed posting by a former employee of Bad Robot Productions. Whether a hoax or not, the author shares with us some well-thought out ruminations on the finale and I found it matched many of my own thoughts on the subject.

Enjoy… and Namaste.

Good stuff on here! I can finally throw in my two cents! I’ve had to bite my tongue for far too long. Also, hopefully I can answer some of John’s questions about Dharma and the “pointless breadcrumbs” that really, weren’t so pointless …

First …
The Island:

It was real. Everything that happened on the island that we saw throughout the 6 seasons was real. Forget the final image of the plane crash, it was put in purposely to f*&k with people’s heads and show how far the show had come. They really crashed. They really survived. They really discovered Dharma and the Others. The Island keeps the balance of good and evil in the world. It always has and always will perform that role. And the Island will always need a “Protector”. Jacob wasn’t the first, Hurley won’t be the last. However, Jacob had to deal with a malevolent force (MIB) that his mother, nor Hurley had to deal with. He created the devil and had to find a way to kill him — even though the rules prevented him from actually doing so.

Thus began Jacob’s plan to bring candidates to the Island to do the one thing he couldn’t do. Kill the MIB. He had a huge list of candidates that spanned generations. Yet every time he brought people there, the MIB corrupted them and caused them to kill one another. That was until Richard came along and helped Jacob understand that if he didn’t take a more active role, then his plan would never work.

Enter Dharma — which I’m not sure why John is having such a hard time grasping. Dharma, like the countless scores of people that were brought to the island before, were brought there by Jacob as part of his plan to kill the MIB. However, the MIB was aware of this plan and interfered by “corrupting” Ben. Making Ben believe he was doing the work of Jacob when in reality he was doing the work of the MIB. This carried over into all of Ben’s “off-island” activities. He was the leader. He spoke for Jacob as far as they were concerned. So the “Others” killed Dharma and later were actively trying to kill Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Hurley and all the candidates because that’s what the MIB wanted. And what he couldn’t do for himself.

Dharma was originally brought in to be good. But was turned bad by MIB’s corruption and eventually destroyed by his pawn Ben. Now, was Dharma only brought there to help Jack and the other Candidates on their overall quest to kill Smokey? Or did Jacob have another list of Candidates from the Dharma group that we were never aware of? That’s a question that is purposely not answered because whatever answer the writers came up with would be worse than the one you come up with for yourself. Still … Dharma’s purpose is not “pointless” or even vague. Hell, it’s pretty blatant.

Still, despite his grand plan, Jacob wanted to give his “candidates” (our Lostaways) the one thing he, nor his brother, were ever afforded: free will. Hence him bringing a host of “candidates” through the decades and letting them “choose” which one would actually do the job in the end. Maybe he knew Jack would be the one to kill Flocke and that Hurley would be the protector in the end. Maybe he didn’t. But that was always the key question of the show: Fate vs Free-will. Science vs Faith. Personally I think Jacob knew from the beginning what was going to happen and that everyone played a part over 6 seasons in helping Jack get to the point where he needed to be to kill Smokey and make Hurley the protector — I know that’s how a lot of the writers viewed it. But again, they won’t answer that (nor should they) because that ruins the fun.

In the end, Jack got to do what he always wanted to do from the very first episode of the show: Save his fellow Lostaways. He got Kate and Sawyer off the island and he gave Hurley the purpose in life he’d always been missing. And, in Sideways world (which we’ll get to next) he in fact saved everyone by helping them all move on …

Now…

Sideways World:

Sideways world is where it gets really cool in terms of theology and metaphysical discussion (for me at least — because I love history/religion theories and loved all the talks in the writer’s room about it). Basically what the show is proposing is that we’re all linked to certain people during our lives. Call them soulmates (though it’s not exactly the best word). But these people we’re linked to are with us during “the most important moments of our lives” as Christian said. These are the people we move through the universe with from lifetime to lifetime. It’s loosely based in Hinduism with large doses of western religion thrown into the mix.

The conceit that the writers created, basing it off these religious philosophies, was that as a group, the Lostaways subconsciously created this “sideways” world where they exist in purgatory until they are “awakened” and find one another. Once they all find one another, they can then move on and move forward. In essence, this is the show’s concept of the afterlife. According to the show, everyone creates their own “Sideways” purgatory with their “soulmates” throughout their lives and exist there until they all move on together. That’s a beautiful notion. Even if you aren’t religious or even spiritual, the idea that we live AND die together is deeply profound and moving.

It’s a really cool and spiritual concept that fits the whole tone and subtext the show has had from the beginning. These people were SUPPOSED to be together on that plane. They were supposed to live through these events — not JUST because of Jacob. But because that’s what the universe or God (depending on how religious you wish to get) wanted to happen. The show was always about science vs faith — and it ultimately came down on the side of faith. It answered THE core question of the series. The one question that has been at the root of every island mystery, every character backstory, every plot twist. That, by itself, is quite an accomplishment.

How much you want to extrapolate from that is up to you as the viewer. Think about season 1 when we first found the Hatch. Everyone thought that’s THE answer! Whatever is down there is the answer! Then, as we discovered it was just one station of many. One link in a very long chain that kept revealing more, and more of a larger mosaic.

But the writer’s took it even further this season by contrasting this Sideways “purgatory” with the Island itself. Remember when Michael appeared to Hurley, he said he was not allowed to leave the Island. Just like the MIB. He wasn’t allowed into this sideways world and thus, was not afforded the opportunity to move on. Why? Because he had proven himself to be unworthy with his actions on the Island. He failed the test. The others, passed. They made it into Sideways world when they died — some before Jack, some years later. In Hurley’s case, maybe centuries later. They exist in this sideways world until they are “awakened” and they can only move on TOGETHER because they are linked. They are destined to be together for eternity. That was their destiny.

They were NOT linked to Anna Lucia, Daniel, Rousseau, Alex, Miles, Lapidis, (and all the rest who weren’t in the church — basically everyone who wasn’t in season 1). Yet those people exist in Sideways world. Why? Well again, here’s where they leave it up to you to decide. The way I like to think about it, is that those people who were left behind in Sideways world have to find their own soulmates before they can wake up. It’s possible that those links aren’t people from the island but from their other life (Anna’s partner, the guy she shot — Rousseau’s husband, etc etc).

A lot of people have been talking about Ben and why he didn’t go into the Church. And if you think of Sideways world in this way, then it gives you the answer to that very question. Ben can’t move on yet because he hasn’t connected with the people he needs to. It’s going to be his job to awaken Rousseau, Alex, Anna Lucia (maybe), Ethan, Goodspeed, his father and the rest. He has to atone for his sins more than he did by being Hurley’s number two. He has to do what Hurley and Desmond did for our Lostaways with his own people. He has to help them connect. And he can only move on when all the links in his chain are ready to. Same can be said for Faraday, Charlotte, Whidmore, Hawkins etc. It’s really a neat, and cool concept. At least to me.

But, from a more “behind the scenes” note: the reason Ben’s not in the church, and the reason no one is in the church but for Season 1 people is because they wrote the ending to the show after writing the pilot. And never changed it. The writers always said (and many didn’t believe them) that they knew their ending from the very first episode. I applaud them for that. It’s pretty fantastic. Originally Ben was supposed to have a 3 episode arc and be done. But he became a big part of the show. They could have easily changed their ending and put him in the church — but instead they problem solved it. Gave him a BRILLIANT moment with Locke outside the church … and then that was it. I loved that. For those that wonder — the original ending started the moment Jack walked into the church and touches the casket to Jack closing his eyes as the other plane flies away. That was always JJ’s ending. And they kept it.

For me the ending of this show means a lot. Not only because I worked on it, but because as a writer it inspired me in a way the medium had never done before. I’ve been inspired to write by great films. Maybe too many to count. And there have been amazing TV shows that I’ve loved (X-Files, 24, Sopranos, countless 1/2 hour shows). But none did what LOST did for me. None showed me that you could take huge risks (writing a show about faith for network TV) and stick to your creative guns and STILL please the audience. I learned a lot from the show as a writer. I learned even more from being around the incredible writers, producers, PAs, interns and everyone else who slaved on the show for 6 years.

In the end, for me, LOST was a touchstone show that dealt with faith, the afterlife, and all these big, spiritual questions that most shows don’t touch. And to me, they never once wavered from their core story — even with all the sci-fi elements they mixed in. To walk that long and daunting of a creative tightrope and survive is simply astounding.

LOST in Translation: In My Time of Dying

Posted in Lost In Translation with tags , on May 24, 2010 by Occult Detective

On March 29th I posted a LOST in Translation entry titled “There Can Be Only One” in which I threw out my theory as to who the candidate would be and who I thought it should be.

“Who better than Jack Sheppard to be the culmination of that progress? From a Man of Science to Man of Faith, Jack is on the verge of becoming the balance between these two disciplines.”

I went on, however, to add:

“I have envisioned another scenario, one in which a different candidate assumes the mantle of Island God. That man? Hugo Reyes. Imagine if you will a distraught Hurley on the beach, saddened by the sacrifice of his friends, all having died in the struggle between Jacob and the Man in Black. Hurley’s unique gift would find him not alone on the Island however, and everyone who had died would be there with him, keeping him company. The beach would be filled with his lost friends… all ghosts speaking in whispers.

The Flash-Sideways is our doomed candidates reward for fighting the good fight. Hurley will hit the reset button, the Island will sink into oblivion, and all his lost friends will begin life anew in a mirror world where all that they’ve learned from their Island adventure will set them on a path of redemption.

I just have this feeling that the newly crowned Island God has set up this flash-sideways world, filled with cliched homages to various television genres, because that’s exactly what Hurley would do.”

Well, some of the particulars were off a bit, but the heart of it’s there. Of course, as I told my wife last night in the aftermath of the series finale, if you throw enough darts at the board eventually some of them are going to stick.

Six years…

I still haven’t processed the weight of it, you know. LOST has been such a huge part of my life, probably more than any other television program has been. For the majority of that time, I have been a part of the “greater LOST community”, actively dissecting and theorizing about this “pop culture phenomena”.

It’s been one helluva ride.

There will be those who are dissatisfied with “The End”. I am not one of them. I felt that the writers delivered a fitting endcap to the series, servicing the characters and delivering a loving finality to their creation that was as much a love-letter to the fans as it was to the wonderful cast that helped bring their vision to life.

Were there glaring omissions? A few. It would have been nice to catch a glimpse of Mr. Eko, Walt, Michael, and others at Jack’s “Moving On” Party, but that’s a minor quibble.

As to all those “unanswered questions”… You know what? I’m okay with what we got. A bit of mystery is not necessarily a bad thing. In the end we are left to allow our imaginations to soar and fill in the gaps for ourselves. As an author, I can appreciate that.

It’s hard to let go, as LOST so succinctly dramatized. But is LOST now truly over? As Christian Sheppard told his son, “There is no now here.” We’ll always have our DVDs to turn to, reexperiencing the wonder of it all, but differently, because I imagine that knowing what we do now, the entire series will be cast in a new light. I’m looking forward to revisiting the show in the near future, with the added weight of prescience as I reacquaint myself with these old friends.

“The End”, in all of it’s two and a half hours of glory was full of spectacular moments. As I prepare to leave you now, I want to address three.

Kate. Damn it Freckles, you were on fire last night. Finally, this character, largely vilified by LOST fandom, was redeemed. Not that I ever had a problem with Evangeline Lilly, but many did, and she really elevated her game in the finale. “I saved a bullet for you” was one of the best lines in television history and her delivery was glorious.

Juliet and Sawyer. Yes, dammit, I cried. They were my favorite couple on the show and Josh Holloway and Elizabeth Mitchell twisted my soul in knots with some stellar acting.

But the highlight for me, in an episode filled with them, was the return of John Locke. Gods, but I missed him. He was the character who I most identified with from the beginning, and to have him die as he did… well, it didn’t sit easily with me. Then they had to go and toy with me through his presumed resurrection. Having the Man in Black wear the mask of John Locke was brilliant in that every time FLocke was on screen it was a painful reminder of the man we’d lost. It felt so good to have him back last night, especially in his final scene with Ben Linus.

And there you have it, kids. LOST is done. Kaput. The fat lady’s finished her song and left the building. Thank you for joining me here at the Occult Detective and putting up with my inane ramblings and theories. It’s been an honor and a privilege to share this with you.

But we’re not done. I’m sure there will be plenty more to cover in the weeks and months to come, but for LOST itself, the music’s over. Turn out the lights…

to be continued

The New York Times is not LOST’s biggest fan

Posted in Lost In Translation with tags , on May 21, 2010 by Occult Detective

IN LOST, MYTHOLOGY TRUMPS MYSTERY
by Mike Hale

As the end of “Lost” approaches — an extravaganza that will stretch from Sunday night into Monday morning on ABC — the natural urge is to join in the final frenzy of speculation. Who will live, who will die, and what did it all mean?

In recent months “Lost” has felt less like a television series than like a gigantic international parlor game, in which the goal is to find answers to questions that often have no real connection to what’s happening on screen. You need to take a step back, or 5 or 10, and look past this extraneous (if diverting) exercise to assess the actual show and its legacy.

Since “Lost” itself favors oracular pronouncements, here’s one more: The show had one good season, its first. It was very, very good — as good as anything on television at the time — but none of the seasons since have approached that level, and the current sixth season, rushed, muddled and dull, has been the weakest.

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