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Three. It’s a magic number.

Posted in Lost In Translation, Magick by Trial & Error, 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
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