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03 February 2010 @ 10:14 am
LOST season premiere (SPOILERS!)  
Seriously, there are spoilers for last night's episode of Lost coming up....

Well, that was certainly an episode of Lost all right. A bit of coolness, a little frustrating obfuscation, a whole lot of people not asking the obvious questions, and a healthy dose of WTF?!?!?! So the island is now Schrödinger's cat, eh? Quantum mechanically, both alive and dead, the castaways both saved and stranded.

As a (would be) writer, it seems like a cheap trick to me. When writing a story, I'm often stymied between two equally good ideas of what should happen next. Using this device, you don't have to choose. You can do them both! In his younger days, one of my writing professors in college wrote a novel wherein the main character has to make an important decision and from that moment on, the text splits into two columns, one for each decision. Clever, but would you want to read it?

However, as a fan of goofy sci-fi television, I actually think it's a pretty fun concept and it's certainly thematically-consistent with the rest of the show. Plus it's a situation that cries out for my favorite character Daniel Faraday, who I'm hoping is somehow alive in the new alternate universe (maybe Eloise fled the island immediately after realizing she shot her own son?).

It was great seeing Boone back. I always liked Ian Somerhalder (he's pretty much my chief reason for watching Vampire Diaries). I guess they couldn't convince Maggie Grace to come back, which is a shame because I felt pretty invested in her character arc and relationship with Sayid. Likewise with Michael and Walt, although Walt would have obviously required some re-casting. I didn't really care that much about Charlie's return and the writers seemed to share my lack interest. Hopefully that will change. I liked how they re-introduced Claire, just as long as it doesn't interfere with my plans for Kate to run back to Nathan Fillion (what? he's on the same network, it could happen!).

In other news, I found a Bettie Page photo that I haven't used! Woo hoo!

Listening to: The Replacements - "Date to Church"
traballenguastraballenguas on February 3rd, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
I stopped watching partway through the second season. I enjoyed it, but the plot twists were starting to pile up, and after a while it just gets that Twin Peaks feeling, where nothing really means anything and it just goes on and on and on.

When they got to the part where we find out what happened to the "Other" grop of survivors, I just thought, "this is depressing", and skipped it.

Oh well.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: ballerina escapeassmonkeydiary on February 3rd, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's the exact point where the show almost successfully shook me off to. But somehow I ended up coming back to it a season or so later. It got distinctly better with season four.
traballenguastraballenguas on February 3rd, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
Season 4, huh? I don't think I am going to wade through two more seasons to get to the good stuff. The only series I have watched recently were Thw Wire (loved it, phenomenal story) and BSG (tremendous start, wandered a bit, and the end was a disappointment).

But those were very good. Not sure if there is much else out there besides Lost.
information throughput device: gankedoletheros on February 3rd, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
i just rewatched the whole season in anticipation of the final season and i have to say that there was a patch in the middle of the second season where the writers seemed to be flailing a bit. by the end of the season, though, they pulled it all together.

the third, fourth and fifth seasons are relatively short and really move well.
(Anonymous) on February 3rd, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
I don't think you have to worry about Shannon, Michael and Walt. Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse were on Kimmel last night and hinted that we haven't seen the last of those characters.
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on February 3rd, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
Well, that's good.
Uniquely Marred: All-Flarfbuddhamonkey on February 3rd, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
Ever see that movie Sliding Doors? It's a take on the same sort of premise as your professor's novel, though you don't have to watch both stories at once; it cuts back and forth.

Anyway, it's pretty good.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: green tikiassmonkeydiary on February 3rd, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
Wow, I had totally forgotten about that movie. I think at the time I wrote it off in my head as just being "How different would my life be if I got a totally different hairstyle," but I guess I should give it a shot.
everybody hates a tourist.dynamine on February 3rd, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
we stopped watching midway through season 2, so watching last night left me totally fucking ....well...lost. ugh.

debating watching the season anyway, or slogging through the back seasons, so we're caught up.