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Lost 3/4/09: Like Sands through the Hourglass. . .

So are the days of their lives… or lives’ …or whatever.

Last week’s Entertainment Weekly featured Ken Tucker’s review of Lost. (note that the review wasn’t written by EW’s resident Lost junkie Jeff “Doc” Jensen.)  In it, Tucker argues that lost has gained some momentum because, unlike many “sci-fi” shows, this one appeals to women.

Well, ladies– this episode’s for you! 

To re-cap, the episode centers on what happens to Sawyer, Miles, Juliet and Faraday after the flash that sends Locke on his journey as Jeremy Bentham (I think last week’s episode will go down as one of the most pivotal of the season, if not the entire series).   

Here’s what we learn:

  • The 4 toed statue used to have a full body.  Has long flowing locks, but we only see it from behind.  Speculation to ensue, I’m sure.
  • Sawyer and Co. seem to be over their time travel sickness.  Apparently this means that Locke succeeded.
  • Soon upon their return, Sawyer and the crew “rescue” a woman (Amy) who is being kidnapped by “hostiles”  One of them is named Paul.  I’m sure there are biblical implications here.
  • The sonic fence thing that killed (but did not kill) Mikael was operational in the Dharma Days.  Apparently some people know how to go through the wall and some (like our fearless leader, James “LaFleur” and his rag-tag group of followers) don’t.
  • Sawyer has convo. with Richard Alpert and tells him what he knows about Locke, the bomb, etc.  Alpert realizes he isn’t Dharma, but doesn’t seem overly concerned.
  • Sawyer, Juliet and Jin stay on the  island as Dharma people for 3 years, in which time Amy marries  and gets pregnant by Horace, yet still holds a torch for Paul, as evidenced by some necklace that surely has significance, but just looks like the Prince emblem to me.  She successfully has a baby boy, thanks to Juliet.  Weird island curse against pregnant women, be damned.  Is this because whatever makes the curse happen hasn’t happened yet or did Locke’s “fixing” of everything all of a sudden cure the island of the curse?  Time will tell, I’m sure.
  • Speaking of Juliet, she’s now shacking up with Sawyer.  Lucky girl.  He convinces her to stay for 2 more weeks.  She stays 3 years.  He tells Horace that 3 years is long enough to get over a girl. 
  • He gets an early morning call.  Jack, Kate, and Hurley are there.  Back from their days as half of the Oceanic 6.  So, Sawyer, is 3 years really long enough?

In his review, Tucker says:

“What’s great about the series this season is that you can dive deep into its familiar-yet-fresh bubbling stew of physics, numerolgy, and smoke monsters… or you can just skim across its blinding sun surface, grooving on the thwarted romances, the time shifting nosebleeds, and how great Kate looks in a suit.”

True, but for me the whole thing was a little too schmaltzy — from the love triangle (now rectangle?) to Sawyer’s hair, everything had an aura of cheesiness on it that kinda turned me off.   Yeah we got the 4 toed statue.  And the mention of polar bears. And the black rock.  And some insight into Daniel (more in a sec), but the main plotline was week.  And cheesy.  And for a show that was clearly geared toward the estrogen set, there wasn’t nearly enough of Sawyer shirtless.  Seriously.  (Come to think of it, was he ever shirtless this episode?)

Then again, I said something similar after the episode last season where Hurley found the Dharma bus and it ended up having a lot more significance later in the season.  So I should learn to keep my mouth shut.

Other random thoughts:

  • I really liked the scene with Faraday where he saw the redheaded girl we can only assume is Charlotte.   Faraday is my favorite character this season. So far, we’re supposed to trust everything he says as “truth” because he’s the scientist and all, but we’ll see how it shakes out. 
  • I’m sure there will be lots of speculation about the baby– who is it?  why was he allowed to survive on the island?  What changes between 1970-whatever and 1994.   My best guess is that the boy is Faraday– he’s really the only one young enough to have been born in the 70s.  His mom’s name is “Amy” on the island, but maybe she changed it to Eloise. Or maybe Amy dies and Eloise raises Daniel as her own.  Or maybe she just ages really quickly.  There are lots of possibilities.  If this is true, though, it contradicts my earlier theory that Daniel was the “clever fellow” who figured out that whole pendulum thing.  Whatever.
  • I’m sure there’s something to Sawyer’s pseudonym, James LaFleur… it’s also the title of this episode.  And there’s that uber-romantic scene with the flower…  That whole scene reminded me of the “before” scene with Juliet and [name escapes me] right before the Lostie’s plane “crashed.” 
  • I couldn’t figure out where I knew the dark-haired Dharma guy from.  And then it occurred to me that he played Jimmy (the TV show host, blanking on last name) on Mad Men.  First The Wire and now Mad Men!!  I love it when my favorite shows cross-pollinate like that. 
  • My favorite lines of the night came from Sawyer (as usual):   To Daniel after he makes some existential statement:    “Thanks anyway, Plato.”  To Miles after he told Miles about the dead guys not being Dharma:  “Hold your horses, bonsai.” (I think he’s called Miles Mr. Miagi in the past.)

Don’t forget to read Doc Jensen tomorrow.  I’m sure he’ll have a hootenanny of a time unravelling all the mysteries!

Lost Recap

No live blogging tonight. I had too much to do.

Granted, I didn’t do *any* of it and chose to play Catan online while watching Lost, but that’s neither here nor there.   Lots of answers tonight… mostly to things we’d already speculated about.  But it’s always nice to get confirmation.

Here are my shorthand notes.   Back to full notes and/or live blogging next week.  Maybe.  If Catan doesn’t continue to suck away at my free time.

Charlotte has been on island before.  Is now dead.  Is she Annie, perhaps?
Christian Shepard is Jacob
Eloise Hawking = white haired lady= Faraday’s mother  (Eloise was also the name of Faraday’s lab rat)
Locke = sacrifice = sacrificial lamb
Chrisian “can’t” help Locke up… Kinda like when Locke “couldn’t” shoot Charlie (or was it Jack?)  
Christian = Locke?= Christ= Sacrificial lamb  (Locke is the “main of faith”)
Talk amongst yourselves… Please…  I’m sure there is much better/deeper commentary to be found.
And I promise a post on my Chicago weekend soon.

Lost is Back!!

I didn’t take notes on last night’s ep.  Thought it was good, not great, but I’m glad the show is back on-air.

BIG questions:
– who is Faraday’s mom?  We think probably the white-haired lady
– why are Desmond and Locke “special”?  Are they “constants” for island people (i.e. Alpert, Ethan)
– who was the baby in the opening montage?  That *has* to be significant.  I’m thinking there’s a Jin/Sun connection
– why does time keep changing?  Is Ben still turning the wheel?
– why do they all have to be on the island to make it right?   A Back-to-the-Future kind of thing?
– How did Locke get back to the island?  Who joins which “team”?  Is Ben good or Evil? When/how did the pilot (can’t remember his name… looks like Nick Nolte) die? Is Jin really dead?  Is Locke really dead?  Will he be “reanimated” once he returns to the island?  These are probably the season-long questions…

Other thoughts:
–I have a crush on Faraday.  Yes, Sawyer was shirtless for 2/3 of the night, but Faraday is cute to me.
–Hurley is still funny.  I loved the “I need a cool code name” line and the exchange with the woman in the gas station. ‘No, I think you heart them.’ ahahah!
– It was good to see some old characters re-appear.  Except Hurley’s dad.  I hate his hair.
– I don’t understand why Juliet isn’t giving up more about what she knows of the island.  It seems as if Faraday/Charlotte/Miles are now the “information keepers.”
– Speaking of Charlotte, it’s pretty clear that she’s dead a la Roger Workman.  The bloody nose gave that away. Originally I thought it meant that they had moved to the future (after her real-life death), but that’s not the case.  Has she been dead the whole time?  Or does time travel somehow make her sick?  And how did Roger Workman KNOW he was dead, yet she’s oblivious?

Big Day

The countdown is almost over.  The day has finally arrived.   No, not Obama’s first full day in office, although that is important.

Today marks the day that the new season of LOST begins. And I am pumped.  I have a dinner-drinks-and-LOST date planned for my 30 days.  And I’ll try to post reactions as soon as possible.

In case you don’t remember, check out my entry from last year on Why I Heart LOST.

2008: A Year in Review, Part 2

Welcome to the 2nd half of my year. I just realized that I probably should’ve done these in reverse chronological order, but whatever.

July–I took my blog public, making it a whole lot easier to remember what I did for the rest of the year.  I also started biking to work and we had Kristi’s Bachelorette Party Boat Trip:

 

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August– I took two vacations this month, plus a Tour de Philo.  First up was my staycation and then a second trip to Nawlins for Kristi’s wedding:

 

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September– I started running, became obsessed with Mad Men and reconnected with an old friend via Facebook.  We also had Bunco at Erin’s in conjunction with Philo Fest, but-unfortunately- I have no corresponding photos :-(

 

I do, however, have a photo of this thing that I found on my fence (I know you all needed to see it again)

 

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October– was downright insane.   There was a crazy gas station incidentmy cat died, and I was involved in train accident on the way home from seeing Cross Canadian Ragweed in Carbondale.  To top off the craziness, this was the first year in a long time that I *didn’t* dress up for Halloween.  Odd.

 

And then there was the trip to Chicago to see the New Kids on the Block:

 

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November– is always a busy month.  This year, I went to San Antonio for work. And had the usual Thanksgiving with the family.  Oh, and there was that whole historic election thing.


I also made a trip to Chicago for Nikki’s Big Ten Bar Crawl:

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And attended my only (gasp!) U of I tailgate of the season

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December–

 

Family and friends of Ryann Smith held a benefit in Tuscola and raised a bunch of money. I realize that I haven’t blogged about Ryann at all.  She was born a couple days after Christmas with a rare birth defect called CDH.  She is a fighter.  Please keep her and the family in your thoughts and prayers. If you want to know more, visit her caring bridge page:  http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/ryannsmith.

 

I also had Christmases with my Grannie Rich,  my brother, and the rest of my extended family.

 

(And, because I know you can’t get enough of me and firearms, here’s the infamous gun shot one more time…)

 

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I spent my Christmas break lounging, watching movies (Marley and Me and Seven Pounds), reading (still making it through the Twilight saga… I’ll reserve judgment until I’m finished with all the books), and spending time with friends and family.

 

I rang in the New Year in Chicago, but failed to take a single photo.  Maybe I should resolve to be a better chronicler this year :)

 

Reflections on 2008

All in all, the year turned out pretty good.  In some ways, this is one of the hardest years I’ve ever had, but I’ve learned so much.   I’ve learned how to ask for help from those closest to me.  I’ve learned to say “no” on occasion and I’ve learned to enjoy myself in less-than-ideal circumstances. I’ve made some new friends, reconnected with others, and have spent more time with some of my family members than ever before.

 

This blog has really been a great outlet for me and I appreciate each and every reader, hit, and comment you all have given me.

 

Here’s to happiness and prosperity in 2009!


Interview with a Vampire-lover

I stole this idea from illini_girl, but it’s been a while since I’ve done one.  And I have so many random things to discuss.

Are you really too busy to blog?  What’s that all about?

Honestly, yes.  And no. It’s not that I’m too busy to blog. It’s that I’ve spent a lot of time away from the computer, so my blogging time has been limited.

Are you done with your regular Wednesday posts?  What about Foto Friday?

Yeah, I think I’m giving up Website/Wordy Wednesdays. It’s just too much of a commitment and I have kinda run out of things to talk about. I’ll keep Foto Friday, though.  But I gotta start taking more pix.  Seems like I have to dig through the archives more often than not these days.

Are you becoming a professional dog sitter?

I’m thinking about it.  Last week, I watched my mom’s two dogs-Desi and Lucy- at my house.   And this week I’ve been dog-sitting Knee at a friend’s house.  Thus, the lack of night-time Internet access.

Knee?  That’s an awfully strange name for a dog isn’t it?

Yeah, it’s short for Anfernee (you know… like Anfernee Hardaway, the bball player). But she’s the sweetest dog ever.  Oh, yeah, Knee’s a girl.

So, what’s up with this “re-training” of Roxie business?

I won’t bore you with the details, but basically Roxie has a “dominance” issue.  And she’s spoiled.  To help break her of this, I’m re-training her to sleep in her crate instead of in my bed.

What made you decide to do this?  How did you know what to do?

Well, the final straw was when Roxie scratched my friend in the face for getting too close to me.  But it really needed to be done.  

I did some research online and then I called into Afternoon Magazine on WILL FM.  They had experts on from the Dog Training Club of Champaign-Urbana.  You can listen to it online at http://will.illinois.edu/afternoonmagazine/monthly/2008/12/.  (Click on the Friday, December 5 archive. I’m at about minute 28 or so).  

They gave me some good advice, so I got a crate and started re-training  on a Monday.

How’s that working for you?

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As Seen on TV

I’ve had a bit of insomnia lately. Therefore, I’ve seen way too many late-night infomercials.   A few of my favorites:

The InStyler

As someone with notoriously bad hair, I’m always looking for something to help me add volume and body.  Hell, I even asked for (and received) the Revo Styler for Christmas one year. 

But the InStyler is even better:  It curls! It straightens! It does crazy flippy things!   It’s a good thing I don’t typically bring my credit card to bed with me or else I probably would’ve bought this during my late night/early morning channel surfing marathons.

Extenze

I thought I was de-sensitized by seeing all the Viagra, Cialis, and “Natural Male Enhancement” ads on TV (the football through the tire swing– real subtle, guys!) But I literally could not believe what I was watching when I saw an infomercial for Extenze: 

Seriously?  A “sex talk show” where they interview guys (and their ladies) about “size issues?”  Gag, gag, gag.   At first, I honestly thought it was a spoof.   No such luck!  I probably watched a little longer than I’d like to admit, though.  My favorite was the ponytail/Fabio guy (I don’t think he’s in the clip above).

And in the “that’s unfortunate” category . . .

There’s a specialty lingerie store here in town.  No, not *that* kind of specialty store.  They cater to women who need especially large bras, post-mastectomy, that kind of thing.   In one of their current commercials, they say something like [I'm not going to get this 100% correct] “Specializing in the perfect fit for sizes double A-F, nursing bras, and post-surgery garments.  Feel utterly fantastic.” 

Utterly?  Really?  You’re going to use the word utterly right after talking about a nursing bra?  

That’s unfortunate!

What to watch??

It’s Sunday night and I’m bummed because there’s nothing on TV …  Mad Men is over, Project Runway is over, and Lost  doesn’t come back on for another 3 months.  Other than The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, there are no shows that I watch on a regular basis.

Part of my problem is that I have a hard time remembering when things are on.   I’ve never been one to schedule my life around TV, so I’ve kinda missed the boat on shows like The Office and How I Met Your Mother.  I’ll watch them occasionally, but I kinda forget when they’re on and I just don’t have all the back story to go on. 

So, now that fall is (allegedly) upon us, I’m looking for some new shows to watch.  I prefer to watch shows on DVD so that I can watch them whenever I want and not have to wait another week for the next batch. Right now my Netflix queue includes the last 2 seasons of The L Word and Weeds.

Any suggestions?

I Love Mad Men. 

The season finale was tonight. It was amazing.  ‘Nuff said.

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Interview w/Myself

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so I hope Hannah is flattered that I stole her interview format for this post. :)

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So, how was your weekend?

Good.  Busy, but good.

Busy, huh?  What did you do?

Well, on Saturday we had the Cross-Town Tournament: Savoy vs. Centennial at boot camp. 

Today I was up brite and early, rode my bike to the grocery store, did a BUNCH of yardwork, started laundry, made a pasta salad and a pot of soup, went to a cookout for my Mom’s birthday, played with her dogs and came home to some more housework.

That cross-town tournament sounds fun.  Did you win?

Oh, no.  We got smoked.  It was a best 2 out of 3 tournament: Dodge Ball, Danish Long Ball and an obstacle course.  We lost the first 2 rounds so we didn’t even need to play the third.  But we did.  And still lost.  That Savoy team is tough.

Is there anything you didn’t do?

Yep. I didn’t go out.  Not once. Not even to watch the Illini game.  And I didn’t go running, watch any of my Netflix movies OR read any one of the three books I have started.

How ’bout those Illini?

Yeah, pretty awesome, huh? I didn’t watch the whole game, but I kept checking the score.  Too bad the Cubs had to disappoint.

How’s the running going?

It’s going good.  Week 4 is really hard.  I decided to take the day off on Saturday because of boot camp.  I’ve been working out 6 days a week and I’m starting to get a little fatigued, so I took today off, too. (Yard work and household chores have to count for something right?) It puts me a little behind schedule, but I’m in no hurry.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Yes, watch Mad Men.  It’s getting REALLY good.  Also, make sure you’re registered to vote.