Thursday, February 28, 2008
I Remember the Poker Chips
Friday, February 22, 2008
Tonight is the return of the dead inexplicably hot Scottish doctor, Carson Beckett on Stargate: Atlantis. He died in an explosion last season. Usually I don't like to put spoilers on my blog, but this isn't really a spoiler. Last week during the "next time on", the narrator states, "and you won't believe what happens in the last five minutes!" And then they showed us Carson during the previews. I will now completely believe what happens in the last five minutes since you just told me. I'm happy to have Carson back, but I would have been happy to be surprised. He's probably a replicator like Elizabeth Weir.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I'm sick of Elisabitch
On a completely unrelated note, I noticed today that I can see the Columbia Center from my dining room window. The top twenty floors or so are visible between a house and a big apartment building to the southwest. When the leaves grow back it will be gone again. I can't believe I've lived here for 3.5 years and I just noticed it. It's the tallest building in Seattle and looks like Lego macaroni pieces.
LOST 4.03: It's No Use Having Friends You Can't Trust
Here's what we learned:
- The cabin moves around the island, it wasn't just hurley's vision
- Sayid traded
- Kate stayed with Sawyer and Locke
- Future Sayid is killing people probably involved with the freighter people under the guidance of Ben
- Ben survives the current timeline and regains a position of power.
- Who are the people Sayid is assassinating? Dharma? Frieghter people? Penny's group? All three?
- Why did he grab a handful of snow right after tossing the cell phone in the trash?
- Who is Elsa's boss?
- Why does Dan pick a target sight so close to the helicopter?
- Why does the pilot want him to hang up if Mikowski picks up the phone?
- Where was the rocket for the 31 minutes?
- If there is a 31 minute time difference with the island and the boat, how are they able to communicate in real time?
- Why is this "not good" according to Dan?
- Why does Ben have so many passports?
- What do the freighter people know of Penelopee?
- What work does Charolette have to do?
- What happenes if Frank doesn't stay on the same bearing they came in with?
- Why did Jack stay on the island?
Monday, February 11, 2008
LOST 4.02: Headcase, Ghostbuster, Anthropologist, and a Drunk
- The world thinks 815 went down of the coast of Bali, just like Naomi said in season 3.
- Ben knows Hugo has seen the cabin.
- Locke survived the bullet to the torso because his kidney was removed
- Naomi's team is on the island for Ben.
- Ben has a guy on the freighter.
- Abadon who visits future Hugo is the guy who send Naomi and her team to the island
- Who are the chopper people? Dharma? They aren't with Penny and they are not Others.
- Why is Daniel sad at the news of 815?
- Why did he lie about being there to rescue them?
- Why did he where a tie to the island?
- Who put the fake plane there? Ben's people? The freighter people? Dharma?
- Who is the murdered boy the ghostbuster talks to?
- How does the dustbuster help him talk to the dead?
- What does Daniel mean that the light doesn't scatter right?
- How did the Dharma polar bear end up in Tunisia?
- How long has it been there?
- What is the anthropologists connection to 815? Why won't she believe the papers?
- What does Naomi's team need a physicist for?
- Why didn't Frank fly 815? Does he still work for Oceanic?
- Are the other freighter people wearing bullet proof vests?
- Who is having Naomi's flashback? She's dead or is she?
- When Miles calls back to the freighter, why was George unavailable and why was the woman so hurry to hang up?
- Why do the freighter people want Ben?
- Does Ben know what the monster is?
- Where was the photo of Ben taken?
Thursday, February 07, 2008
The Writer's Strike is Over (maybe): But First a History
Today it was announced that the strike is probably over. The WGA reached a deal with the producers but it still has to be ratified by its members. That vote is on Saturday. This is the third time the Writer's Guild of America has gone on strike. The first one in 1960 lasted 146 days. The one in 1988 lasted 153 days. The current strike is only in its 93rd day. The common thread in all these strikes is new media.
In the 50's movie studios started selling movies to television stations. They kept all the profits and paid no residuals to the writers. "It's a new an unproven format. We need time to figure out how it will work." In the mean time they took all the profits for themselves. As we know TV became a huge industry.
In the 70's and 80's the home video market started up. Studios began selling video tapes and laser disks directly to consumers and stiffing the writers. "It's a new an unproven format. We need time to figure out how it will work." Now the DVD market is a huge profit center for production studios. The WGA took a much smaller residual percentage of the video market than they wanted. They feel suckered by the deal they got.
Now the studios are at it again. When you buy a TV show or movie on iTunes the writers get nada. When you watch LOST online presented by Red Lobster, the writers do not get a cut of that tasty seafood advertising. With the raw deal they feel they got in 1988, they aren't going to cave this time. HD-DVD and/or BlueRay will be the last physical format. The future will be all about online purchase and streaming. They aren't going to loose out on that.
Labels: Writer's Strike
Sunday, February 03, 2008
The Big Game
- New York sports fans are dicks. People from NY think everyone cares about their teams and we simply do not. In fact most of the country hates New Yorkers.
- Boston sports fans are bigger dicks. These guys are on step away from British soccer holigans. I don't know why they are so self important. And why do they call themselves the "New England" Patriots. Yet another reason they are dicks.
- Jordin Sparks is singing the National Anthem. She will never be a big star so Fox should just stop trying. She is a cruise ship and theme park singer at best.
- The "Big Game" commercials will be on You Tube. And they haven't been very good in a long time anyway. Once upon a time every commercial was a gem, now there might be one or two worth talking about in the entire collection.
Saturday, February 02, 2008
LOST 4.01: Never Say Never, Dude
We were not disappointed with a shocking misdirect in the opening sequence. The opening of season 2 was Desmond in the hatch. Who was it? Is it a character in flashback? It was a great way to set up the story of the season. In season 3 Juliet's book club meeting opened the show. Who is she? Is she a character in someone's flashback? It was a great way to set up the Others story which was the core of season 3. Season 4 opened with a flash forward. Who is in the speeding car? Is it Kate? Is it Sawyer? No it's Hurley. And something is making him kinda crazy. Maybe we shall find out this season. Anyway here's what we learned:
- Hurley was one of six who made it off the island
- Hurley's money is all gone
- Hurley can see Jacob
- The intersection of the survivors continues into the future as Ana Lucia's former partner is the one who interrogates Hurley
- Jack is still a dick, but he'll change
And new questions:
- Who were the other three Oceanic Six?
- Who was the guy posing as the Oceanic Lawyer? Was he an island vision like Charlie or was he one of the bad guys looking for the island?
- Why are they lying about what happened on the island?
- What are the consequences of telling the secret?
- Why does The Island want them back?
- Why did Naomi hide from and then cover for the survivors?
- Why did everyone rendezvous at the cockpit instead of the beach?
- Why did Hurley draw a guy next to an igloo? Is there some significance or is he just wanting to get as far from the tropics in his mind as possible?
- Who were the two men holding hands in the crowd? Was I the only one that noticed that?
- Why did the island show Hurley Jacob's cabin?
- Why didn't the helicopter land?
- Who was the guy who parachuted?
- Who stayed with Jack and Kate?
- Why dies the island want them back?