Archive for May, 2010

‘The Hobbit’ Needs A Director

Guillermo Del Toro has suddenly pulled out of the director’s seat from what could be one of the most anticipated movies this decade. Earlier this week, MGM announced the start date to filming  “The Hobbit” was going to be indefinitely delayed and that apparently did not sit well with Del Toro. He is best known for the two “Hellboy” films and “Pan’s Labyrinth”, so his imaginative loss is significant.

However, the release date for part one of “The Hobbit” is still December 2012, so it begs the question, just who will direct this thing?

Word is, it will NOT be Peter Jackson.

One blog I saw suggested Alfonso Cuaron, who brought a new and dark life to the third “Harry Potter” film. He’s also a friend of Del Toro.

The initial thought is “just have Jackson do it already!” Although, his endeavors since LOTR have been a mixed bag. “King Kong” was interesting at first glance, but ultimately a bloated and lifeless movie. I have not seen “The Lovely Bones” yet, but reviews were unkind at best.

So, who? Tim Burton? Not so much. Bryan Singer? He already ruined Superman. Sam Raimi? As long as Bilbo doesn’t do a dance number ala Peter Parker, maybe. I would say  Cuaron is a good guess, but something tells me it could ultimately fall on Jackson’s shoulders.

We shall see. Any guesses? Suggestions?

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More Thoughts On ‘Lost’ Episodes 17 & 18 “The End”

I had plans to write a more in depth write up on this finale on Monday after posting some brief thoughts last night. But frankly, today was way too nice to stay inside and write. So, I’ll just give a few parting thoughts on this show that has captivated my attention (probably too much) for the past six years.

“The End” was a satisfying close to this mysterious series. I’ll admit at first the realization that the castaways were all “dead” in sideways world shocked and almost disappointed me. Essentially from the very beginning of “Lost”, most fans and non-fans said “It’s purgatory!!” But the producers kept saying that was not the case, so for them to actually use the purgatory device, even if it wasn’t “the island” as purgatory, seemed like a cheat to me. However, after the two and a half hours came to a close with Jack’s sad, yet compelling death, it came to me that it was a fitting way to finish it. Plus, I’ve come up with a theory that the sideways world wasn’t the conventional notion of purgatory. I almost liken it to Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” series in which characters, including a young boy die in one world, but end up living a different life in another.

I guess this makes more sense to me because if you look back at everything that has happened in the sideways world this season, it doesn’t make a heck of a lot of sense just to term it purgatory. What happens to people who die in sideways world like Keamy and his henchmen? If they are already dead, can they die twice? What about the kids at the school where Locke and Ben work? Are they all dead and were killed as kids like Alex?

To me, it’s more of a reincarnation. Conceptually, I get and like what the creators are trying to convey, I just felt as a season-long device it fell short for me.

All that being said, it was a draining and emotional night of television. Which doesn’t happen often with me because I pretty much hate most shows. Every mind upload reunion worked for me. Jin and Sun finally getting to have a child together and having Juliet repeat her Season 3 sonogram was great. Juliet and Sawyer meeting at the vending machine and repeating the dialogue they told each other in the first episode of the season. Charlie, Claire and Kate recreating Aaron’s island birth scenario. Locke with Jack. Kate with Jack, telling him how much she’s missed him. (Meaning she got off the island and lived a long life, while he died on the island) I think the only one that seemed a bit far fetched was the Sayid and Shannon reunion, but I still enjoyed it.

I also loved the final interaction between Ben Linus and Locke and Ben Linus and Hurley. Ben told Locke he was sorry for what he had done to him and he wasn’t ready for his trip to into the “light” quite yet. Then Ben telling Hurely he was a great number one.

Regardless of how the producers told the story of sideways world, it was one of redemption and faith. And that, I respect a great deal.

I already spoke about the on-island ending with Jack, which I thought was brilliant in my previous post, so I won’t delve into it again too much. But I will say it may go down as the best ending of a show ever. The raw emotional of Jack’s death, the way he died in the same spot he woke up in the pilot episode of Season 1, the way Vincent came over so he wouldn’t die alone and the creators book ending the series with Jack’s eye opening and closing was just awesome.

I’ll do a quick list of questions and great moments.

1. I know a lot of people thought the producers were trying to tell the audience that the entire series was purgatory with the final two shots of the destroyed plane on the beach. Although, I don’t know for a fact that’s NOT the case. I think they were just showing it as a nostalgic look back at where everything started. But perhaps I’m wrong.

2. The opening montage was fantastic. Felt like an emotional end of an episode instead of the beginning.

3. So, because evil was uncorked from the island, did that push out the “evil” smoke inside of Smocke? Why did this make him mortal? Again, something where you just kind of have to go with it.

4. Richard Alpert apparently became mortal after Jacob died. Nice moment when he realizes that he wants to live because he can now die.

5. Frank Lapidus and Richard Alpert both turned up in the finale. Goes to show you, no major character ever died off-screen in this show.

6. Jack and Locke looking into the cavern after Desmond drops down was a total homage to the end of Season 1 when they blow open the hatch. It’s moments like this that made “Lost” was it was.

7. Daniel “Widmore” Faraday meets up with Charlotte, but neither get a flash of their past. This adds more credence to the theory that this was more a different world than a normal purgatory because they still get to live there. Especially with Mrs. Hawking asking Desmond not to take her boy. This also makes me question what happened earlier in the season when Mrs. Hawking didn’t want Desmond meddling with the Losties. How does she know so much and why wouldn’t she want everyone to go to heaven? Again this is why the “purgatory” as a season-long device is iffy for me. I think there’s some holes there. But I digress.

8. This won’t apply to people who didn’t watch in the Boston area, but Channel 5 why didn’t you tease your “Lost” segment until two hours in? And enough with the HOOKWORM TEASE!!!

9. Target your ads were cool. Where were you 3 seasons ago???

10. Not everything made sense, but in the end “Lost” was as an intriguing piece of entertainment as I’ve seen in my time. They hooked me with the first show, which I initially watched as a last resort at a hotel. When I saw the previews I thought it was going to be a “Castaway” meets “Survivor” bore-fest. Instead, the first few handful of episodes left me desperately searching for answers after Locke was magically able to walk again on the island in “Walkabout” and Jack saw his dead father on the island in “White Rabbit.” It made me understand this was going to be something much different. In an age of “Dancing with the Stars”, “Real Housewives” and dozens of others shows that pass for entertainment, “Lost” was there to keep my sanity. So thank you. And thanks to everyone who has read my thoughts on the show the last few months. Writing on this blog has given me the courage to put myself out there and do more with my writing career than typing out forgettable news scripts.

Until the “Lost” movie comes out…Namaste

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First Quick Reaction On ‘Lost’ The Finale “The End”

Here’s a gut reaction on this final episode in a series I have followed and loved for six years. As a whole, it really delivered. It was exciting both on and off the island, emotionally charged and brought back almost all of the characters audiences have come to care about.

While the ending was playing out, I thought “NOT A SAPPY HEAVEN ENDING!! THE WHOLE SIDEWAYS WORLD IS A COP OUT??” But once the show ended, I thought a bit more and Sideways was purgatory or so it seems. It’s a place where people were able to become everything they wanted to be. Jack was a good father and was able to tell his father how much he really loved him, Kate got to be back with Jack, Sawyer got to be with Juliet, Jin and Sun were parents together with Ji Yeon, Miles had his father’s love, Charlie got to be with Claire and Aaron, Sayid was in love with Shannon…etc. Then they moved on to heaven. It’s essentially how every religion/faith treats life. Merely one stop on a journey. No matter when you die, you can go back to when your life meant the most with the people you loved.

Was I in love with this ending? No. But I accept what the creators are trying to say and it was sad and meaningful for me as a viewer. People of faith won over people of science. Just because you can’t see, touch, taste, understand or doubt something, doesn’t mean it isn’t real.

The on-island story was everything and more. Does it make sense or answer any questions? Not really. But I wasn’t really looking for any more answers. I was looking for a quality ending with strong character interaction and a definitive resolution. The fact that Jack took over the island, killed Smocke, then handed over the reins to Hurley was great. And the way he died with his eyes closing, instead of popping open was brilliant. And who couldn’t help but tear up when Vincent came to his side, so he didn’t have to die alone. That part I loved. And that’s what I’ll remember.

Any question as to why I loved this show so much was answered in one of the first scenes. Hurley made not one, but two references to “Star Wars.” Mentioning Yoda and giving the line that’s in every movie “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”

I certainly wasn’t disappointed. How did you feel? Did you think Sideways as an apparent Purgatory was a cop out? Or brilliant?

I’ll post more final thoughts on this last episode tomorrow night.

Until then, I’m a satisfied, yet sad “Lost” fan.

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Happy 30th Anniversary To ‘The Empire Strikes Back’

30 years ago, “The Empire Strikes Back” blasted into theaters and shattered expectations by surpassing its predecessor “Star Wars” later renamed “A New Hope.”

Last night Lucasfilm held a special screening of the film at the ArcLight Theater in Los Angeles for charity. It was followed by a question and answer period with Harrison  Ford. Billy Dee Williams, Peter Mayhew and Ewan McGregor were also in attendance. And for some reason so were Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz. Seriously, who let them in the door?

I must admit they all look old. Especially Peter Mayhew who played Chewbacca. But, he does have a pretty kick ass lightsaber cane.

Here’s Darth Vader and Luke’s lightsaber duel edited together from “Empire.” My small way of celebrating. I may also go up to random people and tell them “I am your father.” On second thought, that may be too creepy.

And finally, check out this Imperial Star Destroyer themed home theater. It has Han frozen in carbonite and everything. Pretty sweet.

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Thoughts on ‘Lost’ Episode 16 “What They Died For”

This penultimate episode of the “Lost” series, entitled “What They Died For” was probably everything that last week’s episode was not for “Lost” fans. It was exciting, fast-paced and gave us the return of arguably the series’ greatest villain. Ben Linus.

Desmond is the fail safe key defender of the island, Jack is now its protector and more death and destruction befell our characters. RIP Charles Widmore and Richard too? Maybe. Oh and Zoe. Wait, who’s Zoe? Ugly Tina Fey. Oh right.

The episode started in sideways world and there’s a lot to talk about there. But let’s begin on the island.

It picked up where “The Candidate” left off. The remaining candidates are back on the beach seeming more broken then ever. Kate has a bullet wound and Jack has to stitch her up. Pale-faced and worn, she recounts the deaths of Jin, Sun and Sayid and tells Jack “Locke” is responsible for this. We have to kill him. Kate has not had much of a role this season other than standing around and having occasional conversations with people. So, it was nice to see her back and personally I thought this was one of the better acting performances from Evangeline Lilly.

Before our quartet leave the beach and head into the jungle to find Desmond, a touching moment as they stare off at the waves crashing on to the shore. A final goodbye to Jin, Sun and Sayid.

Ben, Miles and Richard return after what seems like ten episodes, but it has only been four. They took off for Dharmaville and dynamite at the end of “Everybody Loves Hugo.” As they find themselves treading across the village where they once lived. Miles hears the dead speaking to him. Richard tells Miles they were standing over the makeshift grave of Ben’s daughter Alex. Richard buried her after she was shot and killed by Martin Keamy.

This essentially re-introduced one of the themes of the episode. Ben is still upset at the island about losing his daughter. Despite his apparent redemption in “Dr. Linus”, it appears Ben is hell-bent on revenge once again.

Back at Ben’s house, the trio is preparing to grab some C4 to blow up the Ajira plane, but then Zoe and Charles Widmore show up. They know Smocke is coming and want to hide in Ben’s safe room, but Ben has other ideas. He wants to confront Smocke. Richard believing that the Smoke Monster is after him also goes outside. Bad move.

Smokey goes all ‘click, click, whoosh, bang’ on the ageless Mr. Alpert sending him flying into the woods. On the surface it would seem Richard is a goner, but if that’s the case it was a pretty harsh way to ditch this character that’s been on the show since Season 3. I wouldn’t be too surprised to see Richard come back in some form. Perhaps, Smokey was just getting him out of the way so he could manipulate Ben.

Or is Ben manipulating Smokey? As we’ve known throughout the series, Mr. Linus always has a plan. Smocke wants Ben to kill some “people” for him and he offers the island in return. Ben willingly agrees. He also rats out Widmore and Zoe who are hiding in his closet panic room. Smocke makes short work of Zoe, slitting her throat. Then MIB confronts Widmore. He threatens the business tycoon and tells him, “the first thing I’m going to do when I get off this island is kill your daughter.” Unless…you whisper in my ear why Desmond is important.

Desmond is important because of his unique resistance to electromagnetism. Which just so happens to be the light at the center of the island that may or may not control the fate of man. So yeah, Desmond pretty, pretty important. Desmond is also apparently a fail safe for Jacob or the current island protector. More on that in a second. Widmore said Jacob had come to him and told him to bring Desmond back. So, that’s been Widmore’s mission the entire time? Or was he really up to something else? We may never know.

Ben doesn’t like secrets he doesn’t know and shoots Widmore. This death reminded me of Ben killing Jacob at the end of last season. The MIB finally got revenge on his archenemy in that moment and Ben did the same in this one.

After this murder, Ben asks Smocke “did you say there were some other people to kill?” As I said, I kind of saw Ben’s return to deceit and destruction coming, but to be on the brink of redemption and to turn so mightily speaks to how complex a character Ben Linus has become.

Once they reach the well to check on Mr. Hume, Smocke and Ben see that he has escaped. Some dropped a rope down to him. Sayid told Jack he was still in the well, so it would seem strange that is was him. And Jack and friends were busy with Jacob all night, so did they sneak in before Ben and Smocke arrived? Or is there someone else who helped him out?

This is when Smocke reveals what Widmore whispered to him. Desmond is a fail safe for the island because of his ability to withstand electromagnetic energy. But instead of helping protect it, Smocke believes Desmond can help him destroy it. How can Desmond be able to protect the island and have the ability to destroy it? Not sure. But to me, this almost ensures that Desmond is going to die in the finale. At least in our regular time line. His fail safe quality is similar to the fail safe at the end of Season 2. Desmond turned the key in the Swan station, releasing the pocket of energy and saving the island.

Back to our other losties. While the foursome is trekking in the jungle to find Desmond, Hurley sees young ghost Jacob. The specter demands Hugo give him his ashes. Why? So, he can burn them and appear to everyone in human form. Can’t you do that with any dead person’s ashes? Sheesh.

Jacob invites everyone around his burning ashes for a nice fireside chat of “What they died for.” Our island entity tells Jack, Kate, Hurley and Sawyer that Jin, Sun and Sayid all died to protect the island. All of the candidates were brought to the island because they were all flawed and looking for something they could only find on the island. Redemption.

In this scene, we also find out that Kate’s name was crossed out because she was a mom. I found this to be a lame answer as to why her name was crossed out. And frankly, I didn’t even need to know why her name was crossed out. I mean, Sun was a mom. Ji Yeon’s at home going “seriously Jacob, did you ever think of that?” In Korean, of course. And Sawyer is a dad and Jin was a dad.

At any rate, Jacob needs a replacement and he is going to give the losties “something he never had, a choice?” This line was very vampire Lestat for me from “Interview with a Vampire.” Made me think of a creepy, long-haired Tom Cruise. Just saying.

As suspected, Jack is ready for his destiny. Doc Shephard volunteers to become the new island steward. Jacob takes him to the river and reenacts last week’s scene that Jacob shared with his mom. Jack drinks the latin-blessed water/wine and becomes the new Jacob. “You are like me now,” Jacob tells him. The same line island mother used on Jacob.

This episode was also very intriguing off the island, but I am running out of time. This whole “job” thing is seriously getting in the way of my “Lost” analysis. So, I’ll sum of quickly and honestly if you’re reading this you already watched the episode and don’t need a half-assed blow by blow retelling from me.

One thing you need to know. There’s a concert. Really? Yup. And everyone is going to be there. It’s the must-attend event of the year for anyone who flew on Oceanic 815. If you can’t make it you better be dead. Or in jail. And if you’re in jail. Break out!

Desmond the fail safe is on a mission to reunite everyone in “Lost” lore at a concert. To do this, he turns himself into police and then prompts a prison break. He busts out Kate, Sayid and himself with the help of (I’m still a corrupt cop in sideways land) Ana Lucia. Hurley pays her a hefty fee of $125 thousand to pull off the escape. Hugo takes Sayid and Desmond goes with Kate, who has to wear this dress. Why? The concert. How many times do I have to say it? We’re going to a concert.

Jack’s son: “Dad, are you coming to the concert tonight?”

Jack: “Yes. Will your mom be there? And is she going to be Juliet or Sarah”

Jack’s son: “I can’t tell you. That would ruin the surprise.”

In between all this, Desmond gives Ben a beat down to help him “let go” and awaken him to his island self. This leads to Ben questioning Desmond’s motives and possibly awakening Locke to his sideways history. We haven’t seen Locke and Jack get the “flash” of memory yet, but with Locke going in for surgery on his back. It can’t be far off. Especially since the finale is just days away.

Can’t wait. And did you hear? There’s a concert?

A few quick hits.

1. When Jack wakes up he finds another bleeding cut on his neck. His this his island self “bleeding” through into his sideways self? That body reflects the punishment he is taking on the island? First with the nuclear bomb and then the sub crash. I can’t see it being taken any other way than that.

2. Has the missing coffin of Christian Shephard really been located? What was the point of Desmond making that phone call to Jack? Perhaps that’s where Sayid and Hurley are headed to pretend they have the coffin and meet up with Jack.

3. Although, he’s an evil character, is was sad to see Ben’s sideways character interact with his daughter probably now knowing that he got her killed. Also, was it just me or were Ben and Rousseau one dish wash away from making out? That mental picture’s not doing me any favors.

4. With the return of island consciousness, may come the return of our man of faith. Locke repeating his often spoken line to Jack “Maybe this is all happening for a reason.”

5. Best line of the night Hurley: “You didn’t tell me Ana Lucia was going to be here.”

6. Second best line of the night Ben to Smocke: “Want some lemonade?”

7. Is Ben really going to betray everyone? Or is this part of a long con on Smokey?

8. So, does this mean that the sideways world is indeed the work of Smokey? If the island is at the bottom of the ocean and destroyed. It would seem that way. Perhaps, Desmond is getting everyone together to reboot time once again and reverse it all.

9. Better ending? Jack and Locke sitting on the island with Locke telling Jack how much he wants to kill him. Or…a final shot of Locke in the sideways universe with the audience not knowing if it was Locke or MIB?

What do you think? What’s the best way for it all to end? Does MIB win and then lose when Desmond gets everyone to “let go?”

And get to that concert! Okay, just don’t tell me what I can’t do.

I’ll be back with one last recap next Monday.

Until next time “Lost” fans.

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Headlines: Own A Piece Of ‘Lost’ & Life Without Michael

With “Lost” coming to an end in less than a week (single tear), there’s a chance for fans to own part of the show. A California-based auction house is hawking production items used during various episodes. Everything from Danielle’s music box to Hurley’s winning lottery ticket to Kate’s toy airplane will be up for bids on Ebay. Something tells me these pieces of TV history are not going to be cheap. I’ve got my eye on Sawyer’s revenge letter.

You can take a look at the entire lot here.


Remember last month when I told you Steve Carell’s days were numbered on “The Office” and it would be a crime against nature for the show to go on without him. Well, the money-hungry execs at NBC are prepared to do just that. is reporting that during a conference call NBC brass were asked to comment on the fact that Carell may leave. NBC TV Entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin said, “The Office is a great ensemble show, and the producers are preparing in the event he chooses to move on.”

Again, I understand a company’s desire to make more money off an established winner. But to me, this is like having “Lost” without the island. Carell IS the show. I can’t think of an episode that isn’t centered, at least partially around him. As for Carell’s post-Office career, he told the National Enquirer he wants to spend more time with his kids and that may include working at a store in Marshfield, Massachusetts that’s managed by his sister-in-law.


Shia Labeouf has been mouthing off lately. And I like it, sort of. Labeouf, who I wouldn’t deem a great actor came out recently and slammed “Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen.” Labeouf said he wasn’t really impressed with what they’d done with the sequel and promised the third installment would be better.

And if taking a shot at Michael Bay wasn’t bold enough, how about Steven Spielberg? Shia told the LA Times his acting was not the best in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” Labeouf also added that he and co-star Harrison Ford were not happy with the production.

“I think the audience is pretty intelligent. I think they know when you’ve made … . And I think if you don’t acknowledge it, then why do they trust you the next time you’re promoting a movie. We [Harrison Ford and LaBeouf] had major discussions. He wasn’t happy with it either. Look, the movie could have been updated. There was a reason it wasn’t universally accepted.”

“I’ll probably get a call. But he needs to hear this. I love him. I love Steven. I have a relationship with Steven that supersedes our business work. And believe me, I talk to him often enough to know that I’m not out of line. And I would never disrespect the man. I think he’s a genius, and he’s given me my whole life. He’s done so much great work that there’s no need for him to feel vulnerable about one film. But when you drop the ball you drop the ball.”

Now, blunt statements like that are a rarity, so I will give the 23-year-old some love for coming out and taking on the big boys. Although, one has to wonder why he never questioned the producer of “Indiana Jones” George Lucas. The man can clearly not be bad-mouthed or questioned. Evidence of that below.

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Thoughts on ‘Lost’ Episode 15 “Across the Sea”

Something tells me viewers either hated or loved the latest episode of “Lost” entitled “Across the Sea.” Why? Well, it was mythology-heavy and had virtually nothing to do with our cast of main characters that we’ve following from the beginning. I found myself in the middle. I enjoyed getting answers, but found the explanation as to what exactly is going on the island, a bit muddled.

It played out as a history lesson of our two island entities. The Man in Black (who still doesn’t have a name) and Jacob. Turns out…they’re twin brothers! Break out your copies of “Bad Twin” for clues!

It started with a bang. Their mother gave birth to the pair after her ship wrecked on the island. Another woman (played by Allison Janney, I thought this was a strange choice for Lost) helps this mystery woman deliver the babies, only to kill her minutes later. Why? To protect the island of course! Seems that our sunbathed Gods can justify murder to save and watch over this heaven or hell on earth.

Jacob and Boy in Black are young naives on the island who seem to know nothing about the outside world or “Across the Sea” as it were. Jacob cannot tell a lie, while Boy in Black has been deemed “special” by this adoptive mother. Similar to how Walt was called “special” back in Season 1. However, I’m not really sure there’s a connection there.

Side note…Did anybody else think that actor playing Boy in Black looked a lot like a Zac Efron clone or at the very least this 80’s cartoon from “The Littles.”

Our twins are startled to find other people on the island. People that the island mother calls “evil.” Apparently because all they seek is power and she fears they are after the source of the island’s power.

What is this island power you ask? A cave filled with light. “The warmest, brightest light you’ve ever seen or felt.” Island mother shows her two boys this tunnel of twilight. She says “there is a little bit of this light inside every man, but they always want more.” Can man take it island mother? “No, but they will try. And if the light goes out here. It will go out everywhere.”

Here is where I am confused. I feel like the producers are trying to say the island serves as a protector of humanity. If it is destroyed, then all will be “lost.” But the island also comes across as a sort of Garden of Eden, with the light serving as its tree of knowledge of good and evil. I guess I am looking for something a bit more direct, instead of a number of references being thrown ambiguously together.

Soon after learning the other people are on the island, Boy in Black is visited by the ghost of his actual mother. Claudia. She informs him that his island mother killed her and that she is his real mom. This sets BIB on a course to get off the island. He leaves his brother Jacob and joins the other men and women.

Fast forward thirty years later and the now Man in Black is working very hard on getting the heck off the island, including creating the time traveling/getting off the island/island-moving donkey wheel. He has discovered the pocket of electromagnetic energy on the island and is going to harness it, so he can leave. How does he know how to do this? Unclear.

Another question I have, are we as an audience being asked to view these electromagnetic pockets as a world protecting power or something more science based? Perhaps that’s the debate we are meant to have since this entire show’s origins have been Science vs. Faith.

Island mother is not ready to let MIB go, so she knocks him out, wrecks his donkey wheel pit and wipes out the people on the island. Didn’t it seem this was a very Smokie-type massacre? Although, it’s never shown, it struck me that island mother could be another smoke monster. But that’s probably not the case since she can be killed.

Before that happens, island mother takes Jacob to the cave of light. Telling him that he must be the new caretaker of the island. She rattles off some mumbled Latin and says “drink this.” A cup of wine akin to Jesus telling his disciples “drink this cup, it is my blood.” Jacob does indeed drink and becomes ageless, but not immortal. This scene almost serves as a sort of last supper for our island mother. She seems to know full well that MIB will come and murder her the next day. Similar to Jesus dying on the cross. Again, the problem I have with this allegory is that island mother does not seem to be all that righteous, so giving her a Jesus story line seems like a bit of a stretch. Almost as if the producers are just kind of throwing religious themes here and there.

Man in Black has mommy issues instead of daddy issues like the rest of Losties. He stabs the island mother as she’s looking at a black rock from his backgammon game. I found it interesting that he stabs her before she can speak with a knife that’s the same or possibly similar to the one Jacob and MIB use against each other earlier in the season

Jacob comes back to find the murder scene and he is none too pleased. Jacob, now more powerful than his brother, beats him, takes him to the tunnel of light and chucks him in. It doesn’t kill him, but takes away his body and turns him into our favorite black pillar of smoke.

Jacob finds his brother’s body and buries it, along with the island mother’s corpse in their cave dwelling. Putting one white rock and one black rock in a sack. This explains our Adam and Eve from Season 1. The producers even inter-cut this scene together to reinforce their point, which I thought was kind of unnecessary since this is one of the show’s most talked about mysteries and most fans would recognize. One thing they left out from that scene though, I believe Jack mentions how their clothes are about fifty years old. So, that wouldn’t really fit the time line. But, it’s always possible Jack’s just not very good at dating his fabrics.

So, that’s that. I’ll admit, I was expecting a bit more. Maybe more of a battle between these two brothers instead family troubles and matricide. But I guess that would certainly be a good reason for two brothers to hate each other.

A few quick hits and observations…

1. If the light/electromagnetism is the “heart” of the island why does it turn MIB into Smokey? It seems odd that something so sacred would turn a man into a body-less, soul that cannot be destroyed.

2. Is Smokey still the MIB? He seems to have his drive to get off the island, but since his brother is technically dead, does Smokey still have a shot at redemption? Or has he just become a dark angel?

3. As much as last week’s episode made you hate Smokey, this one kind of made you feel for him. Basically, he was lied to all his life by this woman who killed his real mom. Then he just wanted to get away from her, but she wouldn’t let him. It’s that type of history that makes you look at murders in real life and think just what they went through in their younger years that made them that way.

4. I find it a bit ironic that in the middle of this series, it centered around this belief that Jacob was this all-powerful island God with Ben, et al squabbling over trying to please him. When in reality, he’s just an island steward who was thrown into the position by his whack job mother.

5. Clearly, much like Jacob has done with the “Candidates”, island mother brought the ship to the island knowing that Claudia would have babies that she would make her own and groom to be her replacement. Because it’s apparent that no one really wants the job. Island mother was happy to finally be killed, saying “thank you” to the MIB, much like Jacob, who didn’t seem overly put out when Ben killed him back in Season 5.

6. Island mother and MIB share the same stance on men, “They come, they fight, they destroy, they corrupt. It all ends the same.”

7. Was the game they were playing a primitive backgammon? That’s what I took it as.

I guess that’s it for this week. Not a ton to analyze since this episode had a fairly straight forward story line. So, where does this leave us heading into the last episode before the series finale? Do you think of the show any differently now? Are you rooting for Smokey or Jacob? And do you think Jack is a sucker if he takes over as island steward? Or does humanity really hang in the balance of this island?

Until next time “Lost” fans…

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New ‘Inception’ Trailer

As I stated in an earlier post, “Inception” seems to be far and away the most interesting release of the summer. This latest trailer gives up more of what the film is actually about. The film had been shrouded in secrecy for months. So, if you want to go in totally fresh, I wouldn’t watch. But, it’s not one of those trailers that gives away the entire plot either.

Update…having trouble imbedding the video, so here is a link.

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The 2011 Buzz Movie ‘Super 8’

I’ll say this about JJ Abrams, he may not always deliver on the mysteries he starts (one needs only to point to his often intriguing, but confusing Alias series as evidence), but he does know how to create a heck of a viral marketing campaign. His latest project “Super 8” is being produced by Steven Spielberg and judging from this trailer premiering today before “Iron Man 2” in theaters, it revolves around Area 51 and aliens. Certainly not a new topic, but could be good. Check out the bootleg trailer below.

In addition, there are two websites related to the movie up and running, but neither seem to reveal much. One is just a grainy shot of an old super 8 camera, here, and the other brings up an old 80’s computer interface which allows you to type in a series of commands, but at this point doesn’t do anything. Check that out here.

A lot of people are speculating that this is somehow related to Abrams other viral hit “Cloverfield” which was also about an alien. However, that monster was much bigger than anything that could be kept on a train and Abrams has already stated that “Super 8” is not a sequel to “Cloverfield.” If you’ve never seen that trailer, check it out below. Obviously, the verdict’s still out on “Super 8”, but both trailers go to show that 90 seconds of video can often be way more exciting than 90 minutes.

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‘Lost’ Finale Will Be 30 Minutes Longer

It’s going to be a late night for “Lost” fans during this month’s Sunday finale. The last episode will be half-an-hour longer! The announcement was made last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live. So, now the finale will air on May 23rd from 9pm to 113opm. There will also be a two hour retrospective beforehand titled “Lost: The Final Journey.” Grab your Dharma beer and get ready for a “Lost” loaded evening!

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