Though it would seem like there isn't anything to add about Lost
by now, please bear with me for a minute - I have to Let Go Before I
Can Move On.In the time since "The End" aired, I've seen
reactions ranging from pure love to fury. I'd say Suzanne Merkelson's review
for the Atlantic was probably the closest to mine: I thought it
had some problems - and more on this in a minute - but at the same time,
as two and a half hours of television, I found it entertaining enough
that I didn't mind.
Nobody at the Brattle applauded for the credits. The party host,
attired in the manner of a Dharma Initiative scientist, who'd been dispensing
raffle and trivia prizes during the commercial breaks, strongly advised
everyone not to stick around for the (terrible) Jimmy Kimmel post-show, and go
home. The mood felt rather glum, and I knew why.
May 25 is Towel Day, a celebration of the life and work of
Douglas Adams, creator of The
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy universe. It is observed by carrying a
towel all day, everywhere you go (a towel being the most useful item an
intergalactic hitchhiker can possess). And it helps to believe in the
redemptive powers of 42, Vogon poetry, and Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters.
Above: Before being pushed out a window, strangled, and possessed, John Locke was also stabbed by his stepdaughter.
And so, we've come to the end with "The End," a two-and-a-half-hour behemoth that promises to further confound, obfuscate, and infuriate (and it'll probably have pacing issues, also).
I'm not sure how much some of you need another distraction in your lives right now, but if you go to Google's homepage right now (or click that screenshot above), and click twice on "Insert Coin," you can play a special Google version of Pac Man right there on the Google Doodle. It's in honor of the game's 30th anniversary. Maybe they'll leave it up over the weekend?
It's not exactly breaking news, but Nerve's list of the Top 40 hottest male Lost characters is definitely entertaining fluff. Unfortunately, some of that entertainment value comes from the sheer stupidity of their choices. For example: why is Widmore on the list at all, let alone at #20??
Freud visits the Island
Turns out, the cheap thrill of seeing C.J. "The Jackal" Cregg
bludgeon Jacob's mom to death with a rock wasn't enough to keep legions
of Lost fans from moaning about how much last week's episode sucked.
But for me, "Across the Sea" -- which explored the relationship between Jacob and the (still-unnamed) Man In Black/Smokey -- was one of the high
points of the season so far -- which is saying something, considering
that we're only one episode away from Sunday's hugenormous two-part
OK, so this is yesterday's news, but dang, I'm excited. Joss Whedon! Neil Patrick Harris! Glee! Talk about a triple threat.
The announcement comes just in time, in my opinion. Glee's been suffering from Sloppy Second Season Syndrome. OK, I made that term up, but 30 Rock and Lost suffered the same (plus, Overthinking It shares my position on this season, and we all know they are never wrong about anything).
Jacob, before he started playing cosmic backgammon with SmokeyLast week, around 9:45 pm, the tubes of the internet reverberated with the blood-curdling shrieks of Lost fans everywhere, as episode 15 -- "The Candidate"
-- let loose an almost unprecedented blitzkrieg of carnage. Our weekly
chatjam was no exception -- one of our regular chatters, in a frenzy of
agonized rage, punched right through his television screen and broke
The cutscene above, featuring FF13's female protagonist Lightning, occurs pretty early on in the game (maybe a couple hours in, depending on your playstyle). The scene establishes a few crucial aspects of Lightning's character: she's strong, she's tough, and she's completely fed up with Snow, the fiance of her maybe-dead sister Serah.
Happy Cinco de Mayo, Arizona, this one's for you. And by "Happy Cinco de Mayo," of course, we mean "Get ready for a hearty can of whoop-ass opened up and served directly to your face with a giant blade." Just kidding. But seriously, not cool. That said, we have confirmation! Robert Rodriguez's much-anticipated Machete is indeed in production.
It may be Star Wars Day everywhere else, but tonight in Harvard Square, it's Zombie Day: Anyone looking to catch a sneak preview of George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead
would do well to shuffle down to the Brattle Theatre tonight. In anticipation of its May 28 theatrical release (note that you can already catch this sixth installment of the "Dead" series in a number of places online), the Grandfather of the
Zombie Film will be on hand to introduce his movie -- and if that isn't enough to peel you zombie fans off the couch, I'm not sure anything will.
Okay, I think I have my unified theory of why I'm not that crazy about this season of Lost (note: if you look through the archives, you'll see that I've said I've enjoyed a few episodes, but I'm talking about the season as a whole here, which I can't describe as anything but a disappointment).
In every season of Lost, there are a handful of episodes that are uninteresting but necessary - episodes that are clearly just about moving characters from point A to point B, stalling for time before whatever The Next Big Event is happens.
Last night, the Simpsons turned their opening sequence over to an animated sort-of-parody-sort-of-straight-interpretation of Ke$ha's hit single "Tik Tok," complete with couch gag. I may be a longtime fan of the show and apologist for its mostly-maligned later years (meaning the last four or five), but I can't really defend this.
Improv Boston just finished their annual Geek Week, which involves five nights of geek-themed comedy, some done by Improv Boston's own cast(s) and some done by touring geek comedians, writers, and musicians.
On Friday, I watched the Geek Comedy Tour. I enjoyed all of the performers, but the first of them, Jake Young, was my favorite in terms of material.
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