Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Dharma Lady

You may have heard a song playing in the background of last weeks episode titled Dharma Lady. It's playing when the new recruits are getting their picture taken. It's also playing in "316" when Jin pulled up to the waterfall in the van. The song is by Geronimo Jackson and can be download for free at the itunes store here. Check out the album cover...bunny skulls rock!!!


Great LOST re-capper.

I just discovered a fantastic LOST re-capper and pontificator, I'm not sure if either of those tittles actually exist but.... His name is Al Trautwig, he is a sports announcer in NYC and works with most of the teams that play in Madison Square Garden. He recaps every LOST episode as if it was a sporting event. Imagine a post LOST game run down. He is very professional and apparently a major LOST fan. His recaps are very different from the geeky fanboy reviews I am used to reading. He is incredibly observant and very thorough. He can recap a show in 3 minutes and make so many great connections you never thought of in those few minutes. I don't subscribe to all his theories, he is really convinced everything is all just a complicated game, but really like his point for point show run down. His last two reviews have not been quite as good as his earlier ones but still very worth a listen. You can view his older videos here.

Monday, March 23, 2009

"Namaste" notes.....

Here are my notes from "Namaste" and few fun things to look for during the re-broadcast.

Lapedus did land the plane on the runway. Is this the reason it was being built or just a lucky coincidence?

As they are trying to land the plane you can hear the numbers "4, 8, 15....." coming in over the radio.

When Sun and Lapidus get to the island and find the barracks it is obviously a different time but it also appears as if the others have never lived there. You can clearly see dharma signs and material that would have been removed by the others when they moved into those structures after the purge.

When Sun and Lapidus first arrive you can hear smokey and see his tree rattling. We also can hear some whispers right before Christian shows up.When Christian brings them into the room to show them the picture, the door opens creepily in the background. You can see a faint glimpse of what looks like smokey leaving the room. A few moments after that you can see a women in the room behind Sun. People without HD televisions may have to crank up the brightness but it's worth it. Very creepy.....could it be Claire?

Back in 1977 Sawer is the man. He clearly likes the life he has at the moment. His call out of the way Jack made descions was absolutely inspired. I really hope that we are going to see Sawyer step into the hero role for the rest of the series.

We finally meet Radzinsky and he clearly seems to be an important part of the dharma initiative. We can see he works at the flame where Mikhail "patchy" worked and Locke blew up. It also appears as if he designed the swan station where the losties spent most of season 2 and where Desmond was brought when he was rescued by Kelvin. At the end of season 2 Kelvin explains to Desmond about pushing the button. He also tells Desmond he had a partner named Radzinsky who started painting that cool map on the blast door and later killed himself with a shotgun.

We learned that Amy's baby is named Ethan. This is probably Ethan Rom. The creepy other that kidnapped Claire.

Most of the other parts of the show were setting up the tension between the losties that left and the ones that stayed on the island.
I am shocked by how much I really really like Sawyer and Juliet together. I have gotten so sick of Jack and Kate's moody, mopy indecisiveness. They can have each other I am rooting for Sawyer and Juliet. It may have seemed sudden but you need to remember that it has been 3 years. That's a long time and the the other relationships really only had about 3 months to evolve. The cool thing is that it appears that they both really want it to work even with the arrival of the oceanic 4. I know this really is foreshadowing some bad things but my hope is that we are going to see the best of Sawyer over the next few episodes.

Oh and where is Rose and Bernard????????

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

LOST Moments #2 I guess I'm out of the book club

This was the intro to season 3. I remember being so excited for this season and when this scene started I had no idea where they were going. I mean who knew the others had a book club. The shot of the plane cracking in half is absolutely chilling. An interesting note about this scene. We are introduced to an older woman named Amelia. She is the woman wearing the scarf at Juliet's door.

There has been some really interesting speculation that this woman may be Amelia Earhart. There are a few clues that point to this possibility. Amelia Earhart went missing over the Pacific ocean close to where the island is said to be. Obviously her name and she is wearing a scarf that is very reminiscent of the iconic pictures of Amelia Earhart.

Her age would be off, but it appears that some people don't age on the island. We know the island has a tendency to attract planes. One of the best clues is in the scene where Richard and Ethan are about to bring Juliet to the island. When they ask her to take the pills they are standing in front of a sign that says Herarat aviation. That's an anagram for Earhart aviation.

LOST Mystery #2 The Whispers

Ever since the beginning of LOST the characters have heard whispers in the jungle. It usually happens when someone is alone or in danger. Every time there is a sudden appearance of an other or a vision it is preceded by the whispers. These are not just random sounds. They are actual words. A lot have been transcribed and can be read here.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

LOST Will End

The other day I was talking to a friend who is a casual LOST fan. During the conversation it came up that they didn't know that LOST has only one season left. I thought this warranted a post here. Yes, LOST has a definitive end date. Late Spring next year we will be watching the very last episode of one the best shows of television history. For those of you that don't know the story, LOST executive producers and head writers, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse petitioned ABC for an end date to the show during the middle of season 3. They felt that they needed a specific end date in order to write the best episodes they could in order to tell the story arc they had in mind. They were worried they were going to have to start to produce filler episodes (NIki, Paulo and the spiders anyone) that didn't really propel the main story. This is really rare in hollywood, asking for an end to your job and for ABC to agree to end a major franchise in their lineup. ABC could have dragged LOST out for years ala ER. Darlton's specific example was the X-files, which they felt died a miserable death being dragged on way longer then the story should have. Here is a recent interview with them about the story arc with a few minor spoilers about the future of season 5.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Richard Alpert does not wear make up!

A lot of fun has been made about Richard Alpert and his eyeliner or "guyliner". The actor who plays Richard Alpert Nestor Carbonell has gone on the record along with Darlton saying he is 100% guyliner free. I guess he has really thick eyelashes.
You can read about it here.

LOST Moments #1 Jack and Sawyer's warm fuzzy

Youtube is full of great LOST clips. A few people are posting some nice quality clips of some great scenes. I decided to pick one of my favorites every week and post it here. If you haven't gone back and watched any of the first seasons on dvd I highly recommend it. It's a lot of fun to see the beginnings of the story arc. Every episode is also available online here but I would go for the big screen option the dvds offer.

This scene takes place in part one of the season 1 finale Exodus. Jack is about to march off into the jungle to the Black Rock to get the dynamite to blow up the hatch. He finds Sawyer in the jungle collecting the last of the wood needed to launch the raft. Jack gives Sawer a gun and is about to leave when Sawyer decides to tell him about a doctor he met in Australia. I believe this is the first, and one of a very few moments, when two characters figure out one of the ways in which their lives have crossed paths off the island.

LOST Mystery #1 Changing Picture Frames

This is the first of a few new weekly posts I plan on starting. This one simply titled LOST Mysteries will focus on things in the show that I hope will be explained at some point. It can be little things like quick flashes, background scenery, interesting dialog or much larger mysteries that involve the mythology of the show. I hope the show will explain these items but I'm also hoping people will comment and maybe we can explain them ourselves.

In episode 4x02 Confirmed Dead we are introduced to Miles the ghost buster. In this scene Miles apparently is helping the grandmother of a dead boy rid her house of his ghost. As Miles walks up the stairs the camera pauses on the grandmother's picture frames on the wall. Most of the frames seem to contain pictures of family members and in particular the dead boy we assume. After Miles vacuums up the ghost he walks back down the same stairs, again we get a deliberate camera pause, and all the frames have changed. If this was any other show it may be chalked up to an incredible continuity error on the part of the show's prop department. But considering this is LOST and the obvious camera pause I think there is something going on here.

Any theories?

Monday, March 9, 2009

Geronimo Jackson on itunes!!!

Astute followers of LOST have noticed the occasional reference to a 70's band named Geronimo Jackson.
Various creatives from the show, including Darlton, have suggested they are a real band. Most people are pretty convinced it's just a made up band or inside joke. Either way, after this weeks official video podcast this message appeared at the end.

Be sure to check out iTunes after you hear Geronimo Jackson in an upcoming episode.In addition to a full version of the song, you may find one or two other treats while you’re there.

Hmmmmmmm 4 toes

Another strong contender for the identity of the statue has surfaced. Her name is Taweret and she is the goddess of fertility.
I'm digging the head piece and four toes.

If this is or isn't the identity of the statue I believe it's not really going to matter that much. I believe the important idea is that it appears there is an Egyptian connection to the island. This may be something that just adds colorful history to the island or it may come into play in future episodes. When you consider all the other hieroglyphs we've seen on the island and in the dharma stations, I think we will be learning a little bit more about the island Egypt connection.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Dude looks like a lady

I have to laugh at how wrapped up I get in this show. If you are like me I was in complete awe of that quick glimpse of the four toed statue. About 2 seconds before the cut to the view of the statue I knew it was coming. What I wasn't expecting is the creepy backside view of it. I also got a strong feeling the island was going to shift quickly again leaving us with no other views of it. Through out the show last night I couldn't get that image out of my head. I think it was a brilliant, titillating piece of editing by the creative team. In true LOST form they gave a lot but not quite everything. The online geeks immediately went to work last night trying to identify the statue and in my opinion the mystery has been solved. I think it's mildly spoilerish so if you don't want to know quit reading now.

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At first what freaked me out so much was I though it appeared as if the statue had long uneven hair almost wookie like. After closer inspection of the screen caps you can see a clearly chiseled line that you would expect from historic statues. At this point most people agree this is a statue of Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead. Before anyone starts regurgitating any purgatory theories a reminder that Darlton has stated many times that the island is NOT purgatory. In last night's episode Amy takes a necklace from her newly dead husband's neck. It's a necklace of a ankh, which is an Egyptian hieroglyph meaning eternal life. This is a very blatant clue on the writers part. Here is the part that sells me on the idea the statue is Anubis. In almost all documentations of Anubis he is holding at least one ankh and quite often two. In the screen cap you can see our statue is clearly holding what appears to be an ankh in each hand. So if this a statue of Anubis, what does that mean?

Anubis on the wiki

Ankh on the wiki

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

"Bentham" locations

Many of you know that Emily and I just got back from a 2 week trip to Hawaii. One of the things we did was to go on a LOST location scavenger hunt. With the help of LOST VIRTUAL TOUR I was able to pick out some of our favorite locations and plan an efficient tour. The site is great, most of the found locations are complete with gps coordinates so I could program them into my gps unit.
It was a lot of fun and a really great way to get off the beaten path and see some "real" Hawaii. I am planning on posting a complete slideshow of the picks soon. Until them here are a few that appeared in last weeks episode. Note, we had no idea they would air last week. We knew Hurley's hospital from past episodes. Sayid's school has been used in the past as the cantina that Mr. echo conducts his drug deal in and kills those dudes. It was also Jin's fathers fishing house. When we got there it was still prepped as the school.

Things I noticed about "life and death of Jeremy Bentham"

I am back from Hawaii and all caught up with LOST. This season has been in high gear and I hope you are enjoying it as much as I have been. If you are like me I watch the enhanced rerun of the previous week's episode before the new episode.
Here are a few things I noticed about "the life and death of Jeremy Bentham" that you can watch for if you re-watch it tonight.

It appears that everyone else on the plane besides Jack, Kate and Hurley are on the separate small island that the Hydra station is on.

It looks like my man Lapidus actually landed the plane since it is all in one piece.
maybe he used the runway we saw Kate and Sawyer being forced to work on in season 3

Caesar and Ilana seem to have an agenda and are looking for something in the Hydra office.

It looks like the hydra station is abandoned which makes me wonder if maybe the people are in a different time period then the people on the main island

I liked Locke's introduction complete with the jedi knight cloak

Windmore shows Locke a picture of Sayid building a house, when Locke arrives in Santo Domingo Sayid is in the exact same position as he was in the picture.

When Locke visits everyone he never uses the name Jeremy Bentham. However in the future all of the Oceanic 6 refer to him as Jeremy Bentham

Kate's sobbing strong arm kiss with Jack seemed really awkward. One thought is that maybe she is trying to get pregnant before they go back to the island

Locke really is lost without the island, he is back in a wheelchair and doesn't have the strength to convince anyone to come back

I have no idea who to believe Ben or Windmore

The scene with Locke and Ben is one of the best acting scenes in the series

ABC presents "Ask LOST" and preview for tonight

Darlton talk about tonight's episode

For those of you wondering who I am talking about when I say "Darlton" it is Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.
They are the head writers and executive producers of LOST. Basically they are creators or fathers of the show.
They presented the idea to ABC and are completely responsible for the story arc. Here is a clip of them talking about tonight's episode.