“This Place is Death” & “316” Review

This Place is Death
The first time I watched “TPID” I was really unimpressed, mostly because of the abundance of Charlotte. Thank God she finally kicked the bucket at the end, after giving us her greatest contribution to the storyline so far; Faraday has been skateboarding around time to try to correct his greatest fuck ups. I can’t wait until they show him accidentally bringing his own mom to the Other’s Prom. The other reason this episode was the weakest of the season was the excess Sun. Yeah, she’s crazy, we get it. The last thing we need though is an episode filled with two secondary female characters trying to take the lead.
The biggest thing saving this episode is, surprisingly, Danielle Rousseau and her science crew. The producers had assured us that we would eventually see more of Danielle’s backstory and we’re finally getting it. I think Danielle was well played by the new actress (who actually has a French accent) and her baby’s daddy was one of the best characters I’ve seen on the show in a long time. Way cooler than Faraday, honestly.

316
This episode, unlike the previous, instantly struck me as the best one of the season so far. I didn’t think an off-island episode would ever be this good. First off, it was confirmed that Desmond remembered Ms. Hawking, which makes perfect sense because those memories should only be about three years old, since they didn’t actually happen until just before they got rescued. You follow me?
Another awesome thing about the episode is the invisible force that keeps Jack from drinking again. As he sat at a bar with a drink in front of him, Jack suddenly gets a call that brings him to a nursing home to visit his random grampa; Randpa. Later, when he gets home, he pours himself a drink but is distracted by a noisy Kate hiding in the bedroom. Which brings me to my favorite part of the episode! They finally did what I was hoping for. They killed off Aaron! OK, maybe they didn’t kill him, but I can only assume that Kate put him in a suitcase and kicked it off a bridge.
Oh shit! The Lap is back!
And then the closing surprise of Jin showing up in a cherry DI bus, clad in Dharma gear. I was very curious when the Ajira flight would drop the O6. Seems to be mid 70’s, Jin, and hopefully the rest of the cool survivors, have infiltrated the DI.
The only bogus part of the episode was the ridiculous second grade teacher tone that Eloise Hawking had to talk in to explain the pendulum. Come on!

Things I want explained, PRONTO:
What’s with Hurley’s guitar case? Is that a Charlie thing?
Who was the clever fellow who built the pendulum? Was it Widmore, using the Dharma Initiative to gain access to the island?
Is the frequency and placement of the time flashes significant or totally constructed just to tell awesome stories?
When Locke falls into the cave, is that a bone sticking out of his leg or is it a stick jabbed into it?
Will we ever see what’s down the smoke rabbit hole?

LOST “The Little Prince” Review & Comic 2

I’ve got to be honest with you, this episode is the weakest of the season so far. Maybe it’s just because I hate off-island Kate, but I would be much happier with an on-island/Desmond episode, until, of course Desmond is chillin’ with Kate in LA.
This episode did do a decent job of clearing up some of the questions I had about the time traveling deal. Yes, you can see what’s going on with past representations of island folk, and you may be able to interact with yourself? Perhaps? Doesn’t that go against the whole “your mind traveling through time, not your body” thing? I remember seeing the beam of light in the preview from last week and being pumped for it. John’s reaction to seeing it was awesome, and it hearkened back to the days of exciting drama that just happened to take place on a crazy island, instead of the current crazy island drama.

+ Faraday pretty much confirmed that Miles is Marvin Candle’s son. Case closed
+ Claire scenes without actually having to listen to anything new from her.
+ Young preggers Rousseau. How long have we been waiting for this?
+ On-island Kate makes an appearance…sweet.
+ Jin? Seriously?

– Jin? Seriously?
– Juliet’s facial hemorrhaging…eww
– Tony the nurse gives it up too easily. What kind of babies is Widmore hiring? Dharma henchmen will take a bullet before giving it up.
– The future inhabitants of the island apparently think it’s appropriate to wear blackface (and suck at aiming.)
– Still too much Aaron.

Bonus:
Alec in Huluwood – For those who “missed” the Superbowl, here’s the amazing Hulu commercial. I didn’t think it was possible, but this commercial actually made me love Hulu even more.

LOST “Jughead” Review

Wow, more Locke than I expected this early in the season. Here’s my 5 goods, bads and questions.

+ Ellie’s first person shooter shot
+ Widmore was an other? Woah. He’s funding all of Farraday’s experiments? 2x Woah.
+ Desmond honors a friend by naming his son Charlie Bloody Rock God Hume.
+ Locke and Richard’s entire interaction was great. “Hey, I’ll be born in a few years. Follow me around, be creepy. Oh yeah, try and stop my dad from throwing me out of a building please.”
+ Solution to nearly all problems: ” YOU BURY IT!”

– Juliet self reference as “an Other.” Don’t do that.
– Ellie’s refusal to unclench her teeth, even while speaking.
– Still too much Kate and Aaron
– This rapid series of answers is only a sign that the show will eventually end.
– Not enough alternative timelines. Let’s tear this space-time continuum apart!

1. Will back-in-the-day Widmore turn the frozen donkey wheel just like Ben?
2. Does he do it for a noble reason, totally skewing our previous perceptions of him? Is he going to be a good guy?
3. Why does Ellie look so familiar to Faraday? His mother, perhaps?
4. How old is Richard? How long do we have to wait before we see his 4-toed feet?
5. How long before Sawyer zings Richard Alpert for wearing too much makeup?

Class Action Lawsuit

If anybody else wants to partake in a class action lawsuit against ABC to refund the money I had to spend on orthodontic surgery due to how jaw-droppingly good last nights episode was, please email me.
Official review will be up soon.

LOST “Because You Left”/”The Lie” Review

Very few things get me as excited and leave me as satisfied as LOST does. I have been waiting 237 days for season 5 to start, and I am not disappointed. In season premieres of yesteryears, we were limited to a few characters. Not this time. We saw what pretty much everyone was up to in either on-island time or off-island time. I think the only character we really “missed” was Claire, which I can deal with, but I am curious where Christian and her ran off to (Daddy-daughter camping trip to the shack? Perhaps.)
As for the overall story, they did a good job of reminding us what’s up. Jack needs to round up the O6, and return them, with Locke, to the island. Meanwhile, Sawyer and Juliet inherit the title of Ambiguous Island “It” Couple and will be leading the rest of the survivors into a downward spiral. Or perhaps I should say a 33 rpm inward spiral, if we’re going with this new skipping record motif. I’m assuming that things get really bad on the island if Locke is willing to leave.
So now we’ve got this time travel thing going on, and it doesn’t appear to be the traditional BTTF/Timecop time traveling. It’s still a bit unclear to me, and hard to put into words, but it seems like the writers know where (or when) they are going with this. As long as Jack and Kate get to the island, go back in time and die in the caves together with their black and white rocks, I’ll be happy.
Off the island, Sun’s going to be a real pain in the ass. She obviously blames Jack for Jin’s third failed attempt at boating. We will not see the old Sun this season. She may actually turn into a standout character with screentime that amounts to something significant.
Jack’s fine, he’s doing his thing and I’ll wait patiently for more scenes like this and this.
I like Kate the best when she’s on the island. I never really appreciated her flashbacks as much as some other characters. So she may be on my shit list this season, but maybe not. One thing she could do to make the story better is to lose Aaron. I’m sick of it already.
Absolutely no complaints about Hurley and Sayid’s adventures. This kind of badass/fatass humor is exactly what good cop/bad cop, straight man/funny man, and all further Bad Boys movies should be like. Sayid takes a baker’s dozen darts (poisoned with tainted peanut butter) and still manages to properly fill the dishwasher and set it to “Expendable Thug” before passing out. The only thing that would have made Hurley’s Hot Pocket scene funnier is if he actually hit Ben and the scene had to play through with Ben covered in “seasoned taco meat and melted cheese wrapped in a crispy, cheesy corn tortilla flavored crust.”
Well done LOST, well done.

SURLSnday & LOST

Sorry about that folks, but I had too many video games to play and gaucemole to eat on Friday to organize my weeks worth of links.
Zombie Portraits – Send this guy a photo of yourself and he will illustrate you as a zombie. Awesome!
20 All Time Greatest Photo Bombers – Also commonly known as “That Guy” Photos.
The Skateboard Stairs
“Amazing Predator Rap” – Exactly what it sounds like (courtesy of Bagwell.)
“Guyz Night – Die Hard” – This should fill in any other needs you have from the Songs Based on Movies Category.
Skate Montage – From SAFilms. Points of interest include a 50-50 footplant at 1:08 and the most Ashton thing I’ve ever seen in skateboarding at 1:50.
Triple Burnout – Also courtesy of Bagwell.

As you’re aware, LOST returns this week on Wednesday. That means that I’ve got 13 episodes to rewatch in just a few days. It’ll be a pretty hardcore marathon, but I feel I have to do it to be ready for season 5. Plus, season 4 was an amazing set of episodes. It was probably the most concise, dramatic and well thought out season since the original season. I’m pretty sure that the decision to stop at 6 seasons came right before season 4 and the producers cheered about how this decision would allow them to plan out the rest of the series and make sure that the right stories got the right screentime. I fully agree with this and it has already been proven that the rest of the series will be better than anything you’ve ever seen on TV. Season 4 introduced more worthy on-island characters than any previous season (except for season one, of course.) The folks from the freighter have actually made the show better to watch. Maybe their storylines will eventually tank, but for now they are key players on the show.
Expect to see a full review of the season premiere here by the end of the week. And remember, I’m on the west coast now, so I don’t post an spoiler comments!