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LOST The End

My thoughts on last night’s LOST finale?

On-island: A
Off-island: F

Spoiler-filled explanation: We finally got the war for the island that we were promised more than a year ago, and although it wasn’t a war with massive armies, it was a tense war of strong adversaries with huge consequences. And it was resolved. Unfortunately, instead of sharing more of the great island world we fans fell in love with, half the finale (and a third of the final season) were wasted with this Purgatory circle-jerk that doesn’t really mean anything. In fact, I think the series of reunion scenes actually dimished the value of the riveting exits we had seen our favorite characters make over the last six seasons. I haven’t done the math, but I’m pretty sure the extra 30 minutes we got was made up entirely of flashed clips we’ve seen a hundred times before.

I would have loved two full hours of on-island climax and resolution instead of a cheesy class reunion and “ascent” led by Christian Shephard, who we all learned years ago was an alcoholic asshole who we didn’t even care about as viewers.

That said, I adored everything that happened on the island. The return or Lapidus, Hurley taking the protector role, Desmond making one more attempt to save everyone, and the genuine honor Ben had when Hurley asked for his help. Best choice of all–ending with the bookend scene of Jack dying in the same place where he woke up in the pilot episode.

For me, the sideways world will not live in my memory of the show. I already knew Sawyer and Juliet belonged together, I didn’t need the candy machine scene to prove it to me.

I could go on, but it would be as repititive as the series of “awakenings” we saw last night. Overall it was a great series, and I will always remember my favorite moments. We won’t see a show like this on tv for at least the next decade, so let’s take some time to really appreciate it.

May 24, 2010 Posted by | Drama, Scifi, Season Finale, Television | , , , | 1 Comment

2009 Fall Preview – Thursday

courtesy FX Network

courtesy FX Network

Thursday

Much like Wednesdays, my Thursday schedule is packed full, with 12.5 hours of programming. Unlike Wednesday, I don’t expect many of Thursday’s shows to wither on the vine.

ABCGrey’s Anatomy and Private Practice stay in the same slots as last year, with Grey’s premiering tonight and Practice joining on October 1st. The new entry from the alphabet network is an apparent attempt to give us Lost fans something to care about until the final season premieres in January. Based on Robert J. Sawyer’s novel, FlashForward’s premise is certainly interesting–a shared vision of the future causes people to question the concept of destiny and whether or not they can change their paths. I’m mostly intrigued by the talented cast, which includes Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), Courtney B. Vance (Law & Order), Dominic Monaghan (Lost), Sonya Walger (Lost), and John Cho (Harold & Kumar), to name a few. I’ve heard the show doesn’t delve quite deep enough for some early critics, but I think that means the show has a much better chance at winning a large audience than Lost ever did, with its complex mythology. Look for an in-depth review of the premiere episode that aired tonight once I get a chance to watch it this weekend.

CBS – A seriously awesome trio of returning series cover the CBS Thursday lineup including the 19th edition of Survivor, this time in Samoa. CSI keeps its standard spot on the schedule, and now The Mentalist joins in for its sophomore season. At first, I was pissed that they moved Jane and the gang to such a crowded night, but now I see the genius. Private Practice is no match for The Mentalist, FOX doesn’t play in the 10/9 time slot, and Leno doesn’t stand a chance. I can see the CBS press releases now, celebrating their huge ratings victory.

Comedy Central – My love of Tosh.0 is no secret. I’m thrilled Comedy Central ordered more episodes, and I’m confident that Daniel Tosh will continue to bring the funny. There certainly is no shortage of moronic web video to fill his show. New episodes begin on October 8th.

CWI hated Twilight. The only reason I watched the entire movie is so no one could accuse me of giving up before “the best part”. As far as I’m concerned, the best part would have been if vampire guy had let the girl get crushed in the school parking lot 20 minutes in. When I first read the synopsis for The Vampire Diaries, I thought it would probably just be Twilight: The Series, but I’m thrilled to see these vamps don’t sparkle or play baseball in the rain. The series premiered on September 10th, but it’s not too complicated to join midstream.

FX – What’s the funniest current show on television? That’s a tough question to answer, but for me I think the answer is It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which has now entered its fifth season. Based on the premiere last week, it’s lost none of its edge.  FX attempts to round out the rest of the hour starting October 29th, when The League premieres. I’m not sure what the title implies for you, but I was surprised to find out this show focuses not on superheroes or villains, but a group of guys and their fantasy football league. It certainly sounds more believable than last year’s Testees, and I have faith that FX wouldn’t buy into just any old sitcom.

FOXFringe baby! The first season left us wanting so much more, so I was thrilled when FOX had the brains to renew this kickass trip through the multiverse. If you’re interested in all kinds of details on the show, I recommend a trip to fringetelevision.com, While you’re there, be sure to keep an eye out for Adam Morgan’s weekly episode recaps, which are great for catching up if your DVR screwed you and you missed one.

LifetimeProject Runway premiered back in August, and continues airing its nearly-lost season on its new network. There are some seriously talented designers this year, and I would definitely recommend tuning in, especially now that some of the really shitty folks are gone. Personally, I’m looking forward to the next season, which will be able to air on time now that Lifetime is through with all the legal battles it took to win the show.

NBC – Joel McHale stars in Community, the only new show being added to NBC’s Thursday lineup–filling the hole left by last year’s dreadful Kath & Kim. The show premiered last week and my full review can be found here. Returning series include SNL Weekend Update Thursday, Parks & Recreation, The Office, and 30 Rock. Everything premiered last week, with the exception of 30 Rock, which joins the schedule on October 15th after SNL transitions off the schedule.

September 24, 2009 Posted by | Banished, Comedy, Drama, Internet, New Series, Premiere, Reality, Renewed, Scifi, Technology, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on 2009 Fall Preview – Thursday

If This Doesn’t Get You Pumped About the LOST Season 6 Premiere

Then I don’t know what will. Jorge Garcia has consistently been the voice of the fans for the last few seasons of LOST, so this very brief post on his personal blog on Friday night got me even more excited about Wednesday, January 27, 2010.

That’s just 157 short days away if you’re counting.

August 23, 2009 Posted by | Drama, Premiere, Renewed, Scifi, Television | , , , , , , | Comments Off on If This Doesn’t Get You Pumped About the LOST Season 6 Premiere

LOST Comic Con Recap

Ain’t It Cool News has the best summary I’ve seen so far of the LOST panel from Saturday morning. The original post has been updated to include all the video.

Other stuff I wish I’d been at Comic Con to see:

Tron Legacy Teaser Trailer

Dexter Season 4 Trailer

Hot Tub Time Machine Red Band Trailer

July 26, 2009 Posted by | Drama, News, Renewed, Scifi, Television | , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on LOST Comic Con Recap

Lost Season 5 Blu-ray Collector’s Set Announced

Dr. Chang

I don’t normally get excited about the “collector’s edition” sets that usually throw in a stupid doll or die cast model with your favorite movie or tv series. However, this just-announced version of Lost Season 5 on Blu-ray looks pretty amazing to a geek like me. The theme is that the set is actually a Dharma Initiation Kit, so I’d like to think there will be some sweet bonus videos like some of the uncut orientation films we haven’t seen before. Either that, or this is some kind of conspiracy between Disney/ABC and the last remaining VCR manufacturers. Lost: The Complete Fifth Season Dharma Initiation Kit will be released on December 8, 2009, on the same date as the standard Blu-ray and DVD versions.

July 9, 2009 Posted by | Blu-ray, Drama, dvd, Home Video, Science, Scifi, Television | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Lost Season 5 Blu-ray Collector’s Set Announced