Sunday, May 9, 2010

DanielleTBD's LOST Experiment: Day One...

Day One. Log.

Episodes watched: 12
Episodes to go: 86 (remember, I'm only watching seasons 1-5 because I have been watching season 6 all along)
Pints of ice cream eaten: .5

Was originally planning to start this experiment tomorrow, on a day when I wasn't already somewhat bleary-eyed from staying up late to watch SNL in full (yes, I am a dork...and an old lady!), but I realized that if I planned to stick with my six day plan, I'd have to start now because I have weekend plans next week. Ones that include an all-day marathon of another show that I can't postpone. Priorities.

Got off to a late start, and may have underestimated the hour count because of all of the bonus features available on the DVDs that I probably won't be able to resist. Bunkering down on the couch, though, I have my dog, my laptop, and a whole bunch of snacks, so I should be all set! Ready? Here we go!

Initial thoughts: Well, for one thing, Terry O'Quinn has said that he didn't know that Locke was paralyzed prior to crashing on the island when they shot the pilot. I'm glad he pointed that lack of detail out because if he had known, he should have chosen to sit differently on the sand. The first night, when everyone is around the fire, he has one leg up, bent at the knee. In the second part of the episode, when he's playing backgammon, he is cross-legged. I think it would have been better if he had been sitting like he was still in the chair-- because a guy who has been for so long wouldn't be able to shake his normal behavior.

- I love how they set up from the very beginning that though Jack tries, he always unintentionally leads people to danger. First case in point: he tells Hurley to keep Claire completely still under the shade of a piece of wreckage. The top of the piece begins to break off and threatens to come down on the duo. Jack hauls ass across the sand to get them up and moving before it comes crashing down. Hurley really should have turned to him and offered his first 'dude'-- as in 'Dude, you told me not to let her move at all!'

- Shannon was so pissed at Boone when they first crashed, one would assume she wouldn't acknowledge him as her brother but instead call him properly by the "step" that oh so often gets emphasized when one is a petulant, bratty teenager. The show likes to play with people waaay too much, even when it's ridiculous and unnecessary.

- I don't remember the big bad of the monster being so already seeded in the pilot when I saw it the first time.

- I don't remember Walt's mom dying. Bad thing to be told on Mother's Day. I always imagined her grieving for her son, who she presumed dead from the crash, not the other way around. I guess neither is a very happy thing to think about today regardless.

- Not quite sure how Shannon managed to make it on the "hike" to try to find better reception considering she had asthma and later actually died of such causes.

- Oh, does the polar bear get explained as something that managed to time travel to the island? Is that why the comment about dinosaurs really isn't as crazy as it originally sounded? I still feel like I missed something here...but I'm not even up to season two yet, so I guess it's just the first of many questions the show raises that I need to add to a checklist.

- Holy sh*t, Hurley had a Discman!! I guess you don't realize how much can change until you see something as ridiculous as that! Were people really still using Discmen in 2004??

- Willing to spend twelve million to fly pieces of a plane out to Hawaii for the wreckage on the beach but not willing to use Katey Segal's ADR as Helen, the telephone operator? I thought everything was intertwined and would always relate back to each other, fated and full circle. Therefore, I don't understand the budget decisions of this show!

- I like how the show first set up the "good and evil," "light and darkness" using Jack and Sawyer. It was as if the show was teasing its audience with a bridge to "Lord of the Flies," but then it double-backed and ran through a jungle of a much different kind.

- Boone is the worst lifeguard ever!

- When does Sawyer stop being so racist??

- OMG, wait, it's TJ (Gilmore Girls)!!!!

- Actors have to lose and gain weight all of the time for roles. I'm going to sound like a bitch here, but it would have been much more realistic if Jorge Garcia lost some (not a lot but at least some) per season, just to make the whole "stranded on a desert island" thing more realistic. Assumedly Hurley was pretty stationary in his "regular" life, but on the island he was trekking on rough ground and hauling heavy supplies for hours at a time, all while not getting much sustenance, let alone any with trans fats. One notch on his belt after only eight episodes was a start-- a start to something that never got finished.

- I particularly love when super serious shows take detours for humor. It's a way to lighten the mood and remind everyone that things can always be worse, and even when they are, you can still stay human and find the spectrum of all the emotions. They do this extremely well in Supernatural, and they seem to have dabbled a bit (at least with the golf course and with Hurley and Charle's dialogue more in general) on LOST. Sadly I doubt LOST integrates humor much in the coming episodes, and that's quite a shame because there is a big opportunity to win over a casual viewer like myself.

- I hate how this show drags EVERYTHING out, even simply learning that Alex is not a he and is, in fact, a child. Not EVERYTHING has to be suspenseful and dramatic (see my last point)!

- No, Rousseau, you are WRONG! There are such things as monsters; Sam and Dean told me so, and I'm more inclined to believe them than some feral namesake who has been living in a jungle for almost two decades.

- Aaaahhh!!! It's Keir O'Donnell! And he's really Australian! He is a cutie, and I hope he is back for many more Claire flashbacks to come!

- For a show that capitalizes on intelligence and intrigue, they certainly spelled the sh*t out of the Claire back-story. I feel condescended. I now remember why I stopped watching this show in the first place. But for the sake of this experiment, I am powering through this second time around.

- I hope when the Oceanic Six finally make it off the island Hurley tracks Walt down and actually gives him that $20,000. Those are the kinds of moments-- as minute as they may be-- that I hope the show doesn't just drop. Fans appreciate the thorough follow-through!

- That bank-robber is hot; I'd make out with him, too, Kate!! Uh, and separately, why is Sun still pretending she doesn't speak English around Jack, even when Jin isn't there??

- One episode in the LOST universe is like three in the regular TV lexicon. That would explain why I thought Rousseau and the Others didn't show up until mid-season two, not one. That would also be a nice way to make the audience get in the characters' mindset (as Michael said, time doesn't matter on the island!), but really it just makes me wonder how much this week is going to age me!

- As little as I know about Jacob and his candidates to keep watch over the island, as well as Locke and his quest to find his destiny while living off the land, I can't imagine what could have gone so terribly wrong that he ended up not as the island's protector, as these early episodes seemed to elude he could be, but instead as the very thing reeking havoc and evil all over the grounds. I love watching him pull the strings-- planting some seeds-- in these early episodes, guiding everyone to their own destinies in a way but overseeing a bit omnipotently in another. But I am definitely more than intrigued enough to look forward to finding out!!

Yes, most of these are nitpicks, but in listing them, I feel like I can fit right in with the other super detailed blogs about the show!!

Verdict so far: I do believe that the writers had set up a very specific arc from the beginning. They may not have known all of the exact details as they were working on the first season, especially considering they didn't yet have an end date, but little things, like the fact that the game Locke was playing was backgammon and that though he was seated closer to the front of the plane, Bernard still ended up in the back bathroom, both (among so many others) seemed to have a very specific purpose and reason as a plot device.

Current lingering question: Is that it for Charlie's drug addiction/withdrawal? I mean, I know there's a lot going on for this island, but that was awfully damn fast!

Current theory: The series will end on Aaron, proving that even though the current arc has come to a head, the life and breath of the island is not truly over. Destiny always prevails, and it will be Aaron's destiny to unearth the secrets. He will find himself entangled in the mystery and mysticism without even trying-- and perhaps with others around him desperately trying to keep him out of it.

That's all for today, though. Now it's off to catch the season finale of The Amazing Race, a show I haven't really paid attention to all season because in it's sixteenth year it's increasingly redundant, and the penultimate episode of Desperate Housewives, which I have surprisingly really thoroughly enjoyed this year. You'd think after a day of TV, I'd at least want to go outside for a little bit, but no, I'm good. Apparently this is the kind of all-day work for which I was born and bred!

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