Friday, October 26, 2012

Live-Beefing LOST: Season 1, Disc 4

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't watched LOST, you may be confused or apathetic about the following post. Please go watch the series through at least once before bothering with my writings. Thank you.

s01e13 - Hearts And Minds

Okay, it's been a bit since I last beefed, but I'm back. Ooo an eye. But whose eye? Boone's eye. RUN'S HOUSE! I think my stereo remote needs new batteries. I think I'll get new batteries while Hurley is pestering Boone about boar. Boone flashback... I like Boone. I also like the hatch. I want to live inside the hatch... it's pretty neat in there, but I'm getting ahead of the show. Hurley wanting to catch fish is a really fun B-story. Or would it be C-story, considering there's now a Jack/Kate thing forcing its way into the episode. Sun has started a garden. Is this the episode where Kate finds out Sun can speak English? I like Sun, but she was wasted through seasons 5 and 6. Oh good, back to the hatch. Locke is stirring up some concoction which he will eventually drug Boone with. Man, Locke is just full of knowledge... How do people not love this man?! Hurley and Jin scenes are fun too. "You just said something mean, didn't you?" Boone wants to tell Shannon about the hatch, and now Locke has beat him over the head...

...and tied him up. Locke always has a plan. Sawyer/Boone crossover in the Sydney police station. Those little crossover bits thrilled me when I first watched this. Yep, there's Sun accidentally revealing that she speaks English. Now Michael and Kate know... Hurley's makeshift flannel net is hilarious. "You're gonna have to pee on my foot, man!" Locke just ran into Sayid and gave him a compass. Apparently Locke knows his way around the jungle well enough that he no longer needs it. Locke tied up Shannon too apparently, as far as Boone believes. Now he thinks they're being chased by the smoke monster... His hallucinatory state is frightening.

One of the earliest hints at the electromagnetic properties of the island, Sayid notices the compass doesn't work right. "At least, I think it's East." I think Boone should just NOT try to help people... it always gets him into trouble somehow. Between Shannon using him, people drowning, or falling off a cliff and dying, he just doesn't have the best luck in being helpful. Jack/Locke scenes are few and far between, but they are the BEST scenes of the whole series... far better than Kate/anyone scenes, that's for sure. "Your wife's hot." Well said, Hurley. "Over the lips, past the gums, yadda yadda... Oh god." Oh yeah, Claire's still gone... Charlie's still all mopey. "Trust him? No offense mate, but if there's one person I would put my absolute faith in to save us all, it would be John Locke." That has always been one of my favourite lines from this show. Now imaginary-Shannon is bitching at Boone. Man, if I had a Shannon in my mind, she's be a lot nicer and far more naked. Uh oh, more smoke monster. I wonder if THAT part is real, or just in his imagination as well... and it's got fake-Shannon.

Now drunk flashback-Shannon is coming on to Boone... and hallucina-Shannon is dead. Poor fake dead Shannon. Oh well. Boone is pissed at Locke, but only for a short bit until Locke explains how drugs work. "Time to let go." No, that's for season 6.

s01e14 - Special

WALT! Michael's looking for Walt... again. Seriously, has anyone counted how many times Michael shouts out Walt's name in this series?? Oh, he's named after Michael's dad... I wonder if Michael shouted "DAD!" a lot as a kid, like Walt does. Aha, Walt is learning how to throw knives. Michael won't be happy about this, for certain. Michael really hates Locke.

These maple cookies are delicious. That loft apartment is really bare. I think that wall needs something more than just bricks. Michael's wife is leaving him and trying to take the kid. "I'm gonna have to take the boy." Sayid and his map... and now Michael and his raft. It did turn out to be a pretty solid raft, I must admit. Aw shit, Michael just got run over by a car. In a flashback, that is... not on the island. Although, there ARE vans on the island, so technically that could have happened. It just didn't.

Charlie wants Claire's diary, but Sawyer has it. "Diary, the little limey runt just won't let up." Shannon's getting jealous of Locke for taking Boone's attention away. Locke is telling Walt to listen to his father, and still Michael gets pissed off at him. Walt's right, Michael IS a jerk. Oh no, he burned the polar bear comic book! Walt is mad and will be summoning a polar bear soon, just like he will have done with the birds in the up-coming flashback. Wait, what tense is that?! Future past tense? He will do it in the past in a little bit... Whatever. Michael may be a jerk, but his ex-wife is really low. She's practically extorting full custody from Michael when he's poor, helpless, and in a wheelchair.

Yeah, take THAT jerk-Michael. I actually do like Michael, but he's aggravating as all get-out. Aw, Charlie's in love with the missing pregnant girl. That sort of thing happened to me once. Okay so it didn't... but it will have happened in the future past flashback coming up! Aha, there's the birds smacking into the door. If anyone hasn't seen the missing piece called "Room 23" it's a great addition to Walt's bird abilities. (Info and link to watch it HERE.) Honestly, I think Walt's magnetic field increases when he's emotionally charged, which could explain things like birds being drawn to him. After all, he's "special" right?

They really do a good job at making Michael's character sympathetic, but he's still annoying with his attitude and constant shouting. Now he has to accept Locke's help to save Walt from the polar bear... Maybe this will help ease his anger towards Locke, but probably not. Aww and Vincent is still missing... again. This scene with the box of letters is a pretty good bonding scene between Michael and Walt. It almost makes up for all the anger and shouting. Charlie noticed something in Claire's diary. Hey, she mentioned the Black Rock... I forgot about that. Oh, and now she's back.

s01e15 - Homecoming

Yes, that's right folks... Claire's back... and she has amnesia!! Now Charlie's trying to flirt with the pregnant amnesiac. This was a pretty good Charlie episode. I like the flashback story of him attempting to clean-up and go straight. Ethan's back, and he just knocked out Jin. Smart move considering how bad-ass Jin turns out to be. Ethan wants Claire back. Charlie and Ethan fighting over Claire. Oh the crazy love triangles on this show.

One of their big plans for security that just simply fails... The Others must be laughing it up, watching them prepare their little traps and alarms. The scene at dinner reveals a bit of vulnerable honesty from Charlie, when he's talking about his band's future. "I think that Drive Shaft might be... dead." Boone fell asleep on the job. Bad Boone. And now Scott's dead. "I guess old Steve drew the short straw." Boone really should stop trying to help. Funny thing is, the guy who died claimed his name was Steve in a prior episode when someone called him Scott. This show has the best funerals. "I'm sorry I kept calling you Steve."

I really do wish things had worked out for Charlie and that Lucy chick. Aside from her wearing the pants in their relationship, she would have been good for him. Oh well, he has a pregnant girl who can't remember him now. The cool island music definitely adds to this "screwing up a work presentation" montage. Yes, because every plan involving guns on this island works out wonderfully.

Jack versus Ethan, round 2. Ethan's still winning. Ah, but Jack has backup. Yeah, great job Charlie. Shoot the prisoner. How did he get so good at shooting anyways? It's hard being an ex-junkie. No one seems to trust you to do anything.

s01e16 - Outlaws

I love a good Sawyer episode. And this is definitely a pretty good one... with the exception of the "I Never" scene with Kate. I think that is one of the worst scenes of this entire series. Sawyer chased a boar into the jungle and now he's hearing whispers. That's never a good thing. I like it when Sayid and Sawyer are civil with each other, almost friendly sometimes even. Oh hey, it's Agent John Doggett. Oh the "Tampa Job". Can you believe there are some fans that still claim the Tampa job is one of the IMPORTANT unexplained mysteries of this show?! Yeah, those people are idiots.

Oh good, Kate is going to try to get the gun back from Sawyer. This ought to prove to be annoying. Charlie and Hurley trying to bury Ethan is great. I really like the dynamic between the two of them. Oh god, the "I Never" scene. This is friggin' moronic, and Kate is pretty much at the peak of annoyance here. Oh thank god THAT's over. Back to the boar hunt. Leave it to Kate to completely miss the point of a parable.

I feel bad for the food truck guy Sawyer kills. He seems like an honestly friendly guy. Of course, it's his talk with Jack's dad that inspires him to go back and shoot the guy. Great job, Christian. Aww the cute little baby boar. I want a pet boar. Oh and of course, he didn't even kill the right guy. "It'll come back around." This wood-cutting scene makes me think ahead to another wood-cutting scene where Sawyer tells Jack about when he met his father. I'm fairly certain Sawyer was the one cutting wood in that scene...

Monday, October 08, 2012

Live-Beefing LOST: Season 1, Disc 3

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't watched LOST, you may be confused or apathetic about the following post. Please go watch the series through at least once before bothering with my writings. Thank you.

s01e09 - Solitary

Alright, I have a cup of Foldgers and some sunflower seeds... Healthy snack ready for more beefing. Sayid is looking at a picture of Nadia, with some scribblings that I'm pretty sure is in a made-up language for this show. Anyone try to translate that!? Now he's digging up the huge cable that leads into the water... so of course, he follows it the other direction. We'll find out where it leads into th water later, but curiosity still would have led me in to find out then. Aww Kate is trying to look pensive and worrisome. Yeah, Jack, don't torture people. Jerk. Sayid is showing off his mad tracking skills by setting off a booby trap... and getting caught.

I love the hypochondriac guy. The show needed more of him. Oh! This is the one with the golf course! Hooray for Hurley! "Things could be worse..." "HOW?!" And now we meet the French chick, torturing Sayid... and jump to Sayid torturing someone else. This was before the whooshes. I've always loved how smoothly this show transitioned between any given language and English just so subtly that you barely even notice. Why that girl looks like Nadia... it IS Nadia. Sayid sproing. Ethan! Ethan is awesome. Hi, I'm Michael and I hate John Locke for no explicable reason.

Rousseau has got herself a pretty neat little shack set up there. I wouldn't mind living in a place like that. I blame her though for the stupid nickname "The Others" ... If I had been on that island, I would have refused to call them that. Yes, Sayid... flirt with the prisoner. That will get her talking. Walt's bored. Gee, with the amount that Michael ignores him, it's no wonder that kid wants to hang out with the cool hunter guy. So Nadia's dead... but she really isn't. Was there a reason for him lying about that? And now Hurley presents the golf course. This is why Hurley outlives everyone: he understands relaxation and de-stressing.

This is another one of those "not much actually happens on this episode" episodes of season 1. I am going to find out what that hypochondriac's name is. I feel like I used to know this... I'll do that while Sayid is fixing a music box. Sullivan. His name is Sullivan. I guess we get a bit of exposition about the French woman on this episode. We get the name Alex, Danielle, and how she crashed... and the sickness. Still, not much actually happens on this episode. And there it is: "The Others" Dude, call them "the natives" at least. The Others is a horrible nickname for a group of people. I think I honestly cringed every time someone called them that on this show. Ooo Shannon in a bikini again! This episode isn't all too bad. "A doctor playin' golf. Whoo, boy howdy, now I've heard everything." Danielle is off to shoot a bear. I can tell by the sound that it's not the smoke monster. Oh now there's a whoosh. Why was there no whoosh before?!? Oh well, whatever. I need more coffee.

Sayid has broken free and now he's rummaging through papers before grabbing a gun and escaping. Oh I'm sorry Walt for being such a horrible dad... Now shut up so I can play golf. Aww Sayid's letting his lady friend go free. He's really a softy at heart, underneath all the layers of torturing. Unfortunately, this will lead him to weeping and being teary-eyed for the rest of the series. From one end of the spectrum to the other. But for now, it's Danielle who's weepy and over-dramatic. "I'll take that action." Fantastic line read there, Kate. You sound like Jake Lloyd. I think Locke should teach everyone how to throw knives. I would watch a show of just that. Sayid is hearing whispers... Creeeeepy.

s01e10 - Raised By Another

Oh hey Claire... Lookin' good, all not-pregnant and stuff. Yes, follow the baby sounds out into the jungle. Brilliant. Locke is messing with Tarot cards... He should stick to the black and white eyes. I think it would make Michael trust him more. Man, Australians have some weird dreams.

So they show the discovering of the pregnancy, but not the conception?! What a rip. "If we wanted to, we could do this." Yeah, I thought doing it was what got you into this mess in the first place. [sarcasm] This show needed more Kate/Jack scenes. I don't think it had nearly enough. [/sarcasm] Now Charlie is kind of just trying to embed himself into her life. But hey, it seems to work eventually. I don't know why that technique never worked for me. The psychic. Despite him coming out as a fraud later to Eko, I still think he actually saw something with Claire... Mostly due to his freaked out reaction. He probably isn't used to it actually working. It was never confirmed nor denied, but I really believe that was possibly the only time anything's actually happened for him.

"He wuz troying to hught moi boy-bee." Oh Scott and Steve. Some of the best extras ever. The biggest unanswered mystery of the show: why is Hurley his nickname? WHY?!?! Thomas is the deadbeat father of the year. He could have at least waited until it was born, geez. I love how frightened Hurley is of Locke. Oh Ethan... Little did we know then who he really was. I like his subtle jab at the fact that no one knows he wasn't on the plane. Jack has horrible bed-side manners. He could have handled that whole "giving Claire the sedatives" thing a lot better. Oh shut up, Charlie.

Man this psychic won't give up on Claire keeping the baby. He should be a motivational speaker or something. Hurley trying to get the manifest from Sawyer is a wonderful scene. "Screw off?" Hurley/Sawyer scenes are kind of rare early on, but they are always great. Oh no! Baby might be coming even though I know it isn't. Get Jack! Man, giving away a baby gets you some good money. I need to give away some babies! I'll be rich! But Claire, think of the money! Yes Ethan is the perfect person to send for Jack. I hope he gets him fast! ...or maybe he'll just come and take Claire away. Whatever.

The psychic knew she'd almost die in a plane crash! Either way, the baby isn't coming now... Of course, neither is Jack. Ethan wasn't on the plane... That was a pretty huge reveal back in the day. Now, it merely serves as a set-up for the next episode.

s01e11 - All The Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues

What?! Ethan wasn't on the plane?!?! Oh wait, I knew that. Locke and his tracking skills. "A Hobbit lay here... and the other." Jack never believes anything. Like a person being dead for instance. No, YOU call it. No, YOU call it. This is when Boone teams up with Locke for the first time. Fine, you don't want me in your party, I'll throw my own! Jack and his father arguing is a running theme in the show, even down to the last episode! "I might not be a warrior, but I am going south!" That gets my vote for quote of the episode. Jack argues with Locke almost as much as he does with his dad.

Technically, Kate and Jack took the correct trail... but whatever, Locke and Boone find a hatch! A box company owned by Hurley, nonetheless. Jack is erratic. I wonder why anyone follows him in anything at all. Sure, guilt your son into saving your career. The greater good. So you lose a few patients here or there because you're drunk off your ass. Ya gotta think of the big picture here.

Now Sayid is afraid of Sawyer. Ha! Serves you right. Of course, Sawyer is awesome and really has no intention of causing any harm. Walt is far too lucky. Man, if only Hurley had given Walt the $20,000 he owed him in the post-series clip. It would have been a better gift than the Apollo bar. Locke's got crazy weather-prediction skills. That sounded like a combination of Claire and the Hurley bird. Ethan is kicking the crap out of Jack. Ethan SMASH!

One thing you have to give Jack, he's pretty strong in his convictions. Sometimes he's a bit too stubborn though, but otherwise, it's a good trait to have. Turning your dad in and killing his career due to your convictions is pretty hardcore, really. Especially to his face. That takes guts. Yet another almost-death for Charlie... He is hanging from a tree. The Island really has it in for that man. Technically, you could chalk this up to an actual death and then resurrection. Cuz that man is pretty gone. Oh he's back now.

I'd say traumatized is a fairly correct state to be in after an experience like that. "No Boone, we're not lost." Yes you are. That's the name of the damn show.

s01e12 - Whatever The Case May Be

Kate's climbing trees again. So what else is new? Oh crap, this is the one with the briefcase, isn't it? Well at least there's a lot of Sawyer. "Me Kate. Me throw rock!" That water does look quite refreshing. I kind of want to go swimming now. Wait, is this the same waterfall slash pond from Cocktail?! God I hope not.

I don't understand how people can open their eyes in normal water, but this murky green water seems like it would be even worse. Oh geez, they're arguing about moving inland again. Good, they're done. Now talk about tides and map translations and equations... what Lost does best. Second only to squabbles between relatives. Thank you, Boone and Shannon, for returning the show back to sibling rivalry. (Oddly, what the show really, truly comes down to.) Oh no, Kate's in the midst of a bank robbery! I hope she survives... Kate is on top of someone again. This happens way too often to be healthy.

Ooo Shannon in a bikini! Also happens too often to be healthy, but I am not complaining. I think Sayid is using "translate papers in French" as a euphemism for sex. Oh Rose... This show suffered from a lack of Rose. She should have been in far more episodes than she was really. Kate is a middle-school student with a growth speed issue, right? Because she sure acts like it. Wait, Kate the criminal is one of the robbers?! Shock!

Oh yeah, this was before anyone but Michael knew about Sun's language ability. I think it was the raft-burning episode that brings that to light. Charlie is kind of cynical... and Rose is just about the perfect person to talk to him right now. "Maybe I should have died." I've thought that this whole time. Charlie is/was supposed to die. Digging up the marshal... Nothing stays buried on this island for long. Back to the bank robbery. Now back to corpse digging upping. I'm glad Jack didn't fall for her sleight-of-hand. Things like that make me like Jack more. He ain't no fool. Well, not much of one at least.

"The sea of silver sparkles that change." Makes perfect sense to me. Threatening to withhold medication from a patient in order to get something from him... Great doctoring there Jack. I'm sure there's something in the Hippocratic oath about that. I think the guy from St. Tropez's kid hated you because you probably broke up his parents' marriage, Shannon.

Anyways, I think this episode is when I officially didn't like (or care about) Kate at all. All this unnecessary drama and nonsense for a little toy plane. Drags tons of people in, occasionally causing them to die, just for the sake of her having that little toy that belonged to a guy she thinks she loved (but used and caused the death of)... What a selfish, moronic, immature bitch.