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LOST, the Re-Watch

I’m doing a re-watch of LOST, showing it to Claire for the first time. The look on her face during every episode makes me laugh.

What? I think it only fair to warn him.

I won’t lie.  I’m a huge fan of Survivor and have been for a long time.  So, the fact that Jeff Probst responded to my tweet MADE MY DAY.

Claire was so excited, too!

Hopefully this will make her lenient with him when they’re discussing his severance package.  😉

Everything that has ever happened is real, and if the ghost at the end of the show says that’s true, it’s true.

Can you stomach one more LOST recap? Me neither.  Just kidding!  😉

I truly have “moved on” and “let go,” but I like “remembering.”  Plus, I feel like I want to put this out there. The six years I’ve devoted to the show deserve that.

I also want to give a shout out to Therese from Tubular.  They asked me to do a write-up on one of my favorite characters of LOST, and here is a link to that article!

Anyway, back to business…

I’m going to explain my views, just so you can add them to your collection. These are the views I had when I watched the show before discussing them with anyone else, and after watching it again, I still hold them dear to my heart. I’ve since found some people who agree with me, and others who believe differently.

For example, there are some theorists who think The Sideways wasn’t “real”…that it was a purgatory of sorts.

I disagree.  Kinda.  Let me explain.

Now, just because I disagree doesn’t mean I think people are wrong. I think that’s the beauty of LOST. None of us are wrong. It is what it is, and it all depends on who we are.

So, without further ado, here are some of my closing observations about LOST.

Is the entire Sideways a purgatory of sorts?
My view: No.

Okay, okay, let me explain. Some big names in the land of LOST Recaps have gone on record saying they feel the Sideways was a purgatory of sorts. That’s great. I respect that, and I can see where they’d come to that conclusion.

Personally, I see the evidence a little differently. I believe The Sideways and The Church are two different things.

As Desmond explains to Kate, “here” (meaning The Sideways) and “the church” (meaning the place they created together to remember each other) are two different things. He says, “No one can tell you why you’re here. I’m not talkin’ about the church. I’m talkin’ about here.”

To me, the church is a “gathering place” of sorts (some choose to use the word purgatory for this, and that’s fine, although that definition is rather limiting, in my opinion), but the Sideways really happened. I think Jughead was the boulder in the stream needed to divert the two timelines (like Daniel explained), creating the Sideways, and I believe what Christian told Jack about how they all created the church as a place to meet.

Add to this the fact that Christian explains to Jack that “Everything that has ever happened is real,” and that’s why I see a distinct difference in the two “places.”

Are they all dead?
To answer this question, I need to ask you this: Where?

Are they all dead in The Sideways? No. Are they all dead in The Church? Probably.  Yeah, okay, maybe.

Now, let me explain.

LOST is notorious for toying with the concept of “dead.” Does every one of them die? Of course, at one time or another. We all die.

Even Christian is careful not to give Jack a straight answer when he asks him point blank if “all of them” are dead. He says, “Everybody dies, kiddo,” and goes on to say that some have died before Jack and some “long after” him.

Is Jack dead? Yes, at the church. I can see that. To me, the conversation he has with his father proves that. It is interesting that Kate doesn’t go in the same door to the meeting place (church) as Jack does; Jack goes in the back.  Does this mean they are all just remembering Jack?  Maybe.  Are they really dead in the church?  I’ll get to this in a minute.

Are they all dead in The Sideways? Like I said, I really don’t think so. If Christian says it happened, I kinda believe it. If Desmond says it happened, I definitely believe it. In re-watching The End, I was reminded that Desmond tried to tell Jack about his Sideways Life, while ON the island. He tried to “wake him up” there. He told him he sat by him and the plane didn’t crash. He told him he was happy there.

I’m choosing to believe this means the Sideways really happened. I’m choosing to believe that Aaron was raised by Charlie and Claire.  Ji Yeon was raised by Sun and Jin.  Sawyer and Juliet get to live together.  Kate stops running.  Sayid and Shannon get to grow in their relationship.  Jack makes peace with his father’s memory, and so on.

I even have two views of the church.

First, I can see this:  They are all just subconsciously remembering everyone when they “go” to the church…

Or: When they are at the church, yes, all of them have already died.

Either way, we don’t know when this really is.

We don’t know when John arrives. We don’t know “when” any of them arrive. They all have on different clothes. Ben doesn’t have his arm in a sling. Hurley and Ben talk about their stint on the island after Jack’s death. We don’t know when this is. There is no now. Christian also explains that there is no “now” there. For some reason, I totally understand what he’s talking about. I mean, we don’t know “when” we’re looking at this place. 80 years could have passed, and this could be from 5 years ago, and it could be all at once.

That doesn’t mean the Sideways didn’t really happen.

Now, if you remember anything about the LOST observations I’ve had before, I’ve always been about trying to figure out the mysteries of the island. So, it would surprise you to realize that I don’t really care that they didn’t answer major questions.

Yes, I really am shallow enough that the moment Juliet and Sawyer kissed at the vending machine, aliens could have swooped in and turned the screen black, and I’d still be happy with the ending of LOST….because it means so much more to me than that.

So, there we have it. Those are MY views on how I’M interpreting the ending of LOST.

Part of me LOVES the fact that there is no clear-cut interpretation.  That is so LOST!

When I gave up looking for answers, the meaning just came to me: They all found each other. They all moved on. Does this mean they were all dead in the Sideways? Maybe. Maybe not. Either way, the ending was beautiful.

As a shout out to all the remaining questions, I’m posting a link to a video. This video sums up the questions that are left, and it makes me laugh out loud.

AND!  If you’d like to see someone recap the entire series in less than 3-minutes, check this out!

Anyway, regardless of how you describe what they’ve shown us, and however you reconcile it in your head, we’ve come to the end. We know all we’ll ever know about LOST, and just like a good book, the meaning can shift and change as we do.  I’ll miss LOST terribly, but I was shocked to be happy at the end. I am truly happy for the characters.

I let go. I believed what they showed me. It was beautiful. The End.

Namaste & Good Luck!

😉

My LOST Disclaimer. There are no Spoilers in this post.

I am still reeling from last night’s finale!

I’ve had people ask me what I thought and I’ll say this:

I LOVED IT.

I love the fact that how it ended is just as much who the viewer is as what we saw. I’m taking a very simple approach to this, and I won’t spoil anything here…but my view is different than some and right on track with others.

And that’s okay.
That’s brilliant writing.

Was I satisfied?
Yes.
Were there major questions left unanswered?
Yes.
Am I actually okay with that?
Oddly enough, yes…but that’s because what I got from the ending trumps all of that.

*I* think it’s worth every minute I devoted to this show. *I* LOVED the ending. In true LOST style, there are people on both ends of the spectrum, and everywhere in between. The way they wrapped it up at the end was so unexpected and awesome that I haven’t stopped thinking about it. So…when someone asks me if watching the show was worth it or if they should continue or start, here is my LOST Disclaimer “Yes! Watch them…but you can’t blame me if it tortures you.”

🙂

Feel free to post spoilers in the comments. THERE WILL BE SPOILERS IN THE COMMENTS. So, if you haven’t seen it yet, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS.

What did you think?

Seriously. Not knowing who was in the coffin was almost the death of me.

As we get to the final Tuesday in the history of LOST, some of us are frustrated with the lack of answers provided this season.

I’ve defended this show and its writers from the very beginning, and honestly, I’m finding that I need to defend it even harder toward the end.

Answers. I want answers. I don’t need answers to everything, but some of the key things would be nice. The fact that they’re throwing really cheezy things in at the very end is a bit frustrating, but it is what it is.

I’ve really tried to go with the flow this season and not map out what I think to be the perfect ending on my white board. Ha. Like it would all fit on one white board.

The ending is bittersweet for me. This show has been a huge part of my life for the last 6 years. That’s longer than my own daughter has been a part of my life.

Every once in a while, I get waves of sadness.
Yes, I know this is lame.

It’s just a show!

Right?
Right.

Anyway, I can’t wait to see what they throw at us tonight…and the Finale is Sunday. I can’t believe the end is so near.

And, as much as I want more answers, when feeling anxious, I remind myself that I’m just happy to know who was in the coffin! 😉

Happy cinco de mayo!

I’d love to take a Fajita Field Trip to Spanish Johnny’s…who’s with me!?

I hope we see Libby and Hurley there.

😉

And it’s all LOST’s fault.

I’ve been having a TOUGH time remembering that today is Tuesday.

…and it’s all LOST’s fault!

How will I remember which day is Tuesday after the Finale on May 23rd (which is a Sunday, by the way…SO confusing!)…?

Well, Tuesdays will be the nights I have my Lost Without LOST Support Group Meetings, of course. 😉

My thoughts on LOST

As you may remember, in seasons past, I’ve written my LOST observations after each show. (I even reviewed the Missing Pieces they ran during the Writers’ Strike.)  Well, I decided to do something a little differently this time.

I’m trying really hard to just watch the show. I don’t take notes. I’m not writing about my speculations in great detail. I’m just trying to soak up the show and see where it takes us.

It’s ending, and I’m very sad.

I do involve myself in some re-cap blog comment bantering, and I do participate in a LOST chat, if I have time, on the Wednesday following the episode.

I do have some theories, but I really am just trying to take it all in. That being say, here are some things I have bouncing around in my head:

I, for one, do not like Jacob. I don’t think he embodies all that is “good.” In my mind, he’s way too manipulative to be “truly good.” By that same token, I don’t think the Man in Black is “evil.” I don’t think either one of them is 100% of either thing.  BOTH of them have been behind people dying.  BOTH of them mislead people for their own gain.

I think they are a yin/yang. They are the black and white rocks sitting in the balance in the painting in Widmore’s office. They each have light and dark forces in them.

That being said, I think they are (or were?) the same being.

I could be totally wrong, and that’s okay.

I think the LOSTies need to band together to fight BOTH of them, or just let them duke it out while they make their escape.  “Live (fight them?) together, die alone” comes to mind.  😉

Also, I find it highly suspect that we get to the 6th Season to find out the show is about two random dudes who may or may not represent all that is good and evil? Really? I really hope it’s about more than that. (I do think the last episode “Happily Ever After” starts taking us in a slightly different direction than that, and for that I’m glad…and hopeful.)

Another thing that gives me pause has to do with when Desmond turned the fail-safe key.  Remember that?  The hatch exploded. The sky turned purple. The hatch door crashed onto the beach. Desmond shows up in the jungle totally nekkid, much to Hurley’s surprise.

And, the LOSTies go on as if nothing happened? Really? Who’s to say some time-wonkiness didn’t happen then?

Also, the Dharma Initiative people (and the Others, for that matter) have always referred to “The Incident.” They’ve never been specific in what that was. I’m thinking Jughead always went off….at least in some capacity. I’m thinking whatever happened to create the two timeline versions (2004B, the “sideways” we’re seeing now) could be related or could be something different altogether.

What happened, happened…right? I’m just losing track of which whats are what. 😉

So, that’s what I’ve got bouncing around in my head. What about you? Are you a LOST fan? Are you analyzing it to death or just along for the ride?

All I do know at this point is that I will be lost without LOST. I’ll need to join a support group of some sort. Starting May 23rd, I’ll have time on Tuesday nights. 😉

Another little TV Clip!

The little clip we taped after the Martino TV show is up!

And, don’t forget to enter to win these products over at Mile High Mamas!

A behind-the-scenes peek at Live TV

As you know, I had the opportunity to do a Live TV segment on Fox 31’s Martino TV yesterday. I found out as I was headed out the door that I was going to be on that show, rather than Good Day Colorado.  I’ve been doing more and more of these little TV stints here and there, so I’m used to being flexible.

Still…I was shocked!  I was going to get to meet Tom Martino! He is a household name here, and he’s someone that I consider to be a celebrity. So, not only am I doing a presentation on Live TV, Tom Martino will be there!? Gee! No pressure!

But, I’ll let you in on a little secret. I was in sales for a good 6-years. I can do a presentation frontwards, backwards, and probably while standing on my head…but my wardrobe stylist frowns upon that.

Speaking of wardrobe stylists, I have to give my sister credit. She’s my go-to person when it comes to clothing advice. She helped me with my wardrobe for last Live TV appearance, too! She lives in California (and I’m in Colorado), but by the magic of texting and photo-mail, we put together an outfit that works! …and it only took an hour-and-a-half. Imagine how efficient she’d be if she could actually see my closet!

I told her she should do this for a living, but then I wouldn’t be able to afford her.

So, back to Tom Martino…

I figured out how to get to the FOX 31 studio, which wasn’t hard. Figuring out where to park was, but once you know what to look for, it’s super-simple. (It’s really easy to see where you need to go once you’ve gone past it. Funny how that works.)

I’d given myself plenty of time to get there, with the rush-hour traffic and possibility of getting totally lost. I finally figure out where to go, and park. I’m sitting there checking some last-minute things on Glenda when I see a truck pull into the parking garage.

It’s Tom Martino! Or, at least I think it is. I’m pretty sure it is. It has to be, right? What are the odds of a Tom Martino look-alike at the FOX31 parking garage?

I have to walk right by the truck on the way to the “Visitor Entrance” sign, so I stop and say, “Excuse me. You’re Tom Martino?”

He looks at me with a wary look and answers affirmatively. It’s official: Tom Martino thinks I’m a crazy stalker-lady.

I put my best “I’m not a stalker” smile on and said, “I thought so! I think I’m on your 9am show!”

He immediately relaxes and pretends that I’m not a crazy stalker-lady.

He escorts me to the building, and to Security, and then on to the Green Room.

All the while, he’s making small talk and I’m trying really hard not to shout “IT’S TOM MARTINO! YOU’RE TOM MARTINO!” out loud. I have to pretend to be calm. I need to be cool. This isn’t a big deal at all. *cough*

Unlike the other Live TV gig I did where I didn’t even have a mirror before I went on the air, FOX31 has a real Green Room. It’s a Green Room with soothing lighting and a lighted mirror and a sink! Yes, the photo I took of the sign is a tad blurry because I’m trying not to be conspicuous about taking a photo of the Green Room.

Amateur.

I have plenty of time to set up, and seeing the behind the scenes action is really cool. I’m amazed by the cameras that glide across the floor like sentient robots, moving with minds of their own. The lights and colors of the studio are fantastic. Everything is so vivid. Headset’d people are walking around saying random things to the people on the other end of their mics.

People I’ve only ever seen on TV introduce themselves to me.
I’m in awe.

I go over my script. Like any sales presentation I’ve ever done, I always have a script. It serves as a guide and safety net, and I know that I’ll be pulled off track, but I can always see it in my head. It’s there, ready to catch me, ready to pull me back on track. I never have ANY IDEA what they’ll ask me, so I have to be prepared. I’m good at going with the flow, so I wasn’t too worried.

Still…it’s live TV.

I’m mic’d, and it’s too late to turn back now.

Smile.
Breathe.
Don’t mess with your hair.
Smile.
Breathe.

And, just like that, it was over.

The segment went really well.  (Click here to see it!) I wasn’t sure what to expect with Tom Martino and Paula Haddock, but they were great.

I was asked by Paula to tape another clip that they’ll use during a 4pm show (I don’t know when, but I’ll keep you posted). We were going to do that when she was done with Martino TV, so I got to see the rest of the show from an inside seat.

There is a lot of bantering that goes on behind the scenes, and it was so much fun to eavesdrop.  I may or may not have tweeted about the fact that I was watching from the best seats in the house.  I loved seeing the comments about the segment come in before I’d even seen it.  That’s the funny part about doing Live TV…you see it after everyone else does, even though you’re right there.

When they wrapped up that show, I went with Paula to do another clip. If there’s anything worse than being mic’d once, it’s being mic’d twice. I have a love/hate relationship with the mic. Oh, who am I kidding? I don’t love it. It is fun to think “I wonder who will hear what I say if I talk now?”

I learned from my last Live TV Segment that they’re tricky little things. I’d figured that into my wardrobe choice. After a tiny bit of wiggling, everything was in place, and we were good to go.

When that clip was finished, Paula helped free me from the mic, find my way back to the Green Room and then back to the elevator.

And, just like that, I was back in the real world and found myself waiting in line to pick up Claire from preschool.

I’ll admit…the rest of my day seemed rather boring. 😉