Smokey Lockeson

Now that we are in the last season of Lost, I have am reflecting on moments involving the smoke monster (forgive me if these make no sense, it’s very early):

Perhaps NuLocke has always done favors for Ben, as Ben “called” him after Wydmore’s men killed Alex.

Smokey attempted to pull Locke down the hole back in the first season.

Smokey staring down Eko and appearing to back off, only to return and kill him later.  Did Eko disappoint him?

Dharma (or the others) actually did a heck of a better job keeping Smokey out with their “fence” versus the stupid ash/powder the templers would pour on the ground.

Grabbing and changing the French party into crazies like Rousseau?

I’m also curious to know what other forms NuLocke was able to take.  Claire sat with Christian very similarly to the way she welcomed NuLocke, though she hadn’t been hit too hard with the crazy stick.  Is Christian another being?  Or are there two representations of him?  Does the name Christian Shepard mean what it sounds like?  Does this mean the shack that Ben and Locke never had anything to do with Jacob in the first place and was all part of NuLocke, tricking Ben all along?

Losting in a New World

So I totally absolutely completely and sincerely apologize for NOT blogging about Lost yet.  There is no excuse.  I have none.  I sat down now to actually compose a blog about Survivor which I can come up with half a dozen subjects to discuss for the 2 episodes we’ve seen.  Then I realized how long it’s been since I spoke about Lost and I felt bad.

There are so many things I could say, but I want to see where this is going...

Please understand, this does not mean that I am not enjoying Lost, quite the contrary.  It’s amazing how the writers can actually take the story into directions I had never imagined in ways that keep my attention.  The problem is…it’s easier to talk about Survivor because it’s an all star season, and the show is chock full of moments to discuss, pick on, laugh at, rejoice in, and worry about.  It’s all straight forward.  I know what to think of Survivor. I don’t know what to think of Lost.

I know we have two universes being the result of the nuclear bomb.  I know that the explosion triggered what would become the death of the island (something I’m not sure happened immediately since we know Ben is alive and well off the island).  The island’s presence gone was something we had suspected and that Flight 815 would land safely in LA.  What I didn’t expect was how much the island interfered with people’s lives before they came to the island.  I had never thought of that.  I knew Richard had visited young Locke and Jacob had made sure to say hello to everyone to specific people as well.  The island of course was the heart of the Dharma Initiative which transported many souls there, employing hundreds of people on whatever the heck they were working on (which still isn’t clear).  It became the magnate to draw Desmond there and Penny’s father, Charles, is probably not the same man he eventually became.

I just don’t know what to say yet.  I refuse to speculate.  I’m always wrong.  Far from wrong.  Wrong wrong wrong wrong.  I am tired of being wrong.  We are dealing in time travel, universe paradox, balance between good and evil as well as minor supernatural elements such as Miles’ ghost talking and Hurley may have it too.  How can I possibly know where this is all going? How can I even venture a guess?  No, I learned my lesson from Harry Potter where I attempted to imagine how Rowling would write the final book and I couldn’t have been more wrong.  The good news in that is I was completely satisfied with her ending.  It’s rare when that happens, most of the time I’m always disappointed.  So far the writers have been keeping me entertained and still guessing.

I’m going to just take the attitude to sit back and relax.  So far we’ve learned that the bomb going off didn’t reset the story but simply created a possible tangent to the story.  We’ve learned the meaning of the numbers which have assignments to certain characters.  We’ve learned a bit more of the NotLocke character as well as meeting a whole new group of others.  Some things I’ve been happy about (the numbers), pleasantly entertained by (the NotLocke) or irritated to their presence (the others in the temple).  But even the latter certainly is entertaining to watch if it’s only in my desire to hope they are wrong (about Sayid).

The season is still young, we’ve got more new episodes ahead of us than behind us so I’m hoping Lost winds up not living up to it’s name, but it’s reputation.

A Month In

So we are a month into the new year. I’m already behind on one of my NY’s resolutions as I promised every weekend I would come up with an update.  So sorry, but I did post mid-week with that cute Lost video.  Doesn’t that give me some leeway?

I wasn’t exactly inspired to write about TV shows.  Survivor is coming out soon and I’m really tempted to focus on how Russell is NOT the greatest player the game has ever seen.  But that should be its own topic, not as a footnote in a summary blog.

So where to begin?  Right now Chuck is on and I’m letting Tivo record it.  Now that they have given us Agent Douche, I’m pretty sure I’m gonna have to have the FF button ready.  It’s not that he’s the newest threat to the Chuck/Sarah ship, but it’s just I realized he doesn’t have any flaws.  He’s got a past and obviously was crushed when his fiancée agent got killed on assignment.  And of course that will go hand in hand in Sarah’s wariness about her feelings for Chuck now that they are still part of the spy business.  My problem is he doesn’t have any flaws.  Chuck is insecure and prone to panic, Casey is fairly callous, and Sarah is overprotective of Chuck (Agent Douche is right about that).  While on that note, I do like this new Hannah chick but the show is dangerously close to making her pretty perfect too. I really do hate Mary Sue type characters, no matter, what gender.

I’m still watching CSI and I go about my life watching and enjoying the few times I see Greg on the show.  But my eyes did not deceive me that they gave us a freaking “Sandle” moment.  OMG, yes they did!  Sara and Greg actually shared a little bit about her *cough*disgusting*cough* marriage and how she seems happier in LV without her husband. I’m trying not to let me get sucked in.  But if Slynn begins writing a new FF, we will know the cold weather is because hell hath frozen over!

Heroes will be coming on soon.  I’m sure my girl Nolebucgrl is waiting patiently for me to log in so we can shake our heads and cringe at the dialogue/plot/character/non-twists we are forced to endure.  It really is quite extraordinary how this show has at least half a dozen chances to make something interesting, and they take the path of most boring every single time.  Tonight should feature Sylar and Peter locked in Sylar’s mind, no thanks to Matt who is supposed to be walking on the dark side this season, but only comes across like a teddy bear trying to convince kids baby aspirin is a narcotic.  If only he would turn against his wife Janice with the bad hair, she looks eerily like Kurt from Glee and it’s driving me insane as I do not want to see break into the numerous songs about Superman.

I’m also trying to wait patiently for Law & Order.  I thought there would be a new episode last week but alas, they broke my heart by giving me a rerun.  It’s Jay Leno’s fault I’m sure.

Lastly I know there is something I should be excited about.  What could that be?  I’m thinking up 8 different choices, but instead I get 15 answers which turns into 16 more questions that in 23 hours might happen.  What could it be?

Will Lost answer all it’s questions?

The last season of Lost and there are so many questions to get through.  The producers have already gone on record to state not ALL QUESTIONS will be answered, but since the show has usually met or exceeded expectations, I’m going to see how things fall into place before I call them out on that.

Meanwhile, a hilarious parody has shown up on youtube and I must say, having to endure Petula Clark on my parent’s record player and 8 track, it’s about time someone took “Downtown” and put it to better use:

Honestly in watching the video, I had forgotten a lot of these questions and I suppose it’s worth nothing some I really don’t care about (like if the bird said Hurley’s name or not).

Cynical Hope

So Big Brother is winding down…thank God.  I have to admit this season was decent and for a few short days I actually was riveted.  Now that Michelle is out of the house because Jeff and Jordan proved to be the stupidest partnership since Beavis and Butthead, I’m not sure I even want to watch the finale.  I can live with watching people I dislike wind up in the final two, like Natalie and Kevin.  But their despicable game is only known to be 100% deplorable by the audience.  Some of the HGs have no idea how dirty these two have played it, even if they slightly suspect it’s not enough to think they are that detestable.  (I feel like I should get a reward for using “d” words to describe their derogatory behavior.)

So what’s coming up?  Heroes I’m trying to get excited about.  Rachel Melvin will show up in the season premiere and I’m curious to see her scenes.  I’m mildly interested in the carnival but this show has disappointed almost as often as Days has, and I quit watching that.  Can they take this season and make me enjoy it like I did way back in the first season?  Well, let’s see, Hiro is not done finding his “inner child” while at the carnival, Claire will have a huge storyline, and Tracy is not only still around but probably going to be showing herself to be naked and wet most of the time.  Sylar appears like a ghost of himself and I’m sure Peter will be whining before long.  I’m just not moved to really watch (don’t worry, I will).

The new season of Survivor (19!) is coming along, but I’m more interested in All Stars which is the Spring.  Not sure why I want to see all the returning favorites, most of them are people I’ve seen not once before but at least twice before (Colby, Jerri, James, Rupert, Amanda and more).  How many chances do these people get to play this game?  Oh, let’s not forget Coach will be returning.  Let’s all rave at how excited we are that!  *crickets*  Alrighty then.  We already know one person from S19 will be returning to S20, so we can expect that person to be memorable.

CSI is coming up and I’m still so relieved Grissom is gone.  Now that GSR was no longer around to torture me, I could sit back and watch.  I miss Warrick a bit, but not too much.  I still have Greg on there who does have chemistry with Riley and I’m doing my best not to ship them since I got my first big dose of shipping disappointment which jump started me on this streak of losing ships from Days (Nick/Chelsea) to Lost (Dan/Charlotte, Juliet/Sawyer).  Frankly, I’m scared to like any character now.  Greg is the only real survivor in this, but let’s not forget he’s had the crap beaten out of him and basically set on fire like a flare.  I have heard Jorja Fox is returning which amuses me, I still say she left the show because she didn’t want to continue playing the suffering love interest of William Peterson, and now that he’s left, she longs to return.

Lastly, there’s The Office.  I don’t know any spoilers.  We know Pam and Jim are pregnant which should be hilarious once Michael finds out, as well as Dwight.  It would certainly behoove them not to mention it to anyone until the kid graduates from college.

What’s Done is Done

Finally I get around to blogging about Lost.  The finale was some time ago but I wanted to take time and digest it.  Watch it again after some days had past to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. Of course now, in hindsight and after seeing the new Star Trek movie, I see Juliet was wearing a red shirt.  Should have been my first clue.

This show has never failed on the symbolism and this episode is probably the biggest bonanza of hidden meanings and subtle references.  The most controversial, of course, is after we finally meet Jacob and learn where he lives, we are actually more confused to what he is then ever before.  Who is Jacob?  Is he a god?  Is he human?  Who was his bearded companion in the first 5 minutes of the episode?  Esau has been his online nickname which fits of course with the parallels of the Bible and Lost does love it’s parallels.  The flashbacks in this episode are all on Jacob and how he winds up seeing almost every major character.  All of their interactions are different, some receive a gift, others are touched in a variety of ways while Juliet, he doesn’t show up at all.  How significant is this?  Does this mean Juliet only came to the island through Ben and not by Jacob’s orders?  Is that why she was able to release the bomb when nobody else could?

Speaking of the bomb, it seems it went off when it wasn’t supposed to.  Richard implied to Sun that the events of 1977 meant their actions ended up in failure. What happens now?  Does everyone transplant immediately to the present time of 2007?  I like the idea of quantum leap rather then their memories wiped and they move on with their lives.  My pal Nolebucgrl said it would be just like Lost to simply wrap the last season up by showing us how everyone’s story winds up without ever having came to the island.  I don’t think they will really do that but you never know with this show.

Another small controversy is I may actually like Miles now.  Out of the four who showed up last season, he was my least favorite and watching Daniel and Charlotte meet their end in such ways, I was quite bitter Miles couldn’t have died instead.  But his questioning to everyone that their efforts might actually create rather then stop the very thing they want to destroy made me happy someone finally asked the obvious.  His sarcastic “As long as you thought this through” was another moment I wanted to actually hug him for, given just a few days earlier Jack was fine with letting a young but obviously innocent Ben die and he doesn’t have to lift a finger to save him.  We still don’t know what really was done to Ben, but while I think our favorite liar has a point he should have gotten to meet Jacob before, he owes his life to somebody on the island.

Also, does this mean Jacob isn’t really dead?  Who is this Locke looking man who arranged for Ben to kill Jacob?  We saw the body of Locke, but that doesn’t mean it’s not really him, but Locke never had been this confident, this masterful and certainly this IN CONTROL before.  Maybe death will do that to you.  Many believe he is Esau disguised as Locke.  But how then does he know how Ben killed Locke?  Or when Locke and Richard ran into each other when the former was skipping through time?  He knew exactly what Richard said to Locke and about the compass.  Is Locke another version of the smoke monster?  When Ben went down to meet Smokey, Locke disappeared and the vision of Alex telling Ben to do exactly what Locke said could have been another way to manipulate Ben. But then Locke didn’t seem to know of it, unless he was so proud of himself he wanted to hear Ben talk of it.

I can’t believe we have to wait until 2010.  I know we’ve done so the past 2 years but this time it’s much much worse but at least it’s the last year.  This season is going to be highly anticipated and I feel like I just started over with this show not knowing anything about it or what to expect. The only thing I can be sure of, is never EVER ship any couple on this show or become too fond of a female character.  It never works out.

In My Mind…

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve written anything, much less a blog on soaps.  This isn’t exactly a Days post since I’ve pretty much quit watching the show, but upon the news that Darin Brooks is leaving so closely behind Rachel Melvin, of course now the show is going to dare to give the most unnecessary couple in Salem a “happy ending” where departing veteran couples didn’t qualify.  Today, I’ve decided to just go ahead and attempt to write what I’ve been meaning to write, my history with past couples that were given ungraceful and usually damaging endings to their story.  I’ve watched soap operas on and off for twenty years, and when it comes to remembering couples that didn’t get their happy ending (much like Nick and Chelsea), I can think of three:

Joey/Kelly OLTL (Nathan Fillion/Gina Tognoni)

I started with them because, overall, I hold the least bitterness for their outcome.  kellyjoeylWhat is tough about them, honestly, is no clips of media or caps exists to document their history. This is possibly due to the fact Joey/Kelly never overcame the earlier relationship Joey had with Dorian (Kelly’s aunt).  I want to make it clear, I was never EVER a Joey/Dorian fan and while now that I’m older and can appreciate older women/younger men pairings, I still think Robin Strasser looks outrageously older than Joey and the jokes of Grandma sex we had for Chan could almost come into reality here.  I’m also upset that while I can find numerous pictures of Nathan out there, I was quite limited to find anything of this particular couple except for the attached.  I suppose it means no extremist fans exist that saved their tapes since the late 90s and would digitize them for us and place them online and thus I’ll have to learn to live my life not being able to download clips of Joey/Kelly.  I shall persevere but if anyone would like to direct me to an archive, I would appreciate it.

The Story

Many of you know my fetish for geeky guys/bad girl pairings, and this could be seen as the initial foray into that category. Technically, Joey was never seen as any “geek”, however, he was a literal boy scout and though being burned after Dorian dumped  him, he refused to let that change his overall Pollyanna outlook on life.  He was more on guard though and when Kelly Cramer showed up as Dorian’s bratty niece who had plenty of attitude, they were more like reluctant friends at first.  Kelly had a vision on what she wanted in life.  An older man who was sophisticated, hot and hopefully rich.  She found that in local con man David Vickers but she needed to be more experienced in “getting her secret guy”.  She talked Joey into helping her with that, and soon they were both crushing on each other.  Kelly kept screwing up and getting herself into trouble but Joey would do his best not to just help her but try to teach her about life and learn a lesson (moral compass anyone?).

The Ending

So basically the story was actually fine.  I’m not saying there wasn’t moments I cringed nor was I ever happy to see Dorian reintroduced to make a type of sick triangle, however for Joey to move on, he had to close the book on that relationship and luckily that aspect was short-lived.  My problem is that NF actually decided to leave the show and they were pretending to write Joey/Kelly off for a happy ending.   But they didn’t really do that.  Joey and Kelly did have a love scene and he was taking her to Paris but he went ahead of her but since GT was staying, they had Joey’s character write her a Dear Jane letter, which of course sent Kelly into a tailspin (literally) when she went and drove her car getting into a car crash.

In My Mind

Since GT left OLTL fairly soon, and other actors have played the characters of Joey and Kelly, it’s easy for me to pretend they did get their happy ending after all.  Joey never sent that letter and Kelly met him in Paris where they lived happily ever after.  I occasionally tune into OLTL but with all the recasts sometimes I feel like I’m watching a different show, which is probably why I never really cared to go full time with the soap no matter how much good press it gets.

Stefan/Katherine GH (Stephen Nichols/Mary Beth Evans)

Ok first, I want to make something very clear.  Anytime this couple is brought up, you will inevitably hear that the failure to make a successmbesn5 is because soaps shouldn’t attempt to repeat the same pairings on other soaps.  That is not true.  Stefan and Katherine were hot.  The problem (other then the revolving door of HWs kept changing their minds about whether to go forward) is that another soap shouldn’t attempt to COPY the story from another soap.  Especially if these new characters are established to be something completely different.  So many reasons Stefan and Katherine failed but it wasn’t because there was no chemistry.  If I dare say it, I think to some extent Stefan and Katherine were hotter than Steve and Kayla. Why?  Because the dynamic of this couple allowed for them to interact early on in ways Steve and Kayla could not.  On Days, it would be have been out of character for Kayla to even consider sleeping with Steve in the beginning and Steve had such self loathing he wouldn’t have allowed it.  Granted, once Kayla realized Steve was the one for her, she did try to move things along faster, but by then it was about love, not sex, and that was the primary difference with them on GH.  This was a perfect coupling to showcase two hot people getting it on, who have used seduction to get what they want but have never met their match…until now.  But did the show go that way?  Noooo.

The Story

It’s really difficult for me to recap this because it’s screwed up from the beginning.  Stefan meets Katherine by accidentally shooting her.  Yes, I said he shot her.  Of course she gets that soap opera amnesia where she can’t remember who the shooter was and in the typical melodramatic way, Stefan keeps visiting Katherine out of guilt.  I probably could have accepted this if they hadn’t decided to Kaylafy the woman all of a sudden.  When Katherine Bell came to town, she was all gold-digging to scheme and seduce to get her hands on any man with money.  That didn’t mean she didn’t have the capacity to love but a woman like her getting burned once was enough for her to not attempt it again.  (Which already happened with Ned).  That said, Stefan was not exactly evil incarnate himself, but close.  Cassadines are Port Charles’ version of the Dimeras, so you just know everything he does has some sinister intentions behind it.  But that drive disappeared too and while he was married to Bobbie Jones, he began having a hot affair with Katherine.  At this point I sort of lost interest, I do know at one time Alex was thwarting them by tricking Stefan into believing Katherine was his real life missing sister.  I don’t know why soaps think incest is something you should attempt to bring into a story because nothing turns me more off.  And I tuned out.

The Ending

Ultimately their story ended with Stefan doing a type of “Rebecca” trick on her and trying to remake Katherine into the image of his beloved Laura, you know, the one that got away and became infamously connected to a guy named Luke.  Once Katherine found out, she first set out, no wait.  She first fell off a balcony or something similar and was presumed dead.  She then returned from the dead and set out to seduce Stefan’s nephew who then was believed to be his son.  (And she did).  If this wasn’t enough to make you wonder if the show had a “screw the fans” policy, they even added in a good line from Stefan to Laura stating how he never believed he actually loved Katherine.  Ever.  Nice.

In My Mind

Well, let’s just say I take this whole thing and throw it away to start over.  If there was any couple perfect to do a “marriage of convenience” story, this would be it.  Katherine certainly would see the formal Stefan as stiff and someone she could easily target for that money.  Stefan would no doubt go down the inevitable “I need an heir” road and would want Katherine for that.  They decide to get married where both are believing they are screwing the other one.  What neither suspects is the sex isn’t just hot, it’s molten and Stefan’s spying on Katherine (you know he would) would allow him to see something in her he didn’t expect, vulnerability, which then allows him to show different sides to her.  Of course, you get the next estrangement coming up once they found out about what the other is doing, but then I would write them both out to live on that Cassadine island and live happily ever after.  By trying to make everyone else miserable.

Jake/Paulina AW (Tom Eplin/Judi Evans)

So, this couple, ending the way it did, taught me all about how shows can screw their fans.  It’s probably more disheartening because I was with this couple from beginning to end, never giving ujp19p.  I was always drawn to love/hate relationships and they perfectly embodied that.  He blackmailed her because of her heritage which pushed her to shoot him which pushed him to blackmail her again into marriage so she could pay him out of her trustfund.  Perfectly soap opery.  Initially, Cali Timmons  was the first Paulina, but once Judi Evans took over the role, I was 100% there.  I loved her as Adrienne on Days, but her character usually was a complete pushover and constant victim.  JE now got to play a character who could at least stand up for herself.

The Story

Jake and Paulina’s marriage was a complete con but the show did a fairly good job of figuring ways to force them into confined quarters (Rachel insisting they live in the Cory Mansion).  They had already been lovers (under CT) but Jake was never himself around her, he was conning her to get her secrets, still holding a torch for his estranged wife Marley Hudson who he did wind up raping.  Of course, redeeming rapists is nothing new on daytime, but I do think AW did a really good job of never letting us forget his past.  Years later Jake still discussed how he went to therapy sessions and how it had to come up with he dated women which I thought was a nice touch the show could have chosen not to do.  Anyway though, what he had on Paulina before the shooting, was he knew there was a possibility that she wasn’t deceased Mac Cory’s illegitimate daughter.  Of course she really was, but it was too late since now he had the goods she had shot him and was letting Marley go to prison for it.  By the time Jake awakened, Paulina had fallen in love with Senator Grant Harrison but Jake forced her to break that up.

Eventually, Paulina could no longer live a lie and by this time Jake was in love with her and didn’t want her to suffer so after she admitted the truth to ever one, he refused to press charges and took the blame to her family.  Paulina wasn’t aware how much she did care for Jake and thought she wanted the Senator back which she got, it wasn’t long before they realized they were meant for each other (as corny as that sounds).

The Ending

Jake and Paulina went on for years.  It followed a pattern for awhile, Jake would do something underhanded to upset Paulina so she would break up with him.  If it even looked like Jake was going to move on with someone else, suddenly there was Paulina jealous.  Eventually, Tom Eplin decided to leave the show.  Jake and Paulina at the time were in the middle of some dangerous jewel/diamond smuggling ring or something.  They pledged their love for each other (and meant it) but Jake had to do this ONE LAST THING of returning the diamonds before they could be together. On the way to the car, a smuggler put his gun on Jake and forced him to drive away from Bay City.  Jake purposely crashed the car and was thrown.  It engulfed in flames and Jake with amnesia walked away.  He was presumed dead as no one checked the body but everyone kept telling Paulina that he was stealing the diamonds and running away.  She didn’t believe it. Enter her next new love interest, “Joe” who was close to Jett from Days in muscles and brains.  He was a private eye who she hired to prove what she knew, that Jake wasn’t trying to leave her.  Now, I didn’t like the pairing but I figured since it was clear he was madly in love with her from the getgo, Joe would be torn upon telling her the truth about this guy she still carries a torch for, or lie and pretend he was leaving town so she could fall into his arms.

Instead, they made Joe just stupid, and he honestly believed Jake was leaving her.  They wound up in love, but shortly thereafter, Tom Eplin returned to the show.  I was ecstatic as I was sure this would end the horrific Joe/Paulina pairing but AW was never known for reuniting signature couples  (such as Cass and Katherine).  Paulina was tempted to go back to Jake, but she chose Joe and no more triangle ever.  The show closed the book forever on that and there was no discussion.  At all.

In My Mind

Sadly, I never rewrote their story.  I kept watching AW and liked Jake and Vicki enough to hope he got his happy ending there.  The soap in general was going downhill fast and Paulina might have remained on the show, but we barely saw her.  I suppose when I think of them, I concentrate on their early years and try to forget about the rest, the endless breakups, his amnesia and Joe.  But that doesn’t work too well.   There are some episodes of them on Hulu which is interesting and much further then Soapnet go.  I need to go back and watch.

So…that’s the blog I’ve been wanting to write for over a year now.  I was hoping it would help dispel my continuing disappointment that any ship I attach myself to lately (Nick/Chelsea, Nick/Melanie, Daniel/Charlotte on Lost) is bound for ultimate ruin.  I still like Hodges and Wendy on CSI, and since Dena isn’t writing them there is hope.  But they also wrote Grissom/Sara, and the contempt I hold for Dena, I doubt even she’s THAT sick.