Lost: Season 6

I have a love and hate relationship with this show.

I often dislike its convoluted scripts, and the way it bounces back and forth through time, and doesn’t say so. It takes a while to figure out what is going on. The writers force you to study the show, and pay attention to follow its hard-to-follow (or non-existent) plot lines.

From what I’ve read, a lot of people monitor Lost hard enough to get what’s going on. I enjoy their theories. One day I will patiently go back and watch it back to back, and see if it’s more coherent that way. I watch a lot of shows. Watching back to back reveals a lot more than piecemeal episodes and tons of disruptive commercials.

Perhaps that is the essential appeal of Lost: you have to pay attention.

I started watching Season 6: The Substitute first. This episode was about John Locke, one of my favorite characters, although second to Sawyer. I thought this was a flash back, and not until I went back and watched the first episode did I realize it was about a different time-line. Watching it, you can tell they sorta-experienced the Island Lost Life, but also went on to live as they did. The Island Lost Life is from where they get that deja vu feeling.

Oh, I know about deja vu. I am not one who remembers faces, but when I visit certain places overseas, I feel like I’ve lived there before.

The series introduces a new character named, Dogan, played by Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada. May I say how cute he is? I cannot believe the guy is 50. He doesn’t look a day over thirty-something. Hmm.

I’d jump (lick) the guy. Seriously.

I hope the show wraps up the multiple convoluted and confusing plots, but if there’s a movie in the future, I doubt they will. I only hope they give the show a better ending than what happened with X-Files.


The Forgotten and Flash Forward

Please keep her working,
Mr. Bruckheimer

I almost want to take a bet on which show, The Forgotten and Flash Forward, is going to last, but I have a suspicion that the one executive produced by J. Bruckheimer will.

It doesn’t mean that Flash Forward will be canceled, I just suspect that The Forgotten wont have trouble being renewed.

Why? It is Without a Trace or Cold Case with a faint touch of CSI wrapped up in a (ex)cop-seeks-redemption show. I watch all of the CSIs, as well as millions of other people, and the formula obviously works.

Without a Trace lasted 7 seasons, and Cold Case is still on. No offense intended, but Kathryn Morris has got to be the whitest creature in the media today. Is that make-up? I like the show, but I’ve gotten creeped out looking at her. I don’t watch it anymore. Not that I can, I don’t have live TV, and unless I want to access it via illegal methods, I can’t see it online. No loss to me.

Flash Forward‘s cast is Joseph Fiennes, John Cho, Courtney Vance and Gabrielle Union. There are a few other familiar faces, but this show has an enormous ensemble. Gabrielle Union plays the fiancee of John Cho.

Finally! Producers of TV shows are starting to hookup black women with men of other races. Nice touch! I’m long ways tired of the single, lonely, sexless, humorless, Mammy-for-everybody black female characters on some shows. I’m glad those actresses are working, but there are black women who really do like men, and want a character who looks and acts normal.

I feel that a program like this shouldn’t be a regular series striving to last half a decade or more, but should give itself a specific end date. There are so many programs that should have done this: Heroes and Lost, for example. I fear this show will run out of steam, or become too convoluted, before it ends.

Yet, isn’t that the case with too many shows?

The Forgotten is already my favorite program. The deceased is given a voice. The purpose of The Forgotten Network is to find the identity of a John / Jane Doe, give the person back to their family (to let all rest in peace), and possibly solve a murder. It gives me goose bumps.

It stars a familiar face, Christian Slater (who just had another show canceled) as Alex Donovan, plus a few faces I’m not familiar with. I like Rochelle Aytes (as Grace Russell). Her character worked with Donovan on the Chicago Police Department.

Donovan’s back story: His child was kidnapped. He suffered a nervous breakdown, left the force, and joined The Forgotten Network.

Ever since the fascination with serial killers have gripped our modern media industrial complex, nearly every police drama has been about the murderer. S/He is the star. S/He is the focus of our very warped interest. It is nice to see it turn back to looking at the victim, and how that person’s death affected everyone around them.

It’s not all about pain, it’s about resolution too. I love the way each person is treated with dignity, respect, and allowed to narrate their story. Although, I’m sure there will be episodes about horrible people who were killed.

I like this show, it’s one of the few that show a real respect for life. Yeah, I’m reaching in my analysis, but the death as art and entertainment gets numbing after a while. It’s good that there’s a show that says, this person on the table had a life too, and is not just a piece of entertaining meat to make fun of.

Nice touch ABC, please keep both shows on the air.


District 9

District 9 is the first major film effort of director Neill Blomkamp backed by Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings maestro). Shot documentary style, it is funny, gory (I likes!), and action packed. Not a dull moment.

I enjoyed this movie, but it was a guilty sort of pleasure. It has one too many offensive, down right nasty, depictions of black people to ignore. At the same time, I thought the story about how cruel human beings are couldn’t be denied.

Per usual, I saw it, because I needed to get out of the house. I remembered the fascinating premiere when I was watching another movie. I was thinking then: a major sci-fi film set in South Africa, alrighty-now!

This was easily one of the best sci-fi films of the year. However, it must come second to Star Trek, because the racism fail was too glaring. I mean, you know it was bad when people clapped at the death of a black character, and remained silent at the death of a white who was equally a bad character.

Without giving away too much of this film: an Office-type, South African bureaucrat, self-important, bigoted moron, named Wikus Van De Merwe (convincingly and superbly played by Sharlto Copley) makes a big mistake during his job to evict aliens from the shanty town they were living in.

The aliens (derisively called “Prawns”) have a ginourmous space ship, which stalled over Johannesburg 28 years ago. MNU, which serves as the architype of the typical, evil, greedy, amoral, psychopathic organization or corporation, is in charge of the aliens.

At first, these beings were welcomed, but over time are treated worse than the blacks (of South Africa) used to be. Take your pick of oppressed minorities segregated from the mainstream of society, shunted to a reservation, a concentration camp, experimented on, abused and maligned, and you get the gist of what’s going on.

People have questions as to why the aliens couldn’t easily get out of their predicament. I look at it this way: when a plane crashes, could anyone – even if everyone survives – realistically rebuild the plane? I’ve been to the Air and Space Musuem, it is not that easily. Hasn’t anyone watched Lost, and realized that?

Next, the alien leaders of the ship was gone. I could point to many parallels as to what humans are like when the top 10%-20% do not guide their populace in the right direction. Let’s not kid ourselves, it’s the top of the bell curve that runs the human race.

Our man, Wikus, is not a hero. He never becomes a hero. At least, in my eyes. He acts bravely when it would help his cause. This to me, made the film extremely honest about the motivations of persons like himself. He may be the average guy: never going to stick out his neck, until it’s his neck that’s on the block.

This film didn’t depress me, but I thought about how clear eyed it was about how we would treat visitors from outer space if they needed us. The history of how humans have treated each other makes me feel that the aliens should have, or must keep on going on, and forget about us. The word humane and humanity is really a joke.

I look forward to the sequel.