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Lost in LOST

May 28th, 2009 2 comments

If you’ve read my blog at all in the last week, you’ll know I’m embarked on the ambitious project of re-watching all of the LOST episodes to date before the beginning of Season 6.  So, please excuse me if I get a little (my daughter would say more than a little) obsessed with the topic of LOST.

The show itself is masterfully produced, the themes a seemingly endless maze of twisty little passages all the same. Going back to the beginning and re-watching it my thoughts return to what might be the best starting point for a potential möbius strip through time:

BLACKIE: I don’t have to ask. You brought them here. Still trying to prove me wrong, aren’t you?

JACOB: You are wrong.

BLACKIE: Am I? They come. They fight. They destroy. They corrupt. It always ends the same.

JACOB: It only ends once. Anything that happens before that is just progress.

This is the struggle where our beloved Oceanic survivors were plunged.  I view this series through my series of lenses, part geek, part pop-culturist, part husband, part father… However, the over arching filter is that of my faith, and the more I watch the early episodes, the more I’m reminded of a passage from the bible:

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. – Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)

We have been viewing the continuing drama from the eyes of men, and have allowed the hidden battle of two mystical opponents to be obscured by the characters we’ve grown to love.  A struggle summed up by John Locke while explaining a game of backgammon to Walt in the series pilot.

LOCKE: Backgammon is the oldest game in the world. Archeologists found sets when they excavated the ruins of ancient Mesopotamia. Five thousand years old. That’s older than Jesus Christ.

WALT: Did they have dice and stuff?

LOCKE: [nods] Mhhm. But theirs weren’t made of plastic. Their dice were made of bones.

WALT: Cool.

LOCKE: Two players. Two sides. One is light … one is dark.

Seeing the characters from the beginning with that perspective shines new light on everything. Our characters, are they nothing more than pawns played against each other in an unseen game, where chance, choices are played along with strategy and foresight on behalf of higher powers?  Is Locke’s guru like wisdom, as we observe early in the first season could colored by influences of one side versus the other?  Do the manipulations of the various factions in the struggle effect the different passengers on the flight, and start to ripple outwards as we’re introduced to more of the inhabitants of the island?

Those questions along with others are worthy of inspection as we’re introduced again to Rousseau and Ethan, the mysterious, nameless whispers in the jungle, the shrouded others that plot against those plopped on the island by the coincidental fluke in the crash of Oceanic flight 815.

I’ll use this space to ramble more as I worry these thoughts in the back of my mind.

Namaste.

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LOST – Playing with the numbers

May 27th, 2009 Comments off

A whole lotta minutiae, not sure if any of it means anything, but I spent sometime playing with the numbers and the Lostpedia timeline:

No pretty formatting, just numbers.  Maybe it’ll help someone sleep.

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WFTB – Week one puzzle

May 24th, 2009 Comments off

We all had a good time watching the first 5 episodes over this past week.  This morning I was inspired by a fellow tweeter to mix it up a bit and add some fun to this challenge of our to watch the whole thing.  It’s supposed to be fun.  So here is a simple little puzzle for you.

The following six screencaps (label them A-F left to right top to bottom) are from S1E4 – Walkabout.  The challenge is to put them in the correct order.

This is a two part question:

  1. Label them in the order they appeared in the episode (HINT: screen cap D was the first to appear so that would be D1)
  2. Label them in the order they occured in the larger time line (HINT in this case D3)

Send me your answers in a twitter DM (d LOST_WFTB).

Locke156 Locke467Locke971
Locke722 Locke276 Locke231

Also in the comments or tweet anything special you see in the screen caps.  For instance Screen cap E has something hiding in plain site that gives away Locke’s condition before the final scene in the sequence shown below the fold.

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WFTB – S1E5 – White Rabbit – Twee-cap

May 23rd, 2009 Comments off

Reprinted with permission from LOSTblog.com

White Rabbit is a Jack centric episode, that tell two stories.  The first is about his relationship with his father and the second it about his relationship with his father. Bah! Well kinda.  The flashbacks flip back to Jack as a kid, and continue to his getting on the plane in Sydney with his father in a coffin.  On Island Jack is feeling the pressure of being the leader, and not sleeping very well, and still haunted by the death of his father.  The survivors are caught up in the quest for drinking water, and it all starts going Lord of the Flies until the ending scene.

Last night’s Live Tweet was well attended, but we had some technical difficulties.  Twitter search went down about an hour before our viewing started, then didn’t come back up until after the viewing ended.  This pretty much left us using the All Friend Feed to follow the conversation, rather than being able to rely on the #s1e5 hash tag in search to filter out non-live watchers.  I made a PDF of mine to use as a transcript of the live tweet.  You can read the whole thing here. S1E5 WhiteRabbit LiveTweet Transcript

One WFTBer, MollyFaraday escaped the curse of the broken search by live tweeting the episode early, so you can see her thoughts here.

The rest of the Live Tweeters were: @LOST_WFTB, @ccollinsmith, @batchout, @DieCer, @KatGirl44, @ASHATL, @kristin_madeja, @justinkeyes, @bejaedblost

This time I asked for some summary tweets in #LOST140 format, but I didn’t get a lot of those.  So I’m gonna write a re-cap, then add some of the tweets at the end.  Read the transcripts.

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LOST_WFTB White Rabbit s1e5 Live Tweet

May 22nd, 2009 Comments off
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SO, What’s the POINT of LOST_WFTB?

May 22nd, 2009 Comments off

lost_wftb Good question! Thanks, for asking it.

The point of LOST_WFTB is, of course to watch all of ABC’s stellar drama LOST from the very beginning. However, I’ve come to see a few more points that this group is fulfilling.

The next best thing to watching LOST, is talking about LOST.  I won’t go into how much productivity gets lost on the morning after a show, because I think the relationships formed between fans is pretty important.  All the blogs, message board, wikis, podcasts, and vlogs both by major media outlets (Doc Jensen’s Weekly EW column for instance) and by blogging hobbiest (me. and many many others in the long tail), testify there is something more to the experience of LOST than simply watching.

So that’s was the genus of the group, the beginning of the live tweets, (and oh, btw, did I mention the facebook group?) was to find ways to connect re-watching with fans, the normal people that watch the show.

Now, I need to walk down another point.  Providing an opportunity for potential LOSTians to get connected. You know, those poor people that either haven’t watched, or got distracted along the way (I’m looking at YOU Season 3.) and want to get re-engaged in the LOST experience. 

So, here I’m gonna put it in your hands.  I’m re-watching (emphasis on the RE) all of LOST, and I’ve seen every episode, so my Live Tweets are gonna be a minefield for first time viewers.  The challenge is to have one of you (looking at you @DieCer) to step up and have some kind of event to re-hash episode with first time watchers, or those distracted along the way.  I’ll provide whatever help I can, and I promise to behave if I attend one of your events and not spoil everything. 

As always the comments are open for you to tell me where I got it wrong.

Namaste.

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LOST loses another viewer to CSI.

May 21st, 2009 Comments off
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WFTB – S1E4 – Walkabout – tweecap

May 21st, 2009 2 comments

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Walkabout is the fourth hour of LOST’s opening season. For myself and many this episode was the hook that caught us up in the unfolding mystery of the island (or trapped us in Jacob’s net).  The plot focuses on John Locke both on an island quest for wild boar (need to keep Hurley fed) and his pre-island life and what led up to him being on Oceanic flight 815.

We started the Live Tweet a little late, but it was well attended and had some great conversations.

In attendance: @LOST_WFTB @batchout @ASHATL @justinkeyes @Model_Melissa @Molly_Faraday @DieCer @ccollinsmith

I’m going to break this up by scenes, as I started watching the show at the beginning.  Some people watched it first then joined the live tweet, so I’ll try and combine the threads into a true twee-cap along with the context of the show. Click more to continue.

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LOST Watch From The Beginning

May 19th, 2009 Comments off

This is reprinted with permission from my post at LOSTblog.com

I feel a bit like I’m building an airplane while flying it, I just hope I’m more like Frank Lapidus than Seth Norris.

Shortly after the season five finale of LOST I made the decision to watch all the episodes from LOST again from start to finish. I shared that desire on Twitter and found a number of people also wanted to do the same thing. In a quest for the shared experience, I charged forward enthusiastically.

Then I did the math. *gulp*

LOST has 101 episodes. With an expected start time for Season 6 around the first part of January, that give us roughly 260 days to finish our quest. Divide 260 by 100 and thats an average of 2.6 days per episode.

Okay, that’s do able, but we’d better get started. So this past weeked some of us started watching and got through the pilot at roughly the same time. Then yesterday we had our first live tweet of episode 3 (Tabula Rasa) which was great fun. The experience of re-watching and re-sharing thoughts and theories of with like-minded fans is exciting. Though the format of twitter is made for this instant sharing, it has a drawback in coherence.

So I thought I’d start a blog to summarize the experience. Thanks to TheLOSTBlog an opportunity was made available.

So here we go, here is your opportunity to share in the experience and burn off the 7 long months til we get to the other side of the WhiteFlash.

What you need: A source to watch the episodes. Order the DVDs from Amazon, but them from Walmart, get them from Netflix, record re-airing off SciFi, or whatever alternative source you might be able to access.

What will help: Get a twitter account and follow @LOST_WFTB and @TheLostBlog; or search for the hashtag #WFTB (stands for Watch From The Beginning – really, be glad I don’t screenwrite.) And join the conversation.

What’s the schedule: We’re going to give ourselves 48 hours to watch an episode. Sunday is a day of rest (or catchup if your schedule gets interrupted). Live tweets for an episode will occur in the 48 hour period. So roughly Monday, Wednesday, Friday there will be some event (might go on Thursday night for you people with a real life). If you can’t make a live tweet, feel free to add a twee-cap (recap in twitterese) just include the #LOST and #WFTB hash tags. I’ll post any schedule updates from the LOST_WFTB account as we go along. (Flexibility is key, tell me if something needs to change.)

Who all is playing: me (@jstueve) and a few others. I’ll add them as they give me permission to announce them on this blog.

Okay, so cool, what else?: Well to add some coherence, I’m going to edit/condense/collate the live tweets and twee-caps into a blog post. Whether that is a 3 times a week or a weekly summary is left to be seen. But I think its important to give some chronology to the effort.

What do we get out of it: This should be self-explanatory. 🙂 You get to relive all 101 awesome episodes of the best show ever. AND share it with people (the best part in my opinion). So really I don’t see a downside.

So, read, signup for twitter, wait for more blog posts and get involved.

I look forward to completing this airplane real fast so we can fly it right.

Next up: Season 1 – Episode 4 Walkabout on Wednesday – Live Tweet 10PM CST – hashtag #LOST #WFTB

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The Statue

May 18th, 2009 4 comments

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Taweret or Sobek or combination of many? (I vote many/composite)

UPDATE: Aha! moment.

(disclaimer: probably too much analysis of this easter egg.)

Okay so what IF the statue is Taweret.  I can live with that, with her linkage to fertility and the current lack thereof on the Island (and her current state of being… well she’s only a foot now)

What is Jacob embodies Sobek? From the wiki:

On occasion, later, rather than having a crocodile back, she was seen as having a separate, small crocodile resting on her back, which was thus interpreted as Sobek, the crocodile-god, and said to be her consort.

Why the quibble? Well because I really like this description of Sobek, vis-a-vis my pet theories of Jacob and his qualities (which admittedly could be all wrong).

Sobek’s ambiguous nature led some Egyptians to believe that he was a repairer of evil that had been done, rather than a force for good in itself, for example, going to Duat to restore damage done to the dead as a result of their form of death. He was also said to call on suitable gods and goddesses required for protecting people in situation, effectively having a more distant role, nudging things along, rather than taking an active part

bolding mine?

UPDATE teh second:

So presuming Taweret as statue and Jacob as Sobek analog, where does that put our friend black shirt.  If he is the embodiment of Smokey (perhaps black shirt was actually a manifestation of Smokey, hmmm…) then where does his fit in this egyptian mythical love triangle.  Back to the wiki entry for Taweret we read:

When paired with another deity, she became the demon-wife of Apep, the original god of evil. Since Apep was viewed as residing below the horizon, and only present at night, evil during the day then was envisaged as being a result of Taweret’s malfeasance

As the hippopotamus was associated with the Nile, these more positive ideas of Taweret allowed her to be seen as a goddess of the annual flooding of the Nile and the bountiful harvest that it brought. Ultimately, although only a household deity, since she was still considered the consort of Apep, Taweret was seen as one who protected against evil by restraining it.

Okay, so who is Apep?

In Egyptian mythology, Apep (also spelled Apepi, and Aapep, or Apophis in Greek) was an evil demon, the deification of darkness and chaos (isfet in Egyptian), and thus opponent of light and Ma’at (order/truth), whose existence was believed from the Middle Kingdom onwards.

As the personification of all that was evil, Apep was seen as a giant snake, crocodile, serpent, or in later years, in a few cases, as a dragon, leading to titles such as Serpent from the Nile, and Evil lizard.

As they say in the blogs, read the whole thing…  So White/Jacob/Sobek vs. Black/Smokey/Apep vying for the affections of The Island/Taweret.

So what do you think, a grand unification theory of LOSTiness proportions or epic FAIL?

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