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Friday, October 28, 2005

Smoke Dog Baby



Lack of new episodes to prattle on about has reduced us to that most desperate of blogger tactics, posting animated gifs.

Cool innit? Yerp. What's the general consensus about this smoke stuff, anyway? Poison cloud? Swarms of nano-bots? Noxious fumes from the french lady's unkempt bunker?

Nano-bots are awesome, but you'd think that if some genius was capable of developing something as badass as that, they could get them to do something besides flying around and uprooting foliage.

Going way back now, what's going on here?



Is that an early version of the smoke, before the producers fully nailed down the idea, or is it something else entirely? It looks like a turbo-charged magic-destructo-carpet to me, but I'm having a hard time fitting that into what we know so far of the narrative.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Vincent Invasion



Here's hoping this three week hiatus is being used to fine-tune the special effects and animatronic talking faces and whatnot on the much-anticipated (and dare-I-say essential) "Vincent Is A Dog; One You Do Trust" episode we have all been so patiently waiting for.

Seriously, lets do this.
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Sunday, October 23, 2005

More Internet Crap



A "new" Hanso film has surfaced, you can check it out here. If you believe it, it seems to reveal the rest of the Dharma logos along with a bunch of cryptic scientific jargon about what the different projects do.

Despite some obvious mistakes (two station #5s,) if it's a fake, it's a good one.

I'm inclined to believe that at least some of these unverifiable internet clues are legitimate (or legitimate red herrings, at least.) The writers would have to be stupid--and they aren't--not to capitalize on the viral marketing bonanza of all this internet buzz; it's cheap, it's easy, it's effective, and it's not nearly as obnoxious as imbedding clues in "Invasion" or something, forcing us obsessives to watch that crap too.
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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Dead Pool



Two and half weeks until "a very special LOST." Who's it gonna be?*

I say Claire. She's served her purpose played her part, and her death ought to be just the boost Charlie needs to hop back atop that white horse and make his galloping return to a Rock & Roll lifestyle**.

*Speculation only, no spoilers please...
**If dude isn't already working on a prog-rock-opera double-LP based upon his island experiences, he should be. That would truly be epic.
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Friday, October 21, 2005

How To Move Them



Let's be honest, Episode 5: ...And Found was a bit of a yawner. Props to Lindelof et al, though, for having the balls to stick to their "it's all about character" guns and give us an epsiode almost completely devoid of meaningful action or plot-development despite the fact that the next episode is three weeks away. (Quite the next-level cop-out, however, revealing new Dharma logos and whatnot via the interwebs).

I liked the Sun/Jin back-story (him being an ambitious country-boy cum frustrated populist-hero cum ruthless mobster is playing into all kinds of dope Rhygin/Pretty Boy Floyd archetypes,) but it didn't seem to reveal much of anything about any of our ongoing mysteries. Perhaps there is a Boston connection between Sun's uninterested Mr. Perfect and one of the female characters, and perhaps Jin's dickhead boss at the hotel has some nefarious Hanso Foundation/international weapons trade connections or something, but who knows?

We didn't learn much back on the island either. We knew Adebisi Mr. Echo was a badass, now we know he's a stand-up fellow as well. Ana Lucia... still tough, still a bitch. The only real new information was our brief glimpse of The Others, or The Others' muddy cankles to be more precise. This brief, obscured by shrubbery, view revealed a few interesting things... I'm seeing these folks as kind of "Children of the Corn" types but more similar to the desert-dwelling, water-preserving, worm-riding Fremen in DUNE; they are dangerous, they are masters of their physical environment, they are in control of a valuable secret, and they are fundamentally misunderstood.
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Rhapsody in blue.



Zany musical flash animations are a dime a dozen nowadays, but this one just made my day. Don't worry: there are no spoilers, unless you think that Some Island is really floating in a big pool on some space-turtle's back.

Big up 815 reader Mr. Jones for sending the link.
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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Cat Bird?



From ABC's official (and officially lame compared to the abstract mindfuck going on over at bigspaceship1's guerilla spot) Mega Lotto Jackpot website comes the above bone, thrown to us snarling internet Lost dogs just as the show embarks on its 3-week scared-to-compete-with-the-World-Series vacation.

It's a new Dharma logo, but what exactly is it? "Properties" tells us it's a "catbird," but it looks more like a seahorse that met the business end of a sledge-hammer to me.

Further digging yields more bones and leads one here, where we can not only discover such grammatically questionable nonsense Fletch quotes as "the biggest clue of all is that a flute with no holes, is not a flute," we also get a clearer shot of the "Arrow" logo and yet another Dharma symbol...


What is that, a leg?

UPDATE: Mounting evidence points to the "catbird" logo (and the Mega Lotto site in general) being total horseshit, dunno about the "leg" though...
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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Here I Go Again



Here's hoping the writers once again--as they did with the whole Episode 1 and 2 bunker reveal--employ the narrative device of retelling, this time giving us Kate's shower scene from the perspectve of her slippery, sudsy, oh-so-lucky bar of soap.

Or Hell, maybe they ought just follow the homie Papertrail's desperatly frustrated plea sage advice and introduce a Ferrari for her to get half-naked and writhe around on, Tawny Kitaen style.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Gyrate



Just got back from a trip down to my dirty homeland of GA where I discovered that LOST enthusiasm crosses all sorts of geographic and cultural barriers. From the frazzled, travel-weary, redneck denizens of the Nascar-themed Miller Lite Victory Lap airport bar to the laid-back CDr-pushing fellows at Supersounds, everybody's talking Locke and Dharma and Ana Lucia and Adebisi and y'all cluckity-cluck-cluck, y'hear.

Even the frumpily dressed indie-rock chicks in Athens were fired up about the others and whatnot, even if they insisted that their post-collegiate, 60s-informed appreciation pre-dated and was somehow more valid then the mainstream, consumer-oriented, TV-Guide style fandom so pervasive amongst viewers like me who actually enjoy explosions and boobs and sports cars and Hot 97 without chalking it all up to irony.

In fact, my horn-rimmed, earth-toned contacts in Bulldawg country not only gushed over the show, they delivered a minor scoop; legendary Athens art-punks Pylon (always and mostly* accurately described as "angular" and "jangly" and best remembered for their contribution to the Athens GA, Inside/Out documentary film) are back together, reunited and it feels so good, but--bigger than that--Pylon drummer Curtis Crowe spends the better part of his time in Hawaii as a set-designer on LOST. Perfunctory internet research confirms the information.

My attempts to contact Curtis in search of spoilers have, so far, gone unanswered.

Pylon - "No Clocks"

*"No Clocks" is about prettiest and least angular song in their catalog, but unless someone wants to start digging thorugh my parents house for old casstte tapes it's the best we're gonna get.
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Thursday, October 13, 2005



(Enlarged view of Dharma logo on wall.)

There's no question that the bunker that M.Rod & the Back-enders are holed up in is a base for a seperate sector of the Dharma Initiative. Now the question is: which sector is it? What's its codename? (The logo isn't giving away too much.) And, most importantly, why is it there? If sector 3 was in place specifically to monitor the electromagnetic anomalies found on a specific part of the island, what purpose does this sector serve?

UPDATE: Definite "DHARMA" and an upright arrow right thurr...
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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Volcano Island?



Like Walt on a milk-carton, straight from Hugo's dream to you comes the Mr. Cluck's Chicken Shack website. It's cute and clever and just surprising enough, but more importantly(?) if you click the little "paragraph" symbol in the bottom corner you get a short list of links including a boring podcast LOST recap (which I only listened to about 10 seconds of) and a webcam of Mount St. Helens, which isn't nearly as entertaining as this African watering-hole webcam... except that the profile of Washington's most famous voclano looks curiously similar to the mountain sketched on crazy Rousseau's map. Are our castaways overdue for an eruption?
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I really just wanted an excuse to post up that gully-ass picture of Adebisi.

But seeing as people tend to enjoy, like, content on their blogs...

- That boy Aziz Ansari has an interesting theory: "In my nerdy Lost email group, there is a raging debate over whether Jin aka Daniel Dae Kim is evil. I think he's good." I'd like to hear the justification behind the Jin-is-bad angle. I don't think we've been shown much evidence to support it yet, but if the English we saw him speakin' in the preview for this week's show turns out not to be some kind of dream sequence, it's gonna be a whole new ballgame.

- Out of sheer boredom, I've transcribed the orientation film for the Dharma Initiative. Places with elipses ("...") are where there's a kooky, wacky old reel-to-reel effect and the film was made to jump on purpose. Most times, it just meant losing a few words.

Welcome. I'm Doctor Marvin Candle, and this is the orientation film for Station 3 of the Dharma Initiative. In a moment, you'll be given a simple set of instructions for how you and your partner will fulfill the respsonsibilities associated with this station. But first, a little history.

The Dharma Initiative was created in 1970, and is the brainchild of Gerald and Karen Degroot, two doctoral candidates at the University of Michigan. Following in the footsteps of visionaries such as B.F. Skinner... imagined a large-scale communal research compound where scientists and free-thinkers from around the globe could persue research in meteorology, psychology, parapsychology, zoology, electromagnetism and utopian social... reclusive Danish industrialist and munitions magnate Alvar Hanso, whose financial backing made their dream of a multi-purpose social science research facility a reality.

You and your partner are currently located at Station 3, or 'The Swan,' and will be for the next five-hundred and forty days. Station 3 was originally constructed as a laboratory where scientists could work to understand the unique electromagnetic fluctuations eminating from this sector of the island. Not long after the experiments began, however, there was... an incident... and since that time, the following protocol has been observed. Every one-hundred and eight minutes, the button must be pushed. From the moment the alarm sounds, you will have four minutes to enter the code into the microcomputer process... --duction into the program. When the alarm sounds, either you or your partner must input the code. It is highly recommended that you and your partner take alternating shifts. In this manner, you will both stay as fresh and alert... most important that, when the alarm sounds, the code be entered correctly and in a timely fashion. Do not attempt to use the computer for anyth--

Congratulations. Until your replacements arrive, the future of the project is in your hands. On behalf of the Degroots, Alvar Hanso and all of us at the Dharma Initiative, thank you, namaste and good luck!
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Time Banditos



One night a few years ago some friends and I were stumbling around a City of Austin municipal golf-course drinking fortified wine, smoking that purp, and generally getting blasted when my homie PaperTrail hit upon what he thought was a brilliant idea for a movie: some Mexican soldiers from the Mexican–American war walk into a time-warp of some kind and emerge right then and right there--scruffy, surly, and a little drunk--in modern times on that very same golf course. They do not remember the Alamo, since for them it has not yet occurred. Wacky hi-jinks ensue.

This, he insisted, can’t miss.

Naturally, everybody acknowledged this idea as the retarded musings of a stoned simpleton and clowned on dude accordingly. In fact--along with the time he got all drunk and red-faced and weepy and confessed that if he had to have sex with a guy (not that he wants to, of course, but if he had to,) that guy would without a doubt be Ving Rhames—it’s one of those things we’ve never really let old PaperTrail live down.

All of which explains, I guess, why the idea of time-travel was recently bubbling up in his (in actuality far removed from simple) mind in reference to what was then the upcoming second season of LOST.

Back on September 20 of this year he sent me the following in an email:
The island and its inner workings are actually the nexus of some sort of time-traveling apparatus. The people and polar bears and shit have all been pulled there from different points in time and space. The pirate guys are actually the crew of the Black Rock (the big old ship with the dynamite). The magic numbers are some sort of temporal coordinates, describing the island's location in space-time.
Brilliant, I thought. Beautiful. So what if the guy wants to screw Marcellus Wallace, he’s onto something here. Time-travel is the perfect explanation for all these wacky island happenings. The crash. The numbers. The old ship. Locke and Walt’s prescience (they could be receiving clues from their future selves). Jin’s mysteriously important watch. The “monster,” which could be a T-Rex. Hell, Charlie might even be Marc Bolan.

It’s perfect because, since time-travel actually makes very little sense once you begin to get down to it’s logistical specifics, it can be used to explain anything.

I bring this up now, following the recent clue-filled bonanza of the hatch and its Orientation video with their myriad indications that everything on the island may be explained by some sort of scientific experiments into magnets and eugenics and paranormal military weaponry, because I hope there’s more to it than that. This Dharma initiative stuff is cool, I just hope it’s not the end of the mysterious road so many have been sucked into.

Enough of Sanskrit scientists and shadowy Norwegian businessmen, where are the anachronous, befuddled, and mustachioed Mexican-American War soldiers who mistake Jack for Davey Crockett and Hurley for Santa Ana?

Seriously, JJ, step it up.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Proof?

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Monday, October 10, 2005

Does Anyone Remember Laughter?



This Bigspaceship1 website (found by going here instead of here) keeps changing (every 108 minutes?) and flashing all kinds of crazy images and Morse-code references and audio files about Alice in Wonderland and Star Wars and Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Watership Down and obscure Island of Dr. Moreau-type arcana.

When I last stopped by the page had nothing but the two dancing, fuzzy polar bears you see above, but earlier they were rocking this tripped out optical illusion while in the background wailed an ill version of the Gilligan's Island theme-song sung over a cover version of "Stairway to Heaven."

Little Roger and the Goosebumps - "Stairway to Gilligan"

Does Desmond have a bong down in that bunker?
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Lords of Chaos



Thanks to Henrik, our man in Norway, we now know the location of the buildings seen in the Orientation video (and perhaps in the photo of Desmond and his lady-friend.) The buildings are in the small town of Narvik, Norway, and the mysterious Alvor Hanso is thought to be a local politician and the father of a local footballer.

A great piece of detective work, but it can't possibly mean shit. Can it? LOST producers just grabbed some obscure and suitably creepy stock-footage. Right? I hope so. If there's a Black Metal connection I'm out of here. Babylon don't mess with no Count Grishnakh.
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Saturday, October 08, 2005

Locke says we have to.



A hidden link at the bottom of the list of projects on the "Active Projects" page of the Hanso Foundation website allows one, if one is so inclined, to watch the Dharma Initiative training film.

Upon repeat viewing I was struck, amidst all the corpro-pharmaceutical imagery, by the somewhat anomalous appearance of the two granola-type University of Michigan doctors. Could they be the same people as Walt's kidnappers, the Southern Rock Uhzzahs?

UPDATE: Click here for a photoshopped comparison-collage (thanks Henrik).

Incidentally, Alvor Hanso is an anagram for Lava Horns, which has nothing to do with any LOST mysteries, but does seem to indicate that the University of Texas football Longhorns will stomp a mudhole in the Oklahoma Sooners this afternoon in the Red River Shootout.
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Friday, October 07, 2005

Homework



Anybody actually read "Turn of the Screw," the Henry James-penned ghost-story novella, or "The Third Policeman," Flann O'Brien's comic novel about the nature of time, death, and existence--both prominently featured on Desmond's quite respectable underground bookshelf? Feel like sharing how they might relate to our castaways-cum-labrats?
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Timekill



UK viewers have all the fun. First that absurd David LaChapelle promo video and now this extensive "explore the mystery" type Flash site from Channel 4. Not sure if those of us that have actually seen the first season have anything to learn there, but it's maddeningfun to click around for a little while.
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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Exclusive.


(click for larger image)
If this isn't a "dharma-logo" tongue-tattoo in the mouth of the polar bear from Season 1, then what is it? Hard to make out, but it's clearly soft-white... like a ???
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Well then. First impressions.

A lot of interesting (?) science/faith shit going on - Desmond and Locke believing in an all-powerful, life-creating life-ending being with no palpable presence, Dr. Science bein' skeptical. While I fully believe in Babylon's villain theory, Jack was being a douche but then maybe renegged a bit on the douchery in the end. Desmond's "save the world" speech was iffy, and as a big-boned chap, I am deeply insulted by Hurley's quiet awe when he found the pantry, but you know...

So: Desmond wants them to push the button, but Walt says the button is bad?

Could have used more of the Raft Krew, though M.Rod's suckerpunch of Sawyer was stunning and satisfying enough. Even knowing everything we knew, they still had me fooled for a minute.

Re: the preview for next week - JIN SPEAKS ENGLISH?!
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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

REVISED QUEST FOR THE SEASON 2 TRAVELER


Not much internet where I been lately, but in the meanwhile, there's this.
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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Swoon.


It's a good thing they never showed this ridiculous UK-only LOST Season 1 promotional spot over here, because if they had I would have made a point to never ever watch the show. Was this directed by the guy who designs Danielle Steele's book-jackets?
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Monday, October 03, 2005

Green Monster?



Conflicting geographic loyalties within the plush and expansive Flight 815 offices have made it impossible to reach a consensus as to which fair city, NYC or Boston, the above photograph is a good or bad omen for.

Ducking the question, the only sensible conclusion becomes obvious: Go Bravos! ATL Shawwtty...
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Sunday, October 02, 2005

Access Denied...


Invalid IP? Damn. Who's got that secret-Google-cheat-code heat? 893, where you at?

UPDATE: The url for this, btw, is from the numbers printed on the cans and whatnot in Desmond's pantry.
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Saturday, October 01, 2005

108th Level Wizard


Spell! Spell! Lightning bolt!!!
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