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May 28, 2010

Overthinking Lost's awful idea of an afterlife

Overthinking Lost: The End. | Overthinking It
So, why doesn’t Lost allow us to mourn John Locke’s tragic, epic f***-up of a life? Because, according to Lost, it doesn’t matter that Locke screwed up. It doesn’t matter that Locke’s actions got himself and many others killed. Ultimately, actions on Earth don’t matter. All that matters is faith and that happy white light and true love and puppies and babies. In short, Lost presents us with the nicey-nice wish-fulfillment parts of a bunch of different religions and ignores a major fact of life for non-scripted human beings: that, in real life, whatever happened, happened. Actions have consequences. Dead is dead. I’m not a big fan of the Christian conceptions of heaven and hell, but at least they somewhat focus on the consequences of your actions. If you do wrong, you suffer in hell for eternity. If you’re good and faithful, you get to chill with Jesus for eternity. I don’t believe it, but at least it allows for some kind of real-world morality. The new pseudo-multicultural religion Lost’s finale provides is particularly crazy, because it not only allows for death-bed conversions; it allows for POST-death-bed conversions. (At least, it does for everyone except Michael. Don’t ask me why he’s the only one who doesn’t get a second chance in Sideways Limbo.) Of what use is a finale like this, when it doesn’t mirror anything we actually experience in real life? Do we just want a happy ending because we like these characters? Yet, in most art, as in life, simply being likable does not necessary earn you a happy ending. Or is it that we enjoy the theme of “even sinners get second chances”? I would be fine with that theme if it seemed like most of the Losties actually made good use of their second chances and earned their way into Heaven by doing good deeds. But most of them didn’t. Only Jack, Sayid, Desmond, Michael (!), Charlie and, arguably, Sawyer (when he jumped out of the helicopter) sacrificed themselves for the greater good. I’ll let Hurley come to my version of Heaven, too, because he was always a good person. The rest of them? I’m not sure if they’ll be allowed past my pearly gates.

May 25, 2010

26-plus bad-ass characters with memorable tattoos

It's total link-bait--like so much at the Onion--but it's done well. Marked men: 26-plus bad-ass characters with memorable tattoos | Film | Inventory | The A.V. Club
Hell-battling brothers Dean and Sam Winchester are usually able to concoct or luckily run across all kinds of spells and talismans to help them out of a jam—one that often involves being pulverized and/or devoured by some minion of Hades. But in the season-three episode “Jus In Bello,” the siblings reveal a new trick: matching tattoos on their chests, a flame-enshrouded pentagram pattern that provides some form of protection from demonic possession. Of course, nothing in Supernatural is surefire or safe—but at the very least, their tattoos gave rabid Supernatural fanatics an excuse to put down the remote and head for the nearest tattoo shop.

May 23, 2010

Why isn't there more fucking on this island?

YouTube - Why Isn't there More F**king on this Island? (A song for LOST)

May 22, 2010

Lost won't make sense until you watch the deleted scenes on DVD

Lost Will Actually Continue… On DVD -- Spinoff Online – Covering TV, Film and Entertainment News Daily
If you’re not entirely satisfied by Sunday’s final episode of Lost, then I’ve got some good news and some bad news. The good news is, that’s not actually the last you’ll see of the show. The bad news is: You’ll have to buy the Season 6 DVD for more answers. TV Guide Magazine broke the story, and Entertainment Weekly confirmed, that the DVD for the final season will include new scenes produced just for the the DVD release revealing more about the mysteries presumably left dangling after the finale (TV Guide says that the new footage will run longer than 20 minutes, but the Lost source wouldn’t confirm that for Entertainment Weekly). As a fan of the show, I have to admit feeling slightly cheated by this news – On the one hand, it means that there will definitely be questions left unanswered that the producers feel are important enough to require DVD extra scenes, and on the other hand, I feel like I’m being forced to buy the DVD (or, more likely, order it through Netflix – Take that, ABC!) in order to get the full story. Suddenly, tomorrow’s finale seems more worrying than it did before…