Thursday, April 30, 2009

(3)5 Years Gone

Hello! I'm back! Sorry, had skool stuff to take care of....

So, Lost had it's 100th Episode!! This picture is from Hurley's blog (okay, Jorge Garcia actually: http://dispatchesfromtheisland.blogspot.com/). It's from the great show Ace of Cakes--one of the few reality shows I watch.
It wasn't as stellar as the episodes before it, but it was still really good.
  • Daniel Faraday is revealed as Charles Widmore's son!! That makes him Penny's half-sister and Desmond's brotha-in-law! There's a lot of half-siblings out there in Lost! Jack and Claire, specifically. Unfortunately, Daniel was killed (by his own frickin' mother) before anybody but his parents learned of this. Also, Jack was already back on the mainland and Claire somewhere on the island when he learned of their heritage as well.
  • Where is the information Daniel puts in his journal coming from? Did his exposure to radiation cause his advanced memory loss?
  • Where was he for 3 years in Michigan in the '70's? Why didn't his memory loss continue? What was he doing? Working for Dharma?
  • Why was he so sad when the found the fake wreckage of Oceanic 815? And we now know that Widmore is responsible for that...
  • So, Daniel's plan is to blow up the future Swan station with Jughead, the nuclear bomb from the 50's? And that was his younger mother in the past? No wonder she looked familiar.
  • Dan's mom is one cold bitch. She knew he was going to die by her hands in the '70's, so she sent him back anyways? She stopped his piano playing and was awful to his girl (who he would later put in a time-travel-induced coma anyways). Why can't she see what's going to happen anymore? How did she know what would happen? Like with Desmond or maybe even the monk from the abbey?
  • Daniel's always been a bit "twitchy (to quote a nickname-making Sawyer)" and was kinda annoying to me--Jeff Goldblum wants his stuttering intellectual back. Your destiny is crap.

By the way, stay tuned for a Lost project I'm probably going to do this summer: I saw a Flickr page where this one fan posts her own pictures of the recent Lost episodes. They're just one picture, but they encapsulate what the episode is all about. I think it's a neat idea and may try it out...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/keelyislost/sets/72157612837057883/

Heroes

Now Heroes had its season finale. It was good and had a lot of surprise moments! They keep on firing key people, like Greg Beeman and expect the show to carry on like nothing's happened! Well, what I wanted to say was that the next season (and even the last couple of episodes) are like "Five Years Gone," the apocalyptic future episode from the awesome first season!

Peter:

  • Not as all-powerful as he was in the original episode
  • Distrusts his brother
  • Was labeled a terrorist because of his powers
  • Didn't hook up with Nikki, but her cloned sister Tracy (although temporarily and not like they were in "5 Year Gone")
  • No scar, but another future version of him did

Nathan:

  • Sylar killed him in the future, and did so at the end of this episode
  • Took his place through shape-shifting ability
  • Although, in this case, Sylar doesn't know he's Sylar, he thinks he's Nathan
  • Future Sylar did say that Nathan already started to hurt his own kind before he killed him--which is true in this case
  • You can't trust him

Claire:

  • Sylar did take her power and is now invulnerable/possibly immortal
  • Just wanted to live a normal life but couldn't
  • Brunette in yet another possible future, and pretty hard-core (what with the leather and no feeling pain)

Sylar:

  • Became President in "5 Years" by impersonating Nathan Petrelli
  • Killed Nathan but didn't take his power--can still use telekenesis to "fly"
  • Almost became President by shaking the hands of Michael "Mr. Worf" Dorn
  • Shape-shifter
  • Invulnerable/possibly immortal from Claire
  • Fought Peter in a big battle
  • Thought he was Peter and Nathan's brother
  • I doubt he'll be Gabriel again (like another possible future) with a baby son (who's the mom though?)

Hiro

  • Again, labeled a terrorist
  • Causes him physical pain when he uses his powers--not as all-powerful like in "5 Years"
  • Lost without Ando--although this time it's because Ando has powers and Hiro doesn't

Matt Parkman

  • Has a son Matt Parkman Jr, like the picture in the future stated
  • Possibly estranged from wife

HRG

  • Kicked out of house by his wife
  • Still helping fugitive heroes

Mohinder

  • Asked by powerful people to committ genocide against the heroes
  • Still sides with the heroes
  • Now has stable powers of his own

Thanks for reading, see ya soon!!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Action is his reward....



Look out, here comes the Spider-man!

Just a little something RK got for me on "our" last trip to the NYC!!!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Lost clue?



I was looking at a picture of the new Dharma Station "The Lamp Post" in the new Lost magazine the other day when I saw the picture of the map on the floor.

It's a new map! Everything there is all 1970's era Dharma equipment, but the map doesn't have the Soviet Union, etc, on it. What up with that?

Top 5

Well, I'm not feeling very well but still have to go to class later on, so I'd thought I'd post this. It's something I've been working on for a while.

I was talking to somebody at work a few weeks ago about a meme she received about the top 25 albums/songs that influenced her. I really couldn't decide. I was always more influenced by books, TV or movies than by music (that came later on). In case you're wondering, my first 2 would be Joan Jett and the Blackhearts' "I Love Rock 'N Roll" and Bryan Adams' "Summer of '69." The first rock song I ever heard (my mom was a John Denver fan) was Joan Jett, and it was on the back of the bus going to grammar school. The "cool" kids had a boom box in the back of the bus, and played it over and over again. I had that sucker memorized, and I sang it so much, my Mom did too. The second was "Summer of '69." This was the first tape I remember listening too again and again. It was my shower song. I still know all the words like my name was Bryan Adams.

Anyhoo, I don't think I have enough juice to start my own meme, so feel free to join in. Let me know so I can check it out....

My Top 5 current favorite CD's that you can listen to all the way through:

1. Green Day American Idiot
Listen to Dookie, then this one. The amount of maturity is incredible. It's a whole storyline.

2. Nirvana Nevermind
Supposedly the greatest songwriter of my generation, I think it's a great album regardless of that fact. Classic punk rock encased in flannel.

3. Evanesence The Open Door
Yeah, I'll take shit for this one, but it's a great gothic album. Much less "I hate myself and want to die" feeling from their first album--which is still great but a little depressing at times. Amy Lee's voice is incredible, operatic.

4. Beastie Boys License to Ill
Great rhymes, one of the first commercially successful rap albums that's actually good. Classic old school.

5. Metallica Kill 'Em All
The first Metallica album I bought after a summer of hearing "Motorbreath" and "Seek and Destroy" along with their Black album.


My Top 5 current favorite books (and/or series):

1. Kevin Smith My Boring Ass Life
Boring? Hell no! It's incredibly addicting and makes you want to start a blog.

2. Stephen King The Stand
A post-apocalyptic thriller that's really long but you really want to find out what's happening.

3. Alex Ross Marvels/Kingdom Come
Two graphic novels by the best painter in comics today. They're bookends--one tells the beginning of the Super Hero universe, the other tells the end. Two different comics company, great writing and artwork.

4. Karin Traviss Star Wars Republic Commando Series
Mandalorians and Commandos. I'm a huge Star Wars fan, and these are my favorite books yet.

5. Jim Butcher Dresden Files Series
The covers state its like "Buffy meeting Phillip Marlowe." A lot of humor, fantasy, magic all rolled into one. I'll read these until Butcher can't write anymore.

What do you think?

Saturday, April 11, 2009

What Lies in The Shadow of the Statue?


Another awesome Lost. These episodes are getting so good, that I can't wait for the next episode to see if they outdid themselves. I'm gonna have a frickin' heart attack....



Dharma Initiative:



  • Are they still around?

  • Did they engineer the pallet drop of Dharma product food?

  • Who recruited Clancy "Kurgan" Brown's character to the hatch? It's obviously many years after the Purge. Radzinsky (who we met in Dharma) was already in the hatch when he came around--and later killed himself.

  • Is Illeana and the new castaways part of Dharma? She asked a similar question (what lies in the shadow of the statue?) than Desmond's "What did one snowman say to the other?" (answer: "smells like carrots"). I mean, who extradites someone to Guam? Why are they acting weird?

  • What's in the giant metal case they can't seem to open? Where did it come from?

Other stuff:




  • What's in Hurley's guitar case?

  • What made him come back to the island? Was it Ghost Charlie?

  • Where's Claire?

  • What's up with the hieroglyphics in Smokey's cave? He's been referred to as a Cerebus-like creature (which is Greek mythology--the 3-headed guard dog to Hades) but now there's a lot of Egyptian stuff going on--including a glyph of what looks like Anubis summoning Smokey.

  • What's the statue? Is it Anubis?


HEROES: Now I know that their writers don't have the same level of control the Lost guys have over their show, but I wish they did. They seem to fire writers like crazy and Tim Kring apologizes like a 2-year old after writing on the wall. Next week's episode is a flashback to the 1960's. Hopefully we'll find out more about the Company. How cool would it have been to see the Original Heroes (Hiro's dad, Nathan and Peter's dad, Linderman and Shaft) fighting bad guys side-by-side util somebody like Angela Petrelli had her dreams about New York getting nuked by an exploding man? I made this and thought I'd post it:


Friday, April 10, 2009

4 Fast 4 Furious


So, I saw the new Fast & Furious movie a few nights ago. And I enjoyed the crap out of it. But more on that in a little bit.
So the first F & F movie came out about 7 or 8 years ago. It followed the same formula as Point Break (another awesome movie of Keanu-like 'Woah' porportions). There is an extreme crime. Usually involving stealing. They're doing crime here! Hot, young untested cop goes undercover with a group of hot, young outlaws of a new extreme sport. Take your pick--surfing or street racing. Cop is there to learn from these good people and find out who the bad guys. He picks out potential bad guys. He falls for the girl--usually involved with the leader of the pack. FBI/cops/whatever goes after potential bad guys and finds out they're bad guys, but just not the right bad guys. Cop has an epiphany that the dudes he's been hanging with-become friends and learning how to do extreme sports stuff--are the real bad guys. The bad guys find out and usually perform an uncharacteristic, sloppily-executed "one last heist." Cop lets bad guy go because bad guy isn't really that bad, but is his friend. The end.
It's true--go watch the first F & F, then Point Break.
The had a second movie. That was pretty good, didn't follow any particular formula, except now Paul Walker is an outlaw ex-cop on the run for letting Vin Diesel go in the first movie. They couldn't get Vin Diesel to appear, I think he was making The Pacifier or some piece of Disney shit. The third movie takes place in Tokyo with drifting (which is huge in Japan, but nobody over in these shores are really that into it, unless you're Hulk Hogan's son). Vin Diesel shows up for the last 3 seconds--he probably needed a lining for his pool. No other original cast.
Now, onto the 4th F &F. It's just a good, Summer blockbuster flick. Nothing you have to actually think about. I love the cars in this movie, they included some real American muscle cars. The car scenes are intense and fast-paced. Some real Keiser Soze moments. The characters have moved beyond common street racing, the car scenes get bigger with every movie. The scene at the end when they're going through the secret tunnel at the US/Mexico border is super intense. I liked how they harkened back to their friendship in the first movie with similar lines, but Paul Walker's character never said he became a fugitive and DEA scapegoat for a while. Probably not something you bring up over Chinese food.
They brought back most of the original cast, except now Michelle Rodriguez is out of jail for drunk driving and wanted to flex her Lost muscles. So she's got top billing, even though she's only in the movie for the first 15-20 minutes, then killed in a flashback (sorry--spoiler). How did Paul Walker's character go from being a disgraced cop who let his mark go to fugitive street racer, to free man, to a FBI agent? Do they let anybody in the FBI? He said they recruited him, so okay. It seems they also wanted to show how strong Vin Diesel is. He's lifting engine blocks and dangling guys out of windows, and he gets shot but only gets annoyed. Vince from the original movie probably spent some time in a hospital ward and then got 20+ years in prison for his crimes.
And, of course, they set it up for a 5th movie.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

MMMMM.....Taco Bell


MMMM....Taco Bell.
Best episode of Lost yet. Kate getting in touch with Cassidy and leaving Aaron with Claire's mom. Everything is proceeding as I have seen it....

Thursday, April 2, 2009

6 Things

I got tagged by RK today..."Six random funny things about other people."

The rules:

1. You must post six random funny things about other people.

2. Then tag six other bloggers.

3. Link to the person who tagged you.

4. They must be FUNNY! Make us laugh! I don't care if we really shouldn't be laughing...that will earn you extra points.

I really don't know 6 other bloggers, but I'll do my best on everything else! It's tougher than it sounds!

1. Two cute, giggling girls came up to a co-worker several years ago and wanted to know where " the sex books" were. He went to show them and promptly tripped over something on the floor.

2. My cousin, when younger: one Christmas, he got nothing but clothes. This gave us the immortal, crying quote of "don't they know that little kids want toys for Christmas?"

3. Little old lady called up my old call center and got a friend of mine. She wanted to know about the Pay-Per-View movie on her bill. My friend brought up her account and saw nothing but porn on her PPV. The old lady wanted the one "Harry Potter" PPV taken off her account--she never ordered that.

4. While in Washington DC, a co-worker had to locate stuff for a sweat shop exhibit, including some kind of Disney apparel. He then had to call somebody, pretending to be a collector, in order to get said Disney crap.

5. "Naked chicks...on the wall!" Overheard by co-worker when customer bought a SI Swimsuit Issue for her older son while her younger son (the originator of said quote) looked on.

6. "Look, I'll do 5 years at Riker's just to prove my point." From the Chappelle Show. I literally can't think of anything else. Probably after I get off the computer and eat my dinner, I'll think of some more...

Came home from work last night and watched the last 20 minutes of "Life on Mars." I'll never get those 20 minutes back. The show got cancelled, so they turned their last show into a ridiculous farce about the characters actually being on Mars. SO fucking stupid....

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

It's Rex Manning Day!!!

Damn the Man!!! Save the Empire!!!