LOST to be Solved?

23 01 2009

The 5th season of LOST premiered last night (January 21st) on ABC. And while it competed with Lie to Me (FOX) and Criminal Minds (CBS), LOST still averaged 16 million viewers.

And what a premire it was! LOST is well-known for its twists, flash backs and flash forwards, and a whole cast of characters (on and off the island) that haunt the plot (even if they’re dead). And finally, finally!, the pieces are falling together – or so, we think they are.

Many times a viewer will think they’ve discovered a piece to the puzzle that is LOST, only to realize they hadn’t and were (in fact) rather wrong. But, this season…this season feels special. (Or maybe it’s because it was said during the recap that this season the pieces would come together…)

As it is, we ended last season with the Oceanic 6 (Jack, Kate, Sayid, Hurley, Sun, and baby Aaron) dealing with life off the island, the dead body of John Locke, and the island disappearing in a flash of white light.  And we began this season with the realization that Oceanic 6 should’ve never left the island, a good amount of manipulation of power and even time, more questions to who’s good and who’s bad, and, of course, the fact they (Oceanic 6) have to go back to the island.

A thoroughly compacted 2hr premiere, LOST is keeping to its standard. Full of twists and turns, the premiere has probably generated more theories than answers – but who wants all the answers right at the start? That ruins all the fun!

This season looks to be as exciting and suspenseful as the last 4 and with time in a flux, who knows what’s going to happen!

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Movie: Nine

5 01 2009

Set to release 9-9-09, producer Tim Burton (Nightmare Before Christmas, Sweeney Todd) and Timur Bekmambetov  (Wanted, Nightwatch) and director Shane Acker have created (what appears to be) a visually animated masterpiece – 9.

Based on a award-winning 2005 short film (by Shane Acker), 9 is set post-apocalyptic world overrun by machines.

— plot synposis from stealthfiction.com : “9 is a post-apocalyptic nightmare in which all of humanity is threatened. 9 is based on Acker’s Academy Award-nominated 2005 film festival short.

“When 9 first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world. The human race is dead and gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. Despite being the neophyte of the group, 9 convinces the others that hiding will do them no good. They must take the offensive if they are to survive, and they must discover why the machines want to destroy them in the first place. As they’ll soon come to learn, the very future of civilization may depend on them.”

The group includes 1 (Christopher Plummer), a domineering war veteran; 2 (Martin Landau), an aged inventor; 5 (John C. Reilly), a stalwart mechanic; 6 (Crispin Glover), a visionary and artist; and 7 (Jennifer Connelly), a brave warrior. I like Acker’s unique art style which could be described as a darker/post apocalyptic version of what Tim Burton use to do, with a touch of LittleBigPlanet.”

9 is full of ingenious creativity. And if the trailer doesn’t show this, then watch Shaun Acker’s short film-





Parent for the Day

30 12 2008

We’ve all heard of High School parenting classes (maybe in not such crass terms but the idea is still there). We’ve all heard the horrors of lugging around a flour sack or even a mechanical doll that screams and cries like a real one. And we’ve all had a good laugh over the trauma. 

But – these classes – do they really make a difference? Does hauling around a mechanical doll that screams and cries randomly and only needs a minute or two of rocking to shut it up really show the trials of parenthood? Hormonal teenagers see the project as a six to nine week nuisance, yes? And, come on, do babies really scare away people? (Mechanical ones, I mean.)

Babies grow up, and rather quickly I might add. For a year, they’re small and uncertain and always crying. Then they’re two, and walking, talking, and climbing. They don’t stop yelling, however. So, how is a mechanical baby going to show the trials of parenthood?

It doesn’t. It’s a teaser, yes. It shows what the beginning will be like, and it begs for patience and tolerance. But what about everything else? The hardest part of parenthood – the childhood.

If people really want to show teenagers and possibly college students (the current generation apparently has a delayed maturity) what parenthood is like then they need to create ‘Parent for a Day.’ And I mean, parent for a day. Not a few hours here or there. I mean, the whole day. 

And the age can vary, from 2 to 7. But from morning to night, the “parent” takes care of the child. And I don’t mean like a babysitter, but like a parent. All the way from entertaining the kid to running errands to doing chores. The typical (non-working) day of a mother or father.

Now that’s a typical day in the life of a parent. Not a mechanical doll that cries and yells randomly. But a bright-eyed, very much alive child who can speak, demand, yell, cry, and run (all at once even).  And doing errands and chores with a bored kid is no easy feat. And entertaining a kid will show you just how old you’re getting.

I imagine that will (or could) make all the difference. Much more than a sack of flour or mechanical baby can ever do at least.





To be “Sued”

11 12 2008

Being “Sued” isn’t a pleasant thing.

In fact, you most likely haven’t been “Sued” until you’ve ventured into the mysterious and possibly dangerous world of self-published books/short stories. In this world, there are no editors or agents or publishing companies – just the author and the reader.

Such stories are found on the Internet, on sites such as fictionpress or fanfiction (where people write stories for already established book settings and characters). And these sites, while having many unacknowledged good stories, also have the dreaded Mary Sue (or Gary Stu, if the character is male) character.

Who is Mary Sue?

Well, Mary Sue is the perfect character. Either for the author, the reader, or both. She can do no wrong. She sings, writes, draws, fights, and cries beautifully. She may have been horribly traumatized, but she came through without a scratch (mentally or physically). She may have even been born of the very evil that threatens the world, but no worries, she’s no issues of killing said evil (even if its her father). Or maybe she’s the author, who strives to live an adventurous and romantically perfect life.

This is the Mary Sue. Trust me, when you meet her, you’ll know – yes, indeed, you’ll know you’ve been “Sued”.

Below I’ve included excerpts from an ironically humorous poem depicting Mary Sue. These pieces belong to the ever amazing Irony-Chan, who wishes to remain mysterious. (You can, of course, Google her LiveJournal if you want).

A Mary Sue Alphabet:

A‘s for Amanda
Our hero’s twin sister
Got lost as a baby
And gosh, how he missed her
He always suspected
He had a half lacking
He set off to find her
By magical tracking
So now they’re together
And smiling a lot
Too bad that the story’s
Got no trace of plot

B is for Bridget
Who’s named for the author
She could have been subtle
But just didn’t bother
Yet somehow I doubt
That the writer’s a d-cup
Or sings like an angel
With nary a hiccup
Or doesn’t need glasses
Or looks like a hottie
Or ever will earn
Her black belt in karate

-:-

G is for Georgia
Likes watching TV
Replaying the movie
Upon DVD
‘Til one day by magic
The screen opened wide
Before Georgia knew it
It sucked her inside!
Now she’ll save the hero
By hook or by crook
She knows all the future
‘Cause she’s read the book

-:-

L for Lorraina
The heir to three thrones
She dresses in ballgowns
And wears precious stones
But deep in her heart
She’s so royally lonely
She longs for a prince
To love her and her only
She wants to be treated
Like all other girls
Perhaps if she’d dump
The tiara and pearls

M is for Madysonne
Fresh from the states!
Like totally awesome
This chica, she rates!
She brought with her all of
Her favourite CD’s
And might let you listen
If you just say please
She’s spreading the music
As far as she can
And somehow I’m guessing
The author’s a fan

-:-

O for Ophelia
The evil guy’s daughter
Her life is so awful
Her tears flow like water
Her husband’s been chosen
By father and mother
But her heart already
Belongs to another
Oh woe! And oh angst!
Yeah, it’s piled on thick
And most of the readers
Are gonna be sick

P is for Paris
Just swimming in prose!
Her lips weren’t pink only
They bloomed like a rose!
Like wheat in the sunshine
The gold of her hair
Her eyes, how they sparkled
As clear as the air!
Her skin was as white
As the robe of a saint
And it’s that lack of iron
Keeps making her faint

-:-

W stands for
One Wendover Sable
She started off Sue-some
Right out of the cradle
The poor foundling baby
Was given a home
By snobby, rich wizards
Brought her up like their own
And should any point out
That this ain’t realistic
Just watch as the author
Goes fully ballistic

So in case you’ve been “Sued,” you know what to expect. Be wise and be careful, for being “Sued” is pleasant. 





Meet the Doctor

29 11 2008

Who exactly is the Doctor from Doctor Who?  He’s a Time Lord, he travels in a blue box (that’s bigger on the inside) called the TARDIS, he’s old and currently the last of his kind, and he runs – a lot. But is that all the Doctor is?

Meeting the Doctor, while wonderful and exciting, is also overwhelming and confusing. He carries so many burdens, so many ‘secrets’ – little insights to his character he forgets that you don’t know – and so many stories that he’s a world of his own. Meeting him is like beginning school all other again, from kindergarden up. And its fun and exciting, not to mention possibly dangerous.  

So, let’s introduce the Doctor. The video below, made by Seduff, introduces the Doctor as he’s been and what’s he’s become. It especially focuses on the latest Doctors (Nine and Ten – remember, he can ‘regenerate’ 13 times – or, better yet, die 13 times and only “change his face”) and it focuses on how he changes the lives of those meets.

Meet the Doctor  –





The Beauty of Creativity

23 11 2008

The world is full of obsessions, addictions, and devotions to movies, books, and music.

And these obsessions, these addictions, they inspire people of all ages, shapes, and sizes.  They make people think and create and use their own ingenuity to further their devotion and possibly instill it in others.

The Internet offers many outlets for this creativity, such as Fan Fiction and Fan Videos. Both are extremely popular, often gathering a following of their very own. Fan Fiction offers a chance for people to write with already established characters in an already established setting – but the idea, the plot of that story, is all their own.

Fan videos are a touch more complicated, because the vidders strive to create a flawless movie worthy of theaters/t.v. – most videos are music videos, but there are several that are ‘mini-episodes’ and trailers for Fan Fiction or possible plot-lines.

One exciting phenomenon of Fan Fiction and Fan videos is ‘AU’ (alternate universes) that are ‘Crossovers’ with other fandoms. A mix and match up of two different obsessions, such as Harry Potter and Twilight.

There are hundreds of these videos and fan fictions on the Internet and they all encompass an undeniably creative flare. Some are basics, like mixing HP and Twilight, but there are others a little more inventive, such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Doctor Who or Harry Potter. Many fans of anime will mix and match up Avatar: the Last Airbender and Naruto or Bleach.

TV shows aren’t immune to this phenomenon – Heroes and Smallville have been matched up, Lost has dozens of mixes, and BBC shows such as Doctor Who and Robin Hood have many crossovers.

Then there are the really creative crossovers! Such as this Joker/Hermione pairing I’ve recently discovered on YouTube.  Sweeney Todd also has a fate with the Joker and Doctor Who on YouTube.

This YouTube video by xxtingxx shows this Joker/Hermione pairing I mentioned:

This video, along with the idea of Fan Fiction and other Fan videos (crossovers or not) is amazingly creatively. When people come to love something, they make the most of what they love. They write their own plots (sometimes more interesting than the original plot) and make their own shows.

This is the Beauty of Creativity.





When You Can’t Yell Fire

17 11 2008

Feeling particularly feisty? In a mood to cause trouble? Is the desire to regress to your childhood days when you were rotten overwhelming? No need to worry, you’re not the only one suffering mischief.

People, old and young, are licking popcorn and tossing it freely at others. Adults, parents especially, have fallen whim to putting ice down their kids’ shirts – in public. And it’s always best to watch the old women who walk the malls, they’ve some quick feet good for a trip.

So, maybe the weather is the cause or maybe the upcoming holiday (Thanksgiving) is, but either way, mischief is in the air.

And this means getting creative! Yelling “Fire” is illegal nowanddays, and licking popcorn just makes you more hungry than amused. So, let’s look to other things.

Such as, when you’re making a presentation first begin by asking if everyone will pat their head, rub their stomachs  when you say ‘go’ – trust me, people will do it, thinking it’s part of your presentation. It’s extremely entertaining because they do it, expecting something, and then are forced to laugh and blush when they realize they’ve been duped.

Or, are you in a public setting? At a sporting event, concert, speech, or just waiting for the movie to start? Then look up, and stare. I mean, stare. Glancing up repeatedly is entertaining and fun, but staring has a far better result. (And if you can, get your friends or neighbors to participate).

Slowly, like a domino effect, the surrounding crowd will begin to look up themselves. Mere glances at first, then full out staring and searching. What is she looking at? They’ll wonder and question, nudging their neighbors and turning to ask others. And, just like a wildfire, the question will spread and the people will stare.

Until, eventually, everyone is staring up at the ceiling. Ah, what fun it is. It’s even better if you’re witty/clever enough to come up with something to say that’ll cause everyone to blanch or look away angry and embarrassed.

Mischief is on a high right now, but to make the most of it you have to think outside the box. Subtlety and creativity are an all time must. So, if you’re feeling particularly feisty and rotten, make your mischief worth its while.