The end of a season… (possible spoilers)

Dear Friends.

It is that time of year when all our favourite shows start coming to and end. Supergirl can go and battle a new enemy while she cries into her cape. The Flash can mourn or whatever…

So, we will return soon with another broadcast of amazingness.

Keep your eyes peeled and your ears open for Podcast 14! (Sorry I’m triskaidekaphobic)

LLAP

Stu

LOST Rewatch, S01E4-6, Spoilers – Revelations, Fights and Destiny

“Don’t tell me what I can’t do” Locke, Walkabout

Walkabout is one of the best episodes of season 1 maybe the entire series, the reveal is masterful and hits you right in the feels. The whole flashback is kind of hard watch, Locke is broken man inside and he constantly put down and told what he cannot do. It’s so well hidden that he is in a wheelchair that when he is told at the end he cannot go on the walkabout you think the guy is just being a dick, then the camera pans back and you see. After all that you have seen in this episode, THIS scene….. It’s so well done by Terry O’Quinn the pain and anger in his voice, face and eyes it is an incredible moment. He shouting that this is his destiny, this a theme that comes up again, maybe it is as he was destined to be on the island and he had his own walkbout of sorts while there by killing the boar. We then flash to him after the crash looking at his toe moving the look of confusion then happiness, his life has changed in that moment and we feel it all with him.

He may have been a bit of a mystery before this but this is where he shines. On the island he has finally found a place where he fits in and has the exceptance he has always wanted. He is a useful member of the group by being the hunter and we see later helping Charlie get off heroin. It’s nice to see. He also gets a visit from the smoke monster, he tells Jack that he has seen the centre of the island and it was beautiful. That conversation shows that he has a lot of faith in the island and that there is a reason they are there, even if they do not know it yet.

Jack is having a little crisis of his own. He is seeing his Dad walk around the island which he says is impossible, this we find out is becasue Christian is dead and Jack was bringing his body back from Australia when they crashed. He does not believe it is him he says to Locke it MUST be a hallucination, Locke says it probably is but what if it is not. Jack has a think about this and follows Christian to a source of water in the caves, not before he tries to kill Jack though (my only real annoyance with this episode).

Now this sets up man of science (Jack) vs the man of faith (Locke) this jouney through the series is always an interesting one. In his flash he is told he does not have what it takes, which in Christians eyes means if Jack fails it will haunt him. Now I don’t see this as being a bad thing and shows us how heartless his Dad is. Yes it creates a problem in Jack where by he cannot let things go and he will not give up on any plan he has even when it is not working. He is like a dog with a bone when it comes to moving to the caves, I wish when Kate asks him if he was checking her out that he just said yes, it would of been a fun light moment, they are clearly meant for each other they flirt constantly but neither of them seem to want to act on this.

Jin and Sun are shown to be so happy in Sun’s flashback and slowly it unravels and we see them get to where they are on the island. The diffrerence is heartbreaking, just want them to fall back in love again straight away. Working for her Father has fundamentally changed who Jin is and he has lost sight of what makes Sun happy. The island will give them the opportunity to find each other again away from her Father’s influence.

She has been hiding a secret from him, a few actually, but for now it’s that she can speak english and asks Michael to free Jin from the handcuffs even though Jin tried to kill him over his father in-law’s watch. Now I am not a massive fan of Michael but he is really good here showing forgiveness. She was also ready to leavve Jin but at the airport in Australia she could not do it. This is beginning of their reconciliation. When he gets water for her by trading fish in White rabbit , she says thank you this is so sweet he just says thats what husband’s do for their wive’s. It shows us that Jin is not completely lost he is in there somewhere.

Three really good episodes here expanding the LOST mythology and giving some really good charater moment’s. I don’t want bang on about the music being amazing from now on just assume it is unless otherwise stated, it is really good

“It’s been six days… and we’re all still waiting. Waiting for someone to come. Well, what if they don’t? We have to stop waiting. We need to start figuring things out. A woman died this morning just going for a swim, and he tried to save her, and now you’re about you crucify him? We can’t do *this*. Every man for himself is not gonna work. It’s time to start organizing. We need to figure out how we’re gonna *survive* here. Now I found water… fresh water up in the valley. I’ll take a group in at first light. If you don’t wanna come, then find another way to contribute! Last week most of us were strangers. But we’re all here now, and God knows how long we’re gonna be here. But if we can’t, live together… we’re gonna die alone.” Jack to the group, White rabbit

LOST S01E01-03 thoughts, Spoilers, Beautiful in blu

We have to go back!!!
Sorry, overdone LOST joke. But saying that repeated viewings of LOST is not a bad thing in fact it would do you a service to watch it as many times as possible. There are so many themes and levels going on it might be hard to catch them all on the first viewing. Also the passage of time changes us all (just one of the themes in the show) so you will relate to different things and react in different ways. As you can see from the title I have decided to go back and rewatch the series, and I have been blown away all over again.

It cannot be understated how well LOST starts with Jack’s eye opening we see things as he does in the opening minutes with the sequence building towards seeing the wreckage for the first time. This sequence is a perfect start slowly showing us the wreckage and the chaos. Jack jumps straight into the action helping anyone who needs it without thinking. This is a major insight into who he is, he has a good heart and wants to genuinely help. And help he does all over the place as we are introduced to each main character from Jack to Claire to Hurley and so on.

It gets some ongoing stories started but mainly the being rescued and survival parts are front and centre, the mysteries are left for another day, except for our old friend the “Smoke monster”. As the survivors have no idea what this is (Hurley suggests a dinosaur for comedic? effect) they are scared, as people are with the unknown. We see it take down trees and be very loud until later when it rips the pilot out of the cockpit spraying blood all over the windows and chases 3 of our survivors (Jack, Kate and Charlie) now they have reason to be legitimately scared of this thing.

The theme of light vs dark is brought in by Locke while explaining backgammon to Walt, the oldest game in the world. Locke seems at times creepy then friendly it feels like they didn’t know where to go with him this early, they did not even know what his “secret” was when he said the line so maybe they were still trying to figure him out. He does not do much really until Walkabout (Ep04) although he does find Vincent.

In the third episode a trek is undertaken to get to higher ground so they can get a signal on the transceiver, this is not a success as another mystery is introduced, that being the “French woman”. With shannon actually being useful for once she translates the french broadcast and Sayid calculates how long it has been on a loop for. It is an SOS that has been looping for 16 years, this obviously does not go down well, if the french woman was never rescued it seems unlikely our survivors will. This is a major turning point for the show as they are now encouraged to make this island home which means we can really delve into the islands secrets, even though they maybe drawn out through entire series they are still interesting when they come up.

The flashback model is well used in my opinion we get to see who they were before the island while those issues are brought up on the island. They are all “lost”, beleive it or not, in their lives before the island so we get to see them grow and change into better people while dealing with island life. From the third ep we know Kate is on the run from the law although we do not know what she did until later. She tries to tell Jack, as she feels like she needs to explain her self to him, he does not care by saying they all deserve a second chance now they are there and effectively “died” 3 days ago. There is a real attraction between them, this is something that is explored across the entire series, a slow burn indeed.

I am watching on blu ray which makes the show absolutely beautiful, so clear and vibrant. The music is amazing really adds to the show. It’s a really immersive show because of the elements that make it up from writing to acting to everything else. I am excited to go on this journey again, 12 years have gone by since LOST started but it still feels so fresh and I’m sure I will watch again and again.. More thoughts to come as I get through the series

 

“It doesn’t matter, Kate, who we were, what we did before this… before the crash. It doesn’t really… Three days ago, we all died. We should all be able to start over.” Jack to Kate Tabula Rosa

Jessica Jones Ep 01 – AKA Ladies Night – Spoilers

Let me start by saying this show maybe one of the best things I’ve ever seen on TV or in Film. It’s incredible top to bottom. Jessica is such an interesting character, played amazingly by Krysten Ritter. You absolutely beleive she has PTSD and it is heart-breaking to watch. Her flash backs and dreams are genuinly creepy (when Kilgrave licks her face to name but one) and they terrify her with good reason. It get’s so bad at few points, as the realisation dawns on her that he is back, that she actually loses control and the her street name reciting just does not work and decides that running away is best idea for her. Which tottally understandable considering what he has done to her. Although not explicitly explained, which I love, you get enough information that you can peice together what may have happened. She ultimately ends up staying because it is the right thing to do as deep down she is a good person wanting to do the right thing it’s just difficult her knowing what her powers can be capable of. The scene she decides to stay and fight is so well put together you are with her during the process, I love the echo from the beginning of the episode when she says “you either ignore it or you do something about it”. Her decision snaps her out of her tailspin and marches straight back in the building to help. It’s such a good scene and amazing way to end the episode. It makes total sense that having a purpose and/or mission stops her panic and you are right there with her.

The first episode is always a difficult one for any show, you need set up the story and introduce characters while making it all engaging and entertaining. This is a nearly perfect example of how to do this,  the first time I watched it I was in all the way by episode end (infact it was probably in after five mins). I don’t have PTSD so I cannot possibly really understand what people go through when they have it. But from what I have read about it this seems like an accurate portrayal and even though I don’t have it I can totally relate to Jessica, I think this show has something for everyone and she is so relateble not just to survivors, PTSD sufferers or Women but people in general. She shows you how you can be brave, to face your fears and decide to vanquish them.

Luke Cage is also a broken person I think that might be a reason for their attraction (apart from the obvious). They recognise this thing in each other that no one else can see. The flirting in the bar and the twinkle in the eyes is a moment that seems like all will be OK, this obviously is not the case. Even after the sex the way they act with no words spoken until she says sorry for running out, although she maybe saying sorry for more than that. When she sees the picture in his bathroom it destroys her as the guilt is clearly written all over her face, this is just another window into who this person is… a good person.

Although you only see Trish for a few mins you can feel the connection they have. They have a real bond that is explored further later in the season. The line Jessica says to Trish when Trish admonishes her for wanting to run away is delivered so well, the levels just in that one line, it blows me away. “I was never the hero you wanted me to be”. It feels like she is embarressed that she is not, like she has let Trish down and most importantly let herself down. There is part of her that wants to be a hero but at the same time that scares her.

Now this all sounds heavy but the show has a light side. The name comes from the lie Luke tells Jessica to get her in his bar. Of all the things that happens in the episode it is named after the that, which is an interesting choice. It is an early clue as to how important he is to Jessica and the show’s plot. Jessica has a dry/ sarcastic sense of humour with one liners that are hilarious, She is quick witted and likes to take the piss out of other characters.

The noir feel is also a great touch, reminds me of the Buffy spin off Angel (one of my favourite shows). Both have a tortured character running a PI business. In a few ways this feels like a Joss Whedon show, which is in no way a bad thing. It feels like it’s own show as well though so don’t expect any vampires to pop up.

I have already seen the series so this is a second go through and I feel like I am picking more things up this time. It draws you in and holds on to you until the end. Such a good show, I will put more of my thoughts on here as I see more. Bottom line I love this show.

It’s nearly time…

Not for anything exciting, but for our latest 1st anniversary podcast (I can’t believe we have been podcasting for a year either)

We are discussing Suicide Squad, Star Trek Beyond, forthcoming TV shows and my inability to actually like anything ever…!

Should be up here by Monday!

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Stu

Hello!!

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