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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

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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It will also end up on our YouTube page as well – next time I’m trying to get us on screen… so be prepared.

If you like it, tell your friends… if you don’t then you are dead to me.

Stu

Hello!!

Sorry, not been available much the last few months so we have not managed to do anything at all either on the site or create any audio lovelies!

This should be rectified soon and look forward to your joyful faces lighting up as you hear us blethering on about stuff once more.

Have a nice nice day now!

Dogma.. A look back (Spoilers)

After Alan Rickman’s sad passing I was instantly reminded of his great performance’s, Die Hard is an obvious pull, but the one that stood out for me was Dogma. A little comedy about two renegade angels trying to regain access to heaven. Now that on paper sounds fucking nut’s but it is one of the funniest and sweetest films I have ever seen filled with heart. It is one of my favourite film’s of all time, for this reason. Heart goes a long way if you care about the character’s you can almost get away with anything. Also it is soo smart in it’s use of Catholicism and it’s message towards religion as a whole

Kevin Smith is a film maker who has been around for over 20 years now and all his films have heart especially the View Askewinverse ones. Jay and Silent Bob may just be a couple of stoners but they are so likeable they are our constant through these films along with alot of the same cast. I first watched Dogma when I was a teenager and I instantly loved it I have seen it many times now and recently re watched it in the wake of Alan Rickman’s death. It is still an incredible film the laughs and heart on display are second to none. Alan Rickman in this film show’s us something we have not really seen from him, just pure fun. Metatron is the voice of god and I don’t think anyone else but Alan would of been as believable or funny. His final scene going back to heavan is so emotional now for obvious reason’s I must admit I had a tear.

Kevin Smith has a knack of not just writing a good script/ story and being a good director he can fill his cast out with just the right people which is part of the magic of his films. I think Kevin is brought down too much in todays media but I think he is being over looked as the great filmaker he is. Dogma is a prime example of this. Yes there are dick jokes but as long as you back up the humour with heart and a great cast your golden. I would have loved to see a sequel but I suppose it may have lost some magic. All in all it is a great movie and a credit to all involved thank you Kevin Smith for writing this and to the cast for bringing it to life.

“You People, If there isn’t a movie about it, it’s not worth not knowing, is it?”

Windows Phone 8.1

Hello. Anyone that knows me, will know that I am an ardent supporter of Android and a hater of windows phones.

My trusty Android phone, HTC Mini One 2, decided to die a death the other month and I have been limping along with it. It was taking forever to load apps, take ages to return messages and an inordinate amount of time to boot!

So, I was faced with a quandary. My upgrade isn’t due for 8 months, I can’t afford a top spec Android phone sim free… What’s a boy to do.

Well, this boy took to the internet for help. I spent an awful lot of time looking at phones. Was I to go for a cheap Android from a brand? Was I to chance a grey phone from China? Was I to – heaven forbid – take an iPhone into my life… Not in a million bloody years!!

So, I was left with either a brick or a windows phone.

I plumped for windows… Lumia 640xl to be precise.

Coming from Android, I am a bit concerned about the lack of apps, connectivity and general ability to bugger about with a windows phone, but so far it has done what I need it to… Most notably just work.

As a bit of a power user, there are huge gaps in windows 8.1 that you could drive a fleet of busses through when it comes to comparing with Android. I’m currently writing this on my trusty Nexus 7 (2012). I can now quite easily stream music from my ftp site, or my home network, or anywhere… I can watch films in a similar manner. I can delve into the internal workings of my raspberry pi. I can download things at the touch of a couple of buttons.

None of these things are done easily, if at all, with a windows phone. I can barely get it to talk to my PC to transfer music.

But, I quite like it. I did dabble with Windows 10 on it for a couple if days, but it is nowhere near finished and should be ignored for now. Saying that, if it is half as good as it promises to be then it will be something to definitely rival the apple offering. If… That’s a very big if!

Day to day, though, it is working well. Doesn’t like installing things too much but if you leave it and go and have a cup of tea it sorts itself out.

I’m probably going to switch back to Android when I get an upgrade, but until then I shall be happy with my big bright orange phone and enjoy the simplicity it has brought to my life