Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A little of this, a little of that

I was going to try to save all of my Lost-ness for tomorrow, but oh well.
I think we need to keep an open mind concerning the numbers and the names that correspond to them. Mainly the names though. Shepherd isn't necessarily Jack. It could be Christian. And let's not forget that Claire is Jack's sister. So would Jacob have considered her a Shepherd since Christian is her daddy? And Kwon doesn't for sure mean Jin or Sun. It could be their daughter, Ji Yeon, who happened to be conceived on the island -- which I imagine is a pretty big deal. So, let's just keep an open mind.

Moving on!
I would first like to profess my love for Reynolds slow cooker liners. They make doing anything with your crock pot about a billion times easier. I will enjoy my chili even more tonight knowing I don't have to scrub my crock pot. :)

I just finished a really great book called Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin. It's about the girl that inspired Alice in Wonderland and her relationship with Lewis Carroll. I had no idea that Alice's life had been so well documented as to allow for a book like this to be written. It was a really fast read and I thought it was pretty interesting.
I just started reading The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. I haven't gotten to the gist of what it's about, but I'm 20 pages in and hooked. I'll keep you updated.

Who else is ready for this crappy weather to end? I am very much ready for spring.

Enjoy The Lighthouse tonight...can't wait to see what we find out!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Weirdest damn funeral I've ever been to...

Season 6 of LOST has officially begun. I know we are 3 weeks (and 4 episodes) in, but I feel like last night was the big start to the season. 

Last night was all about Locke. He had by far the best sideways flash we've seen this season. I got a kick out of all of the characters that popped up in his flash. I'm very excited to see who else comes up in the next Locke-centric episode. I think it's an understatement to say that the Locke we saw in the sideways world is very different to island Locke. He seemed to roll with the punches and didn't seem so angry about being in a wheelchair. In fact, by the end of the episode, he seemed to almost accept it. 
I was very excited to see that he was with Helen in this sideways life (even though she died in the pre-Jughead world). So, when we catch up with Locke and Helen they are living in suburbia and planning their wedding. As Locke ponders over color swatches Helen suggests they just elope...and bring Locke's dad (Anthony Cooper...the guy who conned Sawyer's mom). So, if Locke is buddy-buddy with daddy, then how did he end up in the wheel chair?? 
Back to characters popping up in Locke's flash, I think we'll be seeing Boone again soon. Helen mentioned a catering crisis (been there!) and Boone just happens to be the chief operating officer of his mother's wedding business. 
We also found out that Locke was in Australia for a work conference, but he ditched that to attempt to go on a Walkabout. When he got busted and fired and finally fessed up to Helen, he described a walkabout as an adventure -- man vs. nature. But back in season 1, he described it as a journey of spiritual renewal. This is not the man of faith Locke we have come to know. This is not a Locke who believes in destiny or fate. 
But back to the cameos in his flash last night! After he was fired, he runs in to Hurley in the parking lot. Hurley happens to own the company and offers to talk to Locke's boss for him. Locke declines and Hurley gives him the name of a temp agency he also owns. Locke goes to said temp agency and gets the old "If you could be any animal, what would you be?" from the interview girl. He doesn't bite and asks to speak to her supervisor. Who happens to be Rose. Locke tells her he wants a job in construction and Rose laughs him off. When he persists, Rose fesses up about her cancer. She pretty much told him to find meaning and life in who he is, not in who he wants to be or what he can/can't do. Well played Rose!

Next we see Locke he is a biology substitute (this from the Locke who in high school shunned the idea of going to a Mittelos science camp). He manages to find his way to the teachers lounge where some crazy guys is going on and on about coffee. The crazy guy turns out to be Ben Linus. Crazy!

But, let's get back to the Island. 

I'm wondering if when Smokey took over Locke's body, some small part of Locke stayed with him. When FLocke (fake Locke) confronts the blond boy in the jungle, he yells at him "Don't tell me what I can't do!". That is definitely a John Locke phrase. 

(On a side note, did anyone else notice how fantastic Sawyer looked in that nice blue shirt last night?)

Turns out I was right to be worried about Sawyer. He was very easy prey for FLocke. So Sawyer goes traipsing through the jungle with FLocke. When FLocke goes chasing after a blond kid in the jungle (who Richard couldn't see, but Sawyer could), Richard comes out from the trees and tries to convince Sawyer to leave FLocke and head back to the temple with him. FLocke comes back (after his Locke like outburst) and Sawyer lies about talking to Richard. 
I'm wondering how much Richard really knows about what he did for Jacob. When FLocke talks about candidates, Richard seems totally confused. Is he really not in the know, or just a damn good liar?
Anyway, FL and S continue on and and have a fun adventure down a rope ladder and end up in a cave that appears to have been Jacob's former hang out. I think FLocke throwing the white rock into the ocean ("inside joke") is his way of declaring that he (Man In Black, or if we're talking backgammon, the dark side) has won. FLocke shows Sawyer part of the cave where Jacob had scrawled names all over the place. FLocke told Sawyer that these were people who Jacob thought were candidates to protect the island (when Sawyer asks from what, FLocke says, "nothing"). FLocke said Jacob picked out 6 people and interfered with their lives. This is also where we also where we get a taste of what the numbers really mean. The six names (and also the 6 numbers) were written on the wall:
4 = Locke
8 = Reyes (Hurley)
15 = Ford (Sawyer)
16 = Jarrah (Sayid)
23 = Shepard (Jack)
42 = Kwon (which one...Jin or Sun?)
Conspicuously missing was Kate. We saw that as a child she was touched by Jacob, but why was she not one of the 6? Did she do something in between being "marked" and crashing on the island to fall out of Jacob's good graces?
FLocke said he didn't know what the numbers meant, but I'm not buying it. I think he also lied to Sawyer about his 3 options (he could do nothing, he could accept the job as Jacob's replacement, or he could leave the island). Maybe he didn't lie, but there was not total disclosure either. Sawyer said he wanted to leave, but I'm pretty sure that's going to involve him dying. Which I would not be happy about. 

I know this is getting wordy, but I promise I'm almost done!! 
After we saw Jack do a little growing up last week, I was a little bummed to not see more of him this week. I thought it was pretty big of Jack last week to say that he didn't even trust himself. I hoped that this week Lost would pick up the pace, and boy did they! I was very excited about the episode and am looking forward to the enhanced version next week to see what I didn't catch. 
Season 6 is definitely under way and I am pumped!

Thanks for bearing with me kids...I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Oh, EW today reported that Maggie Grace (Shannon) will be making an apperance before the season is over!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Are you ready?

So this is just my pre Lost post to talk about how excited I am about Lost. Which would be very excited.

Tonight's episode is called The Substitute and if the title doesn't give away who the episode is about, then we have a problem. Since I'm feeling nice, I will tell you it's about Locke. I'm pretty confused about what's going on with him. I guess the smoke monster can take different forms because Locke is definitely dead and hanging out on the sand by the statue. So, tonight we will hopefully get some background on the Locke-ness monster. Very exciting. I really enjoyed last weeks slower pace, but I'm hoping they step it up tonight.

I've been watching as much as the Olympics as I can, which is to say, not much since I work. I caught some of the speed skating over the weekend (big time Apolo Ohno fan here!) and the women's moguls. Men's snowboarding half pipe starts tomorrow night. I watched a little of the luge, but it was hard for me to watch after the Georgian luger who died. 

I had a super fun adventure trying to see Valentine's Day this weekend. We managed to only see half the movie, but that was not our fault.

Speaking of, I hope everyone had a nice Valentine's day weekend. I was spoiled with a Sony Reader. As if I didn't already have a massive problem with reading, this just made it that much easier to buy books. N has created an even bigger monster!

Oh! And we never talked about Vampire Diaries! I loved last weeks episode! I could believe Katherine wasn't in the tomb...totally didn't see that one coming! I'm curious to see how/if Bonnie and Elena's relationship changes since Bonnie's grandma died helping Damon. I'm confused as to how Jeremy managed to jump to the conclusion about Ana being a vampire, so I hope we get to find out how that happened. Maybe he read something in the journal and connected it to Ana. Hm. And where is Alaric's wife? She could possibly still be alive (ish) somewhere...maybe her and Damon had a thing.

Let's meet back here tomorrow to discuss Lost, shall we?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I almost forgot!

I am very excited about this!! 

Cut me some slack...I have to satisfy the 12 year old girl living inside of me. Eclipse was one of my favorite books from the series, and the studio has done a really good job of not leaking anything. So my interest is piqued. Don't judge me.

In regards to the best show on Earth...

And I don't mean the circus, kids.
It's time for a little LOST talk.

I was really pleased that last night's episode was a little bit slower paced. It gave my poor head a chance to recover from last week! But, we still got a ton of info last night. I think.  
I was very impressed with Josh Holloway's (Sawyer) acting last night, but I'm a little bit worried for him. I don't know how I feel about him living in Dharmaville by himself, and I'm not sure how the story will progress if he stays there. So I'm guessing that he doesn't. And I totally didn't cry when he threw Juliet's engagement ring into the ocean. I just had some smoke monster barrier dust in my eyes.

I'm pretty confused about what is going on with Sayid. I guess I was totally wrong about Jacob taking over his body. Maybe Jacob is trying to but the Locke-ness monster beat him to it and "claimed" Sayid's body.

Kudos to Jack for owning up to the fact that others have died or been hurt trying to help him. Glad to see him wearing some big boy pants for once.

I'm really intrigued by the deja-vu-ish looks some of the characters have been showing on their faces. It will be interesting to see how these "sideways" flashes meet up with what's happening on the island.

And Claire!! Ethan was her doctor!! Big WTH moment. I can't believe she trusted Kate as much as she did seeing as how Kate jacked her cab and put a gun to the cabbies head. Odd. I think we'll be seeing that credit card again later too. And why was Claire running around the jungle with really bad hair? The new Rousseau (who apparently has been dead for a while)?

The episode was called "What Kate Does", but I didn't think it was wholly Kate-centric. Though I was disappointed we didn't see any of the "What lies in the shadow of the statue people" or Ben, "Locke" or Richard. Especially after the whole "Good to see you out of those chains, Richard" moment. And I'm getting very excited about a Jin/Sun reunion. I wonder whether they'll have a happy ending though. In their flash sideways, Jin still seems uptight and Sun still seems unhappy. Very excited for next week. I love you Tuesday.

In other news, there is no other news.
I'm in a book funk. The other night I started The Next Queen of Heaven. It's by the guy who wrote Wicked. So far, so good. 

I hate to end on a sad note, but I'm pretty bummed about the passing of Phil Harris. If you don't know, he was captain of the Cornelia Marie which was documented on the Discovery Channel. He died last night after suffering a stroke last month.

Alright blog, I will see you on Friday (maybe) for a little Vampire Diaries action. : )

Monday, February 8, 2010

Hello empty space!

So, I'm starting a blog!
I'm not making any promises about how much it will be updated or if anything I post will make sense to anyone who reads it. 
Things to expect:
Things about books I read
Things about music I like
Things about Lost (expect a lot of that up until May...)
And whatever else I want.

In other news, this weekend I developed an appreciation for Channing Tatum's abs. If you need to remind yourself how fabulous they are, take a look at this lovely photo from a GQ shoot. You're welcome.