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Five-year constants becoming variables ain't the way to keep me grounded.

LOST, I want to start by saying I do love you, but I think it’s time we step back and look at where this relationship is going. There have been a lot of ups and downs over the last few years and it’s not really that you or I have changed, it’s just that I need time…

So, I thought it would take a lot more than another ‘reset button’ episode to shake my faith in my favorite television show, but there is this unsettled feeling left in me after last’s night’s season 4 finale. And the looming reminder that there are scant few episodes left to smooth things over.

LOST has always been about the storytelling and characters for me, and even characters I dislike, specifically Jack and Kate, get some intricate facets and backstory to support and expand upon their often insane, selfish actions and I still enjoy watching even though I don’t particularly like these characters. That’s great writing. It’s also something Cuse & Lindelof took the time to emphacize last night in the recap show, that LOST was very much about the characters and their storytelling priorities were to the beloved 815 core survivors and thus have spent the series crafting a meaningful journey for these people.

But that’s just not what I saw. I saw two completely new characters sandwiched into the third act given a power struggle that has apparently dictated most of the crazy stuff we’ve seen. All this really has done is completely undermind the stories of our central characters, making them pawns in this larger conflict.

And that’s just not sitting very well with me at the moment, because it sort of suggests that our Losties could be any smucks that the gods/deities/gate-keepers/whatever Jacob-&-his-rival-are decided to play out their game of backgammon with.

If only Locke were still around, maybe I’d have some faith. Because that was my very favorite thing, that no matter how many times Locke was manipulated and used, he was a man of faith when no one else was, he’d have bad times but eventually return to center, so I always had faith in him. But apparently people who have faith get completely fucked in this show and I was a sap to think otherwise.

So my faith is shaken, I’m feeling manipulated and if I could ask just one thing it’d be to ask Jacob “Is it really going to be alright?” Because I’m lost, you bastards.

My ongoing Transliterate crisis

small-acornSo. It’s been a while. I’ve been doing things. Things other than blogging, obviously, and on the whole, generally things other than writing. Maybe I’m getting less verbose, slipping into a coma of non-thinking activities, congealing my brain into mush. I mean, that’s what you do when you age, right? Lovely thought, that.

But then, I do a lot of Twitter and Facebook. Not that there’s much thought or interpretation in those bite-sized chunks of randomness that flow from some narcissistic impulse. The continuing evolution of communication conspires to rob me of all motivation. In the PRO column, they do curb my desire to blog about the various whacked television developments, and since I hardly add much that you can’t find in the 40 million other Interweb television discussions, I’m going with that as a good thing. … Though it needs to be said that LOST is still the bomb, and all you bitches better recognize that John Locke, the zen-master-ninja-pimp of all things, has returned and will be kicking so much ass. Also, I love that Ashes to Ashes is back! Okay, so not entirely curbed…

While it’s been quiet here the short film I was working on is generally done and I hope to have a cut to show off at some point. I hadn’t been planning on entering any of the writing comps this year, just because my brain-lock set in around Febuary and I’ve taken a break from the workshop scene– BUT I got a little nudge and ended up doing a quick re-draft for Nicholl and while waiting for the submission page to come up, I got impatient and entered PAGE, BlueCat and Austin as well. Need to figure out how to make my ADHD work for me more often! if only it’d do the dishes.

Speaking of the non-existing attention-span, I’m bored now and can’t be bothered to figure out how to end this post. Considered a positive outlook- need to work harder- kinda declaration, but meh. I want to write, so I’m gonna just continue trying to hold off the distractions.

I'm only going to declare this once…

And then it will be out of my system- GOODWIN from LOST = Archie Goodwin goddammit! I haven’t gone to the FUSELAGE since 5-11-2007 and when I posted to try and get this out of Gregg Nations and the bastard held out on me.

But I know. Bastards.

Also Ben fucking with Locke + $ = love!

LOST in Thought mini

One more comment on obvious clues toward the tumor/X-ray being Locke’s:

Nearly every walking-flashback in his story shows him with hair, (diminishing as it may be). Baldness indicative of Chemo?

LOST in Thought 10.26.06

Just to get a little organized, I’m going to tag all my LOST theory/recap/episode posts with this new title “LOST in Thought”, so spoilers ho! One of the reasons I like the show is that it engages my puzzle lobe, and I always end up with something new after an episode. For those completely not into LOST, and visiting my blog for some other reason, you can disregard these or just go jump on the bandwagon like everyone else.

So, 3×04 – “Every Man for Himself”: Another good episode for speculation, and old Sawyer’s never hard on the eyes, so enjoyable all around. I like to keep in mind that the series is supposed to only run about 5 seasons, so now in season 3 we should be getting to midpoint, and the question spawning reveals should be tapering off for question answering reveals- possibly disguised as just more questions. That’s what I would do anyway.

I have to say, I think that Sawyer is one of the characters we know the most about, even though everything with him may just be a big long con. The addition of Clementine only really punches up his angst, but it’s not really surprising for me. Neither was the schtick that got him out of jail. Sawyer’s motivation and philosophy are an open book and I think the Others regard him pretty much the same way. Benry effectively manages him with a little theater and effort, and while Sawyer ain’t happy about it, I think he’s resigned for the time being. As a hard case, he’ll bounce back, probably in heroic fashion. What he needs to stop doing is throwing out the literary and pop culture references- every single sentence! It’s out of control. At some point he’s going to jump from Steinbeck to Jane Austen and my head is going to explode!

Kate does a poor job of trying to cover up what she says to Pickett during the beatdown, simply because I don’t know how anyone would have figured her saying ‘yes’ would be the answer that made Pickett back down. Sure she may not have known Colleen was dead, but the scene played like “You took something I loved, so payback, biatch!” Kate, you too are completely transparent.

Speaking of Chinatown, er, Pickett- I feel bad for the guy. Maybe I just have a wicked sense of empahty, but I am totally down with the Others! Out on the Interwebs there is an insane amount of hate going on for Benry and his crew. Which honestly surprises me, because I figure fans of Lost should know better than to take anything at face value. Facts people- on the Island(s) first, have not actually killed any person/bunny despite ample opportunity, and very fond of khaki! How could the possibly be pure evil? I feel confident there’s a big reveal coming that’s going to completely redefine them and everyone else can just go soak their heads.

The continued business with Desmond’s psychic hotline was really a footnote in the episode, but I’m still sold on the ‘missing-time’/time-travel theory. Also that lime golf guy is an ass. I dislike Paulo and Nikki more than anything and I hope the Polar bear eats them.

The big nugget of awesome for the episode, for me personally was the 40-yr old male spinal X-ray tumor, which everyone seems to want to attribute to Benjamin or the others. I guess because they just really want bad things to happen to them. But I’m not buying it. First off, if they don’t have working defibrillators, is it realistic that they have a working X-ray machine and a Tech who could produce a readable X-ray, and possibly the ability to do Myelograms? (Which I’m just throwing in, because I can’t read this X-ray for shit, but it’s possible there’s dye there, you don’t know either, so shut up!) Obviously they may have Book Club and muffins, but I’m not sold on the Benry-X-ray. Let’s look at the scans in question:

Though they never show up really clearly other than what appears to be the ‘right-marker’ which actually looks more like a fricking sticker than anything else. Some X-ray markers come with intials on them to indicate who the tech was, but we aren’t so lucky here. The circles and dots seem to be of the type of marker that indicate the direction of gravity with ball bearings– such as if the patient is reclining, WHICH YOU WOULD DO, IF YOU WERE PARALYZED!

Ahem, so it looks like this one clear image we have shows a right side, lower back X-ray of a prone patient. Up next let’s examine what Jack’s assesment is:

“Who’s x-rays are those? Outside? Those are spinal x-rays and they belong to a man about 40 years old and whoever he is he has a very large tumor on his L-4 vertebrae and I just happen to be a spinal surgeon. So you tell me, Juliet, who am I here to save?”

L-4, by the way, would have function control of the Thigh flexion, Thigh adduction, Extension of leg at the knee (quadriceps femoris), Flexion of leg at the knee (hamstrings), Dorsiflexion of foot (tibialis anterior), and Extension of toes. Suck it!

Now Jacky- you crazy obsessed bastard, you- are we really going to jump on the idea that the Others crashed your plane SPECIFICALLY to operate on someone? Surgeons and their egos, I tell you. If anyone catches that blame, it’s Desmond, who runs around in the jungle like a nekkid Jesus. If the Others can’t get a working defibrillator, I’m thinking they didn’t manufacture the circumstances that gets everyone else on the plane- which ties in nicely with the idea that there’s some greater reason everyone’s on the Island- Others included. Even if it’s a happy accident Jack’s arrived in time to bust out the miracle, I think they’d rather just bite the bullet and go with the Dharma HMO.

What we do know is that the Others have access to the outside world seemingly, and getting a copy of someone’s X-rays is a little more plausible in my twisted logic. Also because Locke is the only person with established spinal problems and he was conspicously absent the entire episode. Right now I’d take 10-1 it’s Locke’s X-ray and 50-1 it’s Benry’s. 2-1 that we’ll get another hint before we learn the truth, so I’m completely willing to revise.

Overall I think what’s going on is a very subtle bit of misdirection- with the Others in the greater scheme- Benry cops to being a bigger Con than Sawyer, but here specifically- John is kinda obvious, but out of the context. Don’t dismiss the idea so quick. But then I’m partial on interpreting everything with regards to Locke being the most interesting, pivotal character, because he is.

EDIT: Rewatching the promo for next week, I see that I missed Jack talking to Benry about the tumor- there’s a little editing going on- but it looks like Jack is directly telling Ben that his tumor is going to kill him.

Still maintain that X-rays aren’t simple procedures, and Locke’s is listed as 48 years old from the birth certificate back in season 1. Part of the reason I like the tumor on Locke is that you’re expecting his paralysis to be related to the DEA-Drug Commune showdown, a gunshot, the Mobsters his father stole money from, or some complication of his kidney surgery, and a tumor is totally left field. As poor John does not have the best luck, it stays with that idea too.

John Locke: Handle With Care

LOST spoilers ho! So episode 3 of season 3 was a treat for me, since Locke is my favorite character. A bit more back story, another weird twist and more polar bears. What more could you ask? Well, I’m getting really fond of Ben Henry Linus Gale, so seeing Michael Emerson would not have gone amiss, but it seems like they’re packing in more commercials than ever, so I guess I’ll just have to wait until next week.

Zombie Boone’s appearance was nice, although the sweat hut was a little more tantric-y mystical than I’ve been reading Locke. All the same it gets John of his mute-patoot and back in hero gear to save Mr. Eko while Charlie tags along. Most of this journey just saw Charlie coming back around to Locke’s side, which only goes to show that Hobbits are fickle when gone over to the dark side, and why Claire will never ever actually stayed hooked. Charlie is an adolescent.

Self induced hallucinations can’t stop Locke as he tracks cotton-shedding polar bear through the jungle, who conveniently carries us back past the Swan-crater so we can all wonder – how in the frak anyone got out of that alive? Which will be answered in season 89. Locke of course saves Eko, who then momentarily becomes the voice of God and gives Locke his next mission ala Charlie, (of Angels fame, not heroin-chic metro sexual). At this point, much like earlier in the episode, Eko’s Jesus-stick fell out of my ceiling and gave me a bloody nose. Shame on me for forgetting I was on ABC, the stick seemed to say- next time we’ll syndicate some PAX television.

Silly me.

I did like the episode, if nothing else because I can stare at Terry O’Quinn for 33 minutes (which seem to be how long the episodes are actually running this season). Desmond and Hurley had some fun scenes. “Is that you, Bear?” cracked me up. There’s a few story arc elements introduced, (time travel?) but mainly the episode started the bounce back for John Locke. He’s had a crisis, and he’s got a new goal so I expect him to come back and kick ass the rest of the season. But there’s some things going on with Locke that I don’t like. Before I start in on those, let’s enjoy a moment of Locke’s awesome:

So now that that’s out of the way, I just want to say can we please stop making Locke so fragile. I did not think they could possible strip him down and make him any more vulnerable than having his asshole Dad show up, steal his kidney, and then take his love away. They keep showing him sorta happy and mostly well adjusted in all these circumstances and then they jerk the carpet out from under him. Or have him do it to himself, which is the same thing, if not harder to watch. I understand, I can hear you now- John is human. Humans make mistakes. Stop with blinking neon signs already. This seems to be readily apparent in every character’s backstory. They’re all fuck-ups and/or fucked up. Which leads me to believe they’re making ALL the survivors out to be these horrible people, and the Others really are the good ones.
Which doesn’t spell good things for Locke and I don’t know how much more I can handle seeing him get tormented by the fates and whimsical writers. If John really is a ‘good one’ like Benry suggested, then the only thing that can be worth this is having him smacked around again and again, and yet never crossing the line, while all the others would. But a man who never takes a stand, a guy that gets knocked down, he’s hard to like perpetually. After a while, you’re just sort of like “Stay down, man!” and that’s what I’m worried about with Locke. There’s a thin line between being strong enough to turn the other cheek and getting walked on, and I need Locke to stay on the strong side, because he’s an awesome character and wonderfully played. To the writers I would just say, please don’t make me change my mind, cause I love Locke and I totally do have knives and I will hunt you down.