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Guess the plot: Tron

December 14th, 2010

So, I’m starting a new theme, called guess the plot.  I do this with new TV shows and new movies.  Normally, I do it in a mocking way, because I don’t believe that the show is going to have any depth.  If you know me (and if you are reading this, you are probably my mom so you should) I am very critical of…most things.  But I am completely baffled by Tron. 


Tron Legacy Trailer

I’m psyched to see it.  This was the first movie I was aloud to see without my parents.  It was about video games, and going into computers and hacking.  Pretty much what my life has become.  I want this movie to be good, but if I gush on like a fan boy, I don’t think that would make a very interesting blog.  So without further adieu, my prediction for the plot of Tron:

So The Dude, spending a late night hitting the bong, mistakes the digitizer and gets sucked into the matrix.  At first he spends all his time smokin’ others at light cycle, cuz if you are going to play one of the Tron games, who wants to play the stupid spider one.  Unless they are playin’ Intellivision’s Tron Deadly Discs cuz that game was the best Tron game.  But I’m going to assume he is playing light cycles, cuz his son drives a motorcycle around town.  Yeah, even my mom (yeah I know you are still reading this) can tell that the son riding around the city on his motorcycle is going to lead him to getting sucked into the matrix and ending up on “the grid” in a light cycle duel.  And I bet he wins.  Shocker.

It’s clear that the Dude is in the matrix, but one has to ask, is he trapped?  Or is he manipulating the matrix and now feels its time to ask his son to join him?  Yeah, its the latter.  But the son doesn’t want to take the offer.  The Dude makes a passionate plea, explaining that they no longer really play light cycle all day but instead play Guitar Hero.  And at first, the Dude was really good, because the first few Guitar Heroes were classic rock, but now they are coming out with stuff the Dude has never heard of and they keep threatening to switch over to DJ Hero.  So the Dude needs his son’s help. 

Well the son doesn’t want to play DJ Hero either, I mean, seriously, who does?  But he’s found out that a glowing Olivia Wilde with a Dutch boy haircut is just what he needs to crave his latent homosexual fancies without actually being gay.  Crushed by his son’s unwillingness to help, the Dude chases his son and Olivia through lightbright land.  Of course the son and Olivia escape and the Dude remains trapped in the matrix.  The son is asked by Original Tron guy if he found his father and the son explains, he found nothing, his father is rezzed. 

Fin

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Walking dead season 1 thoughts

December 8th, 2010

So my wife and I just finished watching walking dead season 1. She loved it. I, on the other hand found it to be lacking. The characters, while well acted, never gave me an opportunity to really like them. I didn’t get a chance to know them. I found myself longing for some lost style flash backs. Instead I got to many characters to fast and within 3 of the final episodes they come with reasons to thin the herd by about ten people, most not even eaten by zombies.

I like post apocalyptic dramas. I hope they stick to it. But what intrigued me about a zombie tv series was the social and psychological drama of dealing with life after a zombie apocalypse. And I don’t fel that walking dead has reached it’s potential.

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Lost: Episode 5 Sundown Summary

March 6th, 2010

In a flash sideways, Sayid visits his brother and Nadia, the former love of his life.  There is clearly love triangle/tension between Sayid, Nadia and his brother.

Back at the Temple, Sayid wants answers.  Dogan explains that every person has a scale of good and evil.  He was tested to discover that Sayid’s scale was “tipped the wrong way” and he would be better off dead.  Sayid and Dogan get into a nice torturer versus Samurai battle.  Just as Dogan is about to kill him, the baseball drops on the floor, and Dogan instead banishes Sayid from the temple.

Locke and Claire stand at the boundary around the Temple that the Locke can’t cross.  Claire asks why Jin or Sawyer can’t go do the task instead of her. Claire agrees to do it, in order to get her son back.  Locke “always does what [he says]” and he’ll only hurt the ones that don’t listen.

In the flash sideways, Sayid’s brother borrowed money from some mafia types for his second store.  He complains that he has to pay “interest” for as long as he owns the business.  Sayid’s brother wants him to torture or kill his problem away.  Sayid doesn’t want to, but the brother reminds him that Nadia and the children’s lives are also at stake.  Sayid still says no.

At the temple, Sayid begins to pack and leave.  Miles informs Sayid that the temple people were unsuccessful at saving him.  He was dead for 2 hours.  Whatever saved him, wasn’t those at the Temple.  Claire bursts in and tells Dogan that Locke wants to see him.  Dogan knows he would be killed, so he must send someone Locke won’t kill.  With Jack and Hurley gone, Dogan must send Sayid into the Jungle to kill Locke.

Dogan explains a bit more to Sayid, that the Man In Locke controls Claire, is no longer under control of Jacob and will now kill every living thing on the island.  If there is still good in Sayid, he will have to prove it by killing Locke.

Back in FSW, Sayid is walking the kids to the bus, when a distraught Nadia informs Sayid that his brother was part of an apparent mugging.  At the hospital, they walk by Jack.  Nadia begs Sayid to not seek revenge, but instead to head home and wait for the kids.

On the island, Sayid runs into Kate, sending her back to the temple and talk to Miles.  After some witty discussion (including an odd phrase by Miles, “welcome back to the surface”), Miles informs Kate that Claire is back, weird and still hot.

Sayid is greeted in the jungle to crazy smoke monster sounds and wind.  Locke appears, Sayid stabs him, but Locke just pulls the knife out and offers it back to Sayid.  Locke tells Sayid that the reason he was sent to kill Locke was that Dogan wanted Sayid dead.  Sayid asks, since he isn’t dead, that there must be something Locke wants him to do.  Locke offers to give him anything in the world he wants.  If he goes back to the Temple and gives them a message, he can have it.  Sayid wants the love of his life, that died in his arms back.

At the FSW, Nadia and Sayid are back at the house, discussing the situation.  Nadia feels the loan is Omar’s responsibility.   Nadia wants to know why Sayid pushed her away and towards his brother so long ago.  Sayid says that he is a bad person and doesn’t deserve to be with her.

Back at the Temple, Sayid returns and gives Locke’s message.  Jacob is dead.  The man is leaving the island at sundown.  Anyone that wants to go with him needs to join him, or die.

Kate seeks out Claire, kept in a prison hole in the temple.  She is singing all crazy.  Kate tells Claire that the baby is safely off the island raised by Kate.  Claire doesn’t seem happy, but represses her anger.  Claire informs Kate that “he is coming and they can’t stop him”.  Some people are spooked by Sayid’s message and are leaving the temple.

In FSW, two men show up at the house, to pickup Sayid.  They speak Arabic and seem to be the same thugs that put Omar in the hospital.  They take him to a restaurant where Martin Keamy (the man who Witmore sent to the island to kill Ben) seems to be the man behind the loan.  Sayid kills the guards and Keamy.  Then, hearing sounds, discovers Jin tied up in one of the food lockers.

Back at the temple, Sayid finds Dogan staring at his ball by the spring.  Dogan explains that he was responsible for killing his son, in a drunk driving accident.  Jacob offered to save Dogan’s son if Dogan would come to the island and perfrom a new job, but Dogan would never be able to see his son again.  Dogan realizes that Sayid was offered a similar bargain by Locke.  Dogan asks Sayid if he is going to stay or go and is shocked that Sayid has chosen to stay.  Then Sayid drowns Dogan in the spring.  Lennon shows up proclaiming that Dogan’s death will allow the smoke monster into the temple.  Sayid says “I know” and slices Lennon’s throat.

The smoke monster enters, and begins the slaughter.  Kate moves to save Clair.  Miles tries to barricade a door only to be discovered by Lepidus, Ben, Sun and the Ilana.  Kate finds Claire, but has to dodge the smoke monster, which seems to ignore them both.

Ben finds Sayid, but upon contact, realizes that Sayid is evil.  Sun finds out Jin is alive, but that it was not there.  Ilana takes them all into the secret exit that Hurley used.  With all the rest of the temple killed, Sayid, Claire and Kate meet with Locke and group of disheveled “others”.  None of them appear to be people that left the temple in hopes of safety.  Locke seems amused that Kate is in the bunch.

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Lost: Sundown Wacky Theory

March 4th, 2010

Old Testament PiratesSo in the latest episode we saw Sayid and the Samurai fight. Then Claire show up and no one killed her, even though last episode the black guy was begging to snap her neck. Then the man in black was stabbed but wouldn’t die. Prompting Sayid to go back to the temple, let in the man in black, kill the Samurai and John Lennon and pretty much everyone without a name.

So what does this have to do with the big theory? Well clearly this indicates that the Island, is really managed by Old Testament God. The black death that flies over is symbolic of Passover. Did you see where Kate and Claire were “Passed Over”. Yeah, definitely vengeful Old Testament God.

Sayid has to kill the Samurai and John Lennon because Smoke monster can’t. See Samurais and John Lennon are atheists. And if you don’t believe in Old Testament god then Man In Black can’t kill you.

so the Island is where Old Testament God lives. Jacob is New Testament God. He wouldn’t let Old Testament God leave the island. But now he can, because he killed New Testament God and now Old Testament God is looking for some reconciliation.

And old testament god likes to hang out with pirates.

My prediction for the next episode: We will see old testament god board a pirate ship and sail the seven seas looking for lost treasures and singing sea shanties.

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Lost: Sundown

March 3rd, 2010

Okay, I just watched the latest Sundown episode. I must say, that I was disappointed in the episode. The writing was excellent, the acting was superb. The problem I have is that it broke away from the science aspect of the show. It was a very “spiritual” show, highlighting a war between good and evil, even defining the Man-In-Black as “evil incarnate”. While I certainly appreciate a philosophical look at the battles within humanity, what i really want is to see a science fiction definition of why humanity is a battle between good and evil. I hope this isn’t just an island, with two angels on it, trapped and expected to spend eternity battling, by some supreme being.

That would just be completely uninteresting and make a majority of episodes meaningless.

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Lost: Big Questions

February 24th, 2010

Charlie from LostSo watching Lost is like putting together a puzzle.  But rather than having all the pieces, you only get 10 at a time.  And the 10 you get don’t necessarily relate to the ones you already have or even each other.  If you don’t like putting together a puzzle and need all the pieces before you start, I’m sure you are not reading this post.

So that said, the last 6 years have brought up some big questions.  The first was “What is in the jungle monster thing that ate the pilot?”.  Second was probably “Why is their a polar bear in the jungle?”  Now those questions feel quite insubstantial.  Here are the following questions I’m most concerned about, right now:

1. Why is the island worth protecting? MIB claims that Jacob is looking for a replacement.  The Losties are candidates.  Clearly Jacob has been on the island for 100’s if not thousands of years.  What has he been protecting?  DHARMA thought the island was scientifically relevant.  It seemed to have an energy that allowed for time travel.  That seems like one aspect.  It is not merely time travel.  It’s a nexus point.  A location that will sway the balance of power between good and evil to whomever controls it.

2. Does magic exist in the Lost universe? The Lost episodes seem to fluctuate between very high level science/science fiction stuff and some straight up wacky mystic stuff.  In season 1 the monster seemed quite mystical, in fact Locke was in “Awe” of it.  Later we see it as a smoke monster that can take forms of people (although it may be limited to dead people).    And yet there seems to be a concerted effort to make it sound like mechanical/technological.  After a season of “Faraday” and advanced physics and science, we are introduced to ancient temples with healing pools, wheels of time, and Alexandrian lighthouses with magical mirrors that see to distant locations or other universes.  Will these be “scientifically” explained?   The fact that many of the characters try to “make sense” of what is going on, is very scientific in nature.  A large portion of the conflict has been Locke’s “faith” versus Jack’s “science”.  Should ever an explanation be “it’s magical” I think I would be disappointed.

3. What are the “rules” and what prevents people from breaking them?  Who defines them? Several characters have been restricted by “the rules”, Ben and Whitmore, Jacob and MIB.  Mostly it has to do with killing each other.  But MIB found a loophole.  Which doesn’t seem like much of a loophole since all he did was ultimately get Ben to kill Jacob.  It doesn’t seem like, with all of the Smoke Monsters abilities, he couldn’t have seduced someone else to kill Jacob in hundreds of years.  There must be more to “the rules”.  MIB seems to simply want to leave the island and live his life.  Why can’t he?

These are the questions that consume me as I try to put the Lost puzzle together.  I certainly hope that the final season continues to provide satisfying answers.

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Lost Post: Season 6 Overview

February 13th, 2010

Okay, so Lost is awesome.  If you don’t like it, I understand.  Its a complicated show and its fun to watch mostly for the enjoyment of being confused and trying to make sense of that confusion.  After 5 seasons, I’m finally trying to straighten it out, publicly.  I’ve recently started a “Lost Lunch” group where after every episode we summarize our theories and try to come to some consensus.  I hope others jump on this blog and read more as well.

Structure of these posts

In order to allow posts to be easy but also searchable I will kep all Lost posts as “TV>Lost” category.  But I will put tags in for significant characters/theories, so that we can easily see related information.  We will have to see how it works out.

The Undeniables

It’s Lost so its tough to label something “undeniable” but you have some foundation to build a theory and it should satisfy all the “undeniable” events.

  • There are flash-backs, flash-forwards and flash-sideways. Flash-backs were used in early episodes to give back story on the characters.  Flash-forwards were used as a shocking twist initially, and seemed to be important only as a dramatic effect, showing the arc of the characters who escaped from the island.  Flash-sideways indicate at least one alternate reality, two separate worlds with all the same familiar characters partaking in completely different events.  While they are completely different, some characters clearly sense a connection to other characters, as if deja vu.
  • Dead is dead. This was an early statement by the producers, in the first season.  Some would say that back then they didn’t know what they were doing and to disregard the statement.  I disagree, I think death plays an important role in the show.  Locke is dead.  The person taking the form of Locke is the smoke monster.  Most likely the smoke monster is the “Man in Black” that talked with Jacob on the beach.  This is primarily because Dead Locke convinced Ben to kill Jacob.  I don’t believe there is a specific reference to Dead Locke being the Man in Black, but it would make the most sense.
  • Jacob guides people to the island. Several characters have been guided to the island through Jacob’s direct interaction as well as the “Man in Black” directly saying that an approaching ship was brought by Jacob.  It can easily be presumed that he also subtly nudges events that get people to the island.
  • Dead Locke is the smoke monster and he can take the form of at least dead people. He has clearly taken the form of Dead Locke.  He has also taken the form of Mr. Eko’s brother (implied, but now I feel its pretty indesputable with the Dead Locke reveal).  There are other dead people that he could have introduced himself as, such as Jack’s Dead father.
  • Women can not become pregnant on the island. No idea how this is relevant, but just one of those things.
  • Fast healing is not a trait of the island. Implied in the first season, with Locke’s ability to walk and Rose’s cured cancer, that the island has magical properties.  Unfortunately there is no consistency.
  • Rules strictly govern the Man in Black and Jacob.  The Man in Black cannot kill Jacob although he desperately wants to.  Witmore  and Ben can’t kill each other either.  Although it is unclear that is a “respected” rule or actually a “law” which physically can’t be done.

That’s it for now.

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Apple, I want a happy meal!

February 5th, 2010

Okay people. Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m not an Apple fan. Some claim that I’m a Microsoft fan boy, but that isn’t true. I just hate Apple. Why do I hate Apple? Because I hate their elitist attitude. Elitists always piss me off. You walk into a restaurant, you get a ton of choices. I get to chose soup or salad, my dressing, the temperature of my meat, my side, hell, I might make a substitution. Apple is that fancy shmancy place where the chef picks your food. Sure that’s good some times, but hell if I’m going to pay for something I don’t like. An hell if I’m going to not eat. So 99.99999999% of the time, I’m going to a place where I can pick my meal.

Now linux is like having a Costco card. I can buy pretty much anything, get it real cheap, but if I want it to be good I have to learn. And while I don’t mind to much, dammit I want to eat now.

Then there is Microsoft, they are McDonald’s. They have food that everyone complains about, yet everyone eats. I know a lot of people that don’t like the McRib, complain about how supersizing ruined their life. Hell, I just watched a commercial where they wrapped a big mac in a tortilla. I have no idea why, but I ate it and it was good. Despite all the reasons not to, I still love the comforting mouth feel of their fries. I don’t need a fru-fru sea bass wrapped in a banana leaf. I just need a happy meal.

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February 4th, 2010
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