the fate of cap’n lapidus

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 6, 2010 by eyeoftheisland

The ole eyeoftheeyeland’s been getting a lot of hits lately due to my extra special convo with Jeff Fahey last week. His mention of being in Hawaii for the filming of the finale has had fans debating about whether our dear Lapidus has entered the big Jimmy Buffet concert in the sky. Personally, from the episode alone, I say that we do not know for sure that he is dead. No body = uncertain fate on LOST. And don’t you think they might have shown him when they were doing that Titanic-y shot of Jin and Sun’s hands unclasping for the last time (sob!).

 And even if he has been taken to a watery grave, I believe we will be seeing him again in some capacity. But who cares what I think? Let’s gather a consensus:

my convo with frank lapidus (plus sneak peeks for “the candidate”)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 4, 2010 by eyeoftheisland

hello LOST friends,

i want you to sit down. i am going to tell you some v. exciting/stressful things and i want you to be prepared when i tell you them. you might faint.

i’ll start with the exciting: as i teased last week, i recently had a very special encounter with one of our favorite LOST-ies, captain frank lapidus. how did this happen, you say? WELL, i just so happen to have a very special mother. she is wondrous and sweet and happens to work for an airline at jfk international airport. among her many duties for this airline is escorting VIPs. so when she called me to tell me she was with someone from LOST, i was, naturally, thrilled. but it wasn’t until later, when my celly-telly rang and i hear a scraggly voice on the other line greet me, “hello, this is captain frank lapidus,” that i freaked out. the convo went something like this:

ME: OHMIGOOOOOOOOOOOD.

FRANK (JEFF FAHEY): ARE YOU OKAY?

ME: YES! I’M SO HAPPY TO SPEAK WITH YOU.I HEAR YOU’RE FLYING TODAY.

FRANK: YES, YOU KNOW. I’VE GOT TO FLY THE PLANE.

ME: YOU BETTER BE CAREFUL.

FRANK: YEAH, YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN THOSE THINGS ARE GOING TO END UP.

ME: I LOVE YOU ON THE SHOW! YOUR CHARACTER IS SO GREAT! THE WRITERS HAVE GREAT LINES FOR YOU. YOU’RE LIKE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR!

FRANK: THANKS SO MUCH, I’M GLAD YOU LIKE IT. WE ACTUALLY JUST FINISHED FILMING THE FINALE.

ME: OH MY GOSH. WAS IT SO INTENSE?

FRANK: SO INTENSE. I THINK IT’LL BE ONE OF THE BEST EPISODES IN TELEVISION EVER. YOU BETTER NOT MISS IT.

ME: OH OF COURSE NOT! IT’S A BIG EVENT IN MY LIFE. I’M GOING TO BE SO SAD WHEN IT’S OVER.

FRANK: OH, WELL, THERE WILL BE OTHER SHOWS.

ME: HOPEFULLY WITH YOU ON THEM!

FRANK: (laughs) WELL THANK YOU SO MUCH. I’M GOING TO MOSEY ON INTO THE LOUNGE NOW. GREAT TO SPEAK WITH YOU.

ME: YOU AS WELL! THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME OUT OF YOUR DAY TO SPEAK WITH ME!

as IF i’d miss the finale, frank, GOSH. jeff fahey was really one of the nicest guys, and he was actually on his way to africa to do some charity work. apparently he was doing this before he was cast on LOST. to read more about his philanthropic adventures, visit his wikipedia page.

oh, and did i mention i got an autograph?

and now that i’ve brought you up with exciting frank lapidus-related news, i’m going to bring you back down: there are only three more episodes (four more hours) of LOST. EVER. my extended post-may 23rd panic attack is starting to set in. tonight’s episode is called “the candidate” and i believe it is jack/locke centric. i imagine the episode will explore the jack/locke relationship from all of its complicated and pointy angles, including its most recent: jack vs. flocke.  sneak peeks are embedded below:

you’re a candidate

i’m hoping you’ll change your mind

guest stars for tonight include: bernard, anthony cooper, helen, cindy, someone named wheeler, and zack n’ emma. nothing too shocking here, but i know i’ll be excited to see how sideways locke and pops interact with each other. I WANT MY KIDNEY BACK!

happy LOST night! Only 2 more traditional LOST Tuesdays to go before… THE END.

*weeping*

ben linus, mangoes, whipped cream, the island

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 23, 2010 by eyeoftheisland

the most spectacular boyfriend is an ms paint wizard. as in, like, order of merlin first class, seat on the wizengamot-type of wizard. and with his skills, he has made GLORY:

ben-licious

and while i’d like to say we dreamed up this work purely of our own demeted minds, it originated from this glorious website: http://benmangoeswhippedcreamisland.tumblr.com/

i submitted it earlier today. i hope to see it up for all to see shortly.

ALSO: I HAVE SOME VERY EXCITING NEWS. I MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE HAD A PERSONAL CONVERSATION WITH A LOST CAST MEMBER. But I haven’t had a free mo to type up the gloriousness. As we must wait a week for the next ep of LOST, you must wait until I get back from my weekend adventures to hear about it. And it just might involve this guy

NO... WAY...

initial thoughts about “the last recruit”…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 21, 2010 by eyeoftheisland

soooo... about 5 seconds after i guilt tripped you for granny dumping me the first time, you straight up did it again. thanks a lot, assholes!

granny dumping: the abandonment of elderly relatives by their carers.

origin: Coined in the US in the early 1990s when it was believed that elderly people were being deserted by their carers and left in hospitals etc. where the authorities would find them and take responsibility for them. The first record I can find of this phenomenon in print is from the Chicago Daily Herald, October 1991, in an opinion piece by Bart Lindeman:

“Granny-dumping” Hospital emergency room doctors report they’re beginning to see a pattern where old, frail and sick women and men are being left or abandoned. Sometimes there will be a note: “We can’t take care of her anymore”.

the last recruit: sneak peeks

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 20, 2010 by eyeoftheisland

Happy LOST day, everyone!

 With only five weeks left until the finale, things are getting down to the wire and I’m starting to have a panic attack. What do you MEAN there’s not going to be any more LOST? No more Ben manipulating, or Jack crying or Sawyer “son of a BITCH”ing or Kate running?! What is this world coming to?!!!

 Thankfully, a small gathering of LOST scholars will be convening for what I like to call W.A.A.A.A.L.T. : Wondrous Association of Aggressively Awesome Analysts of LOST Television. This gathering will be taking place on May 23rd (finale day) in the NYC area and will involve tailgating, heated discussion, fine flowing beverages and extensive weeping. Members of W.A.A.A.A.L.T. are encouraged to book their seats early.

Tonight’s episode is called “The Last Recruit” and seems to be… non-centric. I was wondering who they were going to move forward with as now all of the main characters have had their episodes. I’ll be happy to see more team episodes coming up, although a Jacob/MiB ep might be okay too. Not too many guest stars tonight; a few medical personnel, along with the return of my personal Justin Bieber, Dylan Minnette as David.

 You look just like him

Yes, we know she’s pregnant

I also wanted to comment on the promo for this episode that aired just after “Everybody Loves Hugo” ended.

 Usually the promo department either irks or inspires me, but this may be one of their best ever. I get goosebumps every time I hear Gene Wilder’s creepy narration from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” over jumbled images of our characters being swept down a wormhole of sorts.

Actually, the connection between Willy Wonka and LOST is a pretty good one. Currently, I see the Flocke character as a kind of Willy Wonka: a mysterious, yet captivating figure. He’s charismatic, yet strange; inviting but perhaps malicious. In WWatCF, Wonka invites candidates to his secret enclave to find the best person to replace him upon his retirement. This, of course, can be Jacob as well as MiB, the two strange, superhuman forces manipulating humans, putting them through tests, until an ultimate conclusion can be reached.

 The audio clip itself comes from the section of the film where Wonka takes the candidates on his funky chocolate river steamboat ride from hell. He sing-songs:

There’s no earthly way of knowing
Which direction we are going
There’s no knowing where we’re rowing
Or which way the river’s flowing

Not a speck of light is showing

So the danger must be growing
Are the fires of Hell a-glowing
Is the grisly reaper mowing

Yes, the danger must be growing
For the rowers keep on rowing
And they’re certainly not showing
Any signs that they are slowing

The image of the tunnel/wormhole is apt here, as it seems we are getting closer to forging a connection between the sideways and island realties. Perhaps by peering into the looking glass, with one’s EYES OF THE ISLAND, one can travel down the rabbit hole and emerge on the OTHER side. OMG gaiz dats ttaly it. LOST SOLVED!

Actually, the connection between Willy Wonka and LOST that I found most intriguing were the lyrics to the song “Pure Imagination.” I’ve highlighted the most significant bits below. Who knew Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was actually a huge LOST clue?!

Come with me
And you’ll be
In a world of
Pure imagination
Take a look
And you’ll see
Into your imagination

We’ll begin
With a spin
Traveling in
The world of my creation
What we’ll see
Will defy
Explanation

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Wanta change the world?
There’s nothing
To it

There is no
Life I know
To compare with
Pure imagination
Living there
You’ll be free
If you truly wish to be

who you truly wish to be

See you on twitter, you LOST-a-loopas!

boom boom POW

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 15, 2010 by eyeoftheisland

Well holy hell. They blewed it all up.

well, so much for that

 There is only one word that appropriately describes “Everybody Loves Hugo”: explosive. In their most recent audio podcast Damon and Carlton hinted that there would be an extraordinary amount of explosions in an upcoming episode and boy were they right. And although this episode certainly delivered on the shock value front, it also delved into some interesting theoretical concerns as well. As a whole ELH (“Everybody Loves Hugo”) gracefully skirted LOST’s oft-explored divide between the sensational and the philosophical. And I liked it!

 ELH was the Big Bang we’ve been waiting for all season long. It had answers (the whispers are the dead people who can’t move on)! It had action (Des got pushed down the well)! It had multiple shocking moments (DES TOTALLY MOWED OVER LOCKE)! Not only is it Big Bang in that there were many explosions (p.s. just how many sticks of dynamite did the Black Rock have on it, anyway?) but it was also a moment of genesis, of rebirth. The season began/last season ended with a big bang (supposedly… although I’ve always had doubts that the white screen that was flashed after Juliet hammered that rock on Jughead represented an actual explosion), a blast that landed our candidates both up in trees and up in the air again.

 But post-ELH is where the new Genesis really begins. The literal explosions allowed for the clearing of debris: the Black Rock (both the literal ship and its status as a plot point) is gone. Two weeks ago we saw its origin story; now it is time to leave it behind; to blast it to smithereens. And actually, the exact same thing happened to Ilana. We had a glimpse into her relationship with Jacob, into her purpose on the island (and to the audience; I think her most important act was not telling the castaways of their status as candidates, but of the redemption of Ben), and then she was summarily disposed of. As a whole LOST has been very economic about letting go of excess character baggage – you know and then they go. Sayonara, Nikki and Paulo!

peace out

 The notion of Genesis itself is very relevant to LOST – the garden of Eden, man’s betrayal of God, temptation, free will, nature blah blah blah. Jacob himself told Richard that people come to the island and their pasts disappear. They are given a fresh start. With the new Big Bang, all of the issues that have happened in the past are being erased – it’s a new Eden and people can make new choices (Richard), go with new leaders (Miles), be different people (Ben).

 Of course, that’s on the island. In our Sideways world, the notion of a do-over is much more overt. We are discovering their new, “other” lives. It seems like in Sideways land, small decisions have great impact. Perhaps the most interesting line in the whole episode was when Libby told Hurley,

“It’s like I know you from an other life.”

and in this other life it looks like i'm 20 years older

 Of course, in LOST “other” is a loaded word. The identification of who “the others” are has changed over the course of the show, and LOST has enjoyed playing with who is the “us” is in the survivalist “us vs. them” mentality. But with the introduction of the Sideways world, the “others” have actually become the castaways themselves. But just a liiiiittle bit different. An interesting concept, as “the others” have been a group that the LOST-ies have generally always been at odds with in some way.

(QUICK THOUGHTS: Are the others themselves passengers from alternative realities? When the psychic said Aaron must not be “raised by another” did he mean “Other Claire”? Is “Other Claire” Island Claire, who is clearly unfit to raise him?)

 But now the “others” conflict as well as the overarching conflict of the series (conflict with the various components of the self) are converging so that they are one in the same: they are fighting with themselves, in their “other” life and must make some kind of decision or sacrifice to eliminate the duplication.

 After all, Jacob is constantly emphasizing man’s choice and free will. And now the series’ mounting self vs. other self is building up to one epic choice each character has to make: sacrifice or self-preservation. Will they choose personal happiness or the greater good? Or are those divisions themselves merely constructed. Can they supersede these questions and advocate for a balance of both of these worlds, embracing both fate as well as choice?  

 From the past two episodes, I’m also starting to see a pattern emerge of a strong love connection being the trigger between the crash world and the sideways world. My theory is that these love connections are the character’s constants, what grounds them to reality is that intangible bond between two people.

Libby called it soulmates (gag). I think it’s interesting to think of these connections in the context of reincarnation – the “other” lives that one has lived through, of which we have no conscious memories. There is the idea of the people we loved appearing in each of our lives, that some souls are meant to encounter each other again and again. Although sometimes they do have conscious memories and come back as a young Robert Downey Jr. romancing his past life wife Sybil Shepherd. Was that just a reference to the 1989 “classic” Chances Are? Indeed it was.

his skin is so beautiful. so beautiful.

 Yet how to connect the idea of the “otherworld” with the importance of one’s constant? Why does one need a constant to fix the fabric, to make the choice? Could a constant be your significant… other?

 Only four more left to see. I’m getting goosebumps! Til next week, LOST fans: Namaste.

everybody loves hugo: sneak peeks

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 13, 2010 by eyeoftheisland

And now for (hopefully) some levity! Tonight’s episode of LOST is entitled “Everybody Loves Hugo” (accurate) and is, natch, Hurley-centric. We’ll get to see a glimpse into the luck-laden world of Sideways Hurley and hear the big guy’s pearls of leaderly (and yet still amusing) wisdom that have been developing over this season. I still stand by the fact that Hurley is the best, if the only viable, candidate for Jacob out of all of them. A few theories have been posited that Hurley will become the next RA, a consigliere to a Jacob of the Jack variety. Personally, I’m hoping the ranch-dressing-loving millionaire will get off the island and get a  chance to start a happy life.

 Sneak peeks are below. Not very illuminating.

And then we’ll be stuck with it and it’ll be angry at us.

You’re not too busy. You’re scared.

 Guest starring on tonight’s ep will be Mama Hurley, Grandpa Hurley,  Michael, Libby and Dr. Pierre Chang (!!!). Catch my inane comments on that twitter thing. Happy LOST-ing!