Tuesday, May 23

Lost Tuesday - Finale Edition.

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Season Two - Episode 23/24: "Live Together, Die Alone."

The very first Lost Tuesday is upon us. We have slightly less to discuss than we did yesterday.

So listen, I have a proverbial bone to pick with the writers and producers of Lost. It's got nothing to do with the lack of answers, the constant deaths or the lingering theory that they have no idea what in the hell they are getting at.

It's about plagarism, buddy, and I'm pressing charges. Here's the skinny.

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About two years ago to the month (pre-Lost), I sat down and wrote my very first screenplay. It was entitled "72 Hours," and it was sort of a black-comedy mockumentary (is there any other kind?). After I wrote the movie, I got together with some of my film school friends and tried to shoot it, but it was far too awesome for us to handle on a zero dollar/talent budget. I put the screenplay in my massive filing cabinet of failed compositions, and went back to the drawing board.

Then the second season of Lost rolled around, and I started to take notice.

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Allow me to explain to you the plotline of "72 Hours." In fact, here's the title card of the film, taken directly from the script:

IN 1968, THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-OSHKOSH DISCONTINUED FUNDING TO THE PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF SLEEP DEPRIVATION STUDIES. IN THE YEAR 2004, THROUGH STUDENT REQUEST AND PETITIONING, THE PROGRAM WAS REVIVED INTO THE CURRICULUM FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 36 YEARS. TO MARK THIS EVENT, A GROUP OF UWO FILM STUDENTS WERE ALLOWED TO DOCUMENT THE INAUGURAL EXPERIMENT.

That should get you all caught up.

Anyways, the movie was about a sleep deprivation study gone wrong. Two inept and out of their league Psych students put an ad in the paper, looking for a subject in the study. The candidate, a dim but well-meaning young man is hired for the experiment. I don't have to tell you that hilarity ensues.

As the deprivation experiment gets going, we begin to see how this will be monitored and carried out. For that, let's go back to actual quoting from the screenplay, shall we?

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(Sam and Charlotte are the Psych students heading the experiment, and Adam is the subject.)

INT. HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS
Sam and Charlotte are walking briskly through long hallways, while Adam struggles to keep up with his duffel bag weighing him down.

SAM
Okay, here’s the plan, Stan.
(Sam taps Adam on the shoulder.)

SAM (CONT’D)
Stan?

ADAM
Oh, my name’s Adam.

(Sam puts his arm around Adam and stares off into the distance.)

SAM
No, you’re name is Stan now. Stan, here’s the plan. You’re going to be spending all your time from now on in our Sleep Deprivation Room.

CUT TO:
INT. SLEEP DEPRIVATION ROOM - CONTINUOUS
We get our first glimpse of the sleep deprivation room. It’s a small, windowless room with a camera in the upper corner. It has a couch, a table and a drawer.

CHARLOTTE (V.O.)
It's going to have a camera in it, so we can monitor you accordingly.

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INT. HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS
SAM
Yeah, and don’t worry, there’s a can in there. No cameras allowed in the can.
(Sam repeatedly nudges Adam in his side.)

SAM (CONT’D)
You read me, Stanley?

ADAM
What?

CHARLOTTE
In the sleep deprivation room, there’s going to be a small box on the wall with a red button on it.

CUT TO:
INT. SLEEP DEPRIVATION ROOM - CONTINUOUS
In the room, we see a small box affixed to the wall of the room at about waist level. There’s a red button in the middle of the box.

CUT TO:
INT. HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS
CHARLOTTE
You’ll be required to press this button at least once every 5 minutes to confirm to us that you're awake. If you don't press this button within a 5 minute period, you will be subject to a burst of loud noise to awake you and get your attention.

SAM
DON’T let that happen. It’ll scare the hell out of you.

ADAM
Okay, I won’t.

CHARLOTTE
You will be fed 4 times a day. Once every 6 hours.

SAM
The egg salad here is gunna blow your mind.

ADAM
I like egg salad.

CUT TO:
INT. CONFESSIONAL ROOM - CONTINUOUS
We see the confessional room, the smaller room attached to the deprivation room. It is a tiny room that contains nothing but a chair and a camera.

CHARLOTTE (V.O.)
Attached to the sleep deprivation room is what we like to call the "confessional" room. This is something we decided to add that the older experiments didn't have.

CUT TO:
INT. HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS
SAM
We got the idea from "The Real World". You watch "The Real World", Stan?

ADAM
I, uh, I used to. You know, my name is-

SAM
(Interrupting)
Well, it’s still a good show. Check it out again some day.

CHARLOTTE
There is a motion sensor camera in the confessional, so if there's something you want to communicate to us, you can do it in there. Just walk in, sit down, and start talking.

SAM
We’re not gunna answer you, though.

CHARLOTTE
No, we will not. We suggest you use the confessional a few times a day so we can get a feeling for how you're doing, and if your condition changes over time. Tonight, you will go to sleep at 10pm, and be awakened at 6am. At this point, the experiment will begin. You will spend a total of 72 hours in deprivation and then be released. At this point, we will give you an exit checkup, and you will be free to go. Until then, you will have no TV, no radio, no phone, no windows, no contact with the outside world, and no sleep. Do you understand everything I've just said?

(The 3 stop in front of a closed door. Sam and Charlotte wait for an answer.)

ADAM
Uh, yeah. When I’m done with everything, then I get my money, right?

CHARLOTTE
That’s correct.

SAM
Any other questions, Stan?

ADAM
None right now, I guess. My name’s Adam.

SAM
Fantastic!

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Can't you just smell the comedic possibilities?

Anyways, almost instantly, things start going wrong. Adam starts to crack pretty quickly, mostly due to the fact that he wasn't psychologically sound to begin with. Sam's infatuation with Charlotte leads to a lapse in judgment that causes important data to be lost, and they resort to leaving Adam in the chamber far longer than they were supposed to.

So Adam keeps pressing the button out of fear, knowing full well that he's being screwed with as the hours tick on. The students begin to ratchet up the paranoia by cutting power temporarily, so Adam loses track of how long he's been in lockdown. And the ending... well, you should have read it when I made it available for download. It's your loss, really. Let's just say that we find out what happens when he stops pushing the button.

Did I mention this is a comedy? It's a hoot, too. One of the best things I've ever written... in 2004.

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There were a few reasons why I wrote this screenplay. First, I was quite bored that summer and didn't have a job. Secondly, I have had bouts of insomnia for years, and didn't have to venture out of my house for inspiration or expert opinion. Finally, I really liked the idea of placing Reality TV Generation characters into a world of WWII-era psychological experiments; especially when it leads to character redemption, and the idea that authority isn't always what's in the public interest. Sound familiar?

Is it starting to make sense why I enjoy Lost so much? A lot of what we've seen this year has been a bigger, better and more thought-out version of my screenplay, broadcast for 15 million people a week. Adam, Sam and Charlotte might just as well be Locke, Marvin and Alvar.

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To recap:

"72 Hours:"

1. Subject in psychological experiment required to push button every five minutes. Must stay awake for at least 72 hours, leading to serious (and wacky) mental and physical issues.

2. Constantly monitored by people who are not looking out for his well-being. Logging any and every change in behavior into notebooks for careful scrutiny.

3. Subject ends up having to stay in the experiment unwillingly for far longer than expected.

4. Subject has moment of redemption and clarity, stemming from flashbacks concerning his parents.

5. Subject eventually rebels and figures out what is really happening. Button is no longer pushed, as subject plans (and gets) revenge.

"Lost:"

1. Well... pretty much the same as above.

So, here's the deal, Damon Lindleof. We can settle this out of court, and I'll never mention it again. You know how much I like your show, especially the parts of it that are mine.

TOMORROW - LOST WEDNESDAY!
Everything you need to properly enjoy the Season Finale, including:

A Lost Drinking Game
A Season Two Recap
Last-Second Spoilers and Info

Sound off in the comments section, and speculate which one of my other screenplays will be turned into a TV plot device.

Comments:
My question is two-fold.

What do you do for a living?

Secondly, how in the hell do you have so much time on your hands?

Keep up the posting, though... :)
 
So I read this morning that Michelle Rodriguez is back in jail because she was on probation when she got that dui in Hawaii. She doesn't mind though because she's like a gypsy and she can find beauty in a jail cell.
 
You know, you should really be looking at the "First Time Here?" post in the sidebar for all the info you need, but I'll let it slide this time. Never again, though.

I work as an Examination Administrator for the state of Wisconsin. I work with the state boards (a bunch of multi-millionaires who write the state laws) to make sure that the good people get licensed, and the bad people find other work.

This includes all Doctors, Chiropractors, Nurses, Accountants and about 117 other licensed professions in the state of Wisconsin. If you pay someone else to do something for you, chances are they need a license. I spend my days sifting through law books, codes, billions of numbers and stats. It's a real hoot, and it suits me fine to pay the bills. I also haven't worked a weekend in 5 years.

I don't talk about my job too much, because it's my job. The Missus, on the other hand, should talk about hers more. She works for the court system, and deals with crazy people. It's rad.

Secondly, I appear to have a lot of time on my hands because I'm constantly updating the blog and writing about TV. Truth is, I do the bulk of my writing at work (during breaks, of course) and before I go to bed. I try very hard not to write on the weekends, because that's when me and the Missus try to get out of the house for a while, and enjoy Madison.

I'm also a fast writer (it took me less than a month to write '72 Hours,' which is a full-length screenplay), I refuse to sleep and always make it a point to write any time I get the chance. It doesn't matter what about, as long as I make room for it.

See? This is what happens when you ask questions about me. Nobody loves talking about themselves more than a blogger.
 
Michelle Rodriguez is a fruitball.
 
Um, thanks. (I think)
:)
 
No cameras in the can, man.

You ever see the Weel Wuld, Stan?

Ha!
 
Even the TV Obscurities website you have linked doesn't know anything about the TV show "The Roundtable" which everyone tries to tell me never existed...WELL IT DID!
 
I can't even recall how many times we tried to shoot that scene in question. It must have taken 4 hours.

Round Table, yo:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103528
 
So we've verified its existence...can anyone verify its PLOT? All I remember was the someone got shot in the head, and it really really bothered me.
 
True to Aaron Spelling's tried-and-true TV routine, The Round Table was about a group of young, sexy, up-and-coming lawyers (think Ally McBeal meets 90210).

The gimmick was that at the end of every episode, they would all meet at a local dive and reflect on their adventures, sitting at a large, round table.

When that person got shot in the head, one of the lawyers was on the case.
 
They never met anywhere. Maybe I'm just thinking of that episode of Melrose Place where the ugly redhead from Desperate Housewives got shot.
 

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