Friday, March 31

Lost Friday - Temporary Edition.

So, here's the deal.

This week's Lost was big. Huge. Earth-moving.

Problem is I was out of town, attending a funeral. Some things are more important than TV, you know. I watched 'Lockdown' on Thursday afternoon, and didn't get in front of my computer until 11pm Thursday night.

This week's Lost Friday is huge, and it's going to be here on Friday...night. It'll show up, and it'll be great and answer damn near every question; you're just going to have to wait a few extra hours for it. I'll promise to work my ass off to make the deadline, if you promise to stick around and ooh and ahh with me. Deal? Deal.

Until then, I've got a surprise to tide you over. I found this sneak peek at next week's Entertainment Weekly, offering us a translation of everything that was on the mysterious Hatch Map. It's tiny, but it's better than the scribblings on the blast door. Enjoy and scratch your heads while I work on the actual Lost Friday.

We're all gunna die.
(Ignore the URL on the map, that's just the tag of the original dude that stole this.)

I can explain most of this, which makes me feel like a proud father.

I'll see you back here tonight. You're not going to want to miss this.

I admire your dedication to Lost Friday. The EW thing is enough for me to chew on for a while.

So I was watching The Office last night and there were some tornado watches and whatnot in effect. This station is generally good at doing that sort of thing during the commercial times. So during the actual show they put up their severe weather warning with a mini doppler rader thing in the lower left hand corner. This pisses me off, because then I couldn't see the NBC advertisements for whatever was coming up next. Then the last third of The Office was taken up with more tornado and severe weather warnings so missed the last third of the show. I know that TV stations are obligated to serve the public in such ways, but... Dang it. I'd iTunes it if I didn't already know I was going to buy the dvd. Hello, bittorrent.

I did catch Kelly's "The More You Know" commercial, I had to rewind it to make sure it was a joke.

The look on Ryan's face after witnessing Dwight and Angela's discussion of a "business meeting"... I was rolling.

I just realized you might not have watched The Office yet as you were out of town. WARNING: SPOILERS ABOVE
True 'dat, I haven't watched The Office or Earl yet. Everything you said above will make sense to me later tonight. I'm looking forward to it.

Yeah, concerning the Lost thing, I started working on it late last night, and knew that if I tried to force it, it would just be sloppy and whatnot. It'll go up later tonight and stay up all weekend. I've been doing my research all over the Internets and Dharmatels today, and it's a bit more than I can handle.

Ever. This show is getting bigger than I can handle.
I just realized that I used the 'more than I can handle' phrase two times in two lines, and for that I am truly sorry.

This show is more than I can handle.
This week in tv was more than anyone can handle. I just finished watching LOST and am still reeling from the after effects. If there were any questions about this show being the best on television, they were answered this week.

Earl was good, Now we know where The Others took Walt.

The Office was spectacular as always. Toby, No donut for you!

I must admit I haven't been a fan of S&D. I just couldn't get myself into the characters. They were all such A-holes, right down to the annoying little girl. Cameron comes off as one step from peeing his pants in every scene.
All that changed this week. Sharon was blathering about her Mom in the hospitol. Cameron says' "I just want to punch Sharon in the mouth right now" With that one line I identified with the character and the show took on a whole new life for me. The second show was just incredible. I was laughing my butt off.

Oh, and in case anyone was wondering: American Inventor is a good example of what can happen to a truly good idea when put into the hands of COMPLETE IDIOTS.
I had taped a couple episodes of American Inventor, but deleted them without watching. My schedule is too packed to be squeezing in shows that are mediocre at best.

Lost might be the best drama ever. I know we're still in season two, but think about it, won't you? Thank you.

S&D is dark, and sometimes downright unfunny and sad (Cameron getting laid off was tragic). But it's real. It's more real than reality TV. I know everyone that's on that show, and it scares me.

I'm glad you could find something to enjoy about the show; it's really something special. And now that I hear Arrested Development is done for good, we need something to fill the void.

Word around the campfire with AD was that Mitchell Hurwitz felt that the show did what it needed to do, and didn't need to continue, despite an offer from Showtime. While I'm bummed out, I completely respect and understand his decision.
I watched the first part of The Loop last night, as I'd forgotten to delete my season pass. I really need to delete that season pass, it's totally lowest-hanging-fruit TV.

Speaking of Lost character sightings... Desmond was on 24 as a German gov't agent two episodes ago, Jack pissed him off and I'm sure we'll see more of him. I know 24 isn't your cup of tea, but it's been really great this season.

I can't wait to see what Mitch Hurwitz does next. As much as I hated that Freaks and Geeks was cancelled, some of my favorite episodes of The Office and Arrested Development were directed by Paul Fieg... So I guess as long as these talented people keep finding work, there can still be some signs of life in television.

S&D was great this week, it went a little darker and deeper. I haven't checked the ratings, I hope this show is doing well.
S&D was dark this week, but I think that's what it needed. All good shows need to push the baseline of everyday mediocrity. That's what makes them interesting. S&D may find it's comfort zone dealing with the tragedy in middle American life. The ability to take on tougher situations will make or break this show.
I really like that there's this collaborative of about 3-5 people who's names I always see popping up in TV shows that I love. I like how these writers, producers and directors can bounce around with each other and make great TV. The Office, Earl, AD, the Simpsons and F&G all have ties with each other through at least one or two people, and that makes me very happy.

It also makes me jealous that a handful of people are capable of writing such amazingly funny TV.

I'm sick of the Loop; it's going to get cut from my 'record' list. Same goes for That 70's Show, The Evidence, American Inventor and Free Ride if it doesn't start shaping up. Truth be told, none of these shows will be around next year, so I have nothing to complain about.

I used 'lowest hanging fruit' in a conversation yesterday. I love business jargon.
I thought The Loop was funny at first, but every ep is basically the same with different insult dialogue inserted in. Freeride still amuses me with it's nostalgic insight into what an ass you are when you're young. Unfortunately most of that takes place in high school not after 4 years on your own. I'd like to see if they can develop something out of it, otherwise it'll be a shortride. bada bum. I am so not funny.
Same episode, different sex joke. Yup, that's The Loop in a nutshell, and it's a real bummer. I expected good things from the Free Ride/Loop combo meal.

I've had enough of this; I'm writing a TV show. I'm going to take my idea for "Sun and Moon" and run with it.

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