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LOST deaths by [livejournal.com profile] paperedglory

Spoilers, naturally!

Peace, Ghani
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I love Jimmy Kimmel, for reals. His love of LOST is epic, and the skits he does are awesome, but I must say I actually prefer this to any of the "alternate endings" he had on finale night. The ones where they have the other character's reaction are priceless, and it's even better when they find a sentence with an 'F' verb!

Peace, Ghani
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LOST series finale. No bitching here--it was AWESOME! I'm still crying. Lovely, Cuse and Lindelof, simply lovely. Now excuse me, I have to curl up in the fetal position and cry a little more.

Peace, Ghani
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Okay, so I totally fail because I'm writing here again to apologize for my fail, with not being around and all. Health issues continue. Apparently, the food poisoning was the last straw with my stomach, because I seem to have a shiny new bleeding ulcer now! Understandably, I'm not feeling my best, and my allergies are acting up besides. Ah, spring! And an ulcer.

As for LOST--Ricardo, mi amor! Ghani approves of romance novel cover!Richard, and of Isabelle and what turned into a very touching story with a very pro-active Jacob!

Peace, Ghani

An update

Mar. 8th, 2010 01:54 pm
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I'm still feeling exhausted, mentally but more so physically; it's hard to get my ass to do anything nowadays and I wake up feeling just as tired as when I went to sleep. My sister assures me that this is just because the both of us were so sick and we're recovering from, well, recovery, but, honestly? I haven't felt like this for a long time, since I had mono in middle school. Like I could just sleep all day and that there's not even enough energy in me to walk to the bathroom. I'm also aware that depression can make me feel this way but I don't think that's what it is; I'm feeling like I'm in a pretty good place lately. I dunno, maybe my sister's right?

In other news, congrats Kathryn Bigelow! Been a fan for a long time, don't know of any directors, male or female, who are as honest and brutal as she can be, or who have given pop culture such enduring images (Point Break, my friends; that's all I have to say. Well, that and, "Have you ever fired a gun into the air and said 'Ahhhh!?' "No, I have never fired a gun into the air and said, 'Ahhh!'!") Near Dark happens to be one of my favorite movies of all time, and Strange Days had its appeal in my teenage years.

Also, tell me, LOSTie friends o' mine, am I the only one who thinks that the only thing Sayid has ever truly wanted and died in his arms is not, in fact, boring ol' Nadia but Shannon? We know Maggie Grace will guest star later this season, and that Cuse and Lindeloff have said that they ahd a "really interesting story" for her, which means she won't just be passing someone on a street. Maybe it's wishful thinking, but it seems as if all the fans I know in real life give me the blank stare when I bring it up, like it's never even occurred to them and they can't even remember that that was how Shannon died.... shrugs. It's be awesome.

Peace, Ghani
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Run, Richard, run! Fangirls!


In other news, watched Human Target last night. It's ridiculous how much I love Jackie Earle Haley. And even more than that, a little frightening how closely his hair matches my own, for color, length and consistency! My love for him cannot get any more intense!

And I wub my new Robin of Sherwood moodtheme! Michael Praed is so much 80s awesomeness! Behold the hair!

Peace, Ghani
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Very much like that, actually. In my experience, at least!

And catching up on some [livejournal.com profile] fannish5 questions:

Name the five best uses of flashback/non-linear storytelling. Hum, I kind of stuck to single episodes here, because I could just say LOST and that would own all, truly, because it is the granddaddy of all nonlinear storytelling, in my opinion.

Under the cut )

Name 5 minor characters you wish had more screen time.

Under the cut )

And once more with this: Answer the questions using only episode titles.

Pick your Show: LOST

Under ze cut )

Peace, Ghani
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A bunch of people on my flist have done this one, [livejournal.com profile] shawnalasex was the most recent, and I've been wanting to try it for a while. So, here goes! Oh, and i found I had to limit it to shows that are on right now because I couldn't choose with all my back-favorites; the Jossverse alone could take up most of the list!

Pick your five favorite TV shows (in no particular order) and answer the following questions. Don't cheat!

1. Leverage
2. True Blood
3. LOST
4. Supernatural
5. Merlin

Questions and answers )

Peace, Ghani

My [livejournal.com profile] fannish5

May. 1st, 2009 01:15 pm
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Name 5 dead characters you'd like to see resurrected. In no particular order:

1- Bail and Breha Organa, The Star Wars Saga: Yup, you get a two-for-the-price-of-one on this one, and I justify it by pointing out that they both (seemingly) went out the same way at the same time, when Alderaan was blown to itty bitty bits. I refuse to believe it. Bail and Breha evacuated before it happened and went into hiding only to reveal themselves to their adopted daughter after the Battle of Endor. Yup, uh huh. Exactly how it happened! And I'm discounting all of that EU nonsense because it's collapsing in on itself after all the retconning they've scrambled to do in wake of the PT.

2- Isaac Mendez, Heroes: But if you read my blog, you already knew this. I have to say, it was difficult choosing him or Nathan , but Isaac won it on the technicality with Nathan only sort of being dead seen in the season three finale. Isaac was just a fascinating character, and a different type to what now populates the Heroes universe; his powers were interesting and unique (until they explained them away when they gave them to Matt). And, let's face it, he was hot! On a side note, this entire list could be populated by Heroes characters: Isaac, Nathan, Niki, D.L. and Eden.

3- Alex, LOST: Alex, we barely knew ye! Which is an awful shame because you were one of the more sane and interesting female characters in a fandom with sadly far too few! She barely even got a much deserved reunion with her mother! Granted, the Island has sort of resurrected her at least once so far, but those are only weird Island ghosts so it doesn't count.

4- Tonks and Lupin, Harry Potter: See the loophole for including two characters as one with the first entry in this post. They are my HP OTP, a couple who overcame great odds, including their own personal demons and seemed just within the grasp of happiness. And then Rowling kills them off as a side note, without even the benefit of informing fans of who did the deed. Careless, Jo, uncharacteristically cold and careless.

5- Wash, Firefly/Serenity: He was killed off for the most unjustifiably stupid reason of all: so the audience felt unsure and unsafe as to who might be killed off next. His death made no practical sense (I understand the Reavers killing the pilot of a functioning vessel, that seems like perfect Reaver logic; what I don't understand is why, if they like their victims alive when they do... what they do to them, they'd kill someone when their ship is already very obviously in no way fit for flight) it hurt. It hurt real bad, and left a very bad taste in my mouth about the entire fandom. I know die-hards who dropped out because of it, and I can see where they're coming from, honestly.

The booby prize goes to Jean Grey, who has been killed off and resurrected more than Kenny on South Park. Yeah, well, Scott's doing just fine without you this time, sweetie, and Logan can do better. Just stay dead this time.

Peace, Ghani
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Okay, so there are things fans are always telling you you need to know to watch LOST, the basics usually including things like the numbers, the black smoke Monster, the Black Rock, and possibly extended to Sawyer's love of nicknames and the crazy French chick. But what such conversations typically don't include are the show's other essential elements: the unintentionally hilarious ones! So I've decided to compile a list of five of my favorites (illustrated for your enjoyment!) in tribute to my favorite of primetime mindfuck dramas.

1. Jears-

Very rarely are a male character's tears so epic, so freely flowing and so often seen that they demand their own smush name! Second only to Dr. Jack's crazy eyes in unfettered emotion shown by the show's lead is his manly but profuse crying spells. Truly a sight to behold!

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Aww, you made Jack cry! You're a member of the club now!

2. Flashback Hair-

Beware, all ye with dark secrets in your past, for not only will the skeletons well hidden in your closet be revealed, but your most horrifying secret of all, your terrible wig, will also be ruthlessly exposed! From horrid hair extensions to ratty head doilies intended to make the actor in question look younger, no one seems immune! Dr. Jack's allegedly shaggy mop of hair seems to be aiming for his Party of Five days but falls more into the category of novelty yarn Beatles wig while Libby's brunette hair seems to have been achieved by simply not washing for possibly months.

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"Why, yes, this is really my hair. Why do you ask?"

3. The Nikki and Paulo

Seldom are new characters so poorly integrated into a show as it exists that they become the template for a cliche that describes themselves, hence the 'The' before their names. Still following? Good. Even the fact that Paulo is played by Rodrigo Santoro (and, if you know me, will understand the gravity of my next statement as you will know that I want to do wickedly carnal things to him best not described in polite company or even my blog!) cannot save them from the fact that their, to quote Entertainment Weekly, "wedged-in entrance would’ve been more stilted only if they’d been wearing winter parkas." Their creators admitted that they were "universally despised" but promised that, when they came to their final end, they would be "iconic characters." Indeed they did, but not in any good way. Their legacy? Paulo's diarrhea. Fitting.

They were pretty to look at, I'll give them that. Though I think Rodrigo might have exuded more charm as Xerxes in 300.

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Fans' favorite part of the Nikki and Paulo storyline.

4. Nicknames-

And, no, not Sawyer's nicknames for others, an annoying habit that the writers, even in season five, can't seem to break themselves of, but rather the ones that the others (not the Others, but the other LOSTies, such as the castaways are called) come up with for Locke. Mount Baldy, Mr. Clean, Cue Ball, Colonel Kurtz, Freak of Nature to name just a few. And, of course, there's always the most descriptive: Bald Wanker and Wacko.

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"Why, no, I'm not mentally unstable at all! Why do you ask?"

5. Crazy Immortal Eye-Patch Guy-

Does anyone truly believe that Mikhail is truly dead? Really? 'Cause the guy got his brain fried and was shot through the chest with a spear gun and still managed to get back up to use a grenade to obliterate the communications center of an underwater base, taking a beloved cast member with him, and seemingly destroying himself. I'll believe it when I see the pieces--and maybe not even then!

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"Booyah, bitches! Suck grenade!"

In closing: don't take things too seriously, even if you're hopelessly obsessed with a TV show you acknowledge to be pure but completely engaging fiction (or is it?!) Life's too short and there's too much to laugh at! Salude!

Peace, Ghani
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Where to start? 'Twas a good weekend for fandom, mine at least. Highlander: The Source aired and probably the less said about the actual movie, the better. Now, I'm not a snob, I love those movies, especially the last one where I geeked out with both Connor and Duncan, but this was kinda meh. The end made me groan and roll my eyes. Make love, not war, baby, was the message of the day, but I watch Highlander to begin with to see guys gettin' thar heads cut off! And Methos really was a total dick in this one, as Duncan points out; what der hey? And once again Amanda was just a no-show. And Joe, oh Joe! How I cried! We didn't actually see Methos' death, so I remain convinced that he's still alive, somewhere hiding again. They definitely left it open. I'd always hoped that if Methos ever died, his quickening would be astonomical, but since they were all mortal by the end of the movie and he was offscreen...shrug. I had to laugh, too, at Duncan recounting the many mortal companions he'd lost over the years, which amounted to all of about three, when his fallen immortal comrades number in the twenties, ha! I still enjoyed it, I have to say, but I would do just because of what it was.

Terry O'Quinn finally took home an Emmy, yay! Go, Team Locke! And Michael Emmerson just looked so handsome and so cute! And in other exciting LOST news, we just read that Jeff Fahey will be joining the cast next season! Jeff freakin' Fahey! SQUEE! Now, granted, the idea that they're going to be adding yet more cast members shows not only a complete and total ignorance to and inability to gauge fan reactions and learn from one's mistakes (they've tried it once in the second season and again in the third. From the new groups they've introduced only one character remains. Yup, just the one). Now, see, we wouldn't mind so much if they remained in the background, but the creators--bless 'em because I love 'em--insist on these new creation taking up valuable screen time more established characters could be enjoying. Juliet had far more screen time than, say, Sayid last season which isn't as bad as Nicki and Paulo--shudder--having their own episode! I really don't understand why they feel the need to do this every season! There's been no news on Nestor Carbonell's return to the show after the initial announcement that CBS wasn't willing to let him do it. I can only hope his show bombs (isn't that mean of me, but I need my Alpert fix!) in time to go film some episodes!

K-Ville premiered last night and was interesting mostly for its setting and not necessarily for its story, so I don't know how long it's going to last. Kudos to FOX for actually writing a biography of Cole Hauser without one mention of Pitch Black, from wence about 85% of his fans come and one of the only movies he's had a starring role in.

According to Outpost Gallifrey, Torchwood had the largest audience of any BBCAmerica drama premiere evah. Torchwood FTW! Between Burn Notice blazing through the ratings and this bit of news, I must say a lot of my faith in the TV watching populace has been restored. It proves, if you make a good show and really are willing to stand behind it and get it out there (read: advertizing blitz, as both of those shows had), people will watch!

Meanwhile, in video game news, I finally got my hands on a copy of BioShock, supposedly the greatest game of the year, and i have to say I wasn't all that impressed. Now, this you must know first: I am not a fan of the FPS. I just don't like the POV. It ruined ResEvil 4 for me. And since the story and the setting were so like an adventure/survival horror game, it was doubly frustrating. I happen not to like having the first indication that I'm being shot at be a bullet barrage into my side or back. I do have peripheral vision, you know. And having to move the camera around all over the freakin' place to take int he amazing setting was infuriating. I think it stopped me from really getting into the story, too.

And this is just pure geek out on my part, but I was reading a new Doctor Who book, Forever Autumn by Mark Morris, as was overjoyed to see a mention of a Ghost Rider poster being part of a "typical twelve year-old's room," along with the likes of Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. Awesome.

Keep Watching the Skies, Ghani
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Taken from [livejournal.com profile] jadeblood:


Isis



Honorable, straightforward and idealistic. Active and self-confident.

Colors: male: white, female: blue
Compatible Signs:
Osiris, Thoth
Dates:
Mar 11 - Mar 31, Oct 18 - Oct 29, Dec 19 - Dec 31

Role: Goddess of motherhood, women, and magic; goddess of the South; protector of Imseti (the son of Horus who watched over the canopic jar containing the liver)
Appearance:
Woman wearing the hieroglyph for "throne" on her head


What is Your Egyptian Zodiac Sign?
Designed by CyberWarlock of Warlock's Quizzles and Quandaries




And snatched from [livejournal.com profile] polarbear_girl:

TV 'Shipper Meme )

Peace, Ghani
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Whooo hooo! On a very up note, congrats to the fabulous Aaron Eckhart on his Golden Globe nod for Thank You for Smoking (excellent movie, superb performance!) And, wheeee, Heroes for getting nominated for best drama when it's first season hasn't even finished airing yet, and my Hero Hiro, Masi Oka, for his supporting actor nom! And, hooray, Evangeline Lily in best actress!

On a sadder note, goodbye to Peter Boyle. It takes a special kind of cool to have been Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, put in a memorable dramatic performance in Taxi Driver AND have been best man at John and Yoko's wedding! He will be sorely missed!

Peace, Ghani
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You're help is desperately needed in this poll: Lost vs. BSG

Peace, Ghani
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Name your top six TV shows right now, before reading the questions:

01. Dr Who (I'll limit this to Doctor #9)
02. LOST
03. HEX
04. Battlestar Galactica
05. Xena: Warrior Princess
06. Carnivale

Follow the yellow brick cut... )

Peace, Ghani
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LOST spoilers )

Peace, Ghani
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Snurched from [livejournal.com profile] mzbehavin:

List Your Top 6 Favorite Shows (doesn't have to be in order). Yikes, do I even watch six shows? Well, I'll try my best:
1. Doctor Who
2. LOST
3. Supernatural
4. Firefly
5. Alias
6. BSG

On to the questions and answers... )

Peace, Ghani
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On Hurley and Libby:

Libby's an anomolous character, isn't she? Unlike the rest of the major "tailies," we haven't seen or really heard anything of her background. We're told she's a psychiatrist, that she's an optimist, the kind of gal that can take lemons and make lemonade, to quote creator Damon Lindelof. Contradictory is the blurb that she's a compulsive liar with a secret. And Hurley thought he recognized her.

Spoilers behind the cut )

Peace, Ghani
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Hoo-LEE...

Okay, deep breath and where to start?! The opening scene -how fabulous was that?! We stared at the tv wondering who the Hell this person was -early guesses were Sawyer- and my sister guessed it about a half a second before the reveal, almost directly when I heard the explosion! Incredible! I could not have asked for a better opening scene.

I was not disappointed, not by what was in the hatch, not by the reveal; it was incredibly well done! I was expected a bit of a let down and I think that might have worked in my favor - what I like to call the Phantom Menace syndrome- so I was delighted to be sitting there in rapt attention as each turn unfolded.

What struck me perhaps the most was how much of a leap from the first season they took. Season One was fantastic, it was the genius ingenue teenager whereas the start of the second season felt like the adult, fully matured in direction and writing. I was reminded of the leap in quality from fantastic to superb that Alias took from its first to second season!

The flashbacks were really well done (how about Foxy's wig, huh? Bwahahaha!) and Desmond came across so strongly in his 'Tour de Stade' scene with Jack, he had me wondering aloud whether he'd become a regular in the flashbacks. Ha! Little did I know! What a welcome addition he is to the cast and, I'm sorry cos he might turn out to be evil, but that actor is super, grade-A uber-hawt (what is it about LOST and its jaw-droppingly good looking men?!)!

My complaint? It was too fraking short! I wanted another hour and I must admit being such a die-hard fan od Shaun Cassidy's television projects, I was not all that impressed with Invasion, alas!

So, did Desmond cause the miracle with Sara?! We know he was on a world tour marathon and must have somehow been brought to the island like the others, but is he one of the 'Others'? Who was he communicating with via computer at the beginning of the episode? Where did he get all that fresh food? What's the quarantine? I really admired Kate's courage in standing up to Jack to tell him she was going down into the hatch and the ballsyness of going and doing it! Where is she now? We only saw Locke. And Shannon and Walt, how freaking and fascinating was that?

From the very first episode, this is shaping up to be a bangers season! So cheers to Damon, J.J. and co.; you guys rock!

Peace, Ghani

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