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Live-Blogging Lost 5.10 He’s Our You March 26, 2009

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8:59 – Previously on Lost, Sayid left the Island & became an assassin for Ben. Then the O6 became the O5, got on a plane & became the O3, but really the O4, with Jack, Hurley & Kate in the 1970s playing Dharma recruits courtesy of the Juliet/Sawyer long con special, Sayid a captive & in contact with young, creepy Ben Linus, & Sun stuck, with old, creepy Ben Linus, in the present. Although, to be fair, she also has Frank Lapidus, whose sheer awesomeness makes the entire situation not so bad for her, IMHO.

9:00 – We open in Iraq. Flashback, I’m assuming. Some dude grabs a kid & drags him outside. He says that he’s not a kid anymore & he has to kill a chicken like everyone else in the family. He can’t come back home until he does. The father stalks away & another boy comes up & shows the first boy a hand full of seed. He tricks the chickens into coming over to feed & then proceeds to snap the chicken’s neck. He tries to get the first kid to take the credit, but the first kid isn’t the sharpest animal killer on the farm so he doesn’t. So the father comes over & congratulates the kid who did the trickin’ n’ killin’. It’s Sayid, of course, he’s always been this gifted at death.

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Live-Blogging Lost 5.9 Namaste March 19, 2009

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8:59 – Previously on Lost, there was a hiatus & I was so confused as to what to obsess over my entire life. Also, the Left-Behinders got stuck in the 70s & actually do a great job getting Dharmalized. Sawyer, for example, hooks an awesome job as head of security, gets to wear a snazzy jumpsuit AND is apparently in LOVE(!) with Juliet! But then, as always with this show, Kate has to fall out of the sky & ruin everything. Lame.

9:00 – We open on a plane. It’s Ajira flight 316. The O5 are sitting around moping. In the cockpit, Frank Lapidus endures his co-pilot talking about Hurley being an O6 member. Just as Frank is dismissing Hurley’s bravery, the turbulence starts. Frank still looks super weird without his Kenny Rogers beard. In the back, Hurley tells Caesar to fasten his seatbelt. Frank’s like, aw crap. The plane shakes & the screen goes white.

9:02 – Still in the cockpit, Frank & the other pilot are still there. The flash is over & the plane is failing. Frank somehow saves the plane from crashing right away onto the Island & then they see a runway. Is it the one the Others were building in season 3 perhaps? (more…)

NBC’s Kings Series Premiere: Conclusion: Ian McShane Rules March 16, 2009

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kings-egan-mcshane-promoI thought it was kind of an odd decision at first, but I guess it makes sense that NBC gave Kings a two-hour premiere…it feels almost like an apology for stranding its start date into mid-March & then sticking it in a tough Sunday night timeslot. Kings feels more like a miniseries and less like a TV show, and I’d honestly be surprised if it outlasts the time limit of one. It feels way too complex to be a hit, & it also has to hurdle the two obstacles its network put in its way. Which is too bad, because I very much enjoyed the pilot.

Visually intriguing & chock full of scenery-chewing rhetoric, the thing I liked most about this pilot was its ability to not only introduce this sizable cast of characters, give them backstories & personalities & establish how they matter to each other, but also demonstrate in each a dichotomy & depth that you rarely get in pilots, because they’re too busy trying to introduce the entire premise of the show in way too short of a time. Of course, they did have two hours & the advantage of having a built-in premise in the biblical story of David. Still, I found it impressive that every main character, save maybe Michelle, felt multidimensional by the end of the episode.

I particularly liked that the King—with all his actions going against him—was actually a rather sympathetic character. Here he is, dismissing his own son for being gay, cheating on his wife & having a child with another woman, marrying his wife just to get to her brother’s money, allowing his brother-in-law to essentially blackmail him into putting his country at war for another year so his company can get its money’s worth, totally dissing that guy from Oz who was playing the reverend, ordering someone’s death at a dinner party, etc, & yet, I didn’t hate kings2him. (Or maybe it’s just the awesomeness that is Ian McShane.) And despite the late scene in the car with the King’s brother-in-law, plotting his father’s destruction, Jack Benjamin isn’t, at his core, a bad person or even really a bad prince. (His & David’s relationship will clearly be one of the show’s most interesting dynamics, since Jack clearly resents how Silas puts David into power, but at the same time, he doesn’t seem to ignore the fact that David has done everything he can to defend Jack.) Even David himself is clearly not a flawless hero.

This episode also works hard to set up this world, this alternate reality where things seems much more familiar than they probably should (and Kings revels in flaunting the parallels). It’s escapism at its best & it turns out maybe Sunday night is the perfect place for it after all, one last stop in fantasyland before Monday arrives & it’s back to reality.

Kings is not perfect—while it happens to fit the royal feel of the show, it really must cool it on the soapy melodrama—but Ian McShane’s at his scene-commanding best & I found the whole thing surprisingly entertaining. The Mentalist will be this year’s most successful new show & Fringe will be the best quality one, but judging by this episode, Kings is one worth another look.

Update: If you missed the premiere, check it out HERE.

Update, Monday, 10am: Wow. I thought the ratings would be bad, but not this bad. With the positive critical buzz & reasonable promotion by NBC leading up to the premiere, I definitely thought it could pull better than 6 million total viewers with just a 1.6 in the 18-49 demo. NBC just can’t catch a break this year.

Live-Blogging Lost 5.8 LaFleur March 5, 2009

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8:59 – Previously on Lost, The O5 + Locke & & Ben & Lapidus & some new characters I still suspect are evil return to the Island. Locke, reincarnated, realizes that an injured Ben is the one who killed him. Meanwhile, back with the Left-Behinders…I’m sorry, who? I don’t know this “Sawyer” you refer to. Oh, those people we haven’t seen for like 15 episodes despite the fact that their story is like 800 times more interesting the O6 storyline. Those Left-Behinders. Anyway, they’ve been jumping around time & Charlotte died from the temporal displacement. Also? Jin found Jack, Kate & Hurley after they appeared on the Island. Double also? He is dressed like a Dharma worker & driving the Dharma van. Touche.

9:00 – We open in the scene after the flash that forced Locke to fall off the ladder into the clearing with the frozen donkey wheel. We pick up when Sawyer was holding onto the rope in the ground by Charlotte’s well. Miles & Juliet realize that they must be really far back in time because there’s a statue! A giant statue! FOUR-TOED, I BET!

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