RECAP: Lost, LAX

Thank you Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse for completely rocking my world once again with the sixth and final season premiere of “Lost”. I remain in a confused state of mind…and it has been two days. Why is the foot statue under water? Why is Desmond on the plane? Man in Black/Fake Locke is the smoke monster? Who are the hippies at the temple?! What the crap was that thing in the guitar case? What’s with Jacob and his lists? Since when did Terry O’Quinn have the ability to give a look so unbelievably bone chilling?! (see above picture) Sayid is alive now?!

SERIOUSLY. WHAT THE HELL?

Things I Loved:

  • BOONE! CHARLIE! It was so awesome to see two of my favorite characters alive again. Ian Somerhalder plays an awesome creepy vampire on “The Vampire Diaries”, but he will always be Boone to me. I loved his interaction with Locke. Oh Charlie, I have missed you. I refuse to believe you are dead. I hope they stick around for more episodes.
  • Okay, haters to the left…I am so freaking happy that Juliet is “dead”. I have hated her character from the beginning and to see her demise on the show brought me immense satisfaction. However, I am forced to believe that she is still around somewhere with her line of “IT WORKED.”
  • Jack and Kate’s little moment when she bumps into him coming out of the bathroom. If Jack and Kate don’t end up together, I will seriously flip. They’ve been the one true pair of “Lost” since the beginning.
  • Hurley’s line of: “Excuse me, I carried that case across the ocean and like…through time…I want to know what that paper says.” So much win.

Bottom line: “Lost” is back and better than ever.

photo courtesy of abc.com

best of 09. part I

So here we are, another year is coming to a close. I have compiled lists of the best in television and film in 2009. And because I enjoyed making the list, I also have the worst films of 2009. Here’s how it goes: yes, my choices are biased, which is pretty easily identifiable. I know what I like, and I like what I know. For criteria it’s pretty basic: actual acting talent, the actors, and originality in storylines.

TELEVISION:

3. One Tree Hill : Compared to the epicness that was Seasons One-Six, this season of One Tree Hill has been a bit downgrade. No Lucas aka Chad Michael Murray. No Peyton, which at first I thought was a plus, but it seems she brought more to the program than I thought. That pains me to say. Season Seven got to a somewhat rocky start but now that we have been fully introduced to the new characters, its been steadily improving. What the series has always has going for it is spontaneity in storylines. From a psycho nanny on a killing spree to a medic-dog eating Dan Scott’s heart for transplant, One Tree Hill has never let me down in that department. I have always thought the acting level on OTH is great and Sophia Bush has become one of my favorite actresses.

2. So You Think You Can Dance : As a reality program, So You Think You Can Dance obviously has different criteria, but this ranking is honestly because of bias. I’m a dancer, I like watching dance. Season Five (5Alive) which aired during the summer, easily trumped the fall season, Season Six (Season Sick). Season Five had much better choreography, more memorable routines, and in my opinion, a higher caliber of dancers. The best thing about SYTYCD is that at the end of the season, it’s amazing to see how much the final dancers have grown, for a fellow dancer, it’s pretty inspiring. And because I need to reiterate this, in terms of the winners of the two seasons, Jeanine > Russell. Auditions for Season Seven begin in January 2010 and Season Six also goes on tour sometime in 2010.

1. Lost : I think I should get major props here for choosing Lost as my number 1, as it is not my absolute favorite program on television. But taking in account all of the criteria and actual quality of the programs, it really was no contest. Lost owns. I can think of no other series that has me so utterly confused that I need to scour Lostpedia after each episode to make sure I fully understand what was going on, and yet completely enjoy the episode at the same time. Usually large ensemble casts annoy me because I feel like we never get to connect enough with each character, but because of Lost’s clever flashback/flashforward/time continuum episode style, we are constantly being given more information about the characters, plus the acting is superb. Lost begins its sixth and final season on February 2, 2010, and more than anything, I am hoping that it gets the proper send-off the show deserves…and Jack/Kate to be endgame. Thanks.

Runner Up:

  • Friday Night Lights : Seriously one of the most underrated shows ever. Check it out, it’s awesome.

>> part II : films of 2009. coming soon.