Archive for the Observations Category

Walter prefers “Faux-livia”

Posted in Fringe, Observations, Other People Talking Fringe, Some wonderings I don't really believe, Theories with tags , on January 31, 2011 by Scott Copperman

The title above is a reference to a scene in the episode “Reciprocity.” This confirms a suspicion I’ve been having that Walter serves the Hurley role of “speaking the mind of the fans.”

Either way, it was cool.

So, this most recent episode, Reciprocity, was a pretty good one. Action packed and kept me from guessing what Peter was doing until the reveal. They made it obvious he was up to something, but the writers did a nice job of keeping the reveal a surprise without pulling it out of no where.

I’ve mentioned before that Fringe tends to have the “reveals” earlier in the episode than one would expect. This episode was no exception. What was a little less satisfying was how the 5 minutes post reveal showed no major consequences.

I’ve got some thoughts on the spoiler filled (very spoiler filled) “Lightning Round” video released by Fringe, but I’m going to save them for a future post.

I will encourage you, however, if you can’t wait to check out The Fringe Podcast for some great thoughts on the show.

Keep watching this space for some thoughts on other TV shows and more about Fringe.

Scott Copperman

If not LOST, then what?

Posted in Fringe, General Info, Observations, ReThinking LOST with tags , , on December 21, 2010 by Scott Copperman

Once I have a few minutes of free time, this site will change slightly to become the “Things Scott Copperman wonders about LOST and other TV shows” site.

With LOST off the air and no post “new man in charge” content to wonder about, I’m going to diversify the focus of this site so that it can remain active and become much more so.

What shows will I wonder about? Well, FRINGE is one leading candidate. It’s my favorite show on TV right now. Beyond that, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Speaking of Fringe, I went through the whole Olivia in the alternate universe first half of the season expecting to see John Scott. How could John Scott not make some sort of appearance. He’s the reason our Olivia is with the Fringe Team, isn’t he?

Well, I hadn’t realized Mark Valley and Anna Torv were linked romantically off-air. And in early 2010, they divorced after a short marriage.

I’d like to think that he’d still come back to reprise his role, but I can’t say I really blame him or Anna if either would prefer not. I’m pretty sure I’d have a hard time in a similar situation.

Well, that’s what I’ve been wondering. More to come. Stay tuned, and watch for new episodes of ReThinking LOST to be released in early 2011 as well.

Scott Copperman

Stop Blue Bird

Posted in General Info, Observations on May 11, 2010 by Scott Copperman

If you liked the LOST ARGs, then you should consider this…

http://www.abc.net.au/innovation/bluebird/what_is_bbar.htm

it’s not a ABC (the TV network) produced thing. It’s a separate project by an Australian company. And it has nothing to do with LOST. But it has a very LOST, hiatus-y, feel to it.

Let me know if you plan to particpate. I’m working on freeing up some time in my schedule to do the same.

-Scott Copperman-

Editing a 2.5 hour finale in 6 days

Posted in Airdates and Show Schedule, Observations, Some wonderings I don't really believe on May 11, 2010 by Scott Copperman

I was listening to the Official LOST Audio Podcast from May 7, and I was struck by what Damon and Carlton said about how they’ve basically edited a feature film in a fraction of the time normally allotted to such a task.

When you think about it, they do that pretty regularly… maybe not a 2.5 hour episode, but a 1 hour episode… far more nuanced than your standard sit-com, that is basically a mini-feature film.

It’s pretty impressive.

What I’d love to know see is the cutting room floor material. We get a glimpse of it in the Geronimo Jack’s podcast but it’s been pretty conspicuously not part of the DVDs. There are some deleted scenes, but they’re deleted from the final cuts… very polished looking and all. I’m curious what some of the raw deleted, we changed our mind completely, footage might be. There must be quite a bit from over 120 hours of LOST.

Still, it must be said, I’m very impressed by the work the show’s producers do and and have done… especially with the high quality of the finished product.

-Scott Copperman-

A theory I’m surprised by

Posted in Observations, Some wonderings I don't really believe, Theories, Videos with tags , , , , on April 21, 2010 by Scott Copperman

*note: this entry has NOTHING to do with the episode of LOST which aired in the US on April 20 – only makes reference to the episode a week earlier… “Every Body Loves Hugo”*

So, one of the great things about LOST is that people can have their own opinions and interpretations of what is going on in the show. And, although I come across plenty of theories that make me shake my head, I usually sit and say nothing.

However, I have to say I’m very surprised by the number of people who think that Desmond’s actions in this scene

are motivated by the fact that Smoke-Locke threw him in the well on the island. As if he believes this is a chance to retaliate for that attack.

I see how people could think that in the absence of a better explanation, but I was stunned yesterday to read that theory being touted in my local newspaper. It just seems to me that there’s a much more reasonable and plausible explanation…

Charlie told Desmond that his near-death experience is what triggered his awareness. To bring Desmond to the same state, he drove their car into the ocean. Why wouldn’t Desmond be attempting to enlighten Locke in the same way?

More later…

-Scott Copperman-

The Enemy Within Jacob

Posted in Observations, Theories, Videos with tags , , , , on March 27, 2010 by Scott Copperman

I know the obvious interpretation of MIB and Jacob is that of evil personified and a guardian angel keeping the evil contained  on the island: a sort of villian/jailer analogy… and many people are making it very religious, going so far as saying it’s a devil and a god or an angel.

I don’t agree. That’s too obvious to me. I go instead with the interpretion supported by Dogen’s explanation of the good and evil within all men, the fact that we have not yet been told the name of the man in black, the fact Jacob and MIB cannot harm each other directly, and the man in black’s assertions that Jacob stole his humanity… Jacob and the smoke monster are two parts of a single man.

Suppose that Jacob was once whole…. a fairly ordinary man with hopes, loves, dreams, but like Captain Kirk in the TOS episode “The Enemy Within” (full episode viewable here)

If you don’t feel you can stomach Leonard Nimoy describing how he revolutionized the Spock character and invented the Vulcan Neck Pinch, you should at least  watch the first 2 minutes of Leonard Nimoy’s 7 minute commenatry on the episode in the video below:

Did you hear Nimoy say “telling us in effect, we all have a positive and a negative side, a light side and a dark side… and they can’t survive, one without the other” ?

If you have time, it’s worth watching the full episode. For all it’s glorious cheese, it’s classic Trek… and if you’re a LOST fan, it’s food for thought.

In the episode, we see the complete Kirk split into a bland, indecisive, although good at heart half, and a dark, evil, driven half.

Now, Kirk is still Kirk… and his “evil half” isn’t really evil per se, it’s more that he’s uninhibited… he’s carnal, ambitious, all the “darker” qualities of man… qualities which man needs to be, well, a man, but which without a filter … a conscience, a milder half to temper it appears evil and distasteful.

I posit that Jacob (willingly) allowed his darker qualities to be ripped from him and given a separate form (by his “crazy” mother?) as a martyr for all of humanity. Without his darker self, Jacob is mellow, kind of jerky for all his low-key ness… he lacks the everyday Joe charisma guys like Hurley and Sawyer and Frank have, because those qualities are removed from him and are now part of what makes up the Man in Black.

Is the MIB evil? No, he’s just the darker qualities which we all need to be men… and as Dogen said, it’s a matter of  balance.

Now, I don’t think it’s quite like the Kirk/Trek thing. Jacob is not incompetent without his dark side, he’s just vanilla. I’m just saying that I think that’s why MIB feels betrayed (cast out, ripped from his host… think of the original Spiderman comics version of Venom and how it learned to hate Peter Parker for rejecting their symbiotic relationship) and says he lost his humanity.

In one sense, it does make MIB “evil incarnate”… but he’s one man’s evil. And perhaps a necessary evil.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the resolution of LOST is the reuniting of these two halves and the acknowledgment on the part of Jacob and/or his “mother” that it is wrong to try to excise or separate the darker half.

I dunno, this is still a theory under construction, and I may not have articulated the thoughts very well. However, I think the parallels are clear and it’s a likely explanation of who MIB is. I’m very surprised by the lack of discussion of the “Enemy Within” parallels.  (well, up until now).

What do you think? Would you feel betrayed by this explanation and the introduction of a maternal goddess (maybe not introduction but identification of an existing character as the crazy parent) who thought this split was in the best interest of all?

-Scott Copperman-

The Locke/Sawyer Loophole

Posted in Observations, Theories, Videos with tags , , , , , on March 26, 2010 by Scott Copperman

At the 8:00 mark of Episode 33 of ReThinking LOST, Elton and I talk about the scene in “The Brig”  when Richard Alpert gives John Locke a file on Sawyer…

I believe this scene is significant for multiple reasons.

  1. Richard’s role has been defined in Ab Aeterno as someone who when Jacob can’t or won’t intervene  can step in on his behalf.
  2. John Locke is being given a “loop hole” in the mandate that he must kill his father.

The whole purpose of having Locke kills his father seems strange. We all thought at the time that it was Ben testing John’s fortitude, but when you watch this scene, it seems like Richard is endorsing the mandate. So… it was Jacob’s will? And his will that Locke make use of this loophole?

Hmmmm…

-Scott Copperman-