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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

Fringe has returned!

Posted in Fringe, Some wonderings I don't really believe, Theories with tags , on January 23, 2011 by Scott Copperman

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?

So Fringe is back. It was a decent episode. Definitely set up some storylines for the balance of Season 3 and hopefully the future.

Here are impressions/reactions going forward (no spoilers, only theory… although I will be talking about what happened IN the most recent episode)…

1) I don’t like how timid Olivia has become. I was originally going to say how “damaged,” but I can understand her being damaged. That’s not how she’s coming across. She seems almost weak as a foil to the Faux-livia we watched for many weeks. I don’t like it and it’s making her an annoying character. The possible upside, is it’s generating fan sympathy for Peter and undoing some of the anger fans were feeling toward her for not realizing who Faux-livia was.

2) I think the John Scott of the Red Universe is being kept in the writers “back pocket” as a story line they can go to when needed/ready. It’d be easy to back-introduce him by having Faux-livia correspondences from her time on our side reference him as a possible way of getting to the real Olivia. Maybe a scan of a photo, some commentary in a cross-dimesnional email, etc.,. I think they can bring him back as a weapon to be used against the Blue Universe down the line. What is not addressed still, and may not ever be, is the whole Massive Dynamics keeping of John Scott’s body and who/what he was.

3) I felt really badly for Walter this episode. The Doc Brown character, “Roscoe,” was interesting, and it was a neat way to help Walter grow… but it was still sad to watch him learn he had been responsible for these new consequences. I’m ready for Walter to be less “damaged” and start to heal. I don’t want him to become the obnoxious Walter-nate, but I’m ready for him to be less needy. Quirky is fine, infantile is not.

4) My guess… is that the “next time” the observers are referring to about Walter letting Peter die, is related to Peter using the machine. I think we will all be led to believe Peter died, but in reality he will not. The effect of this on Walter will be a multi-episode arc like Olivia’s time on the other side.

That said, I do notice that Fringe often has cliff-hanger moments mid-episode and resolves them very quickly. For example, Peter getting shot by the observer could have been a much more dramatic moment… possibly the end of the episode. But there were about 5 minutes left … and within 90 seconds of screen time he was up and about. There have been other moments of tension that are diffused quickly by the fact that the show has X minutes left and the story quickly resolves the moment. So, I’m not sure if they would do that at all. The counterexample to my observation is the Season 2 finale… where we saw Olivia trapped. That’s one of my all-time favorite season endings. Killed me all summer long.

Can’t wait ’til next week.

Scott Copperman

Is Jacob’s brother dead?

Posted in ReThinking LOST, Some wonderings I don't really believe, Theories, Videos with tags , , on May 13, 2010 by Scott Copperman

Wow, what a tough question. My gut instinct is “yes.” We see MIB’s body, he’s supposedly “Adam” in the cave, and it would make sense to say/think that the MIB we’ve seen since the moment above was a new entity (Smokey) taking the form of Jacob’s brother the way he took Locke’s form.

However…. however… there are multiple reasons I’d have to say “no.” Among them, the way MIB describes himself… as someone who was human once, who had is humanity taken away by Jacob…. and the way “Mother” described the fate of those who into the cave as being worse than death.

So, at this moment, before we record this week’s ReThinking LOST, I’m thinking that the Smokey monster is an altered form of MIB. His soul? Mabye. His evil parts? I don’t think so. I think the “evil” people think they see is anger and frustration. But, I think that the smoke monster is the MIB changed (because he was special, because he was blessed by Mother or maybe cursed), and that it really is him. No longer human (so maybe you could say he’s dead), but still that same identity.

-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 Lesson Learned is Never Give Up on Your Theories

Posted in ReThinking LOST, Theories with tags , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2010 by Scott Copperman

Wow, we may have actually gotten something right!

**Be warned, this entry makes reference to the episode of LOST which aired Tues, April 6 in the USA **

Spoilers for that April 6 episode follow…

If you’re a fan of our ReThinking LOST podcast, and you listened to our preseason 6 prediction show, (I think that’s where it was) then you heard Elton and I discuss the possibility that our Losties might be living in an Alternate Reality post-incident and that it might unravel as one by one they found themselves with the sneaking suspicioin it just didn’t feel right.

Well, that’s starting to look like that might be the case with the Flash Sideways.

(admittedly, I did bail on this theory about 4 episodes ago, but I will happily point out that we did think this was the route it might go back before the season started)

I will also posit that the Flash Sideways are the result of the incident AND consequently the MIB getting set free. I find it interesting that when Desmond touched Penny’s hand, he snapped back to the island. And when he followed Sayid, the was back in the Flash Sideways.

So, when Widmore says all that Desmond and Jin love will be gone, it’s because the Flash Sideways life will result. The MIB is indeed planning to fulfill his promises, by bringing about the Flash Sideways timeline.

Good stuff… my question is “why does Hawking say that Desmond isn’t ready to look for Penny yet?”

-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-

ReThinking Flash Sideways

Posted in Observations, Some wonderings I don't really believe, Theories with tags , , , , , on February 28, 2010 by Scott Copperman

I’ll admit, so far they seem pointless. Well, not pointless, but unnecessarily long. We get it, life could have turned out differently for the Losties.

So far we’ve seen the first two days or so after the plane lands in LAX over and over again, with an emphasis on Jack, Locke, Kate, and Claire. At this rate, we’re going to have to sit through similar back-up and tell the story flash sideways for Sayid, Hurley, Sawyer, Sun and Jin (the one I’m most intrigued by), and maybe more.

Again, we get it… life is different, more so than simply having landed. I’m ready for it to have a more obvious meaning.

So, what is the point? Well, last night I had the chance to participate in LOSTBlog’s Special Saturday Coffee Talk. I expressed these feelings and as I spoke and listened to others, I could start to see a potential purpose to it all.

LOSTBlog’s Jon said he feels the flash sideways may be the epilogue to the show. I concede that the writers certainly must have a purpose, and I no longer think it’s practical to expect the “timelines” to merge. In fact, I think it’s very important to note that Damon and Carlton have gone out of their way to say this is not an ALTERNATE anything, it’s a flash sideways. And they’ve also used vague terms when describing the apparent connection between the incident and the emergence of this other outcome of flight 815.

Given that the flash forwards and flash backs were both part of the characters, “OUR characters” as some people call them, lives, it seems reasonable to expect that the flash sideways will too. But where does it all fit in? If we were talking about 2006 for Jin or Jack, sure, there’s a whole to fill. But so far, there is no correspondence between the times we’re witnessing in the flash sideways and the gaps created by time travel.

I’ve to theorize this…

the flash sideways are indeed a set of experiences our characters will go through. Jack’s deja vu moments are the result of it being the same Jack we know on island. But, our error is in thinking that the flash sideways are the result of the incident. I suggest that instead they are the result of some event we have yet to see or experience. Something that may happen in the middle or final trimester of the season.

Suppose that Jack and the others are offered a chance (perhaps as a reward or a temptation) to change things in a different way. Through a sacrifice on someone’s part (becoming Adam and Eve?) the losties and key others we’ve seen (Dogen, Ben, Ethan, and ?) get a chance to live life without Jacob’s influence. And that is the life we see in the flash sideways.

This needs to be fleshed out more, but it already reflects a major shift in my thinking about the off island stuff. What do you think?

-Scott Copperman-

Claire and Aaron

Posted in Observations, Some wonderings I don't really believe, Theories with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2010 by Scott Copperman

Most of us assume Claire died, and was “claimed” or “infected.”

She feverently wants her baby back (I always think of the Chili’s “I want my baby back, baby back…” song when I type that). Why?

I mean, duh, it’s her baby. But, she calmly left the baby in the first place, she didn’t seem concerned back when she was with Christian in the cabin, and she’s not OLD Claire, she’s been changed. Why is the baby so important…

I have two theories:

  1. (25%) At first, she was with Christian Shephard, and Christian was an agent of Jacob (as he claimed at times). Christian calmed her, assured her it was okay for the baby to be with the Losties (or Others), but then after some sort of falling out, Claire sided with Smokey and now feels that is no longer acceptable.
  2. (75%) Claire is possessed by an entity who has a connection to the ENTITY WHO POSSESSED AARON! Yes, baby Aaron did die on the island, only to be claimed when Jin gave Claire the urchin. Infected Claire wants the infected baby back.

In all honesty, I don’t particularly believe either of these, but it’s a “whoa, maybe…” kind of thing.

Be sure to check out ReThinking The Lighthouse, our most recent episode of ReThinking LOST – available on itunes and at http://rethinkinglost.podbean.com.

-Scott Copperman-

“We’re the good guys, Michael”

Posted in Observations, Some wonderings I don't really believe, Theories on February 15, 2010 by Scott Copperman

So Ben says, but is he telling the truth?

As much as I believe Ben is good natured just immature, misunderstood, and someone with good intentions but bad methods – I’m not so sure who the good guys really are.

We all believed it was Jacob, and now it’s become in style to say Jacob might be bad. Evil bad? Maybe. Some people think he’s more like eating too many cookies bad: he’s not bad in himself but he doesn’t exactly help you.

I personally believe that it’s not that he’s bad, it’s that he’s no better that Fake Locke/Smokey. Each has different methods, but overall they’re indifferent to the collateral damage they may cause. Think of them as two researchers… Fake Locke has his methods, Jacob has his, but both are still using unwitting, unwilling subjects in their experiments. And we can’t exactly say a higher percentage of Jacob’s subjectees survive.

Heck, at least Smokey seems to do his own dirty work (death of Jacob excluded, of course – but it’s not like he wouldn’t have if he could’ve). Jacob sends “worthy” individuals into battle, and many of them never make it back.

My own theory?  At this point, I think Ben’s good at heart but with poor “people skills.” He has a conscience but he believes he’s a soldier in a greater battle and his needs/wants don’t matter.

Jacob and Smokey are neither bad nor good. Smokey is more heavy handed, cut to the chase… but ultimately both have the same regard or lack of regard for the humans in their charge.

What do you think?

-Scott Copperman