I would love to attend a convention that pays equal parts attention to The Sound and The Fury, Lost, and Benji the dog. Alas, I suppose we all can dream. Seriously though, once you get down to the second or third tier of comic conventions, the “guests” can get quite disappointing.
Posts Tagged ‘Lost’
If in doubt how to get a laugh, blow something up. It usually works. If it doesn’t, blame short attentions spans that are always clamoring for something to blow up. Now, you haven’t failed as a comic, but the audience has failed you. See? Blowing things up is a cure-all answer.
But really, we worked hard on this one.
One of the things that happens after doing a strip long enough is that you find yourself backing into ideas. You start out at point A, and you end up at point B with no recollection of how you got there. The previous strip sets up this one, but I had little idea at the time of writing it that it would lead to a Lost joke.
So there you go, we’re less smart than one might assume.
There’s always a simple solution to any problem–sweep it under the rug. If freshmen cry too much, simply dispose of them. There, problem solved. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to work with spilling oil.
There are most likely three reactions one can have to reading the title of this piece. One, you recognize it as a Seinfeld reference. Two, you only just now recognized it as a reference upon me mentioning Seinfeld. Three, you have no idea what a puffy shirt is. If you fall under option three, you most likely often feel left out of conversations among coworkers and friends. Someone mentions a Soup Nazi and you think you missed a History Channel documentary.
Nobody likes to feel left out, but cultural references create this situation all the time. My last two blog posts dealt with Lost, and for many they simply glazed over and hoped for a return to blogs about Christmas and Radio Shack. Talk of polar bears and Hugo was meaningless to them. I run into this often when teaching. I try to come up with a common reference my students can all relate to in order to make a larger point. In recent years hit films such as The Dark Knight have been safe cultural touchstones, but even they can vary wildly between 30-70% of a class having seen them. ↓ Read the rest of this entry…
Last week I wrote that the finale of Lost could do nothing but disappoint. No matter how much fans gave it a fair shake, they would end up slightly disappointed after investing six years and not getting an ending that would satiate every nuanced desire. Having read several responses since the airing, I stand by that assertion. Even the most positive responses come with a bagful of caveats.
What did I make of it? I was disappointed, but perhaps not for the reasons many might expect. I liked that we were finally given our climatic showdown between good and evil with mock-Locke and Jack on the cliff. I liked that it was Kate who rose up to defeat Smokey. There have been criticisms of the show over the years that the female roles were weak and always in need of rescuing by the males. In the end, Kate rescued Jack and everyone else. She saved the world. ↓ Read the rest of this entry…
I was a quasi-latecomer to Lost. After watching the premiere episode and a couple after, I fell out of regular viewing until I caught up sometime during the third season. Since then, for better or for worse, I’ve been hooked. As the finale draws near, I fear it was for worse.
But wait, I am not simply being blindly critical. It isn’t that I doubt the dedication of the cast and crew to deliver a rip-roarious finale that will satisfy–it’s that I doubt said ability of anyone. Think about it for a moment, what was the last, really great final chapter you were exposed to? When it comes to television, I struggle to name many finales I can even label decent, let alone grand. Perhaps the greatest television finale of all time was for Little House on the Prairie, because they had the guts to simply blow up the entire town. That’s chutzpa! Otherwise? ↓ Read the rest of this entry…