Purely OFF TOPIC, but any fans of the TV show LOST, here?Submitted by BleuCream013 on Sun, 11/14/2010 - 11:37
just got through a marathon viewing.
have some qualms about the character arcs, varying degrees of sense of urgency, characters' motives in the narrative flow, as well as not too many unpredictableS, at least for me anyhoo; the series ended EXACTLY as I guessed it would. No mystery there; the last survivors were EXACTLY whom I guessed it would be, not to mention, what the last "place" of gathering would be all about. Not bad, overall. But glad I did not see it until the entire series was over; I would have been completely dissatisfied with the direction of the show, if I were to tune in week in, week out.
What DOES seem to be a prevailing trend in a number of recent episodic scifi/scifi-ish entertainment, seems to be the meme of "as it always is, and has always been."
Especially since Matrix came out in 1999, it's all over the place now. Even BattleStar Galactica's ending was the same predictable meme, to me. In that sense, The Matrix 3's ending was far more literal.
but I suppose that mythos of Ancients having higher technology than the "modern" humans, and how such high ancient tech have always remained a huge part of our entire human family's history throughout the world: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kali_Yuga
my least favorite LOST episodes were season 3's first six or so episodes, aka the detention center at Hydra island. Completely convoluted storyline, forced relationship arcs, not to mention a benign, weak, nerdy research MD female character unconvincingly developing a Jason Bourne-like fighting skills in 3yrs. Plus, I seriously would not be able to tolerate a pencil neck geek, duplicitous douchebag like Ben Linus, for more than a second in REAL life, as well as, as a fictitious character. Besides, what possible reason can a group of people whom supposedly voluntarily stayed with a person on a supernatural island where their leader provides NO particularly unique ability, resource, or an exclusive connection with that said supernatural entity of the island?
Why the HELL would anyone have a reason to put up with a guy like Ben, when all of them on a deserted island being able to thrive are by definition naturalist survivors? Makes no narrative sense.
then there's the Dharma Initiative. there is no mention of who or what they really are, as in who owns it, how in the world they came upon the island, not to mention concoct silly 60's/70's era contraptions to not-exactly-harness harness the powers of the supernatural forces of the island?
And, a naval vessel captain's wheel to time-teleport an island? and some retarded looking Greeks who are NOT NATIVE to the island invented that said wheel, among other gizmos to harness the powers of the island that they have no clue what it's about, the gizmos that are NOT inventions of some other Ancient civilization a bunch of millennia ago? really??
Plus, what's up with only ONE Egyptian Bal-esque statue? there are ALWAYS minimum of TWO guardian statues. of course, conveniently the inexplicable supernatural aspect of the island is "explained" away with a bunch of Egyptian hieroglyphics.
and, what is up with all "cocking the hammer" on Glocks? Not to mention, the gratuitous use of unnecessary slide-racking (like every other scene?), and many of those with FINGER ON THE TRIGGER while being racked?? Oh vey, then again, I guess I feel this way about most TV shows/films that showcase smallarms.
of course it's probably intended, nevertheless, one cannot help but to ponder what one WOULD do if scenarios depicted in shows like LOST, Jericho, and the new AMC show, The Walking Dead, played out in the real world, WHEN something like a TEOTWAWKI comes to town, in reality.
I do have a recurring personal reaction, anytime TEOTWAWKI scenario is brought up, though.
it ALWAYS seemed ridiculous to me how throughout human history, we've NEVER had a shortage of ideas, ingenuity, inventiveness, creativity, or even resources, but JUST a continuing cycle of RulingClass induced/engineered FUBAR.
that's it. It's always been that way.
Imagine, EVEN IF the current monetary system collapsed TODAY, it's not as if all the engineers, scientists, inventors, artists, designers, philosophers, mathematicians would SUDDENLY "forget" how to go about their business, or exercise/apply their skills. We will all still have the same level of technical expertise, a minute AFTER the fiat monetary collapse, as what we all had the minute BEFORE the collapse.
not to mention, we'd still have all the minerals, natural resources underneath the ground on your property, at the same mine company's openpit, caves, river/stream water source, etc.
Mother Nature is not going away with her natural resources anytime soon, just because a bunch of degenerate paper junkies decided to collapse the entire world's economy for a few delusional kicks.
THE ONLY impediment would be the speed of the medium of exchange, aka. "money"/currency, or lack there of, at least the immediate moment following the collapse, anyway.
This historical FACT should CLEARLY remind us that NONE of us NEED, nor have EVER NEEDED Wall St/City of London's fiat monetary system. all we need are our loved ones, and our individual knowledge and skills to voluntarily share and/or trade and exchange them with.
Just thinking out loud, post-LOST withdrawal.
P.S. if you guys know any former Comm-Bloc emigres, they would easily attest that their former countrymen, unlike the 90% of Americans, are used to dealing in blackmarket items.
Ain't it ironic though, at least immediately after the collapse, the only ones in our Republic who will already be used to dealing in blackmarket products would be the street criminals, Wall St. hustlers, drugdealers/buyers & copthugs: basically your gvt douchebags & the criminal class, oh and those throughout the world who are used to living on less than a dollar a day, the extremely destitute whether by choice, ie. African/SE.Asian/Polynesian/Latin American tribesmen, or those by "modern" economic circumstance.
Yup, the immediate survivors following a TEOTWAWKI would be the survivalists/preppers like us, the blue collar underclass and white collar RulingClass, and the dirt, dirt poor.
now, how about that?