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So far I love this season. I know that it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. It is so clearly aimed at hard-core fans. But for me, every single episode has the sheer quantity of back to back revelations of last week’s episode of BSG and I already have enough character development under my belt to be able to come along for the ride.


 

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I’m pretty much ready for the whole O6 off-Island story arc to wrap up. Man, is it ever boring. It started off OK with the dishwasher impalement but since then it has gotten really dull. If I was watching the DVD, this is when I would go to bed. There was a fair amount of action and also questions were answered. Lost sure is getting weirder and weirder, but it is much less EH? And much more AHA! The episodes are more thematic than character centric, which makes for more to ponder over but less entertainment value. There are lots of lovely vignettes, but not much really happens.

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That was quite old-school Lost awesome and chock full of S1 “WTF…Polar Bear?!” moments. It’s all starting to come together, isn’t it?

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Lost is back! Overall I liked both episodes and it was so much fun to get back into the story again. Some things were surprising, some things were expected. I felt like the storytelling was kind of lacking in BYL and while it did pick up a bit in TL I really miss the narrative device of mirroring the themes of the A and B stories with the flashbacks/forwards of previous seasons. I hope they don’t drop that completely. It’s one of the things they ripped from Watchmen and I love it. These episodes make it all worthwhile. If you dropped out of watching Lost in S2 you won’t understand a word of S5. These stories are for those of us who came along for the whole ride.

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Lost starts tonight! 3 beautiful hours of my very favorite show! I’m excited, and a little bit apprehensive about the season. I want it to be good, but I am afraid as we move into the endgame that they will fuck it up somehow. So these are my hopes for Lost S5:

 

  1. Time-travel. I like time-travel. Don’t get me wrong. I am into time-travel. But it is tricky to do it right. If you can go back and change events in the present then the narrative force behind events dissipates. Like in Back to the Future. It’s kind of a variation on “It was all a Dream!” and it is also one of the major flaws of Heroes. Why should I get invested in any plotline when Hiro or Peter will just travel back in time and fix it before the world blows up? So time-travel is OK, but don’t make it so that events have no meaning. It has to be impossible to change events for some reason. Like that creepy antique-store lady told Desmond.
  2. There is also the question of paradox. We already have some things that look like paradox to me and I don’t understand them. Like with the rat Eloise. If Eloise knew how to run the maze because Faraday taught her to run it in the future, did he still teach her to run the maze? How? She already knew how to run it and then she dropped dead. So that is a paradox. She moved forward in time to where she already knew the maze. And as a result of her already knowing the maze, Faraday never taught her to run it at all.
  3. Oceanic 6 – They’d better not take all season to get back to the Island. Move faster, people! Also, I need a better explanation of why they told that lie because it doesn’t make any sense to me.
  4. I want to know more about the history of the Island.
  5. Jin had better not be dead. Seriously. He was thrown from the boat by the explosion or he threw himself into a lifeboat or he is miraculously saved by the Island.
  6. Jack and Kate had better not get back together. They are the worst couple ever. Jack needs to lose the beard.
  7. WTF is the Smoke Monster?
  8. I don’t mind if Juliet and Sawyer hook up as long as she either dies or they break up nicely without hard feelings. Sawyer can take several episodes to find a new shirt that is fine with me.
  9. Why does Faraday have a notebook with all kinds of stuff about the Island if he has never been to the Island before?
  10. Why are Miles and Charlotte on this show?

     
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This is a great Meme! Tagged by [info]allez_cuisine

(1) List 10 celebrities you would have sex with without even asking questions.
(2) Put all of them IN ORDER of your lust for them. (10 - 1, 1 is the hottest.)
(3) Say which movie/show/thing it was that hooked you.
(4) Supply photos for said people.
(5) Tag five some people!*

 

1. George Clooney – It was ER that hooked me on Clooney. He was totally dreamy as Dr. Doug Ross. He is still the sexiest man I’ve ever seen and he just gets hotter.

 

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Not too shabby - I've read 72 of these books. Does this list seem kind of random to you?

The Big Read thinks the average adult has only read six of the top 100 books they've printed below.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicise those you intend to read
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible

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So the O6 are flying towards the Island when suddenly it disappears in a big whoomp and they run out of gas and dump in the ocean. They throw out the life raft and all make it on board. Des almost dies and Jack resuscitates him and it is so much like the Pilot and the S1 Finale combined that when Searcher’s light come upon them I almost freaked out. But OMG! It’s Penny! I couldn’t believe that Penny really came for him – she is so smart! She just at some point decided he really was going to call her in December 2004 and she set up a listening station so that she would catch his call. Of course now I have to be worried. Because Claire and Aaron never got on a helicopter. So what was Des’ vision? It benefited Desmond most of all, and while I would hate to think that he deceived Charlie into his death, it’s hard to see how Charlie’s sacrifice was any good for the Losties. He turned off the transmission blocker that Ben was using to hide the Island from the people who were searching for it – the Freighter and Penny. 


 

 

 

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By far the strangest and most intriguing scene is the one where Ben moves the Island. After killing Keamy, Ben turns on the elevator time machine and blows a hole in the back of it. There’s a weird tunnel back there. So the time machine was just built over the tunnel to the Island Moving Mechanism? I can’t wait to hear the explanation for this one. Ben tells Locke that his bad emotional response got in the way of a good command decision when he killed Keamy and that he is sure (:wink:) that Locke will do a much better job as leader. It’s almost ridiculous because Ben is so scathing and you know that Locke is going to just SUCK as a leader. A bigger chump than John Locke was never born. He may be the worst leader I could even imagine. A weak despot – impotent and covetous – with a history of anger management problems, mediocrity, inability to follow-through and isolation. He will trust no one and everyone at the same time. He will do anything as long as someone tells it to him in a dream or tells him he is special. He is almost a recipe for a comicbook supervillain. You get the feeling that a lot of the bad things that happened to Locke were Ben’s doing. Or that Ben’s installment as Leader of the Others somehow made them happen. Was he testing Locke or trying to beat him down? I think we’ve always kind of wondered whose side John is on anyway. I think he would say he is on the Island’s side, but is the Island good or bad or just powerful? It has an agenda that is opaque to us and frankly it is opaque to Locke too. He has no idea what he is putting his trust in, and if we know anything about Locke it is that he has terrible terrible judgment

 

 
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 Oh Lost, you do me right. That was just a great finale from start to finish. It had intrigue, romance, answers, more questions and explosions. I just loved it. I actually liked it even more than last year’s finale. It was more satisfying and didn’t leave me feeling desperate to know more. I can wait now.    

 

 Moving the Island

Future Paradise
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President George W. Bush was scheduled to visit the Episcopal Church outside Washington as part of his campaign to restore his pathetic poll standings.

His image handler made a visit to the Bishop and said, 'We've been getting a lot of bad publicity because of the president's position on stem cell research, the Iraq war, hurricane Katrina, and the Veterans Administration. We'll make a $100,000 contribution to your church if during your sermon you will say that the President is a saint.'

The Bishop thought it over for a few moments and finally said, 'The Church is desperate for funding - I'll do it.'

Bush showed up for the sermon, and the Bishop began: 'I'd like to speak to you all this morning about our President who is a liar, a cheat, and a low-intelligence numb-nuts who can't put a compound sentence together. He bugged out of combat service during the Vietnam war and went AWOL to avoid a drug test, then had all reports on the sordid event destroyed.

He is the spawn of a Nazi loving great grandfather who smuggled anti-Americans into this country on his shipping line.

He took the tragedy of September 11 and used it to frighten and manipulate the American people.

He lied about weapons of mass destruction and invaded Iraq for oil and money, causing the deaths of tens of thousands and making the United States the most hated country on earth. It is a six-trillion dollar folly.

He appointed fund-raiser cronies to positions of power and influence, leading to widespread death and destruction due to government paralysis after Hurricane Katrina.

He awarded no-bid cost-plus contracts and tax cuts to his rich friends so that we now have more poverty in this country and a greater gap between rich and poor than we've had since the Depression.

He has headed the most corrupt, bribe-inducing political party since Teapot Dome. The national surplus has turned into a staggering national debt of   11 trillion Dollars. Oil rose from $18 to over $120 per barrel leading to transportation costs which the people of America cannot afford, with low minimum wages, part time jobs, no health insurance, and outsourcing.

Vital research into global warming and stem cells is stifled because he's afraid to lose votes from religious kooks.

He is the worst example of a true Christian I've  ever known, but compared to Dick Cheney...

George W. Bush is a saint.

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 That was so so so good! It wasn’t what I was expecting to happen at all and I am very excited for the 2 hr finale in 2 weeks!

 

 

So that is the set-up for the 2 hr finale and I am pretty excited about it. I have no idea what is going to happen next and would love to hear your thoughts –

 

Why are they O6 lying about Aaron?

Who is the person on the plane that Adm. Cain nods to?

Who is in the coffin?

Why are things so fucked up for the O6 off the Island?

Are Christian and Charlie ghosts? 
What is up with Claire?
Why did Charlie die?

Is there a connection between Richard Guyliner, Matthew Abbadon and Mrs. Hawking? What?

What does the Orchid do?

Who is the other person responsible for Jin’s death?

How do you move an Island?

Who dies in the finale?

What was Kate doing for Sawyer?

Does Kate even deserve Sawyer anymore?

What happens to Juliet?

Who is in the coffin?

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As much as I love this show, as obsessively as I think about it, and as much as I speculate about it, I have no idea at all what is going on. I have no idea how they will move the Island. I can’t imagine what is going to happen with the Losties or what it is that they did to get off the Island. At the end of S1 I could never have imagined the Hatch. My mouth literally dropped open when I saw Othersville, and I never could even have dreamed when we first met Jack that he would turn out to be as big a dick as he is. So I don’t really know what to say about Cabin Fever except for WTF.

 

 

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I really didn’t like that episode when I watched it. In fact, it bummed me out so much that I tried to pick a fight about something random with Pita on the way home from Bruno and Candy’s. He was like – what is wrong? And I started going off about Lost and he just laughed. Oh, he said, you’re not mad at me, you’re mad at Lost! But it settled with me a bit more overnight and in the morning I realized that mostly the episode made me feel sad.

 

Overall it felt like they tried to cram too much into this episode.  It worked, but it felt crowded and it left me feeling sad.

 

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Welcome back to Lost! That might have been one of the biggest WTF episodes I have ever seen. The entire show I was just like HUH? 

 

Overall, an action-packed episode full of answers and full of questions. My second favorite of the Season so far.

 

 

 

 

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Last night I had some wine after work with [info]insijaam and then Pita and I watched the next 3  BSG’s, Collaborators, Torn and A Measure of Salvation. 

Like I said, this series got incredibly dark incredibly fast. One minute we were shooting Cylon raiders and rewinding to get a better look at Apollo’s towel scene and the next minute Tigh’s eye is rolling across the floor like a hard boiled egg and Jammer is being sucked out of the airlock for crimes against humanity. Intense. Collaborators deals with what the fleet is to do with those humans who collaborated with the Cylons in the occupation of New Caprica. The acting president convenes secret juries to consider extreme crimes against humanity and execute those who they unanimously decide are guilty. I have to say, I do not feel very bad for Jammer. I know that he felt very conflicted about joining the New Caprica Police. While occupying the planet that the humans had settled on, the Cylons recruited for humans to be in a police force for the occupiers. Like in Vichy France. But even if he felt bad about it, he still did it. Some things are just wrong, even if they are hard to resist and even if you have good reasons for the choice you make. Plenty of people made a different choice.

The two episodes that follow, Torn and A Measure of Salvation deal with genocide. The Cylons follow Baltar’s instructions to find a beacon left behind by the 13th Colony on the way to Earth. When they bring it on board it is contaminated with a virus that makes all the skinjobs really sick. Humans are immune. So the Colonials decide to get close to a Cylon ship and execute the sick Cylons. When they download into new bodies they will take the virus with them. There’s a debate about the use of biological warfare and in the end Helo kills the Cylons out of range so that the genocide cannot take place. He just thinks that it’s wrong.

 

Threading through these episodes are a lot of interaction between Skinjobs and Humans and most of them don’t have the faintest idea about humans. Sharon seems to get it, but D’Anna is totally clueless. She tortures Baltar and when he screams to his Head Six that he loves her, D’Anna softens and releases him thinking that he is talking to her. Leoben also seemed to think that Kara really loved him. That a forced declaration of love is somehow comparable to the real exchange of emotion between two people. Their occupation of New Caprica seems similarly flawed. They just don’t understand about some things that are key to being human – free will, freedom, love, revenge, family, loyalty.

 

I still really miss Lost, but Pita and I are going out tomorrow night to see Chris Rock at the Paramount! Hooray!

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I got this from a friend this morning:

by Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf

Published on: Mar 19, 2008


Not everyone can claim to be the neighbor of a Presidential candidate - I can, though, because I am.

Barack Obama's Chicago home is across the street from KAM Isaiah Israel, the Hyde Park synagogue at which I've served for 27 years. He spoke to our congregation as an Illinois state senator; more recently, his Secret Service agents have made use of our, shall we say, facilities.

But it's not neighborly instinct that's led me to support the Obama candidacy: I support Barack Obama because he stands for what I believe, what our tradition demands.

We sometimes forget, but an integral part of that tradition is dialogue and a willingness to disagree. Certainly many who call me their rabbi have taken political positions far from mine - just as Barack Obama's opinions have differed from those of his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

On March 18, the candidate gave a speech that made abundantly clear that he and Wright often disagree. Obama condemned Wright's "incendiary language," and "views that have the potential not only to widen the racial divide, butS that denigrate both the greatness and the goodness of our nation."

Of course, race is only one issue on which Wright has stepped beyond the bounds of civil discourse. He's frequently made statements regarding Israel and the Jewish community that I find troubling. But to limit our understanding of Obama to the ill-conceived comments of the man who once led his church is dishonest and self-defeating.

Obama's strong positions on poverty and the climate, his early and consistent opposition to the Iraq War, his commitment to ending the Darfur genocide - all these speak directly to Jewish concerns. If we're sidetracked by Wright's words, we'll be working against these interests. After all, a preacher speaks to a congregation, not for the congregation.

Many people remain concerned that Obama isn't committed to Israel. Some want him to fall in line behind the intransigent, conservative thinking that has silenced Jewish debate on Israeli policy and enabled the Bush Administration's criminal neglect of the diplomatic process.

Clearly, though, anyone who thinks Obama waffles on Israel hasn't been paying attention. In 2007, he spoke to AIPAC about "a clear and strong commitment to the security of Israel." Today, his website states clearly that America's "first and incontrovertible commitment in the Middle East
must be to the security of Israel."

For my part, I've sometimes found Obama too cautious on Israel. He, like all our politicians, knows he mustn't stray too far from the conventional line, and that can be disappointing. But unlike anyone else on the stump, Obama has also made it clear that he'll broaden the dialogue. He knows what peace entails.

Speaking recently before a Jewish audience in Cleveland, Obama did the unthinkable - he challenged the room. He talked about the need to ask "difficult questions" on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: "I sat down with the head of Israeli security forces," he said "and his view of the Palestinians was incredibly nuancedS. There's good and there's bad, and he was willing to say sometimes we make mistakesS and if we're just pressing down on these folks constantly, without giving them some prospects for hope, that's not good for our security."

Yet, in spite of all of Obama's strengths, we've been loathe to admit a difficult truth: Among some American Jews, race plays a key role in the hesitation to support the Obama candidacy. We've forgotten that Black and Jewish America once shared a common vision. In the civil rights era, I and
many in our community stood shoulder to shoulder with the giants of our generation, demanding freedom for all Americans.

Obama himself doesn't share our amnesia, however. "I would not be sitting here," he said in Cleveland, "if it were not for a whole host of Jewish Americans." That was literal truth, but not everyone remembers it.

I've worked with Obama for more than a decade, as has my son, a lawyer who represents children and people with disabilities. He has admired Obama's dedication and skill as he worked on issues affecting our most vulnerable citizens.

Obama is no anti-Semite. He is not anti-Israel. He is one of our own, the one figure on the political scene who remembers our past, and has a real vision for repairing our present.

Barack Obama is brilliant and open-hearted; he is wiser and more thoughtful than his former minister. He offers what America, Israel, and the Jewish community need: a US President willing to ask hard questions, and grapple with difficult answers.

I am very proud to be his neighbor. I hope someday to visit him in the White House.

Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf is rabbi emeritus at Chicago's KAM Isaiah Israel,
Illinois's oldest Jewish congregation.

 

http://www.thejewishweek.com/viewArticle/c55_a5420/Editorial__Opinion/Opinion.html

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I watched the first 4 episodes of BSG S3 this week. Wow. That show got very dark very fast. For those who have never watched this show, it is just a great show. It reminds me a lot of Lost, but it is a lot tighter and darker and less of a primetime drama. It is unapologetically an adult science-fiction show that deals with war, violence, spirituality, love, society and what it is to be human. It is deep and also a lot of fun.

 

The basic story is that in a universe far far away, an advanced human civilization lives on a group of planets known as the 12 Colonies. They invented some cyber-slaves called Cylons and the Cylons rebelled. They had one war with them, and the story begins with the second Cylon war. The Cylons attack them and nuke all of their planets leaving only 50,000 survivors who flee in a motley assortment of spaceships escorted by a single Battlestar called Galactica. As the story progresses, the fleet of ships flees from the Cylons, tries to survive, comes to understand the nature of Cylons, and searches for the legendary 13th Colony, Earth. The Cylons have a complicated culture themselves and appear human though there are only 12 versions of the human-Cylons or “skinjobs”.

 

The main characters are:

William Adama, the commander of the Galactica and what is left of the military.

Laura Roslin, the former Secretary of Education and all that is left of the Government. She is dying of cancer.

Kara Thrace, callsign Starbuck, an amazing pilot of the smaller attack ships called Vipers. She was engaged to Adama’s younger son who died before the war and is like a daughter to him. She is closely tied to the mythology of the Cylons and the entire search for Earth. She is brave, talented, and damaged. A self-destructive badass. She is religious and worships the Gods of Kobol like all of the humans do.

Lee Adama, callsign Apollo, is also a Viper pilot, would probably have left the military to become a lawyer, has a complicated relationship with his father.

Gaius Baltar is a vain, brilliant, shallow, arrogant scientist who betrays the humans and enables the Cylon attack. He is in love with one of the Cylons, Number 6, and allowed access to the security system that enabled the destruction of the Colonies. He is a traitor, but inspires both pity and disgust.

 

There are also a lot of Cylons who are important in the plot. They are very complicated people. Not human, but people nonetheless. They aren’t all evil, they just don’t understand people very well. They desperately want to love and be loved by a human, and this is somehow necessary for them to reproduce properly. They view the experience of love with almost holy desire. They also have a religion and are monotheistic. They think that the Gods of Kobol are made up.

 

There are love triangles, but they are heart-wrenching rather than tiresome. There are gorgeous men and women and a complex fully realized fictional universe. There is murder and genocide, questions about God and the question of what exactly it is to be human. There is a lot about the transformative power of love, duty and honor. There is a lot about the Iraq War, occupation, elections and politics. Relationships with parents and struggles to have children, keep children, raise children. And of course spaceships and crazy battle-scenes and a lot of death and sacrifice and courage and betrayal.

 
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That was a crazy crazy episode. A creepy dark S1-caliber episode full of lies, betrayal, WTF-moments, and never knowing who you can trust and what is going on. I just loved it. I forgive Lost for the terrible Sun and Jin episodes, and for Claire who just needs to die already, and her BAYBEE who I don’t give a shit about and for too many episodes where no shirtless men appear at all. Because Meet Kevin Johnson is the kind of episode that keeps me on the hook and feeling glad all over that I only have to wait 4 measly weeks for another episode of Lost. Plus I have BSG to keep me happy while I wait and I haven’t’ even seen S3 yet. More on that later. You didn’t even know I liked a show other than Lost, did you?


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On the grand scale of sucking, I would place that one just above Jack’s tattoo episode and the Nikki and Paolo episode and just behind The Glass Ballerina. That episode sucked big hairy donkey balls. I’m not a huge fan of the Sun/Jin story line in general – I find it contrived and boring. Jin is easy on the eyes and Sun can act, but I think they have one of the weakest storylines. 

 

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