Archive for May 13th, 2007

The bar is high

JBQ rarely watches “Lost” these days at its regular time at 10 PM because that’s way too late for him. He comes from work at the evening and he is usually very tired, and so by 10 PM he is usually in bed. And so he uses our DVR to record few shows during the week and then watch them on the weekend. Tonight we watched the past two episodes of “Lost” together, and we both agreed that this is television entertainment at its best (especially the episode I blogged about a few days ago). My JBQ said that ‘Lost’ is “one of the biggest, best stories ever told, and not just for TV“. And this brings me to my point: I have trouble watching anything beyond ‘Lost’ these days that’s on TV.

For example, ABC broadcasted last week the pilot episode of “Traveler“. One of the two heroes who are wanted for a bombing attack is ‘mentioned’ to have a father who suicided in the ’90s after getting court-marshaled for an fatal incident involving friendly fire. That mentioning just felt amateurish scriptplay, and made the show look to me like child’s play compared to how ‘Lost’ lays out its story instead. Not only we learned a detail about one of the heroes that had nothing to do with the current situation in the episode, but we were fed information that the father suicided, was in a war, and that he killed people under friendly fire. That was too much currently-offtopic information! Viewers immediately would connect the dots regarding “who ever trapped his daddy back then, is now trapping the son too”. It is just too predictable — the stupid writers let the cat out of the bag too early thinking that the viewers are stupid or something. If the Traveler’s story was written by Damon and Carlton instead (the producers/writers of ‘Lost’), I can assure you, you would only have as much information as you need and not a single drop more.

After ‘Lost’, the bar is set too high in my opinion. Even ‘Heroes’ is barely enjoyable. I don’t watch ‘24′, ‘Heroes’ or ‘Jericho’ live anymore for example. I usually record them on our DVR and only watch them when I feel like watching TV. The only show I am making sure that I don’t miss when it’s airing at its regular time is, you’ve guessed it, ‘Lost’.

Update: Both good theories btw: 1, 2.

Random stuff

* Near our home there is this place where it’s perfect for kite-surfers, so today we went there and shot some pictures and video. JBQ got some amazing pictures with his Canon 5D and I shot some 480p video with our Panasonic Lumix LX-2 which I later re-encoded it in h.264 format for the Sony PSP. Click through to view the video (700 KB).

* We are having some family problems in Europe, so my self-esteem is low currently. I feel seriously depressed today. I stopped my diet as a result of this, as I don’t have the strength to go on right now.

* Here is a real rip-off of one of Apple’s iPod commercials. We discussed with JBQ why piracy and copy-cat’ing is so prominent in the poor countries, and apparently lack of money is only one part of the story. The other part is that in these countries people don’t actually own any copyrights and the few companies or artists who do, don’t really enforce it. Copyrights are not a strong notion there.

* Locke is not dead. His missing kidney saved him.