Thursday, February 12, 2009

Matthew Fox is no Michael J. Fox

I'm Lost no more.

I've endured the first four episodes of this once intriguing show, but I've grown weary of Lost, being lost, not caring about others who are lost.

I was skeptical of the time-travel idea. Who wouldn't be? The time travel concept hinges around some archaic, iced wheel that is now off its axis? This is how the current generation of writers depict time travel? The wagon-wheel concept is as old as Half-pint bumbling down the hillside on Little House on the Prairie. T.J. Detwieller and Gus concocted a better time machine in Recess, episode 16.
As soon as time travel became the hub, pun intended, of this season's plot, the shark had been jumped. Now everything is possible, all previous conflicts are tainted because of the possibility of going back in time and affecting the future.

You can't do time travel better than Marty McFly and his flux capacitor. However, I'm sure that once these writers figure this out, a mysterious tide or cloud or smoky-monster thing will deliver McFly and his McFlux Capacitor to the island.

However, instead of simply raging against the time machine, I have a scintillating alternative. I won't fill my mind with niggling nonsense. I'll devote the sixty minutes to reading something that possesses great literary merit. The following day I'll provide a brief synopsis and review. Next week's "episode" will be my initial reading of Lloyd Douglas' The Robe. It has been recommended by people whose literary tastes I trust. The jacket synopsis is also very intriguing. "A Roman soldier, Marcellus, wins Christ's robe as a gambling prize. He then sets forth on a quest to find the truth about the Nazarene's robe-a quest that
reaches to the very roots and heart of Christianity and is set against the vividly limned background of ancient Rome. Here is a timeless story of adventure, faith, and romance, a tale of spiritual longing and ultimate redemption."
I don't own a Garmin.
I don't need a compass.
I'm no longer Lost.


aarong1204 said...

Love the shout-out to my favorite television show of all time, buttttt:

Episode 16 "The Challenge" October 10, 1998

The two Mr. Prickly men (as it is revealed in this episode that Principal Prickly of 3rd Street has an older brother, also a principal of an elementary school) square off on a bet based on a game of 4th grade kickball.

JBrandt said...

That's the problem with this internet device. People will use it to check facts. Very Republican/Libertarian of you. :)In a moment of Mitch Albom weakness (alluding to his fabrication of Mateen Cleave's presence at an MSU playoff game) I tossed in the Recess allusion. Now, I've seen every episode and although I can't pinpoint the exact show, I know that this animated, creative cartoon must have used a time machine at some point. Gus and Gretchen Grundler were too smart not to use a time machine to carry out one of T.J.'s plans. My episode number may have been inaccurate but the point remains strong. Time travel can't be taken seriously when it's controlled by a wagon wheel. Thanks for reading.

Julianne said...

I have to add that recess was one of the best shows ever!

Aaron Brandt said...

I would like to point out a huge flaw in your argument. TJ and Gus would make a time machine? Really? So Gretchen, the super genius, would not be involved? And don't try to slide her name into the story with a response. That's like starting a kickball team without Vince (such a stereotype, now that I look back) or having a pie eating contest without Mikey. And episode 16 was one of my favorites, I loved R.J. Rotwieler. But nothing tops the mon-stickers episode. That is where I got my conservative economic views. Nothing compares to a show that teaches pure capitalism to 7 year olds.

Andrew Fluegge said...

Obviously I love the last three-line sequence, not only for its immediate pizzazz, but for the Greek rhetorical circle.

"Fell deep in love but now we ain't speakin', Michael J. Fox was Alex P. Keaton."

LOL, good day.

Aaron Brandt said...

Here is the greatest 10 minutes of TV ever seen.

aarong1204 said...

Mon Sticker episode = Young Aaron's all-time favorite. Inspirational, empowering, tenderrrrrr!

I've always hoped they would put all the seasons on DVD but so far have come up empty in my search....That womps!

JBrandt said...
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JBrandt said...

So A-Flu opted to surface from his Ann Arbor hibernation and post a comment. Wow, before you know it spring will be here and he will actually post an actual blog entry.

Julianne said...

Andrew, you say you have no time for blog posting, but I see you all the time around campus! surely you can spare five minutes a day for a quality post?