Thursday, December 8, 2011


I've been viewing episodes of the popular television series, Lost, on Netflix. When it was on prime time, I didn't have the time or inclination to watch it and wait for the next in a sequence of episodes. As with many series programs, if you aren't tuning in from the beginning, there are things that simply don't make sense. It's much like beginning a 500 page novel in the beginning.

The first season begins with a plane crash that strands the surviving passengers of Oceanic Airlines flight 815 on what seems to be adeserted tropical island. Their survival is threatened throughout the season by a number of mysterious entities, including polar bears, an unseen creature that roams the jungle (the "Smoke Monster"), and the island's malevolent, and largely unseen, inhabitants known as "the Others". They encounter a French woman named Danielle Rousseau who was shipwrecked on the island 16 years prior to their crash. They also find a mysterious metal hatch buried in the ground. While two characters try to force their way into the hatch, four other survivors attempt to leave the island on a raft that they have constructed. Meanwhile, flashbacks centered on individual survivors detail their lives prior to the plane crash.

The second season follows the growing conflict between the survivors and the Others, and continues the theme of the clash between faith and science, while resolving old mysteries and posing new ones. A power struggle between Jack and John over control of the guns and medicine in the hatch develops, resolved in "The Long Con" by the machinations of Sawyer when he gains control of them. New characters are introduced, including the tail-section survivors (the "Tailies") and other island inhabitants. The hatch is revealed to be a research station built by the Dharma Initiative, a scientific research project that was conducting experiments on the island decades earlier. A man namedDesmond Hume has been living in the hatch for 3 years, pushing a button every 108 minutes to prevent a catastrophic event from occurring. As the truth about the mysterious Others begins to unfold, one of the crash survivors betrays the other castaways, and the cause of the plane crash is revealed. And that's where I am, with four more seasons of programming to view.

I became interested in the show because I hung out in the area where it was filmed on Oahu when I was there this past month.

For you Lost fans, these snapshots of landscape should look familiar.

And these snapshots from the set of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (link)

It should be released in February 2012 and I don't know whether or not it will be a good film. I can tell you that I visited the mysterious temple and showed my Sampson-like strength.
The Mysterious Temple ruins on the Mysterious Island (below)
This was filmed in the same place where they filmed Godzilla, Lost, Jurassic Park and a number of other Hollywood classics.


Race Bannon said...

You are living the dream!

I won't comment on the 'European satchel' because 1) your Sampson-like strength, and 2) I own a really cool 'tactical purse'...

Opus #6 said...

I imagine it must have been fun to film in such a picturesque location. I never get tired of Hawaii.

LL said...

Race, it's a camera bag, not a purse. There is a difference.

Opus #6, Hawaii is Hawaii and it's a nice place to get away from the general hum drum of life.

WoFat said...

You have "picturesque locations." I have North Alabama. Sigh.

darlin said...

So that's where you've been, it looks like an amazing get away. I had to laugh at Race's comment, a man purse...oops, a 'European satchel". How many lenses can you fit in this camera bag? I have a backpack and it gets pretty heavy after packing it for a while. Your camera bag looks so much more compact.

You're sure tough picking up that rock like it was nothing. ;-)

Lost I'll pass on, I'm hooked on SOA, I love that show! It's just too bad the season ended this week. I can feel the withdrawals coming on.

Hawaii I'll add to my bucket list. Have a great week LL!

LL said...

Darlin, it's called a "Five Million" Camera bag.

There are larger bags. This one will carry two lenses, the camera body (with medium length telephoto lens) and camera accessories. It's heavily padded and comes in a variety of colors. Naturally, mine is black. The velcro is "silenced" on the bag so that you can pull the camera and lenses out of its pocket and use it without making the normal ripping velcro noise. (stealth)

Hawaii MUST be on your bucket list.

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