TSOL: Backing out of LOST, one episode at a time



David Gaynes is back, and making up for lost time with a combined reaction to “The Candidate” and “The Last Recruit,” which fans may remember as two hours of Machiavellian power plays culminating in the death of Sayid, Jin and Sun.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve gotten word from a few readers that they are really enjoying David’s columns. He really appreciates the feedback. David and I are now actually a couple episodes ahead of the columns in terms of viewing, which should make it easier for the columns to come out somewhat consistently as he continues working on his next feature.

Hit the jump to learn a bit more about his very personal Island experience.

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Suiting Up to Tweet Your Mother

A Misleading Promo Shot for HIMYM

Contrary to what this picture would lead you to believe, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER is not about a crack squad of detectives who solve crimes under the leadership of a possibly sinister, supernaturally aided leader.

Just wanted to give you all a heads up: How I Met Your Mother comes back tonight.  I’ll be suiting up and enjoying the show with a bro or two, and for those of you who can’t make it, I’ll be live-Tweeting the season premiere.  Just follow me on Twitter and it will almost be like being in the room with us.  (Without the scotch-and-sodas.)

As an added bonus, anyone who tweets a photo of themselves with a yellow umbrella wins my admiration.

It’s going to be legen–meh.  You know the rest.

Barney's HOT/CRAZY scale

Barney's HOT/CRAZY scale, featuring the Mendoza Diagonal.

And Hell Freezes Over…

Glenn Beck

I swear I didn't hunt for this, and that it was not the lest-flattering picture at the top of the Google image search.

It seems Glenn Beck–a Fox News personality whose style I feel perpetuates and exacerbates the trends in American culture that are least-conducive to responsible citizenship–has made a point I actually agree with.  I’m not going to link to it, because I don’t want to use the awesome influence of my readership to boost his hit count (I don’t want to brag, so I won’t get into specifics, but my readership for new articles regularly exceeds the single-digits.), but the quote comes from a brief blog post Beck wrote in response to the upcoming Burn a Koran Day: Read More

People Who Kind of Look Like Minor Characters from LOST/An Ode to Rose and Bernard

Sam Anderson, who plays Bernard

I swear that this post is totally about showing you a photo of a guy who kind of looks like a younger version of Bernard, but just let me ramble at you for four paragraphs first, okay?

Rose and Bernard’s story will likely be remembered as Lost‘s most consistently compelling and surprising plot thread: L. Scott Caldwell’s theater commitments meant that she wasn’t available often enough for the characters to become the subject of wheel-spinning, and so no scene with Rose or Bernard was ever wasted. The show’s main characters may have consistently missed the point of their own stories, but Rose and Bernard could always be counted on to put a button on who the people around them were and bring the show’s underlying themes to the surface.

Bernard’s introduction was also one of the show’s biggest surprises. Not only did the moment redeem Rose’s unflappable confidence, it was also Lost‘s clearest statement about love and prejudice: Because Rose had never mentioned that she was in an inter-racial marriage, most of the audience members had just assumed that her husband was black. Hurley spoke for the audience, as he so often did, when he said, “Rose’s husband is white? Didn’t see that coming.”

When we finally saw Rose and Bernard reunite, their easy comfort with one another seemed like the type of mature love that is earned through decades of living, fighting and laughing together. I for one expected their inevitable flashback episode to explore what it had to have been like for them to meet and fall in love decades ago: Did they meet as young kids during the Civil Rights era? Maybe we were going to be in for an inverted version of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Was it possible that their relationship was going to serve as some kind of analysis of 1980s American business?

As we all know now, their flashback didn’t go further back in time than a year or so. It was silly to think that they would have been able to find two actors to believably represent both of the late-middle-aged characters twenty years earlier. But part of me thinks that if they really tried, they could have found someone to play Young Bernard. I know that I did on the subway a couple months ago, and you can see a picture of him after the jump. Read More

For No Good Reason: The Upper West Sayid

Upper West Sayid

Upper West Sayid

Thanks to Sara Cohen.

You’re Welcome, World: Werner Herzog Talks About Pro Wrestling

It’s easy to ramble on for a couple hundred pages (or blog posts) about how amazing German filmmaker Werner Herzog is, and that’s before you even get to discussing any of his finished films.  The man has forced actors to work at gunpoint, ate a shoe Charlie Chaplin-style when he lost a bet, was shot while giving an interview*, and even hypnotized Joaquin Phoenix into surviving a car crash.

*By the way, remember a second ago when I said he was shot while giving an interview?  Well–and this part is important, so pay attention–he didn’t stop giving the interview.  Not while being shot at.  Not after having been shot.  Not while having a doctor remove the bullet from his body and patch up the wound.  Herzog promised the reporter an interview and that was all there was to it.

“Okay, Rick,” I can hear you thinking.  “We already know that Herzog is secretly an emissary of the Time Lords, his quirky ways the natural result of understanding and processing the world on a level not yet matched by any human thought.  That’s old hat.  But what does he think of professional wrestling?”

And I am oh so glad you asked, because, as part of an interview promoting a film that has absolutely nothing to do with professional wrestling, Herzog recently took a few moments to discuss his opinions of professional wrestling.  Check out the video after the jump. Read More

TSOL 3: Backing out of LOST, One Episode at a Time



David Gaynes has offered up his thoughts on “Across the Sea,” the Lost episode that contextualized the contest between Jacob and the Man in Black (and finally revealed what those freaking skeletons were).  David’s reactions to Alison Janney’s bad parenting and a REALLY off-color caption about Walt Whitman after the jump! Read More

Flasharound 2: Backing out of LOST, one episode at a time



After the jump, David Gaynes provides his somewhat dampened response to Lost‘s penultimate episode.  It looks like season six might be a bumpy ride for him…

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A Love Letter

The banner at their second location.

One of my favorite episodes of How I Met Your Mother centers around the gang engaging in one of my favorite pass-times: Hunting down the best burger in New York. (For my money, by the way, it’s at Stage Restaurant on 2nd Ave.) However, being HIMYM at its best, the episode makes a greater statement about life in New York: It opens with a voice-over lamenting the way the city has changed over the years, with favorite rock clubs, dive bars and lounges giving way to drug stores, restaurants and banks.

Spots you love tend to disappear around here. Sure, some places that have played a big role in my personal experience of New York so far are still around—we still have Skylight Diner and the UCB Theater, for example—but in the eight years that I’ve been here, even hallowed institutions like the Second Ave Deli have shuttered their doors. Other places that are still open, like Castro’s in Fort Greene, are barely recognizable.

For me, though, I think my biggest New York loss will always be K’av’eh’az.

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Backing into Lost, One Episode at a Time



You can decide for yourself which is sadder: The fact that multiple people have asked me this year what I’m going to do once Lost is over, or the fact that I actually have an answer.

As the final episode approached, preparing for my finale party ended up consuming a lot of my time. I have several written-but-unedited posts about “The Candidate,” “Across the Sea,” and “What They Died For” sitting on my hard drive, but getting ready to host thirty Lost-loving revellers (in my none-too-spacious Manhattan apartment) took priority over finishing them. You’ll see them in some form soon, as well as my own take on “The End.”

David Gaynes

I promise I'll get a better photo from him soon.

However, this post isn’t about wrapping up my own coverage of Lost‘s final season. Instead, I’d like to introduce you to David Gaynes, an award-winning documentarian who is going to continue writing about Lost for us from a fresh and unexpected perspective. David is a unique voice in the world of independent documentary film. He is the director of the forthcoming documentary feature Saving Hubble and directed the award-winning Keeper of the Kohn. His films have been seen on PBS stations, film festivals, educational venues and in his parents’ living room. David is from Weston, CT, studied Public Policy at Hamilton College and currently lives in New York City.

And he has never, ever seen an episode of Lost.

David has graciously agreed to be the subject of a little experiment: Given the chronologically fractured nature of Lost‘s narrative and the show’s habit of posing questions and only imply the answers, what would it be like for a new viewer to go through show backwards? Starting with “The End,” and ending with “Pilot,” David is going to answer that for us.

You can find David’s first entry in Flasharound: Backing into Lost, One Episode at a Time tomorrow evening. He’s going to aim for one or two episodes a week, but as this is a magnanimous side project for him, please be patient with him.

Me, on the other hand? Feel free to lambast me whenever you want for abandoning you for two months at a time.


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