Well, loyal reader, it’s been quite a while since I last updated this journal. One season of Survivor has ended and another is about to begin, and Smokey the monster made its first appearance on Lost. So here are my thoughts.
Survivor: Well, Danni won, and I’m glad. I always like to root for the underdog (GO PANTHERS!!!), and she definitely qualified, she outlasted all the others from her tribe who came into the merge, and she won the right immunities at the right times. And she didn’t stab anyone in the back. I do have to say, however, that Rafe was an idiot for letting her out of her promise to take him with her to the final 2. But oh well. I have to say that the gimmick for the new survivor “Exile Island” does not really do anything for me. I mean, it might be neat, I’ll just have to wait and see.
LOST: Much more to talk about here, though I’ll keep it brief. I like the addition of the tailies (the survivors from the tail section), I think they’re all interesting and that a great bond can be formed between the new characters and the old. We finally got to see the big monster, which it turns out is not a dinosaur but in fact an sentient tentacle/cloud of black smoke (the Abyss, anyone?). It has stared down Locke and Eko once each, and left both alone to continue their lives. It does seem to support the Purgatory theory of Lost, in that it judges those who should remain or those who should move on. However, I’m puzzled as to why it grabbed Locke a while back and tried to pull him down the rabbit hole. I guess we’ll get some answers eventually. We also found out that Jack’s wife/former patient left him for another man, and that he “always needs something to fix” (there’s a great oversimplified character summary). Oh, and we got to have a nice little chat with the Others. The scruffy guy, Zeke, is pretty creepy… (in the credits he’s listed as being named Mr. Friendly, though I don’t know how we know the name Zeke or the name Mr. Friendly). They warned Jack et al. to stay off their turf. They made the analogy that you don’t go to someone’s house for the first time and kick off your shoes and put your feet on the table, but also, if someone comes to visit your house, you don’t steal their children and shoot them, so I think that was a crappy metaphor. I hope Michael gets Walt back eventually, and that Sawyer gets to meet up with Zeke again. And I hope that Locke figures out the mystery, and that Jack gets some faith, and that Charlie and Claire get back together, and that Sun and Jin stay together, and that Sawyer and Kate get together, and that Jack and Ana Lucia get together, and that peace and harmony will live forever on the island/experiment/purgatory/planet/place. But I don’t think that’ll happen, and I can’t wait to see what does.