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Lost Recaps: Episodes 1.01 & 1.02

L O S T - Episode 1.01, Pilot Part 1

We open on Jack’s eye - closed. No, wait, it’s open now. Lots of tension. Poor innocent Jacko, he has no idea what he’s about to get himself into. Cue Vincent. Jack is injured - the perfect excuse to meet...well, we’ll get to that. Cue the first of many, many, MANY future running-through-the-jungle scenes.
The beach seems calm...until we pan a little further left. Shannon screams, people stand around, not sure what to do because they’re not hero/leaders like our good buddy Jack. We see Charlie, Jin, we hear Michael’s first ever cries of “WALT!” They won’t be his last, but first-time viewers don’t know that yet.

Jack’s ready to jump into hero mode. And he’s off!
Locke is up & walking. Jack’s just met his pregnant half-sister, but we’re not supposed to know that yet, either. Oh the joys of a rewatch. Jack calls on Hurley to help Claire, and Hurley is not amused. Boone is TRYING to be in hero mode too, but he’s rather unsuccessful. Jack revives Rose…
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A Cinderella-ish Christmas

So today we watched A Cinderella Christmas, and it made me think and feel a lot of things. I might just have ridiculously high standards based on my deep and undying love for all things Disney and fairy-tale-related...who are we kidding, that's totally the case. Nevertheless, this movie was a mix of things, both fine and...not so much. It starts off pretty predictably, with Angie being bossed around and harassed by her awful cousin Candace, clearly the "evil stepsister" in this story. Angie works with Candace and wants to break out on her own, but she's too afraid. Then there's Nikolaus, the obvious Prince Charming, heir to a grand inheritance. He's famous for some reason, but I can't remember why. He also wants to be "free", but his mumsy tells him he's got some growing up to do, and UH OH, he can’t have his inheritance until he gets married. Because I guess that’s the only way to show you’re a mature human being or something. There'…

Why Lost Doesn't Belong on Your "Worst Finales Ever" Lists

There are a lot of reasons to love Lost - strong characters with interesting arcs, great writing and acting - I could write entire essays (and I have) about how fantastic it is. Unfortunately, there is (STILL) a large group of people who seem to think that the 2010 finale of the series was less than superb.
Those people are wrong.
Now, I have been let down by many a show in my day (Desperate Housewives and How I Met Your Mother, I’m looking at you). This has made me highly critical of the things I love because I expect greatness from them. Many shows fall short, but Lost delivered greatness in its finale.
The main hangup I’ve seen is that the finale didn’t answer all the little, lingering questions the audience had. No, it didn’t. Here’s the thing, though: THAT’S THE POINT.
Lost is a show about life, and in life, you don’t always get all the answers. The finale (and the show as a whole) is about the big picture. Jack Shephard spent most of the series trying to fix everything, but the …

29 Pieces of Advice I've Learned Over 29 Years

1.Do things that scare you. I don’t mean jumping out of planes or going deep sea scuba diving (unless you really want to), I just mean that trying something you’re afraid of can actually wind up being very fulfilling - and often times, far less scary than you thought it was. 2. Being kind is SO important. It’s probably the most important thing there is. It’s very simple and makes a HUGE difference.
3. People don’t fit into neat little boxes - don’t put them there. You don’t know someone’s story just because you know a few superficial details about them.
4. It’s really easy to let the day-to-day frustrations get to you. Don’t let them get to you. I know, it’s much easier said than done, and I’m not sure it’s possible for anyone to ever be perfect at this, but doing your best to look at the big picture can really help keep you grounded when things aren’t going your way in the short term. 5. What’s right for you may not be right for someone else, and that’s okay. 6. Read books that are t…

Why Hogwarts Will Always Be My Home

In every generation, there is a chosen one...wait, that’s the opening sequence of Buffy. What I mean is, everyone, no matter what generation they’re from, has (at least) that one thing that changed their lives. It might be a movie, like The Sound of Music, Star Wars, or Casablanca. It might be a show, like I Love Lucy, Cheers, or--well, Buffy. It might be a comic, or a song, or a particular musical artist. For me, it was a book - or rather, a series of books - that was released 20 years ago today.
I’d heard everyone talking about how good Harry Potter was, but I was a little late to the party - the first book was released when I was 8, but it wasn’t until age 11 (roughly the same age as the characters I was reading about) that I finally started the series. At the time, of course, I had no idea the effect it would have on my life, or the dark times ahead that it would help me get through. All I knew was that it was magical, and though I also knew that sort of magic existed only in the i…

Oh Boy, Those Darn Millennials...
All right. Usually, I wouldn’t bother responding to an article like the one above. The person (or people) who wrote it is/are clearly quite bitter toward my generation, and nothing I say is likely to change that. That’s fine. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, and there are actually a few things within this article that I could agree with, but overall, the MASSIVE generalizations it makes are ridiculous. Moreover, some of its points are unnecessarily snotty, completely hypocritical, and/or false, and it got me fired up enough to write about it.
Let’s break it down.
Before even getting to the content itself, on the right-hand side of the intro page, there is a blurb entitled “About Offbeat” that states (ANDIQUOTE), “Need a smile or a laugh? Offbeat will turn your day around with an uplifting dose of hilarious, heartwarming, awwww, and awesome. We bring you the cutest baby animals, the funniest photos, the most on-point tweets, the best Pinterest …