by Josie Kafka
Getting Lost Again—Darth Vader Made Me Post This—Redshirts in the Limelight—Coming Soon to a TV Near You—Best Idea Ever—This Week in Casts—Set Your DVRs
Getting Lost Again
777 days ago, I watched the Lost series finale. I did not like it. I have spent a lot of time over the past two years parsing what went wrong. I’ll spare you the extended diegesis of my eventual realizations about the difference between allusion and hyperlinks, the role of para-texual elements in creating and governing “reader” response, even the correlative relationship of Lost to America’s decline in educational standards and our increasing unwillingness to fund liberal arts educations. Suffice it to say that rethinking Lost became part of a larger project of exploration into what I might as well call personal epistemology.
8 days ago, I decided to re-watch Seasons Five and Six. I chose to skip the earlier seasons because I’d seen them enough to remember them quite well, but I’d only seen Season Five twice, and Season Six once. Specifically, I wanted to see how Season Six held up once I knew how it all ended: I am a firm believer in the idea that we cannot begin to understand any text until we have re-read (or re-watched) it; otherwise, we get too caught up in plot to begin the process of interpretation and understanding. (The corollary is that if we can understand something having just seen or read it once, it’s not worth interpreting.)
I loved it. Without the distractions of Doc Jensen columns, Darlton podcasts, and wackadoo DVD Easter eggs, Lost is a damn good show. For all of the complexity throughout the six seasons, the finale has a simple, understated elegance. It affirms the possibility of personal change, it emphasizes right action in difficult circumstances, and it stresses the importance of participating in an interdependent community. Ethics aside, Lost tells a strong story about people, about salvation, about a crazy place where stuff happens—a description that could apply equally to the Island as to Earth itself. It is the best kind of story: a story about storytelling as an artistic medium and as a method of understanding ourselves.
For the past two Doux News, I’ve recommended shows we don’t cover (first Homeland, then Newsroom). This week, I recommend watching Lost again. If you haven’t seen it yet, join ChrisB and Libby in watching it for the first time. I think you’ll be glad you did.
Darth Vader Made Me Post This
Redshirts in the Limelight
John Scalzi, president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (and creative consultant for the short-lived Stargate Universe) has written a novel (Redshirts) from the point of view of the minor characters aboard the Intrepid. In an interview with the New York Times, Scalzi said, “All these people in all these stories who are just cannon fodder for a 10-second or 20-second dramatic moment—they have lives of their own, they have thoughts of their own.” I haven't read it, but I plan to. It made Will Wheaton cry--what more do we need to know?
Coming Soon to a TV Near You
A&E has ordered a 10-episode first season of “Bates Motel,” based on the eponymous location from Hitchcock’s Psycho, from showrunners Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights). The show will focus on the events preceding Janet Leigh’s ill-fated trip, and will answer the question of whether a boy’s best friend really is his mother.
The seventh season of Dexter doesn’t begin until September 30th, but Showtime has released a new trailer for the show filled with…spoilers? Dancing cats? I simply can’t tell. You be the judge.
In a move the shocked absolutely no one (not even that distractable goldfish who is always surprised by the plant he has lived with for two years) HBO has renewed True Blood for a sixth season.
Eureka’s series finale will air July 16th. It’s always sad when one of our shows moves on to the great cable box in the sky, but I’m quite happy that Jess got me into this show, which is just about the funnest thing that’s ever happened on a Monday night. Thanks, Jess!
Best Idea Ever
Alex Kingston has a wonderful idea for a Doctor Who/Torchwood crossover featuring Dr. River Song and Captain Jack Harkness. As that is officially the Best Idea Ever, I suspect the BBC will jump right in and commit to six seasons and a movie. In anticipation of copious amounts of awesome, I'd like to nominate Dr. Song and Captain Harkness for the Sexiest Couple award.
This Week In Casts
Summer Glau will return to Alphas for three episodes in Season Two, which will also feature Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings).
Claudia Black (Farscape) will feature in a two-part episode of Haven entitled “Magic Hour.”
Sarah Bolger (The Tudors) will join the cast of Once Upon a Time as Princess Aurora (she’s the one with the spinning wheel).
Set Your DVRs
AMC is airing an hour-long episode of The Talking Dead (the fun irreverent post-game show that typically airs after an episode of The Walking Dead) on Sunday night (that's tonight for most of us!), followed by a black-and-white version of the pilot.