InterLOST is getting published!

18 09 2015

Hi everyone,

I can’t believe that it’s been over 5 years since I last posted on InterLOST.  Coming back on the site brings back so many amazing memories of the times shared with all of you out there.  Honestly, I’m not sure how many of you are still subscribed to the feed and will receive this post.  I’m guessing even fewer of you would stumble upon the post by accident since the site has been dormant for so long.

But for those you that are seeing this, however you are, I have some great news!  InterLOST (or at least portions of it) is getting published!  Today (9/18/15), Take 2 Publishing is releasing a LOST compilation book that combines all the best LOST content from all over the internet, and several InterLOST articles made the cut!  But more than that, this book as a whole is simply amazing.  There are entries that recap every episode in at least 2 different ways, discuss each of the characters, deep dive into the mythology and philosophy of the show, review the entire show as a retrospective, and much, much more.  If you have any desire to take a walk back through the show (hey, it’s been 5 years, right?), then this is the way to do it.  I’ve had a contributor copy for awhile now, and it’s a really fun and nostalgic read.  If you’ve enjoyed this blog, I can guarantee you that you will enjoy this book.

For those of you that are interested, please feel free to use the following link, and get a 20% discount off the regular retail price!

http://take2guide2lost.com/affiliates/pg2020.html

Thanks to all of you that have visited this site and shared this journey with me; it’s something I’ll always look back on fondly.  If you’re looking for one last ride on the LOST wave, grab the book and take a trip down memory lane with me.  I promise you won’t regret it.

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interLOST: How did we get here and what do we do now?

18 05 2010

Hey everyone, I’ll be back late tomorrow with my analysis of “What They Died For”, but just as LOST Finale Week kicks off, I wanted to take a few moments to look back on this blog…how it all started, how it turned into what it is, and where it goes now that LOST will be leaving the airwaves.  I’m fully aware that this post might not be the most compelling thing that you can read as we approach the finale, but I’ll go ahead and risk the idea that you may stop reading at any time in order to capture some of my thoughts.

In fact, that was one of the biggest things I learned from this blog.  If you’re going to write a blog, you’ve got to do it for yourself.  At multiple times during the blog, I wondered whether or not I wanted to continue with this thing.  I felt like everyone was doing it, and I honestly couldn’t say that I was bringing anything unique to the table.  On top of that, I knew that I wasn’t as timely as any of the other blogs out there.  But ultimately, this blog was about me: about what I wanted to say about the show, and what I wanted to look back on as the series progressed.  However, that was a hard lesson for me to learn, especially considering the way the blog started.

Initially, I had grand plans for this blog.  I wanted to expand it to an interLOST website that would include my analysis as the focal point, but would also contain a LOST fantasy league, a forum where we could discuss the blog entries and other LOST topics, and would house the latest information about LOST in general.  But my partner on the site, Brad, was unable to get the forum to work the way we wanted, and once Dark UFO’s site took off, we thought it was a bit of a lost cause.  I’d still do the blog, but it would only be my entries.  I think my biggest disappointment with the blog was the lack of serious discussion.  It’s not so much that the items I wanted to do didn’t come to fruition, but the result of them not being implemented.  When I started doing the “LOST lunches” at work, the part I enjoyed the most was discussing and theorizing everything with everyone.  When it shifted into e-mails, and then a blog, that aspect almost completely disappeared.  I still get alot of hits on a daily basis, but it’s rare that anyone takes the time to post a comment.  If there’s anything that I wish would have been different, it would have that I would have had more commentors on the site that I could have conversed with.

But really, that may be largely my own fault.  One of the things I decided early on was to not do ay external advertising or marketing of any kind.  Any friends who asked about the blog I would tell; but I never posted my site on any other forum or website to try to increase traffic.  I wanted to see just how much traffic a “grassroots” blog could generate.  I knew that the only way I’d get any traffic was if my entries were good enough for others to recommend it by word of mouth.  I used that fact to motivate me every week to put out the best blog entries I could.  I’d have to say that I’m happy with the results.  I feel like I’ve earned the traffic that has come to the site, and am not a sell-out.  But on the flip side, I think that if I pursued things more aggressively, I probably could have tripled my reader base.  So for anyone reading this and thinking about doing a blog for advertising revenue (another thing I decided against from the start), it’s really important to get the word out in as many channels as possible.  You can get traffic solely by word of mouth, but if you want to reach the most people, you’ve got to put the time in to market yourself.

Overall, I had two real goals for this blog: help my readers understand what transpired on their screen that they may have missed or not understood, and to be at least moderately entertaining in the process.  Overall, I think I achieved those goals, and am very pleased and satisfied with what I’ve done with this blog over the past few years.  But in all honesty, while I’ll miss putting this together every week, I’ll also be happy to get a large part of my life back.  As LOST leaves the air, so will interLOST leave the internet.  I won’t be taking the site down, but other than a full-blown series analysis that probably won’t come until June, I don’t see myself adding many entries either.  And while some of the more popular LOST bloggers have now gone on to sign book deals or become film critics, nothing like that has happened to me.  I do, however, think that’ll continue to blog somewhere, about something, after a brief hiatus.  I’ve found this to be too enjoyable to give it up completely.  But I’m still rolling around in my head what that might be, and I’m in no rush to figure it out before LOST ends.

So for those of you that inspired me to start this thing, thank you very much.  Your encouragement and faith in my work has really been inspiring.  For those of you faithful readers that come in here and read my entries regularly, thank you.  Even if you haven’t commented, I see the hits and spikes on my site stats, and know you’re there.  And for those of you that come by and take the time to comment, thanks a ton.  Sharing your thoughts with me is the most enjoyable part of this whole thing, and I can’t thank you enough.

I know we’ve still got over a week of entries to go before I call it good, but I thank all of you for taking this journey with me.  It’s been a wonderful experience.

-Paul





LOST Event: Times Talks Live

9 04 2010

Hey everyone, for those of you that are true LOST geeks like myself, I thought I’d let you in on something happening on May 20th, right before the finale on the 23rd.  It’s from Fathom events, and it’s a discussion with Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse (LOST’s showrunners) on the upcoming finale.  They’ll be interviewed by the New York Times, and will field fan questions that can be submitted.  Rumor has it that it will also include a sneak peek of the finale, and if I know Damon and Carlton, they’ll have a couple of surprises up their sleeves.  I imagine it’ll be similar to the Comic-Con experience, just in remote fashion.  I know that some of you wished that you could have attended the Comic-Con LOST panel, so I wanted to share this with you.  Tickets just went on sale today, so if you’re enough of a hard-core fan to go to something like this, I would guess that there will still be tickets available.

Information on the event can be found here: http://www.fathomevents.com/OriginalPrograms/event/TimesTalks_LOST.aspx

A list of theaters showing the event is located here: http://www.fathomevents.com/Upcoming/Locations/All/05/20/2010/OriginalPrograms/TimesTalks_LOST.aspx

I’ve already grabbed my tickets, and will obviously post regarding the event the following day.  I hope that those of you interested get your tickets in time!





LOST at the 2009 Comic-Con: One fan’s experience

26 07 2009
Comic-Con's cool logo

Comic-Con's cool logo

 

Hi everyone, I’m back with the story of my trip to the LOST panel at the 2009 Comic-Con.  I have to be honest…I’ve always been a bit of a comic book geek.  I collected comics through most of my childhood, and didn’t really stop until I pretty much didn’t have time for it anymore while going to college at Arizona State University.  In fact, had I grown up in San Diego, I’m sure I would have been to a Comic-Con much earlier than this year.  Regardless, attending the Con has been on my list ever since I first heard about it after moving to San Diego back in 2002.  When I came to realize that this would be the last LOST panel ever at the Con, I knew that the time was finally right to go.

 Getting Tickets

Ironically, it almost didn’t happen.  During all of the hype for LOST’s cliffhanger this past season, it didn’t even occur to me to go to Comic-Con.  It really wasn’t even until after the season ended in May that I came to realize that this year’s LOST panel would be the last.  Once it hit me, I immediately tried to get tickets.  Unfortunately, at that time, all of the 4-day passes had been sold out, as well as the Friday and Saturday 1-Day passes.  I could have bought passes for Thursday or Sunday, but at that time, I had no idea when the panel was.  If I couldn’t get a 4-Day pass, I didn’t want to buy a single day pass for a day when the LOST panel wouldn’t be there.  But rather than give up, I sent an e-mail to the “Contact Us” link on the Comic-Con site to see if there was going to be a wait list for folks that may have bought them last year but wanted a refund.  Initially, I was told that no additional tickets would be sold…but a few weeks later, I was told of a new method of getting tickets that Comic-Con had never used before…

 

That method was a combination of Twitter and eBay.  Basically, Comic-Con would tweet when they were going to release tickets that day, and then they’d put up a small set of tickets for everyone to try to get simultaneously.  The tickets sold very quickly.  Generally, they would all be gone each day in 60-90 seconds, sometimes less.  I tried every day for the weeks leading up to the Con with no luck.  The experience was actually rather frustrating; some days I felt as though I was just a few seconds away from getting the tickets, while some days it felt as though I had no chance.  In fact, as we came up on the last few days before the Con, I had pretty much resigned myself to the idea that I wasn’t going to go.  But amazingly, on the last Sunday prior to the start of the convention, I snuck in and got a ticket for Saturday!  It was a great feeling, and I became incredibly excited for what was to come.

 

After winning the ticket, I realized just how little I knew about the Con.  I had heard a bunch about the lines, the mass of people, even the smell…but that’s it.  I knew nothing about getting into the LOST panel and getting a good seat, how the parking might work, and generally how I might spend the day.  There were a lot of good posts around the web on attending the Con, and what to expect.  It helped me to know exactly what do in all respects: pick up my Saturday passes on Friday night, get in the line for LOST and Hall H ridiculously early, and bring my own food.  Everything was set to go for the day of the panel.

 Waiting in Line

LOST fans camping out at 3:00 am for the final panel

LOST fans camping out at 3:00 am for the final panel

Driving down to the Con at 2:30 am was pretty cool.  I’m used to driving on the 15 freeway during rush hour with a ton of traffic.  Obviously, at 3:00 am, there was no one to slow me down or make me feel as though I was going to have anything other than a great day at the Con.  When I got there, it was about 3:15 am, and the line was about what I expected.  Several hundred people were already there, almost all of them with camping gear, blankets, and pillows.  Pretty much everyone was doing what we all hope to be doing at 3:00 am: sleeping.  I only managed about 4 hours of sleep prior to getting up for the event, but I was too geeked at this point to actually shut my eyes and sleep.  I brought my iPod to entertain me, and I’m glad I did.  With everyone snoozing, there was no people watching to do, and no conversations to eavesdrop on.  I played some Solitaire and Mah Jongg, and listened to my favorite music.  It was essential to help me pass the time between the wee hours of the morning, and when the sun finally came up.

Wonder Woman is a LOST fan!

Wonder Woman is a LOST fan!

As the sun rose on what was a hazy San Diego morning, things came to life just a little bit.  People started to wake up and head out to get coffee and breakfast for their groups.  I had heard that if you didn’t get into the line by 6 am, then you’d be in jeopardy of not getting into Hall H for the panel.  But when 6:00 rolled around, the line was really not a whole lot longer than what it was at 3:00.  There were maybe an additional 2 lines, but I’m sure those people got in without any issue.  The fact that the line wasn’t very long actually made for an interesting story for the people just in front of me in line.  Apparently, these 2 had 4-Day passes, but no hotel room.  They had just left some party at 3:00 am and realized that they didn’t have anywhere to stay.  They knew that Hall H always had a line that camped out overnight, so they got in line simply to have a safe place to sleep for the night.  Crazy!  Once they woke up, they admitted to me that they had no intention of actually going to the LOST panel.  In fact, they were hoping to sell their place in line for $100.  I wasn’t sure how that might work out for them, but I didn’t think that it was completely out of the realm of possibility.

 

At around 8 am, almost everyone was milling about, and costumed fans began to wander the grounds, with many folks looking to get their picture taken with them.  It was at this time that I noticed someone very familiar in the very first line…it was Ed Hochuli!  For those of you that are a fan of the NFL, you probably know just who I’m talking about.  For those of you that don’t, here’s the quick scoop.  Ed is a very muscular man, who was known as one of the strongest referees in the league prior to last season.  Last season, however, Mr. Hochuli made one of the most controversial calls of the year, perhaps in several years.  And in fact, most objective observers say that it cost my favorite team, the Chargers, the game.  Click here if you haven’t seen the play and are interested:  http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/09000d5d80ad0bfa/Broncos-fumble-analysis

 

In the end, the call didn’t end up hurting the Chargers, as they wound up winning the division over the Broncos on the last day of the season.  Plus, there’s this article on Hochuli that makes you realize just how good of a guy he really is: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=090507/hochuli

Ed Hochuli is a LOST fan!

Ed Hochuli is a LOST fan!

In any event, I had no ill will towards the man, and I was stunned that he was in the LOST line, camping out!  He was nice enough to chat with me for a bit, and shared with me that he’s a big fan of LOST, and of sci-fi in general.  It just goes to show how down-to-earth the guy really is.  I told him that I’m a Charger season ticket holder, and that I had forgiven him for the bad call.  I told him to enjoy the LOST panel, and wished him luck in the upcoming NFL season.

 

Just after my encounter with Ed Hochuli, the guys in front of me gave up on their plan to sell their spot in line and headed out to who knows where.  Apparently, one of them went to the end of the line and asked the last person if they wanted a spot further up.  There didn’t seem to be much interest.  Really, they should have waited it out a bit more.  Around 9:00 or so, the line got so long that I couldn’t see the end of it.  I’m sure someone would have taken them up on their offer then.  It was also around 9:00 that I saw Chris from the official ABC LOST podcast interviewing some of the fans at the front of the line.

Chris interviews the LOST fanatics

Chris interviews the LOST fanatics

Getting Ready for the Panel 

Finally, at around 10 am, they let us into the Hall.  Wow, was it big!  I knew that it sat 6500 people, but you don’t get a feel for just how expansive it is until you actually get in there.  My wife and I got seats in the second row of the second section.  In retrospect, we probably could have done much better.  The panel seemed to take questions from a line that formed on the left side of the hall.  We initially tried to get our seats as close to the middle as possible.  But had we just gone for something slightly to the left, we probably could have had something in the first section, and we could have been close to the Q & A section for photos of Jorge Garcia and Michael Emerson when they invaded the line.  In any event, we were close enough, and got some decent photos of the panel.

At about 10:30, Chris from the podcast actually came into our area, and my wife volunteered me to ask a question.  As I was about to ask Chris the question, he said that the question was for Damon & Carlton.  I actually had a question for them prepped in case just such an event happened, but with the way it worked out, I was caught off guard.  I ended up still asking Chris the question for him, which was just how much did *he* know about the final season of LOST.  I’m sure I won’t make the cut for the podcast.  My original question for Team Darlton was about Nestor Carbonell, and whether or not he was going to be a regular for Season 6.  (More on that later.)

At about 10:45, it felt like all of the hoopla was over, and it was go time.  We had sat in line for hours, we saw all of the sideshow stuff, and now we had our seats.  All that was left was to see what Team Darlton had in store for us.

Team Darlton Gives Us a Show

And what they had in store was cool right from the start.  The panel started off with a really sweet silhouette progression through all of the characters of the show, until it finally displayed the LOST logo, and the “final season” tagline.  Way cool, but I haven’t seen it anywhere online to share with you guys.  They followed that up with the LOST University clip that I shared with you in my last post.  Nothing new there, but still pretty cool.  They then went with a new clip, and one that I really enjoyed.  It was a video of what was supposed to be an old TV show, and they pulled it of really well.

It reminded me a bunch of the old “In Search Of” TV show from the 80s:

You can view the video from ABC’s site and get ready for new ones by going here: http://abc.go.com/primetime/lost/index?pn=lostmysteries&v2  The next video is due to be available on August 4th.

 

After the great intros leading things off, Damon and Carlton took the stage and let us know that they wanted to celebrate the fans with this panel.  I found some good video on YouTube for you:

Here’s a video of the fan generated content they showed:

Here are some “commercials” that air in the middle of the next video.  First, there’s an Oceanic commercial:

“30 years with a perfect safety record”? Hmm…  Next is a “Mr. Cluck’s” commercial:

“Ever since I won the lottery, I’ve had nothing but good luck”?  Interesting.  I’ll comment more below.  But the panel continues here, first with Hurley asking about the commercials, and then with hilarity from Jorge Garcia and Michael Emerson.

Next was an “audition video” of Michael Emerson trying out for the role of Hurley:

After the “audition”, Jorge and Michael joined the panel, along with a surprise guest:

The panel continues here, with even more special guests:

Here’s the video they played before Josh took the stage:

There were a couple of videos I couldn’t find online, including the winner of the LOST theme song (which was very cool when set to video), and the ending tribute of all of the dead characters set to Boyz II Men’s “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday”.

 Recapping What We Saw

At the end of the panel, we seemed to get plenty of answers, even if they were minor ones.  My favorite character, Richard Alpert (played byNestor Carbonell), will play a large role next season (rumored to be 16 of 18 hours).  Man #2, called “Esau” by many, is not really named “Esau” (at least that’s what Michael Emerson says).  Jacob has not ever appeared as any other main character in LOST in any previous episode.  Elizabeth Mitchell *will* be in Season 6 (although it’s not certain if it’ll be as a live character in the present, or in flashbacks).  Faraday will also be back for Season 6.  The Dharma food drop will be explained.  And some characters that we haven’t seen since Season 1 will return in Season 6.

The LOST panel fields a question

The LOST panel fields a question

To be honest, I’m wondering who those characters might be.  After all, even though Boone died in Season 1, we did see him again in Locke’s vision (which I believe was in Season 3).  But regardless, I’m excited to hear that they’re going to try to bookend things by bringing back characters from the beginning.  But the real head-scratcher and thing to question coming out of the Con is the 2 commercials from Oceanic and Mr. Cluck’s.  If we’re to take them at face value, then the crash never happened.  I’ve never really given that a ton of thought before, because I’ve always subscribed to the “Whatever Happened, Happened” theory.  But what if Jack and crew actually succeeded?  How could that make any sense?  Well, this post is on my experience at the Con, so that’s a question for another post.  Feel free to post your theories below though, if you’re so inclined.

 The Rest of the Day in Hall H

Once the LOST panel left, my wife and I decided to stick around in Hall H for the remainder of the afternoon.  We saw a Solomon Kane panel, which had some really cool special effects.  It was a little heavy on the blood and violence, but I would still recommend it based upon the footage I saw.  Next was a Mike Judge panel discussing his new movie, “Extract”.  For someone with such big chops for comedic writing, I was quite surprised at how uncharasmatic and unfunny he was in person.  If I was basing my decision to go to the movie based solely on the panel, I don’t think I would.  He was largely unentertaining. 

Woody Harrelson heads up the ZombieLand panel

Woody Harrelson heads up the ZombieLand panel

Up next was a panel previewing 2 movies: “Zombieland” and “2012”.  Both movies looked great in their own way.  Zombieland’s selling point seemed to be its unique way of dispatching with zombies.  I won’t get into it here for those of you that may not want to hear of such gruesome details, but it was entertaining in a brutal and demented way.  If you are inclined to like zombie movies, I think you’d like this one.  But really, 2012 stole the hour.  We were treated to an extended scene of carnage, where John Cusak’s character is trying to escape a massive earthquake and the wreckage it causes all around him.  It’s absolutely on-the-egde-of-your-seat stuff, with incredible CGI that makes you believe that LA is crumbling into the earth and into the ocean.  The scene, to me, was the definition of blockbuster.  I don’t think they’ll be much disappointment.  Finally, we were treated to a sneak of some Iron Man 2 footage, which looked spectacular as well.  I absolutely loved Iron Man last year, and rank it as one of my all-time favorite super-hero movies.  It’ll be hard to top the first one, but the footage looked like it was going to do its best.

Robert Downey Jr and the rest of the Iron Man panel

Robert Downey Jr and the rest of the Iron Man panel

Walking the Exhibit Hall

After the Iron Man 2 panel, we decided to walk the exhibit hall, and here’s where we had the least amount of fun.  All of the bad things I had heard about the Con…the crowding, the smell, the overall feeling of being “too busy”…they all happened here.  My wife and I went to the LOST auction table, but didn’t spend much more time there after that.  I think we spent less than an hour there overall.

What an experience! 

So that was my first (and probably only) Comic-Con experience!  Overall, I really enjoyed myself, and felt as though it was worth every penny of admission, as well as the early morning wait in line.  The panels were all fun in their own way, and if I ever go back again, it will be because there’s a panel on some TV show or movie that I’ve just got to see.  But you do have to deal with crazy crowds, especially in the exhibit hall.  And getting in line early is almost a must, especially if the panel you want to see is remotely popular.  But if you’re willing to put up with those things, it’s a great experience.  I would certainly recommend it to anyone considering going.  You’ve got to do it at least once, just to see what it’s all about.

 

And that’s it for now!  I’m sure that most of the info has been posted since right after the Con, but hopefully I shared some things with you that you didn’t get elsewhere.  I’ll be back soon to comment on the next Mysteries of the Universe installment, and maybe to discuss the 2 commercials shown at the Con, and what they might mean to LOST’s final season.  As always, thanks for stopping by and reading the blog!

 

EDIT: I found the tail end of the silhouette intro I was referring to, check it out below.

Also found the “In Memory Of…” video as well.  Not the best quality, but it gives you the idea:





I’m Going to Comic Con!

19 07 2009

Hey faithful readers, just wanted to write up a quick post and let you know that after months of trying, I managed to secure a ticket to this Saturday’s Comic Con!  I’m excited to get into the LOST panel and give you guys a first-hand report of everything that goes on.

I’ve never been to one before, but I’ve heard stories about the mass of folks that will be there.  I’m a little concerned about getting my pass in time to get into the line, since I’m sure they will be a ton of people wanting to get in.

Anyway, I’ll take as many photos and videos as they’ll allow, tell you all about the atmosphere, and of course, give you whatever news that the panel shares.

I also signed up for a Twitter account to get inside info on the tickets, and I just may use it to give you all live updates from the Con.

Looking forward to telling you all about it!  Talk to you all again next week!





Pre-discussion: “The Incident, Parts 1 & 2”

14 05 2009

Alright, so I said I wouldn’t be around until Saturday, and the truth is, I won’t be able to do the finale justice until then.  But I just wanted to drop in here and leave a post letting you all know that I when I do post on the finale, I promise that it will be massive.  We were given so many pieces to the puzzle yesterday, and I want to address each and every one of them, and in great detail.  I may even break the post up into segments because I know that I’ve got a lot to say.

There’s been a ton of buzz around the web for this episode (and rightly so), so I’m sure you can get a good fix from other places like Dark UFO or ew.com.  But rest asured that I’ll give you my unique take on things, and perhaps have a few things that the other folks either glossed over or chose not to discuss directly.  I hope that it’ll be worth the wait.

In the meantime, feel free to use the comments space below to either leave your impressions of the episode, or to give me a “hot topic” from the finale that you want to make sure I touch on.  I promise to integrate anything you leave for me into the recap on Saturday.

I hope you enjoyed the episode as much as I did, and I hope you come back in a couple of days so I can share my thoughts with you.  Thanks for stopping by!





LOST Challenge of the Week: “The Incident, Parts 1 & 2”

13 05 2009

Happy LOST day everyone!  Or should I say, happy LOST finale day!  I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have a feeling that the finale tonight is going to rival Season 3’s finale in terms of jaw-dropping excitement and “wow” factor at the end.  Expectations are definitely high, as this is the last cliffhanger LOST will ever deal to us.

On a related note, I’ve been avoiding my typical LOST hangouts so as to avoid getting spoiled.  As many of you know, I was one of the many that got burned by LostFan108’s post of Season 3’s spoiler in plain sight over on another site.  Since then, I’ve been avoiding any type of forum about LOST during the final few weeks of the season.  So far, I’ve managed to stay spoiler-free, which makes me even more excited for tonight’s show.

However, it also gives me just about nothing to go on for the final challenge of the week of the season.  So, I’m just going to go off the episode description and give you this:

What difficult task does Locke assign to Ben, and is he able to execute it?

Thanks to all you for continuing to stop by, I appreciate it!  Enjoy the episode tonight, and I hope all of you that want to stay spoiler-free manage to do so!

One quick housekeeping note before I sign off…I’m going to be a little busy Thursday and Friday this week, so for those of you that wait with bated breath for my recap (all 2 of you!), it’ll be out just a little later than usual this week…probably later in the day on Saturday.  See you then!