Earlier today, Netflix published a post to its blog that said, in some of the thickest PR bullshit I've ever read, it was raising prices splitting its streaming video plan…
As much confidence as we have in the story we’re telling, we are also comfortable saying, “But what do we know?” This is our best version of the story of Lost, and it’s the definitive one. The worst thing we could ever do is not end it, or go with some bullshitty ending like a snowglobe or a cut to black. That was genius on The Sopranos, but The Sopranos isn’t a mystery show. For us, we owe our best version of a resolution here.
— Damon Lindelof in Wired Magazine issue 18.05
I was a latecomer to Lost, having waited several years to start watching the first season on DVD. I continued watching the series with interest (but also with a lack of urgency) until a couple of weeks before the final season started in February. Then, determined to get caught-up, I embarked on a two-season, 31-episode, viewing marathon that allowed me to experience the closing chapter of Lost alongside millions of other viewers.
Needless to say, I love this show. With its mixture of fantasy, religion, philosophy, science fiction, action, and character-driven stories, it is unmatched by anything else on television – past or present. And unlike most other television series, the creators of Lost were able to fully tell – and end – the story they envisioned.
And that’s what I want to talk about here. Not the show’s flaws – there are plenty – but how producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse chose to end things. Or not end things, depending on your opinion.
Warning: Spoilers Below
When I was growing up, one big investment my parents made for me and my siblings was a World Book Encyclopedia set, accompanied by a library of Childcraft topical books designed for kids. I remember spending countless hours reading about outer space, plants and animals, the geology of planet Earth, weather systems, and the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, to name a few subjects. And the science experiments – I could never forget the science experiments. These books made a huge impact on me as a learner and deepened my curiosity of the world.
That’s why I’m so excited to cultivate a similar love for learning in our two boys. When Kael (3.5 years old) asks me a ton of “how” or “why” questions, I’m delighted. I do my best to avoid pat answers, and on a number of occasions I’ve happily said “That’s a great question, Kael. I don’t know the answer, but let’s find out together.” This often leads to a trip to the laptop and a search on Google or YouTube, where we can hear what a fox sounds like or see what a dinosaur may have looked like.
So, I was thrilled after seeing a few episodes of Jim Henson’s Sid the Science Kid on PBS. It’s science concepts for pre-schools, and it’s awesome.
I’m a big fan of good TV1, but I’m not a fan of being stuck watching it on the TV. Don’t get me wrong – I’m happy we have a TiVo to entertain our boys with their favorite episodes of Little Einsteins and Thomas the Tank Engine on-demand, but there’s something to be said about being in control of when and where I can catch up on Fringe and Dollhouse.
This post lists the automated workflow I’m using on our iMac to get new episodes of my favorite shows off the internet and onto my iPod Nano so I can watch them whenever and wherever I want.
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