19 October, 2005

Watching Blind Dates in Korean, With Subtitles

Yeah, that was fun.

19 Comments:

At 7:19 AM, October 20, 2005, Blogger Aunt B said...

The ring, too, about did me in. I turned to the Butcher right after she lost it and said, "Ten bucks says it's with the bottle." Apparently, I'm psychic.

I would have been far less annoyed if this were the second or third episode of the season, but that we're this far in and nothing has happened is really aggrevating.

All I have left is Sawyer's hot sullen cantankerousness. Is that a reason to keep watching? I'm not sure.

I'm thinking that the only salvation for this show is to hand the reigns over to Rob Zombie for a few episodes and let us see the Others--how crazy they are and how dangerous. I think Zombie, as I've said before, really gets how to create characters that are both utterly inhuman and who compell you to want to identify with. That's what the island needs--something more immediately compelling.

 
At 7:29 AM, October 20, 2005, Anonymous Sarcastro said...

I know who's gonna die, nananana.

South Park was infinitely better than the aptly-named Lost.

 
At 8:21 AM, October 20, 2005, Blogger Kat Coble said...

I'm with you, B. The minute she said "I lost my ring", I was like "Well, when were you last digging with you're hands, Einstein?!?"

I kept yelling at Tim (or,rather, in his general direction) "How much friggin time are we gonna waste on this stupid ring plot? We ALL know the ring is with the bottle!!!"

Also, Locke said the way he found something that was Lost was to stop looking. Does that mean the show will get good if we stop watching? Just asking.

No numbers, no hatch, no explanation of The Others. The #s and the hatch I can live without. But frankly, it makes no common sense to have there be no explanation to the Raftaways about the Others. The Tailaways have been whittled down to nothingness, they have faced this enemy about which they apparantly have more detail than the rest of us. They want to flee this enemy as fast as they can. Any of us in the same situation would bring the new guys up to speed in record time. "Look, we're running from these people because they---------- and they --------- and the rest of us are gone because--------." If there is one thing I truly hate about this show it's the way they have people behave unnaturally jUST to get a faux dramatic tension.

Speaking of behaving unnaturally....dialogue writers for Lost, listen up. Sun may speak English, but she learned it fairly recently and from a Korean. I doubt, even stranded on an island for a month with Hurley, that she speaks such highly idiomatic and vernacular English. "It'll turn up" is not a phrase that ESL speakers toss off like that.


And if Mister Eko was on the plane, then I'm a virgin.

It was nice to see our very own little Oz reunion, though.

 
At 8:21 AM, October 20, 2005, Blogger Kat Coble said...

your hands....

Guess we know who the einstein is this morning, huh?

 
At 8:30 AM, October 20, 2005, Blogger Aunt B said...

My god, South Park was hilarious! What was the line about the Republican? Something like cliched oppositional Republican. I can't remember exactly, but I laughed so hard when they said it.

The Oz reunion... shoot... Bringing on more Oz cast members could save this show. Just imagine Keller and Sawyer...

Anyway, yes, I completely agree. The behavior of the whittled down group annoys the piss out of me for exactly the reason you say. It takes just as long to beat down Sawyer as it would to say "In a nutshell, the Others killed most of us and we're very afraid."

 
At 8:54 AM, October 20, 2005, Anonymous Sarcastro said...

I just downloaded the SP episode to watch again, this morning. Brilliant.

Ok, here is my beef about the Tailgaters. In the pilot episode, wasn't the husband of the black lady whose name I forget, also black. Now her husband is played by Whitey McNervous. I gotta call shenanigans on that deal.

 
At 8:54 AM, October 20, 2005, Blogger Michael said...

I will agree that the epiosde didn't quite live up to the greatness of the past few weeks.

As for answers--do you really think it's gonna pull a Veronica Mars and have one huge, pivotal episode that gives us all the answers? Nope....ain't gonna happen.

I didn't expect any huge revelations last night....so I wasn't hugely upset that we didn't get any. I think we're all becoming a bit spoiled here...

 
At 9:02 AM, October 20, 2005, Blogger Kat Coble said...

There is wanting a huge revelation and then there is just wanting the natural progression of human events to play out as it should.

Right now the show acts like an 8 year old singsonging "I know something you don't know....nyah nyah nyah" and then trying to get us to tune in, click on the mulitple weblinks and buy THE FRIGGING MAGAZINE.

Any person in the tailaway situation would have immediately explained the enemy before traipsing into the line of fire with three unitiated guys. You don't want ignorant McYellin' to give you up, so you tell him why he shouldn't yell, etc.

It's a false construct and that bugs me.

Sar, I just read your blog on SP and now I have to hunt it down. I wonder if Comedy Central does multiple reairings?

As far as Rose's husband goes, I don't think we ever saw him in the first episode with the plane. I think we assumed he was black, just 'cause.

Personally, I would rather have had Adebesi be her husband because girl could hit THAT. It'd be more tantalizing to see her gettin' her groove back than dealing with Nerd Jungle Fever.

 
At 9:11 AM, October 20, 2005, Anonymous Sarcastro said...

It may not have been in the pilot episode, but one of the flashbacks from when they were all on the plane showed the husband getting up and going to the can, or something. That's why he was in the back of the plane and not with Rose. Yeah, it is easy to assume that from our minds trying to fill in the maddening blanks on this show. But I swear, I remember seeing the husband looking more like Ossie Davis than the J.T. Walsh (a shoutout to all the great dead character actors).

 
At 9:13 AM, October 20, 2005, Blogger Aunt B said...

Or maybe she's into polyandry? That would be an interesting twist. Okay, not really interesting, just more interesting than what's currently going on.

Anyway, I'm sure Comedy Central will replay the better show one billion times and you should catch it if you can.

 
At 9:44 AM, October 20, 2005, Anonymous Sarcastro said...

I almost forgot the best part of watching "Lost".

Victoria Hansen's inane teasers for the Channel 2 ten o'clock news. Last night's was: "Can music help you lose weight? Details at ten."

Sure it isn't "Are some people not washing their hands after using the bathroom?" But they can't all be instant classics.

 
At 10:40 AM, October 20, 2005, Blogger Kat Coble said...

Can music help you lose weight?

Yes.

Morrissey is so depressing you'll never eat again.

Unfortunately for those of us Tivo'ing programs, I'll never know why "Nashville Pets are disappearing".

 
At 1:15 PM, October 20, 2005, Blogger Kat Coble said...

I really don't think we ever saw the guy. We knew he went to the bathroom, but I don't recall ever actually seeing him.

 
At 2:02 PM, October 20, 2005, Blogger Michael said...

I will go to the DVDs at some point and look up the info for y'all....

As for the question you raise--I don't really see the show as teasing us and saying nyah, nyah, nyah. But again--watched X-Files for years and so I'm used to not finding out huge chunks of things. I am enjoying Lost and find it entertaining and rewarding to me....despite the fact that last night's ep was the least enjoyable of the season so far.

 
At 2:50 PM, October 20, 2005, Anonymous FeatherSue Wisdombox said...

Watching blind dates in Korean, with subtitles? I don't get it. Sorry.

 
At 3:06 PM, October 20, 2005, Blogger Kat Coble said...

It would appear that I lost FeatherSue. We're talking about the extended backstory on Lost last night.

Michael, I'm sorry for being harsh. I think I'm just (as I said earlier) frustrated with the tease.

It isn't that there is an unknown. I can deal with that. It's just the utter implausibility of the unknown that gets me. I was cool with not knowing what was down the hatch when it was obvious that the hatch was sealed. Not knowing the story behind "The Others" or the tailaways is just implausible. There's a difference between genuine suspense and just plain ol' bad writing. Even if they wanted to keep the audience in the dark and still maintain the "wha?!?" factor, they could have done that easily. Tell the Raftaways off-camera and then cut to one of them looking terrified. Just don't ask me to buy the fact that they are purposely not telling these three strong, able-bodied, (well, 2 1/2 counting an injured Sawyer) possible soldiers on their march across enemy territory what the danger is.

It looks more and more like the writers are lazy. Between that and the whole Sun's English thing, I'm not getting the fact that they are doing any more than just parlor trickery.

Yeah, I'm having fun at points, and that's why I'm still watching. Despite the aimlessness of the flashback, it was still charming to see Sun and Jin's lives fold back in on one another. Hurley and Sun talking about their dogs was classic. There's a lot that's good about this show, so I keep watching. But what is bad is getting worse. And I HAVE lost hope in the potential arc.

 
At 8:31 AM, October 21, 2005, Anonymous Sarcastro said...

I kept expecting Hurley to ask Jin if Koreans really eat dogs. "But, dude, it was your pet."

 
At 9:42 AM, October 21, 2005, Blogger Patrick said...

Season 2, ep 1,2,3 - great.

ep 4, suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucked.

I think that someone realized, "oh crap... we have to do twenty-four episodes this season!!?! Well... let's make one in which there is no plot movement and we tell some sappy crappy story about Jin and Sun.

Of course, in episode 14, I'm sure it will be revealed that Sun's fix-up boyfriend went off and married Sawyer's half-sister who is Hurley's english teacher in junior college and lives next door to Boone in a building owned by Mr. Hanso.

 
At 11:17 AM, October 25, 2005, Anonymous sum-yung dude said...

That bit abt ESL people not being able to toss off idioms in English is just not true. Forget I know from first hand experience, just think about it. Many people learn English from TV, from listening to native speakers. They often pick up slang and idioms before they perfect grammar. And didn't Sun learn English from a man who studied at Harvard?

 

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