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  1. I saw the same information posted elsewhere (might have been io9, might have been IGN...it's from a BSG panel/symposium thing, anyway). But the point was that because of the strike they were able to go back over the planned conclusion and make some refinements, not that knowing the series was going to end helped them.
  2. He had the moustache in "A Few Good Men".
  3. This may not actually be the end. According to producer Carol Barbee, there are several ideas being "floated" that may allow the series to continue. These include another network, an Internet series, a graphic novel, or a movie. Barbee herself, however, is not involved with these discussions, so take anything she says with a grain of salt.
  4. It sounds like at least some good will have come from the writer's strike. It sounds like Eureka's third season will be 21 episodes rather than the normal 13. I'm too lazy to find the article it's from. If anyone wants it, I'll take a look. Or you can look for yourself, it's from IGN.
  5. You can't really give every character a fair treatment in a seven episode season. For the most part, it seems like character development had to be left by the wayside in favour of plot development. In any case, I didn't get a sense of it being rushed at all. I remember thinking at one point, about half-way into the episode, how they were going to finish off everything (I presume this was the 'closure' version of the episode, but it's hard to tell, because there's so much still left to happen in the Jericho universe), but they managed to tie everything together nicely. And seeing Admiral Chegwidden as the Texas ambassador was good for a laugh, eh, forst? The only real problem I had with the episode itself was the way they treated the deliberation of Beck's company commanders. Did anyone honestly expect that they weren't going to side with him? It was nice to include it - Beck couldn't just say "I no longer acknowledge the authority of the Cheyenne government" and then join the defenders of Jericho along with all his men - his own authority obviated from the government's, but why not just have him say that he showed the evidence to his men and they agreed to follow him into mutiny. That would have spared a few more minutes for something else. Not to say that the scene with them all removing the flag patches from their uniforms wasn't a nice touch. Anyway, it was a strong ending. Disappointment because it was an ending, and there won't be any coming back this time. But at least the story is "over" in a sense, much more so than at the end of the first season.
  6. 4x08 - "Meet Kevin Johnson"

    I'm not particularly interested in whether or not Sun has her baby. My point about last week's episode was they took away the mystery and "danger" surrounding Sun and her pregnancy. Now we know that not only does she get off the island, but the baby is delivered safely. So in the future, when we see Juliet telling her about how much danger she's in and how painfully she's going to die, it's pointless, because we know it's not happening. As for the question about what happened to Michael... That was one they never should have answered. The one good thing the show has done lately was get rid of Michael. All respect to Harold Perrineau, who does a great job making Michael unlikeable. But maybe he does too good a job. The show improved measurably once Michael (and Ana-Lucia, but I digress) was gone. As for your last point, that's exactly my point. Lost was great at the beginning, especially the first season. Now it's changed so much. It's still good, but it's nowhere near as good as it was. Someone made a comment in the "Ji Yeon" thread that Lost was like a Tarantino film. I don't necessarily agree with the choice of director, because Tarantino is highly overrated, but the film comparison is apt. Lost is far more enjoyable if you don't have to wait for an extended period between episodes. If you could watch the entire "story" in one more or less contiguous block of time, I'm sure it would be a lot more fulfilling. In fact, I know it would be. I was so underwhelmed last season that for about nine episodes I just recorded them with the intention of watching them later. When I did, knowing that at the end of an episode I could just go on and watch the next, helped considerably. One final through. I was reading io9's recap of "Meet Kevin Johnson", and while I don't agree with some of what the author wrote, the article makes an excellent point:
  7. 4x08 - "Meet Kevin Johnson"

    I do enjoy the show. I'm not anywhere near as gung ho about it as some people are. Except for a few irregular moments, the quality has gone downhill considerably the last two seasons (and especially since they introduced the flashforwards). It wouldn't be my first choice if there were something else on to watch, but it's still enjoyable. Some answers that weren't immediately followed by more questions that further confuse the issue would be nice. Not having brought Michael back would have been even nicer. I make no bones about the fact that I have no use for Michael as a character. Boone and his sister (can't remember her name) were kind of boring too (to say nothing of creepy), but other than that, I don't think I've said I have any problem with any of the characters.
  8. 4x08 - "Meet Kevin Johnson"

    Boring. I found myself watching Celebrity Apprentice and switching back in hopes they might have gotten on to something interesting. I suppose, in the end, this is an episode that had to happen, but I've never had any interest in Michael as a character. He was annoying from day one and bringing him back was a mistake. The story would work just as well with someone we'd never seen before as Ben's spy on the boat. About the only useful thing in the entire wasted flashback was the scene with the mercenaries skeet shooting. Doubtless they're the ones who shot Rousseau and Karl. Otherwise, it was an episode that continued the same trend of the previous episodes (specifically, teasing us with some new information, then introduce significantly more twists; and the continued attempts to make us think Ben is really the good guy, or at least the lesser of two evils), albeit in a much less engaging fashion. Not a good way to leave off going into a break.
  9. But each episode is a single story. They may also contribute to a "greater" overall story, but, for the most part, every episode has a beginning, middle, and end. I just think they could have done a "better" job of fitting those parts together in a more coherent fashion. Most significantly, they should never have introduced the flashforwards. Any added mystery is negated by the fact that they've taken so much away from events on the island itself.
  10. The thing that really got to me was her complaining that their daughter was only going to get ?35,000 a year. forst, I think the idea is that once you marry someone, no matter how long the marriage lasts, unless you have a pre-nup, you're entitled to half the collective assets of the couple. Though that's really only fair if both partners bring roughly equal assets to the marriage.
  11. Hancock

    I was under the impression it was more a comedy than a superhero movie...
  12. But we haven't seen any more of crazy bearded Jack. They brought him in, created all these questions, and then stopped. Exactly the problem with Lost. We get developed: Jack and Kate got off the island, Jack thinks it was a huge mistake, Kate thinks Jack's a nut. And then that's it. Every time we've seen futureJack since, he's happy to be off the island. That's development, sure. But how many times do we have to see Jack saying "I'm glad we got off the island" to understand that he's happy he got off the island.
  13. No, you pretty well hit it spot on. I think that's the flaw of the entire flashforward idea. Sure, we get some cool twists and such, but how interesting is it for us knowing that every time Jack or Kate look like they're in mortal peril they'll somehow get away. Sure, they're two of the characters who have always been pretty much un-kill-off-able (despite the fact that Jack wasn't actually supposed to survive the pilot), but now we know that they can't die. Same thing, as you say, for Sun. Juliette can yammer on all she wants about how the island is going to kill her, but we know, in the end, it won't. True, we've got 'tension' in terms of determining how things get to the point they are in the flashforwards. But, to me, at least, the journey isn't quite as exciting when I know where it's ultimately going.
  14. IGN is reporting that SciFi has greenlit the rumoured Caprica spin-off as a two-hour TV movie which, if it does well, will be developed into a full series. Casting is evidently already underway.
  15. Maybe it's just me, but it doesn't feel like we're going anywhere. With every episode, yeah, we get some more information - or we get to see characters learn things we'd already learned or surmised - but the ultimate destination never seems to get any closer. Knowing that Sun made it off the island but Jin "died" in the crash is interesting, and the way they did it was cool (I disagree, DMD, I thought "Ji Yeon" was the best episode of the season after "The Constant"), but it doesn't advance the plot at all. Sure, there were some significant revelations - Sayid and Desmond learning that Penny's father (I can't remember his name) sent the freighter; no one other than Hurley shows up when Sun has her baby and her being happy with that, which suggests that the Oceanic Six don't really get along; and Michael's presence on the boat, presumably as Ben's spy. But that means we had to sit through 40+ minutes of an episode for three pieces of information that have yet to have any impact and, except for Michael, probably won't any time soon. And we only know that about Michael because Harold Perrineau is only supposed to be back for two episodes or something. Mystery is all well and good, but they're just being too slow.