Category Archives: Season 2

LOST in a Weird Al Yankovic tune

A short excerpt of this first video was featured in the fan-made video montage shown in Comic-Con. Here’s the whole thing. It’s a brilliant, funny, manic recap of Season 2, set to Weird Al Yankovic’s “Alternative Polka.” The video was made by Robert Montjoy, aka CapnBob.

The previous year, CapnBob had made a video recapping Season 1 to the tune of Weird Al’s version of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” While this one didn’t make Comic-Con, it is my all-time absolute favorite fan-made video ever. Did I mention how much I love this video? Okay, then. Carry on, carry on:

CapnBob can be found in Bobville and on YouTube.

This next video isn’t LOST-related, but just because I can’t get the song out of my head now, here is Queen with the late great amazing Freddy Mercury singing “Bohemian Rhaposdy” at the Live Aid concert in 1985:

LOST Seasons 1 and 2 are now out in Blu-ray

Lost Blu-Ray

Earlier this week ABC released, for the first time, Blu-ray editions of the first two seasons. (Seasons 3 and 4 already have Blu-ray editions out.)

The reviews have been glowing, with people saying that the picture, music, and sound effects are all richer than on the original DVDs.

A reviewer on Amazon wrote:

I compared both my DVD box set to this Blu-ray set and the picture quality in High Definition shows off detail that I never caught on DVD. From the plane wreckage to the orange dimples on the orange peel in John Locke’s mouth. These can be seen quite clearly on Blu-ray.

As for the audio, “LOST” is featured in DTS HD-Master Audio 5.1. The dialogue is quite clear but one thing that caught my attention is how magnificent the audio is in terms of capturing the ambiance of the island when each person is moving through the jungle. The explosions of the plane is caught all around you and you are literally immersed into the destruction of the plane as audio is heard on the front channels, surrounds, rear surrounds and through the LFE of your subwoofer. Very nice!

I don’t have the equipment to watch these, and I’m just a wee bit jealous.

Right now, these are on sale at Amazon for 30% off, and through July 16, 2009, they are also having a special promotion where you can get an additional $20 off for buying any 2 seasons of LOST on Blu-Ray, $30 off for buying any 3 seasons, and $40 off for buying all 4.

The giant four-toed statue

The statue as seen in 5x08 "LaFleur"

The four-toed statue as seen in 5x08 "LaFleur"

In the beginning of LaFleur, the Lost-ies were startled to see the back of this giant statue.

It is, of course, the famous four-toed statue that we first saw in the finale of Season 2.

From episode 2x23

From episode 2x23

This past December, producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, in one of the “Dharma Special Access” podcasts they made to keep us entertained during the long off-season, had promised that we would see the statue again in Season 5 — and so we have — and that we would see it even more extensively in Season 6.

So I guess we’re going to have to wait until next year for the mystery of the missing toe to be solved.

(The part about the statue starts at 3:40):

The statue reminds me of the poem Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley:

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shatter’d visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp’d on these lifeless things,
The hand that mock’d them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away

I found a clearer picture of the statue, along with two pictures that compare it to possible inspirations: Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead, and Taweret, a goddess in the form of a hippopotamus who was a protector of women in pregnancy and childbirth (!). The resemblance of the Island’s statue to Taweret is striking. Both have similar toes and are wearing virtually identical headpieces. Take a look.

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