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    I donít remember how long I tried watching Lost. I liked watching a show with Mira Furlan and I got a big kick out of seeing an Apple II in a bunker, since my Apple II+ meant so much to my life (while I played games too, I learned so much on that machine it was a big factor in helping me in my future career). But eventually I just lost interest. Fundamentally, I like shows that are coherent and want to see payoffs for presented mysteries without having to wait forever.

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    I repeat, I thought it was a reasonably well-done supernatural mystery. Anyone who watched it expecting the accuracy of a documentary was doomed for disappointment. Anyone who was willing to just enjoy the ride might actually enjoy the ride.

    (BTW, the polar bear was brought there. The Smoke Monster ... uh ... yeah, supernatural.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    I repeat, I thought it was a reasonably well-done supernatural mystery. Anyone who watched it expecting the accuracy of a documentary was doomed for disappointment. Anyone who was willing to just enjoy the ride might actually enjoy the ride.
    Yes, I understand what people liked about it, and I've no objection at all to supernatural / science fantasy narratives. (In fact, I like few things better than a weird premise logically developed.) But my wife and I are just not "enjoy the ride" people--we prefer to be going somewhere, and having a sense of progress during the journey. The jet engine, the polar bear and that identifiable "now it's time for a shock" moment were a cluster of markers flagging a particular "just enjoy the ride" kind of storytelling that we both find more annoying than entertaining.
    To judge from later reviews and discussions with friends who loved it, everything about the subsequent evolution of Lost confirmed that we got the signals exactly right--it just wasn't for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    I'd never give a TV show the benefit of that particular doubt. Someone edited those clips and decided what to leave in. A fellow D.O.M.?
    I watch the same show and hadn't thought they were particularly titillating. It was a bunch of women wearing their work clothes, and yes, they're bending and moving a lot, but of course they are--they're archaeologists. And there are episodes where the women in them are pretty well covered up and one of the male archaeologists is wearing high cut-off shorts.
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    I did notice Phil's shorts in one yesterday. And the weather was bad so the women were covered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    I repeat, I thought it was a reasonably well-done supernatural mystery. Anyone who watched it expecting the accuracy of a documentary was doomed for disappointment. Anyone who was willing to just enjoy the ride might actually enjoy the ride.

    (BTW, the polar bear was brought there. The Smoke Monster ... uh ... yeah, supernatural.)
    If anything, I watch more fantasy and what passes for science fiction on TV than any other genres, and I donít require deep accuracy (however that would work) from a fantasy show. I also sometimes really enjoy atmospheric shows with a different feel - I really liked Devs for example, as much for the strange atmosphere as anything. However, with Devs they didnít take forever to start putting the puzzle pieces together. But, from my recollection, by the time I gave up on Lost, I still had no idea what it was supposed to be about. I knew strange things were happening, but was it supposed to be due to aliens, magic, or what? And it was obvious they were just going to keep stringing the audience along. Too often with those types of shows. when they finally do get around to the reveal (if they do get around to it at all), it is anticlimactic and disappointing. *shrug* It just wasnít my kind of show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I did notice Phil's shorts in one yesterday. And the weather was bad so the women were covered.
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    Frankly, I'm most likely to notice Phil's shorts when it's cold out because I'm thinking, "Good Lord, man, put some pants on!" Then again, if you're working as hard as he does, you have a better chance of staying warmer, I guess.

    Watched the most recent episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier last night, and boy, if they wanted to distinguish the new Captain America from the Steve Rogers version, they definitely succeeded. We saw Steve in an extremely similar situation in The First Avenger, and boy did he handle things differently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    Frankly, I'm most likely to notice Phil's shorts when it's cold out because I'm thinking, "Good Lord, man, put some pants on!"
    Now, that conjures up an interesting mental image in British English. One that's surprisingly difficult to dismiss once envisioned.

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    I've been wearing shorts all day, and frankly, it's not all that warm here! But I've persevered.
    The last couple of Time Teams I've watched have had multiple examples of what I was saying, including shorts about 20% the size of Phil's.
    Go to about 44:00 minutes of this one, for a scene with a half-dressed young woman who is not even part of the conversation, just bending over and displaying while the guys talk.
    I'm not blaming the women, Gillian, really I'm not. But the producers and editors had to have been doing it on purpose.

    ETA: I've also noticed some of the cast members "pants", of both sexes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I've been wearing shorts all day, and frankly, it's not all that warm here! But I've persevered.
    The last couple of Time Teams I've watched have had multiple examples of what I was saying, including shorts about 20% the size of Phil's.
    Go to about 44:00 minutes of this one, for a scene with a half-dressed young woman who is not even part of the conversation, just bending over and displaying while the guys talk.
    I'm not blaming the women, Gillian, really I'm not. But the producers and editors had to have been doing it on purpose.

    ETA: I've also noticed some of the cast members "pants", of both sexes.
    She was the only one working. She got warm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Archive. Some odd acting from the supporting roles (with the exception of the ever-reliable Toby Jones), but a good pay-off on a building sense of dislocation and unease as the story progresses. Out of respect for the spoiler sensibilities of others, I'll say no more than it reminded me in many ways of one of my favourite movies, Stay.

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    I watched Stay (2005), based on your mention of it, the other night and I can see why it could be a favorite, but it was intensely sad for me. It reminded me of Jacob's Ladder, another favorite of mine which predates the aforementioned twist endings by decades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJSF View Post
    I watched Stay (2005), based on your mention of it, the other night and I can see why it could be a favorite, but it was intensely sad for me.
    Most of my favourites are intensely sad. The Boon Companion refers to that particular pile of movies as my "feel-bad collection".
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    It reminded me of Jacob's Ladder, another favorite of mine which predates the aforementioned twist endings by decades.
    Yes, I enjoyed Jacob's Ladder, though I prefer the more subtle weirdness of Stay. (All those twins!) And like Stay, Jacob's Ladder gives a clue in its title.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Most of my favourites are intensely sad. The Boon Companion refers to that particular pile of movies as my "feel-bad collection".
    Yes, I enjoyed Jacob's Ladder, though I prefer the more subtle weirdness of Stay. (All those twins!) And like Stay, Jacob's Ladder gives a clue in its title.

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    Yes! I saw the twins (and triplets) and knew something was up! I like how they didn't try to hide the terminus, but lead you to it, and you arrived there knowing ultimately where it was heading, but didn't have time or mental space to really adjust fully. I am having trouble explaining but I hope you get the gist.

    In regards to Jacob's Ladder, I was just reading a plot summary, and I don't recall there being so many cars blowing up? The Wikipedia (as no surprise to grant) entry is ... fraught with problems, I think.

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    I've just watched another Time Team. An earlier one, series 3 I think. Tony had long hair. Phil had dark hair, though still long and unkempt. Even Mick still had dark in his hair. And virtually no females at all, except Carenza who looked pretty much the same. I really like her.
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