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The Human Animal in Natural Labitat: A Brief Study of the Outcast

The secluded island trope in films such as Cast Away and television shows such as Lost gives culture a chance to examine and explain the human animal in pristine, lab like, habitat conditions. Here is what we discover about Homo sapiens.

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'Dragon Island' Will Appeal to Adults with Fond Memories of Thrilling Saturday Morning Cartoons

The influences build, slowly at first, but more assured as the story progresses, adding color and depth to the world Shane Berryhill created.

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Did You Know that Dinosaurs Can't Break Through Wood? 'Terra Nova: The Complete Series'

Proof that a bloated budget can be deeply non-indicative of quality, Terra Nova squanders any potential it had on plots and character types that appear to have been created in a generic Sci-Fi Plot Generator.

Film

'Lord of the Flies' Still Reigns

Fear and brutality inherent in the human condition and the drive to survive are themes that have never gone out of fashion. The stakes get even higher when those involved are children, and that's obviously a big seller.

Television

Five Is Enough: The Inevitable Decline of 'Mad Men'

I am as excited as a person could possibly be for the beginning of the fifth season of Mad Men, but I worry that the season won’t be as good as we want it to be.

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Your Virtual Fall TV Preview: Thursdays

Part four of a primetime look at what the major networks will be offering us, with predictions on what will stick and what will flop.

Television

Five TV on DVD Shows Worth Watching (or Rewatching) This Summer

What does the savvy, obsessive or lonely TV fanatic do with this free time? If you're inclined to watch TV on DVD this summer, I recommend these five.

Books

'Literary Lost' Concerns Itself with, Quite Literally, Novel Television

Works like this do the Lost series a favor by enriching what’s on screen, digging out the hidden and the obvious allusions.

Television

How Much Does an Accurate Location Matter When Watching TV?

Unlike other formats, the sitcom allows us to suspend disbelief because we know this is a set, we know there’s a reason we’ve never actually seen a New York street in Friends, or the fourth wall of an apartment in any show. And we’re okay with that.

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The Year In TV: May 2010

Continuing out look at the year’s most notable television events, here’s what happened in May 2010.

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Dear TV Executives: A Few New Years Resolutions Notes for 2011

Television executives should resolve to do a few things for me this year.

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The Year in Television Conspiracies

Secret, usually evil, plots dominated TV drama in 2010, from Lost, Rubicon, and Persons Unknown to 24, V, Flashforward, and Terriers.

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February 2010 in TV

It was a month of high ratings, a truly “super” bowl, and shocking tragedies for TV audiences.

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Lost - The Complete Series

Lost - The Complete Series - ABC Studios [$279.99]

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'The Event' Will Be Unrequited

I don’t know what The Event is – and I suspect I never will -- but not for lack of trying.

Books

'The Cult TV Book': Join Us

We may no longer be cavemen standing around the fire, but that sense of community still thrives through the passion of fans and their devotion to their favorite shows.

Television

Consumerism and the Fan: A LOST Case Study

Just as LOST established a new baseline for television creativity and found new ways equally to mesmerize and frustrate viewers, so did the LOST auction set a new standard for television-based consumerism.

Television

LOST in Memorabilia

The LOST auction, August 21-22, may be the ultimate TV auction, and participating fans get a chance to make TV history as well as take a piece of it home.

Television

Your Virtual Fall TV Preview: Mondays

If you want to know what’s new on primetime TV this fall, stop right here.

Games

Father's Day Is Over, But Daddy Issues Remain in 'Bioshock 2' and 'Red Dead Redemption'

Baby Boomer films such as Star Wars taught us about the corruptible and corrupting influence of an authoritarian father; now games like Bioshock 2 and Red Dead Redemption explore Generation X's “daddy issues”.

Television

Lost on Me: One Man's Attempt to Survive the 'Lost' Finale

Because of all the mythological hokum, the smoke monster poppycock and the supernatural rigmarole woven through the fabric of Lost, it was already likely bound to become a televised sci-fi tent pole for years to come.

Television

Love Lost

Here we stroll down memory lane, recalling favored episodes of Lost, past. We remember with fondness as we stumble into the final episode, true ‘til the end, still trying to find our way.

Television

Lost, Dazed and Confused

Theories, conspiracies, clues... these writers stumble blindly about on the little islands in their minds, tripping over things, becoming ever more disoriented -- seeing, but alas, never realizing...

Television

We Love Our Lost Boys

Where is the criminal also known as Kate? What became of the mysterious Juliette? They were lost, in seems, in this collection of adoration for the Lost boys.

Television

Lost Baggage

Be they slavishly devoted or stubbornly skeptical, whether they clinged to every minute of the entire season -- wherever in the time spectrum that minute appeared -- or simply turned their modern-day Dharma dial to ‘off’ after season one (gasp!), these writers were always, well, lost in thought. Ha, ha.

Television

'Lost' and 'The Empire Strikes Back' Are Both Pop Culture Belief Systems That Inspire Worship

Lost and The Empire Strikes Back revolve around the nature of light vs. dark, good vs. evil, science vs. faith and ultimately about the redemptive power of love and sacrifice. Ala Douglas Adams, both are about life, the universe and everything.

Television

"Fringe": Every Generation Gets the "X-Files" It Deserves

Fringe is The X-Files new and improved for viewers with shorter attention spans and an appetite for more gadgets and less paper work, more super geniuses and fewer bureaucrats, higher body counts and less verisimilitude, more answers and fewer questions.

Michael Curtis Nelson
Television

Lost: The Final Countdown: Blog 1

The first of many blogs about Lost. In this one I consider its place among the all-time great series.

Television

Development Season: Five Pilots That Sound Interesting (But I May Never Get to See)

It’s the annual crap shoot known as pilot season in Hollywood again. Here are a few concepts that caught my eye.

Television

Alternate Realities on 'Fringe', 'Lost' and 'FlashForward'

All my serialized sci-fi shows seem to have turned into one-hour drama versions of choose-your-own-adventure books. I’m still trying to figure out if this is a cop-out or a stroke of genius. Maybe it’s both.


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