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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Okay, so those of you who have watched the show Lost religiously like I have will get more out of this post than anyone else will. How about that crazy season premiere last night?

In the first episode (or shall I say two episodes), it seems as if the creators of Lost have decided to show viewers an alternate reality. Not only do they continue on with the story of the hydrogen bomb not blowing them back in time, but they also show you what would have happened if the plane never crashed. So here’s my first point of confusion — which storyline is real?

I have always been a big John Locke fan, too, but things are just getting a bit too odd for me on that front. So we’ve finally figured out that the man who looks like Locke isn’t really him (because his dead body is on the island), but now we are to believe that he is a reincarnated version of Jacob’s opponent. Might I add that I would like to know more about him. All we know is that he is ‘the man in black.’ 

And what happened with Sayid last night? He was dying, then Jacob told Hurley to take him to the temple, where they could cure him. When that happened, the people at the temple killed Sayid, but at the end of the episode, he is sitting up and talking. Confusion again.

Also, I have to say that it’s a bummer Juliet’s character was killed off. She was a good match for Sawyer, but now things will most likely change for him and Kate. Or Jack and Kate. Who knows…

This season premiere is up for discussion….tell me what you thought and your predictions for the rest of the season!

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

I may be a bit late in posting a review about the new Star Trek. It is not all that new, but I have just recently seen it. My review summed up in one sentence? I don’t get it.

Not being a star trek fan (trekkie) and having never seen any of the television shows put me at a great disadvantage. I’m sure many of you in my position feel the same way. The movie feeds off of the show…and if you don’t know anything about that, well then you’re out of luck with this one.

The main idea of the film is that you get to see how Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock first met. You see them as young children, then as the middle aged space warriors everyone knows and loves. (At least I understood that much.)

I pretty much sat on the couch in a daze of confusion for the movie’s drawn out two and a half hours while my counterpart sang a snippet from Adam Sandler’s “Hannukah Song” over and over again…Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock — both jewish! We were thoroughly befuddled.

There was a lot of good action though! The special effects blew up the screen, officially making this a flick for the trekkie action film lover. I’m sure you trekkies had your hands full on this one.

P.S. I miss Shatner.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Today I really got to thinking about one of my favorite television shows: Monk. I like it so much that I watch it everywhere I possibly can — on the internet, at friends houses, on dvd. It shows real dedication for someone who doesn’t have cable television.

Here’s a brief synopsis for all of you who don’t know or watch the show…Monk was a cop who lost his wife in a car bomb. After that, he was so shaken up that he couldn’t recover mentally, so he was forced to give up his badge and then continued work with the police as a private investigator. Each episode is a case that Monk, with the help of his assistant (Sharona or Natalie), solves. He almost always cracks the mystery and is rarely wrong.

The comical part of the show is that he has severe OCD, panic disorders, anxiety disorders, and whatever kind of phobias you could imagine. As a result, he says and does ridiculous things more often than not. He loves to clean, can’t go to the bathroom in public places, and is afraid of elevators, dirt, spiders, celestial space, fog, being touched, rabies, sitting down….shall I continue? Click here to read a list of all Monk’s phobias.

It is these personal tics that make the show interesting. Watching Monk try to solve cases, but still fear everything is quite amusing.

But alas, all good things must come to an end. After a whopping eight seasons, the show is finally coming to an end. I haven’t seen the finale yet, but my guess is that Monk will finally find out what happened to his wife, Trudy. I’m thinking he will find out who the murderer is, and then find some way to get past it, ending on a happier note. I can’t imagine ending the show on a sad one.

In an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Tony Shaloub, who plays Monk, is satisfied with the show’s success and ending. He’s won a Golden Globe from the show and has gained much fame from his character. In some ways, Shaloub thinks that people who watch the show become a bit like Monk. It’s probably true…we all have a little OCD in each of us.

Thank you for all those episodes, Mr. Monk.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove
 
Today’s post will be more of something like an op-ed. That has been your formal warning. Much like this one: watch out for the Dracula lurking behind your crushed velvet curtains.
 
I am having a hard time fully grasping the sudden vampire craze that has taken over the entertainment industry as of late. I see no point for it, and don’t understand its origins. Surely, the book series Twilight has had an enormous part in this influence, but how come it has struck so hard?
 
I can think of several vampire things that have recently come about:
  • Twilight (the book series)
  • Twilight (the movies based on the book series)
  • Vampire Weekend (the band)
  • Suck (a new vampire movie recently released at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival)
  • The Vampire Diaries (could be a Twilight knock off book series??
  • True Blood (the tv show)

 

Twilight, I blame you for all this vampire madness. Photo from manolobig.com.

Twilight, I blame you for all this vampire madness. Photo from manolobig.com.

It took me all of three minutes to list off those six things, and I know there are plenty more. You’re probably thinking of something else vampire-like right now.

But why has everyone suddenly gone batty for the stuff? I had no idea vampires were so cool. Even though many stores have started putting out decorations, it’s not even close to Halloween yet — we’ve still got over a month before then.

Whatever the reason for this bloody mess, I’m sure we can all agree on one thing: the entertainment industry sure is making profit off it! I don’t know about you, but I’m going to wait until Halloween to start thinking about vampires. Until then, have your garlic and holy water ready.

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