Thoughts on Lost

http://www.zspline.net/blog/wp-content/gallery/tvshows/oceanic.jpgLost has ended.

The excellent finale closed a TV series which had the potential to become one of the best drama ever to be seen on the small screen, but it turned out to be one of the most memorable disappointments instead.

(Only season 4 spoilers.)

I loved the first two seasons. The story, the actors, the mysteries all worked well and I expected that everything will make sense eventually.
However at the end of the second season I started to feel fooled. Tons of questions with no answers and those long, boring background stories made me frown.

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Canceled Classics II. : Fastlane

(The Canceled Classics series is about my favorite, prematurely canceled TV shows.)

White guy, black guy: badass cops.
Undercover operation, hot chick boss, secret HQ.
Being cop, playing criminal, walking the line between.
Money, cars, women, parties, drugs, high life.
Making plan, setting up bust, screwing up, ending well.

Chasing, shooting, fighting, being cool. Verbal sparring, one liners, not Tolstoy.
Fast paced action, well spaced drama. Good acting, good writing, many cliches.
Trendy, flashy, not serious.
Entertaining.

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Status report

I’ve finished my programming task on schedule, a standalone Lua application which provides utility functions for processing data coming from Unreal. (More on its features in a later article.)

I also started making a custom animation tree and learned much about Unreal’s animation system in general. The animations will be outsourced, and since this part of the project is going to be the most expensive, I really need to get everything right on my end. I must ask for the right animations as I can’t afford redoing anims over and over again.

Fortunately – if everything goes well – I’m going to get help from a technical animator with this whole animtree thing, so there is hope yet that it will be done on time/budget and at a high quality.

Speaking of high quality, my beloved Dollhouse has ended. After 26 episodes split between two seasons, it was canceled. I’m not happy about it but it’s still better than overdoing something until it’s squeezed and disfigured but still sweats money. (I’m looking at you Stargate… )

Fortunately my sci-fi needs are still well fed: Mass Effect 2 is simply awesome.
Fun to play, looks nice, runs at 60 fps, has great music and last but not least, the story is interesting. I though as much after playing ME1, so I stopped reading any kind of news about ME2 to avoid the marketing machine and similarly retarded forum users spoiling the story for me.
Same goes for Bioshock 2 and any game from Bethesda Softworks. This article on Kotaku is about this is issue, and I totally agree with the author.
I mean, it’s really shocking when Shepard discovers that she has a Geth twin sister, but it just wouldn’t have the same impact if you knew about it beforehand.
Oh..erhm… oops…

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Canceled Classics I. : Sons & Daughters (US)

(The Canceled Classics series is about my favorite, prematurely canceled TV shows.)

Partially improvised

http://www.zspline.net/blog/wp-content/gallery/tvshows/sonsanddaughters.jpg?1474533826This show follows the struggles and everyday life of an extended American family living in the suburbs. No guns, no car chases, no mysteries. However, it is far from being boring.

While the family does face interesting and sometimes unusual problems, the storyline is only there to emphasize the best aspect of the show: the acting.

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Defying Gravity… and common sense.

I was just about to write an article on the excellent TV series Defying Gravity, when I read that it’s probably been canceled due to low ratings.
Yeah, it was smartly written with great acting and an intriguing storyline, apparently not stupid enough for the average fat-ass, consumer idiot TV zombie.

One more Canceled Classic…

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Dollhouse

I recently stumbled upon Dollhouse, a new TV series, and after the second episode, I became an addict.
What it does is simple but effective: it takes our present day world and adds a new element to it: a scientific breakthrough which allows the programming of human beings. Personalities can be archived, modified and uploaded into another body, a doll. Dolls are empty, flesh and blood pendrives walking around in the Dollhouse waiting to get a personality and a job to finish. When they are done with the given task, they are wiped yet again and keep enjoying the bliss of ignorance until the next mission.

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