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View Poll Results: Grade the two-hour premiere...
The first hour was EXCELLENT. 59 61.46%
The first hour was ABOVE AVERAGE. 29 30.21%
The first hour was AVERAGE. 7 7.29%
The first hour was BELOW AVERAGE. 1 1.04%
The first hour was POOR. 0 0%
The second hour was EXCELLENT. 38 39.58%
The second hour was ABOVE AVERAGE. 40 41.67%
The second hour was AVERAGE. 12 12.50%
The second hour was BELOW AVERAGE. 3 3.13%
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Old January 26 2009, 04:40 PM   #136
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Re: Lost 5x01: "Because You Left" & 5x02: "The Lie"

^I thought it was Dharma people mostly because of the uniforms. They were that same gray color with the zipper in the middle and name tags on the side. We didn't get a very close look so of course I could be wrong but that was the first impression that I got.
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Old January 26 2009, 05:32 PM   #137
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They looked green to me.
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Old January 26 2009, 05:40 PM   #138
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Old January 26 2009, 06:18 PM   #139
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^Honestly, it looks too dark to really tell what color it is. I really don't know who they are and I'll wait to see how things turn out before I make up my mind on it.
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Old January 26 2009, 06:35 PM   #140
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After last night's episodes, I've come to the conclusion that I'm:

A) too old;
B) too dumb;
C) too unimaginative or;
D) all of the above

to truly understand and enjoy this show. This show has just totally gone over my head. I don't know why I watch it anymore, it's like a train wreck that I can't turn away from.
How about overwhelmed? I had a little overload by the end. So much had gone on and trying to fit the pieces together was tiring.
It was a lot of information thrown at you for a show which has been off the air for quite some months. They certainly didn't ease back into it. So, three things for me were going on at once: absorbing the current information, remembering what the hell had happened 6 months ago, and recalling characters who appeared on the screen for a few moments two and three years ago. The Sopranos was the same way for me.

I actually found going back afterward and watching the primer which came on before the two parter helpful. Not because it gave us anything new, but it jump started my memory on many things - some which they showed on screen, some which I recalled on my own.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed the episode and give both hours a solid Above Average. I'm also, like some others, amused that they've dropped the trappings of being "sci-fi light" and gone whole hog for the time travel weirdness.
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Old January 26 2009, 06:40 PM   #141
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I gave both a grade of Excellent. Man, time travel is really going to jack with the brain now
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Old January 27 2009, 05:15 AM   #142
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Des was unstuck in time because he executed the Swan Failsafe and then got time-flashes after that; isn't that a logical explanation for his special status?
That seems like a likely differentiator between him and everyone else - he turned the key. But why should turning the key unstick him in time? I'd like a bit more logic to it than that - such as my suggestion that that Desmond died and another Desmond was sucked in from another timeline - not being "native," he isn't bound by predestination rules and can change whatever he likes - he can kill "his grandfather" without creating a paradox because that's not really his grandfather anyway. Doesn't have to be that exact explanation, but something that makes you go "oh yeah, makes sense."

(How did I miss seeing your post before? I just realized I posted after you once before this. Frakkin time anomalies!)

Twelve Monkeys is one of my favorite time travel stories. But yeah, it didn't do great numbers at the box office, so I may be in the minority.
And that was a two-hour movie. Having characters be helpless for two seasons is going to be a lot more frustrating. I thought that premise worked fine at a movie length, btw.

One thing to keep in mind though, is that there's a difference between "change" and "affect". Time travel with self-consistency means that you can't "change" history, but there's nothing to stop you from having an *effect* on history. It's just that your actions were always part of the timeline. So, for example, you could go back in time 100 years and invest in General Electric under an assumed name, and then return to the present and collect your $100 million. The investment would have always been part of history, it's just that you didn't know about it before.
But the writers didn't think to have you be a billionaire from the start, because that was four years ago and who plans TV shows out in that kind of detail? so they can't retcon it in now if they're adhering strictly to the one-immutable-timeline philosophy.
I dont know why people thought the soldiers where Dharma operatives, those were WWII era uniforms and weapons
They were?!? (The photo you posted looks like you might be right!)

Hey remember the Big Band music Hurley and Sayid picked up on their radio (the first solid clue that there might be something frakked with the timeline?) Now we know where that came from!

As for the Four-Toed Foot, I'm going on record now: it's Vincent!

Somebody else probably thought of that before now...

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Old January 27 2009, 09:41 AM   #143
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Twelve Monkeys is one of my favorite time travel stories. But yeah, it didn't do great numbers at the box office, so I may be in the minority.
And that was a two-hour movie. Having characters be helpless for two seasons is going to be a lot more frustrating. I thought that premise worked fine at a movie length, btw.

One thing to keep in mind though, is that there's a difference between "change" and "affect". Time travel with self-consistency means that you can't "change" history, but there's nothing to stop you from having an *effect* on history. It's just that your actions were always part of the timeline. So, for example, you could go back in time 100 years and invest in General Electric under an assumed name, and then return to the present and collect your $100 million. The investment would have always been part of history, it's just that you didn't know about it before.
But the writers didn't think to have you be a billionaire from the start, because that was four years ago and who plans TV shows out in that kind of detail? so they can't retcon it in now if they're adhering strictly to the one-immutable-timeline philosophy.
I may not have explained my point very well. I was responding to your suggestion that time travel within a self-consistent timeline means that the time traveler is "helpless". The time traveler is anything but helpless. You can still have a massive impact on the timeline without actually "changing" it.

With the example I was offering, the scenario was: "OK, I'm not already a billionaire. I don't have a billion dollars now. I didn't have a billion dollars four years ago, or ever. But I have a time machine, so I can go back in time 100 years, set up these secret investment accounts, then return to the present to access the secret accounts and collect my money. The accounts were always there. It was already part of the timeline. I just didn't know about them until I thought up the idea of creating them."

Or how about this one?: "I want to save the life of a friend of mine, who died on a plane crash a few years ago. I have a time machine, but I know I can't change history, so there's nothing that can be done to save him, as it's already happened. But wait, I can go back in time, prevent the plane from crashing, and then set up a fake plane crash with fake bodies which the media will report as that plane crashing and everyone aboard dying. Nothing was ever actually 'changed'. The fake crash and the coverup were always part of history, I just didn't know about it until I thought of the idea."

Or if you want to get really crazy: "I pick up my newspaper in the morning, and read about a couple of stories that I don't like. I want to get in my time machine and go back and prevent these events that were reported on from happening. But the timeline is immutable, so how do I do that? Well, I can go back in time and mess up as much of the previous day's events as I want. I just have to make sure that when I'm done, I make sure to print out a fake newspaper, with news stories on all the things that I wanted to change, then drop that newspaper off on my front porch so that the me from the past is fooled."

So there you go. There are tons of things you can do to get around the prohibition on changing history, as long as you're creative.
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Old January 27 2009, 10:02 AM   #144
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Incidentally, if the writers are actually smart enough to use the Novikov self-consistency principle properly (which I'm not assuming, but let's just go with this for a minute), then that could provide an explanation for the various times when seemingly improbable events occurred because (according to various characters) it was "the Island's will", or some other mystical-sounding nonsense. For example, Michael tries to kill himself in "Meet Kevin Johnson", but the gun won't fire, and Tom tells him that he couldn't kill himself even if he wanted to. This would actually make perfect sense if there's a time traveler from the future manipulating events. The time traveler has evidence that Michael lived long enough to pose as Kevin Johnson on the freighter, so when he manipulates events in the past, he knows that, whatever happens, Michael can't die before serving on the freighter's crew.

Similarly, you could have Claire being saved by a time traveler before supposedly being "killed" by her house blowing up. The time traveler takes her into the future, giver her the downlow on what's going on, and sends her back to the present, where, rather than being a ghost, she's actually just someone who's now been given all the secrets about the island and time travel.

Not sure if all of that tracks. I'm just thinking out loud here.
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Old January 27 2009, 03:22 PM   #145
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My new theory is that the whispers we hear could possibly be our characters running into their former selves...?
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Old January 27 2009, 03:58 PM   #146
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Paradoxes are impossible. That's why they're paradoxes. Altering the past is impossible because, if the past was altered, who is there to go back in time, not to mention they would have no motive to do so. The only legitimate way to finesse the existence of paradoxes would require really wild interpretations of quantum mechanics and general relativity. Stephen Baxter's Exultant made a stab at it, unsuccessfully in my opinion. Lost hasn't a prayer of a chance.

Making Desmond an exception of any sort has the same problem. I also would dislike lame "reasons" like surviving the destruction of the hatch. The storyline about the numbers preventing the end of the world has been detonated already. It was a dud. Revisiting it would just compound the error.

Genuinely plausible time travel without paradoxes would require intense planning. Which in my opinion is why Lost and Heroes are doomed to overall plots with no sense. And worse, no real dramatic validity. Slovenly time travel plots with paradoxes only work in my opinion in short form. Internally consistent time travel stories could work in long form, except for the practical difficulty of actually planning to make a long term story, and then actually getting someone to pay for filming it. Babylon 5 will likely remain unique.

Speaking of which---how many others have ever wondered where did the Chrysalis device orginally come from? (I imagined a story line where the warrior caste wanted to create their competitive hybrids and built the original, which Ivanova then sent back in time, when she was head of the Rangers.)
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Old January 27 2009, 07:29 PM   #147
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Finally got to watch my tape, voted both above average.
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Old January 28 2009, 05:59 AM   #148
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Making Desmond an exception of any sort has the same problem. I also would dislike lame "reasons" like surviving the destruction of the hatch. The storyline about the numbers preventing the end of the world has been detonated already. It was a dud. Revisiting it would just compound the error.
Well yes, it makes no sense if Desmond is an "exception" in the sense that he can create alternate timelines. The writers can't have it both ways. Either there's only one timeline or there isn't.

But there's no logical contradiction if, as I suggested earlier, Desmond is only "special" in the sense that his memory is swiss cheesed. In that case, there isn't necessarily a problem. It would mean that, for example, Desmond's meeting with Faraday at the Hatch was always part of the timeline, but Desmond simply forgot about it because his memory's messed up, and then remembered at a convenient time years later.

That would mean that Desmond represents a highly convenient escape clause for the writers, but it wouldn't violate the laws of physics.
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Old January 28 2009, 07:13 AM   #149
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Daniel is only assuming you cant change the past, look at all the times Desmond saved Charlie from dying, I know in the end eventually he did die, but the future is the past of the far future, and Desmond changed that a lot.
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Well yes, it makes no sense if Desmond is an "exception" in the sense that he can create alternate timelines. The writers can't have it both ways. Either there's only one timeline or there isn't.

But there's no logical contradiction if, as I suggested earlier, Desmond is only "special" in the sense that his memory is swiss cheesed.
Correct, there's no logical contradiction in that case. I was thinking of Desmond as the special one who could change the past. Or future, as the above poster points out, which is not a physically meaningful distinction.

Given the long term use of flashbacks, though, wouldn't calling their validity (if for one character, why not all?) into question sort of undermine the whole series?
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