Saturday, March 31, 2007

the shuffle. [3/31/07]


OK so, before I bring you guys your regularly scheduled edition of the shuffle, I have to get a bit nostalgic: today marks one year of rock the dub being alive in the blog world. I know that's not a big feat to most, but hell, it's big for me. It started out as being a hub for my writings and branched out, into Interviews, scathing Reviews, a spot for me to bust out recaps of my favorite shows, hell, even a place for my imagined mixtapes (or Dub Sessions as I affectionately call them) to be seen by the masses. I've helped usher in THUGSTEP, and introduced the world to many new artists and tracks. And I ain't stopping. I ain't stopping my weekly Friday playlists (peep the first one!), I damn sure ain't stopping my shuffles (peep the first one! it sucked!)... I will keep it moving. Why? At the end of the day, I know there might only be a handful of you guys reading, but I know someone is. And if you are going to be getting the info anyways, why not let it be from me?

It's funny, I started these Saturday shuffles b/c I was not on the PC enough to post up news first, so I figured "why not amass all the news I dig, and give it in one big pill?"... seems to be working, from the positive notes I continue to receive about my work. So I thank all of you who take the time out of your schedules to check me out. And I hope you continue to use rock the dub as a source for news, whether it's important, impotent, or just down right ignant.
Speaking of which, let's get on with the week that was...

01/While I normally don't get too religious/political, both on my blog and in my everyday life, I had to comment on a few things Dubya has going on that are kind of wild. First off, he gave a (long overdue) apology to people living and dealing with the atrocities over at Walter Reed, one of the leading Army medical centers. Word has it that they had mold and rats up in that place, which, no matter how great the staff and their work is, is just not healthy, especially if it was in the spots where the most severely injured cats were laid up in. Ever heard of staff infections? The shit guys catch whilst in the hospital?! These cats are risking life, losing limbs, and just overall dealing with the shittiest conditions over in Iraq-land, and our leading hospital is on that nonsense, for no good reason. Fix up. Secondly, and this is something I just got handed to me in the rock the dub War Room, the US is prepared to bomb first on Iran from 4AM to 4PM on Good Friday. Say whaaaa? This news is coming from some random Russian sources, so who knows if it is 100% valid (I only say that because, until I hear Charles Gibson say it, it just ain't news), but is it really that hard to visualize? Our men, out in the Gulf, locked and loaded to stomp on Iranian soldiers... families... babies... and we still haven't finished taking a dumb in Iraqia. I just don't get it. We might need to fall back and let those niggas sort their own shit out, while we take care of the shit going on over here - like Katrinaland, and just helping us poor people get up.

02/Speaking of goings-on in Iran, I have never agreed with Bill O'Reilly in my short time on this earth, but when he says that Rosie O'Donnell is both nutty and needs to be fired, I say "Go Bill!" His main beef is her comments saying that shit like the recent kidnappings of British soldiers is a plot between Britain and the US to further our country's thirst for Iranian blood, and I think she needs to stfu with shit like that. There's already enough bloodshed, we don't need you spreading half truths on TV and on your blog. I mean, when did Rosie become so bitter and, well, un-funny? She wasn't the best comedian, but she was always laughing. Now I always hear about her badmouthing so-and-so, or giving some heated, serious diatribe about someone being called gay or her convoluted thoughts international affairs. We don't need you spreading lies or falsehoods, Ro. Keep fighting the good fight, and dive into a muff or 3. It will do you right, girl.

03/This week, I had the opportunity of hearing one of the oddest ideas ever to hit the restaurant business: the Girls Gone Wild (you've been up at 3AM and seen these retarded commercials, right?) founder is planning on opening a string of restaurants soon, primarily in vacation/Spring Break hotspots (SHOCKER!). The catch: no titties, no sex. It's essentially going to be Hooters, but not really. Or, "sexy without being sexual". Why doesn't he make is exploitative videos in the same vein? And how exactly is he going to link the two? When I hear "Girls Gone Wild", I think of drunken college chicks taking their clothes off in RVs. And club shots of breats and butts being flashed. Is that something I really want to associate with eating?

04/There are some stories that make you go "hmmmmmm...", some that make you go "awwwwww...", and others that just make you feel ashamed for being a part of the human race. This story falls into the category of the latter: a man was upset that his former girlfriend was seeing someone while at school. So, she comes home on vacation, and what does he do? Instead of having a deep convo with her, or just leaving her alone, he dismembered her, then discared of her remains (allegedly) on two grills, on the balcony of his residence. While there was a foul ass odor for two days while he was griling all night (for a wedding, he told his neighbors), no one felt the need to truly confront him about this, aside from calling the cops. The thing is, they said her remains are not being found. I find it hard to believe that, in two days, he grilled her shit to pieces that could not be identified. It just doesn't seem to be possible, not on some grills. I don't think he burned her all up, and her body has to be somewhere else. Nasty bastard. OH and the kicker: dude was BLACK! This isn't your normal black people crime, but niggas said the same shit about the Beltway sniper...

05/Apple has finally stopped double charging peeps and set up its "Complete My Album" service on iTunes. This is good news, as it should help bolster sales of entire albums (although I haven't heard an album in a while that was worth its price in USD front to back), but I am trying to get my head around the fact that this service has been up for years now, is the leading legal download service out there, and yet its taken so long for this to be completed. I mean, is it hard to have created a program where if you purchase a track, when looking back over the album, or just the catalogues, if you come across the tune you bought the other day, it says something like "OWNED" or something in it? Netflix lets me know what's In Queue when I do a search and happen upon something I already listed, why couldn't iTunes get that going? Anyways, kudos to Apple for that, and a big middle finger to the artists/record labels who are still miffed @ digital downloads. If you bastards made product that wouldn't cause me to pick out the hot tracks and throw away the nonsense, maybe more $$$ would be spent on CDs. A-duh!

06/It looks like Anna Nicole Smith died the same way her son died: OD'd on a deadly combo of drugs, including shit to combat her sleeping meds, anxiety/depression meds, and her infection on her ass. It's a tough pill to swallow (no pun intended), but maybe this news might calm some of the asinine comments about her and her death. I highly doubt it, though. RIP to her fam, and hopefully her daughter grows up bright and knowing the good side of her moms.

07/Not "NEWS" news, but there are a few new trailers out for a few pop culture standouts: The Sopranos' trailer for the Final 9 is out, and it looks like it will be a mother before this season ends. Also, the trailer for Grand Theft Auto IV is out, and while it looks amazing, the lack of real content and backstory pissed a LOT of internet video game lovers off. What I gleamed from this short piece was that it takes place either in New York City or a NYC-esque city, and the dude you control is some Middle Eastern/Eastern European kind of guy, who seems to have been through a lot of violence and shit. My initial impression is that dude is a terrorist or something of that nature, but who knows. He has an accent.

08/For a bit of a breather, he is a mishmash of Black Entertainment news for ya: Lil' Wayne is hard at work on Tha Carter 3, not only getting a new management staff, but working with Kanye West on some heat (why does that make me feel all good inside?!?!)... speaking of Weezy, Mannie Fresh has said that he squashed beef with Wayne, which was not really a big beef, considering the fact that Weezy ended up losing out on Mannie's beats, and he was also given a desk job @ Def Jam, overseeing the albums of their Southern artists, which is a big look for both ends... a big LOL goes out to Suge Knight for getting evicted (karma's a bitch, no?), as well as being involved in a lawsuit over the 2Face project (aka old Pac vocals matched up with new Scarface vocals). Take that fat bastard to court!... Good luck to Styles P over at Koch. At least he should get what he's owed per album... Eddie Griffin, while promoting the new, shitty racing movie he is in, crashed a $1.5 Million Ferrari Enzo - but why do some people think it's a publicity stunt, and not a general act of dumb nigga-ness? I must admit, the crash just looked kind of staged, although rather weakly... DJ Drama spoke out about his ordeal and the state of the mixtape game. I commend him for keeping his name out there, and hey, since he and Cannon got arrested a few months ago , there's been a slew of free mixtapes out there, some pretty good, too. The record labels need to fess up and acknowledge their part in this (giving the DJs the tracks to promote, turning a blind eye to the enormous mixtape scene, signing loads of mixtape-hot artists, etc.), and start ponying up the funds to these tastemakers...

09/There's a few dope interviews out this week that you guys should check out: Young, Black & Fabulous interviewed both Kelly Rowland and Joe about various topics, including their new work... Mass Appeal sat down with Disco Fever's Sal Abbatiello, one of the early Hip-Hop staples... hell, I even posted up my interview with DJ Jus Ske (and I also have an interview Gridlok up over at DOA, with jeryl on the additional question flavor). Happy reading!

10/I am about to hit the sack in about 2.5 seconds, so let me see how quickly I can throw the remainder of these brief news points out to you guys: Taboo, aka the Black Eyed Pea that no-one knows, got popped for DUI... MTV is going to be unveiling the final season of Punk'd during a marathon on April 7th - then unleashing those 8 episodes on a weekly basis starting April 10th. I somehow don't believe this is it, but Ashton Kutcher still has a production deal with MTV no matter how this unfolds... Microsoft's Xbox 360 Elite will be featuring 120GB of space, HDMI ports and hi-definition video cables (all shit they said they weren't planning on offering to the consumer in this month's EGM) for about $480 at the end of April. And I still won't be buying one... Yahoo, trying to beat Gmail on the free-email tip, is unveiling unlimited storage for all of your email needs come May of 2007. I have barely touched my 2+GB on Gmail, and don't think I'm going to... Did you guys know that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Kool Keith made a track together? More info here... Finally, it's taken years for this to happen, but in the near future both Mario (of Super Mario Bros. fame) and Sonic the Hedgehog will be sharing duties in an Olympics-themed video game...

So, that's the anniversary post. Hope you guys love it.

I have a few vids to link, just because I've found some funny/crazy stuff on your internets:

South Park's "Nagger" bit:

(hopefully Viacom doesn't take this one down)

"When Getting Hyphy Goes Wrong"...

(classic)

I had to post up some Kimbo Slice: Kimbo Vs. The Bouncer:

(dude is THE MAN)

Redman's "Put It Down" video:

(gotta keep it Jersey on you cats)

The true price of the Iraqi War:


Here's to one year down... many more to go. Until next time...

Friday, March 30, 2007

[rock the dub Interview]: Jus Ske

I get passed a decent amount of music, not on the level of some of the big bloggers, but then again, I'm a different type of cat. When Mike over at Keepin' It Right shot me an e-mail with this My Mind's Playin' Tricks On Me mixtape by a dude named DJ Jus Ske, I wasn't ready. I knew, by the cover, that it'd have something to do with Pharrell's In My Mind, but the fact that this dude blended so many instrumentals, and really took his time to craft a solid mix, I was impressed. I was then given the URL to his website, and was cracking up at the design and the way he used familiar pages to introduce his stuff. I had to get some words from this guy, just to see where his head was at. He might be short and sweet with his answers, but really, DJs speak more with their hands. Use this as a tool to get familiar with one of the nicest DJs you've been sleepin' on.

khal: Alright, so as many now know, you've dropped a pretty tight mixtape full of blends with Pharrell's In My Mind acapellas, entitled My Mind's Playin' Tricks On Me. I know you've been on tour as P's DJ, but how did you come up with the idea of taking his rhymes and crafting these
intricately laced blends underneath them?

Jus Ske: Orignally we were doing a mixtape pre-album so I came up with a bunch of chops and loops and instrumentals for Pharrell to freestyle and sing over to promote the album. Through our busy schedules we never got to it and the album dropped. I later asked Pharrell for the acapellas so I could try to work them into the music from the mixtape. And then I added some more stuff and that's what it is.

khal: There's a load of beats rollin' in and out of each blend on the CD. How long did it take you to craft each track, and what made you choose the diverse selection of beats you used on the mix?

Jus Ske: Each track varied, the whole thing took me about two weeks worth of hours. And I just felt it out. For instance, the song "I Really Like You Girl" on Pharrell's album I felt was the 2006 version of Stevie Wonder's "That Girl" and I was just inspired to put the two together. The mash up didn't come out as I expected but I still felt that it was cool. And I LOVE both songs separately so I wanted to hear what they'd sounds like as one.

khal: From checking your track record, you're a seriously international DJ, having played from NY to Paris. Can you briefly take us on a tour of your DJing career: how long have you been rocking the 'tables, and how did it turn into you playing all of these major events and being so in
demand?

Jus Ske: I've been DJing for a little under ten years and I'm still really passionate about it. In the beginning, I started getting good at my craft and then through word of mouth people started hearing about Jus Ske and my song selection it started to take off. I don't really scratch much but I can rock a party. I'm also looking to take over the world (haha).

khal: What is it about DJing that keeps you coming back? I imagine you must be making a decent living, judging from where you've spun and who've you spun for – do you look at your DJing as a career or your calling?

Jus Ske: I can't live without music, I love playing it for people and getting a reaction from them.

khal: You've got a lot of events and nights all over NYC that you spin at, right? Do you go into each night with the same style or assortment of tracks? What's your favorite spot to spin at?

Jus Ske: I have certain sets I do but I like to try different things at night. And my favorite spots in NYC are Marquee, Butter and Stereo.

khal: I know you've probably run the gamut with great nights, wild nights, weird nights, and just downright awful nights. What was the WILDEST thing you've ever seen while spinning?

Jus Ske: People having sex in the club.

khal: I notice that you are affiliated with Mark Ronson's Allido Records. What exactly is your situation like with them? Are you going to be putting out your own projects or what?

Jus Ske: I am managed by them and I intend to put out my own projects very soon.

khal: What are 10 records that never leave your bin and why?

Jus Ske: 1. I Just Wanna Love U- Jay-Z Neptunes
2. Michael Jackson--"Dont Stop Til You Get Enough"/"Wanna Be Starting Something"/ Billly Jean"
3. Prince--"Kiss"/"1999"/"When Doves Cry"
4. Stevie Wonder--"Master Blaster"/"Do I Do"
5. "Sweet Home Alabama"
6. BonJovi--"Livin On A Prayer"
7. Marvin Gaye--"Got To Give It Up"
8. Guns 'N' Roses--"Sweet Child of Mine"
9. Nirvana--"Smells Like Teen Spirit"
10. ACDC--"Shook Me All Night Long"
11. Gary Glitter--"Rock & Roll Part II"
12. Madonna---"Holiday"
These songs are classics that work good in a club.

khal: Seeing as though you are one of the tastemakers in one of the biggest markets in the world, what do you think is going to be the next big thing in 2007, and why?

Jus Ske: Fusion of different genres of music. And more live music and more electro-ish. One extreme to the next, the real live acoustic stuff and on the other end of the spectrum the digital, electric sounding vibes.

khal: One thing I have to ask: how did you get the concept for your website? How long did it take to recreate all of those other, popular pages?

Jus Ske: I just wanted to be creative and I thought it was a great way of expressing my creativity. I hope I don't get sued. In essence, I feel like I am promoting all those companies while promoting myself--just works.

khal: Now that you're garnering more exposure with the mix CD, what's next for Jus Ske? Are you going to be branching out into different avenues?

Jus Ske: YES. I want to do it all.

khal: Do you have any shout outs or final words for the people out there?

Jus Ske: I wanna shout out Allido Records, Star Trak, Danucht Clothing (pronounced 'thenewshit'), OSO, ENCORE, and RE5 Energy Drinks, jusske.com, prilabs.com, Butter Restaurant, Ty-Ku, Marquee NYC, Stereo.

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Friday, March 30th 2007 playlist



Craziness. This week looks like it ended OK, even though I don't have a job yet. There's always something, huh!? This week's playlist is kind of varied, for there hasn't been too much Rap outside of a few mixtapes that I'm truly feeling (I wanna shout out Get Right Music for getting it right). So, let's go!

01/Monsta "Club Stomp" [over at monstapress.com, the Red Eye said he will be updating his audio section monthly. This is the first I saw of the site, and I hope we get more 320kbps dubstep tracks like this one. Heavy bass.]
02/The Bug ft. Flowdan "Jah War (Loefah Remix)" [Nappy was tellin' me to check this one, but I was never able to peep it until this week. New release on Ninja Tune, and it sounds proper thugsteppy lol. Big bass, runnin' rasta vocals.]
03/Survival "Resolution" [his debut on DNAudio is sick, nuff said. Survival is runnin' it.]
04/Alix Perez & Sabre "Solitary Native" [been waiting for this one to drop. Two of the new breed doing it nicely with a pretty recognizable sample. Enjoy this one on a nice spring day.]
05/Sheek Louch "We Ain't Runnin'" [Sheek going to war over a nice organ march. Thug Music for Thug Niggas.]
06/Rah Digga ft. Ghostface Killah "Intro" [Spine says that this is an intro to an LP that never came out. Rah goes in hard, showing why she earned her spot on Flipmode. Hopefully she keeps her name out there on the mic.]
07/Fat Freddy's Drop "Cay's Cray (Digital Mystikz Version)" [nice, mellow dubstep groove with that smooth vocal over top. Heaven on a dub wavelength.]
08/Cartridge "Just Let Go" [beef with the guys over at Counter Intelligence caused Cartridge to throw this dubplate out for free. Grab it before it's taken off the 'net, then grab the 12" when it drops.]
09/Mobb Deep Vs. MIMS "This Is Why I'm Shook (Cousin Cole Blend-it)" [sick blend of the classic Mobb vocal over MIMS' spooky beat. Set your mix off right with this gem!]
10/Outkast vs. Marvin Gaye "So Fresh, So Clean (DJ B.Cause's 'Let's Get It On Reprise')" [just beautiful. Sunday morning status.]

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Here's a host of tracks I've accumulated over the week. Check out the leak:

El-P ft. Trent Reznor "Flyentology (Cassettes Won't Listen Remix)" [sounds exactly how you think it would]
Grafh "Yeah Right (I Don't Believe That)" [slow-bop? i don't baleee dat!]
Joell Ortiz Freestyle LIVE on DJ Green Lantern's SIRIUS Radio show (March 26th 2007) [dude goes HARD]
Peedi Crakk Freestyle LIVE on DJ Green Lantern's SIRIUS Radio show (March 26th 2007) [since when was Wu-Tang's "Triumph" considered "old school"?]
DJ Presto ft. Sadat X, O.C. & Large Professor "Conquer Mentally (Large Pro Remix)" [nice collection of some of my fav old school MCs]
Ruffneck Souljah "Excuse Me Miss" [Australian hip-hop flex, watch the DNB tempo in there though]
Gillie Da Kid "Number 1" [rock influenced banger]
Cam'ron ft. Duke Da God "Suga Dooga" [Lil' Fame produced this... Conflict of interest much!?]
Prodigy "Summer In NYC" [peep that Pre Mac mixtape...]
Rihanna ft. Jay-Z "Umbrella" [new one from the Barbadian bombshell.]

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Here's a couple of files from the boring radio files: Young Buck been doing much promos for his Buck The World album. He was on Hot97 on the 26th saying Yayo shouldn't be beatin' on kids, and spent another 40 mins. with Whoo Kid on the 26th as well.

Vida Guerra also spit an acapella freestyle dissin' The Game, and I think she needs to keep doing the photos and being a model and shit, and hang the mic up. She doesn't sound like she knows how to flow, like she just doing it b/c she has a nice ass. STEP YA RAP GAME UP, MA!

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In terms of the DNB mixes, over at DPD there are a load of fresh new mixes up, featuring sets from Marcus Intalex, Calibre, Martyn, Unknown Error, Infiltrata, Ewun & Pendulum. Check out the latest "For Your Listening Pleasure" for the skinny.

I also just caught wind of a nasty mix from Jem One, who is slowly but surely making a name for himself within the scene, and represents 36th Chamber AS WELL as Rufige. His March 2007 Studio Mix is chock full of dubs. Check it out:

1..JEM ONE...................Redemption of man...rufige dub
2..DJ VAPOUR................Shut up................ dub
3. DJ VAPOUR................300.........................dub
4. THEORY....................Controvosey.............dub
5. DIGITAL.....................Dennis the menace....dub
6. SPIRIT.......................Footprints.................renegade hardware
7.THEORY......................Jah Jah.....................dub
8.THEORY......................Goodbye...................dub
9. RUFIGE KRU................Vanilla.....................metalheadz
10.SURVIVAL..................Resolution................DNA records
11.ASIDES......................Future Horizon.........metalheadz dub
12.JEM ONE....................Sleeping Child..........dub
13.VAPOUR/JEM ONE.......Man Flu...................CIA/deep cut dub
14.INK,LOXY,FULL CLIP....Grudge bore.............renegade hardware
15.ROUGHCUT................Trojan Horse............dub


Enjoy that.

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Time for a final thought. I've run out of music to link to, so I will mellow things out with this video:

Cinematic Orchestra ft. Fontella Bass "All That You Give"


In the words of one Avon Barksdale, "take it light, but take it". Until next time...

Thursday, March 29, 2007

LOST, Season 3: "Exposé" [recap]


What a beautifully done throwaway episode. And I mean that with the utmost adoration for the creative medium that is television and story telling. I like how series are given the chance to tell a story that might not progress the entire saga, but is interesting and exciting all the same (think of the "Pine Barrens" episode of The Sopranos).

Now I was under the impression that someone was going to die in this episode. That was something that boggled me, b/c that Twilight Zone (sup, Rafi!)/Hitchcock style ending, with them only being paralyzed, makes me think that we are going to see Nikki & Paulo again. In any case, its an interesting dynamic, because if the survivors actually killed these guys, that's the first time they killed one of their own, right?

This episode just had a bunch of interesting/ironic comments in it. Let me share some of my favorites:
  • Nikki's convo with Zuckerman about the whole "being a guest star" thing, and Zuckerman saying he'd bring her back.
  • Nikki saying she didn't want her and Paulo turning out to be Shannon & Boone, even though they not only were bickering, but they both (seemingly) died on the island.
  • The fact that they just stumbled on a wealth of shit, like The Pearl station, the plane that Boone fell in, and other points/situations we did not know then.

There's so much more, but I'd end up referencing the entire episode.

I do want to point out that I was kind of let down; I figured that Sun would be trying to murder Charlie and/or Sawyer, but she's smart: Jin would murk anyone who he thought was harming her, esp. now with her being preggers. She gets much respect for that. I can only wonder though, just like with the possibility of Nikki and Paulo pulling a move from "The Bride" and clawing out from their graves: is this the last we'll see of that situation?

Now on to next week: Kate & Juliet, duking it out in the rain? Are they fighting for their mutual feelings towards Jack, or what? I don't see Juliet being particularly tough/strong, but who knows. She is smart. Looks interesting, nonetheless. I can't wait to see how last week's events play this week.

That's it for now... until then, namaste.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

LOST, Season 3: "Exposé" [precap]

So yeah, last week I said I knew a bit about what was going on. I admit, I got my info from the info button on my trusty DVR box (gotta love preset recordings), and it said that Sun finally learns the secret behind the whole "kidnapping" from last season, when Sawyer conspired with Charlie to get the gats and (try) to take control. I think that's why she looks to start wylin' out. My wife also brought up an interesting thought: could she be somehow mixed in with Charlie's impending doom, as predicted by Desmond? Food for thought!

This episode is going to deal with flashbacks featuring Nikki and Paolo, and even features Billy Dee Williams, Mr. Colt 45 himself, as Mr. LaShade. Who? Who knows... also check out the familiar faces from the past that are to be showing up this week. I won't let that loose, but if you know the internets, you can find out.

The new official LOST podcast is also up, rehashing "The Man from Tallahassee", and "prehashing" "Exposé":

03.26.07 - Executive Producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse expose "The Man
From Tallahassee" and preview "Exposé" (3/28/07). Jorge Garcia and Josh Holloway talk about playing ping pong behind the scenes.


Enjoy. And check my blog for a recap in the next few days of tonight's episode.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Monday Evening Quarterback

Wow. What a difference a day makes.

Not only did I fucking miss eskay linking the Sirius Invasion mixtape from DJ Green Lantern (which might become my fav. mixtape of this year, like Alive on Arrival was last year), but I missed out on the trailer to the last 9 episodes of Season 6 of The Sopranos:


(forgive the audio, it's off a lil')

How ill does that look? More conflict between T and Carm? Carm getting @ Chrissy for something? The feds arresting T? Carm's "you had it coming" comment? Looks intense... Can't wait. April 8th, baby!

Can't wait. Now if I could just secure a job, shit'd be ill as FUCK! LOL.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

LOST, Season 3: "The Man from Tallahasse" [recap]


Before I dig into Locke's fuck-up of the cut, AKA the jolt this season needed, I must apologize for no coverage of "Par Avion". The week I had last week was not to be tested. Never materialized. To recap, either check out the LostPedia page, or know that Jack's father did in fact father Claire. And Mikhail got got, finally.

Anyways, this might be my favorite episode of this season, so far. It's the one that truly blew open the possibilities of this island, and finally made me look at John Locke as a cool-ass mofo. I mean, not only did dude steal C4 from the Flame, he admitted to both killing Mikhail AND had his eyes set on destroying the submarine, which we are being told is the only way for the Others to get off the island (I have beef with this line Ben fed Locke, because we all know that Walt and Michael supposedly left on a boat back at the end of Season 2 -- did they truly leave!?)... and he had no qualms at all. That's bad ass. Especially after the life he's lived. I mean to have the dude you think is your pops (I have reservations about this, too) jack your kidney, then try to murk you from 8 stories up? How fucking intense is that!?

I liked the Locke/Ben back and forth, and with the whole Adam Seward/Anthony Cooper guy appearing to be in that random ass room(!!!!), bound and gagged, I think Ben is doing what he can do to recruit Locke into the fold. Speaking of the random room, what's good with this whole "really large box" that Ben was speaking of? I mean, if the island can make a paralyzed man (Locke) walk the instant he is on it, I can't doubt what else can be done, but imagining something and it just magically appearing? Something is a bit odd about this, and I am both intrigued and dreading what the meaning is behind it. Their back and forth, and the ultimate piece of their conversation (not wanting people to leave the island) has got to be one of the most interesting pieces I have seen on this show as of yet. The idea that this island, which, for all of its kookiness, is still such a mystery to seemingly everyone on it, it sure as hell ain't time to bounce...yet.

I also was perturbed by Jack's whole demeanor during this episode. I understand that he was doing it for dolo at this point, which is so out of character for him, but something fishy was going on with him, as a person. Being watched never got him so shook before, this is the man who cut Ben's vital organs and made them release his friends! Why the sudden 180? Was it something like when guys are about to be paroled, so they want to be on their best behavior before being released? I don't know, I don't see it, but there is something working underneath all of that... and on top of it, dude can play the piano!?

This episode set up what I am guessing will be the final threads of story for this season. Think about it: for all we know, there is no communication with the outside world, AND there is no way to even get off this island. They could be set to live in some random vortex, on this island full of "monsters" and Hostiles, mystery and fear. And next week's episode looks like a doosie: what's good with Sun seemingly attacking some of the people she has grown to live with? I know, but will not spill the beans on that... yet. Maybe in a prehash of next week's ep...

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