Tuesday, May 22, 2007

somebody stop me!

I seem to have developed an annual tradition. Every summer,when crap tv gives way to crappier tv, I start to watch crap tv on rented dvds. Last year it was Grey's Anatomy, the year before that House and the year before THAT it was Sex and the City (yes I didn't start watching Sex and the City until the series was over and then I devoured it like chocolate. I'm always last to jump on a bandwagon).

This summer, it looks like it's Lost. I caught something about it the other night after the Grey's Anatomy season finale and thought it looked interesting so I picked up the first dvd of season one on Saturday night. I'm hooked, well and truly. As of this afternoon (Tuesday) I have watched eight episodes since Saturday evening. And this afternoon I told myself I would go without since Swee'pea hasn't gone to bed for the last two nights and I've just gotten grumpy that my Lost time was messed with AND since Design Inc. and House are on tonight, I don't need it. But as this afternoon got hairier and Swee'pea got grumpier, what did I do? I put him in the stroller and got a new Lost dvd... ahhhhhhh... sweet relief. It feels better just knowing there are fresh episodes that I can watch when Swee'pea sleeps (since he's no longer sleeping in his crib - again - he is a bit of a ennabler in my burgeoning addiction: I don't mind holding him as long as I can watch Lost).

This new addiction means I am getting to know the clerks at my local video store. Last summer it was mostly manned by a young guy with a trenchcoat and a body odour problem. This year my visits have been split equally between a good-looking guy with an eyebrow ring who's so happy and friendly I thought he must have gotten laid - no, fallen in LOVE - the night before I first got served by him. He erased a large late fine from November just because it looked wrong and he was in a good mood; he even went to the trouble of giving me a lie just in case his boss questioned me about the fine getting erased. The second time I got served by him, I decided I just wanted whatever he's been smoking.

The other clerk is a young girl, can't be more than 19, who ends every sentence with either Sweetie or Hon. As in, Did you find everything you were looking for, Sweetie? What's your phone number, Hon? That'll be $2.55, Sweetie. Have a great day, Hon! (She seems to alternate each one.) Given that I have at least a decade, a foot, AND 70 pounds on her, these diminutives rather put me off. (Such words would be perfectly acceptable, desirable even, coming from a 70-year-old Brit but from this wee girl it just rings false and annoying.)

Anyways, the point is I'm hooked on Lost. I'm fascinated with the characters and love learning about them via flashbacks. The eye candy is great, way better than Survivor. And I loved Lord of the Flies, even if it did disturb me. My one misgiving is that the main men maintain the exact same amount of sexy stubble from day to day. If they're going to shave, like Locke does with his creepy straight razor, shouldn't they be clean shaven one day and stubbly for the next few? How DO they do it?

18 comments:

slouching mom said...

I can neither enable nor help to eradicate your Lost addiction. I've not seen it. I KNOW! From what planet am I?

But...I share your House addiction. Actually, my addiction probably makes yours seem like just a preference.

Kyla said...

Ahhhh....the newness of LOST. I watched the first season on DVD right before the second season started. Wow. I think I watched the whole thing in a weekend? Josh and I were putting away about 4 episodes per day. Gooood stuff. :)

Christine said...

LOST IS THE MOST AWESOME SHOW IN THE WORLD!!!!!! (that was me screaming, by the way, and yes, I have no life)

Lost is so, so fun. You have some good stuff ahead of you. I think you'll enjoy the summer with back episodes.

And the honey/sweetie thing would annoy me, too.

Alpha DogMa said...

Perhaps Sweetie/Hon girl is addicted to Bones reruns on dvds? After an hour of Angela on Bones calling everyone 'Sweetie' I fall into the habit.
There are certain shows (Lost, 24, Heroes) that I don't currently watch but know that I will when they go into constant reruns on cable stations. I'm much more inclined to watching serial tv years after it first airs.
So how is House these days? I gave up regular viewing after he faked rehab to stay out of jail. Is it getting any better?

MotherBumper said...

Just suspend disbelief over the hotness of the stubbled men and the perfect bed head looks of the ladies and enjoy the ride. Hi my name is Motherbumper and I'm a Lost junkie :)

kgirl said...

Dude, I just learned about House THIS YEAR! I have a lot of catching up to do this summer.

metro mama said...

Lost gets horribly derailed after the first season.

Rescue Me is a much better time-waster!

bubandpie said...

I love Lost. I love the first season the most, but the other two seasons have been very much worth watching as well. After tomorrow's finale, I'll have to figure out what DVDs to spend my summer watching. I'm thinking maybe Grey's Anatomy.

NotSoSage said...

Not just the men. How do the women shave/wax? They must be waxing...there's only salt water to shave with, and that would be a bitch.

I don't get the Lost thing. I don't mind it, and I agree that the flashbacks are the best part, but I don't see how it's the sensation that it is.

But then I'm grumpy today.

jen said...

dude. Lost is the one show we watch.

and it's like a train wreck, but i can't stop watching.

where are the polar bears? the black smoke? Michael? dude.

i hate this damn show. and yes, i'll be watching it.

Oh, The Joys said...

TV you can rent that is good:

Six Feet Under
Foyle's War
Prime Suspect

cinnamon gurl said...

La la la... Jen, I'm going to pretend I didn't read that... I'm only in season 1!

Alpha, House isn't any better... Cameron and Chase started sleeping together and he fell in love and she went all cold (probably because he's not dying) and it just was not believable.

Mimi said...

Pynchon watches lost. I hover in the background, and often have to sit and watch. I should probably just start fresh from the beginning.

Hon. I hear you.

Beck said...

About the Lost Stubble Mystery: All they have on craphole island is one of the razors from the 80s that left a pre-set amount of stubble and they share it. That's my theory, anyhow.
Lost lost me this season. I watched it faithfully for two years and now I wander out of the room when it comes on... so sad.

Aliki2006 said...

We've only watched the last two seasons and I have the feeling we'll be renting the earlier seasons this summer. Two summers ago we spent a ridiculous amount of time watching 24 on DVD--talk about being sucked in...each episode ends with a cliffhanger and at the end we'd stop look at each other at say, "ok, just ONE more..."

Denguy said...

I'm really not into tv much.

Uh, stubble is sexy--how come I don't know these things?

Bon said...

i think we're soul sisters, at least in terms of being the last to jump on bandwagons,,,but i still haven't quite gotten to Lost. i did see a few episodes on tv last year, but having missed the first (few?) seasons, i was literally lost and vaguely irritated by my own confusion.

but i love dvd marathons...i think it's the only civilized way to watch tv, as cliffhangers drive me batty. about a year ago, when O really got colicky and Dave & i were up at all hours, we finally discovered 24. a couple of months ago, when teething got bad, we very belatedly introduced ourselves to Six Feet Under.

perhaps Lost will be next...if someone can explain it to me! :)

ewe are here said...

I loved the first season of Lost. Still waiting on SEason 2 over here...

And we just finished SEason 2 of Grey's Anatomy -

I suspect I'll be renting the DVDs for these shows as well as I'm tired of waiting on the UK's television series acquisition randomness...