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Top Of The Pops: The Doctor Rocks Glastonbury (ft. Orbital)


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We’ve seen The Doctor dance. We’ve seen The Doctor kiss.

Now watch the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) rock the 2010 Glastonbury Festival with his own theme tune (with a little help from Orbital).

 

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Fringe’s Alternate Universe Comic Covers


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Fringe has really come on in leaps and bounds, after a slightly shaky start during the first half of season one, quietly establishing itself as one of TV’s more intelligent sci-fi dramas.

The main story arc involves an impending war between our world and a parallel, alternate reality which is broadly similar to ours but has many subtle differences. It has also been badly damaged by a number of experiments that breached the barrier between the two realities.

Season two concluded this week on UK TV (a couple of weeks after the US airing). The two-part finale mostly took place in the alternate reality and if you were paying attention, there were lots of great little differences and changes from our world to spot.

For comics fans the best touch was a blink-and-you’ll-miss-them set of framed comic books on the wall of an apartment where one of the main characters, Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson), is taken after he crosses over from our reality to theirs.

They reimagine five of the most iconic and best-known DC Comics covers of the past 40 years, adding in some subtle, alternate-reality twists. It was hard to see them on the wall during the brief scene so here they are, alongside the more familiar covers which inspired them. Our original, real-world versions are on the left, the Fringe variants are on the left.

This one is my favourite, I think. The 1987 Giffen/DeMatteis relaunch of the Justice League, with Jonah Hex replacing Green Lantern Guy Gardner in the line-up:

This one is also very good. The famous “Death Of Supergirl” cover from issue seven of Crisis On Infinite Earths (1985) gets a very different outcome:

The famous Green Lantern/Green Arrow issue 76 (April 1970) – the first issue of the acclaimed, ground-breaking Denny O’Neill/Neil Adams run on the title – gets a colour shift:

Frank Miller‘s revolutionary 1986 miniseries The Dark Knight Returns becomes The Man Of Steel Returns:

And finally, another Batman/Superman swap, as 1992’s Death Of Superman becomes the Death of Batman (which happened for real last year in our reality – sort of):

You can see bigger, high-res scans of the alternate covers here, at the DC Universe blog.

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Lost Week Epilogue: The Alternate Endings


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As unveiled on the special edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live! that aired immediately after the final episode of Lost on Sunday night, here are three alternate endings that didn’t make the cut. The second one is particularly outstanding.

In case you need an explanation of the third one (in which case, shame on you for not being more familiar with the work of the great Bob Newhart) this post here helps explain the context.

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Lost Week: The Best Lost Fan Vids – Part Two


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Well, our six-year journey almost over.

As I type this, we are less than five hours away from the start of the final episode of Lost (less than two hours if you’re on east-coast USA).

So here is the finale of the Choob’s Lost week – one last batch of the best fan videos I could find (plus a few professionally made ones).

Enjoy and I’ll see you in another life, without Lost, Brutha.

Here’s US talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel‘s excellent reaction to the controversial Jacob and Man In Black origin episode a few weeks ago:

I so wish that this product was real:

Previously on Lost:

Muppets!

The Swedish Chef!

Next, The Onion News Network reports on how the final season makes Lost fans more annoying than ever. Harsh but fair!

Desmond: The Brutha! compilation:

And finally, this official ABC promo originally aired, I believe, during the 2006 Superbowl. It’s Robert Palmer‘s Addicted To… Lost?

Final Season Of ‘Lost’ Promises To Make Fans More Annoying Than Ever

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Lost Week – The Top 10 Moments In Lost


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Earlier this week, I posted my list of the best scenes from Lost.

Today, it’s time for my favourite little moments from the show – by which, I mean the brief little incidents, or big action scenes or snippets of dialogue that didn’t necessarily add anything to the ongoing story (though many of them did) but added to the fun and/or the wow factor of the show.

And so, in no particular order, here are the ten best Lost moments:

First up, Dr Leslie Arzt – a cautionary tale. Leslie was one of the more entertaining of the supporting cast of B-list survivors we met. After complaining about not being included in any of the missions carried out by the main cast of survivors, Jack, Kate and co take him along on their expedition to get some dynamite from shipwrecked 19th century sailing ship The Black Rock:

The following scene isn’t really part of my list but was a nice little season six nod back to Leslie’s fate in season one:

Talking of things exploding, there had been much discussion during season two about whether keying those numbers into the compter every 108 minutes did indeed prevent a world-threatening disaster or whether it was just some sort of Dharma Initiative psychological experiment. In the season two finale, we found out:

And here is what happened after Desmond turned that key:

Next Ben at his most vulnerable and wounded:

And here’s Ben at his coldest – specifically,  his response to Locke after killing Keamy, the man who shot his daughter, despite the fact that Keamy had planted a bomb on the freighter, where many of the plane crash survivors had been taken, and rigged it to detonate if his heart stops:

Talking of Ben’s dark side, here’s the moment he sided with The Others and took revenge on his drunken dad and the Dharma Initiative for making his childhood miserable:

That’s enough death and destruction – time for some lurve from the two couples who have, in their different ways, given Lost its heart.

Here’s the heartwarming moment when Rose got her reward for keeping faith that her husband Bernard was still alive somewhere, even though he was not one of the survivors on the beach after the plane crash:

This reunion tops even that:

Next, the island vanishes:

This was Locke’s defining moment in the early years:

And finally, I’m a fan of Glasgow Celtic FC, so these two Desmond moments were just priceless:

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Lost Week: The Best Lost Fan Vids – Part One


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Here are a few of the best fan videos created during Lost‘s six-year run.

First, Lost meets 24 to show the crash of Oceanic flight 815 from multiple viewpoints, in real time! This is an outstanding little video:

Next, some animated music video shenanigans in Lost Rhapsody:

This song parody video was created between seasons five and six – and with just one episode left, it’s more pertinent that ever! To the tune of Downtown (aka Juliet’s song), this is the Lost Answers Song:

I’ve featured this next video a couple of times on the Choob but it never gets old. It’s the opening credits to Lost – 1980s-style:

And finally, for now, on a similar theme, here is what the opening credits might have looked like had Lost been made in 1967:

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Lost Week: The Top 10 Scenes From Lost


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There have been so many wonderful scenes in Lost over the last six years, it’s tough to pick just 10.

But here goes anyway. This is all from memory – if I did it again tomorrow there might be a few differences but, overall, I think this is a pretty strong representation of the best of Lost. If you think I missed any out, be sure to let me know your favourites in the comments.

The only rule I decided to impose when choosing my list was that the entries had to be proper, full-length scenes that served some sort of purpose in terms of plot or character development. In other words none of the fun little throw-away jokes or brief action-orientated set-pieces – we’ll do that list later in the week.

It goes without saying that the following list contains spoilers if you have not watched up to at least the end of season 5.

So, in descending order:

10. Michael Shoots Anna-Lucia and Libby. We’d seen at least three major characters bite the dust by the time this happened in season two but the way Ana Lucia and Libby died, so sudden and unexpected and at the hands of a friend, means it is still the most shocking death scene in Lost history (though the murder of Ben’s daughter Alex comes close).

9. Ben Saves Locke. Ben Kills Locke. Despairing at his failure to convince the Oceanic Six to return to the island during season four, John Locke decides to end it all. But Ben’s there to save the day. That’s lucky… or not!

8. Destiny Catches Up With Charlie. Despite Desmond’s best attempts to change fate, Charlie was destined to die. But before it happened, in the final episoe of season three, he managed to perform one last heroic deed (though, in saying that, I’ve yet to hear a convincing argument as to why he couldn’t have just shut the door from the other side…):

7. Jack’s Eye and The Crash Site. The opening scene of the very first episode, which hooked us all. Still looks awesome, six years later.

6. Juliet and the Bomb: This one comes in two parts. First, the final scene of season five. Jack believes that detonating an atomic bomb inside one of the island’s weird magnetic pockets in 1977 will return them to their own time and allow everyone to live island-free lives. He drops the bomb down the hole but nothing happens. Then…:

What happened next? We found out Juliet’s fate at the start of season six:

5. Desmond’s Long-Distance Phone Call To Penny. In what may be Lost‘s greatest episode (The Constant: season four, episode five) Desmond is bouncing uncontrollably through time. With the help of Daniel Faraday, he works out that his lost love Penny is his “constant”, who can anchor him to the correct time zone. But for her to do so, he needs to call her from the island in the present, something he can only do if he can persuade her eight years in the past to give him her phone number:

4. Ben Wants Milk. Back in season two, when we didn’t really know whether Ben really was an Other or simple a balloonist who’d been blown off course, this scene provided the first real hint of the darkness within. It also shows exactly why the producers decided that Michael Emerson needed to be added to the main cast instead of their original plan, which was to have him appear for just a few episodes. It comes after “Henry Gale”, as Ben claimed to be called, drew a map showing the location of the remains of his balloon  and Sayid, Ana Lucia and Charlie had set off to find it.

3. Back To The Future With Miles and Hurley. A very funny scene from season five, in which an increasingly exasperated Miles tries to explain the finer points of time travel theory to (the viewers and) a bewildered Hurley… who nonetheless manages to get the final word.

2. Introducing Desmond. The opening scenes of seasons two and three (you can find the latter here) complement each other beautifully. The season two opening gets the nod for this list ahead of the season three intro because it came first, it finally let us see what was inside that hatch they had been teasing us with for most of season one and, of course, it introduced us to Desmond, who would become arguably the show’s most popular character and certainly the most important to solving the riddle of the island (and, I suspect, who will be the key to the story’s resolution). Looking back at this scene, it’s still looks (and sounds) great – but think back to how you felt watching it when it first aired, before you even knew the structure was on the island, before you knew who Desmond was and before you knew what was the deal with that beeping computer.

1. Hoffs/Drawlar: The moment, at the end of season three, that changed everything we thought we knew about Lost

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